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ISIS ‘planned suicide attack on Armed Forces Day parade’ in London today

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 07:57, 27 June 2015  Tim Moynihan

An Islamic State plot to target soldiers from the unit of murdered Lee Rigby today is reported to have been foiled

Reuters A fighter ISIL holds an ISIL flag and a weapon in Mosul
Plot foiled: ISIS are said to have been planning an attack in London today

Islamic State had planned to target an Armed Forces Day parade in south London today, it has been claimed.

The suicide attack was reportedly intended to strike soldiers from the unit of murdered Lee Rigby – the day after more than 50 people were killed in terror attacks across three continents, including 38 people in Tunisia.

The majority of those killed at the African beach resort are believed to be British.

Follow the latest updates following the Tunisia hotel attack here

The Sun claims a plot to explode a pressure cooker bomb in London – killing soldiers and bystanders on the route – failed after one of its leaders in Syria unwittingly recruited an undercover investigator from the newspaper to carry it out, the report said.

It is alleged that a leading figure in IS, whom it named as Junaid Hussain, originally from Birmingham, told the investigator: “It will be big. We will hit the kuffar (unbelievers) hard InshAllah. Hit their soldiers in their own land. InshAllah. Soldiers that served in Iraq and Afganistan will be present. Jump in the crowd and detonate the bomb. Read the rest of this entry »

UK : Government donation to Muslim Charities Forum denounced as “madness”

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An £18,000 grant to a charity coalition with alleged ties to terrorist organisations has been brandished “completely counter-intuitive” by interfaith groups
Egypt presidential election: Muslim Brotherhood win sets up army fight

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi celebrate in Tahrir Square, Egypt Photo: EPA

A government department donated £18,000 to a charity coalition with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose activities Britain has vowed to curtail following concerns over their extremist links in the Middle East, it has been claimed.

Last week the Telegraph revealed that the government was set to impose curbs on Muslim Brotherhood-linked organisations after a report by a senior diplomat exposed its ties with Islamist armed groups in Middle East and elsewhere.

Yet a Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) spending report shows they donated £18,397 earlier this year to the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), an umbrella group for a number of leading Islamist charities, some of which allegedly have links to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other terrorist organisations.

David Cameron ordered an urgent investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood’s alleged role in violent extremism in April, after Gulf allies put pressure on the government to curtail the movement’s London-based operations. Read the rest of this entry »

Scotland: Independence security plans slammed

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By Press Association, 5 September 2014 4.07pm. Updated: 9.37pm.

Plans for a single security and intelligence service in an independent Scotland will not offer the level of protection and support currently provided as part of the UK, according to a former chief of MI6.

Sir John Scarlett said British intelligence services have been built up over decades – “work which cannot be replicated in just a few years”.

The Scottish Government set out proposals to create a single agency for security and intelligence to ensure Scotland‘s national security in its white paper on independence. Read the rest of this entry »

Isis fighters must be allowed back into UK, says ex-MI6 chief

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Counter-terrorism expert Richard Barrett says repentant jihadis ‘can expose true nature of Islamic State

, and The Observer, Sunday 7 September 2014

Isis militants in Mosul

An image taken from a YouTube video allegedly shows Islamic State (Isis) militants taking part in a military parade in Mosul, northern Iraq. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Britain should encourage jihadis fighting in Syria and Iraq to “come home”, the former global counter-terrorism director of MI6 has said.

David Cameron outlined new powers last week for police to seize the passports of terrorist suspects and stop British extremists from returning to the UK. Others, including Boris Johnson, the London mayor, have called for British jihadis to have their citizenship removed.

However, Richard Barrett, a former counter-terrorism chief at MI5 and MI6, said repentant fighters needed “to know that there is a place for them back at home”. Read the rest of this entry »

Royal Air Force pilots departing after dropping explosives over Utah

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Posted on: 5:40 pm, March 23, 2014, by Mark Green

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An RAF Tornado. Image courtesy Hill Air Force Base.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — During the last three weeks, Utah’s Hill Air Force Base has played host to a squadron of pilots from the United Kingdom and their Tornado planes.

The RAF Tornado Training Squadron from northern Scotland has been using the Utah Test and Training Range to drop a variety of weapons–as the squadron can’t drop weapons at home.

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UK :New terrorism data shows retail and transport sectors face highest risk of attack

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English: Data taken from Country Risk data in Euromoney magazine, published in Mar-2000, Sep-2000, Mar-2001, Sep-2001, Mar-2002, Mar-2003, Sep-2004, Mar-2005, Mar-2006, Sep-2006, Sep-2007, Mar-2008, Sep-2008, Mar-2009, Sep-2009, Mar-2010, Mar-2011. Chart was created using the ‘rworldmap’ package in R v. 2.13.0, and rendered using the ‘Cairo’ package (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jan 28, 2014

LONDON, England – Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon plc, today released its annual Terrorism and Political Violence Map to help organisations assess risk levels of terrorism and political violence across the globe. Produced in collaboration with global risk management consultancy, the Risk Advisory Group plc, Aon’s 2014 Terrorism and Political Violence Map comes in a print edition and as an online dashboard, providing clients with a clear global and country-level view on terrorism and political violence ratings.

Aon’s 2014 Terrorism and Political Violence Map indicates that Brazil was the only Latin American country to see its risk rating increase from medium to severe due to widespread and large-scale violent anti-government protests throughout 2013. The analysis indicates this unrest will likely continue in 2014, particularly ahead of the FIFA World Cup and the October general elections.

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UK lifts sanctions on Al Qaeda henchman

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Ramzi bin al-Shibh

Ramzi bin al-Shibh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

September 10, 2013

The British have removed Mohammed Daki—who is the former roommate of a 9/11 planner, a convicted forgery expert, and a recruiter for the Iraq insurgency—from their list of sanctioned terrorists.  Mr. Watchlist notes that the decision follows similar de-listings of Daki in August by the United Nations, Australia, and Canada.

As is usual in such cases, no explanation for the removal has been provided, but the move is clearly the result of yet another cryptic recommendation made by a UN ombudsman.  Like instances covered by Money Jihad here, here, here, and here, the ombudsman makes confidential reports for removal with no opportunity for public hearings, public comment, or testimony from Al Qaeda’s victims or their families.  The decisions are made in closed-door meetings between the ombudsman and undisclosed parties.  There are no apparent disclosure requirements on who may be lobbying the ombudsman, such as wealthy Saudis and their lawyers.

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Ireland and Kosovo

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1922 2/6 value King George V stamp overprinted Saorstát Éireann 1922 for use in the newly independent Irish Free State (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Elements of the Irish-English settlement may offer a model for how a Kosovar-Serbia deal might be made, including recognition that the creation of an ethnic state cannot proceed peacefully on the back of forcing an ethnic minority to join.

By Gerard M. Gallucci

The history of Ireland presents interesting points of similarity with that of Serbia and Kosovo, as well as clear differences.

At the dawn of history, Ireland was a land of Celtic tribes. It was one of the first nations to be converted to Christianity in the 5th century. The Celts struggled to maintain their existence through waves of invasions by Vikings, Normans and English. The history of the Irish from the 12th Century to the last was one of reaction to foreign rule and the struggle to preserve their Catholic faith.  The Irish sometimes made their accommodations with their foreign rulers but never abandoned the quest to regain independence.  In 1916, in the Easter Rising, the Irish rose again against English rule. The small band of rebels in Dublin didn’t expect a military victory but to reaffirm the Irish demand for independence. They were defeated in six days. But thanks to the British overreaction – they executed all the leaders and imprisoned many – the Irish people rallied around the nationalist cause and supported a guerrilla war that finally led the UK to accept a treaty in 1921.  It recognized the independence of the Irish Free State.

The British, however, forced the Irish to accept a deal which kept Ireland within the British Commonwealth and under the British Crown. It also allowed the Protestant majority in the northern six counties to opt to remain part of the United Kingdom. Ireland only declared itself a sovereign state in 1937 and a republic in 1949. It was only in 1999 that the Republic of Ireland gave up its claim on the north. Read the rest of this entry »

Olympics’ most wanted: Terror police fear suspect hunted after Bulgarian bus bomb could be on his way to London 2012

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Wanted: A terrorist believed to have been involved in a horrific suicide bomb attack in Bulgaria last week has emerged as one of the biggest security threats to the Olympics. A sketch of the man is pictured

A terrorist believed to have been involved in a horrific suicide bomb attack in Bulgaria last week has emerged as one of the biggest security threats to the Olympics.

The man is thought to be carrying a U.S. passport under the name of David Jefferson and fled following the attack which killed six people last Wednesday in the resort of Burgas.

He has emerged as a top target for Israeli security agents who fear their athletes will be attacked by an Iranian terror squad operating in Europe.

The terrorist, who is suspected of helping the suicide bomber, is thought to have another powerful bomb similar to the one which destroyed the Israeli tourist bus.

Following the Israeli concerns, security has been stepped up around its athletes taking part in the Games.

MI5 and Scotland Yard are thought to have raised their threat assessment against the Israeli delegation as Britain prepares for the largest peacetime security operation ahead of the opening of the Olympics this Friday.

According to The Sunday Times, the Israeli government – fearing a repeat of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich when 11 of its athletes and coaches were murdered – has sent agents from its internal security service Shin Bet to increase the protection around its Olympic team. Read the rest of this entry »

UK – Croydon man charged following counter terrorism arrest

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9:46am Saturday 5th May 2012 in Local news By Hannah Williamson

Mr Pitt from Thornton Heath will appear in court this morning Mr Pitt from Thornton Heath will appear in court this morning

A Croydon man arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism has been charged with conspiracy.

Adrian Wall of Pitt Road, Thornton Heath, was one of seven people arrested by detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command on May 1.

The 49-year-old was detained after officers visited four addresses in London, Coventry and Cardiff.

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