US law enforcement accused of using entrapment to ensnare ‘terrorists’ (Al-Jazeera)

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“The recent arrests on terrorism-related charges of six young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis and others throughout the United States have prompted renewed questions over the issue of entrapment, and over the degree of real security achieved by disrupting plots that law-enforcement had helped shape.

The six, ages 19 to 21, were charged with conspiracy to aid and support a terrorist organization, and are accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also called ISIS).

“These were focused men who were intent on joining a terrorist organization,” Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said at a news conference.

But the case relies partly on a confidential human source (CHS), who had been a part of the group seeking to join ISIL before he began cooperating with the FBI.”

Read the full article here.

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Shabab Militants Learning to Kill on a Shoestring (JEFFREY GETTLEMAN of the NYT)

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“In the pecking order of the world’s leading terrorist groups, the Shabab militants, based in Somalia, operate on a shoestring budget. But as the attack on a Kenyan university last week showed, they have become proficient in something terrible: mass murder on the cheap.”

See the full article here.

Hamil al-Bushra – An ISIS Propagandist

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Hamil Al-Bushra is a known ’emissary’ of the Islamic State, has conducted cyber-diplomacy to expand the clout of this terrorist organization. He has urged Al-Qaeda affiliates, such as Al-Shabaab, to pledge Ba’yah to the ISIS.

He has been known to disseminate press releases, via Twitter (), the Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/trhml19e), Just Paste It (https://justpaste.it/hamil-bushra-blog), and Nasher (http://nasher.me/hamil-bushra-blog/).

Thus, Al-Bushra is a key propagandist in the cyber campaign of ISIS, with a mission to forge alliances with other jihadist groups into the caliphate and to inspire lone wolf attacks.

‘Jihadi John’ Is Mohammed Emwazi from London

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Intelligence officials have revealed that Jihadi John is a British citizen and previously tried to join Al-Shabaab after being radicalized in Tanzania. He had received a degree in computer science from the University of Westminster and came from a prominent Kuwaiti family in Britain. The intelligence officials think he has been in Syria since at least September 2012.

See the BBC and the Independent reports here.

Condemnation of Attacks on Somalia Central Hotel (State)

Press Statement

Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 20, 2015

“The United States strongly condemns al-Shabaab’s terrorist attack on the Central Hotel in Mogadishu today. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed in the attack, and wish the injured a speedy recovery.

This murderous attack, targeting government ministers and Members of Parliament, once again highlights that al-Shabaab stands only for death and destruction, and is firmly opposed to the Somali people’s efforts to build a secure and prosperous future.

The United States will continue to support the Somali people and their government as they rebuild their country. Those who stand in the way of Somalia’s progress will not succeed.”

See the article at: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/02/237728.htm#