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Re: Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)
« Reply #1500 on: April 22, 2019, 14:42:40 »
'A fanatic is one who can not change his mind and will not change the subject.' :)

You’ve hit the nail on the head. 👍
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Re: Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)
« Reply #1501 on: April 29, 2019, 19:08:47 »
Authorities thwart terror plot in California
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/terror-plot-california-1.5115947

Army vet embraced Islam, then decides to bomb supremacist rally in southern Cali in retaliation for NZ attacks...

Idiot, violence begets violence. Kudos to the authorities.
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Re: Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)
« Reply #1502 on: May 23, 2019, 23:01:01 »
Known terrorist released from prison.. early on good behavior but still allegedly sympathetic to terrorist groups...

'American Taliban' Lindh's release triggers outrage, with more 'war on terror' prisoners nearing freedom
https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/national-today-newsletter-lindh-guantanamo-wedge-politics-1.5143071

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Re: Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)
« Reply #1503 on: July 09, 2019, 15:20:02 »
FBI Statement on Incident at Flint's Bishop International Airport

This morning, law enforcement officers from a number of organizations, including the FBI’s office in Flint, Michigan, responded to Flint’s Bishop International Airport after receiving the report of a stabbing of an airport police officer who is presently considered to be in stable condition.

The suspect was taken into custody at the airport and is currently being questioned by law enforcement officers.

The FBI, with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, is jointly investigating this incident to determine the nature and motive for the attack. We are aware of reports that the attacker made statements immediately prior to or while attacking the officer, but it is too early to determine the nature of these alleged statements or whether or not this was an act of terrorism.

Based on the information that we have at this time, we believe this to be an isolated incident. We currently have no specific, credible information that there is a threat to the Flint community ...
FBI's official blog felt this was worth a recap post-sentencing …
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When a Canadian man stabbed an airport police officer in the neck at the airport in Flint, Michigan, investigators worked quickly to find out all they could. Why did he do this? Why Flint? Was anyone helping him?

The victim was saved by other officers and a Bishop International Airport employee on the scene. The attacker, later identified as Amor M. Ftouhi, a 51-year-old Tunisian native who had lived for years in Canada, was immediately arrested.

Working closely with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the FBI’s Detroit Field Office and its Joint Terrorism Task Force pieced together information about Ftouhi’s life and the days leading up to the June 21, 2017 attack. Agents fanned out across the country and reviewed surveillance footage from locations Ftouhi had visited in the U.S. The RCMP searched Ftouhi’s home and computer. FBI linguists spent months translating the information Canadian authorities found.

Investigators learned that Ftouhi had financial and family struggles back in Canada, and he had viewed anti-Western videos online.

“Things were not going well for him in his life, and he decided to take his jihad to a different level,” said FBI Special Agent Todd Reineck, who worked the case out of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office.

Investigators found that Ftouhi had looked into how to purchase a gun in the United States and thought Michigan would be the best place for him to buy one. Ftouhi had also carefully researched how to use a gun, and he specifically had an interest in targeting police.

A few days before the attack, Ftouhi left his wife and children behind in Canada and came to the United States, crossing the border in New York before driving to Michigan. Once he arrived in Michigan, Ftouhi repeatedly tried to buy an assault rifle, but he was turned down each time because he was not a U.S. citizen.

    “There’s a sense of relief and that justice was served.”
    Todd Reineck, special agent, FBI Detroit

Instead, Ftouhi bought a knife and searched his phone’s GPS for the nearest international airport—which happened to be Bishop International in Flint. He canvassed the airport, learning where the police officers were stationed. The next day, Ftouhi went back to the airport and carried out the attack. He approached the police officer, dropped his backpack, pulled out a knife, and repeatedly stabbed the victim.

“His goal was to kill law enforcement or the military, and he told us even if he killed innocent people, Ftouhi thought that was okay,” Reineck said.

Coincidentally there was a meeting of local law enforcement happening in an airport conference room, just a few feet from where the officer had been stabbed. Ftouhi had no opportunity to get away.

Ftouhi told police he worked alone, and investigators found no evidence of anyone helping him. He was convicted of terrorism charges in November 2018 and sentenced to life in prison in April 2019.

Reineck and the investigative team got to know the victim officer over the course of the investigation. They credit the officer himself, as well as an airport maintenance worker who rushed to save him, as the true heroes.

“A lot of guys here in the office now consider him a friend,” Reineck said, noting many in the FBI office already knew the officer from the local law enforcement community. “We’ve gone through this process with him, and we know he’s relieved that it’s over. There’s a sense of relief and that justice was served.”
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Re: Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)
« Reply #1504 on: July 09, 2019, 15:48:27 »
Did they ever release the name of the man who used a fuel truck full of fuel to ram an airplane 3 times on the runway at the Pearson airport last May?
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Re: Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)
« Reply #1505 on: July 22, 2019, 14:30:25 »
What may be next for ISIS, AQ, from the folks at New Jersey's DHS ...
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Re: Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)
« Reply #1506 on: July 22, 2019, 15:26:48 »
Did they ever release the name of the man who used a fuel truck full of fuel to ram an airplane 3 times on the runway at the Pearson airport last May?

This is the news report,

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Police say that the tanker truck hit the plane, spun it around, and hit it in three more places.
https://www.blogto.com/city/2019/05/plane-and-fuel-truck-collide-torontos-pearson-airport/

< snip > the driver of the Menzies truck was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

No report of Islamic terrorism.


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Re: Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)
« Reply #1507 on: August 03, 2019, 12:23:46 »
This just out from a U.N. committee -- summary (highlights mine):
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With the fall of Baghuz, Syrian Arab Republic, in March 2019, the geographical so-called “caliphate” of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has ceased to exist and the group has continued its evolution into a mainly covert network. Its leadership is primarily in Iraq, while its centre of gravity remains in Iraq, the Syrian Arab Republic and areas of the immediate neighbourhood. The leadership aims to adapt, survive and consolidate in the core area and to establish sleeper cells at the local level in preparation for eventual resurgence, while using propaganda to maintain the group’s reputation as the leading global terrorist brand – the “virtual caliphate”. When it has the time and space to reinvest in an external operations capability, ISIL will direct and facilitate international attacks in addition to the ISIL-inspired attacks that continue to occur in many locations around the world.

Al-Qaida (QDe.004) remains resilient, although the health and longevity of its leader, Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QDi.006), and how the succession will work are in doubt. Groups aligned with Al-Qaida are stronger than their ISIL counterparts in Idlib, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, Somalia and much of West Africa. The largest concentrations of active foreign terrorist fighters are in Idlib and Afghanistan, the majority of whom are aligned with Al-Qaida. ISIL, however, remains much stronger than Al-Qaida in terms of finances, media profile and current combat experience and terrorist expertise and remains the more immediate threat to global security.

The most striking international developments during the period under review include the growing ambition and reach of terrorist groups in the Sahel and West Africa, where fighters aligned with Al-Qaida and ISIL collaborate to undermine fragile national jurisdictions. The number of regional States threatened with contagion from insurgencies in the Sahel and Nigeria has increased. The ability of local authorities to cope with terrorist challenges in Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia remains limited. Meanwhile, the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka show the continuing appeal of ISIL propaganda and the risk that indigenous cells may incubate in unexpected locations and generate a significant terrorist capability. These and other ISIL attacks on places of worship, alongside the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, of March 2019, offer a troubling narrative of escalating interfaith conflict.

The related issues of foreign terrorist fighters, returnees, relocators and detainees in the conflict zone have become more urgent since the fall of Baghuz. Member States also report pressing domestic security concerns, including with regard to radicalization in prisons and releases of terrorist prisoners, while only a few have the expertise and capacity to manage this range of counter-terrorist challenges successfully.
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Re: Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)
« Reply #1508 on: August 04, 2019, 08:07:27 »
The related issues of foreign terrorist fighters, returnees, relocators and detainees in the conflict zone have become more urgent since the fall of Baghuz. Member States also report pressing domestic security concerns, including with regard to radicalization in prisons and releases of terrorist prisoners, while only a few have the expertise and capacity to manage this range of counter-terrorist challenges successfully.
This is a portion I would have highlighted, especially since it won't be acted upon in any sort of effective manner in an election year.


(It's also interesting that a UN committee provided a clear [non-waffling] appraisal of the situation, but that's a separate rant).  :whistle:

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Re: Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)
« Reply #1509 on: August 04, 2019, 08:26:34 »
(It's also interesting that a UN committee provided a clear [non-waffling] appraisal of the situation, but that's a separate rant).  :whistle:
#PlanetsAligned or, to use an Italian phrase, it happens everytime a Pope dies ...
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