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    TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a man on suspicion of lying about having joined Islamic State and committed execution-style killings, charging him with "hoax-terrorist activity", authorities said late on Friday. Starting in 2016, Shehroze Chaudhry, made social media posts talking about his role with Islamic State and also gave several media interviews but a Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation found the 25-year-old had no links to the group. "The charge stems from numerous media interviews where the accused ... claimed he traveled to Syria in 2016 to join the terrorist group ISIS and committed acts of terrorism," the RCMP said in a statement. The RCMP said the interviews and podcasts that featured on a television documentary raised public...
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing six French aid workers, their driver and a local guide in a wildlife park in Niger last month. The Islamic State group said in its al-Naba newsletter published Thursday that a security detachment carried out a “blitz attack with firearms” in the Koure area southwest of Niger’s capital, Niamey. It also published a photo of two of the hostages still alive. The Aug. 9 attack shocked many who thought the region near the capital was not as dangerous as other parts of the West African nation. Islamic State in the Greater Sahara has been carrying out attacks in recent years in Niger and the tri-border region with...
    DAKAR (Reuters) - Islamic State has credited its West Africa affiliate for killing six French aid workers and their Nigerien guide and driver at a giraffe reserve in Niger on Aug. 9, according to a statement published by the SITE Intelligence Group on Thursday. Islamic State said a detachment of its West Africa Province group (ISWAP) carried out the "blitz attack" on the group in the Koure area, southwest of of the capital Niamey. This "resulted in the killing of six of them after their capture, as well as two of their companions," a SITE translation of the statement said. The six French nationals and their driver worked for international aid group ACTED and were touring the reserve, which is...
    This booking photo provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff shows Muhammad Masood. A psychological exam was ordered Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, for Masood, a Pakistani doctor and former Mayo Clinic researcher accusing of telling paid FBI informants that he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and wanted to carry out lone wolf attacks in the U.S. (Sherburne County Sheriff via AP)This booking photo provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff shows Muhammad Masood. A psychological exam was ordered Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, for Masood, a Pakistani doctor and former Mayo Clinic researcher accusing of telling paid FBI informants that he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and wanted to carry out lone wolf attacks in the U.S. (Sherburne County...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who is accused of joining the Islamic State group in Syria has been returned to the United States to face terrorism charges. Abdelhamid Al-Madioum made his first court appearance in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Wednesday. Authorities say he was vacationing with his family in Morocco in 2015 when he secretly booked a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, and then traveled to Syria. He’s charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Al-Madioum was recently in a prison in northern Syria with alleged IS fighters, according to news reports. A search warrant affidavit unsealed in 2017 says Al-Madioum, who was 18 when he left for Syria, is a native of Morocco and...
    The U.S. will almost halve the number of forces it has in Iraq by the end of the month, the top military officer for the region said Wednesday, aligning with President Donald Trump’s attempts leading up to the November election to follow through on key campaign promises to withdraw the U.S. from “endless wars.” [ SEE: The Week in Cartoons for Sept. 8-12 ]Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said the number of U.S. forces in Iraq would drop from 5,200 to 3,000 before the end of September. Having first deployed to Iraq in 2003, the U.S. fully withdrew in 2011 as a part of the Obama administration’s similar pledge to end wars, only to have to redeploy thousands...
    Seven suspects have been detained after the knife attack in Sousse The Islamic State group (IS) says its fighters carried out Monday’s attack in Tunisia that saw one security officer killed and another injured. Three of the attackers were shot dead, authorities say, and were wearing clothes bearing IS slogans. Seven other suspects were detained. The militants sent out a written statement by Telegram messenger app but gave no evidence to support their claim they were behind the attack on the coastal tourist town of Sousse. Some 43 people were questioned, National Guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebabli reportedly told private station Radio Shems. Among them was “the wife of one of the assailants, who described her husband as a...
    DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to supporting the Islamic State group, federal prosecutors said. Omer Kuzu pleaded guilty in federal court in Dallas to conspiring to provide material support to terrorism, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office. The 25-year-old Plano man said in plea papers that he and his brother left home in 2014 for Syria, where he spent five years providing communications support for front-line Islamic State fighters and working in the Caliphate’s technology center. Kuzu, who is a U.S. citizen, was captured by Syrian forces in early 2019, turned over to the FBI and returned to Texas to face charges. He is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 22 and could...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States vetoed a U.N. resolution Monday calling for the prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration of all those engaged in terrorism-related activities, saying it didn’t call for the repatriation from Syria and Iraq of foreign fighters for the Islamic State extremist group and their families which is “the crucial first step.” U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said the resolution, ”supposedly designed to reinforce international action on counter-terrorism, was worse than no resolution at all.” She dismissed it as “a cynical and willfully oblivious farce.” Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15-member Security Council voted by email. The result was 14 countries in favor and only the U.S. opposed. It was announced by the current council president, Indonesia’s...
    A Syrian asylum seeker who is recognised as a terrorist threat due to his Islamic State sympathies costs German taxpayers 4,000 euros a day to monitor but has never been placed on trial. In all, Ayman N. has cost the German taxpayer around five million euros in the three years he has been under strict observation by German security services, and even has four plainclothes police officers escort him when he goes to the shop to buy food. Police have spent around 95,000 hours of work on observing and escorting the Syrian teen at a rate of 52 euros per hour for each police officer, according to information provided to German tabloid Bild by the Saxony-Anhalt Interior Ministry. The Syrian...
    Two women Islamic State terrorists blew themselves up in twin suicide attacks on Monday in the southern Philippine town of Jolo in Sulu province. Authorities counted at least 14 people, including soldiers, killed in the attacks and 75 others injured. The first explosion, which accounted for the majority of Monday’s victims, occurred “near two parked army trucks in front of a grocery store and computer shop in a downtown plaza where the town cathedral is located,” military officials said. In the second explosion, “the attacker blew herself up near a group of soldiers and police, killing one soldier and one police commando and wounding several others,” a military report stated. The Philippine military is in the process of determining if...
    More than 10,000 IS fighters are coalescing into smaller cells across Africa and the Middle East, the UN counter-terror chief has warned – STRINGER /Reuters The Islamic State (IS) terror group is reorganising and ramping up its guerrilla-style attacks in Syria and Iraq, the United Nations’ counter-terrorism chief has warned, adding that the crisis unleashed by coronavirus could make it easier to recruit a new generation of jihadists. More than 10,000 IS fighters remain at large in Iraq and Syria, more than two years after the militant group’s claimed defeat, Vladamir Voronokov, the head of the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Office said. “Small cells” of jihadists continue to move freely between the two countries to carry out ambushes, arson, and gun and bomb...
    ABUJA, Nigeria—In recent months, Islamist militant groups in Africa allied to the so-called Islamic State have been on the rampage—attacking communities, slaughtering aid workers and seizing important government assests. Since ISIS was squeezed out of its self-proclaimed caliphate in the Middle East last year, its offshoots—particularly those in West and Central Africa—seem to be waxing even stronger. In the last five months, about 100 Nigerian and Chadian soldiers have been killed in deadly attacks by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) around the Lake Chad region (an area in the Sahelian zone of west-central Africa with a freshwater lake at the conjunction of Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Niger). Since late July, the group has murdered several humanitarian workers in...
    BERLIN (AP) — A German woman who joined the Islamic State group fell on such hard times that she had to sell her wedding present, an AK47 rifle, according to prosecutors in Germany. In a statement Thursday, German federal prosecutors said they have indicted Zeynep G. on three counts of participating in the activities of a “foreign terrorist organization,” breaching arms control laws and committing a war crime. G., a German citizen whose last name wasn’t released due to privacy reasons, is alleged to have traveled to Syria in September or October of 2014 to join the extremist group. After marrying a Chechen fighter she ran his household and used social media to urge a friend in Germany to join...
    BERLIN (AP) — A German woman who joined the Islamic State group fell on such hard times that she had to sell her wedding present, an AK47 rifle, according to prosecutors in Germany. In a statement Thursday, German federal prosecutors said they have indicted Zeynep G. on three counts of participating in the activities of a “foreign terrorist organization,” breaching arms control laws and committing a war crime. G., a German citizen whose last name wasn't released due to privacy reasons, is alleged to have traveled to Syria in September or October of 2014 to join the extremist group. After marrying a Chechen fighter she ran his household and used social media to urge a friend in Germany to join...
    Reuters August 19, 2020 0 Comments  The United States will not seek the death penalty for two British members of an Islamic State execution squad nicknamed the “Beatles,” whose extradition the Justice Department is seeking, Attorney General William Barr said on Wednesday. In a letter to Priti Patel, Britain’s interior minister this week Barr said if Britain grants an extradition request for Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, U.S. prosecutors will not seek the death penalty and would not carry out executions if they were to be imposed. Barr said Kotey and Elsheikh are being held by the U.S. military in an unidentified overseas location after they were captured in 2019 but that it was becoming untenable to continue...
    NEW YORK -- A radical Islamic cleric has been extradited to New York City on charges he recruited followers and fighters for the Islamic State through fiery online lectures and militant propaganda, prosecutors said Friday.Abdullah al-Faisal, who had been behind bars in Jamaica, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan state court to charges including conspiracy and supporting terrorism.The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said al-Faisal's arrest dealt a "major blow to ISIS' overall recruitment capabilities.""In addition to shutting down Faisal's dangerous rhetoric and his recruitment of new terrorists, the effects of his arrest have been felt across the counterterrorism community worldwide," Vance said in a statement.Messages were sent to al-Faisal's defense attorney seeking comment.Prosecutors portrayed al-Faisal as one of...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A radical Islamic cleric already behind bars in Jamaica has been brought to New York City to face allegations he plotted to recruit followers and fighters for the Islamic State group, prosecutors said Friday. Abdullah al-Faisal was to appear in state court in Manhattan to face multiple charges of supporting terrorism. The charges filed in 2017 were unusual because they did not involve the participation of federal authorities, who normally are the ones to bring cases against international terrorists. The 56-year-old al-Faisal, also known as Shaikh Faisal, has been compared to the fiery American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al-Qaida in Yemen who was killed in 2011. Federal officials say al-Faisal's sermons influenced Faisal Shahzad,...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A radical Islamic cleric already behind bars in Jamaica has been brought to New York City to face allegations he plotted to recruit followers and fighters for the Islamic State group, prosecutors said Friday. Abdullah al-Faisal was to appear in state court in Manhattan to face multiple charges of supporting terrorism. The charges filed in 2017 were unusual because they did not involve the participation of federal authorities, who normally are the ones to bring cases against international terrorists. The 56-year-old al-Faisal, also known as Shaikh Faisal, has been compared to the fiery American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al-Qaida in Yemen who was killed in 2011. Federal officials say al-Faisal’s sermons influenced Faisal Shahzad,...
    By Rahmat Gul and Rahim Faiez | Associated Press JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group stormed a prison in eastern Afghanistan in a daylong siege that left at least 39 people dead, including the assailants, and freed nearly 400 of their fighters before security forces restored order, a government official said Monday. The attack underscored that the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan is still a formidable presence, and it highlighted the challenges ahead as U.S. and NATO forces begin to withdraw following Washington’s peace deal with the Taliban. The peace accord aims to recruit the Taliban to battle the militants from IS, which U.S. officials have told The Associated Press is the Americans’ biggest foe...
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing at least 21 people in fighting overnight, a local official said. Another 43 people have been wounded in the assault that began late Sunday when an Islamic State suicide bomber slammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the Jalalabad prison's entrance. Militants then opened fire on security forces at the prison in the capital of Nangarhar province, some 70 miles east of Kabul. Afghan security personnel gather in front of a prison after an attack in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An Islamic State group attack on the prison in eastern...
    KABUL, Afghanistan — An Islamic State group assault on a jail in japanese Afghanistan holding tons of of its members raged on Monday after killing not less than 21 individuals in combating in a single day, an area official mentioned. One other 43 individuals have been wounded within the assault that started late Sunday when an Islamic State suicide bomber slammed his explosive-laden automobile into the jail entrance. Extra assailants opened hearth. Three attackers have been killed to date however the battle continued Monday with sporadic gunfire nonetheless coming from the jail grounds, mentioned Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province. A few of the lifeless had been prisoners, mentioned Khogyani. in addition to civilians, jail...
    KABUL, Afghanistan — An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing at least 21 people in fighting overnight, a local official said. Another 43 people have been wounded in the attack that began late Sunday when an Islamic State suicide bomber slammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the prison entrance. More assailants opened fire. Three attackers have been killed so far but the battle continued Monday with sporadic gunfire still coming from the prison grounds, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province. Some of the dead were prisoners, said Khogyani. as well as civilians, prison guards and Afghan security personnel. The prison assault...
    KABUL, Afghanistan — An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing at least 21 people in fighting overnight, a local official said. Another 43 people have been wounded in the attack that began late Sunday when an Islamic State suicide bomber slammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the prison entrance. More assailants opened fire. Three attackers have been killed so far but the battle continued Monday with sporadic gunfire still coming from the prison grounds, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province. Some of the dead were prisoners, said Khogyani. as well as civilians, prison guards and Afghan security personnel. The prison assault struck...
    By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A complex attack by the Islamic State group against a prison in eastern Nangarhar province continued Monday and has killed at least 11 people, a local official said. Another 42 people have been wounded in the gunbattle that began Sunday evening, said Zahir Adil, spokesman for the provincial health department. He said the toll was expected to rise. The attack began when a suicide car bomb exploded at the entrance gate of the prison in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. A number of assailants then opened fire on Afghan security forces. It wasn’t clear how many assailants were involved in the firefight. A number of prisoners have escaped during the...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing at least 11 people in fighting overnight, a local official said. Another 42 people have been wounded in the gun battle that began Sunday night in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, said Zahir Adil, spokesman for the provincial health department. He expected the toll to rise. A suicide car bombing initially targeted the entrance gate of the prison in Jalalabad, Nangarhar’s provincial capital some 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of the capital, Kabul. Islamic State militants then opened fire on Afghan security forces guarding the facility. The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan, known as IS in...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A complex attack by the Islamic State group against a prison in eastern Nangarhar province continued Monday and has killed at least 11 people, a local official said. Another 42 people have been wounded in the gunbattle that began Sunday evening, said Zahir Adil, spokesman for the provincial health department. He said the toll was expected to rise. The attack began when a suicide car bomb exploded at the entrance gate of the prison in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. A number of assailants then opened fire on Afghan security forces. It wasn’t clear how many assailants were involved in the firefight. A number of prisoners have escaped during the attack, said another provincial official,...
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshi police said they arrested three suspects in the bombing of a Dhaka police station and denied a claim of responsibility by the Islamic State group, saying the attackers were motivated by criminal intent. Five people, including four police, were injured when a bomb hidden inside a weight machine-like object went off inside the Pallabi police station on Wednesday morning. The Islamic State group claimed credit for the blast in a statement the same day. Three suspected hitmen were arrested Wednesday along with two loaded firearms and another weight machine-like object, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police Additional Commissioner Krishna Pada Roy. Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Transnational Crime Saiful Islam denied any...
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Militants from an Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility Thursday for killing five aid workers who were kidnapped last month in northeastern Nigeria. The Islamic State West Africa Province, which broke away from Boko Haram several years ago, warned in June that it would target Nigerians working for international aid agencies along with those who helped the military. Nigeria’s president already had blamed the extremists for the slayings. The group issued its claim online in its digital weekly newspaper, al-Naba, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups. The aid workers were killed on Sunday, and a video of their deaths was later released on social media, SITE reported. The alarming development threatens to...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - The commander of Iran's elite Quds force visited Eastern Syria in the past few days, and accused the United States and Israel of conspiring to support the Islamic State group, the semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim reported. "Given that the existence of this group (Islamic State) is managed by the United States and the Zionist regime (Israel), we can be sure that the conspiracies of these two criminal regimes have not ended," Tasnim quoted Esmail Qaani as saying in the Syrian town of Abu Kamal. (Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — An Islamic State-linked group appears to be regaining strength in northeastern Nigeria and is now warning it will target civilians who help the military or even humanitarian organizations. The Islamic State in West Africa Province, which broke away from Boko Haram in 2016, had appeared weakened earlier this year by internal feuding, said Nnamdi Obasi, the senior adviser for Nigeria at the International Crisis Group. But earlier this month it killed more than 120 people in a single week, including 40 in Monguno, a town housing an estimated 150,000 displaced people and a U.N. humanitarian base that was only able to repel the jihadists after hours of fighting. “The new attack now suggests that there is...
    Washington (AFP) – The United States on Wednesday doubled to $10 million its reward for the capture of the supremo of the Islamic State extremist movement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced. The US had already offered $5 million for Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli before he was identified as the successor to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed by US commandos in an October raid in Syria. Born in 1976, al-Mawli is a scholar in Islamic law who issued edicts to justify the persecution of the Yazidi minority, a campaign that the United Nations has described as genocide. The jihadists killed thousands of Yazidis, who practice an ancient religion, and abducted and enslaved thousands more women and girls as...
    The Islamic State celebrated unrest in the United States, calling it a “blessing” in the terror group’s weekly newspaper al-Nabaa, according to terror group research organization SITE Intelligence Group. The ISIS article claimed that the pandemic in combination with George Floyd protests will weaken “infidel” states and shift focus away from the Middle East, the Associated Press reported Friday. The article goes on to claim that the protests in the U.S. will spread around the world similar to how coronavirus spread from China, according to a translation of the article by independent researcher Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi. “Today the news of the protests in America overshadows the news of the epidemic that gained hegemony over all the other events of the...