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Global Times China, Singapore conduct joint exercise on urban counter-terrorism Source: XinhuaA bilateral army exercise between the Singapore Armed Forces and the People's Liberation Army of China started here Saturday at Singapore's Jurong Camp with an emphasis on urban counter-terrorism cooperation.Some 240 personnel from the two sides are participating in Exercise Cooperation which will last till Aug. 5. They will engage in tactical training such as urban rappelling, live firing and surveillance before a combined urban raid.Commander of the 3rd Singapore Division, Brigadier-General Frederick Choo, and Deputy Political Commissar of China's Southern Theater Command Army, Major-General Liu Jia, officiated at the opening ceremony.Choo noted in his speech that they value greatly the close bilateral ties between Singapore and China and Exercise Cooperation is one of the cornerstones of the bilateral defense relations."Besides sharing operational experiences, one key highlight of Exercise Cooperation has always been the cultural exchange that takes place...
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FBI raid uncovers buckets of body parts, 'unsettling scenes': report By Brie Stimson | Fox NewsA former Arizona body donation center is facing multiple lawsuits after an FBI raid revealed body parts piled on top of each other, a cooler filled with penises and a head sewn onto another body, court documents released this month reportedly said.The now-closed Biological Resource Center was among several places in the state that accept bodies for profit, the report said. The 2014 raid was brought to light in a multi-state investigation into the sale of body parts, a report said. The 33 plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit said the company obtained their relatives’ bodies through “false statements," and they were not treated with dignity or respect, according to AZ Central. The lawsuit is set to go to trial this October.The company's owner Stephen Gore pleaded guilty in 2015 to conducting an illegal enterprise after...
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Arab News Video shows Houthi militia beating corpse, chanting ‘death to America’ DUBAI: A video of purportedly recorded by Houthi militia was shared on social media this week, showing a corpse being beaten while men chant “Death to America! Death to Israel.”The footage showed a corpse being dragged on the ground by his left arm while the armed men chant the Houthi slogan: “Death to America! Death to Israel! Curse the Jews, and victory for Islam.”The video also showed the men kicking and stabbing the dead body.The man, identified as Mojahed Al-Ghuli, was from the Amran province in northwest of Yemen and helped the militants in local battles. There were however people in the video who were shouting that he was a traitor.“Houthis did not just kill him, they also mutilated his body and dragged it after they bombed his house,” Yemen’s Media Minister Moammar Al-Aryani said. Read more: http://www.arabnews.com/node/1530141/middle-east...
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KDKA CBS 2 Pittsburgh Syria Native Accused In Church Bomb Plot Arraigned On Terrorism Charges PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The young man from Syria facing federal terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to bomb a Pittsburgh church was back in court Wednesday for his arraignment.According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 21-year-old Mustafa Alowemer was arraigned in U.S. District Court on terrorism charges.He pleaded not guilty and requested a trial by jury.Attorneys on both sides asked for three weeks for the trial, the Post-Gazette reports.Alowemer is accused of planning to bomb the Legacy International Worship Center on the North Side.Read more: https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/07/24/mustafa-alowemer-pittsburgh-church-bomb-plot-arraignment/...
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The National ISIS affiliate releases video of Nigerian aid workers begging for their livesISIS West Africa Province has murdered kidnapped humanitarian workers before Six Nigerian charity workers kidnapped in Borno state last week have appeared in a video where they begged for their lives.The workers said their captors were from the local ISIS affiliate, which has executed humanitarian staff before.Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday that talks were taking place to negotiate the release of the hostages.In a three-minute video shared online on Thursday, a woman who identified herself as Grace begged her employer and the Nigerian government to help free her and the five men kneeling behind her.The Christian Nigerian said she worked for Action Against Hunger and she and her colleagues were being held by militants who called themselves "the Calipha".The video was released through the same channels as previous footage from the ISIS-linked IS West Africa...

Child Recruits: Just How Bad Is It?

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by Clarion Project From Iran to Turkey, Hezbollah to Hamas, child recruits are prized. But don’t think it’s just a problem “over there.” ISIS and other extremist groups are busy recruiting American youth as well.     Read more: https://clarionproject.org/child-recruits-just-how-bad-is-it/...

Dutch Court Convicts ISIS Militant Of War Crimes

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Reuters Dutch court convicts Islamic State militant of war crimesAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch judges on Tuesday convicted an Islamic State militant of war crimes in Iraq and Syria and sentenced him to 7-1/2 years in prison after he posed with a crucified body and shared images of dead victims online.Netherlands-born Oussama Achraf Akhlafa, 24, was found guilty of membership of a terrorist organization. He fought alongside IS militants in Mosul in Iraq and in Raqqa, Syria, between 2014 and 2016.Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 7 years, 8 months.The court said Akhlafa had posed smiling next to the crucified body of a man who had been executed by IS, and had posted the picture on Facebook.“He violated the personal dignity of the deceased, thereby breaching the Geneva Convention”, the court said, in a reference to the treaties protecting the rights of war victims. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-netherlands-syria-warcrimes/dutch-court-convicts-islamic-state-militant-of-war-crimes-idUSKCN1UI1FU...
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WSBT TV by Leandra Bernstein WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — On the eve of the highly-anticipated testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller, FBI Director Christopher Wray largely avoided the political fray and outlined a host of threats facing the United States in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Wray was pressed on U.S. election security, the ongoing foreign interference operations from Russia and he assessed China to be the "most severe" threat to the United States from a counterintelligence perspective.The FBI director was also asked to weigh in on the national debate on race and his agency's role in investigating and prosecuting crimes motivated by far-right and far-left ideologies.Wray confirmed that "a majority" of the domestic terrorism cases the FBI has investigated are motivated by some version of white supremacy. He further stated that during 2019, agents arrested roughly the same number of individuals on charges of international terrorism...
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Newsmax AG Barr Calls for Big Tech's Help Against Terror, Cartels, Crime By Cathy Burke   Attorney General William Barr says big technology companies have to help law enforcement officials investigate terrorists, drug cartels, and other criminal suspects who use encrypted messaging apps.In an address Tuesday at the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York City, Barr said encrypted and secure "consumer products and services" offered by Apple, Facebook, and other tech firms threaten national security, The Washington Times reported. Those products include messaging, smartphones, email, and voice and data apps that prevent unauthorized scrutiny of their content."By enabling dangerous criminals to cloak their communications and activities behind an essentially impenetrable digital shield, the deployment of warrant-proof encryption is already imposing huge costs on society," Barr declared, the Times reported.Law enforcement officials have argued encryption thwarts their ability to prosecute criminals and pushed for access in 2015 to the encrypted...
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Fox News by Hollie McKay | Fox News Children born to wives and fighters of the crumpled ISIS caliphate who are now left to fend for themselves in wretched refugee camps throughout Syria are being radicalized at increasingly younger ages, an ominous trend that's emerged as the newest front in the ongoing battle to stop terror from taking root in new generations.At the al-Hol camp in Syria's northeast Rojava region, the problem is on full display. “We will stand on the heads of the apostates and crush them one by one. By the will of Allah, Islamic State caliphate remains,” five young boys and one little girl chant confidently with fingers waving, an ISIS signature, from inside a tent purportedly at al-Hol.The disturbing new video, obtained this week by jihadist monitoring service Jihadoscope after being circulated on pro-ISIS Telegram channels, comes on the heels of two other videos which surfaced...
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The Algemeiner With Eye Toward ‘Complex Challenges’ in Future Wars, IDF Counter-Terrorism School Provides Innovative Training to Snipers and Subterranean Fighting Units by Benjamin Kerstein The Israel Defense Forces’ counter-terrorism school is trying to use innovative tactics and training programs to maintain quiet on the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and prepare for future wars.In particular, the Lotar Counter-Terrorism School trains and equips snipers and underground fighting units.Snipers have perhaps the most difficult and potentially explosive task on the Gaza border — using live fire to prevent infiltration and attacks on Israel’s border communities.Deaths from Israeli live fire frequently make the international news and tend to be spun to Israel’s detriment, making the snipers a major part of the media war.A new rifle has been issued to prospective snipers, and tactics are being changed to emphasize non-lethal targeting if possible. “The goal is to wound, not kill,” a high-ranking...
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Taliban Claims Responsibility for Suicide Bombing Killing 9 People Outside Pakistani Hospital By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD / AP(DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan) — A female suicide bomber struck outside a hospital in Pakistan on Sunday as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting against police, in a complex assault claimed by the Pakistani Taliban that killed a total of nine people and wounded another 30.Salim Riaz Khan, a senior police officer in Dera Ismail Khan, said gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on police in a residential area, killing two. He says the bomber then struck at the entrance to the hospital, killing another four police and three civilians who were visiting their relatives. He said eight police were among the wounded, and that many of the wounded were in critical condition.Inayat Ullah, a local forensics expert, said the female attacker set off 7 kilograms (15 pounds) of explosives packed...
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13 people experience what it's like to be a Detroit Homeland Security Investigations agentBy Koco McAboy - Reporter, Derick Hutchinson - ClickonDetroit.com DETROIT - What's it like to be a federal agent, investigating drug crimes, terrorism and human trafficking? Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit gave 13 members of the community a chance to experience what agents do.Local 4's Koco McAboy got a look inside the first Homeland Security Citizens' Academy.Portia Lockett was ready for an intense day of training for Homeland Security Investigations, but she isn't a special agent. She is part of the Citizens' Academy learning how HSI agents get the job done."I'm just embracing the knowledge so I can pass it on to anyone I come across within the community to say, these ladies and men put their lives on the line every single day for all of us," Lockett said.She normally directs other people in her job...
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Forbes Warning As Iran 'Ready To Strike' In The West Using Sleeper Terror Cells: Report Zak DoffmanCybersecurity With tensions between Iran and Britain escalating over the seizure of the Stena Impero tanker, the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph reported on Monday (July 22) that British intelligence agencies "believe Iran has organized and funded sleeper terror cells across Europe including the U.K. and could greenlight attacks in response to a conflict in the Gulf."The claims refer to Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi'a group that has been designated as a terrorist organization—in whole or part—by much of the West. In June, the same newspaper reported that a devastating cache of explosives, linked to Hezbollah, had been discovered in London by security agencies back in 2015. The three tons of ammonium nitrate was "more than was used in the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people." Hezbollah is sponsored by Iran, and back in 2015, the...
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New York Post Trio sentenced to death for beheading backpackers in ISIS-inspired slayingsBy Jackie SaloThree jihadists were sentenced to death in Morocco for butchering two female Scandinavian backpackers in an ISIS-inspired execution.Ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud, Younes Ouaziyad and Rachid Afatti were convicted of terror charges Thursday in the trial over the grisly slaughterings back in December.Maren Ueland, 28, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, were fatally wounded Dec. 17 in a tent on a Christmas camping trip near Mount Toubkal, one of Morocco’s highest peaks.Prosecutors allege that Ejjoud, 25, and Ouaziyad, 27, beheaded the hikers while Afatti, 33, recorded the slayings on his phone. All three men pledged allegiance to ISIS in a video before the murders.The trio was sentenced along with 20 other accomplices who received jail terms ranging from five to 30 years. Read more: https://nypost.com/2019/07/18/trio-sentenced-to-death-for-beheading-backpackers-in-isis-inspired-slayings/...
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New footage by Iran purportedly shows commandos rappelling onto UK-flagged oil tanker By Lukas Mikelionis | Fox NewsVideo reportedly shows Iranian commandos rappelling onto seized UK tankerRaw Video: New dramatic footage released by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards purportedly show Iranian commandos and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto a British oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz.New dramatic footage released by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Saturday purportedly shows their commandos in black ski masks and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto a British oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz.The video shows several small Guard boats surrounding the larger Stena Impero tanker as it moves through the strait. Above, a military helicopter hovers before several men rappel onto the ship.The high-quality video, aired on Iranian state TV, appeared to be shot with at least two cameras, one from a speed boat-like vessel and one from the chopper.Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-uk-tanker-video-commando-rappelling...
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The New York Times Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf By David D. Kirkpatrick and Megan Specia LONDON — Iran said Friday that it had seized a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, and the tanker’s owner said it had lost contact with the vessel as it appeared to be heading toward Iran. The British government said it was urgently seeking information about the incident. The possible seizure of the ship, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz, was the latest episode in three months of escalating tensions between Iran and the West. It came a day after the United States said it had downed an Iranian drone in the area, which the Iranians denied. There were also unconfirmed reports on Friday that a second British-owned tanker may have been seized. Britain and Iran have been embroiled in a dispute for the past few weeks...
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Jail: Inmate detailed plan to join ISIS, made bomb threats in note FOX 35 ORLANDO DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An inmate at the Volusia County Branch Jail is accused of threatening to bomb several government buildings in Florida and around the country. Ethan Russell, 18, faces a felony charge of making written threats to kill after he handed a jail officer a five-page handwritten note detailing his plans to join ISIS, the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and bomb seven locations.Among his targets were the White House, the U.S. Capitol building, the Pentagon, Orlando International Airport, the Amway Center, Daytona International Speedway and the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand. Read more: http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/local-news/jail-inmate-detailed-plan-to-join-isis-made-bomb-threats-in-note...
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The Jerusalem Post The government announced Tuesday that it was creating “a public registry of persons and entities connected to acts of terrorism and its financing.” By JTA STAFF BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Argentina took a step closer to declaring Hezbollah a terrorist group. The government announced Tuesday that it was creating “a public registry of persons and entities connected to acts of terrorism and its financing.” While neither Hezbollah nor any other group or person being considered for blacklisting are listed, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich indicated that Hezbollah will be added.The announcement comes two days before the 25th anniversary of the deadly bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that Argentina and other countries say was carried out by Hezbollah.President Mauricio Macri said last week that Argentina will consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization.The Argentine government and judiciary had been using the U.N. Security Council registry, which does not include the...
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The Jerusalem Post Israeli Air Force to build hardened aircraft hangers at a cost of $10 million. By Anna Ahronheim Israel’s military will provide anti-missile protection to 20 strategic sites across the country, as well as build additional hardened aircraft hangers to protect against the threat posed by Hezbollah’s missile arsenal.According to a report in Jane’s Defence Weekly, the Israeli Air Force is looking to build an unspecified number of strengthened aircraft hangars at a cost of $10 million in an area of about 4,000 sq.m.The work will see the construction of about 1.5 km. of taxiways, 3.3 km. of service roads, 2,150 sq.m. of auxiliary facilities, 450 sq.m. of administrative buildings, 1,900 sq.m. of utilities tunnels and 5,600 sq.m. of general storage buildings, the report said, quoting a notice published on the USU Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) websiteIn addition, according to a report in Haaretz, the IDF’s Home Front...