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CT News: March 2017

Syria fighters take control of IS-held airbase near Raqqa
BBC News
- 27 March 2017 - A US-backed force of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has taken control of an Islamic State-held airbase west of the jihadist group's stronghold of Raqqa...

Families of Westminster attack victims found out fate through pictures online
Guardian
- 27 March 2017 - Relatives of Melissa and Kurt Cochran did not know they were caught up in the attack until they saw their photos online...

Belgium driver on terrorism charge over Antwerp 'attack'
BBC News
- 24 March 2017 - A man who drove at a crowd in Antwerp has been charged with attempted terrorism, Belgian prosecutors say...

ISIS has mastered the art of creating lone wolves
CNN
- 23 March 2017 - The London attacker, Khalid Masood, is believed to have acted alone in carrying out what UK officials are calling a "copycat," or "ISIS-inspired" attack...

Big Changes And Major Dilemmas Loom In Next Phase Of ISIS War In Syria
NPR
- 23 March 2017 -
U.S. Marine artillerymen are now in place on Syrian soil, north of the last stronghold of the Islamic State. A force of local Kurdish and Arab fighters is moving south, continuing to isolate the city of Raqqa...

Toll of London Attack Is Global for an Assailant Born in Britain
New York Times
- 23 March 2017 - The roster of the dead and wounded spanned the globe: a veteran Scotland Yard constable, a Mormon couple fro Utah, South Korean tourists, French high schoolers, and Romanian lovers...

Westminster attacker named by police as Khalid Masood
Guardian
- 23 March 2017 - The attacker behind the terrorist rampage at the gates of the Houses of Parliament has been named by police as Khalid Masood, 52, who was born in Kent and had previously been convicted of violent offences...

UK parliament attacker British-born, had been investigated over extremism concerns
Reuters
- 23 March 2017 - The attacker who killed three people near the British parliament before being shot dead was British-born and was once investigated by MI5 intelligence agents over concerns about violent extremism, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday...

Israelis hold teen over US bomb threats
BBC News
- 23 March 2017 - Israeli police say a 19-year-old man with American and Israeli citizenship is suspected of making threats against Jewish institutions worldwide...

White man traveled to New York to kill black men and 'make a statement, ' police say
Washington Post
- 22 March 2017 - A white man from Maryland who told police he traveled to New York to kill black men turned himself in on Wednesday, about 24 hours after he fatally stabbed a man he encountered on the street, officials said...

Police officer 'stabbed at UK Parliament'
BBC News
- 22 March 2017 - A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, Commons Leader David Lidington has said...

Failed North Korean missile exploded 'within seconds,' US says
CNN
- 22 March 2017 - A North Korean missile fired Wednesday exploded "within seconds of launch," according to US Pacific Command...

Trump administration hosting first meeting of anti-ISIS coalition
Reuters
- 22 March 2017 - Foreign ministers from 68 countries meet in Washington on Wednesday to agree on the next steps to defeat Islamic State, the first such gathering of the U.S-led military coalition since the election of President Donald Trump in November...

Germany Deports Native-Born Terrorism Suspects, In A First
NPR
- 22 March 2017 - Two men who were born in Germany but don't have German citizenship will be deported to countries in North Africa, where their parents immigrated from, over suspicions that they were planning a terrorist attack. German officials say it's the first time the government is making such a move...

Twitter suspends hundreds of thousands of accounts linked to terrorism
Deutsche Welle
- 21 March 2017 - Twitter has suspended more than 600,000 terrorist-linked accounts since the middle of 2015. Social media platforms are coming under increasing pressure to help governments fight extremism online...

Devices Banned on Flights From 10 Countries Over ISIS Fears
New York Times
- 21 March 2017 - Intelligence showing that the Islamic State is developing a bomb hidden in portable electronics spurred the United States and Britain on Tuesday to bar passengers from airports in a total of 10 Muslim-majority countries from carrying laptop computers, iPads, and other larger than a cellphone aboard direct inbound flights...

Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to US
CNN
- 21 March 2017 - Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the United States must soon require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, a U.S. official said...

Peacemaker and Terrorist, Martin McGuinness Is Dead at 66
Daily Beast
- 21 March 2017 - The former IRA terrorist died, in the eyes of many, as a peacemaking statesman. But bitterness still lingers...

Orly airport: Drugs and alcohol found in gunman's blood
BBC News
- 20 March 2017 -
Blood tests have revealed that a gunman who attacked soldiers at Orly airport in Paris on Saturday had consumed drugs and alcohol...

Tillerson: Military action against North Korea 'an option'
BBC News
- 17 March 2017 - The US has said its policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over and suggested it might decide to take pre-emptive military action...

White House asks Congress for $5 billion now to ramp up ISIS fight
USA Today
- 16 March 2017 - President Trump is asking Congress to provide an immediate $30 billion funding boost for the Pentagon, with $5 billion of it earmarked to quicken the pace of the fight against the Islamic State..

Al-Qaeda Operative Found Guilty In Deaths Of U.S. Servicemen
Newsweek
- 16 March 2017 - A Saudi Arabia-born man was convicted on Thursday of participating in a 2003 attack in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. servicemen and plotting to bomb a U.S. embassy in West Africa, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said...

2 Federal Judges Rule Against Trump's Latest Travel Ban
New York Times
- 15 March 2017 - A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Trump's ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world, dealing a stinging blow to the White House...

In Mosul, ISIS is in disarray and surrounded
USA Today
- 15 March 2017 - Islamic State fighters are in disarray and struggling to fend off a rapid offensive by Iraqi forces to recapture Mosul and expel the militants from their last major stronghold in the country, a top U.S. military official said...

Jordanian journalist added to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list
CBS News
- 14 March 2017 - A Jordanian woman has been charged in connection with a 2001 bombing of a Jerusalem pizza restaurant that killed 15 people and injured dozens of others...

Pentagon receives more freedom to carry out counterterror raids
CNN
- 14 March 2017 - President Donald Trump has granted the Pentagon additional authority to carry out counterterrorism missions in Yemen and the White House is talking to the Pentagon about providing similar leeway in Libya and Somalia as terror activities there grow...


Trump gives CIA authority to conduct drone strikes: WSJ
Reuters
- 13 March 2017 - President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing U.S. officials...

ISIS is corned, desperate and leaving trail of destruction in Mosul
CBS News
- 13 March 2017 - The forces pushing out ISIS in Iraq say the militant group is trapped inside western Mosul. The U.S. envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS says they’ve cut off the last road out of the city...

Dutch warn citizens after Erdogan threat
BBC News
- 13 March 2017 - The Netherlands has warned its citizens over travel to Turkey as a row between the countries shows no sign of abating. Germany, Austria and the Netherlands blocked Turkish attempts to hold rallies in those countries...

Most convicted terrorists are U.S. citizens. Why does the White House say otherwise
PBS
- 12 March 2017 - When it comes to the hundreds of convictions related to Islamic extremism achieved in U.S. federal courts since 9/11, the opposite is true. The vast majority of individuals convicted have been U.S. citizens...

Trump Administration Is Said to Be Working to Loosen Counterterrorism Rules
New York Times
- 12 March 2017 - The Trump administration is exploring how to dismantle or bypass Obama-era constraints intended to prevent civilian deaths from drone attacks, commando raids, and other counterterrorism missions outside conventional war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq...

US General: Terrorist Threat in Africa Goes Beyond Ideology
Voice of America
- 09 March 2017 - Even if extremist groups in Africa were wiped out militarily, the continent's massive population of young people would continue to be susceptible to terror groups because of a lack of economic opportunity, the general in charge of U.S. military operations there said Thursday...

IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault
BBC News
- 09 March 2017 - The US has sent several hundred Marines to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the so-called Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Raqqa...

Would terrorism 'blue flags' for hotels and airports save lives?
Telegraph
- 09 March 2017 - The travel industry is considering introducing kitemarks to denote the level of safety for different holidays, in the wake of the terrorist attack that killed 30 Britons in Sousse, Tunisia...

German intelligence boss: Threat level remains high
Deutsche Welle
- 08 March 2017 - Three months after the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market, domestic intelligence officials say they can’t rule out further attacks. They add that there are other reasons to be concerned about security in Germany...

At least 30 killed in attack on Kabul military hospital
CNN
- 08 March 2017 - Attackers dressed in medical uniforms stormed a military hospital in the heart of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing more than 30 people and wounding at least 50, said Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense...

Reno man sentenced in terrorism plot that targeted India
Las Vegas Review-Journal
- 07 March 2017 - A Reno man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison for his role in a terrorism conspiracy that targeted India...

Lynne Stewart Lawyer Imprisoned in Terrorism Case, Dies at 77
New York Times
- 07 March 2017 - Lynne F. Stewart, a radical-leftist lawyer who gained wide notice for representing violent, self-described revolutionaries and who spent four years in prison herself, convicted of aiding terrorism, died on Tuesday at home in Brooklyn...


Iraqi forces capture west Mosul's main government buildings in pre-dawn raid
Washington Post
- 07 March 2017 - Iraqi forces on Tuesday said they had recaptured the main government compound in western Mosul from the Islamic State, advancing into the heart of the city that the militants have controlled for nearly three years...

300 refugees subjects of FBI terror investigations, U.S. officials say
Fox News
- 06 March 2017 - Trump’s order, which was announced late Monday morning, temporarily bans travel to those without valid visas from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen...

North Korea: Four ballistic missiles fired into sea
BBC News
- 06 March 2017 - North Korea has launched four ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan. Three of them fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after flying some 1,000km (620 miles), in what PM Shinzo Abe called a "new stage of threat..."

Trump set to sign revised travel ban order
Fox News
- 06 March 2017 - President Trump on Monday is set to sign a revised executive order that will halt America’s refugee program and temporarily ban the entry of people seeking to come to the United States from several countries in the Middle East and Africa, Counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed to “Fox & Friends..."

Prosecutors: NY man aimed to fight with Islamic extremists
ABC News
- 04 March 2017 - A New York man repeatedly traveled to the Middle East to try to join the Islamic State or another extremist group in Syria and later told authorities he'd been prepared to strap on a bomb to sacrifice himself for jihad, prosecutors said Saturday...

ASIO warns tourists and expats of terrorist threat in South-East Asia
ABC Australia
- 03 March 2017 - The director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Duncan Lewis, has sounded a warning to tourists and expatriates in the region...

Judge: Proof that wife helped Orlando hooter is 'debatable'
ABC News
- 01 March 2017 - A federal judge in California said Wednesday that it is "debatable" whether the government has enough evidence to convict a woman of helping her husband plan the Orlando nightclub rampage, ordering her released from jail until trial...


Jewish center bomb threats top 100; kids pulled from schools
CNN
- 01 March 2017 - They're supposed to be pillars of unity and peace, where both Jews and non-Jews can enjoy classes, sports and other communal activities...

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces close in on IS-held Mosul government buildings
Reuters
- 01 March 2017 - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Tuesday battled their way to within firing range of Mosul's main government buildings, a major target in the offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the western side of the city...

Uighur Militants Reportedly Threaten China in ISIS Video
Time Magazine
- 01 March 2017 - A video reportedly released by the Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday features militants from China's Uighur ethnic minority threatening to return home to "shed blood like rivers..."

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