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Asia Times By John McBeth, JakartaLegal teams are interviewing witnesses across the region in preparation for the long-awaited trial of Indonesian terrorist leader Riduan Isanuddin, who has been incarcerated at the United States-run Guantanamo Bay detention facility for 13 years.Isanuddin, 55, better known as Hambali, was captured by American and Thai intelligence agents in Thailand’s ancient riverside capital of Ayutthaya in August 2003, 10 months after the devastating Bali bombing which he stands accused of funding.Ironically, the alleged mastermind of the attack will apparently finally go on trial more than a decade after Indonesia and its often criticized judicial system prosecuted the last of the Bali bomb perpetrators, along with 250 other militants linked with the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror network. Two US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and two military prosecutors were in Jakarta late last year to gather evidence, and a defense team visited Kuala...
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Driverless Car Bomb Plot Shows The Threat From ISIS Supporters Who Are Unable To Fight Abroad The Independent Analysis: Preventing jihadis from wreaking death and chaos abroad is having consequences at home by Llizzie Dearden An Isis supporter who attempted to create a driverless car bomb is the latest terrorist to plot an attack on the UK after failing to join Isis abroad.British security services have been heavily criticized for allowing at least 900 men, women and children to leave for Syria and Iraq since 2014.The flow of jihadis has dried up since the UK and international partners increased efforts to intercept anyone attempting the journey and prosecute them for terror offenses. Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/isis-attacks-uk-plot-farhad-salah-syria-prevent-threat-a9005886.html...
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By Victor Morton - The Washington Times The rifle-wielding attacker who tried to burn an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Washington over the weekend wrote a self-justifying manifesto repeating many standard Democratic talking points about the border crisis and other issues.In a three-page document posted on Seattle TV station KIRO’s website, Willem Van Spronsen cited popular left-wing historian Howard Zinn, said that “i am antifa,” criticized the Electoral College and accused the U.S. of running “concentration camps” on the border.Willem Van Spronsen, 69, declares early on in his manifesto that “evil says concentration camps for folks deemed lesser are necessary. the handmaid of evil says the concentration camps should be more humane,” using a term usually reserved for Nazi Germany’s death camps, but introduced in the border-security debate last month by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.He also mocked people criticizing Ms. Ocasio-Cortez for intellectual sloppiness, referring to “these...

FBI: The Homegrown Threat

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Federal Bureau of Investigation The Homegrown ThreatBooklet Lists Observable Indicators of Potential Violent ExtremistsA list of nearly four dozen observable behavioral signs that someone might be planning to commit an act of extremist violence is contained in a newly updated publication released by the country’s foremost counterterrorism organizations.Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators, 2019 Edition, produced by the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Department of Homeland Security, contains a broad list of 46 behavioral indicators listed in color-coded groupings of how clearly the indicators might demonstrate an individual’s likelihood of engaging in terrorist activity. The booklet updates a prior version published in 2017.The agencies authored the updated publication to help law enforcement—and the public at large—recognize potentially dangerous behaviors as the U.S. faces a heightened threat from homegrown violent extremists.“The booklet provides our partners with tools to identify concerning behavior so that it can be responsibly reported to law...
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Acting CBP Commissioner: Some critics either misinformed or lying about agency, actions By Charles Creitz | Fox News U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are being wrongfully criticized and attacked by misinformed or intentionally misguided people, according to Mark Morgan, the acting CBP commissioner said.Law enforcement and the intelligence community are likely successfully tracking potential threats against the agency and its infrastructure, Morgan claimed Monday on "The Ingraham Angle.""It's absolutely dangerous," he said of some of the opposition to the agency's mission of border enforcement."I have full confidence that the law enforcement mechanisms and intelligence agencies are watching these groups." "A lone wolf or violent extremist are very hard to prevent," he said, referring to a 69-year-old Antifa activist shot and killed by Washington state police after attacking an ICE facility in the Evergreen State.Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mark-morgan-cbp-unjust-unfair-border-immigratoin...
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The Ellsworth American Hancock County law enforcement leads the state in solving cases by Kate Cough ELLSWORTH — If you commit a crime in Maine, there’s a 64 percent chance you’ll get away with it, according to the latest data from the Maine Department of Public Safety, which collects monthly reports from agencies around the state.Unless you’re in Hancock County that is, where law enforcement officers solved 60 percent of crimes in 2017 — the highest percentage of any county in the state.“We’ve always taken pride in our high clearance rate,” said Ellsworth Police Department Chief Glenn Moshier. “It can be misleading but I think it can be a useful tool.”A crime is considered “cleared” (solved) when a suspect has been charged, arrested or turned over to the court. Cases may also be considered cleared for other reasons, such as when a suspect dies, or if a victim declines to...
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Nine.Com.Au Islamic State oil minister 'killed' in Syrian hideout: report By Mark Saunokonoko A high-ranking Islamic State leader who allegedly masterminded the extremist group's half-billion-dollar oil smuggling enterprise has been killed in a firefight, according to reports. Thabit Sobhi Fahd Al-Ahmad, a self-styled minister of oil in the now dismantled so-called caliphate, was gunned down in his hideout by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to a statement. The SDF statement said the attack in Deir Al-Zor province, east of Syria, was carried out in cooperation with the US-led Coalition forces. Ahmad was considered to have a close relationship with the elusive leader of IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who remains at large - despite several reports in the past claiming he had been killed. The smuggling of black market oil had been a lucrative cornerstone of the IS economy, which helped the group take over vast swathes of Iraq and...

'Sweden is at War' with 61 No-Go Zones

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"Sweden is at War"   by Judith Bergman  •  July 13, 2019 at 5:00 am   In 2017, a Swedish police report, "Utsatta områden 2017" ("Vulnerable Areas 2017") showed that there are 61 such areas -- also known as no-go zones -- in Sweden. They encompass 200 criminal networks, consisting of an estimated 5,000 criminals. Most of the inhabitants are non-Western immigrants and their descendants. In March, the Swedish National Forensic Centre estimated that since 2012, the number of shootings classified as murder or attempted murder had increased by almost 100 percent. "Sweden is at war and it is the politicians who are responsible. Five nights in a row, cars have been set on fire in the university town of Lund. Such insane acts have occurred on hundreds of occasions in various places in Sweden over the past fifteen years. From 1955 to 1985, not a single car was ignited...
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NBC News Decorated special forces soldier dies in combat in Afghanistan Sgt. Maj. James Sartor "was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional," a military official said. By Tim StellohA Special Forces company sergeant was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan, military officials said Sunday.Sgt. Maj. James Sartor, 40, died Saturday in the country’s northern Faryab Province, U.S. Army Special Operations spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said in a statement.Additional details about Sartor’s death were not immediately available.Sartor, of Teague, Texas, was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, Colorado, Bymer said. He deployed to Iraq as an infantryman in 2002 and later as a Green Beret. Sartor had served in Afghanistan twice — once in 2017 and again this year.Sartor, who went by "Ryan," joined the Army in June, 2001, and was given more than 20 awards and decorations during his military career. He will...
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The Epoch Times Police Kill Antifa Extremist Attacking Immigrant Detention Facility By Ivan Pentchoukov Police in Tacoma, Washington, killed an armed Antifa extremist early on July 13 after the man threw firebombs at an immigrant detention building and cars in the parking lot and attempted to blow up a large propane tank.The man succeeded in setting one car on fire before officers responded at 4 a.m. and gunned him down, according to the Tacoma Police Department. The man was armed with a rifle and wore a satchel with flares, the police said. No officers were hurt in the encounter.“This morning’s attack at the ICE detention center in Tacoma was a horrific act of violence that has shaken us all,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wrote on Twitter.Inslee, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, quickly turned to politics, attacking President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, but added: “Violence is not acceptable. We must be...
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The Jerusalem Post By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL Terrorist group Hezbollah linked to 30 mosques/centers in GermanyReport states Hezbollah is working to "strengthen the bonds" between Lebanese living in Germany and the terror organization. The intelligence agency for the city of Hamburg has reported that 30 mosques and cultural centers in Germany have ties to the US-classified terrorist organization Hezbollah.“In Germany there are currently about 30 known cultural and mosque associations in which a clientele regularly meets that is close to Hezbollah or its ideology,” the agency wrote this past week.According to the 282-page document reviewed by The Jerusalem Post, “The collection of donations is one of the most important tasks of the associations” where Hezbollah operatives meet.“The associations are characterized by the effort to strengthen the bonds of the Lebanese living here [in Hamburg] with their homeland and to the organization.” Read more: https://www.jpost.com/International/Islamic-Terrorism/Terrorist-group-Hezbollah-linked-to-30-mosquescenters-in-Germany-595545...
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The Hill A former senior counterterrorism official in the Obama administration is calling on the U.S. to initiate a dialogue with allies about the potential threats of Chinese telecom giant Huawei.Nate Synder warned Monday that Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government pose security concerns to the international intelligence community as the telecom giant looks to help build 5G wireless networks in the U.S. and abroad.“Huawei’s not just interested in the U.S. — they’re looking at a global scale,” Synder told Hill.TV during an interview.“This goes into not only our national security but theirs in also the way we share intelligence and information with these partners as well,” Synder added. “We wouldn’t want to share critical sensitive information on a network that we somebody’s more than likely listening in on.”The Trump administration has already taken steps to crack down on use of the company’s equipment.The U.S. Commerce Department last Friday blacklisted...
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Warminster Officer Jumps Into Moving Pickup Truck After Driver Suffers Seizure The rescue was caught on video from Bunda's police cruiser dashcam camera By NBC10 Staff A Warminster, Pennsylvania, police officer jumped into a pickup truck that was rolling out-of-control along a busy Bucks County road after the driver suffered a seizure behind the wheel.Officer Ryan Bunda was able to apply the brakes of the white Ford truck with his hand as it rolled eastbound along County Line Road near Newtown Road on Tuesday. Watch video at https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-international/Warminster-Officer-Jumps-in-Moving-Pickup-After-Driver-Suffers-Seizure-512588471.html...
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US-made missiles found in Libya compound belonged to FrancePARIS — France’s Defense Ministry acknowledged Wednesday that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military.A statement said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so did not violate an arms embargo. It said they were damaged and no longer operational, and were put into storage for destruction.The revelation risks being highly embarrassing for France, which has offered support for LNA leader Khalifa Hifter. Hifter controls much of eastern Libya and is fighting militias in Tripoli loosely allied to a weak, U.N.-backed government. Pro-government fighters seized the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles, UAE-made Yabhon drones, and Russia-made Kornet anti-tank guided missiles in June.France denied transferring the missiles to Hifter’s forces and said the Americans had been informed. Read more: https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2019/07/11/us-made-missiles-found-in-libya-compound-belonged-to-france/...
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Fishers brothers charged with manufacturing automatic rifles for ISIS by FOX59 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Two Fishers brothers are facing charges for allegedly manufacturing automatic rifles for ISIS.Moyad Dannon, 21, and Mahde Dannon, 20, each face one count of attempting to provide material support and resources, including firearms, to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). They also face several firearms-related charges.Both men were arrested on May 15 and remain in custody.Court documents say in June 2018, Mahde came up with a “scheme” to deliver guns to a convicted felon who was actually cooperating with the FBI. He then got his brother involved and introduced him to the informant.Between July and December of 2018, the brothers allegedly sold illegally-obtained guns to the cooperating individual. The Department of Justice says the brothers also started manufacturing untraceable “ghost guns” by purchasing unserialized firearms parts online and assembling those parts into fully-functioning, .223 caliber,semi-automatic...
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Bloomberg U.K. Navy Intervenes After Iran Tries to Stop British Oil Tanker By Tim Ross and Anthony Dipaola The British Navy intervened to stop Iran from blocking a BP Plc oil tanker, the U.K. government said, in the latest evidence that merchant shipping is becoming increasingly embroiled in the wider confrontation with the Islamic Republic.The BP-operated British Heritage, which can carry as much as 1 million barrels of oil, was attempting to pass through the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping chokepoint at the mouth of the world’s largest oil-producing region, when “three Iranian vessels attempted to impede it,” according to a U.K. government statement.The HMS Montrose “was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, which then turned away,” the statement said. The frigate was escorting the tanker, which had remained inside the Persian Gulf to avoid being targeted...

Iraqi Forces Targets ISIS Sleeper Cells

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Asharq Al-Awsat Iraqi army units, backed by the international coalition and with the participation of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), continue to target ISIS terrorists in three governorates: Nineveh, Salaheddine, and al-Anbar on the Iraqi border with Syria.The Ministry of Defense issued a statement announcing that the military operation dubbed “Will of Victory” would continue under the supervision of the Joint Operations Command, indicating that the island’s operations command was able to destroy two terrorist sites and two explosive devices.Nineveh operations command added that the air force succeeded in killing three terrorists inside a vehicle, asserting the operation will continue until achieving all of its objectives.Meanwhile, the Popular Mobilization Forces confirmed the participation of about 13 brigades in “Will of Victory”, less than a week after Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced a plan to restructure the PMF within the Defense Ministry's military forces.Read more: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1804941/iraqi-forces-target-isis-sleeper-cells...
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By Don Snyder | Fox NewsThe Islamic State caliphate may have fallen in the Middle East, but the terrorist group still strikes fear in Germany.A newly released German government intelligence report for 2018 finds a high level of danger from ISIS returnees. Of the more than 1,000 Germans who traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight for the terrorist group, 350 are back in Germany. Others have died, or remain in Kurdish prisons, mainly in Syria, with a small number in Iraq.Some of the returnees are in German jails, while others await trial. Some are in hiding after slipping through the European Union’s porous borders. The German government has admitted having completely lost track of more than 160 of the former ISIS militants, the DW reported.The report by Germany’s domestic security agency, Bundesamt fur Verfassungsschutz (BFV), warns that the returnees, who are glorified by domestic radical Islamic groups, may commit...
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South China Morning Post China hosts Taliban delegation to discuss Afghan peace process, counterterrorism issues    * Beijing has paid great attention to the evolving situation in Afghanistan in recent years, foreign ministry says * China supports Afghans resolving their problems themselves through talksReuters China recently played host to a Taliban delegation as part of efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, Beijing said on Thursday.Representatives of the fundamentalist movement, which has been fighting for years to expel foreign forces and defeat the US-backed government in Kabul, have been holding talks with US diplomats for months.The focus has been the Taliban’s demand for the withdrawal of US and other foreign forces in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan will not be used as a base for militant attacks.Taliban negotiators have also met senior Afghan politicians and civil society representatives, including in Moscow recently, as part of a so-called intra-Afghan dialogue to...
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  Federal Bureau of Investigation Early Terrorism Investigation Terror Comes to U.S. Soil - The Bomb ‘Outrages’ of 1919 Late one evening, a series of mysterious figures placed powerful bombs outside nine deliberately chosen residences stretching from Boston to Cleveland.A carefully coordinated campaign of terror had begun.The targets included three judges, a state representative, a silk manufacturer, an immigration official, a mayor, Catholic priests, and the U.S. attorney general.The first two bombs exploded at around 11:15 p.m. on June 2, 1919—a century ago this month. By 1:00 a.m. the next morning, all of the devices had detonated.The force of the explosions, each fueled by around 20 pounds of dynamite, was massive. Entire neighborhoods were shaken by the blasts. Homes were destroyed or badly damaged. Many windows were completely blown out. Flying glass and debris wounded several people, including a young girl. One night watchman was killed.In the nation’s capital, Attorney...