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Where the Terrorists Will Strike Next

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BloombergA new study shows that Europe is safer than it was, but Afghanistan and Southeast Asia are in increasing peril. by Tobin Harshaw What, actually, is terrorism? It seems strange question to ask 17 years after President George W. Bush told Americans we were at war with it. But it’s a slippery issue to this day.We tend to think of terrorists as being non-state actors such as al-Qaeda and al-Shabab in Somalia. Yet we call Islamic State a terrorist group even though it (at one point) ruled over a vast territory, imposed taxes, had courts of law and engaged in sophisticated conventional military operations. How can we designate as terrorist groups Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which are uniformed services of national armies? Or consider Yemen’s Houthi rebels — in truth a self-governing tribal group now in control the capital city of a failed state. Yet the...
by Tom Ridge - Fox News For many, particularly those often critical of President Trump’s behavior, it can be hard to look dispassionately at issues, scrutinize administration policies, and arrive at conclusions that, despite one’s personal aversion to presidential conduct and tactics, require giving credit where credit is due. Iran is a critical case in point.There is a general perception in Europe and among many in the U.S. that the decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was a policy blunder which Europe now needs to mitigate. This is based on the European view that the deal was succeeding within its intentionally limited scope and offered the best foundation for future negotiation with Iran on other foreign policy matters. It may be true that, in the technical sense of the word, Iran is complying with the JCPOA, and that it is...
Shopfloor.org By Laura Berkey-Ames - National Association of Manufacturers The countdown clock has begun for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, as it will sunset on January 18, 2019 — unless Congress acts first to reauthorize it. Unfortunately, with Congress set to adjourn in a matter of weeks and a limited number of days remaining on the legislative calendar, manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned that CFATS will lapse and our nation’s security will be at risk. This is an issue of critical importance to the NAM: our members operate 2,152 CFATS-regulated facilities spanning a range of major industrial sectors — such as oil and gas refining; chemical production and distribution; mining; agricultural goods and services; and electrical utilities — and they are counting on Congress to act expeditiously and reauthorize this program without delay.Operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the CFATS program relies on a multitiered risk...
By Travis Fedschun | Fox News French President Emanuel Macron, his political career in peril and his country engulfed in increasingly violent protests, pleaded with the country's employers Monday to give their workers a bonus and also promised a reduction in taxes in a bid to restore order after demonstrations have deeply shaken the nation during the past month. In a pre-taped address broadcast on television, Marcon criticized the "inadmissible violence" of the protests and promised to use "all means" to restore calm. "When violence is unleashed, freedom stops," he said.The French president promised to speed up tax relief and urged companies to give bonuses to struggling workers by the end of the year."I would ask all employers who can, pay an end-of-year bonus to their employees," he said.Among his pledges Monday, Macron reiterated his promises to raise the minimum wage and abolish taxes on overtime pay starting Jan. 1...

Franklin County PD: The male then went back towards the wall, and was heard yelling, “I’m sorry, I got nothing left; I’m just done” as he attempted to jump over the wall. Deputy Ball was able to grab ahold of the subject’s legs and pull him back onto the roadway when the subject began resisting. After a struggle that lasted for several seconds, "On December 2, 2018 at approximately 6:18 a.m., Deputy William Ball, who is a Crisis Intervention Tactics trained deputy, was on routine patrol in the area of Georgesville Road and Interstate 270, when he witnessed a male looking over the wall of the overpass. Deputy Ball quickly backed up, exited his cruiser and approached the male. Deputy Ball attempted to get the male subject away from the wall by engaging him in conversation." ...
The Jerusalem Post Jewish Voice for Peace runs a national campaign, “End the Deadly Exchange,” claiming the seminar promotes “discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries.” By JTA Two New England police departments withdrew from a training seminar in Israel following a public protest from pro-Palestinian activists.The activists are claiming the withdrawals as a significant victory in their efforts to stop police security seminars in Israel conducted by the Anti-Defamation League and others, which they say promote punitive police practices and racial profiling.The Vermont State Police, as well as the Northampton, Mass. Police Department, pulled out of the ADL’s New England’s leadership seminar in Israel, titled “Resiliency and Counterterrorism.” That followed pressure from residents and the pro-Palestinian groups Vermonters for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace.JVP runs a national campaign, “End the Deadly Exchange,” claiming the seminar promotes “discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries.”When contacted, Vermont State...
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center At the Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center On December 4, 2018, Operation Northern Shield began along Israel’s border with Lebanon. Its objective is to expose and neutralize Hezbollah terrorist attack tunnels penetrating from Lebanon into Israeli territory. According to the IDF spokesman, so far IDF forces have located a tunnel from the southern part of the village of Kafr Kila penetrating forty meters (43.7 yards) into Israeli territory (the outskirts of the northern town of Metulla). He added that there are larger tunnels in the area. According to the IDF, the operation will last a number of weeks. This past week a “return march” and a mini-flotilla were held along the Gaza-Israeli border without exceptional violence towards the IDF. Fathi Hamad and other Hamas spokesmen explained Hamas’ expectations from the arrangement with Israel (salaries, money, fuel, etc.), and threatened that if...
by Clarion Project Federal authorities are now investigating possible terrorism charges against the New Mexico jihadi cultists, reported the Albuquerque Journal. The cult members are currently being held on firearms and conspiracy charges.Based on evidence found at their compound in New Mexico (on land which they illegally occupied between December 2017 and August 2018) as well as testimony by some of the older of the 11 starving children whom local police rescued from the compound, federal prosecutors say the group had “a common plan to prepare for violent attacks on government, military, educational and financial institutions.”The teenage children said they were being given military training to carry out jihadi school shootings, among other attacks.Defense attorneys are petitioning the court to remove any language in the indictment that speaks of jihad and martyrdom, saying it could encourage prejudice in the jury during a possible trial.Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and director...

FBI Omaha division speaks on domestic terrorism

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NTV ABC by Lauren Kummer KEARNEY, Neb. —  Two special agents from the FBI Omaha Division made a stop in Kearney on Tuesday to talk about domestic terrorism and other topics.The FBI said domestic terrorism does in fact happen in central Nebraska.Although they do everything they can to obtain information to prevent attacks, it 's the "see something, say something" that helps in many cases.Tuesday's event was the very first for the Kearney Police and Buffalo County Sheriff's Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association.Elected officials, alumni of the citizen's police academy and law enforcement members gathered to learn more about law enforcement at the federal level.Organizers for the seminar said this was important because of recent events around the United States."We wanted to have a topic that was timely and unfortunately nationwide, there have been nationwide some recent domestic terrorism attacks. We thought this was appropriate to have. It's not that...

Mosque attack pushes Canada up global terrorism ranking

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CTV News CTVNews.ca Staff An attack on a mosque in Quebec City, which left six people dead, has pushed Canada up to its highest place ever on a global ranking of terrorist activity.The newest edition of the Global Terrorism Index, which was released Wednesday, lists Canada as having the 57th-highest level of terrorist activity in the world, up nine places from its position one year earlier.The index is compiled by the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace based on five years’ worth of data from 163 countries representing 99.7 per cent of the world’s population.Canada’s previous peak position had been 58th, which it reached in 2009. This year’s ranking was obtained despite the country falling below the global average in each of the criteria used in the ranking: number of terrorist incidents, deaths attributable to terrorism, injuries attributable to terrorism and property damage attributable to terrorism.  “Canada experienced six terror-related...

Afghanistan becomes world's deadliest country for terrorism

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NBC News Afghanistan becomes world's deadliest country for terrorism, overtaking Iraq Worldwide deaths linked to terrorism fell for the third consecutive year, but Islamic State remained the group that killed the most people. By Alastair JamiesonAfghanistan has overtaken Iraq to become the world’s deadliest country for terrorism, according to a report released Wednesday.One-quarter of all worldwide terrorism-related deaths during 2017 occurred in Afghanistan, according to the latest Global Terrorism Index. It cited a surge in attacks by the Taliban and the Islamic State group.America's longest war began after the 9/11 attacks when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and toppled the ruling Taliban, which was sheltering Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The country still hosts around 14,000 U.S. troops, although President Donald Trump has expressed impatience with the military mission. In total, Afghanistan endured 4,653 fatalities across 1,168 terrorist incidents last year, the report said. The Taliban was responsible for 77...

The Latest: Soldier sentenced to 25 years for terrorist aid

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ABC News By The Associated Press - HONOLULU The Latest on sentencing for a Hawaii-based solider who pleaded guilty to trying to help Islamic State (all times local):9:15 a.m.A judge is sentencing a solider based in Hawaii to 25 years in prison for trying to help the Islamic State group.Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang pleaded guilty in August to four counts of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He says he provided classified military documents, a drone and other help.Kang says at his sentencing hearing Tuesday that he knows what he did was wrong.Prosecutors say he met with undercover agents he believed were part of the group. Prosecutors say he pledged allegiance to the group in Arabic and English and kissed an Islamic State flag.Kang is trained as an air traffic controller. Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/latest-soldier-sentenced-25-years-terrorist-aid-59604496...

Hezbollah operatives inside a terrorist tunnel [VIDEO]

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Judicial Watch The Guantanamo terrorists released by Barack Obama in exchange for a U.S. Army deserter have joined the Taliban’s “political” office in Qatar. The move reinforces the terrorist group’s operations, according to the Spanish international news agency that broke the story this week. The five men were incarcerated at the U.S. military prison in southeast Cuba because they held positions of great importance with the terrorist group, including Chief of Staff of the Taliban Army and the Taliban Deputy Minister of Intelligence. One U.S. Senator referred to the freed jihadists as the “Taliban Dream Team.”That did not stop Obama from swapping them for a disgraced Army solider, Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban after deserting his post in Afghanistan. The secret exchange violated the law and written White House rules. The nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), determined that the president broke a...

Fourth soldier dies from large IED blast in Afghanistan

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ArmyTimes by Kyle Rempfer The Pentagon has identified a fourth casualty from the improvised explosive device that claimed the lives of three special operations troops last week and left three other Americans wounded.Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary died Sunday in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of injuries sustained from the IED blast that occurred Tuesday in Andar district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan.The incident is under investigation, according to NATO’s Resolute Support mission to train and advise Afghan forces.McClary, 24, was from Export, Pennsylvania.He was an infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colorado.“The Rock battalion expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends tragically affected by the loss of Sgt. Jason McClary. He epitomizes what it is to be a professional, a warrior and a soldier,” Lt. Col. Christopher Roberts, commander of 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry...

Why Iran Funds Palestinian Terrorists

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  by Bassam Tawil  •  Gatestone Institute The message that Iran is sending to Palestinian families is: "If you want money and a good life, send your children to die on the border with Israel." This is a message that is likely to reverberate far and wide among Arabs, well beyond the Palestinians. The declared goal of the Iranian-sponsored World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought is to forge unity between Muslims. For the Iranians and their proxies, Islamic unity is a prerequisite to advancing the ultimate goal of removing the "cancerous tumor" (Israel) from the face of the earth. Iran has been doing its utmost to achieve this goal. Were it not for Iranian support, the Lebanese Shiite terrorist organization, Hezbollah, would not be aiming tens of thousands of rockets and missiles at Israel. Were it not for Iranian military and financial backing, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and...

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Global Counterterrorism Forum Initiative to Address the Life Cycle of Radicalization to Violence The Role of Families in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Strategic Recommendations and Programming Options At the Sixth Ministerial Plenary  Meeting  in  New  York  on  27  September  2015,  Global Counterterrorism Forum  (GCTF)  Ministers  endorsed  the  launch  of  the  GCTF’s  Initiative  to Address the Life Cycle of Radicalization to Violence (Life Cycle Initiative). As part of this new initiative,  the  GCTF’s  Countering  Violent  Extremism  (CVE)  Working  Group  was  tasked to develop  recommendations  and  programming  options  focusing  on  the  role  of  families in preventing and countering violent extremism. Families  are  vital  to  preventing  and  countering violent  extremism  (P/CVE).  From  shaping attitudes toward non-violence to serving as a “front line” actor in identifying signs of possible radicalization  to  violence,  preventing  such  radicalization’s  onset,  and  intervening  in  the radicalization process, families represent key, often under-utilized, partners in P/CVE efforts. Yet,  even ...
InHomelandSecurity.com DETROIT: The Artificial Intelligence the military needs most is not some kind of killer robot, the Army’s three-star senior futurist told me today. The Army really needs AI to make sense of lots of data, fast, so commanders and quartermasters can send the right forces with the right supplies to the right place on the “hyperactive battlefield of the future.”Instead, at Wesley’s Army Capabilities Integration Center — about to be reorganized into the Futures & Concepts division of the new Army Futures Command — “we’re talking about synthesizing data, terabytes of data, that includes everything from weather, to social media, to intelligence reports of the enemy’s positions,” Wesley said, “all of which has to be synthesized across all domains”: land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace.“We get enamored with robots,” Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley told me on the sidelines of the AUSA AI conference here. “A lot of people are...

Senior ISIS leader Killed In Drone Strike

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Senior ISIS leader involved in killing of former US Army Ranger killed in drone strike, coalition saysBy Nicole Darrah Fox News Abu al Umarayn, a senior ISIS leader who was involved in the brutal murder of former U.S. Army Ranger Peter Kassig, was killed in a drone strike in Syria on Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition said.The leader, along with "several other ISIS members," was killed in precision drone strikes in Syria's Badiyah Desert, coalition spokesperson Col. Sean Ryan said in a statement. "Al Umarayn had given indications of posing an imminent threat to Coalition Forces and he was involved in the killing of American Citizen and former U.S. Army Ranger, Peter Kassig," officials said. "He has been linked to and directly involved with executing several other prisoners as a senior ISIS member."The statement continued, "Coalition airstrikes continue to disrupt ISIS command and control on the battlefield as we remove key...