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By: FOX 10 Staff PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- A man who was shot and wounded in Fountain Hills after allegedly advancing toward a Maricopa County Sheriff's sergeant with a knife has been charged with terrorism-related charges.According to court documents, 18-year-old Ismail Hamed has been charged with two counts of Intentional Act of Terrorism, which is a felony, in a direct complaint to the court that was filed on Tuesday. In court documents obtained by FOX 10, Hamed is accused of providing advice, assistance, direction or management to ISIS on January 7, and accused of commiting an act of terrorism on the same day. Court documents did not provide any further information on the exact nature of the criminal complaints. In the deputy involved shooting incident, Sheriff's officials say Hamed called 911, saying he wanted to talk to a deputy at MCSO's Fountain Hills substation northeast of Phoenix. They say an...

Spotlight on Global Jihad - January 10-16, 2019

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The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center At the Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center Following is an overview of the situation in Syria, against the backdrop of the Trump declaration and the American political and media activity surrounding it: The ISIS-controlled enclave on the east bank of the Euphrates River is gradually shrinking. It is now reduced to a pocket around 10 km long and 6 km wide. A senior SDF official announced that ISIS operatives were “living their final moments.” A spokesman for the Coalition said that the SDF was advancing but the fighting was still ongoing. According to one report, ISIS operatives asked the SDF to open a safe passage for them, leading to the desert areas of Iraq. It is possible that the ISIS operatives are also considering the possibility of fleeing to the desert areas west of the Euphrates River. The evacuation of the...

How Africa became the hotbed for terrorism

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PULSE by Motolani AlakeInstead of dying slowly, terrorists groups across Africa are using one strategy and its working. While the global terrorism index reported that deaths from terrorism fell by about 27% in 2017, Nigeria was still ranked third on the list of most terrorized countries with a score of 8.660. Other Africans in the top 20 are Somalia and Egypt with a score of 8.020 and 7.345 respectively.The drop from the Global Terrorism Index released in December 2018 continues the trend of consistent dwindling of terrorism deaths since 2014. The reason for the welcome dwindling in numbers is the result of ISIL’s continuing decline. The index reports that, “The number of deaths from terrorist attacks attributed to ISIL fell by 52 per cent in 2017, with total incidents falling by 22 per cent.“There was a corresponding decrease in the lethality of attacks, highlighting the weakening capacity of the organization....
EXCLUSIVE: The elite forces operative was on an admin run but ran back to his car to collect his equipment Mirror UK By Matt Roper The British SAS hero who stormed alone into an under-seige hotel in Kenya to rescue hostage was out shopping when the attack was launched, military legend Chris Ryan has revealed.The elite soldier, who is in Kenya training the country's special forces, was on an "admin run" when al-Shabaab terrorists stormed the nearby hotel complex, killing 14 people, including a British charity worker.And he sprinted back to his car, where he had left his equipment, before heading to the hotel to take on the terror gang single-handedly.It had been reported that the soldier, a serving member of the elite unit, had been taking part in training Kenyan troops when they got word of the attack and went to respond.Read more: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/sas-hero-who-stormed-kenya-13865997...

2019 Homeland Security/Cybersecurity Policy Outlook

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JDSUPRA by Dentons As of this writing, a partial government shutdown is ongoing, driven exclusively by disagreement over funding for President Trump’s long-sought border wall. The President, with support from key Congressional Republicans, is insisting on the inclusion of $5.7 billion in border wall funding in the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act, which has been met with staunch resistance from Congressional Democrats. Since Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives on January 3, both sides have become further entrenched in their respective positions. However, mounting political pressure on both parties arising from the real-world impacts of the shutdown, including: air travel safety and security issues; a potential food stamp funding shortfall; federal employees applying for unemployment benefits in the face of their first missed paycheck; a delay in disaster relief funding for US farmers; national parks being turned into wastelands; a freeze on...