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by Shira Stein and Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg,Time (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Health and Human Services Department suffered a cyberattack Sunday night during the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to three people familiar with the matter.The attack appears to have been intended to slow the agency’s systems down, but didn’t do so in any meaningful way, said the people, who asked for anonymity to discuss an incident that was not public.The National Security Council’s tweet on Sunday night was related to the hacking and the release of disinformation, according to the people. The government realized Sunday that there had been a cyber intrusion and false information was circulating.NSC tweeted just before midnight: “Text message rumors of a national #quarantine are FAKE. There is no national lockdown. @CDCgov has and will continue to post the latest guidance on #COVID19.”   Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/key-u-health-agency-suffers-131126244.html...
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Epoch Times International Counter-Terrorism Group Addresses Ever-Changing al-Qaeda Threat By Ella KietlinskaThe Warsaw Process Counterterrorism and Illicit Finance working group convened in Marrakech, Morocco, on March 4-5, with the goal of working out a solution to counter the potential threat posed by al-Qaeda and its affiliates, in preparations for the ministerial-level meeting to be held in Washington this year.Al-Qaeda, overshadowed by ISIS over the past several years, took advantage of this situation to strengthen and expand its abilities to operate, adapt to using new technologies, and exploit conflicts and vulnerabilities in different parts of the world, e.g. the wars in Yemen and Syria, says a statement from the working group. Threats Posed by al-QaedaDespite losing its main leader in 2011, al-Qaeda adapted to the changes in the world’s political situation and exerted its ideological influence. Its affiliates still pose a threat to the entire African continent and there is a...
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FOX 29 Philadelphia Philadelphia police officer fatally shot serving warrant in Frankford; suspects in custody By Steve Keeley and Jennaphr Frederick PHILADELPHIA - Officials have confirmed one officer was killed during a shooting in Frankford. Shortly before 6 a.m. Friday, officers were attempting to serve a warrant on the 1600 block of Bridge Street when they were met with gunfire. One officer was shot near the left shoulder blade when the suspects opened fire and was pronounced dead shortly upon arrival to Temple University Hospital. Corporal James O'Connor, 46, was a member of the SWAT team of the Philadelphia Police Department. He was a 23-year veteran of the police department and had spent 15 years in SWAT. Read more: https://www.fox29.com/news/philadelphia-police-officer-fatally-shot-serving-warrant-in-frankford-suspects-in-custody...

LAPD issues coronavirus guidelines for officers

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Keeping police officers healthy during coronavirus is essential. Here is what LAPD is doing Los Angeles Times By Richard Winton Staff Writer One of the biggest concerns as coronavirus spreads is the impact it could have on first responders, potentially reducing the number of officials able to handle emergency service.The Los Angeles Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, is already working to help prevent its officers from getting sick though a series of new guidelines and procedures.Los Angeles Police Asst. Chief Horace Frank said all patrol officers and officers likely to come into contact have been issued a kit consisting of multiple sets of gloves, a bacteria protection mask and goggles.Officers are directed to use all three items when during a response or public contact they learn of a possible individual with the virus. Read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-11/keeping-police-officers-healthy-during-coronavirus-is-essential-here-is-what-lapd-is-doing...
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The Jerusalem Post Terrorist In Jerusalem Ramming Attack Of 12 Soldiers Indicted The indictment said that before attacking that group of soldiers, al-Tourman had considered ramming another group. By YONAH JEREMY BOB  An east Jerusalem terrorist who carried out a vehicular ramming attack on February 6 that wounded 12 off-duty soldiers in Jerusalem was indicted on Wednesday. The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment against Sanad al-Tourman, 24, from the At-Tur neighborhood with the Jerusalem District Court on multiple charges of attempted murder with nationalistic ideological motivations.The 12 soldiers were wounded at 1:44 a.m. as they were passing by the First Station, a popular entertainment spot on David Remez Street, during a heritage tour ahead of their swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Terrorist-in-Jerusalem-ramming-attack-of-12-soldiers-indicted-620587...

Iran: The Mullahs' Coronavirus Lies

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Iran: The Mullahs' Coronavirus Lies by Majid Rafizadeh  •  Gatestone Institute Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, recently called the coronavirus a "blessing." The situation has become so perilous that some members of the Iranian parliament have finally come forward and criticized the theocratic establishment for failing to address the issue adequately. The Iranian leaders' cover-up and lies are some the underlying reasons behind the spread of coronavirus to other nations. By calling the coronavirus a "blessing", Iran's Supreme Leader seems to suggest that his objective is to spread the virus to other countries, particularly Israel and the West. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, recently called the coronavirus a "blessing." After China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, its ally, has emerged as the second focal point of coronavirus, and thanks to the ruling mullahs' lies and cover-ups, Tehran is spreading it to the rest of the planet.   Read...

US, UK troops among 3 dead in Iraq rocket attack

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US, UK troops among 3 dead in Iraq rocket attack Barrage fired at a military base just north of Baghdad sets buildings ablaze, with Washington believing Iranian-backed Shia militia groups behind assault By AFP    BAGHDAD — An American soldier, a British soldier and one US contractor were killed Wednesday, a US official said, in the deadliest rocket attack in years on an Iraqi military base hosting foreign troops.The attack threatens a dangerous escalation, with suspected US-led coalition air strikes promptly targeting Iran-aligned Iraqi fighters in neighboring Syria, a war monitor said. On Wednesday evening, a volley of rockets hit the Taji air base north of Baghdad, which hosts troops from the US-led coalition helping local forces battle jihadists. Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-uk-troops-among-3-dead-in-iraq-rocket-attack/...

Taliban overtake Isis as most deadly terrorist group

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The Times Taliban Overtake Isis As Most Deadly Terrorist Group by Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent The Taliban have overtaken Islamic State as the world’s most lethal terrorists, just as the United States begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to research.The shift is largely caused by a fall in the numbers killed by Isis, despite dire warnings of a resurgence by the group in Iraq and Syria. However, the findings by Jane’s, the defence research group, will be an embarrassment to the Trump administration, which has already come under criticism over its peace deal with the Taliban.Frank McKenzie, head of US forces in the Middle East, told a congressional committee on Monday night that he had no confidence the Taliban would meet their commitments under the deal. Read more: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/taliban-overtake-isis-as-most-deadly-terrorist-group-ntj3mzc53...
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ABC News 2 Americans Killed In Iraq During Anti-ISIS Mission Identified As Marine Raiders Another four service members were wounded during the mission. By Elizabeth McLaughlin The Pentagon on Tuesday identified the two U.S. Marine Raiders killed in Iraq on Sunday during an anti-ISIS mission, a deadly reminder of the terror group's ongoing presence there.According to the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad, the two Marines were "killed by enemy forces while advising and accompanying Iraqi Security Forces during a mission to eliminate an ISIS terrorist stronghold in a mountainous area of north central Iraq," officials said on Monday. Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/american-troops-killed-iraq-anti-isis-mission/story?id=69483422...
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Al Arabiya Sudan says FBI to help probe PM Hamdok assassination bid American investigators will help Sudan with inquiries into a failed assassination attempt against Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, the Sudanese culture and information minister said on Wednesday.A Federal Bureau of Investigation team “arrived this morning and will join Sudanese investigators,” Faisal Mohammed Saleh told journalists.Sudan’s post-uprising leader Hamdok escaped unharmed on Monday after an assassination attempt using explosives targeted his convoy in the capital Khartoum.The American investigators will bring relevant “expertise and techniques for this kind of case,” Saleh said.   Read more: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2020/03/11/Sudan-says-FBI-to-help-probe-PM-Hamdok-assassination-bid-.html...
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Newsweek Pakistan’s Armed Forces Foil ‘Major’ Terrorism Attempt Col. Mujeebur Rehman embraces shahadat after terrorists open fire on troops participating in intelligence-based operation in TankPakistan’s armed forces on Monday gunned down two “high-value” terrorists during an intelligence-based operation in Tank, Dera Ismail Khan, foiling a major terrorism attempt, according to a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate.“As soon as troops cordoned the area, terrorists opened fire,” read the statement. “During operation two terrorists (high value targets) were killed. In intense exchange of fire Colonel Mujeebur Rehman embraced shahadat,” it added.According to the statement, a large cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the terrorists’ hideout during the sanitization operation.Read more: https://www.newsweekpakistan.com/pakistans-armed-forces-foil-major-terrorism-attempt/...
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Digital Journal Law Enforcement-Grade Web Investigation Platform to Protect Financial Institutions From Money Laundering and Terror Finance Threats NEW YORK - March 10, 2020 - (Newswire.com)​Cobwebs Technologies (Cobwebs), the specialized web intelligence company, has entered the financial services market with its law enforcement-grade and artificial intelligence (AI)-powered web intelligence and investigation platform. Previously available only to the law enforcement and national security sectors, this battle-proven platform delivers the necessary risk intelligence to make financial professionals self-sufficient in detecting both simple and complex money laundering schemes targeting their institutions. Now financial services companies can conduct global, deep level intelligence-driven risk inquiries with immediate and trustworthy results on any client, partner, or employee for Know Your Customer (KYC) identity verification and due diligence analysis. The platform also exposes hidden risks posed by the greater network of any party being vetted. Political exposure, Counter Financing of Terrorism (CFT), sanctions risk, and other threats...

The Coronavirus: Blueprint For Future Bioterrorism?

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  The Hill The Coronavirus: Blueprint For Bioterrorism By Grady Means Regardless of the source of the coronavirus, it is now a roadmap for future bioterrorism. The damage has been quick and enormous — much greater than 9/11 — and worldwide. The responses have been predictable and ineffective. And the cost of a potential weapon such as this is close to zero. It represents the perfect asymmetric warfare strategy, and there should be little doubt these lessons are being studied carefully by military planners in North Korea, Tehran, Moscow, Beijing and desert caves throughout the Middle East.   The conventional, and most likely, view of the COVID-19 outbreak is that it originated in Wuhan, China, near the most sophisticated Chinese bioweapons lab and then proceeded into the world from there, leaving people to guess whether it originated in the lab and leaked, came from wild bats or snakes, or came from...
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Time Sudan's Prime Minister Survives 'Terror Attack' In Capital By SAMY MAGDY / AP(CAIRO) — Sudan’s prime minister said Monday he survived a “terror attack” after an explosion and gunfire targeted his motorcade in the capital of Khartoum.Abdalla Hamdok, a longtime economist, tweeted he was “safe and in good shape” following the explosion. Sudanese state TV said Hamdok had been heading to his office when the attack took place. Hamdok also tweeted a photo of himself smiling and seated at a large desk, while a TV behind him showed news coverage reporting he’d survived.The attack highlighted the fragility of Sudan’s transition to civilian rule, almost a year after pro-democracy protesters forced the military to remove autocratic President Omar al-Bashir from power and replace him with a joint military-civilian government, which has promised to hold elections in three years. However, Sudan’s generals remain the de facto rulers of the country and...
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Military Times Airstrike Takes Out A Top Terrorist Suspected Of Involvement In Attack On US Personnel In Kenya by Diana Stancy Correll Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud, a senior al-Shabab leader suspected of involvement in the attack on U.S. and Kenyan forces in Manda Bay, Kenya, was killed in a late February airstrike in Somalia, U.S. Africa Command officials said Sunday.Mahamoud, also known as Bashir Qoorgaab, was a member of al-Shabab for more than a decade and had coordinated al-Qaida activity within Somalia, according to the U.S. State Department, which had offered up to a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. AFRICOM officials believe he was involved in terrorist plots within Somalia and neighboring Kenya.“This terrorist was responsible for the pain and suffering of many innocent people,” Air Force Col. Christopher Karns, AFRICOM’s director of public affairs, told Military Times. “He can no longer inflict physical pain on others,...
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  Reuters U.S. Creates New Envoy Position To Counter Rising Terrorism In Sahel by Humeyra PamukWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has created a special envoy for Africa’s Sahel region, a State Department spokesman said on Friday, to counter rising violence from groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State which are expanding their foothold.Envoy Peter Pham, started his new role earlier this week, the spokesman said. He has been serving as U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa since November 2018.“Sahel is one of the places where the situation is getting worse in the continent,” the spokesman said.Security has progressively worsened in the Sahel, an arid region of West Africa, just below the Sahara desert, with militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State strengthening their foothold across the region, making large swathes of territory ungovernable and stoking ethnic violence. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sahel/u-s-creates-new-envoy-position-to-counter-rising-terrorism-in-sahel-idUSKBN20T2ZJ...
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All Africa Nigeria: U.S. Renews N2.52bn Bounty Offer for Boko Haram Leader, Shekau The United States Department of State has renewed its $7 million reward, about N2.52 billion, for information that can lead to the arrest of the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, whose fighters have waged war against Nigeria and other neighbouring countries.The renewal was made yesterday on the French version of the official Twitter account of the US State Department Rewards for Justice Programme.The US reward is said to be the biggest placed on all the terrorists declared wanted by the United States government. Read more: https://allafrica.com/stories/202003050408.html...
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Washington Free Beacon by Adam KredoNew legislation being considered by Congress would significantly tighten security screening for foreign military students who travel to the United States on exchange programs, according to a copy of that legislation previewed by the Washington Free Beacon.In the wake of a deadly 2019 terror attack by a Saudi military exchange student stationed at a military installation in Pensacola, Fla., Senators Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) and Rick Scott (R., Fla.) have crafted legislation aimed at ensuring this type of attack never again takes place.The legislation, dubbed the Secure U.S. Bases Act, would require strenuous background checks for all foreign military students before they are permitted to enter the United States. It also would create a new class of visas for these students that severely limits the activities they can engage in while on U.S. soil, such as possessing a firearm. Read more: https://freebeacon.com/national-security/in-wake-of-terror-attack-new-legislation-would-tighten-security-screening-for-foreign-military-students/...
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BBC News Manchester Arena Attack: Brother's Fingerprints Linked To Arena Bomb The discovery was made after police found various crushed-up metal tins in the garden of the Abedi family home, jurors were told.Hashem Abedi, 22, is on trial at the Old Bailey, accused of helping his brother Salman plan the bomb attack.He denies 22 murders, attempted murder and conspiring to cause explosions.The court heard how a piece of metal found at the scene was linked to a vegetable oil tin with the alleged plotter's fingerprints on it.Police found the crushed up tins in the garden of the Elsmore Road home in Manchester with prints from both brothers on them, the court heard.A piece of a Consumer's Pride cooking oil tin was found to have 10 finger and palm prints belonging to Hashem on it, jurors were told. Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-51746053...
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Fox News Missouri Man Gets 19 Years In Prison For Role In ISIS Attack Planning By Louis Casiano A Missouri man accused of plotting a terrorist attack with who he believed to be members of the Islamic State but who were in reality undercover FBI agents was sentenced Wednesday to 19 years in prison.Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., 28, of Columbia, pleaded guilty in September to attempting to provide material support to the terror group from October 2016 to February 2017, the Justice Department said. Prosecutors said Hester advocated violence on social media and was contacted by the undercover agents who posed as ISIS operatives. He said he was willing to assist ina jihadist attack. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/missouri-man-sentenced-isis-attack-planning-role...