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TSA stops traveler with flowers containing hidden knife A passenger flying through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last month was stopped when a knife was found hiding in flower stems the traveler was trying to bring in their carry-on.The traveler was stopped during the routine screening of carry-on luggage on July 23, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shared.The passenger will reportedly face a civil penalty for having a concealed weapon. Read more: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/us-world-news/tsa-stops-traveler-with-flowers-containing-hidden-knife...

A Ticking Time Bomb: Meeting The ISIS Women Of Al-Hol

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A Ticking Time Bomb: Meeting The ISIS Women Of Al-Hol The Defense Post by Joanne Stocker A pregnant woman was reportedly beaten to death this week in a Syrian refugee camp housing tens of thousands of people displaced by the war against Islamic State where they live among the militants’ wives and children in conditions described by international agencies and reporters who have visited the camp as harsh, dire, and even apocalyptic.The woman, identified as 30-year-old Sodermini by ANHA news agency, was six months pregnant, and originally from Indonesia. On July 28, her body was discovered in a tent and taken to a hospital run by the Kurdish Red Crescent, where an autopsy determined she had suffered tremendously before she died.The Indonesian government said it is investigating the circumstances of her death, and the woman is believed to be among about 50 Indonesian adherents to Islamic State living among about...
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ISIS, Eyeing Europe, Could Launch Attacks This Year, U.N. Warns The New York Times By Nick Cumming-BruceGENEVA — Less than five months after the military defeat of the Islamic State in Syria, a United Nations report is warning that the group’s leaders could launch international terrorist attacks before the end of the year, including those intended to “exacerbate existing dissent and unrest” in European nations.In a bleak assessment of the global spread of jihadist movements, a report by United Nations analysts on the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee said that Islamic State leaders, despite their military defeat in Syria and Iraq, are “adapting, consolidating and creating conditions for an eventual resurgence” in those countries.The group, though hobbled by a lack of financing, is also exploring ways to “reinvest in the capacity to direct and facilitate complex international attacks,” the July report said.“The current abatement of such attacks, therefore, may not last...

The aftermath of the El Paso shooting

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The Clarion Project Understanding El Paso By Meira Svirsky In the aftermath of the El Paso shooting, there has been a fresh outcry against white supremacy. The shooter appears to have posted a manifesto online explaining in detail his motives for the attack and the racist ideology behind it.Liberals, like Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke, who represented El Paso as a congressman, have already used the horrific shooting to accuse President Donald Trump of encouraging the white supremacist ideology by stating their mantra “[Trump] is a racist and stokes racism.”Other Democratic candidates have made similar comments about the El Paso shootings, saying that Trump’s push to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico demonizes immigrants in the eyes of Americans.Conservatives argue the opposite. They point to the reasons that Trump himself says about why he wants to build a wall: to stop the powerful Mexican drug cartels from using...
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Aaron Martinez, El Paso Times The U.S. Attorney’s Office is conducting a simultaneous investigation looking into filing federal hate crime and domestic terrorist charges against the suspect involved in a mass shooting at an East El Paso Walmart.U.S. Attorney for Western District of Texas John Bash said that his office is investigating the mass shooting by Patrick Wood Crusius, 21, to indict him on federal hate crime, domestic terrorism and federal firearm charges. The investigation will be separate but will be conducted with state and local law enforcement investigations. Crusius is accused of killing 20 people and wounding 26 during a mass shooting at an East El Paso Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall at about 10:40 a.m. Saturday.“We are conducting a methodical investigation with our (law enforcement) partners,” Bash said at a news conference Sunday morning. “A careful investigation with a view toward bringing federal hate crime charges…and federal firearm...
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FBI investigate 3 homes where El Paso shooting suspect had stayed after capital murder charge By Nicole Darrah | Fox NewsFBI agents executed several search warrants at three homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas on Sunday where the suspected gunman in the El Paso Walmart massacre had stayed.One of the locations was reportedly the home of Patrick Crusius’ grandparents in Allen, Texas, where authorities shut down streets following the shooting. In a news conference on Sunday afternoon, FBI Special Agent Jeanette Harper said forensic processing had begun on the evidence taken from the homes. She did not disclose what was found or confiscated , saying the investigation is ongoing.She added that interviews were being conducted in Dallas and San Antonio, adding that Crusius has no contacts in El Paso. Harper said at this point there is "no credible intelligence" that Crusius is "part of a group."Another FBI spokeswoman...
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CNA Six bombs explode in Bangkok as city hosts major security summit BANGKOK: Six small bombs exploded at three locations in Bangkok on Friday (Aug 2), injuring four people and rattling the Thai capital as it hosted a Southeast Asian security meeting that includes top diplomats from the United States and China.   The first small explosions were heard during rush hour, just before 9am (10am Singapore time), at two sites in central Bangkok. Further blasts hit a government complex hosting several ministries in the north of the city.  Four people were injured, the Erawan Medical Center said. It added that the injuries were not serious and the four people were being treated at hospitals.Three of those hurt were women cleaning the street when a bomb went off. Pictures on local websites showed them looking dazed and getting treatment from medics. One was taken into an ambulance.The other casualty was near...
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The New York Times With Guns, Cash and Terrorism, Gulf States Vie for Power in SomaliaBy Ronen Bergman and David D. KirkpatrickWhen a small car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in the bustling port city of Bosaso in northern Somalia, local news reports chalked it up to Islamist militants retaliating for American airstrikes. At least eight people were wounded, and a local affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility.The attack, however, may have also been part of a very different conflict: one among wealthy Persian Gulf monarchies competing for power and profits across the Horn of Africa.Over the last two years, war-torn Somalia has emerged as a central battleground, with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar each providing weapons or military training to favored factions, exchanging allegations about bribing local officials, and competing for contracts to manage ports or exploit natural resources.In an audio recording obtained by The New York...
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Security Today Shielding the AttendeesVehicle tragedies emphasize need for pedestrian protection at large eventsBy Greg HammBy their very nature, terrorist attacks and errant drivers, who can also create untold damage, are unpredictable and predicated on surprise. Staying one step ahead by identifying vulnerable areas, and securing them, is critical to staving off vehicular attacks. That means being able to deploy security equipment in tough conditions, at a moment’s notice.Terrorists typically don’t go where they see barricades, so placing them wherever possible attacks can happen reduces security risks dramatically. Temporary barriers are often used to protect facilities while permanent ones are being built. Plus, they’ve even been effective for the long-term where physical conditions preclude permanent solutions. Such are the cases at two very different events thousands of miles apart, New Orleans’ annual Mardi Gras and the Commonwealth Games held four years apart at varying British commonwealth nations.This has been happening...

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  25 years after the deadly Hezbollah terror attack on the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, rescuers at the devastating scene finally share their story.   ...
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The Detroit News Robert Snell, The Detroit News Detroit — A Dearborn man captured overseas and charged with supporting the Islamic State fought in two countries, fired on Syrian forces and trained in religious and military camps, federal prosecutors said.Prosecutors provided new details about Ibraheem Musaibli's journey to jihad and the nearly three years he spent in Yemen, Iraq and Syria before he was captured by Syrian Democratic Forces in July 2018.The government revealed the new details Monday while trying to convince U.S. District Judge David Lawson to prevent Musaibli and his lawyer from seeing classified evidence that, if disclosed, could harm national security.Musaibli's case presents one of the first times the Trump administration is using federal courts to prosecute a returning foreign fighter. Musaibli was brought back to Metro Detroit last year and charged with conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Read more: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2019/07/30/feds-chart-dearborn-man-ibraheem-musaiblis-path-isis-terror-camp/1867869001/...

Bus Hit By Roadside Bomb In Afghanistan, 32 Killed

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Associated Press By RAHIM FAIEZ KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb tore through a bus in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 32 people, including children, a provincial official said.Mohibullah Mohib, spokesman for the police chief in Farah province, said the explosion also wounded 15 people. Most of the wounded were said to be in critical condition, indicating the death toll could rise.The bus was traveling on a main highway between the western city of Herat and the southern city of Kandahar.No one immediately claimed responsibility, but the Taliban operate in the region and frequently use roadside bombs to target government officials and security forces. The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan is also known to have been behind attacks in the area. IS militants frequently target civilians, especially the country’s minority Shiites. Read more: https://apnews.com/f927b5d363014467969e3f715e6e57ff...
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  The Times of Israel US intel officials say Hamza bin Laden killedUS intelligence officials believe Hamza bin Laden, the son and successor of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, is dead, according to an NBC news report.The US officials would not confirm to NBC the details of the younger bin Laden’s death, or if the US was involved.Earlier this year, US government offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of bin Laden, who was becoming an increasingly prominent figure in the terror network. Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/us-intel-officials-say-hamza-bin-laden-killed/...
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Asharq Al-Awsat Daraa - Riyad al-Zein Local sources in southern Syria said that concern prevails in the Yarmouk Basin area, southwest Daraa, over the large number of ISIS members who returned to the area after the Syrian regime started releasing them in batches since early last month.Most of those ISIS militants were members of the Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid, the local ISIS affiliate.The western Daraa countryside was ISIS’ last stronghold in the area, before the Assad forces took over the Yarmouk Basin, via a military campaign, backed by Russian aircraft and settlement opposition factions in August 2018.Since then, Daraa has been in a state of security chaos, with hundreds of people arrested, including those who have agreed to the settlements with the regime's forces, which have also obliged many into forced conscription. This has angered several residents, especially the factions that agreed to the settlements.Activists in the Yarmouk Basin told...
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The Defense Post UN ISIS investigator calls for Nuremberg-style international tribunal Staff WriterBAGHDAD, Iraq (AFP) – The head of the United Nations special probe into Islamic State crimes has called for trials like those at Nuremberg of Nazi leaders to ensure the jihadists’ victims are heard and their ideology “debunked.”For a year, British lawyer Karim Khan has traveled around Iraq with a team of almost 80 people to gather evidence and witness testimony for the U.N. body known as UNITAD.“It’s a mountain to climb”, the human rights specialist told AFP, as the investigative team works to analyze up to 12,000 bodies from more than 200 mass graves, 600,000 videos of ISIS crimes and 15,000 pages from the group’s bureaucracy. Crucifixions, slavery, beheadingsFive years ago, when their self-proclaimed “caliphate” spanned territory the size of the United Kingdom, the jihadist group imposed its brutal rule over seven million people across Iraq and...
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Justice Dept.: 2 refugees from Somalia arrested in Tucson, accused of providing support to ISIS By FOX 10 StaffPosted Jul 29 2019 03:09PM MSTPHOENIX (FOX 10) - Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice say two refugees from Somalia have been arrested in Tucson and accused of providing material support to ISIS terrorists.In a statement, officials say Ahmed Mahad Mohamed, 21, and Abdi Yemani Hussein, 20, were arrested at Tucson's airport on July 26, after the two checked in for their flight to Egypt. They reportedly were trying to head to Egypt's Sinai region to join ISIS.According to officials, Mohamed and Hussein were talking with an FBI undercover who they believed was a supporter of ISIS ideology. In their conversations, both Mohamed and Hussein revealed they want to travel overseas in order to fight on ISIS' behalf, or conduct an attack within the U.S. if they were unable to travel....
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USA Today US man allegedly wanted to kill American soldiers, arrested while trying to join Taliban Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY A 33-year-old American man living in New York City's Bronx borough faces terror charges after his arrest at a New York airport while allegedly en route to join the Taliban in Afghanistan to kill U.S. soldiers, according to federal court documents.Delowar Mohammad Hossain, who is originally from Bangladesh and later became a U.S. citizen, was arraigned Friday in federal court in New York City. He was arrested Friday at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he was about to board a flight to Thailand on the first leg of his journey to Afghanistan, prosecutors said. Hossain is accused of allegedly trying to provide "material support" for the Taliban, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, by joining their ranks.According to prosecutors, Hossain had been under surveillance since at least September 2018. He was...
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Suspected Boko Haram Attack on Funeral in Nigeria Leaves at Least 65 DeadBy Ibrahim Sawab, Anemona Hartocollis and Mike IvesMAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Villagers in northeastern Nigeria are fleeing their homes, leaving everything behind, after armed men on motorbikes roared into their area and gunned down funeral mourners on Saturday, killing at least 65 people, officials said on Monday.Officials attributed the attack to Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group that has terrorized the region for the last 10 years, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault.The attack on Saturday, in the village of Badu Abachari, north of the city of Maiduguri, was in retaliation for an earlier clash, officials said.Villagers have formed defense groups, armed with hunting guns and knives, to resist Boko Haram. People in the village that was attacked had repelled a militant assault two weeks earlier, said Mohammed Bulama, council chairman of the Nganzai...
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WSOC TV By Cox Media Group National Content Desk GILROY, Calif. - At least one gunman opened fire Sunday at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, killing three people and injuring 12 others, according to authorities.Gilroy police said late Sunday that officers shot and killed the suspect, identified as Santino William Legan, 19. Officers said they were investigating reports that a second person might have been involved in the incident.    Chief Smithee: Gun shots were heard around 5:41pm and officers engaged #GilroyActiveShooter in less than a minute. Witnesses stated there may be a 2nd shooter, investigation continues.   — Gilroy Police (@GilroyPD) July 29, 2019Here are the latest updates:Update 3:25 p.m. EDT July 29: Santa Clara County Health System spokeswoman Joy Alexiou told reporters Monday that three people who were taken to St. Louise Regional Hospital after the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting have since been discharged or were never admitted,...
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Medianama Big Tech release transparency report for the Global Internet Forum to Counter TerrorismBy Aditi Agrawal  On July 24, 2019, Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter announced that they had introduced a new pillar to their the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT)— crisis response, released their first GIFCT Transparency Report, and added Pinterest and Dropbox as members. The four companies came together in June 2017 to form the GIFCT. The first workshop was held on August 1, 2017 in San Francisco. Crisis response focussed on content incident protocolThis fourth strategy is a result of promises made in the Christchurch Call to Action, the GIFCT will introduce “joint content incident protocols for responding to emerging or active events” such as the terrorist attack in Christchurch. This will allow member companies to share, process, and act upon relevant information quickly and efficiently.Features of the protocol:Can be triggered by a real-world event...