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Not 'lone wolves' after all: How ISIL is engineering terror plots far away from their targets

When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant identified a promising young recruit willing to carry out an attack in one of India's major tech hubs, the group made sure to arrange everything down to the bullets he needed to kill victims.

For 17 months, terrorist operatives guided the recruit, a young engineer named Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani, through every step of what they planned to be ISIL's first strike on Indian soil.

They vetted each new member of the cell as Yazdani recruited helpers. They taught him how to pledge allegiance to the terrorist group and securely send the statement.

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Terror at our door: Hundreds of spies, radicals tried to enter Canada in 2016

More than 300 foreign terrorists, spies and criminals who pose a risk to Canada's national security tried to sneak into Canada last year, according to a report quietly released by the federal government on Monday.

It outlines all visa applications rejected between November 2015 and December 2016, and the grounds for refusal.

There were 310 cases where an individual was found inadmissible under Section 34 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) - the section dealing with national security concerns.

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'Allahu akbar'; Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara

A gunman in a suit and tie shouted slogans about Syria's civil war after he killed Russia's ambassador to Turkey in front of stunned onlookers at a photo exhibition in the Turkish capital on Monday, according to an Associated Press photographer who witnessed the shooting. Police later killed the assailant.

Ambassador Andrei Karlov, 62, was several minutes into a speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition in Ankara when a man fired at least eight shots, according to the AP photographer in the audience.

"Don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria!" the gunman shouted in Turkish, referring to the Syrian city where Russian bombardments have helped drive rebels from areas they had occupied for years during the war.

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Trump's Executive Order on Refugees - Separating Fact from Hysteria

The hysterical rhetoric about President Trump's executive order on refugees is out of control. Let's slow down and take a look at the facts.

To read the online commentary, one would think that President Trump just fundamentally corrupted the American character. You would think that the executive order on refugees he signed yesterday betrayed America's Founding ideals. You might even think he banned people from an entire faith from American shores.

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12-year-old suspected of nail bomb attempt in Germany

German prosecutors are investigating a 12-year-old boy who allegedly attempted to set off a nail bomb at a Christmas market in the southern city of Ludwigshafen, officials said Friday.

The German-born son of Iraqi parents is alleged to have tried to set off the device at the Christmas market on Nov. 26, and again outside city hall on Dec. 5, Focus magazine reported, citing security sources.

In the second failed attempt, a passer-by spotted the backpack containing the device and reported it to authorities. Inside they found a glass jar packed with firecrackers with nails taped to it, Focus reported.

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Quebec mosque attack suspects identified

According to Radio-Canada and LCN, the two suspects in Sunday's terror attacks on a mosque in Quebec City are Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed Khadir.

One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, while a second called 911 himself and was arrested around 9 p.m., just over an hour after the first 911 calls came in at 7:55 p.m., police said Monday morning during a news conference involving the Surete du Quebec, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Quebec City police and Montreal police.

The suspects, men in their late 20s and early 30s, were not known to police and the investigation into a possible motive continues, said superintendent Martin Plante of the RCMP's C Division. He would not confirm the identity of the victims.

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ISIL making weapons on industrial scale with parts purchased from Turkey, report says

The Islamic State group was manufacturing weapons in and around Mosul on an industrial scale with products largely purchased in bulk from Turkey, according to a report published by an arms research group Wednesday.

The findings show that ISIL maintained a "robust and reliable" supply chain between Turkey and Iraq that allowed the fighters to produce tens of thousands of weapons, the London-based Conflict Armaments Research said. The group's researchers studied ISIL weapons found at manufacturing facilities and on the battlefield during the Iraqi operation to retake Mosul that is underway.

As Iraqi forces advance, the extremists are losing the physical capacity to manufacture weapons on an industrial scale, but the research group's executive director James Bevan warned that highly trained fighters will take their expertise with them as they retreat.

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Trump vows to eradicate 'radical Islamic terrorism'

Donald Trump went there in his inauguration speech.

With three words, Trump used his moment in the national spotlight to pledge an end to "radical Islamic terrorism" - a phrase President Barack Obama declined to say during his eight-year tenure.

Trump said his administration would eradicate the threat "from the face of the earth."

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Investigators believe Ohio State attacker was inspired by ISIS and Al-Awlaki

Authorities believe Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who attacked pedestrians Monday at the Ohio State University, was inspired by terrorist propaganda from ISIS and deceased Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, two law enforcement sources said.

The sources point to Facebook postings Artan made Monday, which referenced Awlaki, who was a leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, as well as the style of the attack encouraged by ISIS in a recent online magazine. There is no indication so far the assailant communicated with any terror group and evidence points to a lone wolf attack. Investigators are inspecting his computer and cell phone and talking to family and associates, as they try to determine what led him to act.

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Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's widow arrested in California

The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, was arrested by the FBI on Monday in connection with the attack, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

The official said Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in the San Francisco area and is facing charges in Florida including obstruction of justice. A Twitter post from the United States attorney's office in Orlando said Salman will make her initial appearance Tuesday morning in Oakland, California.

The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Trudeau gives your cash to Hamas-influenced group

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to prefer spending his time - and your money - overseas.

While Trudeau was glad-handing with the communist dictator of Cuba, his government announced funding to a UN organization with open ties to Islamist terrorists.

On Wednesday, the Trudeau government announced it would send $25 million taxpayer dollars to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an organization that is supposed to provide relief and social services to Palestinian people.

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ISIS video shows killer kids being used as executioners

ISIS sickos are now using toddlers to carry out horrific executions in Syria.

In a nauseating video posted online by the death cult, a young boy appears to shoot a tied-up Kurdish prisoner in the head. It is the latest in a series of murder videos showing ISIS using increasingly despicable ways to kill their opponents.

The video shows the toddler walking into a derelict ball put in Syria, where he is handed a small, cocked handgun by a adult. With jihadi music playing, the child squints down the sights of the gun at the prisoner, who is tied by the wrists to a fence, before pulling the trigger.

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ISIL is using thousands of hostages, including children, as 'human shields' around Mosul, UN says

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant appears to be using tens of thousands of people as "human shields" in and around Mosul, where Iraqi forces are waging a large-scale offensive aimed at retaking the country's second largest city, the U.N. human rights office said Friday.

It has received reports of more than 200 people being killed for refusing to comply with ISIL orders or previously belonging to Iraqi security forces. It said "credible reports" suggest ISIL has been forcing tens of thousands from their homes in districts around Mosul.

"ISIL's depraved, cowardly strategy is to attempt to use the presence of civilian hostages to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations, effectively using tens of thousands of women, men and children as human shields," spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva.

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Police say 5 dead, 8 wounded in airport shooting

Authorities say a lone shooter opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, international airport Friday, killing "multiple" people before he was taken into custody.

The airport suspended operations as law enforcement authorities rushed to the scene and emergency medical workers treated at least one bleeding victim on the tarmac.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office cited multiple deaths on its Twitter account, and Gov. Rick Scott's office also confirmed the shooting, but said authorities hadn't confirmed the number of fatalities, injuries or the motive. Scott was headed to the airport for a briefing by law enforcement.

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British 'sharia courts' under scrutiny

For more than 30 years, sharia courts enforcing Islamic law have been operating quietly across Britain. But two official inquiries have put them in the spotlight amid accusations that they discriminate against women.

Very little is known about them, even their number, which one study by the University of Reading puts at 30, while the British think tank Civitas estimates there are 85.

Sharia courts or councils, as they prefer to be called, mainly pronounce on Islamic divorces, which today constitute 90 percent of the cases they handle.

They range from groups of Muslim scholars attached to a mosque, to informal organisations or even a single imam.

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2 killed in car bombing in Turkish city; 2 attackers dead

Suspected Kurdish militants on Thursday opened fire at police who stopped them at a checkpoint in the western city of Izmir before detonating their explosives-laden vehicle and escaping, the province's governor said. A policeman and a courthouse employee were killed in the attack while two assailants were shot dead.

Gov. Erol Ayyildiz said preliminary indications pointed to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has carried out a string of attacks in the past year and a half, mainly targeting Turkey's security forces. Islamic State militants have also carried several deadly attacks in the country.

"The information so far suggests it is the PKK. Such a conclusion was reached after we assessed the attack and ID'd the people," Ayyildiz said.

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Thousands of people being used as 'human shields' in Mosul

For three months, as Islamic State militants ranged across farms and villages south of Mosul, they took Sayid Naheer, his wife and eight children with them. The family was among tens of thousands of people that the U.N. says have been rounded up to be used as human shields.

Their forced march covered more than 12 miles (20 kilometres), stopping in villages for days or weeks. When Naheer's family finally escaped this week after an air raid and made it to a government checkpoint near the front lines, the children's faces were caked with dust and their feet had been rubbed raw by their plastic sandals.

The U.N. human rights office said Friday that the tens of thousands of civilians were in the town of Hamam al-Alil, south of Mosul, doubling its population to an estimated 60,000.

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Berlin Christmas market reopens as hunt for attacker goes on

The Berlin Christmas market that was ripped apart by a deadly truck attack reopened Thursday in a signal of the German capital's resilience, while authorities across Europe kept up the hunt for a Tunisian suspect whose fingerprints were reportedly on the truck.

Police placed concrete blocks at the roadside to provide extra security for the market outside the city's landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. In a solemn tribute to the 12 people killed and 48 injured in Monday evening's mayhem, organizers decided to do without party music and bright lighting, and Berliners and visitors laid candles and flowers at the site.

German authorities issued a wanted notice for Anis Amri on Wednesday and offered a reward of up to 100,000 euros ($104,000) for information leading to the 24-year-old's arrest, warning that he could be "violent and armed."

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Criminals becoming terrorists creating a 'gangster jihad'

The lines between terrorism and criminality are becoming blurred as an increasing number of former criminals join the Islamic State group and create a "gangster jihad," according to a British report released Tuesday.

Nearly 60 per cent of European jihadists studied by researchers had been jailed previously, in essence creating a "super-gang," said the report from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London.

Once recruited by IS, these people easily transition to committing violence for a different cause, making the group different from other Islamist organizations such as al-Qaida, which often radicalized students, intellectuals or other previously non-violent individuals to carry out its violent aims, the report said.

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Driver arrested after truck plows through Christmas market in Germany, killing at least 9

German police say driver of truck that rammed Christmas market in Berlin arrested near the scene.

German police say they've arrested a suspect believed to be the driver of a truck that rammed into a crowded Christmas market in the centre of Berlin, killing at least nine and causing multiple injuries.

Police spokesman Winfried Wenzel told ZDF public television that the man was arrested near the scene.

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NY, NJ bombings: Suspect charged with attempted murder of officers

The man suspected in Saturday's bombings in New York and New Jersey was captured on Monday after a frantic manhunt and shootout.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after a shootout Monday with police in Linden, New Jersey, Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said. He is also charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

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