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Boko Haram purportedly pledges allegiance to ISIS

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 02:58:50 +0000

Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based Islamist terror group, has pledged allegiance to ISIS, according to an audio message purported to be from Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau. In the audio, which was posted online Saturday, the speaker says Boko Haram is announcing its “allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini […](image)

Terrorists seeking to reach a deeper place than fear

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 02:56:33 +0000

Each day, the news is more and more sickening. We wake up and hear that the Islamic State has committed yet another atrocity. We come to work shaking our heads, nauseated to the core, carrying on with our normal lives as though all is normal in the world. Which it most certainly is not. We […](image)

Video purports to show ISIS militants beheading Christian hostages

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:21:35 +0000

A video released on Sunday by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State terror group purports to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages. The video, which appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State, depicts several men in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each accompanied […](image)

Jordan pilot hostage Moaz al-Kasasbeh reportedly ‘burned alive’

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:27:46 +0000

A video published online by Islamic State (IS) militants claims to show Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burned alive. The video, which could not immediately be verified, showed a man standing in a cage and engulfed in flames. Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh was captured when his plane came down near Raqqa, Syria, in December on a […](image)

Gunmen kill at least 8, take hostages at Tripoli hotel

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:04:32 +0000

A Libyan security official says that gunmen have stormed on of the most exclusive hotels in Tripoli and have taken an unknown number of hostages after killing at least eight. Essam Al-Naas, a spokesman for a Tripoli security agency, told the Associated Press that a standoff was ongoing Tuesday at the Corinthia Hotel, which sits […](image)

Secret Service investigating small drone on White House grounds

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:26:05 +0000

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating after a drone crashed on the White House grounds early Monday morning. The Secret Service locked down the White House shortly after 3 a.m. after an officer on the south grounds of the White House spotted the drone, described as a two-foot wide “quad copter,” flying above the White […](image)

Plane from Phoenix evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma airport

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:43:20 +0000

Two planes have been evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to what a spokesman called a “security concern.”A JetBlue flight from Long Beach, CA, and a regional Skywest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. The flights arrived late Sunday afternoon, airport spokesman Perry Cooper said. Read More(image)

F-16s Scrambled to Escort Jets After Bomb Threat

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:03:33 +0000

Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled today to escort two airliners enroute to Hartsfeld-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta for a possible bomb threat, NORAD said. The fighters from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina were dispatched at 1 p.m. ET and escorted the planes to Hartsfeld, where they both landed safely, NORAD spokesman […](image)

U.S. Suspends Some Counterterrorism Efforts Against Al Qaeda In Yemen: Officials

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:12:58 +0000

he United States has halted some counter-terrorism operations against al Qaeda militants in Yemen following a takeover of the country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, U.S. officials said on Friday. The collapse of the U.S.-backed government of Yemen on Thursday has left America’s counter-terrorism campaign “paralyzed,” two U.S. security officials said, dealing a major setback to […](image)

A knife in an enchilada was the oddest thing the TSA seized in 2014

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:35:28 +0000

2014 was a big year for people forgetting about guns in their luggage. In fact, according to information on contraband that the TSA just released in its year in review, the number of firearms confiscated by the TSA hit a record high of 2,212 — a 22% increase from 2013 to 2014. Unloaded guns are […](image)

Denver woman who tried to help terrorists receives 4 years

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:27:43 +0000

A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants was sentenced to four years in prison Friday, even as she tearfully told a judge that she never wanted to hurt anyone and has disavowed jihad. Shannon Conley told the judge she was misled while pursuing Islam and learned […](image)

Sleeper Cells: The Immigration Component of the Threat

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:17:13 +0000

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, France terror raids were carried out in Belgium and Greece to identify, locate and hunt down so-called “sleepers cells.” Journalists and politicians have finally raised the issue of the threats potentially posed by sleeper agents in the United States, going back to the future — the […](image)

Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:05:19 +0000

Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country’s North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities between the suspected […](image)

Drone loaded with meth crashes near US-Mexico border crossing

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:05:54 +0000

Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot. Tijuana police spokesman Jorge Morrua said authorities were alerted after the drone fell Tuesday night near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico’s border with California. Read More(image)

UK warned of ‘very significant risk’ of ISIS-inspired terror attack

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:01:53 +0000

Britain is at ‘very significant risk’ from a terror attack by extremists inspired by ISIS jihadis, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned today. Speaking ahead of a counter-terror summit in London today, he warned against complacency in the fight to ‘disrupt these plots before they come to the stage of an attack’. As foreign ministers from […](image)

Saudi Arabia’s ‘reformer’ King Abdullah dies

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:55:37 +0000

Throngs of mourners gathered in Mecca early Friday just hours after Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud died. He was 90. Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was appointed as the new king, state television reported. The announcement of Abdullah’s death comes several weeks after the state-run Saudi Press Agency said he was suffering from […](image)

Surprise! Magnets used to plant drugs under cars from Mexico

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:51:46 +0000

Drug smugglers are turning “trusted travelers” into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States. One motorist spotted the containers while pumping gas after crossing into Southern California on Jan. 12 and thought […](image)

How Al Qaeda’s Biggest Enemy Took Over Yemen

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:49:22 +0000

Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, his prime minister and entire government cabinet resigned en masse today, just 24 hours after Houthi rebels occupied the presidential compound in Sanaa. The resignations give unprecedented power to the Houthis, a Shiite minority from the country’s isolated northern highlands.The political crisis also opens the door to an all-out […](image)

ISIS’ Japanese hostage video raises new questions about ‘Jihadi John’

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:32:32 +0000

His voice, his posture and his threats are menacingly familiar. The black-clad ISIS militant shown in a video demanding a $200 million ransom to spare the lives of two Japanese citizens looks and sounds similar to the man who has appeared in at least five previous hostage videos. The knife-wielding masked man with a London […](image)

Undercover FBI sting nets alleged jihadist

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:27:22 +0000

The arrest of an Ohio man allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol sent shockwaves across the country last week. 20-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell is now facing charges for attempting to kill U.S. government officials. Although he’s been labeled a lone wolf, he’s definitely not the only terror suspect caught up in an FBI […](image)