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‘We Assume He Became Radicalized in New York’: NYC Subway Jihadist Attended Terror-Linked Mosque

Law enforcement sources have identified the man who attempted a suicide bombing at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station in New York City on Monday morning as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.
The Bangladeshi man who attempted to carry out a suicide attack during rush hour near a busy bus terminal in New York City -- allegedly on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) -- reportedly attended a terrorist-linked mosque in Brooklyn that was once funded by the Saudi Arabian government.

Outrage as Iraqi PM Omits Kurdish Peshmerga from Islamic State Victory Speech

Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Stand Guard Near Mosul
Iraqi Shiite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in response to the backlash, had a change of heart and added the Kurdish Peshmerga into his speech about Iraq's victory of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), listing them among the armed groups he praised for their contribution to the demise of the jihadist group.

Russian Security Official: Russian Jihadis Returning from Syria ‘A Real Threat’

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An underground cell of battle-hardened jihadists from Central Asia are planning to carry out “terrorist” attacks during the upcoming New Year celebrations and presidential elections in Moscow, reportedly warns Alexander Bortnik, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), charged with homeland security.

Iraqi Military Holds Parade to Celebrate Islamic State Defeat

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 10: Iraqi army, members of Iraqi police department and Hashdi Shabi members stage a military parade as part of the victory over Daesh terrorists, at the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq on December 10, 2017. (Photo by Murtadha Sudani/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The U.S.-backed Iraqi military hosted a victory parade in Baghdad’s heavily guarded Green Zone over the weekend to mark the end of the war against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

Putin Orders Russian Troops to Begin Withdrawing from Syria

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Kremlin President Vladimir Putin has reportedly ordered his Ministry of Defense to begin pulling out Russian troops from Syria, declaring that the end of “large-scale combat actions” against jihadists in the war-devastated country is imminent.

U.S. Treasury Designates Jamaica-Based Islamic State Recruiter as Terrorist

Radical cleric returned to Jamaica.File photo dated 23/01/03 of Muslim Cleric Abdullah El-Faisal, who served time in a British jail for inciting murder and stirring racial hatred has arrived in Jamaica, the second time he has been deported to his native country. Issue date: Saturday January 23, 2010. Abdullah el-Faisal arrived in Kingston by private jet last night after travelling from Burkina Faso to Antigua via Cape Verde, authorities said. See PA story JAMAICA Cleric. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire URN:8249539 (Press Association via AP Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has added a prominent jihadi ideologue based in Jamaica to the American government’s list of specially designated global terrorists for recruiting prospective militants for the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.

Al-Qaeda in Kashmir Urges Indian Muslims to Target Hindus: ‘Jihad Is Life’

Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014. The death toll in Gaza hit 265 as Israel pressed a ground offensive on the 11th day of an assault aimed at stamping out rocket fire, medics said. AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA (Photo credit should read TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)
An al-Qaeda faction in the disputed Kashmir region has reportedly urged Indian Muslims to engage in jihad against “Hindu extremists” and establish sharia law in the Himalayan area.

Christmas Menace: U.S. Facing ‘Elevated Threat’ from Homegrown ‘Stray Dog’ Jihadists

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, speaking with reporters during a press conference in February, said he renewed a DHS bulletin "after careful consideration of the current threat environment and input from intelligence and law enforcement partners." Photo by Howard Shen/UPI
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States is gripped by an “elevated threat” as the Christmas holiday approaches posed by homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) seeking to carry out “stray dog attacks" on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), warned a top U.S. national security official.

Muslim Brotherhood Vows to ‘Wage War’ Against U.S. Due to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Protester burn US and Israeli flags during a protest in Multan on December 7, 2017, following US President Donald Trump's decision to officially recognise Jerusalem. / AFP PHOTO / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
The terrorist-linked Muslim Brotherhood (MB), echoing other jihadist groups, has pledged to "shed blood" and "wage war" against the United States after President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and directed his government to move the American embassy to the city.

Son of Murdered Ex-Yemeni President: ‘the Blood of My Father Will Be Hell Ringing in the Ears of Iran’

Arab Coalition Joins Saleh in Call Against Houthis in Yemen
The son of ex-Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for retaliation against the Iran-linked Houthi rebels who killed the former leader, accusing him of "treachery" for offering to "turn a new page" with the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting the Shiite insurgents in Yemen.

CIA: U.S. Will Do ‘Everything’ to Destroy Terror Havens in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: Central IntelligenceæAgency Director Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee with the other heads of the U.S. intelligence agencies in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence officials were questioned by the committee during the annual hearing about world wide threats to United States' security. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
The United States will do “everything” in its power to eliminate Pakistan-based safe havens for jihadist groups in neighboring Afghanistan if Islamabad fails to take action, warned CIA Director Mike Pompeo this weekend.

H.R. McMaster Talks Tough on North Korea: Potential for War ‘Increasing Every Day’

National security adviser H.R. McMaster gestures as he answers questions from members of the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
North Korea’s pursuit of long-range nuclear capabilities poses the “greatest immediate threat” to the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser cautioned during the weekend, acknowledging that the possibility of war with Kim Jong-un’s rogue regime is “increasing every day.”

Watchdog: U.S. Wasted Up to $62 Million on Afghan Border Security

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The Pentagon wasted more than $62 million on procuring, operating, and maintaining inspection equipment intended to prevent illegal cross-border activity known to fuel the Taliban's pocketbook in Afghanistan, revealed an American watchdog agency.

Pakistan: Burqa-Clad Taliban Jihadists Kill 9, Injure 38 at Peshawar College

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Burka-clad gunmen linked to Pakistan's Taliban attacked an agricultural college in Peshawar, killing at least nine people and injuring 38 others as the Muslim-majority country marked Muhammad’s birthday.

Report: Saudi Rehab Program Provides Jihadi ‘Beneficiaries’ the ‘Trappings of 5-Star Resort’

November 18, 2014, 11:13 PM| Saudi Arabia has created rehabilitation centers for terrorists, but the results are mixed. Holly Williams talked to a former al Qaeda member at the reform center.
Many Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked jihadists are living in luxury, enjoying the comforts of an indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios, large-screen televisions, king size beds, conjugal visits, and lavish gym facilities, courtesy of Saudi Arabia’s deradicalization center.

Report: Saudi Rehab Program Provides Jihadi ‘Beneficiaries’ the ‘Trappings of 5-Star Resort’

November 18, 2014, 11:13 PM| Saudi Arabia has created rehabilitation centers for terrorists, but the results are mixed. Holly Williams talked to a former al Qaeda member at the reform center.
Many Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked jihadists are living in luxury, enjoying the comforts of an indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios, large-screen televisions, king size beds, conjugal visits, and lavish gym facilities, courtesy of Saudi Arabia’s deradicalization center.

Report: U.S. ‘Concerned’ Saudi Arabia Slated to Free Yemeni Former Gitmo Prisoners

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 23:(EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A humvee passes the guard tower guard tower at the entrance of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, also known as 'Gitmo' on October 23, 2016 at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The U.S. military's Joint Task Force Guantanamo is still holding 60 detainees at the prison, down from a previous total of 780. In 2008 President Obama issued an executive order to close the prison, which has failed because of political opposition in the U.S. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Saudi Arabia’s apparent resolve to release up to 13 Yemenis once detained in the American military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba has reportedly concerned President Donald Trump’s National Security Council (NSC).

Honduras: Both Presidential Candidates Declare Themselves Winners as Leftist Takes Lead

In this Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 photo, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and current presidential candidate, speaks during his closing campaign rally, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Less than a decade ago, even talk of re-election was enough to get a Honduran president overthrown. Now Hernandez appears likely to win a second term in the Sunday, Nov. 26 election. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Conservative incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández and his challenger, left-wing alliance opposition leader Salvador Nasralla, have both declared themselves the next president of Honduras after the election on Sunday, prompting supporters from both sides to take to the streets to celebrate.

Report: Hundreds of Islamic State Sex Slaves Face Honor Killings if They Escape

Conservative Shiite deputies have proposed in Iraq's parliament to scrap the minimum age for Muslim girls to marry
The estimated 640 young girls from Iraq’s Turkmen minority community who remain under the shackles of sexual slavery at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) face honor killings if they escape and return to their families, a former Iraqi lawmaker representing the ethnic group told Fox News.

Iran-Backed Militia in Iraq: ‘Enemy’ U.S. Troops Now ‘a Target for Our Forces’

Fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG), a mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria, fires their guns towards positions of militants of the so called Islamic State (IS) in Al Sinaa neighborhood, eastern Raqqa, Syria, 06 July 2017. Syrian activists say Islamic State group fighters are battling to repel the advance of U.S.-backed Syrian forces days after they brought the fight to the heart of the militant group's de-facto capital. Photo: Morukc Umnaber/dpa Morukc Umnaber / DPA
A component of the Baghdad-sanctioned coalition of mainly Iran-allied Shiite militias in Iraq has threatened to attack U.S. troops if they refuse to leave the country, declaring that the United States "has become our direct enemy."

Thanksgiving Meal Provides U.S. Troops Moment’s Respite from Anti-Jihad War

Troops Celebrate Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving holiday tradition reached U.S. troops deployed to war zones in and around Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan this year, blessing them with a taste of home amid an unrelenting jihadi threat.

Terror Task Force Chair: Jihadists ‘Are Teaming Up with Violent Drug Lords’ in Latin America

A Hezbollah member reacts while Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah talks on a screen during a televised speech at a festival celebrating Resistance and Liberation Day, in Nabatiyeh May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
Hezbollah and other Islamic terrorist groups are joining forces with “violent drug lords” in Latin America to raise money to fund their nefarious activities, posing a “grave threat” to U.S. national security, warned Rep. Pittenger (R-NC) during an international forum on the nexus between drug cartels and Islamic extremists.

NYC Truck Jihadi Faces 22 Criminal Counts for Murder, Racketeering

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A federal grand jury charged the Uzbek terrorist allegedly responsible for the Halloween attack in Manhattan that killed eight people and injured 12 others with 22 criminal counts, including murder in aid of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-linked racketeering activity, according to the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ).

Pentagon IG: U.S. Troops May Be Punished for Stopping Child Rape by Afghan Soldiers

American service members in Afghanistan have relatively recently been officially required to report when U.S. taxpayer-funded Afghan security forces sexually abuse young boys, but they are "not obligated” to intervene and may be criminally punished for doing so, according to an audit by the Pentagon inspector general (IG).

Exclusive: Feds: ‘No Credible’ Thanksgiving Terror Threat, But Concern for Vehicle, Chemical Attacks

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U.S. federal law enforcement agencies and the NYPD are urging revelers to travel, attend public events, and freely spend time with others on Thanksgiving Day, but they stress that it is vital for the public to remain vigilant against jihadists launching vehicle, drone, and even chemical attacks.

Report: State Department Turns on Rex Tillerson, Accuses Secretary of Violating Child Soldier Law

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Nearly a dozen U.S. State Department officials have accused their boss Secretary Rex Tillerson of breaching American law by excluding Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a U.S. list of countries that turn a blind eye to the abhorrent use of child soldiers, reports Reuters, citing internal government documents.

Japan Bans All U.S. Troops in Okinawa from Drinking After Fatal Suspected DUI

A Japanese man's damaged vehicle at a police station in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, on Sunday. The driver was killed, and a U.S. Marine was injured when their vehicles collided Sunday. Kazuki Sawada/Kyodo News via AP
Japan has reportedly confined all U.S. troops in Okinawa to their base and off-base residences in addition to prohibiting them from purchasing or consuming alcohol after one of their fellow Marines allegedly killed a local man while believed to be intoxicated.

Top U.S. General: Nearly 14,000 U.S. Troops Now Fighting in Afghanistan

Approximately 14,000 US troops are now in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon
The number of American troops fighting jihadists and training their Afghan counterparts to secure their own country has reached “approximately 14,000,” boosting the overall U.S.-NATO military footprint to more than 20,000, affirmed Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the Director of the Joint Staff (DJS).

Anti-Castro Dissidents: Cuban Regime Using ‘Electroshock’ on Political Prisoners

A Cuban inmate remains in his cell at the maximum security 'Combinado del Este' prison, in Havana, on April 9, 2013. Cuban authorities organized a visit for the international media --the only one in the last nine years-- to the biggest prison in Cuba, to show the press the prison population's health and education condition. AFP PHOTO/Adalberto ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)
The totalitarian communist regime in Cuba continues to carry out human rights abuses and atrocities against the opposition, including “electroshock torture” on political prisoners for daring to speak out against the regime, revealed Luís Zúñiga, an anti-Castro dissident who spent 19 years behind bars.

General: Nearly 100,000 Cuban Regime Agents Have Run Venezuela Since 2010

TOPSHOT - Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro wave Cuban flags and a portait of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro during a ceremony honouring Castro one day after his death, in Caracas, November 26, 2016. / AFP / JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
A retired Venezuelan general revealed that the socialist government has hired nearly 93,000 Cubans to import Fidel Castro’s ill-fated communism experiment, a testament to Cuba's massive intervention in the South Amercian country.

U.N.: Afghanistan Nearly Doubles Opium Production in One Year

TOPSHOT - An Afghan security personnel stands guard as others destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Surkh Rod district of eastern Nangarhar province on April 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA (Photo credit should read NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)
The estimated production of opium and area under poppy cultivation has already reached unprecedented levels this year in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations.

Report: Black Hawk Fleet ‘Urgently Needed’ Against Taliban Not Functional Until 2022

The full fleet of 159 Black Hawk helicopters will not be in place and manned until 2022. (Massoud Hossaini/Associated Press)
The much-needed “tidal wave of air power” that a U.S.-supplied fleet of 159 new Black Hawk helicopters is expected to bring to the Afghan military's war against the Taliban and other jihadists will not be fully operational until 2022, reports the Washington Post (WaPo).

Top U.S. General: Troops in Afghanistan Fought at Lowest Capacity, Highest Risk for ‘Most of the Year’

A US soldier investigates the scene of a suicide attack at the Afghan-Pakistan border crossing in Torkham, Nangarhar province on June 19, 2014. Three Taliban suicide attackers set ablaze 37 NATO military vehicles in Afghanistan on June 19, local officials said, though the coalition confirmed only that several vehicles were damaged. AFP PHOTO/Noorullah Shirzada (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)
The number of U.S.-NATO-led coalition troops primarily fighting the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Afghanistan is expected to reach an estimated 25,000 troops next year, including 16,000 American service members.

U.S. Taxpayers May Foot the Bill for Awarding Deserter Bergdahl $300K in Back Payments

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Former Navy SEAL James Hatch who testified this week at Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing on charges he endangered comrades by leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009, has had eight years to think about the nighttime raid that ended with insurgent AK-47 spray ripping through his leg. Hatch said he's still angry at Bergdahl but doesn't envy the military judge who must decide his punishment after sentencing resumes Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson, File)
The U.S. Army may award up to $300,000 in American taxpayer funded-back payments for the time Bowe Bergdahl spent in Taliban captivity after he deserted his Afghanistan-based post in 2009 and prompted some of his colleagues to face death and injury while they searched for him.

U.N.: Failed in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State Growing ‘Significantly’ in Somalia

Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of vehicles in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, Oct 29, 2017, after a car bomb detonated Saturday night. A Somali police officer said security forces ended a night-long siege at a Mogadishu hotel by attackers who stormed the building after a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the entrance gate. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
The number of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-linked jihadists in northern Somalia is "growing significantly in strength," reaching up to 200 terrorists already this year, the United Nations reported a few days after U.S. airstrikes targeted the terrorist group for the first time in the African country.

Cost of U.S. War on Jihadists: $5.6 Trillion, 7,000 Deaths, 52,500 Injuries

A US soldier investigates the scene of a suicide attack at the Afghan-Pakistan border crossing in Torkham, Nangarhar province on June 19, 2014. Three Taliban suicide attackers set ablaze 37 NATO military vehicles in Afghanistan on June 19, local officials said, though the coalition confirmed only that several vehicles were damaged. AFP PHOTO/Noorullah Shirzada (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)
The United States is expected to spend nearly $6 trillion through 2018 on government-wide costs related to the wars waged in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria since 2001, reveals a study by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

U.S. Announces Regulations to Enforce Trump’s Cuba Policy: ‘We Will Hold the Cuban Regime Accountable’

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The United States announced regulation changes on Wednesday to its travel policy regarding Cuba, U.S. administration officials told reporters, in an effort to implement President Donald Trump’s policy of holding the communist regime accountable for its human rights violations.

Kurdish Leader: Kurds ‘Revising’ Ties to U.S. After Trump Refused Support

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The Trump administration’s opposition to the independence referendum approved by northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has prompted the Kurds to consider “revising” its mutually beneficial relationship with the United States, according to the region’s former president.

Taliban Celebrates: ‘150,000 Americans Couldn’t Kill Us’

US soldiers inspect the site of a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on September 16, 2014. A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a NATO convoy close to the US embassy in Kabul on September 16, killing three soldiers and wounding at least 13 Afghan civilians. At the side of the road, US and Polish troops gave first-aid to blood-stained comrades beside the wrecked remains of a military vehicle, but the nationality of the dead soldiers was not confirmed. AFP PHOTO/Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
The Taliban can withstand U.S. President Donald Trump's offensive to coerce the terrorists to lay down their arms and accept peace with the Kabul government, a commander loyal to the jihadist group argued to The Guardian.

Pakistani Bride ‘Inadvertently’ Killed 17 with Poisoned Milk Intended for Husband

Aasia Bibi, 21, and her boyfriend, Shahid Lashari, are presented to journalists, at a police station in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, on Monday. (Iram Asim/AP)
An unhappily married Pakistani woman claims the 17 people she murdered were unintended victims of a botched plan to poison her husband and end her arranged marriage so that she could be with her boyfriend.
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