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Weekly Blitz Christine Douglass WilliamsFormer Obama White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco is warning that “the terror threat getting worse.” She is referring, of course, to the jihad threat that neither she nor any other Obama official dares to name. It was the Obama Administration that tied the hands of counter-jihad analysts by scrubbing all reference to Islam from counterterror training materials, making it nearly impossible for intelligence and law enforcement agents to know and understand the people they were trying to stop. While serving as FBI director, Robert Mueller “decided to purge hundreds of counter-terrorism training materials that arguably rendered America less safe in the face of a growing domestic Islamic extremist problem.”Today the media is quick to attack Trump as racist when he speaks about the jihad threat. Had Trump said the same thing Monaco said, he would be accused of stoking irrational fears.Read more:...

International Terrorism Prosecutions: 2018 Wrap-Up

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Lawfare By Emma Broches, Julia Solomon-Strauss In the past few months, prosecutors have tried, juries have convicted, and judges have sentenced  defendants from the height of the Islamic State’s power in 2014–15. Meanwhile, American law enforcement continues to prosecute individuals involved in terrorist-related crimes in the United States, even as new challenges—like prosecuting foreign Islamic State fighters—arise. The material support provided to designated foreign terrorist organizations by these subjects has varied widely, from distributing propaganda to waging attacks in the United States to attempting to travel to join the Islamic State or helping others travel to providing funding. And although terrorism prosecutions involving individuals affiliated with the Islamic State have dominated the headlines, other defendants associated with al-Qaeda affiliates and other groups have recently been tried, convicted and sentenced.Islamic StateMaterial support charges for travelLaw enforcement continues to arrest individuals attempting to travel to join the Islamic State. On Oct. 25,...
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By SUDARSAN RAGHAVAN | The Washington Post | Published: December 29, 2018TAIZ, Yemen — Last year, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on a powerful Yemeni Islamist warlord, accusing him of being a "prominent military instructor" and fundraiser for al-Qaida who had also at one point "served with" the Islamic State and financed its forces.But Abu al-Abbas is not on the run. He is not even in hiding.By his own admission, Abbas continues to receive millions of dollars in weapons and financial support for his fighters from one of Washington's closest Middle East allies, the United Arab Emirates, undermining U.S. counterterrorism goals in Yemen.The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, leads a regional coalition waging war in Yemen even as a humanitarian crisis there worsens. The coalition's main goal is to defeat the northern Yemeni rebels known as Houthis and restore the country's ousted government. The United States assists it with intelligence...
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Los Angeles Times By Tony Barboza, Meg James and Emily Alpert Reyes What first arose as a server outage was identified Saturday as a malware attack, which appears to have originated from outside the United States and hobbled computer systems and delayed weekend deliveries of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers across the country.Technology teams worked feverishly to quarantine the computer virus, but it spread through Tribune Publishing’s network and reinfected systems crucial to the news production and printing process. Multiple newspapers around the country were affected because they share a production platform.The attack delayed distribution of Saturday editions of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune. It also stymied distribution of the West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, which are printed at the Los Angeles Times’ Olympic printing plant in downtown Los Angeles. Read more: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-times-delivery-disruption-20181229-story.html...

2 Americans among 5 ISIS fighters captured in Syria

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Fox News 2 Americans among 5 ISIS fighters captured in Syria, official says By Dom Calicchio Two Americans were among five ISIS fighters recently captured in eastern Syria, according to a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.The Americans were identified as Warren Christopher Clark (aka Abu Mohammad al-Ameriki) of Houston, and Zaid Abed al-Hamid (aka Abu Zaid al-Ameriki), originally from the U.S., but no specific location was reported.Clark was identified in an NBC News report last February as an American who had sent his resume to ISIS, in hopes of joining the terror group.“We are aware of open source reports of reportedly American citizens currently in custody who were believed to be fighting for ISIS," Navy Cmdr. Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman, told Fox News in a statement. "However, we are unable to confirm this information at this time. The incident is under investigation." Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/world/2-americans-among-5-isis-fighters-captured-in-syria-official-says...
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Morocco World News By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat – Two  Spanish criminologists conducted a study on women involved in terror-related crimes in Spain. The study, quoted by  Ceutaldia, indicates that nearly 34.8 percent of women radicalized by terror organizations in Spain are Moroccans. The study showed that the majority of the 21 women “investigated during the last decade for radicalization” were between 19 and 25 years old. The criminologist, Ariadna Trespaderne and David Garriga, said in their study that  60.9 percent of these women are from Spain. Read more: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/01/262557/women-isis-terrorism-radicalization-spain-morocco/...
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The Straits Times In our efforts to counter terrorism more effectively, it may be helpful to examine its causes, especially in relation to its present day proliferation (The global threat forecast for 2019; Jan 1).The United States-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq early in the 21st century have gravely destabilized the Middle East, unwittingly turning such lands into fertile grounds for the growth of extremist organizations.What is it that makes one vulnerable to radicalization? Is it inequality? Is it injustice? Is it an unaddressed festering sense of disenchantment and disgruntlement? In South-east Asia, more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar. In their desperation, they could prove to be prime recruiting targets for terrorist groups.The West has birthed its own terrorist groups, from the Red Army Faction in Germany to the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland. Read more: https://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/important-to-drill-down-to-causes-of-modern-day-terrorism...
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Washington Examiner by Naomi Lim A notorious al Qaeda terrorist linked to the USS Cole bombing in 2000 was killed in an airstrike last week, President Trump confirmed on Sunday."Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi. Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!" Trump tweeted. The Pentagon said Friday that al-Badawi had been targeted in a precision strike launched this month in Yemen, but it had been unclear whether al-Badawi, one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, survived the offensive conducted while he was traveling alone."We are aware of reports that Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a strike in Yemen,” Capt. Bill Urban, U.S. Central Command spokesman, said in a statement last week. Read more: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-terrorist-connected-to-cowardly-uss-cole-attack-is-dead...

Gaps Remain in Tech’s Counter-Extremism Approaches

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Counter Extremism Project by Felicia Woron On Monday, April 23, 2018––a day before G7 security ministers pressed tech companies to do more to combat the spread of extremism online––Facebook and YouTube both released updates on their progress in removing extremist content from their platforms. This long overdue move follows the Counter Extremism Project's (CEP) longtime calls for increased transparency and metrics reporting in tech’s counter-extremism efforts. However, while progress reports are a step in the right direction, gaps continue to remain in Facebook and YouTube’s approaches to combating extremism.Gaps in content removal: In its statement, Facebook claims to have removed 1.9 million pieces of ISIS and al-Qaeda content from its platform in the first quarter of 2018, using technology that specifically focuses on “ISIS, al-Qaeda, and their affiliates.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also recently touted before the U.S. Congress that the company removes 99 percent of ISIS and al-Qaeda content...
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Voice of Europe By Laura Cat Irish lecturer, John Dowling, 66, was fatally stabbed 13 times in the throat and chest by student ‘offended’ by a drawing of Mohammed during a lecture.No other students saw any such image displayed by Professor Dowling and police say there is no evidence of it, yet Ali R., the student that stabbed the lecturer claimed that was his reason for committing the murder.According to government prosecutor Catherine Denis, Ali held an ‘obsessive resentment’ against the university since he was expelled in September of 2017. Read more: https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/12/muslim-student-stabs-professor-to-death-in-paris-as-he-insulted-the-prophet/...
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Nextgov By Frank Konkel,Executive Editor The software allows the FBI to go through video surveillance footage much faster than agents can. The FBI is piloting Amazon’s facial matching software—Amazon Rekognition—as a means to sift through mountains of video surveillance footage the agency routinely collects during investigations.The pilot kicked off in early 2018 following a string of high-profile counterterrorism investigations that tested the limits of the FBI’s technological capabilities, according to FBI officials.For example, in the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas carried out by Stephen Paddock, the law enforcement agency collected a petabyte worth of data, much of it video from cellphones and surveillance cameras. Read more: https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2019/01/fbi-trying-amazons-facial-recognition-software/153888/...

The changing face of Islamic terrorism

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American Thinker The changing face of Islamic terrorism By Rick MoranVera Mironova, writing in Foreign Policy, says that in 2019, the terrorists menacing the west will not primarily be from the Middle East. Look to Russia's Muslim provinces for the "New face of terrorism."    The threat posed by Middle Eastern terrorists has been shrinking for some time. Even during the war against the Islamic State, Russian speakers from former Soviet countries were already committing many of the major attacks in the West. Those included relatively simple lone-wolf events, such as the 2017 truck strikes on pedestrians in New York and Stockholm—both conducted by Uzbeks—but also more complicated operations, such as the 2016 suicide bombing of Istanbul’s airport—which was allegedly organized by a Russian national—and the 2017 attack on a nightclub in the same city, led by an Uzbek.    There are several reasons for the relative increase in anti-Western terrorism coming...

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By Clarion Project     Read more: https://clarionproject.org/larges-terror-funding-case-why-not-prosecuted/...

UK Welcomes Extremists, Bans Critics of Extremists

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by Douglas Murray  • Gatestone Institute In November, it was reported that the Pakistani Christian mother of five, Asia Bibi, was unlikely to be offered asylum by the British government due to concerns about "community" relations in the UK. What this means is that the UK government was worried that Muslims of Pakistani origin in Britain may object to the presence in the UK of a Christian woman who has spent most of the last decade on death row in Pakistan, before being officially declared innocent of a trumped-up charge of "blasphemy". One person who has had no trouble being in London is Dr Ataollah Mohajerani, Iran's former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Mohajerani is best known for his book-length defence of the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa against the British novelist Salman Rushdie. This week we learned that the UK government has allowed in a man called Brahim Belkaid, a...

Terrorism greets the New Year, from Britain to Japan

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  Kurdistan 24 by Laurie Mylroie WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan24) – As the year 2019 began, Britain, Germany, and Japan all saw terrorist attacks, although each attack had a different political motive, and at least two of them may also have involved mental illness.In the northern British city of Manchester, a British couple suffered serious injuries after being stabbed by a 25-year-old Somali immigrant wielding a large knife. The attacker lived in the city with his parents and four siblings.The New Year’s Eve assault occurred at Manchester’s train station, and a video, taken by a witness on his cellphone, showed the suspect shouting “Allahu Akbar” and “Long live the caliphate.”In Tokyo, shortly after midnight on New Year's Day, a 21-year-old Japanese man rammed his car into a narrow street crowded with pedestrians. The attack, in a district known for shopping and tourism, injured nine people, one of them seriously. Read more:...
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In Homeland Security December Terror Threat Snapshot: Vigilance For The HolidaysBy Glynn CoskerManaging Editor, In Homeland Security Each month, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee releases its Terror Threat Snapshot – authored by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas). The current report’s release coincided with another deadly attack at a Christmas market in Europe, and as we approach the holiday season in the United States, it is vital that we stay focused on deterring any possible attacks here at home.“In the midst of the holiday season, we must remain even more vigilant as jihadists remain intent on spreading fear and terror during this time of year,” Rep. McCaul exclusively told In Homeland Security. “We are solemnly reminded of the heinous attack at a Christmas market in Berlin only two years ago – and just this week, a radicalized gunman opened fire in Strasbourg at one of France’s oldest Christmas...
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PJ Media By Patrick Poole To close out 2018, three people have been stabbed at the Manchester Victoria train station in the UK in an apparent act of terrorism.The train station where the stabbings occurred is directly beside the Manchester arena where a suicide bomber killed 22 in May 2017.The attack took place at around 9:00 p.m. local time.The BBC reports:    Three people - including a police officer - have been stabbed by a man wielding a knife at Manchester Victoria railway station.    A man and woman were taken to hospital with knife injuries after the attack at about 20:50 GMT, British Transport Police (BTP) said. Their conditions are not known.    It said one of its officers suffered a stab wound to the shoulder.    A man has been arrested and the station is shut.    Officers remain at the scene.    The New Year celebrations went ahead in the city centre. Read...
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News !2 Long Island NEW YORK - Streets around Times Square have been shut down as officials prepare for big crowds.   Security is expected to be tight for the ball drop with an NYPD drone keeping watch overhead the expected 1 million people in Manhattan for the event.   "That's going to give us a visual aid and a flexibility of being able to move a camera to a certain spot with great rapidity throughout a tremendous crowd,” says NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller.   More than 7,000 officers will be on duty, with bomb-sniffing dogs and sand-filled sanitation trucks blocking streets.   Police say there are no specific, credible threats to the Times Square celebration.   Despite the forecast for rain, umbrella and backpacks will not be allowed.   This year, the nearly 12,000 pound sphere made up of more than 2,600 crystal triangles and lit up by...
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BBC News Australian police have arrested a man they allege was planning to carry out a terror attack during New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne.Ali Khalif Shire Ali, 20, will be charged with terrorism offences that carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, authorities said.Police allege he had planned to shoot people with an automatic gun at Federation Square in the city's centre.There is no ongoing threat to the public, police said.Last year, about 500,000 people celebrated New Year's Eve in Melbourne's city centre.Authorities said Mr Ali was born in Australia to Somali parents and had been monitored by police as a "person of interest" since January.They said he had not obtained an automatic weapon before his arrest in Werribee, a Melbourne suburb, on Monday. Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42146664...
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DAWN by Imtiaz Ali KARACHI: Police on Sunday claimed to have foiled a major terrorism plot by defusing a seven-kilogram bomb planted in a motorbike in the old Subzi Mandi area.Acting on a tip-off provided by an ‘informer’, contingents of police conducted a raid early on Sunday morning in Kernal Basti at old Subzi Mandi, where they came under a gun-and-grenade attack, but no one was wounded in the assault. The police detained seven suspects.The police seized three hand grenades from the spot besides a motorbike which was rigged with electric wires, triggering suspicion in the law enforcers, said Karachi East SSP Azfar Mahesar.The Bomb Disposal Squad was called in, who defused an explosive device attached to the motorbike. Mr Mahesar said that the bomb weighed around seven kilograms containing nuts and bolts. It was attached to a remote control device. Regarding the motorbike, the officer said that it was...