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  • U.S. fears new Greek law may ease guerrilla's jail terms
    U.S. fears new Greek law may ease guerrilla's jail terms 3 hours ago

    The United States expressed concern on Monday over a government-backed bill that paves the way for a member of Greece's most lethal guerrilla group to be released from jail. Meeting with his Greek counterpart in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said those who committed acts of terrorism should remain behind bars. "Our efforts on counterterrorism could not be more important together in the future," Kerry said in remarks with Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias at the State Department. "Nobody will become free." Hours before parliament formally approved the changes, aimed at reducing overcrowding and improving conditions at Greek prisons, U.S. Ambassador to Greece David Pearce said the law would dishonour the memory of Greek, U.S. and British diplomats killed in attacks. More »

  • Canada to issue Al-Jazeera journalist a passport 4 hours ago

    TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government said Monday it will issue a passport to Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy who remains in Egypt on bail while awaiting trial on terror charges, reversing an earlier decision denying him one. More »

  • Russia says kills head of North Caucasus Islamist insurgency 4 hours ago

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian security forces killed the leader of an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus during a raid on a house in the Dagestan region, the national Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said on Monday. Dagestan, from which convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev emigrated with his family to the United States in 2002, has become a hub of militant Islam in the North Caucasus. Four other suspected militants were also killed with Aliaskhab Kebekov, also known as Ali Abu Mukhammad, after special forces surrounded the house in a suburb of the town of Buynaksk in southern Russia on Sunday, NAK said. Kebekov, born in 1972, became the leader of the Caucasus Emirate group in early 2014 after Russian security forces killed his predecessor, Doku Umarov, who had been Russia's most-wanted man. More »

  • Six Somali-Americans arrested trying to join IS group
    Six Somali-Americans arrested trying to join IS group 4 hours ago

    Six Somali-American men who planned to travel to Syria to fight as jihadists have been arrested and were to appear in court Monday on charges of conspiring to support a terrorist organization. More »

  • New York man who plotted to join terror group gets 25 years 7 hours ago

    CENTRAL ISLIP, New York (AP) — A suburban New York man who was thwarted in his attempt to fly to Yemen to join a Middle Eastern terrorist group and then admitted continuing to plot with others to assist them was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison. More »

  • US protests Greek law that would release disabled terrorist 7 hours ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Greece on Monday protested new legislation that will let a disabled far-left terrorist convicted of murdering Americans serve the remainder of his five life sentences under home confinement. More »

  • Scaling the firewall: Ways around government censorship online 8 hours ago

    When Turkey temporarily blocked more than 100 websites — including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube — earlier this month in an effort to censor a photo that authorities there called "terrorist propaganda," the blackout generated an uproar across the Web and #twitterisblockedinturkey became a top trending hashtag on Twitter. Online censorship is something the Turkish people are becoming accustomed to, and are increasingly finding ways around. Countries such as China, Ethiopia, Bahrain, and Cuba regularly censor online content. Which tool a user chooses depends on what kind of censorship they are up against and what they are doing online. More »

  • Blackburn Boy Arrested Over Oz Terror Plot
    Blackburn Boy Arrested Over Oz Terror Plot 8 hours ago

    A 14-year-old boy from Blackburn, Lancashire, has been arrested in connection with a terrorist plot in Australia, according to police. UK police said they had uncovered communication between a teenager in Blackburn and a man in Australia. The North West Counter Terrorism Unit said information gathered as part of their investigation had helped authorities in Australia to disrupt the alleged ANZAC day plot there. Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "We have uncovered communication between an individual in the North West and a man in Australia to what we believe is a credible terrorist threat. More »

  • Syrian army says seizes villages in Deraa, cuts rebel supply line 9 hours ago

    The Syrian army said on Monday it had captured several villages in the southern province of Deraa, cutting a supply route used by insurgents to smuggle weapons and fighters from Jordan to Damascus's Eastern Ghouta region. "The importance of this achievement is that it reopens the road between Deraa and Sweida," the army said in a statement publish on Syria's state news agency. "It also cuts the terrorist groups' supply lines by closing the gate of Lujat which was used to smuggle weapons and mercenary from Jordan towards Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus countryside." Sweida is home to the minority Druze population who have mostly stayed out of the Sunni-led revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It was the first major government operation in the southern province of Deraa since the insurgents seized a border crossing with Jordan earlier this month. More »

  • Terror accused 'groomed friend '
    Terror accused 'groomed friend ' 12 hours ago

    A would-be teen terrorist "ruthlessly exploited' an impressionable young man in a plot to carry out a Fusilier Lee Rigby copycat killing, a court has heard. More »

  • Indonesia military launches anti-IS operation on eastern island
    Indonesia military launches anti-IS operation on eastern island 14 hours ago

    By Kanupriya Kapoor and Randy Fabi JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's armed forces have launched a six-month anti-terrorism operation to crack down on militants with suspected links to Islamic State, the top general said on Monday, amid growing concern about military involvement in internal security. General Moeldoko said special forces personnel and intelligence agents were helping police track down radicals in Central Sulawesi, long known to be a hotbed of militant activity. This is Indonesia's first major military counter-terrorism operation, traditionally the domain of the police, since the aftermath of the 2009 Jakarta hotel bombings. After that, it's easier for the police to arrest them." Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, is growing increasingly concerned about the return of hundreds of its citizens that have fought for IS in Syria and Iraq. More »

  • British teen, 14, held in connection with alleged ANZAC Day plot 15 hours ago

    A 14-year-old British boy has been arrested in connection with an alleged Islamic State-linked plot to attack a World War One commemorative event in Australia this week, police said on Monday. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said five teenagers had been detained in Melbourne on Saturday, over an alleged plan to attack an event to mark the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli. The British teenager was also arrested on Saturday, on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism after communication between him and a man in Australia was discovered, Greater Manchester Police said. The boy was already in police custody after having been arrested on April 2 at an address in Blackburn, northern England, on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism. More »

  • Russia says five militants killed in North Caucasus 15 hours ago

    Russian security services have killed five suspected Islamist militants in a raid in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan, the national Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said on Monday. Russia's Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed local law enforcement source as saying the head of an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, Ali Abu Mukhammad, or Alisakhab Kebekov, may be among those killed. The Moscow-based Caucasian Knot website, which tracks the restive mainly Muslim region, said a website backing the insurgents had also reported his death but there was no confirmation from Russian officials or militant groups. The NAK said special forces from Russia's Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry had surrounded a house in the Gerey-Avlak suburb of the town of Buynaksk on Sunday and negotiated with those inside before shooting started. More »

  • Sufism won't solve Pakistan's problems
    Sufism won't solve Pakistan's problems 16 hours ago

    Using Sufism to counter religious terrorism is not the solution to Pakistan's problems - and it's risky. More »

  • Anti-Terror Police Arrest Six In Two States
    Anti-Terror Police Arrest Six In Two States 17 hours ago

    Anti-terror police have arrested six people in connection with an investigation into young men travelling to Syria to fight for the Islamic State (IS). A spokesman for the US Attorney's Office said they were held in Minneapolis and San Diego on Sunday, and there was no threat to public safety. The FBI and US Attorney's Office are due to hold a news conference to announce details of the operation. Authorities say a handful of residents from Minnesota have travelled to Syria to join IS within the last year. More »

  • Authorities make 6 arrests in 2 states in terrorism probe
    Authorities make 6 arrests in 2 states in terrorism probe 18 hours ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Six people were arrested Sunday in connection with a terrorism investigation in Minnesota, where authorities have been tracking youths who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with militants, including the Islamic State group, authorities said. More »

  • Empty chairs honor 168 victims of Oklahoma City bombing
    Empty chairs honor 168 victims of Oklahoma City bombing Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001. More »

  • Egypt's president meets CIA director in Cairo for talks Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has held talks with CIA director John Brennan in Cairo that touched on regional conflicts and terrorism. More »

  • Welby Passes On Condolence To Egypt's Copts
    Welby Passes On Condolence To Egypt's Copts Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has handed letters of condolence to the leader of a largest Christian minority in the Middle East. The head of the Anglican Church presented the notes from the families of British terror victims in person to Bishop Tawadros, the Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians. The Copts are an ancient sect who worship Jesus Christ but became distinct from the Catholic Church in the early years of Christianity. Twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians were kidnapped and beheaded by Islamic State militants in Libya in February. More »

  • Jordan hosts international competition of anti-terror squads
    Jordan hosts international competition of anti-terror squads Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan on Sunday launched a competition among elite anti-terrorism squads from 18 countries, including fellow members of military coalitions fighting rebels in Yemen and Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. More »

  • AP Was There: Original AP report of Oklahoma bombing
    AP Was There: Original AP report of Oklahoma bombing Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    EDITOR'S NOTE: On April 19, 1995, a former U.S. Army soldier parked a rented Ryder truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others, and the attack is the worst homegrown terror attack on American soil. More »

  • Archbishop passes on victim letters
    Archbishop passes on victim letters Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has personally handed over letters of condolence from the families of British terror victims to the leader of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. More »

  • Relief after Syria arrest man freed
    Relief after Syria arrest man freed Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    The family of a man arrested on suspicion of terror offences after he apparently attempted to travel to Syria have spoken of their relief after he was released without charge. More »

  • Anzac security review after arrests
    Anzac security review after arrests Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    British police are reviewing security operations ahead of the centenary of the Anzac landings following a foiled alleged terror plot in Australia. More »

  • Australia Arrests Teens Over IS 'Terror Plot'
    Australia Arrests Teens Over IS 'Terror Plot' Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Five teenagers have been arrested in Australia over what police have described as an Islamic State-inspired terror plot. Among the suspects are two 18-year-old boys who were allegedly preparing a major attack in Melbourne to coincide with an ANZAC Day ceremony to commemorate World War One. At a news conference, it was revealed the teenagers had links to Numan Haider, an 18-year-old who was shot dead last September after stabbing two police officers. Haider became of interest to counter-terrorism officials after he appeared to wave an Islamic State flag at a shopping mall. More »

  • UK reviews security of Anzac Day events after Australian arrests
    UK reviews security of Anzac Day events after Australian arrests Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Security arrangements for next weekend's Anzac Day commemorations in Britain are being reviewed following terrorism arrests in Melbourne, although there is no specific threat, police said Saturday. More »

  • Oklahoma City bombing: Right-wing extremist threat 20 years later Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    It was a bright spring morning when Timothy McVeigh drove a rental truck into Oklahoma City, parking it in front of the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and walking to his yellow 1977 Mercury Marquis nearby. There among the dust and rubble were the tragic details of what remains the most costly domestic terrorist attack in US history: 168 people killed, including 19 children at the federal building’s America's Kids Day Care Center. The Oklahoma City Police Department reported 324 buildings damaged including 10 structures collapsed and 13 condemned, 86 cars burned or destroyed, and an estimated 50,000 people evacuated from the downtown area. It was also the date two years earlier when the federal siege of the religious group Branch Davidians at Waco, Tex., ended in a shootout and fire – like the deadly siege by federal agents at Ruby Ridge, Id. in 1992, a spur to anti-government thinking and organized activity, including McVeigh's. More »

  • Oklahoma City bombing 20th anniversary: How 'the US Mein Kampf' inspired …
    Oklahoma City bombing 20th anniversary: How 'the US Mein Kampf' inspired … Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    At first glance, Timothy McVeigh and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have little in common. Yet both McVeigh and Baghdadi have entered the annals of infamy by orchestrating brutal lone-wolf attacks. McVeigh, in tandem with Terry Nichols, blew up the Murrah Federal Building on 19 April 1995, killing 168 innocent people. Baghdadi, the head of Islamic State (Isis), is waging a brutal reign of terror across Europe and the Middle East, his brainwashed minions carrying out a series of devastating lone strikes from Paris to Sydney. More »

  • Australia arrests 5 for alleged IS-inspired terror plot
    Australia arrests 5 for alleged IS-inspired terror plot Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. More »

  • Australia foils alleged terror attack for Gallipoli centenary Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    By Christopher McCall and Matt Siegel MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hundreds of Australian police on Saturday arrested five teens planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack next week at an event to mark the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli during World War One, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. More than 200 police were involved in a series of raids in the southern city of Melbourne in the early hours of Saturday, police said, following a month-long sting operation. The run-up to this year's centenary - a major holiday in Australia and New Zealand - has been marked by numerous television programmes and commemorations, sparking concerns that radicals may target the celebrations for a high-profile attack. Five people were arrested," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters. More »

  • Australia arrests 5 on charges of plotting ANZAC Day attack Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. More »

  • Australian police arrest five teens over Anzac Day plot
    Australian police arrest five teens over Anzac Day plot Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Alleged "terror" plot targeted police officers on April 25 national holiday that commemorates fallen WWI soldiers. More »

  • Q&A: Jean-Paul Laborde on counter-terrorism
    Q&A: Jean-Paul Laborde on counter-terrorism Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Can human rights be protected in the fight against "terror"? We ask the UN's Counter-Terrorism Committee chief. More »

  • Iraqi convicted in terror case wants conviction thrown out Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An Iraqi man convicted of terrorism charges in Kentucky is asking a federal judge to change his conviction and prison sentence because he says he was misrepresented by his court-appointed attorney. More »

  • Hussein aide, insurgent leader al-Douri reported killed in Iraq - Iraqi gov … Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A former aide to late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and a leader of Iraq's insurgency, Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, may have been killed by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias involved in an operation against insurgent forces. Raed al-Jubouri, the governor of Salahuddin province, told al-Arabiya television that al-Douri had been killed, and the station broadcast a photo of a dead man who looked like al-Douri. "He is considered a mastermind for this terrorist group," he said, referring to Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda which has taken swathes of Syria and Iraq. More »