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    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference on February 15, 2021, ahead of the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.NATO WASHINGTON – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced Thursday that the 30-member alliance will expand its security training mission in Iraq in order to prevent the war-torn country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorists. "The size of our mission will increase from 500 personnel to around 4,000 and training activities will now include more Iraqi security institutions and areas beyond Baghdad," Stoltenberg told reporters at the conclusion of a two-day virtual NATO defense ministers meeting. "Our presence is conditions-based and increases in troop numbers will be incremental," he said, adding that the request for an expanded mission was requested by the Iraqi government. Earlier in the week, a senior Defense official told reporters ahead of the NATO meeting that the Pentagon was...
    Washington (CNN)Nearly a month after the deadly attack on January 6, the US Capitol Police force remains in turmoil, with union officials preparing an unprecedented "no confidence" vote in the department's leadership, and rank-and-file officers still reeling from the physical and psychological effects of the attack.  The fallout from the insurrection has been compounded by the death of an officer during the fight, another officer's subsequent suicide and a Covid outbreak that has infected dozens of people within the Capitol Police. More than 100 officers are still nursing significant physical wounds and countless others are dealing with the psychological trauma of the day -- all while working long hours to keep the Capitol secure. In a sign of how contentious things have become, this week an effort by union officials to schedule a "vote of no confidence" against the department's top three leaders triggered a round of recriminations from officers who criticized the timing of the move,...
    Spitting cobra species first evolved the ability to spray venom from their fangs in order to defend themselves — rather than to attack prey — a study has found. Researchers from Wales found that instantly painful venoms these snakes spit was evolved from different components not once, but on three separate occasions. The venom — which can cause blistering and, if introduced to the eye, blindness — may even have developed in response to the threat of early humans, the team said.  This long-distance targeting of sensory tissues plays no role in prey capture, they added, suggesting it must have been developed as a defence mechanism. The finding contradicts previous studies which suggested that the development of venom in snakes is principally driven by dietary variations.   Scroll down for videos Spitting cobra species first evolved the ability to spray venom from their fangs (as pictured) in order to defend...
    Twitter user @donk_enby says she has obtained files from the site complete with GPS metadata to show exactly where they were taken A hacker claims to have archived all of Parler's deleted posts and says they provide 'very incriminating' evidence in the wake of the deadly mob attack at the US Capitol.  Parler went offline shortly after 3am EST Monday after Amazon booted the platform off its web hosting service, effectively shutting the site down until it can find a new hosting partner or fund its own servers.  It had already vanished from the Apple and Google app stores after they cut ties with the right wing platform.    Now Twitter user @donk_enby says she has obtained files from the site complete with GPS metadata to show exactly where they were taken. That could prove helpful for law enforcement looking into the DC riot.  She told Gizmodo how she started with the aim of...
    Pedro Pascal pointed the finger at Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the violent insurrection on Capitol Hill in a tweet shared Saturday. The 45-year-old Mandalorian star shared the Republican senator's phone number with his 741K followers as social media users blamed the politician for inciting the riot in the Capitol Building, which left five people dead, including one police officer. Pascal may have had his eye out for Cruz, 50, after the senator panned his performance in Wonder Woman 1984.  Calling him up: Pedro Pascal, 45, shared the office number for Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Saturday after the Republican was blamed by many on social media for inciting the violent Capitol Hill insurrection that left five people dead; seen in November 2019 in LA Although some Twitter users initially thought he was doxxing Cruz by revealing personal information, Pedro only shared the publicly listed number for the senator's...
    Armed police stand near Schwedenplatz square, Vienna, after shots were fired on November 2, 2020. Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images A gunman who opened fire in central Vienna on Monday night was an ISIS sympathizer and "Islamic terrorist," Austrian officials said. Four people were killed and at least 17 were injured in the attack. Multiple shots were fired across several locations from 8 p.m., Der Standard reported. Police also shot dead a gunman, who was carrying an assault rifle and machete, and wearing a fake suicide vest, according to interior minister Karl Nehammer. The Associated Press and the Kleine Zeitung named that assailant as Kujtim Fejzulai, a 20-year-old Austrian and North Macedonian dual citizen who was previously jailed for trying to go to Syria to join ISIS. As of Tuesday morning, Austrian police were still looking for at least one suspect, the BBC and The New York Times reported. It...
    The Vatican has joined the chorus of condemnation over Thursday’s barbaric knife attack at a cathedral in Nice, France. The Roman Catholic Church put out a statement denouncing the terror attack, which left three dead, saying it “sowed death in a place of love and consolation,” the Vatican said in a statement. “Informed of the savage attack that was perpetrated this morning in a church in Nice, causing the death of several innocent people, His Holiness Pope Francis joins in prayer with the suffering of the families who were affected and shares their sorrow,”  the statement said. “Today’s attack has sown death in a place of love and consolation, like the house of the Lord,” the statement said. “[The Pope] prays for the victims and their loved ones, so that the violence may cease, so that we may return to look upon ourselves as brothers and sisters and not as enemies,...
    Hours after we called out King Soopers for slacking on COVID-19 safety procedures, including a lack of crowd control and mask monitoring, the October 7 report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment publicly identified two of the grocery giant's metro stores as outbreak sites — the first time such a designation had been made in months. One of those stores was King Soopers #1, at 1331 Speer Boulevard. The company's most iconic Denver location, at Ninth and Corona, had been declared an outbreak site on May 12, and still marks the worst attack of the novel coronavirus suffered by King Soopers to date. By the time the CDPHE formally labeled that outbreak as resolved, thirteen staff members had contracted the disease and two had died from it. But one customer suggests that store didn't learn its lesson from the outbreak, and recently sent this missive to King Soopers'...
    Surfing Happened in the famous waters of Australia’s Gold Coast Australian surfer dies from shark attack The australian surfer Nick Slater (46 years old) died after being attacked by a great white shark of more than three meters on the beach of Greenmound, in the state of Queensland (Australia). Several teammates managed to hastily pull the surfer out of the water, but the severity of the leg injuries (suffered a strong bite that destroyed the leg from groin to knee) prevented the doctors from saving his life. It was more than 60 years since the deadly attack by a white shark in the waters of the Gold Coast of Australia, very safe due to the presence of anti-shark nets in the area that the white shark from the attack must have jumped or broken. The Gold Coast is in shock this afternoon after...
    As many as 300 inmates, many of who are Taliban and Islamic State followers, have escaped from an Afghan prison after a protracted attack by ISIS that lasted nearly 20 hours. The attack began Sunday evening in the city of Jalalabad when a suicide bomber slammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the security perimeter of a major prison complex housing. Militants then used the opening to storm the complex and began a gun battle with Afghan security forces that lasted nearly 20 hours. ISIS’s Khorasan Province branch, which operates primarily in Afghanistan and Pakistan, claimed responsibility soon after the assault began. ISKP first came to fore in 2015 and has since grown and committed a number of atrocious attacks against civilian and military targets, including a bloody May attack on a Kabul maternity ward. The aftermath of an attack is seen in front of a prison...
    Haven’t we been through enough this year?  In Maine, that seems to be the question on everyone’s minds given the events of the last week. Not only did Governor Janet Mills clash with the state’s Republican Party about easing COVID-19 restrictions on out-of-state visitors, but the state also experienced its first fatal shark attack in recorded history. It’s been a brutal year, especially for the state’s tourism and hospitality industry, but the events of the last few days alone beg the question: can the hotels, restaurants and small businesses that shape “Vacationland” as we know it survive the summer of 2020? On the state’s official website on July 27, Governor Mills posted a statement against a Republican initiative to ease quarantine restrictions on visitors from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. At the moment, visitors from Massachusetts and Rhode Island seeking to enter Maine must either self-quarantine for 14 days or provide documentation of a...
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Saturday executed a Libyan militant convicted of plotting an attack that killed at least 16 police officers in 2017, the military said. Abdel-Rahim al-Mosmari was hanged in a Cairo prison after a military appeals court upheld his death sentence last week, the military said. The deadly attack southwest of the Egyptian capital took place in October 2017. Al-Mosmari was arrested a month after the attack. He was tried by a military court and sentenced to death in November last year. The court also sentenced 15 other defendants for their involvement in the attack, including 10 in absentia, to life in prison. Another 17 got 5- to 15-year sentences. Al-Mosmari was from Libya’s eastern city of Derna, which served as a safe haven for years for militant groups before the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces took control of it early in 2018. The LAAF is led...
    Ethan Melzer is accused of conspiring to attack his own unit. GETTY IMAGES According to the indictment filed Monday, Ethan Melzer, 22, sent “sensitive details” about his detachment to the Order of Nine Angles (ONA), a group that encourages disruption of the social order through violence, criminality and sexual delinquency. “Melzer allegedly attempted to orchestrate a murderous ambush in his own unit by unlawfully revealing his location, force and weaponry to a neo-Nazi, anarchist and white supremacist group,” Interim Federal Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey, said in a statement Monday. Strauss. The plan, he said, was thwarted late last month by the FBI and the US military, and the soldier was sent to jail on June 10. “Melzer declared himself a traitor to the United States and described his own conduct as equivalent to treason. We agree, ”said FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney...
    Chinese troops reportedly used metal rods wrapped with barbed wire to kill 20 Indian soldiers during border skirmish United States Intelligence Services have claimed that despite denials from Chinese officials, the Middle Kingdom did in fact authorize a strike on Indian troops located in the disputed Himalayan border region between their two nations. According to The Hindustan Times, a U.S. intelligence report claimed that General Zhao Zongqi, head of the Western Theater Command, approved the strike “teach India a lesson.” The skirmish, which took place on June 15, claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers, in addition to wounding dozens more. Though China has not released details about its own casualties, leaked military reports have suggested that at least 35 troops were killed, including a commanding officer. The fact that sources are now claiming that the deadly incident was a planned attack goes against previous public statements of Chinese officials,...
    A U.S. Army soldier has been charged with plotting a mass attack on his unit by sending sensitive military information to an occult-based white supremacist group, the Justice Department announced Monday.  Ethan Melzer, 22, allegedly shared sensitive details about his unit, including information about its location, movements and security – to members of the Order of Nine Angles, the Justice Department said in a release.  Melzer, who joined the Army in 2018 and the Order of Nine Angles in 2019, relayed the information to members of the group and a related group called “RapeWaffen Division”  shortly after learning in April 2020 that his unit, based in Europe, was deploying to another foreign country, according to a 14-page indictment unsealed Monday.  “Melzer and his co-conspirators planned what they referred to as a ‘jihadi attack’ during the deployment, with the objective of causing a ‘mass casualty’ event victimizing his fellow service members,” the Justice Department said.  The FBI and the U.S. Army thwarted Melzer’s plot in late May. Melzer was arrested in New York on June 10. He faces...
    The criminal complaint against Steven Carrillo includes a Facebook exchange with his alleged accomplice, Robert Justus Jr., and a third person. The FBI says it is evidence of their affiliation with the anti-government “boogaloo” movement and plan to target federal law enforcement officers during protests against police brutality. The posts were obtained from Carrillo’s Facebook account under a search warrant. Here is the summary from the complaint filed against Carrillo for the May 29 killing of federal security officer David Patrick Underwood and wounding of his partner at the U.S. courthouse in Oakland, California. MAY 28 —7:20 a.m.: Carrillo posted in a Facebook group, “It’s on our coast now, this needs to be nationwide. It’s a great opportunity to target the specialty soup bois. Keep that energy going.” The statement was followed by two fire emojis and a link to a YouTube video showing a large crowd attacking...
    People visiting a South Carolina island where a woman was killed by an alligator last month have recently reported more unusual sightings of the animals. A couple of “out-of-place” alligators were spotted on Kiawah Island this week, including an 8-foot animal near the Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Tuesday, according to a report from The State. A video posted to Facebook showed a trio of men rounding up the alligator -- apparently to help move the animal. The publication reported a juvenile alligator was spotted in a different location three days earlier. EARLY-MORNING WAKEUP CALL TURNS OUT TO BE 2 ALLIGATORS FIGHTING OUTSIDE FLORIDA HOME: REPORT VideoAs previously reported by Fox News, a 58-year old woman on Kiawah Island died last month after an alligator dragged her into a pond. FAMILY FINDS ALLIGATOR RELAXING ON ALLIGATOR POOL FLOAT IN FLORIDA A recent event on another South Carolina island – Hilton...
    “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”  -- Thomas Paine (1737-1809) Colonial America was filled with summer soldiers and sunshine patriots who wanted triumph over tyranny but were afraid to fight for it. Of course, enough did fight. They won the Revolutionary War and they enacted a Constitution intended to prevent both anarchy and tyranny. Today, we have both. REP. ANDY BIGGS: END RIOTS, RESTORE FREEDOM – TOO MANY AIDING BAD BEHAVIOR America is under attack by three deadly viruses. COVID-19 has killed more than 107,000 Americans since March. Yet, it pales in comparison to the virus it provoked -- hubris. And that, in turn, provoked the virus that has bedeviled America since the 17th...
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