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German police foil Berlin half-marathon attacks

German police said they detained several people in Berlin who they suspected of planning a crime linked to Sunday’s half-marathon, and newspaper Die Welt said one was suspected of planning a knife attack at the popular event.

Berlin police said in a statement they had detained suspects aged between 18 and 21 after searches in the districts of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Neukoelln in the capital.

They did not say how many people they detained. “Because of the ongoing investigation, no further information can be given at the present time,” the police added in their statement.

Italian anti-terrorism police arrest Moroccan planning truck attack

Italian anti-terrorism police on Wednesday arrested an Italian citizen of Moroccan origin who they said was an Islamic State sympathiser planning a truck attack.

It was the latest in a series of arrests this month involving suspected supporters of Islamist terrorism and came as Italy stepped up the number of foreigners it expels.

Elmahdi Halili, 23, arrested in the northern city of Turin, “was studying how to prepare a truck for an attack”, Francesco Messina, the city’s police chief said.

“He was learning how to use a knife and looking into where and how to attack.” Assailants in London carried out three vehicle attacks last year. In 2016, militants mowed down scores of people in Nice and Berlin.

Police said Halili received a two-year suspended prison term in 2015 for “instigating terrorism” by running a website praising Islamic State and hailing the attacks it or its supporters perpetrated in Europe.

It was not immediately possible to seek comment from Halili or anyone representing him. “The terrorist risk is very high,” said Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, which is in talks to form a government after the inconclusive March 4 election.

 

Terrorist attack in progress, killing and hostage in France

Police in the southern French town of Trèbes are responding to an “ISIS-inspired” incident at a supermarket, according to CNN affiliate BFM TV, citing a local prosecutor.

The incident is unfolding at Super Market , Both BFMTV and the AFP news agency are referring to the incident as a “hostage-taking,” although the regional government in the Aude prefecture was not able to confirm reports that hostages had been taken.

Shortly before, still in the same area, about ten miles away, an armed man had opened fire on agents and had wounded one behind him.

AFRICOM Expects ISIS Attack on Libya’s Oil Crescent

A senior official in the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) said that ISIS was likely plotting attacks on Libya’s strategic oil crescent.

He said: “At the moment, we believe that the organization (ISIS-Libya) is likely to give priority to the restructuring of security forces and infrastructure, and to launch strikes, which may include targets in the Libyan oil crescent.”

The oil crescent, which is located 500 km east of the capital Tripoli, encompasses the largest oil reserves in Libya, as well as the ports of Sidra, Ras Lanuf and Brega.

Italy: Moroccan ready to ‘self immolate’ for ISIS

Genoa judge has issued a new arrest warrant for 29-year-old Nabil Benhamir, who has been in prison for months in relation to allegations of violence against his former partner.

Benhamir is suspected of being a “major figure” in ISIS who returned to Europe “with the aim of training other members of the Islamic State to produce and use explosives“, according to prosecutors.

Iraq declares ‘end of war against’ ISIL

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared the end to the country’s war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group as all Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh gangs and the Iraqi forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian borders.

The common front of Terrorism

The fronts of the Jihadist war have long been clearly defined and clear.

Al Qaeda on one side with organized attacks and carefully studied,  I.S. with seemingly random attac committed by people who are not technically prepared on the other side.

Direct attacks (Twin Towers, Zaventem Airport) tend to involve heavily the main ​​the terrorist groups. The operational designers have at their disposal a wider range of resources as well as professional training and aspirations that naturally guide their planning to high profile attacks involving highly specialized staff.

Large cities tend to provide a multiplicity of goals for this kind of operations.

In recent years, however, the material performers of the attacks act according to a different pattern.

Attackers and designers are often made by theirself, with limited resources and limited information on the vertices of terrorist organizations, and their first attack is often also the last.

In addition, they tend to have a much more localized view on targeting, instead of considering a multiplicity of goals and selecting those that would maximize the effect, they base decisions on those that are most familiar within.

Objectives that a structurated Terrorist Group could never have considered worthy of an attack, suddenly become interested.
This approach is immediately supported by terrorist group through messages which claim the responsability for the attacks.
The number of IS terrorist attacks outside the war zones ranged from one every 21 days until 2014, to an attack every 10 days in 2015 and every 8 days starting on December 2016.

As a result, the threat of serious attacks in the city has increased, but only 43% of them can be charged to the IS and the remaining can be charged to other forms of terrorism such as anarchy and nationalism.

It is impossible to predict exactly where terrorists will hit in the future, there is no way to know where the future attacks will be.

For the first time in the history of jihadist terrorism, attacks are carried out without geographical limitations.

 

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12 police officers killed in Ayorou

12 police officers were killed after a shooting in the city of Ayorou, next to the border with Mali. An unknown number of police officers were also injured.

 

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ISIS Jihadists, New Turf in Central Africa

ISIS propaganda.

A video circulating on pro-ISIS message boards purports to show the expansion of ISIS into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

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Las Vegas Terrorist shooting attack

Las Vegas gunman killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 Others.

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