Tag Archives: terrorism

Trump's first terror arrest: A broke stoner the FBI threatened at knifepoint

Source: The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain

"The Department of Justice proudly announced the first FBI terror arrest of the the Trump administration on Tuesday: An elaborate sting operation that snared a 25-year old Missouri man who had no terrorism contacts besides the two undercover FBI agents who paid him to buy hardware supplies they said was for a bomb — and who at one point pulled a knife on him and threatened his family. Robert Lorenzo Hester of Columbia, Missouri, didn't have the $20 he needed to buy the 9-volt batteries, duct tape, and roofing nails his new FBI friends wanted him to get, so they gave him the money. … One of the social media posts that initially caught the FBI's attention referred to a group called 'The Lion Guard.' Hester told one of the undercover agents the name came from 'a cartoon my children watch.' But according to the DOJ press release, Hester had plans to conduct an 'ISIS-sponsored terrorist attack' on President's Day that would have resulted in mass casualties had it succeeded." (02/22/17)


Jewish community centers report new wave of bomb threats

Source: Reuters

"Several Jewish community centers (JCC) across the United States were evacuated for a time on Monday after receiving bomb threats, the latest wave of threatened attacks against them this year, the national umbrella organization said. Some 11 centers including those in the Houston, Chicago and Milwaukee areas received phoned-in bomb threats that were later determined to be hoaxes, said David Posner, a director at JCC Association of North America who advises centers on security." (02/21/17)


Pakistan: Suicide bombers kill five outside court

Source: Newser

"A group of suicide bombers struck outside a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least five people in an attack claimed by a Taliban splinter group. The attack was the latest in a wave of militant assaults across the troubled country that has killed over 100 people since last week. The brazen suicide bombings have been claimed by various Islamic militant groups, including the breakaway Taliban faction. In Tuesday's attack, three attackers hit the courthouse in the town of Tangi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bordering Afghanistan. The dead included a lawyer and police officers, according to Ijaz Khan, a senior police officer." (02/21/17)


Somalia: Deadly blast hits Mogadishu marketplace

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"At least 14 people were killed and more than 30 injured on Sunday when a bomb went off at a market in western Mogadishu, Somali officials say. A police officer, Captain Mohamed Hussein, said the powerful blast was thought to be from a car bomb. He added that the casualty toll might rise, as many of the wounded victims had suffered critical injuries. … No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast. However, the incident bears the hallmark of an attack by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab." (02/19/17)


Pakistan: Bomb disposal commander killed in Quetta blast

Source: US News & World Report

"A top Pakistani bomb squad officer has been killed along with another policeman while trying to defuse a bomb in the southwestern city of Quetta, police said on Tuesday. The commander of the city's bomb disposal unit and a colleague were killed late on Monday, hours after another blast killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 80 in the eastern city of Lahore. The blasts were claimed by different militant factions and did not appear to be related." (02/14/17)


The abyss gazes back

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Matthew Harwood

"It took only a few hours after two Islamic State suicide bombings ripped apart the departure hall of Brussels Airport and subway cars in central Brussels for Sen. Ted Cruz to offer a 'do something' solution to the threat of home-grown terrorism lurking in America's midst. Taking to Facebook, the Republican presidential candidate said enough was enough: 'We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.' The 'constitutional conservative,' however, wasn't done. 'The days of the United States voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show how progressive and enlightened we can be are at an end. Our country is at stake.' Flipping through the opening pages of Peter Bergen's United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists, you come across Friedrich Nietzsche's oft-quoted warning, in all caps: 'WHOEVER FIGHTS MONSTERS SHOULD SEE TO IT THAT IN THE PROCESS HE DOES NOT BECOME A MONSTER. AND IF YOU GAZE LONG ENOUGH INTO AN ABYSS, THE ABYSS WILL GAZE BACK INTO YOU.'" (02/14/17)


Pakistan: Bomb blast kills 14 at protest

Source: CNN

"A bomb exploded during a protest in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday, killing at least 14 people and injuring 59 more, according to government spokesman Malik Ahmad Khan. Two groups claimed joint responsibility for what officials said was a suicide attack. Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of Pakistan's Tehreek-i Taliban (TTP) — also known as the Pakistani Taliban — claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement emailed to CNN. In addition, the chief of North Waziristan Agency's Intiqam Waziristan, or the 'Avengers of Waziristan,' told CNN in a phone call that they were responsible." (02/13/17)


Trump's terror policies are bad enough now. What about after an attack?

Source: OpEdNews
by Trevor Timm

"Donald Trump has spent the bulk of his new presidency playing tough in the face of terrorism. Yet pretty much everything he's proposed, beyond being bigoted in the extreme, shows just how terrified and weak he is — all while putting the country at greater risk." (02/11/17)


Afghanistan: Six Red Cross workers killed, two missing in attack

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Suspected [Islamic State] fighters have killed at least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) engaged in carrying supplies in the north of the country to areas hit by deadly snow storms, according to government officials. Another two employees were unaccounted for after Wednesday's attack in Jowzjan province, said Thomas Glass, ICRC spokesperson, adding that the group did not know who was responsible for the attack. … Rahmatullah Turkistani, Jawzjan police chief, said the workers' bodies had been brought to the provincial capital and a search operation launched to find the two missing ICRC employees. Zabiullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesperson, told Al Jazeera the group was not involved in the attack." (02/08/17)


Germany: Police arrest 16 suspected members of Islamic State network

Source: Newsweek

"German police arrested a Tunisian man on Wednesday suspected of recruiting for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and forming a network to launch terrorist attacks in Germany. The 36-year-old man, who has not been identified, was one of 16 people arrested in dozens of raids in the the Frankfurt area on Wednesday. Frankfurt prosecutors said the Tunisian national is also a suspect in the March 2015 Bardo museum attack in Tunis that left 22 people dead, 21 of whom were foreign tourists. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack." (02/01/17)