(WASHINGTON) JUST IN: Foreign ministers from the U.S.-led coalition against #IslamicState will meet in Washington on Nov. 14 to weigh how to bolster the fight against the jihadist group after the killing of its leader in a U.S. raid, a senior State Department official said #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: About 30-40 ministers and organisations that are part of the wider coalition will convene on the initiative of France and backed by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, aiming to boost the coalition’s presence in northeast Syria, the official said: “This is something President Trump has been working on both to get troops on the ground, airplanes in the air and money flowing to stabilisation in that area from partners and allies who are in the coalition,” said the official, who spoke to reporters on Monday on the condition of anonymity.

Trump said on Sunday that #IslamicState leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had died “whimpering and crying” in the U.S. special forces raid in northwestern Syria, fulfilling his top national security goal: World leaders welcomed Baghdadi’s death but said the campaign against Islamic State, a group that perpetrated atrocities in the name of a fanatical version of Islam, was not over, with so-called “lone wolves” likely to seek revenge.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………..Published: Oct.28: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Mark Heinrich

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(WASHINGTON) JUST IN: The White House has given the green light to a Turkish offensive into northern #Syria , moving US forces out of the area in an abrupt foreign policy change that will in effect abandon their longtime military partners, the Kurds #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.07: Kurdish forces have spearheaded the campaign against #IslamicState in the region, but the policy swerve, after a phone conversation between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday, means Turkey would take custody of captured Isis fighters, the White House said: It has also raised fears of fresh fighting between Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria’s complex war now the US no longer acts as a buffer between the two sides Guardian reported. US military vehicles travel down a main road in northeast SyriaUS military vehicles travel along a main road in northern Syria on Monday. Photograph: Hawar News Agency, ANHA/AP

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Monday morning that their US partners had already begun withdrawing troops from areas along Turkey’s border: Footage aired on Kurdish news agency Hawar purportedly showed US armoured vehicles evacuating key positions near the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad in the border region. Erdogan himself also confiirmed the development in remarks to reporters on Monday morning in Ankara.

The SDF spokesman, Mustafa Bali, accused the US of leaving the area to “turn into a war zone”, adding that the SDF would “defend north-east Syria at all costs”

A statement from the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, also early on Monday said that Ankara had “supported the territorial integrity of Syria since the beginning of the crisis and will continue to do so … [We are] determined to ensure survivability and security of Turkey by clearing the region from terrorists. We will contribute to bringing safety, peace and stability to Syria.”

The decision represents the latest in a series of erratic moves by Trump, fighting impeachment at home, apparently taken without consultation with, or knowledge of, US diplomats dealing with Syria, or the UK and France, the US’ main international partners in the country: ‘We deserve support’: Reinvented north-east Syria strives for stability

Ruben Gallego, an Iraq war veteran and Democratic congressman from Arizona, tweeted: “Allowing Turkey to move into northern Syria is one of the most destabilising moves we can do in the Middle East. The Kurds will never trust America again. They will look for new alliances or independence to protect themselves.”

In the White House statement issued just before 11 pm on Sunday, however, that agreement was not mentioned: “Today, President Donald J Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey by telephone,” the surprise statement said. “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the Isis territorial ‘caliphate’, will no longer be in the immediate area.” https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-85/

The statement suggested that in return for US acquiescence in a Turkish offensive, Erdoğan had assured Trump that Turkey would take over the detention of Isis militants captured by the SDF, on the battlefield: The custody of Europeans and other foreign fighters has long been one of Trump’s preoccupations, and he has lambasted European governments for not taking responsibility for their own nationals in Isis’ ranks……………………“The US government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured Isis fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused,” the White House statement continued.

The US will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer: Turkey will now be responsible for all Isis fighters in the area captured over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial caliphate by the United States.”

#AceNewsDesk reports …………..Published: Oct.07: 2019:

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(MADRID, Spain.) JUST IN: Police arrest a 23yr-old-man on Saturday in Parla identified as AAA on suspicion of incitement to commit attacks and terrorist threats, police said in a statement: Spanish newspaper El Pais cited unnamed sources saying the suspect had threatened to attack a judge at Spain’s high court #Ace NewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: Spanish police said on Saturday they had arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of belonging to the #IslamicState (IS) militant group, adding that a search of his home found explosive-making chemicals and a list of targets: Identified only as “A.A.A,” the Spanish citizen was arrested in Parla, a town near Madrid, on suspicion of incitement to commit attacks and terrorist threats, police said in a statement. The case is being investigated by Spain’s high court.

#IslamicState claimed responsibility for attacks in 2017 in Barcelona and Cambrils that killed 14 people: Police said that during a raid on the suspect’s home they had found chemicals that could be used to make the explosive triacetone triperoxide or TATP, an unstable explosive that has been used in several attacks in western Europe in recent years: They said they had also found a bulletproof vest with shrapnel attached, along with detailed notes on how to prepare explosives and a list of potential targets.

Spanish newspaper El Pais cited unnamed sources saying the suspect had threatened to attack a judge at Spain’s high court: Police said he was responsible for the Spanish wing of Muntasir Media, which promotes Islamic State and operates internationally to incite followers to commit attacks.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………..Published: Oct.05: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Sam Edwards; Editing by Alexander Smith

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(SYDNEY, NSW.) Joint Counter Terrorism Taskforce Report: Officers arrested three men on Tuesday morning one is suspected of planning a ‘ Terrorist Attacks ‘ on a range of targets including police stations, consulates, courts, and churches for the #IslamicState #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – July.05: One of the three men arrested during counterterrorism raids in Sydney’s west on Tuesday morning was planning an attack on prominent Harbour City buildings, police allege: Isaak el Matari, 20, was taken into custody on Tuesday as part of the operation, which targeted suburbs including Canada Bay, Chester Hill, Greenacre, Green Valley, Ingleburn and Toongabbie: Police allege he had a range of targets in Sydney, including police stations, consulates, courts, and churches: Two other men, aged 23 and 30, were also arrested as part of the operation led by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Taskforce (JCTT). Two men are taken to hospital after being stabbed at a house in Chippendale, with police saying it is believed all those involved all knew each other and the attack related to a personal issue between them: July 05, 2019 at 06:16PM https://ift.tt/2LFEIar

More on this story. “Police arrest three in Sydney counterterrorism raids, accuse one of planning attack,” ABC.net.au, July 2, 2019 (thanks to dumbledoresarmy):

Police allege Mr el Matari and the 23-year-old identified as members of #IslamicState: Mr el Matari was expected to be charged on Tuesday with preparing a terrorist act and traveling overseas to engage in hostile activities: Both offences carry a maximum penalty of life in prison: Police will allege Mr el Matari had made early-stage preparations and had expressed an intention to carry out a terrorist attack in Australia.

The JCTT comprises both NSW Police and AFP officers: AFP assistant commissioner Ian McCartney said Mr el Matari had been monitored since returning from Lebanon last year: “We will also allege this man had indicated he was willing to travel to Afghanistan to fight for Islamic State, and he made a number of preparations to do so,” he said.

NSW Police assistant commissioner Mick Willing said the arrests represented the “16th disruption” since terror threat levels were raised in 2014: “There are people out there who still want to commit acts of terror in this country, sadly, but we’re doing everything we can to prevent those acts of terrorism taking place and public safety is always our first priority,” he said: Police said the 23-year-old, from Toongabbie, would be charged with being a member of Islamic State….

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: July.05: 2019:

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(MEXICO CITY) Mexican Federal Police Report: High-Alert regarding three #IslamicState – linked terror suspects from Egypt who are believed to be making their way from Central America to Mexico and potentially the U.S. border according to a leaked internal security memo #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.26: Authorities were warned the suspects could try to enter Mexico within a large migrant group or with the help of human smugglers: Breitbart News exclusively confirmed that Mexican Federal Police are on alert, preparing to encounter or arrest Ahamed Ghanim Mohamed Al Juburi from Iraq, and Ibrahim Mohamed and Mohamed Eissa from Egypt. The three men are believed to have entered through Panama in May, crossed through Costa Rica on June 9, and could be headed to Mexico, a leaked internal security memo revealed….

Exclusive: Mexican Officials Confirm U.S. Warned Them About Suspected ISIS Terrorists Headed to Border,” by Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby, Breitbart, June 24, 2019:

A document obtained by Breitbart News from Mexico’s Federal Police revealed that on June 21, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned Mexico about the suspects and asked for cooperation in attempting to stop them if they were encountered in or approaching Mexico….

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: June.26: 2019:

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(PARIS, France.) LATEST: Lyon bombing attacker identified as ‘ Mohamed Hichem M who was in allegiance with #IslamicState was arrested on Monday for wounding 14-people and will appear before an investigating judge after he admitted making a bomb #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – May.31: France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor says the main suspect in the bombing last week in the French city of Lyon that wounded 14 people had pledged allegiance to the #IslamicState: Remy Heitz said in a statement on Friday that the 24-year-old man has admitted making the bomb and will be presented to an investigating judge.

Identified as Mohamed Hichem M., the suspect was arrested on Monday: He arrived in France on a tourist visa in August 2017 and was unknown to police services: The suspect could be charged with attempted murders, criminal terrorist conspiracy and manufacturing, possessing and carrying an explosive device in relation with a terrorist undertaking.

French President Emmanuel Macron had called the explosion an “attack” but no group has claimed responsibility for the explosion yet.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: May.31: 2019: Associated Press: https://t.co/Sw9EcMAMZB

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(WASHINGTON) DOJ Court Report: #Daesh Supporter Amer Sinan Alhaggagi who wanted to carry out deadly terrorist attacks in the U.S. in the name of the #IslamicState has been sentenced to more than 15yrs for attempting to provide propaganda material including ID theft charges he admitted creating ‘ Twitter and Facebook Accounts ‘ for people he believed were supporters of the terrorist organisation #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.27: “Alhaggagi wanted to carry out deadly terrorist attacks in the United States in the name of #IslamicState said Assistant Attorney General Demers: “Today’s sentencing shows the dedication of the National Security Division and our partners to hold accountable those who seek to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations and to conduct violence on their behalf. I commend the work of the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this case.”

“The highest priority of our counter-terrorism efforts is to prevent acts of violence before they occur,” said U.S. Attorney Anderson: “Amer Alhaggagi hoped and intended to carry out acts of great cruelty in order to sow terror in our community. Through the combined efforts of local and federal law enforcement, Alhaggagi was identified, apprehended, and prosecuted before he was able to commit the violence he schemed to commit. This prosecution stands as an example of how homegrown extremists who seek to sow fear and panic into our communities can be stopped when law enforcement agencies work together.” ………….“Today is a tragedy for the Alhaggagi family and our community as we have lost yet another young person to the allure of extremist ideology focused on hatred and violence,” said John F. Bennett, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office. “This sentence serves as a reminder of how persistent and pervasive online radicalisation has become and this should be a precautionary example for individuals who may be tempted by terrorist propaganda. The FBI, through our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, remains dedicated to protecting the United States against any form of terrorism and ensuring the safety of our community.”

Alhaggagi, 23, of Oakland, Calif., pleaded guilty to the charges on July 18, 2018: In pleading guilty, Alhaggagi admitted he knowingly attempted to provide services and personnel to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339B. ISIS was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the United States Secretary of State in 2014.

Federal prosecutors filed sentencing memoranda disclosing additional details of Alhaggagi’s conduct prior to and after his arrest: For example, beginning in July of 2016, Alhaggagi boasted online about a series of terrorist attacks he wanted to commit on behalf ISIS. His aim was to “redefine terror,” and he promised that if he succeeded, the “whole Bay Area [was] gonna be in flames.” Among his more vicious attacks, he planned to explode a car bomb outside a gay nightclub in San Francisco, and plant backpack bombs on routes known to be used by emergency vehicles, in an effort to kill first responders seeking to aid casualties. In addition, even after his arrest, Alhaggagi hatched a new plot for a bomb attack and shared the plan with prison inmates. At one point, Alhaggagi was driving through Berkeley towards the Oakland Hills with an undercover agent when he pointed out several bars and clubs “where all the students are.” The defendant commented, “it’s a nice area to attack… it’s like, everybody’s in their own world, just doing their thing.” He told the undercover agent that there were even more crowded areas in San Francisco that could make for good targets and said, “it’s not hard to target places, because there’s people everywhere. But I was trying to target, you know, like clubs, you know, like dance clubs, bars… stuff like that . . ..”

In pleading guilty, Alhaggagi admitted to the following:

  • Alhaggagi admitted that in October and November of 2016, he created Twitter accounts and Facebook accounts along with the Gmail accounts that were necessary to authenticate them for individuals he believed were ISIS supporters.
  • Alhaggagi admitted that in the Fall of 2016 he communicated with two individuals who asked him to set up social media accounts. Alhaggagi communicated with the individuals from his computer while he was in Oakland, Calif., and admitted opening several Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail accounts at their request. Alhaggagi also admitted knowing that both of the individuals were ISIS sympathizers and that by opening the social media accounts he was providing a service to ISIS. The investigation demonstrated at least one of the individuals Alhaggagi opened accounts for was an actual member of ISIS.
  • Alhaggagi admitted that on Nov. 29, 2016, the day of his arrest, he possessed a device used to make counterfeit credit cards and that between July and August 2016, he used a credit card with someone else’s name to buy more than $1,000 worth of clothes for himself online.

A federal grand jury indicted Alhaggagi on July 21, 2017, with one count of knowingly attempting to provide services and personnel to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339B; one count of possessing an identity theft device, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(4); one count of unauthorized identity theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(2); and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A. Alhaggagi pleaded guilty to all the charges without a written agreement.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Breyer ordered the defendant to serve 10 years supervised release:

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Special Prosecutions and National Security Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, the United States Department of Justice National Security Division, the Berkeley Police Department, and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force including, the Oakland Police Department.

Further Information: Case #: 17-387 CRB

Electronic court filings and further procedural and docket information are available at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

Judges’ calendars with schedules for upcoming court hearings can be viewed on the court’s website at www.cand.uscourts.gov.

#AceNewsDesk report………….Published: February.27:2019:

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