Tag Archives: terrorism

Trump says US will designate North Korea as just like the US


Source: CNBC

“President Donald Trump on Monday said the U.S. is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. The designation ‘should have happened a long time ago,’ the president said in remarks made at the start of a Cabinet meeting, citing the regime’s nuclear weapons program, acts of international terrorism, and the death of 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier. The designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on the regime. Trump said that the Treasury Department would be announcing an additional sanction on North Korea tomorrow.” (11/20/17)


Afghanistan: Islamic State forces attack Kabul TV station

Source: Washington Post

“The extremist Islamic State group carried out an attack on Tuesday against one of Afghanistan’s most popular Pashto-language TV stations located in the heart of the capital Kabul, leaving at least two dead. A suicide bomber detonated himself at the station gates killing one security guard while one of the three assailants slipped into the compound and killed a female employee. At least 20 others were injured in the attack. The militants, who wore police uniforms, battled for three hours with security forces, filling the city with the sound of gunfire and explosions and forcing the station to halt its broadcast.” (11/07/17)


NY attack: Saipov charged with terror offenses

Source: CNN

“The suspect in New York’s deadliest terror attack since 9/11 has been charged with federal terrorism offenses in connection with Tuesday’s attack in Manhattan in which eight people were killed, the acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York said Wednesday. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbekistan native who was living in New Jersey, is charged with providing material support to ISIS and violence and destruction of motor vehicles, Joon H. Kim told reporters. Saipov appeared in federal court in a wheelchair and didn’t enter a plea, a source at the US Attorney’s Office told CNN.” (11/01/17)


NYC: Eight dead in Islamist terror attack

Source: CBS News

“Police and witnesses say a man deliberately drove a rented truck onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, killing eight people and seriously injuring 11 others, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and brandishing imitation firearms before he was shot by police. The suspect was wounded and taken into custody. … Law enforcement sources identified the suspect to CBS News as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29 years old, who has lived in Tampa, Florida, and New Jersey. He came to the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan. Sources tell CBS News'[s] senior investigative producer Pat Milton the suspect yelled ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Arabic for ‘God is great,’ when he exited the truck.” (10/31/17)


Somalia: More than 300 killed in Mogadishu bombing

Source: US News & World Report

“The death toll from Saturday’s truck bombing in Somalia’s capital is now over 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the country reeled from the deadliest single attack it’s ever experienced. … Saturday’s truck bombing targeted a crowded street in Mogadishu, and about 300 others were injured. Somalia’s government is blaming the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which has not commented. Officials said more than 70 critically injured people were being airlifted to Turkey for treatment on Monday as international aid began to arrive.” (10/16/17)


UK: Regime on highest terror alert as police “chase down” London Tube bomb suspects

Source: Kidderminster Shuttle [UK]

“Britain is on the highest terror alert with the military set to bolster security as police hunt the Parsons Green bomb ‘suspects.’ Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the threat level to critical, meaning another attack is expected imminently. A manhunt is under way after the improvised explosive device (IED) sent a fireball through a packed London Underground train carriage in south west London during the Friday morning rush-hour. … The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, according to the US-based Site Intelligence. … Although it released a formal communique for the attacks, which injured 29 people, it provided no details on who the attacker or attackers were, Site said.” (09/15/17)


India: Two sentenced to death for 1993 Mumbai attacks

Source: Time

“An Indian court on Thursday sentenced two men to death and two others to life in prison for a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993. A fifth man was given 10 years in prison.
The five men were convicted earlier of criminal conspiracy and murder in the planting of 12 powerful bombs in cars, scooters and suitcases around India’s financial capital. The sentencing ended a second trial related to the bombings. An initial trial ended in 2007 with more than 100 people convicted, of whom 11 were sentenced to death and the rest to various terms in prison.” (09/07/17)


Afghanistan: Suicide bomber hits Kabul bank ahead of holiday rush, killing five

Source: Washington Post

“A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at a bank not far from the U.S. embassy in Kabul, killing five people on Tuesday, as government employees lined up to withdraw salaries ahead of the holiday. An airstrike meant for a Taliban command post north of the capital in Herat also killed at least 13 civilians, according to local officials. The Taliban insurgent group said one of its suicide bombers blew himself up at the Nawe Kabul bank to kill security forces waiting to withdraw cash ahead the Eid al-Adha holiday, the holiest day of the Muslim calendar.” (08/29/17)


Can regulations stop terrorism?

Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“In an earlier post, I made the point that over-regulation would not greatly affect terrorist behaviour. My understanding is that engaging in a terrorist act, particularly a suicidal terrorist act, involves such a commitment that it would easily override existing bans or regulations, as the terrorist sets to put his (as terrorists are almost invariably young males) will into practice. Commentators seem not to agree with me very much, and they raised some interesting points. JFA, in particular, argues that ‘a person decides to participate given the costs and benefits’ and therefore ‘if those costs are raised, those marginal terrorists will not commit the act.’ JFA strikes a point, alluding to the fact libertarians are all too eager to abandon the economic way of thinking when they want to defend their preference for little or no regulation. And yet I would propose the opposite may be true too …” (08/22/17)


Catalonia: Barcelona attack suspect shot dead by police

Source: USA Today

“The man suspected of driving the van that plowed into pedestrians last week in Barcelona, killing 13, was shot dead by police Monday. Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, a Moroccan national, was wearing a fake explosives belt when he was shot in Subirats, a town west of Barcelona, according to Catalan regional police. Abouyaaqoub had been the subject of a Europe-wide manhunt since Thursday’s van attack. Regional police chief Josep Luis Trapero said police fired after Abouyaaqoub shouted ‘Allah is great’ in Arabic and lifted his shirt to show the bomb belt that turned out to be fake.” (08/21/17)