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Intelligence agencies believe Syed Zabiuddin Zakiuddin Ansari, who goes by the alias Abu Jundal, was one of at least four handlers who operated out of a control room set up in Karachi by Charul ShahHindustan Times, Mumbai When Indian intelligence agencies listened to the phone conversations between the terrorists and their handlers during the 26/11 attacks, one voice stood out. The handler spoke with an unmistakable Indian accent.“The government guarantees us a lot, but the administration arrests young Muslim boys,” said the handler from a control room in Pakistan. “The government must know that this is just a trailer, the real movie is yet to come,” he said while coaching the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives during the terror attacks that were carried out in different south Mumbai locations in November 2008.That voice, according to Indian investigators, belongs to 37-year-old Syed Zabiuddin Zakiuddin Ansari, who goes by the alias Abu Jundal.Born in...

The Middle East "Truce": Why Hamas Cannot Be Trusted

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by Bassam Tawil  •  Gatestone Institute These benefits for Hamas are exactly why the proposed truce is dangerous and sends the wrong message to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorists. A truce now says that if you engage in violent, extortionistic acts, you get what you want. This victory for Hamas will, of course, only increase the terrorists' appetite and motivation to continue their attempts to kill as many Jews as possible. They will see any truce as a retreat on the part of Israel in the face of violence and terrorism. Hamas will now have more time to prepare for the next war against Israel. The proposed truce will give Hamas breathing space to smuggle more weapons into the Gaza Strip, dig new tunnels and recruit thousands of Palestinians to its ranks. A real truce between Israel and the Gaza Strip will be achieved only after the jihadi terrorists are...
ABC 15 - Arizona by Cameron Polom PHOENIX - The highly-anticipated midterm election is finally upon us. Polls will open across Arizona at 6 a.m. Tuesday.But, with that, comes major preparation for officials to set up a safe and secure voting system.That's paramount here in our state, where we were one of the most targeted states in the 2016 election. That has election officials on alert.When votes start rolling in Tuesday, a team of cyber-detectives will be staring at computers screens filled with code."They're going to be looking at the systems, they're gonna be looking for breaches, they're gonna be looking for attacks coming in," said Dr. Milton Mattox. Cyber Expert with Scottsdale based Cipher Loc, Dr. Mattox says with the state of Arizona in the crosshairs, leaders are taking unprecedented steps to secure your vote. Read more: https://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/cyber-security-is-top-of-mind-for-many-on-election-tuesday...
CNET Homeland Security's biggest election concern is what comes after you voteDHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the midterms will be the “most secure election we've ever had.” It's the appearance of discord the day after that worries her.by Alfred Ng The biggest concern for election security isn't about Election Day -- it's about the day after, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said."My biggest concern is that a foreign entity will take the opportunity after the election, or the night of the election, to attempt to sow discord through social media by suggesting that something's not working as it should in a particular area," Nielsen said Friday morning at a Council on Foreign Relations event in New York.The conversation with Nielsen about comes just four days before Election Day and amid major DHS efforts to protect the US elections from foreign interference.That includes assisting election officials in all 50...
Counterterrorism Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released October’s Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly assessment of the Committee’s continuing effort to highlight the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists. Key Points: September 28, 2018: Federal prosecutors announced that they will be seeking the death penalty for Sayfullo Saipov, who conducted the October 31, 2017 vehicle attack on a bike path in New York City that left eight dead. September 28, 2018: Dutch police arrested seven individuals for plotting a “large scale event” in the Netherlands. They seized firearms, including AK-47s, small arms, grenades, completed bombs, and bomb-making materials. Three members of the group had previously been convicted of attempting to travel to join ISIS. The group was targeting two locations with the intent of maximizing the number of casualties. The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated two individuals...

Vehicular Terrorism in the Age of Vision Zero

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CITYLAB by Nicole Gelinas Deadly attacks by car and truck are on the rise, but cities often fail to respond in ways that protect the most vulnerable road users. Here’s how anti-terror infrastructure can ease walking, biking, and public transit use, not impede it. London, New York, Toronto, Nice, Munster, Barcelona, Toronto, Charlottesville, Berlin, Stockholm: Over the past two years, at least 146 people have died, and hundreds more have suffered injury, at the hands of killers wielding not guns or bombs, but using cars and trucks as weapons of terror.Cities have so far responded to this new threat in an ad-hoc manner. Many have begun to erect physical barriers between the walkers who define their urban spaces and the multi-ton vehicles whose drivers pose a growing threat.But while some physical barriers are necessary, government officials need to create and adhere to core principles in protecting their residents, workers, and...
ArmyTimes by Michelle TanThe U.S. service member killed Saturday in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan has been identified as Maj. Brent Taylor, a Utah Army National Guard soldier who also served as the mayor of North Ogden, Utah.Another soldier was wounded in the same attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. That soldier was reported to be in stable condition after receiving medical treatment at Bagram Airfield.Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a statement Saturday morning.The attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan partner forces, according to reports received by USFOR-A.The incident is under investigation.“We are devastated by the loss of our mayor and friend, Brent Taylor,” according to a statement on the North Ogden City Facebook page. “Our hearts and thoughts go to Jennie, their children, and other family members as they deal with this tragic loss....
Reuters by Jibran Ahmed and Asif Shahzad PESHAWAR, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Muslim cleric Sami ul-Haq, known as the "Father of the Taliban" for having taught some of the Afghan Islamist movement's leaders, was found killed on Friday in a Pakistani city, a relative and his deputy said. Unknown attackers killed the cleric, who runs an Islamic seminary in northwestern Pakistan, his deputy Yousaf Shah said. There were conflicting reports of exactly how he was killed and why his bodyguard and driver were apparently not there to defend him at the time of the attack. Shah initially said that Haq had been shot dead. Haq's nephew Mohammad Bilal told Reuters that his uncle was found with stabbing and gunshot wounds in a house he owns in an upscale area on Islamabad's outskirts. "When the assailants entered his house ... They first started hitting Mullah Sami ul-Haq with knives and daggers and...
The Washington Times Homeland Security says at least 270 criminals are part of caravanWomen and children being used as 'human shields' to thwart police By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times At least 270 people traveling among the thousands in the new migrant caravans have criminal records, Homeland Security said Thursday, putting numbers to President Trump’s claims last month.U.S. officials also said the caravan could begin to arrive in a few days, though it could also take weeks, depending on how they travel the length of Mexico and whether they make any more long stops along the way.Mexican government officials, whose police have already clashed with some members of the caravan, described some participants as “very violent.” Meanwhile foreign governments tell the U.S. that perhaps 50 percent of the caravan is made up of single adults, complicating the narrative of thousands of women and children fleeing their homes.Homeland Security said...
The Jerusalem Post By REUTERS MOSCOW —  Russia opened an investigation into suspected terrorism after a 17-year-old youth blew himself up on Wednesday in the lobby of an office belonging to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) in the north of the country.Russia's Investigative Committee said the unnamed teenager had detonated a homemade bomb in the lobby of the FSB, the country's main domestic security and intelligence service, in the city of Arkhangelsk. It said he had died on the spot.Investigators said they had identified the teenager as a resident of the city, which is around 1,000 km (620 miles) north of Moscow, but did not name him.Three FSB employees were wounded in the blast, the Investigative Committee said in a statement. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Teenage-suicide-bomber-attacks-Russian-security-office-wounds-three-570774...

Islamic Terrorists Murder 15 in Nigeria

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Islamic Terrorists Slaughter 15 in Nigeria The Daily Caller News Foundation At least 15 civilians were killed late Wednesday night in Nigeria after a suspected Boko Haram attack on several villages and one refugee camp near the city of Maiduguri in the country’s northeast.According to a report from Reuters, the attackers used small arms and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) during the attack, and some of the victims were found burned inside their homes. “The terrorists attacked and completely burned Bulaburin and Kofa villages and burnt half the Dalori 2 IDP (internally displaced persons) camp,” said Babakura Kolo, a civilian militia commander, according to a report from Al Jazeera. “They killed nine people in Bulaburin, two people in Dalori, and one in Kofa and looted food supplies before setting them on fire.”Witnesses told reporters that the killings were “indiscriminate,” and that the attackers “gunned down civilians” before looting the villages for food....
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE Dallas officers remove Kazakhstani man convicted of concealing evidence for Boston Marathon bombersDALLAS — Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed a Kazakhstani man on Oct. 23 who was previously convicted for concealing criminal evidence for one of the Boston Marathon bombers.Dias Muratovich Kadyrbayev, 24, a citizen of Kazakhstan, was convicted June 2, 2015, of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice for removing and disposing of incriminatory items from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room. Tsarnaev was later convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three innocent bystanders, and subsequently two police officers.Kadyrbayev’s crimes are considered aggravated felonies under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Kadyrbayev was sentenced to six years in federal prison at the Federal Correctional Institute in Big Spring, Texas (FCI Big Spring). Under federal law,...

Japan to reinforce counter-terrorism unit

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  NHK WORLD-JAPAN The Japanese government plans to reinforce its counter-terrorism unit within the Foreign Ministry to prepare for upcoming international events in the country.Japan is set to host the G20 summit and the Rugby World Cup next year, as well as the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.The government is planning to strengthen the structure of the intelligence unit that monitors international terrorism amid increasing concerns over terrorist and cyber attacks.The unit, which was set up 3 years ago, currently consists of about 90 members from the Foreign and Defense ministries, the National Police Agency and other government bodies.The members, who are dispatched to 17 diplomatic missions abroad, are exchanging information with the local security and intelligence agencies.Japanese officials say the unit's efforts led to the recent release of journalist Jumpei Yasuda who had been held by militants in Syria. Read more: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181030_20/...
Times of Israel TV report: Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than StuxnetBy TOI staff    Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Israeli officials are refusing to discuss what role, if any, they may have had in the operation, an Israeli TV report said Wednesday.The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark, and two days after Iran acknowledged that President Hassan Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged. It also follows a string of Israeli intelligence coups against Iran, including the extraction from Tehran in January by the Mossad of the contents of a vast archive documenting Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and the detailing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN in...

Second migrant caravan storms into Mexico

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By Associated Press  Second migrant caravan storms into Mexico: 'Violent' group from Central America carrying BOMBS and guns defies a huge police presence to cross the border from Guatemala as Trump deploys 5,200 troops The second caravan making their way up through Central America have members armed with explosives Had gasoline bombs made of soft-drink bottles, and improvised PVC tubes to launch fireworks  Mexican federal police briefly blocked the migrants from crossing the Suchiate River on Monday But the migrants soon defied the law enforcement presence and broke through into Mexico   Many tried to swim or wade across to Mexico, some while carrying children Law enforcement avoided a second day of violence, a day after a confrontation left one migrant dead   The second migrant caravan, believed to be armed with bombs and guns, crossed into Mexico on Monday despite a huge police presence. Hundreds of migrants following in the footsteps...
Military Times By: Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday.They will now be among Taliban representatives negotiating for peace in Afghanistan, a sign some negotiators in Kabul say indicates the Taliban’s desire for a peace pact.Others fear the five, all of whom were close to the insurgent group's founder and hard-line leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, bring with them the same ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam that characterized the group's five-year rule that ended in 2001 with the U.S.-led invasion. "The Taliban are bringing back their old generation, which means the Taliban have not changed their thinking or their leadership," said Haroun Mir, political analyst in the Afghan capital. "What...
CBS 12 by Maxine Bentzel BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — Lone wolf attacks like the one in Pittsburgh have become all too common over the past few years.“Religion should build bridges of love and knock down walls of separation,” said Rabbi Silver.Rabbi Barry Silver is still reeling over the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.Silver's father-in-law lives and worships there and lost a friend, so it hit close to home. He said the community has been offering him support, but he knows now more than ever that he must do more.“We do believe we will need security now tragically in the short run. We will need security,” Silver said.Counter-terrorism expert Lisa Ruth said it’s just too hard for law enforcement to track down a lone wolf like the shooter in Pittsburgh.“A lone wolf attack takes far less planning for starters," she said. "You don’t have to have an organized center, a leader, a...

Report: 5,000 US troops to deploy to US-Mexico border

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American Military News by Melissa Leon The Pentagon is apparently set to deploy an additional 5,000 U.S. troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, officials announced Monday.Troops would be sent from Texas, Arizona and California, the Wall Street Journal first reported. The number is a sharp increase from the 800-troop deployment that was reported last week, as the migrant caravan that has built up to about 7,000 people heads through Mexico toward the United States. The caravan of approximately 7,000 migrants is trekking northward through Mexico with the goal of entering the U.S. Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico have failed to stop the caravan so far, prompting President Donald Trump to announce he would follow through with his threat and begin cutting foreign aid to those countries.President Donald Trump in April signed an order that deployed the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, when there was another, smaller migrant caravan en...

How to fight domestic terrorism

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The Hill By Joseph Moreno, opinion contributor Another mass shooting has left 11 worshippers dead and four police officers injured, this time at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh. In the days prior, more than a dozen pipe bombs were mailed to Democratic Party figures, thankfully intercepted before detonation. Despite the heroic efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and our other law enforcement agencies this week, the violence that has rocked the nation may revive calls for more aggressive laws to detect and prevent domestic terrorism and other lone wolf attacks. But while such inclinations may be well intentioned, the answer to these horrendous acts should not be a slew of new laws that could potentially lead to government overreach and abuse.Public outcry following the attacks of 9/11 led to the swift enactment of the Patriot Act and other new...

Could Sending Mail Bombs Be Classified as Terrorism?

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VOA by Sirwan Kajjo Although it has not yet been determined whether the suspect in custody in the mailing of explosive devices to critics of President Donald Trump will be charged with terrorism, at least one analyst asserts that this week’s spate of mail bombs can be labeled as such for several reasons.Randall Rogan, an expert on terrorism and hostage negotiation and a professor of communications at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., laid out his logic: "I would define these acts as domestic terrorism — terrorism being defined as acts of violence or threat of violence against non-combatants for political reasons, with ‘political’ being used very broadly to be inclusive of religious, social and other ideological purposes, and this is domestic in nature."Rogan admitted, though, "The definition of terrorism is vague, with no truly universally accepted definition."The Patriot Act, passed in 2001 after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, defines...