Tag Archives: Terrorism

Silly French Authorities

At the start of 2017 we’re still looking back at 2016.
Today’s cartoon is based on a story reported in many places including Israel National News. DryBonesBlog

Paris rejected Israeli software which could have stopped attack

A groundbreaking Israeli security system could have helped French authorities prevent the Paris massacre last November – but authorities balked at the deal under pressure from the anti-Israel boycott movement.

Speaking to Fox News, an Israeli counter-terrorism source with intimate knowledge of both the software involved and the deal itself said that after the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attack the previous January an Israeli company offered to provide French authorities with special terrorist-tracking software, which could well have enabled them to flag the ISIS terrorist network operating under their noses.

But although the French were initially very keen on the idea, they ultimately rejected it, the source said.

“French authorities liked it, but the official came back and said there was a higher-level instruction not to buy Israeli technology,” he told Fox News. “The discussion just stopped.”

The technology enables intelligence agencies to “connect the dots”, by aggregating and analyzing fragmented intelligence from multiple sources to provide a clear, comprehensive assessment. It has already been shared with the US and other Israeli allies, and helps to pinpoint terror suspects and other persons of interest to investigators.

The source claimed it could well have helped stop the Paris attacks, and potentially the more recent Brussels attacks as well, which were carried out by the same ISIS terror network. INN

MI5 Launches Hunt For Syrian Scientist Posing As Refugee Plotting A Chemical Attack On A Seaside Town

The grave danger to Europe was created by elected politicians who have deserted protecting their own country and citizens.  Do they have a picture of the person that could be published?

Warnings

Security minister Ben Wallace said there were reports of IS using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq, where it controls large areas, and that the Moroccan authorities apprehended a cell in February which was harbouring substances that could be used to either make a bomb or a “deadly toxin”.

He also pointed to a recent Europol report which warned of the chemical threat and the potential realisation of “everybody’s worst fear”.

Mr Wallace said: “Experts have warned that their ambition is a mass casualty attack and they have no moral barrier to using whatever means possible. Telegraph

Evidence

MI5 are understood to be hunting for a Syrian scientist posing as a refugee plotting a chemical attack on a British seaside town.

Counter-terrorism police raided a migrant centre in Berlin the day after the Christmas market truck massacre and are said to have recovered documents detailing the planned attack.

They allegedly contained detailed of various chemical agents and included the name of two English towns.

The suspect, said to be in his early 30s, has gone off the radar and it is feared he could be in the UK, according to the Sunday Express.

It came after a raid of Tempelhof airport, which has now been closed down to house the country’s largest refugee camp.

Officers visited the site on December 20, and a source told the Express the documents recovered were so serious that MI5 were immediately called in.

It is thought officers are searching both named targets, and one of them is described as a ‘seaside town on the south coast’.

Potential targets could include Brighton and Hove, Dover, Bournemouth or Torquay.

US authorities have been following the man since he left Damascus, according to the Sunday Express, and it has been claimed British officials were told previously about a Syrian scientist posing as a migrant.

The paper claims the scientist went rogue having been a a vital cog in President Assad’s chemical attacks.   DailyMail

Truck Driver Mows Down Soldiers In Jerusalem – And Reverses Over Them – Killing Four And Injuring 15

Update:

Israeli police have arrested nine people, including relatives of the Palestinian truck driver who rammed his vehicle into a crowd of Israeli soldiers at a Jerusalem tourist spot and killed four of them, officials said.

The five family members of Fadi Ahmad Hamdan al-Qunbar, 28, were arrested in a raid in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of East Jerusalem, where he lived, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Qunbar killed three Israel Defense Forces cadets and an officer Sunday at the bustling Armon Hanatziv promenade in the Talpiot neighborhood before he was shot dead. Sixteen people were injured in the attack.

On Monday, Palestinians hurled rocks and incendiary devices at authorities as they placed concrete slabs to block entrances and check vehicles in the West Bank and Jerusalem. NYPost

Two of the soldiers killed were American.

Erez Orbach, 20, of Alon Shvut in the Etzion bloc south of Jerusalem was an American citizen, Haaretz reported, citing a U.S. Embassy official. He holds U.S. citizenship through his mother, according to the newspaper, citing a family member. Orbach was the oldest of six brothers.

Shira Tzur, 20, of Haifa, had American-born parents, according to Haaretz, which cited a soldier in her unit. INN

—————

Horrific!

Four Israeli soldiers killed on January 8, 2017 in a truck-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem. From left, IDF Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, IDF Cadet Shir Hajaj, IDF Cadet Shira Tzur, IDF Cadet Erez Orbach. (Handout photos IDF Spokesperson)

Four Israelis soldiers have been killed and 15 wounded in a terrorist truck attack in Jerusalem on Sunday.

Shocking video from the scene shows the driver reversing back over the soldiers, trapping ten under his wheels, during the sickening attack on Sunday.

Chaos broke out at the scene when the truck ploughed through the crowd, with hundreds of soldiers having arrived there as part of a tour for troops about the history of Jerusalem. ‘They got off the bus, and as they were getting off the bus and getting organised, he took advantage.’

Medics who attended the scene said that three of the victims were women, while all four were in their 20s.  Police confirmed the suspected terrorist had been ‘neutralised’ after his windscreen was covered in bullets.  DailyMail

Berlin Terrorist Amri Gunned Down By Italian Police In Shootout In Milan

Terrorist Amri’s Path to Germany. Daily Mail Image

The Tunisian, on the run for four days after murdering 12 people in a lorry attack in Berlin, rants about ‘crusader’ airstrikes and vows to ‘slaughter infidels like pigs’ in the two-minute clip, published by Islamic State’s news agency Amaq.

Speaking on a bridge in the north of the city, Amri can be seen wearing a dark jacket and with headphones in his ears as he warns ‘infidels’ he will ‘hunt them down’ and pledges allegiance to ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Hours before the video emerged, he was shot dead in Milan having pulled a gun from his backpack and screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he shot at two police officers carrying out a routine ID check.

The 24-year-old ISIS fanatic was stopped after arriving in the suburb of Sesto San Giovanni in the northern Italian city of Milan at about 3am local time.

Two officers asked him for ID documents, at which point Amri ‘immediately’ pulled a gun from his backpack and shouted ‘police b******s’ as he shot one in the shoulder.

A firefight ensued with Amri cowering behind a car as he tried to flee, but the extremist was shot and killed by the second officer – a trainee who had only been in the job a few months. Witnesses said the two policemen had then crouched over Amri in a bid to keep him alive, but the Tunisian died after ten minutes. DailyMail

Terrorist movements around Europe after Berlin attack. Daily Mail graphic.

Schengen Area (26 countries allows its  free movement in and out of the Schengen area – no internal border controls.)

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said Amri’s apparent ability to travel from Germany to Italy showed that the Schengen system – which allows border-free movement between 26 European states – is ‘a risk to public safety’ and should be scrapped.

‘If the man shot in Milan is the Berlin killer, then the Schengen area is proven to be a risk to public safety,’ said Mr Farage. ‘It must go.’  DailyMail

Sweden’s New Extremism Tsar: White Power’ Causes Islamism

Sweden’s new “anti-terror coordinator,” Anna Carlstedt,  is more worried about Swedes who criticize Islam than the actual terrorists in her country.

Sweden’s newly appointed anti-terror coordinator attracted criticism yesterday after seeming to suggest Islamic terrorism is caused by the “white power movement”.

Hours after her appointment to the post of coordinator against violent extremism on Tuesday, Anna Carlstedt was asked why Sweden is the country which has the most jihadists per capita travelling to the Middle East to fight with extremist groups.

She told Swedish Radio: “I think there are several different types of hotbeds of extremism. What we see is that there is an interaction between them. It is true that Islamic extremism is growing, but this also results from the extreme right-wing white power movement.”

Asserting that “there is an interaction between these two movements because society is becoming more and more polarised”, Carlsted went on to link Islamist terror with Swedes who are unhappy with politicians in the country.

“[A]s I said earlier, we are seeing increased extremism and we see a lot of threats and hatred of elected representatives, officials and others. It is something that exists in Sweden and we see it in many other countries.”

“It is very important to take advantage of the good forces [‘civil society’] and not let fear and darkness win,” she added.

Against the backdrop of an Islamist terror attack having struck Berlin on Monday night, Swedes on social media were sceptical about the appointment of Carlstedt, who has no relevant experience in the fields of terrorism and extremism.

Referring to her appearance on Swedish Radio, another user directed a tweet at Carlstedt which joked, “the White Power movement must be enormous in Tunisia because so many go from there to the way of jihad”. Breitbart

Tunisian Asylum Seeker Wanted For Berlin Massacre

Unreal!

Germany letting in hordes of unskilled, under-educated, fighting age violent young men raised to hate Western culture is not working out.

Law enforcement sources told CBS News that police are searching for Anis Amri, a native of Tunisia. The sources said Amri left personal documents in the truck that rammed into the market on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 50 others. German media outlets have identified the Tunisian man as an asylum seeker who was registered in the North Rhine-Westphalia in Western Germany. CBSNews

A Tunisian terror suspect accused of Monday’s Berlin truck attack which killed 12 people spent four years in an Italian jail for burning down a school.

Anis Amri, 23, from Tataouine, Tunisia left his home seven years ago according to his father and travelled to Europe as an illegal immigrant.

Amri, who has a €100,000 reward on his head, spent four years in an Italian jail and according to his father moved to Germany last year.

Since his arrival in Germany, Amri was arrested at least three times and was due to be deported.

Despite being an ISIS supporter known to have received weapons training, German authorities allowed Anis Amri to slip through their clutches time after time.

It is understood, Amri has used at least six different names under three different nationalities.

The 23-year-old even tried to recruit an accomplice for a terror plot – and again the authorities knew about it – but still he remained at large, it has emerged.

He had been under covert surveillance for much of the time since he arrived in Germany, security sources confirmed.

Berlin prosecutors announced they had launched an investigation into Amri on March 14 after receiving a tip-off from federal security agencies. DailyMail

Tunisia would not take him back as they challenged his status as a Tunisia citizen.

The man suspected of Monday’s deadly attack on a Christmas market in Germany was arrested in August but released by a judge, it has been revealed. Not only that, but the man was a known terrorism suspect who avoided deportation specifically because he lacked valid identification.

Identity papers for a Tunisian man, currently identified as Anis Amri, were found in the wreckage of a truck that smashed through a Christmas market, killing 12 people and leaving dozens more injured. DailyCaller

Not A Lone Wolf

German authorities also say the Tunisian man had ties to a notorious group of local ISIS sympathizers led by a man named Abu Walaa, who was arrested in November alongside four others accused of operating an ISIS recruitment network.

Der Spiegel, citing local officials, said that Amri and Abu Walaa were in “regular contact.”

If that’s the case, what first was considered to be a “lone wolf” attack in Germany—the first successful terrorist operation there since the 9/11 attacks—could instead be the work of an ISIS cell DailyBeast

Terror Attack: Truck Plows Into A Crowded Christmas Market In Berlin, Several Dead, At Least 50 Injured

President-elect Donald Trump issued a statement on the Berlin attack:

“Our hearts and prayers are with the loved ones of the victims of today’s horrifying terror attack in Berlin. Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday. ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad. These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners.” yahoo

German police arrested the wrong man, the Berlin Christmas market truck terrorist is still at large.  The truck used in the Berlin attack was hijacked by terrorists, the driver of the truck was found dead inside the truck. The terrorist used the 25-tonne truck to mow down and kill 12 people – and injure 48 others at 40mph in a busy Christmas market.

At 9.35pm police announced the arrest of someone in connection with the attack – believed to be the driver of the truck.

The truck was from Gdansk in Poland – some 80 miles from Berlin.  The vehicle maneuvered from Budapester Strasse onto the area outside the Memorial Church before ploughing into the crowd.

Sabrina Glinz, an American tourist, is now locked in her hotel after a number of buildings in the area were placed on lockdown.

Watching the scene unfold from the 15th floor, she told Sky News: ‘You just keep seeing people getting loaded into ambulances and it doesn’t seem to end.

‘Just the white sheets covering them.’

She added: ‘The street that he has to have gone in you have do a u-turn on the street to turn around and instead of doing a u-turn he turned right directly into the market.

‘There was absolutely no way he could have accidentally, he went straight into it then veered to the left and is now back onto the main street were the truck is resting.

‘He went back to the beginning were it was busiest and then just careered through the buildings. DailyMail

Police said they believed the incident was a deliberate attack, news agency DPA reports.

The truck drove into a Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz in the central Charlottenburg district., the local Berliner Zeitung newspaper reports. TheLocal

At least nine people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a lorry ploughed through a crowd of shoppers at 40mph in a busy Christmas market in Berlin.

German police at the scene have indicated the incident is likely to be a terror attack.

The vehicle sped through a crowd of shoppers at the Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz Square near the Kurfuerstendamm Avenue in west Berlin.

According to local reports the driver has not yet been apprehended, and police have now launched a manhunt…

Terrified market-goers have tweeted horrifying images from the scene of the incident which comes an hour after the Russian ambassador was shot dead in Ankara.

Tourist Emma Rushton, from England, tweeted from the scene: ‘Lorry just ploughed through Christmas market in #berlin.

‘There is no road nearby. People crushed. I am safe. I am safe’. DailyMail

French Terrorism Suspects Arrested – Suburban Middle-Class Jobholders – French Surprised

So far 7 have been arrested.  “Five of the suspects are French, one is Moroccan and the other Afghan, and they are between 29 and 37 years old.  Six of them hadn’t been known to intelligence services,” stated French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

One was a well-liked elementary school assistant. Another was a hard-working cargo handler. The third was a friendly grocer. They were longtime friends in their quiet suburban neighborhood, and they joked with teenagers and greeted children with a smile.

Yet in the early hours of Nov. 20 agents from France’s internal security agency swooped down, plucking the three and one other from their apartments, charging them with plotting a terrorist attack, and locking them up in a prison outside Paris.

Here was a new type of terrorism arrest: decently paid men in their 30s giving no warning signs of radicalization – no beards, no robes, no proselytizing[.] … There were certainly more obvious candidates for jihad. The four arrested gave no outward hint of radicalization.

And unlike many troubled youths in Paris and Brussels who have latched onto the Islamic State, they did not live on the margins. They had stable jobs and no previous brushes with drugs or crime.

“Nobody saw anything,” said Olivier Bitz, Strasbourg’s deputy mayor in charge of counter-radicalization. “And that is profoundly disconcerting. It is profoundly destabilizing for society. Now, the threat can come from anywhere.”..

This weekend another man connected to the Strasbourg cell was arrested, authorities said, bringing the total to seven, including one in Marseille and one in Morocco. Potential targets, according to the authorities: police headquarters in the heart of Paris, the Christmas market on the Champs­Élysées, and cafes in the city’s 20th Arrondissement.  NY Times

Less Than A Third Of Muslim Nations Sign Up To Coalition Against ISIS

A majority of Muslim nations do not want to fight against terror.  They must be to busy supporting it.

A top British official has taken aim at some Muslim nations during a meeting at the United Nations this week, slamming them for not clamping down on extremism.

It comes as it can be revealed just 18 out of 57 Muslim majority world states have signed up to a coalition against ISIS.

The UK’s permanent representative to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, delivered a strongly worded speech blasting what he called “evil groups” and saying not enough is being done.

The comments came as the UN general assembly supported a plan by the Islamic Development Bank to invest £7.2bn to tackle the cause of terror.

Britain is using its muscle at the UN to encourage more cooperation and has also pledged to invest £20m of taxpayers’ money to the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund.

Mr Rycroft said: “One issue facing the OIC’s (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) members, indeed all members of the UN, is the growing threat of extremist ideologies and violent extremism.

“Sadly, as we in this Council know only too well, this threat affects Muslim majority states in a truly disproportionate way – in Iraq, in Syria, in Libya, in so many places.

“Put simply and starkly, far more Muslim men, women and children have lost their lives at the hands of groups like Al Shabaab and Da’esh than any other faith or religion.  ExpressUK

Swedish City Of Lund To Offer Returning Jihadis Free Housing, Driving Lessons, and Debt Forgiveness

isis-group

Sweden now seems to be insane.

Jihadis with Swedish passports who return from fighting with Islamic State in the Middle East will be offered taxpayer-funded driving lessons, housing, and even debt cancellation.

Several municipalities in Sweden are making plans for how they plan to “re-integrate” returning jihadis as Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers launch an offensive on Islamic State’s terrorist stronghold, Mosul.

The conclusion of authorities in the medieval city of Lund, which has dealt with returning fighters before, is that defectors from the Salafist supremacist terror group should be handled in the same way as those who leave the organised crime scene.

Practical support in such a situation entails the state first evaluating the needs of returning jihadis, before helping them with housing, employment, and day-to-day welfare as it rules necessary. BreitBart

Houston: Iraqi Refugee Pleads Guilty To Bomb Plot, Trying to Help ISIS

Omar Al Harden
Omar Al Harden

 
So much for vetting/screening.

An Iraqi refugee who authorities say wanted to set off bombs at two Houston malls pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan admitted as part of his plea deal that he pledged his loyalty to ISIS in November 2014 and almost immediately trained to use tactical weapons, including an AK-47. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Jan. 17 on a charge of attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The 24-year-old came to Houston from Iraq in 2009. Beginning in June 2014, Al Hardan developed a relationship with a confidential informant, discussing hopes to travel overseas to fight with ISIS, according to authorities.

Homeland Security Special Agent Herman Wittliff testified days after Al Hardan’s indictment in January that the suspect had been learning how to make electronic transmitters that could be used to detonate explosives. Wittliff said Al Hardan hoped to bomb two Houston malls, including the popular Galleria mall, and wanted use cellphones — a collection of which were found in his apartment – to detonate the devices.

He also made numerous statements about his plans to travel to Syria and fight alongside ISIS and become a martyr CBSNews

France Creates National Guard To Battle Terrorism And Improve Security

1043254491

France is creating a National Guard to bolster security against terrorist attacks across the country.

The Guard, which is expected to grow to 84,000 people by 2018, is a new, enhanced version of the existing reserve forces. Following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris last year, President Francois Hollande proposed creation of the force to include citizens willing to get involved in serving their country.
Defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the creation of the Guard “is a response to the need for an adaptation of our security and defense strategy.”…
Guard members’ tasks will vary from patrolling the streets of big cities to securing major sport and festive events to working in military staff offices.
They will be fully integrated into regular troops and police forces for a certain period of the year — from a few days to several months. They can be students, job seekers, employees as well as retired police officers and military veterans.
Regular military and police reserves now include 63,000 people. Students under the age of 25 who join the Guard a minimum of 37 days a year for five years will get a state grant of 100 euros ($110) per month.  Military Times

In the European system there are multiple flaws.

“We are not an island, we are the European continent, and the enemy is at our doorstep,” said Marc Trevidic, who was France’s top counterterror magistrate until 2015, in a recent interview with ProPublica and Frontline. “He can come by sea, air, and land. That is the reality.”

Online:  Frontline –How Europe Left Itself Open to Terrorism (long article, worth reading)