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‘Soon, Very Soon You Will See’: Pro-Islamic State Hacking Group Issues Chilling Warning to America

‘Soon, Very Soon You Will See’: Pro-Islamic State Hacking Group Issues Chilling Warning to America

by Oliver Darcy - The Blaze A representative for a pro-Islamic State hacking group issued a chilling warning to members of the U.S. military and government Wednesday, promising that “very soon” followers of the organization would retaliate for overseas bombing targeting the terror organization. Speaking to TheBlaze using smartphone messenger application Kik, a representative for the Islamic State Hacking Division said the group is constantly spying on U.S. servicemen. The organization on Tuesday published personal information purporting to belong to U.S. military and government online. “Just like they spy on muslims, we are spying on them, watching their employees, watching their soldiers, recording their movements and taking their location information and passing it on to the soldiers of the islamic state,” the anonymous male member told TheBlaze. “they have no security just like their employees and military personnel have no OpSec,” he continued, “they are people who like to brag and boast and...

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Former US military intelligence chief: We knew something like ISIS was coming — and screwed it up

Former US military intelligence chief: We knew something like ISIS was coming — and screwed it up

by Barbara Tasch - Business Insider The former head of one of the US government's leading intelligence divisions says that the US believed that religious extremists could carve out a sizable safe-haven in Syria as early as 2012 — but that the US did little to stop this from happening. In an interview with Mehdi Hasan for Al Jazeera, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who lead the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014, called out the administration on its alleged inaction during the first year of the Syrian civil war.  Hasan quotes what he describes as a "secret" DIA analysis from August 2012 warning that the chaos in Syria could allow for the creation of a Salafist enclave in the country's desert east. Hasan asked Flynn whether this meant the US actually predicted the rise of the ISIS caliphate and did nothing to stop it. Flynn agrees, arguing that it shows the US should have had a smarter policy of cooperation with Syria's secular rebels. "I think...

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U.S. Intelligence Suspects ISIS Planning Mass-Casualty Attack

U.S. Intelligence Suspects ISIS Planning Mass-Casualty Attack

Via The Clarion Project Analysts in the intelligence community warned the Islamic State may be preparing to carry out a mass-casualty terrorist attack, rather than encouraging its international supporters to carry out ‘lone-wolf’ attacks. Increased competition for recruits and prestige with different jihadist factions are being floated as causes for this possible shift in emphasis. Groups such as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) typically are more focused on larger attacks, such as the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, or plots against airliners. The Islamic State may be attempting to portray itself as capable and powerful in that regard. Lt-Gen. Mark Hertling told CNN “I think they're taking a lot of the new recruits that don't have time to train, who have not been brought up in their systems, and they're using them to create the type of mass casualty which produces the media attention, which is exactly what they want, that...

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US Consulate In Istanbul Fired Upon By 2 Attackers

US Consulate In Istanbul Fired Upon By 2 Attackers

By Aditya Tejas - International Business Times Update as of  7 a.m. EDT: Turkish authorities said that an attack involving shots fired outside the American consulate in Istanbul was carried out by two women, one of whom was captured after being wounded, Reuters reported. The death toll for a separate attack on a police station in the city also rose to three attackers and one police officer. Update as of  6:18 a.m. EDT: Authorities said that nobody was killed or injured in an incident where two assailants opened fire outside the American consulate in Istanbul early on Monday, BBC reported. Update as of 3:06 a.m. EDT: Officials in Istanbul said they had detained a female suspect after an attack on the U.S. consulate in the city early Monday. The unidentified woman is thought to be one of two attackers who opened fire on the consulate earlier in the day before fleeing, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, according to local reports...

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White House 'Nearly Certain' Iran Will Still Fund Terrorism


by Teresa Welsh - U.S. News & World Report Senior Obama administration officials told a Senate panel Wednesday that it is “nearly certain” Iran will continue funding terrorism with the tens of billions of dollars it stands to gain if Congress approves a nuclear deal that would lift economic sanctions on the country. Testifying on the economic aspects of the agreement negotiated between the Islamic republic and six world powers, administration officials acknowledged Tehran’s longstanding role supporting terror but said reaching a deal to limit the country’s nuclear ambitions was of paramount importance. "I expect we’ll continue to see that," Adam Szubin, acting undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence told the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. "We’ve decided that we need to address the nuclear threat and then turn to the terrorism.” The remarks echoed what prominent administration officials have been saying in recent weeks, with...

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Confronting the narcoterrorism nexus

Confronting the narcoterrorism nexus

By James Kitfield Yahoo News MIAMI – On a recent morning, Gen. John Kelly sat in his spacious office at U.S. Southern Command headquarters, a sprawling complex on the outskirts of Miami with a staff of more than 1,200 people. A tall and lanky Marine with a pronounced accent from his native Boston, Kelly is one of the few officers ever to rise from the enlisted ranks all the way to four-star general. Looking out the windows, he interrupted a discussion with a journalist to point to a civilian airliner banking toward the headquarters. “Look, he’s not supposed to be on that flight path,” Kelly said, watching the aircraft until it disappeared from view. He then cracked a joke. But as a veteran of multiple combat tours and the commander of an organization tasked with helping to counter some of the most powerful and violent criminal cartels and terrorist groups in...

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Putin Issues Ultimatum, Threatens War Over Erdogan’s Support of ISIS


by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor VeteransToday.com Putin issues an ultimatum to Turkey, "End all military support for ISIS" Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador issued a verbal ultimatum calling for an immediate end to Turkey’s support for ISIS and violations of Syria’s sovereignty.  In doing to, Putin has drawn a red line over Syria, after weeks of escalating NATO moves against that beleaguered nation. In a startling move, Russian President Vladimir Putin castigated Turkish President Recep Erdogan, calling him a “dictator” and threatening to sever diplomatic ties with Turkey over what Putin claims is Erdogan’s continued support of the ISIS terror organization. It is believed that this is in response to Erdogan’s claim, pasted across the western press yesterday, that Putin had told him Russia was no longer going to support Syria in their war against al Qaeda, ISIS and their western backed sister organizations. Putin...

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Terrorist Attacks in the West, June 2014 - June 2015