[STRAITSTIMES] Four Somali men charged over an kaboom at a coffee shop at Nairobi's international airport in 2014 were acquitted Monday (Jan 22) due to lack of evidence.
The men had denied they were members of the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab ... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... Islamist group and had carried out the attack, which came four months after gunnies struck the capital's Westgate mall, killing at least 67 people.
There were no casualties in the blast at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which police initially blamed on a "loose light bulb" falling into a waste paper basket.
After a bullet-ridden car containing a dead body and explosives was found the following morning at a housing estate near the airport, they were obliged to change their story.
Magistrate Roselyn Oganyo said the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against Hassan Abdi Mohammed, Mohammed Osman Ali, Yusuf Warsame and Garad Hassan Fer.
"Having considered the evidence adduced before court I find that the prosecution failed to prove its case against each of the accused persons beyond any reasonable doubt," she ruled.
The magistrate acquitted them of more than 12 counts they faced, including being unlawfully present in the country and possessing explosives.
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They couldn't prove that they were in the country illegally?
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[FreeBeacon] The State Department announced a new $600,000 taxpayer-funded study that suggests "ideals of masculinity" in Kenya are contributing to terrorism.
The department's Bureau of Counterterrorism is seeking a nonprofit group to "explore gender identities of boys and men in Kenya." The grant proposal states that men being "tough, heterosexual, aggressive, unemotional, and achieving" can make them vulnerable to joining Islamic extremist groups.
"Gender is increasingly recognized as an essential aspect to understanding and countering violent extremism throughout the world," the State Department said. "To date, research and interventions on gender in Kenya have predominantly focused on the role of women and girls in violent extremism. However, men and boys are disproportionately recruited by and join terrorist groups and carry out terrorist operations. In Kenya, there currently exists no CVE [countering violent extremism] programming dedicated to the role of gender of boys and men and vulnerability to violent extremism."
To remedy this, the State Department will spend up to $592,500 on the "Masculinity and Violent Extremism" study, which will be awarded to an American nonprofit or nongovernmental organization later this year.
The study will "determine existing knowledge and gaps on male gender and violent extremism as well as explore gender identities of boys and men in Kenya."
The grant proposal blames Kenya's "patriarchal" society of "tough, heterosexual" men for problems facing the developing country.
"In Kenya, boys and men are disproportionately recruited by al-Shabaab and more likely to be both operators and victims of terrorist acts," the State Department said. "Kenyan society, while diverse in its ethnic and cultural composition, is uniformly patriarchal and highly prescriptive of gender expressions and identities."
"Kenyan males are expected to head the household as well as provide for, protect, and maintain the family," the department continued. "Socially, males are expected to be tough, heterosexual, aggressive, unemotional, and achieving. The practical and social pressures to fulfill these expectations can be immense and create vulnerabilities that are exploited by violent extremist groups who appeal to these characteristics and offer the opportunity to fulfil [sic] these roles."
The State Department added that the research would involve fathers and community leaders in Kenya in the hopes to "shape existing cultural narratives on masculinity, gender, and violent extremism."
"Funds will support male-to-male dialogue and training on issues of gender and encourage stronger social and familial support structures," the department said.
The entire Turkish cabinet is beating war drums: Labor and Social Security Minister Jülide Sarıeroğlu joins the chest-thumping and says nobody better not dare test Turkey's patience as she hails #Erdogan commander-in-chief.
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[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] The Trump administration is waiving more than 30 environmental rules to accelerate the construction of President Trump's proposed border wall in New Mexico, forcing environmental groups to consider another round of lawsuits.
The Department of Homeland Security published a notice Monday that said the waiver was necessary to ensure the "expeditious construction of barriers" near the Santa Teresa Land Port of Entry.
"The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border of the United States," according to a notice published in the Federal Register.
[IsraelTimes] TSA says new measures due to 'intent by terrorist groups to attack aviation' via planes departing Egypt, Jordan, Soddy Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.
The United States has ordered more stringent inspections of air cargo from five Middle East countries, citing a June 2017 attempt in Australia to bring down a plane as evidence that terrorist groups continue to target civilian aviation.
The Transportation Security Administration said Monday it had ordered seven airports in Egypt, Jordan, Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... , Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi... and the United Arab Emirates to provide advance data on US-bound air cargo to US Customs and Border Protection for vetting before the cargo is loaded.
The agency did not cite any new specific threat for the move.
"The persistent threat to aviation calls for the world to raise the baseline on global aviation security across the spectrum," it said.
"These countries were chosen because of a demonstrated intent by terrorist groups to attack aviation from them."
TSA also pointed to Australian security officials’ foiling of an advanced plot by three men with ties to the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... terror group last June to bring down an aircraft with an improvised bomb.
"The incident in Australia that occurred this past summer was an ominous reminder for TSA and all of our aviation partners, to include cargo carriers, that we need to continue our efforts to keep our skies secure," TSA said.
Last year, US counterterrorism chief Nick Rasmussen said the Australia plot "shows that bully boyz are aware of security procedures. They watch what we do and they try to learn from it."
[RSTREET.ORG] Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that he is establishing a task force to investigate and combat the illicit activities of the Iran-backed terrorist organization, Hezbollah.
The task force was born of a Politico report finding that the B.O. regime backed off of investigating Hezbollah out of fear of imperiling the Iran nuclear deal.
Because Hezbollah is capable of acting around the globe, the United States must take the threat seriously not only to protect our interests abroad, but to prevent Hezbollah from acting against us here at home. This task force is an important step toward achieving that goal.
The task force’s origin story is somewhat political in nature. Therefore, the team will have to be hyper-aware of any appearance of partisanship. It should not get caught up in potential political gains for the administration; instead, it should focus on the primary objective of protecting American interests. The goal is, and should be, combatting Hezbollah’s ability to participate in and gain from the drug trade and terrorist activities.
Hezbollah activities in Latin America are not a guarded secret. For instance, Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of Southern Command for the U.S. military, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in April 2017 that "Hezbollah has been present in small pockets scattered throughout the region for decades. They’ve been actively engaged largely in criminal activities to raise funds to support the terrorist activities of Hezbollah in other parts of the world."
Yet even with reports of Hezbollah participating in money laundering and drug trafficking in such close proximity to the United States, stopping the group’s illicit activities has not been a major priority as compared to combatting other terrorist groups, most notably ISIS. The creation of this task force will ensure that the Justice Department gives appropriate attention to the Hezbollah threat.
Experts say that Hezbollah not only threatens U.S. efforts to stem the drug trade in Latin America, but poses a growing threat to U.S. national security interests in the Middle East. For instance, in addition to being myrmidonly anti-American and anti-Israeli, Hezbollah actively supports Syrian President Assad’s regime. Last year, the Trump administration chose to strike Syria’s military in response to Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people and remains critical of the Assad regime.
The Trump administration has also initiated a public campaign to crack down on Hezbollah as part of a larger effort to counter Iran. The goal of the campaign is to "expose" Hezbollah officials for their illicit activities. Having become a leading political party in Leb, Hezbollah is now taking great strides to further establish its legitimacy. The administration’s campaign attempts to highlight not only for the United States and Leb, but for the whole world, that legitimating Hezbollah is unacceptable while it participates in terrorism, money laundering and the drug trade. To support the campaign, the administration is offering $10 million in cash reward bounties for aiding in the arrest of leading Hezbollah figures.
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[LIVEMINT] The chargesheet filed against Lashkar-e-Taiba ...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI... (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed ...founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and its false-mustache offshoot Jamaat-ud-Dawa. The United Nations declared the JuD a terrorist organization in 2008 and Hafiz Saeed a terrorist as its leader. Hafiz, JuD and LeT are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Pak intel apparatus, so that amounted to squat... and Hizbul Mujahideen ...Party of Holy Warriors, founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September 1989. One of the Pak sock puppets waging jihad in Indian Kashmir. It was originally organized as the armed wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. In 1990, Dar declared Hizbul as the sword arm of Jamaat. Hizbul murdered many of the pro-independence intelligentsia in Kashmir. After the organization was taken over by Syed Salahuddin Dar and several other ex-Hizb leaders were assassinated between 2001 and 2003... head Syed Salahuddin ...the aging, morbidly obese chief of Hizbul Mujaheddin and the titular head of the United Jihad Council in idyllic Kashmire. Originally owned body and theoretical soul by Jamaat-e-Islami he and his organization are currently controlled by Pakistain's ISI. Salahuddin's hobbies include crocheting doilies shaped like the Taj Mahal, combing his enormous beard, and eating.... will not alter the terror funding scenario in Kashmire, according to defence experts.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on 18 January filed the chargesheet against Saeed, Salahuddin and 10 others under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for carrying out secessionist activities in Kashmire and funding terror in the Valley.
"It does not matter whether or not NIA has investigated them, but nothing will come out of it because it will not alter Pakistain’s stance on the matter. Secondly, even if Hafiz Saeed or Salahuddin are prosecuted, someone else will take over and continue the subversive activities," said H.S. Panag, a former Indian Army officer and defence expert.
An intelligence official outlined one way in which the financing network, which also funds the rock-throwing protesters who target security forces, works.
"One of the main sources of funds is invoicing fraud during trade deals. If a retailer in another state says that he is buying dry fruits from Kashmire worth Rs25 lakh, he actually pays the wholesaler in Kashmire Rs1 crore, while the invoice reflects the former amount. The remaining Rs75 lakh is then released in very small instalments of Rs1.5-2 lakh to fund the stone pelters," said the official, who did not wish to be named.
The official said that while the separatists were being investigated for receiving funds from the LeT to carry out subversive activities in Kashmire, the hawala money network is also used to fund holy warriors.
"A significant portion of these funds is also used to sustain home-grown terrorists. This money is used to finance their food, provisions, upkeep and other expenses that they incur," the officer added.
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01/23/2018 00:00 ||
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[IsraelTimes] On the same day as Netanyahu celebrated a Pence lovefest in Jerusalem, Paleostinian leader was told in Brussels that Washington remains an indispensable part of any grinding of the peace processor.
[Ynet] Fatah has declared a general strike in the West Bank for Tuesday, in protest of Vie President Mike Pence's visit to the Western Wall. The strike will include the entirety of the public sector, save for health services. Fatah also called on residents to protest near friction points with the IDF and other security forces.
Residents will protest Pence's visit by not using the non-existent electricity, not drinking the undrinkable water and by not showing up for their non-existent jobs. Juice-hatred is expected to continue unabated, however.
[WARONTHEROCKS] Earlier this month, Muhammad al-Dajani executed Musa Abu Zamat in a video released by Wilayat Sinai, the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... ’s affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula. Surrounded by other myrmidons, al-Dajani shot a fellow Islamic State member in the back of the head amid accusations that Abu Zamat had smuggled weapons to Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth",’ military wing from which al-Dajani defected before joining the Islamic State. In the same video, the Islamic State included a call for violent attacks targeting Hamas, a Gazoo-based Paleostinian myrmidon organization viewed as "apostates" by the Islamic State.
This is not the first time the Islamic State has threatened to overthrow Hamas. But the vicious nature of the threat, involving an execution, makes the latest video different. Why did the Islamic State declare all-out war this time? The question is especially interesting given that pragmatic cooperation with Hamas’ military wing helped Wilayat Sinai become an effective fighting force and mount an unprecedented challenge to the Egyptian regime.
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[IsraelTimes] Manila says Taja Mohammad Al Jabori, an Iraqi citizen, 'admitted being a member' of the Paleostinian terror group
The Philippines said Monday it would deport an Iraqi man described as a scientist for Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", and accused of helping the Paleostinian group lob missiles at Israel.
Iraq tipped off the Philippines about the presence of Taja Mohammad Al Jabori, who was jugged Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! on Sunday, national police chief Ronald Dela Rosa told news hounds.
However, alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk... the arrest was due to visa problems rather than any evidence of terror activity, the police chief emphasized.
"He’s an illegal alien, his visa is expired so he has to be deported right away," Dela Rosa said.
"He admitted being a member of Hamas. He’s a chemist and he has been responsible for improving the rocket technology of Hamas in firing their missiles from their area towards the other side, [towards] Israel."
The suspect will be deported to Iraq.
The police chief said it was the first time Philippine authorities had dealt with an alleged member of Hamas, a group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... and Israel.
The handcuffed detainee did not speak while being made to stand beside the Philippine police chief at a presser.
Dela Rosa said it was unclear at present why the alleged Hamas chemist had traveled to the Philippines.
Police said he arrived last year as Philippine troops battled jihadists loyal to the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group for control of the southern city of Marawi.
Al Jabori had, however, mostly stayed in Manila and nearby provinces and told police he had no intention of committing any terror act in the Philippines, the police chief said.
[STRAITSTIMES] It has been over two months since the Philippine government declared victory over a well-armed and highly motivated cabal of Muslim militants that laid siege to Marawi city. The military has allowed half the city's more than 200,000 residents to return, but not to the devastated half that is filled with unexploded ordnance and booby traps. What awaits the residents of Marawi is more uncertainty and the ever looming threat that the militants may soon return.
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01/23/2018 00:00 ||
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[IN.REUTERS] The key U.S. question about The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund.... ’s offensive in northwestern Syria is whether Ankara pushes on from Afrin to Manbij, where U.S. forces and their allies against the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... murderous Moslem group are on the ground, U.S. officials said on Monday.
Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on the third day of a campaign by its forces and Syrian rebel allies against Kurdish YPG fighters, which Ankara sees as allies of Kurdish snuffies who have fought the Ottoman Turkish state for decades.
While the United States does not have forces in the area of Afrin, where the offensive is focussed, it does in Manbij to the east, raising the possibility of conflict between forces allied with Turkey and the United States.
Moreover, the United States hopes to use the YPG’s control of the area to give it the diplomatic muscle it needs to revive U.N.-led talks in Geneva on a deal that would end Syria’s civil war and eventually lead to the ouster of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia... The United States and Turkey, while themselves allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, have diverging interests in the Syrian civil war, with Washington focussed on defeating Islamic State and Ankara keen to prevent Syria’s Kurds from gaining autonomy and fuelling Kurdish snuffies on its soil.
Preventing Ottoman Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan from carrying out a threat to drive Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed umbrella group dominated by the YPG, out of Manbij is central for Washington, U.S. officials said.
"Manbij was liberated by the coalition (fighting Islamic State) and (this) would be looked at differently if Turkey started to go in that direction," said one U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"The Turks have talked about it but there is no indication that they are going to go further east where we are," he added. "At this stage in Afrin it’s a very different fight and a very different situation than if they do come further east."
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01/23/2018 00:00 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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