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China Slams Terrorism, But Not Pakistan

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Eurasia Review China Slams Terrorism, But Not Pakistan: Sino-India Economic Relations Unlikely To Deteriorate – Analysis By Subrata Majumder China slammed terrorism in the RIC (Russia, India, China) communique in Beijing, in the post India’s airstrike on terrorist camps in Pakistan. Its Foreign Minister Wang Yi was emphatic in saying, it was “especially important to eradicate the breeding grounds of terrorism” . But, at the same time he refrained from castigating Pakistan. He said that ”Pakistan has always been opposed to terrorism”. This exhibits China’s double face against Pakistan, even though Pakistan is recognized the global breeding centre of terrorism. To the surprise, China urges two nations to remain restrain from escalating the war tension.For the first time China made a balancing tact between India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan were engaged in several face-off and physical wars. All the time, China raised outcry against India. Read more: http://www.eurasiareview.com/01032019-china-slams-terrorism-but-not-pakistan-sino-india-economic-relations-unlikely-to-deteriorate-analysis/...
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NDTV Counterterrorism, Withdrawal Of Troops Focus Of Taliban Negotiations: US The US has been discussing counterterrorism, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue and a ceasefire with Taliban. World | Press Trust of India Washington - The US has said the ongoing negotiations with the Taliban are focused on four interconnected issues, including counterterrorism and withdrawal of troops, that will be key for any future agreement to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.A high-powered American delegation led by Special US Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has been holding meetings in Doha, Qatar with a high-level Taliban team led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.The talks have been going on for several days to finalise a draft agreement on a potential foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and to end the 17-year war in the country."These discussions are ongoing, and what they're focusing on are the four interconnected issues that are going to compose any...
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India.com Three IEDs Found at London's Heathrow, City Airport And Waterloo Station, Counter-terrorism Investigation LaunchedBy India.com News Desk London: A counter-terrorism investigation was launched after three small improvised explosive devices (IED) were found at Heathrow Airport, City Airport and Waterloo station, said the UK police on Tuesday.According to the London Metropolitan Police, the three devices sent to the above-mentioned airports’ stations are capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened. “The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is treating the incidents as a linked series and is keeping an open mind regarding motives,” read the statement further.The Met Police said: “The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices.While one mailer was found near Heathrow Airport, another mailer turned up near City Airport, and the third in the mailroom at Waterloo Station. A building...
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Six futuristic concepts on the Pentagon’s counterterrorism “wish list”by Justin Rohrlich - Quartz A Department of Defense (DoD) branch that “identifies and develops capabilities to combat terrorism and irregular adversaries” is looking for big ideas.According to a solicitation issued earlier this year, DoD’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) wants scientists and researchers to deliver, among other things, adhesive skin patches that double as alarms; color night vision; armed underwater drones; long-range facial recognition; and a device that can locate and identify human targets through solid walls.CTTSO’s request represents a “wish list” of sorts, says Paul Rosenzweig, a former deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security who has written extensively about counterterrorism.Now a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a conservative-leaning Washington, DC think tank, Rosenzweig thinks some of what CTTSO hopes to achieve is likely doable, and reasonably quickly. Certain concepts, however, will probably...
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Gatestone Institute Must We Really Be Careful What We Do Lest We Offend Extremists? by Douglas Murray  • What is striking and controversial are the repeated interventions into the debate made by the government's own 'extremism commissioner', Sara Khan. Over recent years Khan has been a hugely admirable figure. The founder and leader of the women's group 'Inspire', Khan has shown a generation of British people – including, most importantly, young Muslim women – that it is possible to be resilient against the fanatics in their faith and also to argue for the rights of women. She has been an unarguable force for good, and has had to withstand appalling pressure from Islamist groups in the UK. "It is, I think, completely misconceived to suggest that we should change our foreign policy because it might cause some people to take up arms against us. That's a form of blackmail...." —...

ISIS in America - Two Arrested

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ISIS May Be Knocked Out of Syria But It’s Alive in US Clarion Project ISIS may be knocked out of Syria, but the group is alive in the U.S., both in distributing its poisonous ideology and translating that into actual plots. Here are three ISIS supporters that law enforcement caught — two were in the process of planning attacks. Two were sentenced to almost 16 years in prison each and will have years of supervised release afterwards. The third, surprising, got only seven years.A 22-year old from New Jersey was sentenced to 16 years in prison for planning a bombing attack in New York City for ISIS.Gregory Lepsky from Point Pleasant pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He was sentenced March 1 in a federal court in Trenton. When released, he will be subject to lifetime supervision.Lepsky admitted he planned to detonate...

Algeria's Strategy to Overcome Regional Terrorism

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Algeria's Strategy to Overcome Regional Terrorism The National InterestAlgeria is vulnerable to extremism, but its successful counterterrorism efforts may provide lessons for its neighbors in North Africa and the Middle East. by Michael Greco Algeria is vulnerable to terrorism. As the Islamic State loses momentum, fears are growing that fighters could return home and spark new insurrections, a familiar tale that Algeria has little interest revisiting. Unfortunately for Algerians, the country risks a return to the “Black Decade” of the 1990s when fighters who traveled to Afghanistan to wage Jihad came back to Algeria radicalized and ignited a religious war. While there are only 175 known ISIS members from Algeria, its neighbors, Tunisia and Libya, have seen thousands of youth join the extremist group. An influx of radicalized, unemployed youth threatens Algeria’s stability and economic development. Algeria’s Ambassador to the United States Madjid Bouguerra addressed how his country seeks to...
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The algemeiner by Abigail R. Esman It’s been a relatively quiet year for jihadists in the West. This, combined with the military fall of the Islamic State, has led politicians and pundits alike to declare a victory of sorts: ISIS is defeated, they announce, or they condemn concerns about potential Islamist terrorist attacks as racist “Islamophobia.”But they are wrong.A report issued earlier this week by the Dutch National Coordinator of Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) confirms that Muslim extremism, and particularly Salafism, is on the rise across Europe — as are recruiting efforts to radicalize European Muslims through Salafist schools, mosques, and social groups.What’s more, ISIS continues to be a threat, largely through the possibility of returnees — Europeans who fought with ISIS and who now are trying to come home, bringing their ideology and training with them. ISIS also continues to recruit through propaganda, most of it online. And despite...
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By Amanda Darrach, CJR Seamus Hughes of George Washington University's Program on Extremism. Photo by Amanda Darrach.Last Wednesday afternoon, Seamus Hughes stood in his driveway in the suburbs of Maryland, scraping snow off his car. He took a break, pulled his phone from a pocket, and indulged in his favorite pastime: trawling court documents. He saw something interesting: a detention memo showing that a lieutenant in the US Coast Guard, held in Maryland on drug and gun charges, had been stockpiling weapons and human growth hormone on the recommendation of a manifesto by Anders Breivik, a Norwegian terrorist who killed more than 70 people in 2011. The lieutenant, Christopher Hasson, planned to use “focused violence” to “establish a white homeland.” He also kept a hit list of media personalities and elected officials. Hughes tweeted, and attached the memo. “Always troll the MJ court filings folks. Always,” he wrote. Soon, The...
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The Diplomat The Changing Dynamics of Islamist Terrorism in Philippines The Jolo church bombing might signal a tactical shift from the groups affiliated to the Islamic State. By Kenneth Yeo Yaoren A suicide attack was conducted at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Jolo on January 27, 2019. It was a two-stage attack – the first improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the middle of the church and the second at the church’s entrance. This attack took the lives of at least 20 and wounded more than 90. The military pinned Hatib Sawadjaan as the mastermind of the attack, a natural conclusion as the Sulu island chain is plagued with the presence of Sawadjaan’s group, Islamic State-Sulu. This attack raised the notoriety of Sawadjaan and successfully diverted resources away from hunting Abu Dar – a possible candidate as emir for the Islamic State (IS) of the Philippines...
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The Hundu U.S. urges Pakistan to take ‘meaningful action’ against terrorist groups operating on its soil The Hindu Desk U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions and avoid further military actionU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said he spoke to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the topic of taking “meaningful action” against terrorist groups operating on Pakistan soil, following an air strike by India inside Pakistan. “I spoke to Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi to underscore the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil,” said Mr. Pompeo in a statment.He said he also spoke to the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. “Following Indian counter-terrorism actions on February 26, I spoke with the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to emphasise our close...
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American Security Today Madison Square Garden Adds CLEAR Security Making New York Top Market By Tammy Waitt "Instead of using traditional ID documents, CLEAR uses biometrics – your eyes and fingertips – to confirm it’s really you. IrisID, the world’s most deployed iris recognition platform, and a 2018 Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner for Best Biometric Recognition System, provides a fast, accurate and non-contact method of capturing fans’ biometrics and identifying people. The company’s authentication systems are used worldwide for access control, time and attendance checks, national ID programs, border crossings, voter registration, and a number of other applications." Read more: https://americansecuritytoday.com/madison-square-garden-adds-clear-security-making-new-york-top-market/...
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American Military News by Laura Widener   MS-13 gang members have threatened attacks on New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers right in very homes, putting the agency on alert. The NYPD released a bulletin this week alerting officers that “members of MS-13 are looking to ‘hit’ NYPD police officers, specifically in the Brentwood/Central Islip area as well as possibly Patchogue” on Long Island. “These members are conducting reconnaissance of MOS [members of service] private residences,” the bulletin added. The department has warned its officers to remain on alert while on or off duty and take precautions to ensure their safety. Officers have also been advised to change up their daily routines in order to make them less predictable, and thus, less vulnerable to attacks. Read more: https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/03/ms-13-threatens-attacks-on-nypd-officers-in-their-homes/...
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How Minneapolis' Somali community became the terrorist recruitment capital of the USBy Hollie McKay | Fox News MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – More men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country.FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the country where Muslim refugees have been resettled.In the case of the Somalis, it's no longer just the men. Early last year, a female was apprehended by authorities on charges of...
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Coast Guard Officer Accused Of Plotting Terrorist Attack Charged With Illegally Possessing Silencers In Homeland Security A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of planning a domestic terrorist attack illegally possessed silencers among the arsenal of weapons prosecutors contend he stockpiled for his plot, according to new court filings.A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted Christopher P. Hasson, 49, of Maryland, adding two charges related to the unlawful possession of silencers to the drug and weapons counts he has faced since his Feb. 15 arrest.Two silencers Hasson had in his possession did not have serial numbers and had not been registered as required by law, the U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland said in announcing Hasson’s indictment. The indictment, which does not include any terrorism-related counts, did not indicate why the silencers lacked serial numbers. Read more: https://inhomelandsecurity.com/coast-guard-officer-accused-of-plotting-terrorist-attack-charged-with-illegally-possessing-silencers/...

RCMP planning for return of Canadian ISIS members

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Global News ‘We need to get ready’: RCMP planning for return of Canadian ISIS members By Stewart Bell    The RCMP is preparing for the return of at least a dozen Canadians detained in Syria amidst the collapse of the so-called Islamic State, a senior law enforcement official has told Global News. The capture of suspected Canadian ISIS members, and uncertainty over their fate due to a planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, has prompted the RCMP to ramp up preparations for their possible arrival.   As part of a national strategy now being put in place, police are working with prosecutors to prepare charges and peace bonds against the detainees, and speaking with allies to manage their return to Canada. Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/5004932/rcmp-preparing-for-return-isis/...

UN: We’re Underestimating Threat From Jihadi Brides

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Clarion Project Renu Begum, eldest sister of Shamima, holds her sister’s photo as she is interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard in 2015. Shamima went on to become a jihadi bride – three times over and now wants to return to the UK. (Photo: Laura Lean / WPA Pool / Getty Images)The threat from jihadi brides is palpable and possibly underestimated, according to the United Nations counter-terrorism body.The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate believes the penal system in Syria and Iraq may not be able to cope and if ISIS women are left in those areas, that:    “could exacerbate future Isis-related threats and, more generally, threaten the long-term recovery and stability of the region.” Read more: https://clarionproject.org/un-were-underestimating-threat-from-jihadi-brides/...
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The Washington Examiner by Tom Rogan On Thursday, the Pakistani terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed killed at least 40 Indian security officers in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir province. Confronting terrorism and supporting an important democratic partner, the United States should respond positively to India's request for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting. As an Indian government statement put it: "We strongly reiterate our appeal to all members of the international community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including [JeM] Chief Masood Azhar, as a designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council ..."India and the world have good reason to want Azhar on that list. A longtime Islamist fanatic known both for his orchestration of brutal attacks and for his cultivation of global Sunni fanaticism; Azhar is a terrorist's terrorist. But while much of the world recognizes as much, China and Pakistan do not. That matters,...

India Hits ‘Terror Camps’ Inside Pakistan

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FARS News Agency TEHRAN (FNA)- India announced that it has conducted airstrikes against “terror camps” inside Pakistan, shortly after the Pakistani military accused New Delhi of violating its territory in the Kashmir region, dramatically escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors weeks after a suicide attack in the disputed Kashmir region.“Twelve Mirage 2000 Indian fighter jets struck major terrorist camps across the Line of Control (LoC) and completely destroyed it [sic] by shelling 1,000 kg bombs,” unnamed Indian Air Force sources told Asian News International, and Indian news agency based in New Delhi, on Tuesday, World News reported.Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tweeted, “Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC (Line of Control) and Completely destroyed it."Pakistan first reported the Indian airspace incursion, with Pakistani military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor saying its air force jets were scrambling to respond,...
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NL Times By Janene Pieters There are still jihadists who are making plans to commit an attack in the Netherlands, the national coordinator for counter terrorism and security NCTV said in its latest threat assessment. The chance of an attack in the Netherlands remains real, and the threat level is therefore still at 4 on a scale of 5, NOS reports.According to the NCTV, the remaining threat is shown by the arrest of seven men in September last year. These arrests are believed to have foiled an attack. The 'September 27 cell', as the NCTV refers to the group, shows that the jihadist struggle continues after the fall of the ISIS caliphate, also in the Netherlands. Members of this group did have contact with other jihadists in the Netherlands and abroad, but they seem to have operated alone and did not share their plans. "The size of the cell is...