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UN Enabling Hamas's War Machine

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Gatestone Institute by Bassam Tawil This ceasefire initiative is rather disturbing: it requires no meaningful concessions on the part of Hamas. It leaves, for example, wholly intact Hamas's extremist ideology, which calls for the destruction of Israel, and does not demand that Hamas lay down its weapons. A ceasefire may sound good, but in the current circumstances it will send a deadly message to Hamas and the other terror factions in the Gaza Strip: namely, that long-term terror bombardment of Israel gets you economic and humanitarian projects funded by the United Nations and Western donors, and perhaps even a seaport and airport. The ceasefire would give Hamas five to ten years to continue amassing weapons, tightening its grip on the Gaza Strip, and preparing for its next war with Israel. Any ceasefire agreement will be perceived as a reward for Hamas-sponsored terrorism and violence against Israel. These negotiations will spur...
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Fox News by Adam Shaw As the European Union decries America's restoration of Iran sanctions, the Islamic regime is rewarding Europe’s support by ramping up its terror operation on the continent -- allegedly plotting attacks against Iranian dissidents there and politicians who back them.The Trump administration restored sanctions on the rogue regime this week, a consequence of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). That move provoked a strong response from European leaders, who said they “deeply regret” the U.S. decision.TRUMP REINSTATES IRAN SANCTIONS, SLAMS 'HORRIBLE' NUCLEAR DEAL “The lifting of nuclear-related sanctions is an essential part of the deal,” E.U. High Representative Federica Mogherini, along with French, German and British foreign ministers, said in a joint statement, vowing to “protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran.” But the regime, while facing significant unrest at home over corruption and mismanagement...

Dissent In ISIS Ranks; Al-Baghdadi Still In Charge?

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Voice of America by Jamie DettmerIn an extraordinary breach of the Islamic State's culture of unquestioning obedience, an IS writer calling himself Ibn Jubayr has penned a series of five scathing articles leveling direct and unprecedented criticism at the militant group's leadership, according to a respected monitoring group.The articles come amid a growing number of dissident social media posts by apparent IS members, a stark change in a group where any suggestion of disobedience or criticism normally has been met with harsh punishment, including whippings, torture and often, execution.The latest articles, monitored last month by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), were published on the Al-Nasihah channel on Telegram, the heavily encrypted phone messaging and social networking application used by IS supporters to communicate with each other.Ibn Jubayr is believed to be a member of a dissenting circle of IS scholars and clerics, who have been sidelined by power...
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Breaking 911 GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — During a multi-state operation led by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a series of criminal arrest warrants were executed Wednesday for 17 individuals connected to an alleged criminal conspiracy to exploit illegal alien laborers for profit, fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in Nebraska and Minnesota. In addition to these arrest warrants, authorities also served search warrants for worksite hiring violations at agricultural firms in Nebraska and Minnesota, and federal document search warrants at locations throughout Nebraska, in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota; Appleton, Minnesota; and Las Vegas, Nevada.  During this investigation, authorities identified employees who were subject to arrest for immigration violations and were unlawfully working at these businesses. These individuals have been illegally residing and working in the United States; they may also have been exploited as part of this alleged criminal conspiracy.  During the execution of these...
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Jihad Watch By Robert Spencer Always, job one for the establishment media is to protect the image of Islam. “Nets Omit Islamic Ties in New Mexico Kidnapping, Starved Children Case,” by Nicholas Fondacaro, Newsbusters, August 7, 2018: As we continue to get updates on more gruesome discoveries and the squalor living conditions present at a New Mexico compound that included 11 starving children (ages one to 15) and the dead body of one child, one key detail had gone totally unreported by the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC): The ties to radical Islam. Last Friday, the Taos County Sheriff’s Office executed a raid on a makeshift compound in the New Mexico desert in the search for 4-year-old Abdul-Ghani, who was believed to have been abducted by his father 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj in Georgia back in December. And according to the Sheriff’s Office, what they found was horrific, even “third world”… The...
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The National Review Islamic Extremist Trained Children to Commit School Shootings at New Mexico Compound By Jack CroweAn Islamic extremist was training as many as eleven children to commit school shootings at a dilapidated compound in New Mexico, according to court documents filed by government prosecutors Wednesday.Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of a suspected co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, was training the children to use assault rifles before his compound was raided by authorities on Friday, CBS News reports.“He poses a great danger to the children found on the property as well as a threat to the community as a whole due to the presence of firearms and his intent to use these firearms in a violent and illegal manner,” prosecutor Timothy Hasson wrote in justifying his request that Wahhaj be held with out bail ahead of his trial. A judge complied with the request, though prosecutors...
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Fox News by Travis Fedschun Chilling new images published in Spanish media Tuesday show ISIS terrorists smiling as they prepare explosives before last year's deadly attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort town.The previously unreleased photos were leaked from the investigation into the van attack in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district and the vehicle and knife attack in the coastal town of Cambrils that killed 16 people on Aug. 17-18.ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks saying the perpetrators were “soldiers of the Islamic State."In one of the photos published by the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, one of the terrorists, identified as Youssef Aalla, can be seen smiling and posing with an explosive belt at a house in Alcanar, Spain. Authorities said at the time the terror cell used the house in Alcanar as a bomb factory, and were planning to set off bombs at high-profile targets, until a blast at the...

Britain Welcomes Radicals - Again and Again

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  by Douglas Murray  •  Gatestone Institute How expert are these two clerics at 'interfaith relations'? Well, they are so good that their main credential is their enthusiastic support for the murderer of somebody accused of 'blasphemy'. Despite criticism from Shahbaz Taseer... the UK government had no problem allowing into the UK these two men who, as Shahbaz Taseer said, 'teach murder and hate'. In the past year, the UK has banned a fair number of people from entering the country. It has, for example, barred the Canadian activist and blogger Lauren Southern. It has also banned the Austrian activist and 'identitarian' Martin Sellner. Whatever anyone's thoughts on either of these individuals, it is not possible to claim that either has ever addressed a rally of thousands of people which they have used to extol a murderer... Yet Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman has done these things – and yet has...
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The internet creates more opportunities to become radicalized. McAfee Institute The internet creates more opportunities to become radicalized. It has become a huge place for terrorists to reach out to others and exploit them to their immoral behaviors. The internet has an “echo chamber” which is a place where individuals find their ideas supported and echoed by other like-minded individuals. The web also allows radicalization to occur without physical contact. Terrorists use the internet for the following purposes: propaganda, recruitment, training, fundraising, communication, and targeting.Propaganda:Previously, terrorist’s groups would have to rely on news outlets reporting their message to the world after an attack. Now, terrorist groups can easily post the message in its entirety on their own website and include a rebuttal to opposing views.Terrorist groups can portray themselves as victims seeking a peaceful resolution who were forced into acts of violence as a last resort. Websites also host videos...
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By Katherine Lam | Fox News The three mothers of the 11 malnourished children found living in a filthy New Mexico compound were arrested and charged Sunday along with two men described as armed Muslim “extremists” after authorities raided the property in search of a 4-year-old boy.Jany Leveille, 35; Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, were arrested and charged with neglect and child abuse of the children. The three women, who were found at the compound in Amalia, initially refused to answer any questions. Siraj Wahhaj, 39, and Lucas Morton also face child abuse charges.Authorities raided the compound Friday as part of their search for 4-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who vanished last December. Abdul-Ghani’s mother reported her son missing after Wahhaj took the boy, who turned 4 on Monday, to the park in Clayton County, Ga., and didn't return, The Albuquerque Journal reported. She added the boy suffers from a...
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Exposure of minors to radical Islam is ‘alarming,’ German authorities warn.By Maxime Schlee - PoliticoGerman authorities have warned that several hundred children are at risk of Islamic radicalization and pose a “not negligible” risk to security.Children and adolescents growing up in families that follow radical Islamist teachings are “raised with an extremist worldview that legitimizes violence toward others and belittles those who do not belong to their group,” according to an analysis by Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.Children in this group show signs of “faster, earlier and more likely radicalization,” according to the report, a copy of which was seen by newspapers belonging to the Funke media group. The exposure of minors to radical Islam is “alarming” and poses a “challenge” for the years ahead, Hans-Georg Maaßen, the president of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told the media group. Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/radicalization-islamic-state-terrorism-radicalized-children-pose-security-risk-in-germany-report/...

Syria: 28 ISIS Fighters Killed In US-Led Strikes

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The National Dozens of ISIS terrorists were killed on Monday in strikes by the US-led coalition and allied fighters in eastern Syria, a monitoring group says."At least 28 ISIS fighters were killed in air and artillery strikes" in Deir Ezzor province, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.He said the coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, had carried out the attacks in the Bir Al Meleh region of the province, which borders Iraq.ISIS-held territory in eastern Syria has been reduced to a "small pocket" since early May, when the SDF launched the final phase of an offensive to expel the extremists from eastern Syria, he said. As the international coalition winds down its air war against ISIS, it has stopped releasing daily operational reports. In its weekly report on Monday, the coalition reported that between July 30...

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By The Associated PressADEN, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, is considered the most dangerous branch of the terror network after a series of failed attacks on U.S. soil.AQAP has been enmeshed in conflicts in impoverished Yemen for nearly 20 years — at times working with the government and at times facing crackdown, all the while building ties among tribes in the mountainous countryside to establish refuges and allies.___AQAP'S PREDECESSORS: What is Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula? A video explainer Read more: https://apnews.com/amp/6ae9def4aa9f43258aa80d5f61b251d0...
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USA Today Network Rochel Leah Goldblatt and Matt Spillane, Rockland/Westchester Journal News WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A 12-year-old boy is recovering and remains hospitalized days after he jumped several feet from an overpass and a police officer jumped to help him Friday. "Everything happened so fast and I think my adrenaline was pumping so high" said police Officer Jessie Ferreira Cavallo, of the Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., police department over the weekend.Ferreira, who was on her way to work in the village, was one of a few passers-by to stop to help. She said she jumped after the boy and helped him after he was unresponsive on the ground.Ferreira said she immediately parked her car on the shoulder, stuffed her pockets with first-aid materials from her car and then jumped after the boy, who she said looked like a young teenager."I wasn't thinking too much," she said. "I just knew, when I...
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Nevada Public Radio ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A teenager accused of trying to blow up a homemade backpack bomb at a St. George high school after looking at Islamic State propaganda has pleaded not guilty. The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports the 16-year-old boy entered his plea Wednesday and is due back in court Aug. 22. The teen is charged with felony attempted murder and using a weapon of mass destruction, as well as misdemeanor graffiti and abuse of a flag. The charges were filed after the smoking backpack was found in a common area of Pine View High School in March. It failed to explode.Investigators found no known connections between the boy and the terror group. He's also charged with spray-painting "ISIS is comi_" on a Hurricane High school wall in February plus cutting up an American flag and replacing it on a flagpole with a homemade ISIS flag. Read more:...
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Middle East Monitor The United Nation’s Security Council yesterday voted to delay the reduction of troops in the peacekeeping mission in Somalia, Associated Press reported.Troops part of the African Union Mission will be permitted to deploy in Somalia until 31 May 2019 according to the unanimously adopted resolution. The measure includes a reduction to a maximum of 20,626 uniformed troops by 28 February 2019. This pushed back the withdrawal of troops from October 2018 to February 2019 with a view for Somalia’s National Army to take over security details in December 2021.“AMISOM is providing the critical space while Somalia gets its own security forces up to capacity, and we hope that that will continue,” British Ambassador Karen Pierce said.“The resolution allows for a delay in the transition of AMISOM precisely so that there’s enough time and space for the Somalis to get their house in order on the security side,”...

A suicide blast that killed at least four people in the main court building in the Libyan city of Misrata has been caught on video obtained by Ruptly. The attack, claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists, was carried out by several assailants  ...
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The Hill By Hany Farid, opinion contributor The past few months have been challenging for social media companies, as a continuous stream of new revelations of internet misuse have dominated the news – privacy scandals, special user data deals with Chinese companies, antitrust violations, terrorists recruiting and inciting violence, fake news, and election meddling, to name a few.Members of the U.K. Parliament recently called Google-owned YouTube “utterly hopeless” over its handling of extremist and violent videos. A frustrated European Union Commission insisted that internet companies like Google and Facebook, must remove terrorist and other illegal content within an hour of being notified or face legislation forcing them to do so. The exasperated Germans recently began enforcing a tough hate speech law that can slap these offending multi-billion-dollar corporations with heavy fines. Tech companies rolled out big numbers earlier this year to try and convince skeptical lawmakers and advertisers that they...
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Op-Ed The Washington Diplomat By Ahmed Al Hamli and Richard BurchillIt is now one year on from the decision of four Middle East states to implement a diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar in protest to a range of matters, foremost being Qatar’s continued support for terrorism and extremism.The boycott brought to light Qatar’s failures to adhere to its international obligations concerning the funding and support of terrorism, and its absence of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Resolving these failures would require Qatar to do more than pay lip service to its international obligations and cooperation in the global framework for combatting terrorism. Twelve months, on has much changed?Since the boycott, the U.S. government has made a number of announcements that allege Qatar is showing advances in cooperation for fighting terrorism, and there exists newly signed agreements between the U.S. and Qatar on dealing with terrorist matters. But...

A Global Approach to Rooting Out Terrorism

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FBI A Global Approach to Rooting Out TerrorismInternational Law Enforcement Academy Training Program Addresses Underlying Causes of Terrorism and How to Counter Violent Extremism The United States woke up to the reality of terrorism on 9/11, but many of the African nations that participated in a recent FBI-led program aimed at countering violent extremism have been fighting terror attacks on their soil for decades.“Terrorism is a global problem, and it requires a global response,” said Special Agent Rick Hernandez, who provides counterterrorism training to the FBI’s international partners. The Bureau’s highest priority is to prevent terror attacks in the United States, Hernandez noted. “But if we can prevent an act of terrorism anywhere in the world, it helps keep America safe and it helps keep our partners safe.”The recent training—conducted at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Roswell, New Mexico—included delegations from Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Angola, Botswana, and Mozambique....