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Boko Haram purportedly pledges allegiance to ISIS

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based Islamist terror group, has pledged allegiance to ISIS, according to an audio message purported to be from Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.

In the audio, which was posted online Saturday, the speaker says Boko Haram is announcing its “allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi,” which is another name for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

CNN has not been able to independently authenticate the message.

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Terrorists seeking to reach a deeper place than fear

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Each day, the news is more and more sickening. We wake up and hear that the Islamic State has committed yet another atrocity. We come to work shaking our heads, nauseated to the core, carrying on with our normal lives as though all is normal in the world. Which it most certainly is not.

We ask: How can they do those things? How? How could anyone with a human soul even contemplate such acts?

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Video purports to show ISIS militants beheading Christian hostages

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

A video released on Sunday by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State terror group purports to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages.

The video, which appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State, depicts several men in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each accompanied by a masked militant. The men are made to kneel and one militant, dressed differently than the others, addresses the camera in North American-accented English.

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Jordan pilot hostage Moaz al-Kasasbeh reportedly ‘burned alive’

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

A video published online by Islamic State (IS) militants claims to show Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burned alive.

The video, which could not immediately be verified, showed a man standing in a cage and engulfed in flames.

Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh was captured when his plane came down near Raqqa, Syria, in December on a mission to support the US-led military coalition against IS.

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Gunmen kill at least 8, take hostages at Tripoli hotel

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

A Libyan security official says that gunmen have stormed on of the most exclusive hotels in Tripoli and have taken an unknown number of hostages after killing at least eight.

Essam Al-Naas, a spokesman for a Tripoli security agency, told the Associated Press that a standoff was ongoing Tuesday at the Corinthia Hotel, which sits on the Mediterranean Sea. Police identified the victims as five foreigners and three guards.

The New York Times reported that the militants are claiming allegiance to the Islamic State.

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Secret Service investigating small drone on White House grounds

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating after a drone crashed on the White House grounds early Monday morning.

The Secret Service locked down the White House shortly after 3 a.m. after an officer on the south grounds of the White House spotted the drone, described as a two-foot wide “quad copter,” flying above the White House grounds before crashing on the southeast side of the complex. The officer saw the drone flying at a very low altitude.

“An investigation is underway to determine the origin of this commercially available device, motive, and to identify suspects. As additional information becomes available we will update our statement,” Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.

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Plane from Phoenix evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma airport

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Two planes have been evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to what a spokesman called a “security concern.”A JetBlue flight from Long Beach, CA, and a regional Skywest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. The flights arrived late Sunday afternoon, airport spokesman Perry Cooper said.

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F-16s Scrambled to Escort Jets After Bomb Threat

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled today to escort two airliners enroute to Hartsfeld-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta for a possible bomb threat, NORAD said.

The fighters from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina were dispatched at 1 p.m. ET and escorted the planes to Hartsfeld, where they both landed safely, NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter said.

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U.S. Suspends Some Counterterrorism Efforts Against Al Qaeda In Yemen: Officials

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

he United States has halted some counter-terrorism operations against al Qaeda militants in Yemen following a takeover of the country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, U.S. officials said on Friday.

The collapse of the U.S.-backed government of Yemen on Thursday has left America’s counter-terrorism campaign “paralyzed,” two U.S. security officials said, dealing a major setback to Washington’s fight against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a potent wing of the militant network.

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A knife in an enchilada was the oddest thing the TSA seized in 2014

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

2014 was a big year for people forgetting about guns in their luggage.

In fact, according to information on contraband that the TSA just released in its year in review, the number of firearms confiscated by the TSA hit a record high of 2,212 — a 22% increase from 2013 to 2014.

Unloaded guns are allowed in checked luggage for licensed owners, but not okay to pack in carry on bags. Travelers caught with the illegal firearms typically claimed to have forgotten they were carrying a deadly weapon.

Some people got a little more creative with the weapons they were trying to sneak on board — one woman was caught with an 8.5-inch knife in her enchilada. The enchilada, sadly, was most likely never consumed.

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Denver woman who tried to help terrorists receives 4 years

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants was sentenced to four years in prison Friday, even as she tearfully told a judge that she never wanted to hurt anyone and has disavowed jihad.

Shannon Conley told the judge she was misled while pursuing Islam and learned only after her arrest about atrocities committed by the extremists she was taught to respect.

“I am glad I have learned of their true identity here and not on the front lines,” said Conley, whose black and tan headscarf clashed against her striped jail uniform. “I disavow these radical views I’ve come to know and I now believe in the true Islam in which peace is encouraged.”

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Sleeper Cells: The Immigration Component of the Threat

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, France terror raids were carried out in Belgium and Greece to identify, locate and hunt down so-called “sleepers cells.” Journalists and politicians have finally raised the issue of the threats potentially posed by sleeper agents in the United States, going back to the future — the same concerns about sleeper cells in the United States were voiced in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 including by the then-director of the FBI, Robert Mueller.

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Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country’s North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities between the suspected cell members and the two French brothers who killed 12 people in an attack upon the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.

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Drone loaded with meth crashes near US-Mexico border crossing

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot.

Tijuana police spokesman Jorge Morrua said authorities were alerted after the drone fell Tuesday night near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico’s border with California.

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UK warned of ‘very significant risk’ of ISIS-inspired terror attack

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Britain is at ‘very significant risk’ from a terror attack by extremists inspired by ISIS jihadis, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned today.

Speaking ahead of a counter-terror summit in London today, he warned against complacency in the fight to ‘disrupt these plots before they come to the stage of an attack’.

As foreign ministers from across the globe fly into London to discuss strategy to take on the jihadis and prevent Paris-style atrocities.

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Surprise! Magnets used to plant drugs under cars from Mexico

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Drug smugglers are turning “trusted travelers” into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States.

One motorist spotted the containers while pumping gas after crossing into Southern California on Jan. 12 and thought it might be a bomb.

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How Al Qaeda’s Biggest Enemy Took Over Yemen

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, his prime minister and entire government cabinet resigned en masse today, just 24 hours after Houthi rebels occupied the presidential compound in Sanaa.

The resignations give unprecedented power to the Houthis, a Shiite minority from the country’s isolated northern highlands.The political crisis also opens the door to an all-out war over control of the Yemeni capital, involving Sunni political factions and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. The conflict could also draw in Saudi Arabia, the United States and Iran.

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ISIS’ Japanese hostage video raises new questions about ‘Jihadi John’

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

His voice, his posture and his threats are menacingly familiar.

The black-clad ISIS militant shown in a video demanding a $200 million ransom to spare the lives of two Japanese citizens looks and sounds similar to the man who has appeared in at least five previous hostage videos.

The knife-wielding masked man with a London accent, nicknamed “Jihadi John,” has issued threats and overseen the beheadings of American and British captives.

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Undercover FBI sting nets alleged jihadist

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The arrest of an Ohio man allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol sent shockwaves across the country last week. 20-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell is now facing charges for attempting to kill U.S. government officials.

Although he’s been labeled a lone wolf, he’s definitely not the only terror suspect caught up in an FBI undercover sting. An FBI operation foiled another plot to attack the U.S. Congress.

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Bus driver, prison guards heroes of Tel Aviv terror attack

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Alertness and bravery of Israelis prevented Tel Aviv terror attack from ending in far worse scenario: Bus driver struggled with terrorist after sustaining two stab wounds to the chest, slowing him down; forces present at scene chased, neutralized terrorist after he fled.

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