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Terrorism

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Radio Free Europe By RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service KYIV -- Taras Kozak, an associate of Ukrainian pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk has been questioned by the country's Security Service (SBU) over terrorism-related cases.SBU spokeswoman Olena Hitlyanska told RFE/RL that Kozak's questioning on October 3 was related to probes launched into terrorism, financing terrorism, and money laundering.Kozak, who owns the media holding that includes the 112 Ukraine and NewsOne television channels, said in a televised interview that he was not charged with any crime and was questioned as a witness.Last week, the Ukrainian National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting refused to extend 112 Ukraine's broadcasting license, citing the channel's "failure to fix violations of the broadcast concept since 2014." Read more: https://www.rferl.org/amp/pro-russian-ukrainian-politician-s-associate-questioned-in-terrorism-case/30197729.html...

Clarion Special Report: NY’s Sharia Patrol

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Clarion Project By Ryan Mauro and Martin Mawyer When Muslim Community Patrol & Services rolled their police-cruiser-like cars onto the streets of New York City in November 2018, there was no prior media briefing, no public announcement, no ceremony or grand unveiling.SummaryNot surprisingly, the sight of official-looking cars – made to look like police New York City cars — emblazoned with the words “Muslim Community Patrol” cruising the avenues of Brooklyn and Staten Island—in the United States of America—was quick to generate news coverage, commentary and alarm.Most of the mainstream American media reacted in typical fashion. Ever fearful of offending radicalized Muslim communities or digging too deeply into unsavory truths, they gushed in glowing news reports about the new patrol cars and portrayed them as a “neighborhood watch” for Muslim-dominated areas.Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said the Muslim patrol units would help keep the city safe and vowed that his...
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4 stabbed in Manchester mall attack; assailant arrested for terror offenses Authorities say man arrested in connection to knife attack in northwestern England; three victims hospitalized By James Pheby    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Counter-terror police were on Friday probing a mass stabbing at a shopping center in northwest England that left several people injured and needing hospital treatment.The attack happened at the Arndale shopping centre in the heart of Manchester, the city where an Islamist extremist suicide bomber killed 22 after an Ariana Grande concert in 2017.A man in his 40s was detained on suspicion of serious assault, but was later arrested on a charge of “the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “shocked by the incident,” adding: “My thoughts are with the injured and all those affected.”Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/5-stabbed-in-manchester-mall-attack-counter-terror-police-investigating/...

U.S. Moves to Restart Taliban Peace Process

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U.S. Moves to Restart Taliban Peace Process Top U.S. envoy meets with Taliban in bid to revive deal; measures could include prisoner swap or reduction in violence By Jessica DonatiWASHINGTON—U.S. officials and representatives of the Afghan Taliban have begun discussing ways to revive a peace process after talks fell apart last month, according to people familiar with the discussions.The top U.S. envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, met international diplomatic counterparts in New York in late September and met with the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this month. The meetings touched on confidence-building measures that could include a possible prisoner swap or a reduction in violence, according to the people familiar with the discussions. President Trump last month declared that talks with the Taliban were dead, and abruptly canceled plans to meet Taliban officials at the Camp David presidential retreat to complete an agreement hashed out during a year of bilateral...
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TIME Al-Qaeda Bomb Maker Once Dubbed 'World's Most Dangerous Terrorist' Was Killed 2 Years Ago, White House Says By Madeleine CarlisleIbrahim al-Asiri, a senior al-Qaeda bomb maker and terrorist coordinator, was killed two years ago in a United States operation in Yemen, the White House announced on Thursday.Al-Asiri had been in hiding in Yemen for years and was the repeated target of U.S. drone strikes. The U.S. mistakenly believed they had killed him in a 2011 strike. They later targeted a man they believed was al-Asiri in a May 2012 strike, but he turned out to be another al-Qaeda leader.As TIME wrote in 2013, the Obama administration believed al-Asiri was “the most dangerous terrorist in the world.” He was connected to the failed “underwear bomb” aboard a U.S.-bound flight on Christmas Day 2009, and allegedly built bombs that nearly detonated within two Chicago-bound international cargo planes in 2010. Al-Asiri also...