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USA Today New Zealand mosque shooting suspect faces 50 murder charges, 39 attempted murder charges Nick Perry, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he makes his second court appearance, New Zealand police said Thursday.Police had earlier filed a single, representative murder charge against 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant. He is due to appear via video link during a brief hearing on Friday, and won’t be required to enter a plea.Fifty people died in the March 15 attacks on two mosques and another 50 were injured.Police said in a brief statement that they were considering filing more charges against the alleged shooter but couldn’t comment further as the case was before the court.Tarrant’s first appearance was on the day after the attacks in the Christchurch District Court. His case has...
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Jihad Watch by Robert Spencer “If I did not harm to anyone, if I committed no harm in Syria for four years, what kind of threat can I be to Britain?”That she committed no harm in Syria for four years remains unproven, and even if it is true, she was in the Islamic State, and she was a true believer; to whom could she do harm there other than the occasional Infidel sex slave? But in Britain, she could aid in jihad recruitment, in which she has engaged before, raise jihadi children, and more.“I know the British public, they are scared, they don’t want to deal with us, but they must deal with us.”Why must they? And the answer is likely this: because Theresa May and/or Jeremy Corbyn will force them to do so.“I feel British, but Britain refuses to take us.” Read more: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/04/isis-recruiter-demands-to-return-to-uk-the-british-are-scared-they-dont-want-to-deal-with-us-but-they-must...
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Department of Justice Office of Public AffairsMissouri Man Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to TerroristsRamiz Zijad Hodzic, 44, of St. Louis County, Missouri, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and one count of providing material support to terrorists.  Hodzic appeared today before Judge Catherine D. Perry who accepted his plea and set his sentencing for June 18, 2019.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey B. Jensen for the Eastern District of Missouri and Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn of the FBI’s St. Louis Division made the announcement.Charged in the indictment are: Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, and Armin Harcevic, all of St. Louis County, Missouri, Nihad Rosic, of Utica, New York, and Mediha Medy Salkicevic, of Schiller Park, Illinois.  All defendants are charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources...
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Forbes Why We Must Use The Rome Statute To Prosecute Terrorists For Human Traffickingby Nikita Malik, Cybersecurity Previously, I have written about how terrorist groups are increasingly involved in human trafficking, whereby women and girls of ideologically opposed groups or religions are targeted. This phenomenon involves the perpetration of various forms of sexual violence against the victims of trafficking.The commission of the interlinked crimes of human trafficking, sexual violence, and terrorism is relatively new, encompassing a vicious cycle in which each crime effectively flows from the commission of the others: sexual violence is facilitated by human trafficking, human trafficking is motivated, in part, by sexual violence, and both crimes spread terror among civilian populations.In light of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) signaling the possibility of investigating crimes of human trafficking committed in Libya, I co-wrote an academic article last month arguing that the link between human trafficking,...
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The Jerusalem Post Israeli intelligence allegedly shared the new information with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who warned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri of the secret facility on his state visit in March. By Uri Bollag Hezbollah has built a new missile factory in Beirut with the help of Iran, a Channel 13 report revealed on Monday night.Israeli intelligence reportedly shared the new information with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who warned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri of the secret facility on his state visit to Lebanon in March and expressed his concern about the threat the terrorist organization poses to the country. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hezbollah-established-new-missile-factory-in-Beirut-report-585459...
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India, Chile agree to work together to defeat terrorism NewsOnAir.com India and Chile have agreed to work together to strengthen the global response to defeat and destroy terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. President Ram Nath Kovind who was on an official visit to Chile said this after a brief Tete-a-Tete with his Chilean counterpart. President said that both countries committed themselves to further strengthen the economic partnership. India and Chile signed three MOUs for cooperation in the fields of mining, culture and Empowerment of persons with disabilities. The agreements would further enhance engagement in economic, social and cultural fields between the two countries. Chile is the sixth largest trading partner of India in the Latin American region. Read more: http://www.newsonair.com/News?title=India%2c-Chile-agree-to-work-together-to-defeat-terrorism&id=361711...

U.S. Counterterrorism’s Big Blindspot: Women

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The New Republic U.S. Counterterrorism’s Big Blindspot: Women The United States doesn't think of women as active participants in terrorist groups. It also doesn't think of women as potential counterterrorist allies. By Jamille Bigio and Rebecca Turkington When the Trump administration, in late February, decided to block Hoda Muthana’s return to the United States, many saw it as an unfair and questionably legal denial of citizenship: Muthana, who traveled to Syria in 2014 to join the Islamic State, was born in the United States and previously possessed a U.S. passport. But in the midst of the furor over the particulars of the case, the announcement also signaled a growing recognition that women in violent extremist movements are not merely naïve “jihadi brides.” It’s one of a string of incidents in recent months that suggest the U.S. may finally be ready to address a longstanding blindspot when it comes to gender...
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DW Germany: Police conduct major anti-terrorism operationPolice are investigating six terror suspects who were allegedly planning an attack. The suspects, who were arrested and later released, are accused of being affiliated with the "Islamic State" extremist group. German police conducted a series of raids throughout western Germany on Friday and Saturday as part of an anti-terrorism operation, prosecutors said on Saturday. A total of 11 male suspects were arrested as part of the operation. All have since been released after no weapons or explosives were found. What we know so far Raids were carried out on Friday and Saturday in 10 cities across the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and one was conducted in Ulm in Baden-Württemberg. Eleven male suspects aged between 22 and 35, mostly Tajikistan nationals, were detained as part of the operation. At least six of the suspects are being investigated on suspicion of planning a "threatening act of violence against...
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  Sydney jihadist gives an ISIS salute as he's sentenced to 18 years behind bars for plotting to kill 'five, six, seven' people in Australia a monthBy Karen Ruiz For Daily Mail Australia Omarjan Azari had planned to kill seven Australians a month for ISIS in 2014 The Australian jihadist was sentenced to 18 years at NSW Supreme Court Friday  Azari was seen giving a one-finger ISIS salute during his sentencing He was found guilty of plotting the attack on the phone with an ISIS commander A Sydney man who plotted to kill 'five to seven' Australians a month under the orders of Islamic State has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.  Omarjan Azari, 24, was seen giving a one-finger ISIS salute and shouting 'Allahu Akbar' at NSW Supreme Court during his sentencing on Friday, The Australian reported. Justice Natalie Adams sentenced him to 12 years behind bars for planning the...

US Kids Indoctrinated With Iranian Propaganda

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US Kids Indoctrinated With Iranian Propaganda Clarion Project Read more: https://clarionproject.org/us-kids-indoctrinated-with-iranian-propaganda/...
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Lawmakers Press Tech Companies On Efforts To Combat Extremism Online The Hill By Emily Birnbaum Lawmakers said Wednesday that they continue to have questions after Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft briefed a House panel on their efforts to take down extremist content online.Members of the House Homeland Security Committee questioned representatives from some of Silicon Valley's largest companies in a closed-door briefing about how they deal with white supremacist and bigoted content online. "While I'm encouraged by their answers, we still have a long way to go," Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), who sits on the committee, told The Hill after the briefing. Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) invited the tech companies to come to Capitol Hill and discuss their efforts to crack down on violent extremists following the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques earlier this month, an attack that was live-streamed online. Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/436145-lawmakers-press-tech-companies-on-efforts-to-combat-extremism-online...
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Chicago Tribune by John Kass, Contact ReporterI’d hate it when some old-time police sergeant, usually an old white guy but sometimes black, would stand, hand on hip and sigh.And in the laconic and bitterly ironic tone of Chicago police, he’d make the big speech of five words:“Gonna be a bad summer.”I’d cringe, because, well, who the hell doesn’t know this?People are outside in summer. Rich people go places. But poor people go outside. And in Chicago, guns go outside with them.Calling it “gun violence” lets local politicians off the hook, because they want to shift the blame away from the lousy schools they’ve provided and taxes that cripple or drive away businesses so there are no jobs.The proper name is “gang violence,” and the gangs kill people over drugs, money, over revenge, over nothing, over they just felt like it.It was always going to be a bad summer. But something...
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The National Yemen - Elite troops supported by Emirati forces have begun a campaign to track down Al Qaeda militants in mountain hideouts in the Shabwa province of southern Yemen.The campaign, called White Mountains, complements a mission in which troops were sent to the three Shabwa districts of Nesab, Markha and Khourah in April 2018.“Fierce clashes flared between our forces and Al Qaeda militants in the district of Khoura, lasting for about three hours," Col Mohammed Al Bouhar, commander of the Shabwa force, told The National."It ended as our forces took control over their main base in the area that was used as training base."There were no casualties reported but the extremists from the base fled towards the province of Al Bayda, Col Al Bouhar said. Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-uae-backed-forces-launch-military-operation-to-track-down-al-qaeda-1.841734...
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Asharq Al-Awsat Fighters recall the last moments of the battle that lasted for weeks after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced last Saturday seizing ISIS' last bastion in Baghouz following six months of a wide attack that started in Sep. in 2018 in Deir Ezzor.Judy Kubani, a Kurdish fighter from Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) along the border with Turkey, said that the battle in Baghouz was different than the rest because those who remained were foreigners having a wide experience in fighting, and they took shelter in tunnels.Kubani added that SDF, backed by the US-led international coalition, was continuously slowing down the battle to avoid the loss of civilians used as human shield by ISIS. He stressed that they had to be cautious because hundreds of civilians were obliged to stay with the group.Raha, from Women's Protection Units, recounted how she and her fellows were involved in a six-hour battle. Read...
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The Post and Courier Plotting terrorism would become a state crime in SC under bill approved by HouseBy Seanna Adcox COLUMBIA — Supporting terrorism would become a state crime under legislation approved Tuesday by the S.C. House, which its backers say could have kept a Ladson man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State locked up years before he pleaded guilty to a federal charge.If it had been a state law in 2015, then-York high school student Zakaryia Abdel Abdin could have been charged with something more than illegal gun possession when an arrest revealed a plot to rob a gun store and attack military bases. Potentially, there would have been no need for the FBI to keep tabs on Abdin and eventually arrest him at the Charleston airport in April 2017 as he was boarding a flight to join the terrorist group, said House Speaker Pro Tem Tommy Pope,...
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WorkBoat DOJ reviews FBI’s management of maritime terrorism threats By David Krapf The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General has released an audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s management of maritime terrorism threats.In the redacted report’s executive summary, the DOJ’s OIG said that “although FBI officials told us they consider the terrorism threat to the maritime domain to be low, we believe this assessment is based on incomplete and potentially inadequate information. Our review determined that the FBI does not conduct Its own, formal maritime threat assessment and the informal assessments made by the FBI have not included all information available to the FBI.”For example, the DOJ found that many maritime-related incidents with a potential nexus to terrorism were not coded as such in the FBI’s threat database, and relevant search terms were omitted from database queries. The DOJ also found significant deficiencies related to the...
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Merco Press A former communist militant Cesare Battisti has admitted to four murders in Italy during the 1970s, according to local press. Battisti, 64, spent decades on the run and previously denied any involvement. He was arrested in Bolivia in January after living in Brazil, and later extradited to Italy.Milan's prosecutor, Alberto Nobili, said Battisti confessed during questioning in prison, where he is serving a life sentence.“It is a very important recognition for the work of the magistrates, a sort of 'honour of the arms' for those who have investigated it,” said Milan prosecutor Alberto Nobili.In 1979, Battisti was convicted of belonging to a far-left terrorist group outlawed in Italy - the Armed Proletarians for Communism (PAC).He escaped prison in 1981. Later, Battisti was convicted in absentia for killing two Italian law officials, for taking part in a separate murder and for planning another which left the victim's 14-year-old son...
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New Delhi Times Al-Shabab Attack in Somali Capital Kills at Least 10 By New Delhi Times Bureau Militants stormed Somali government offices in Mogadishu on Saturday after setting off a car bomb, and officials said at least 10 people were killed, including a deputy minister. Authorities of Mogadishu’s only free ambulance service said they had collected nearly 10 other wounded civilians.According to eyewitnesses, the attack began when the suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car at the front gate of the compound that houses the Labor and Public Works and Reconstruction ministries.“A car bomb hit the main gate of one of the compounds and then extremists armed with assault rifles stormed to the buildings, engaging a fierce battle with security forces,” Ahmed Mohamed Iman, director general of Somalia’s Ministry of Public Works and Reconstruction, who was present during the attack, told VOA Somalia.Iman said some attackers rampaged through the buildings...

Spotlight on Global Jihad - February 7-13, 2019

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The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center At the Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 7-13, 2019) Following is an overview of the situation in four centers of conflict and friction in Syria: The “pocket” of ISIS’s operatives along the Euphrates River, which is a few square kilometers in size, is shrinking. Fierce battles are currently taking place in the village of Al-Baghouz Fawqani, ISIS’s last remaining significant stronghold. According to the SDF forces, “ISIS operatives are breathing their last breath.” At the same time, talks between the ISIS operatives and the SDF are continuing, with the goal of reaching a surrender arrangement that would enable the operatives to leave the “pocket.” No results have been achieved to date. In the Idlib area, incidents continue between the Syrian army (which continues to bring in reinforcements) and thejihadi organizations. Russian officials expressed the hope that...

Terrorists Promoted, Victims Ignored

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  by Uzay Bulut  •  Gatestone Institute "An estimated 3,100 Yazidis were killed [in Iraq], with nearly half of them... either shot, beheaded, or burned alive... The estimated number kidnapped is 6,800... All Yazidis were targeted... but children were disproportionately affected." — PLOS Medicine, 2017. By contrast, Shamima Begum said that she had been fully aware of the beheadings and other atrocities committed by ISIS before going to Syria. "I knew about those things and I was okay with it," she said. "Because, you know, I started becoming religious just before I left. From what I heard, Islamically, that is all allowed." When asked whether she had questioned any of that, Begum replied, "No, not at all." "[W]e recently learned of the 50 [Yazidi women and children]... who were beheaded. Meanwhile, those people who raped and killed our women are free to go back to their countries and live normal...