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Daily Eye on Extremism

March 24, 2017
CBS News: CEP President Fran Townsend Discusses The Investigation Process Used In The London Terror Attack Near The British Parliament On CBS This Morning. BBC News: CEP Spokesperson Tara Maller discusses CEP's efforts to combat online extremism by pressuring Internet and social media companies to remove the most violent and dangerous types of extremist content using technology. BBC News: CEP Research Director Julie Shain discusses the London terror attacker and methods used by ISIS and other extremist groups to pump out radicalizing propaganda online, radicalize and inspire attacks. Fox News: CEP Spokesperson Tara Maller discusses the latest details of the London terror attack and strategies for combating online extremist propaganda with host Shepard Smith. “The roster of the dead and wounded spanned the globe: a veteran Scotland Yard constable, a Mormon couple from Utah, South Korean tourists, French high schoolers and Romanian lovers. The killer turned out to be homegrown, a 52-year-old Briton, Khalid Masood, who had a criminal record but was not on any police-monitoring lists. The Islamic State, which rejects peace and coexistence, described Mr. Masood on Thursday as a disciple and a hero for the assault carried out a day earlier in the shadow of Big Ben.” The New York Times: Toll Of London Attack Is Global For An Assailant Born In Britain “The United States is deepening its involvement in the war against the Islamic State group after an unprecedented American airlift of Arab and Kurdish fighters to the front lines in northern Syria, supported by the first use of U.S. attack helicopters and artillery in the country. The U.S. forces didn't engage in ground combat, but the offensive suggests the Trump administration is taking an increasingly aggressive approach as it plans an upcoming assault on the extremists' self-declared capital of Raqqa. In addition to using helicopters to ferry rebels into combat near the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River, the U.S. also flew two Apache gunships and fired Marine 155mm artillery. ‘This is pretty major,’ Col. Joseph Scrocca, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition that is fighting the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday.” Associated Press: US Combat Airlift Marks Deepening Involvement In Syria “Al Qaeda’s affiliates in Syria have begun gaining ground in the central part of the country, taking advantage of the regime’s increased focus on the ongoing fight against Islamic State in northern Syria. Fighters from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, a faction of the former Syrian al Qaeda cell now known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, have overrun government forces in the central Syrian cities of Qomhana and Ma’an, 30 miles south of anti-government stronghold of Idlib, according to local reports. The attacks come as forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad has begun diverting his forces from battling rebel fighters in central Syria to territory held by Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL. The ensuing vacuum has allowed al Qaeda-affiliated groups to push into rebel-held territory near Idlib and Hama. It remains unclear how far the group’s Syrian cells will push unchecked by Damascus into rebel territory.” Washington Times: Al Qaeda Quietly Gaining Territory In Syria Amid ISIS Fight “The top U.S. general in Europe told lawmakers Thursday that he sees evidence Russia might be supplying the Taliban in an effort to undermine the United States, in what could be a significant turning point in the Afghanistan conflict.  ‘I've seen the influence of Russia of late, increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban,’ Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the head of the U.S. military's European Command and the Supreme Allied Commander for NATO, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.” Fox News: Russia May Be Aiding Taliban In Afghanistan, Top US General Says “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. They're in the opening stages of a major military operation that officials say could last into the fall. What comes next is expected to have huge implications not only for the fate of ISIS but also for the relationship between Turkey and Russia, as well as the geographic outlines of the future Syrian state. It will be very complicated.” NPR: Big Changes And Major Dilemmas Loom In Next Phase Of ISIS War In Syria “Ten Egyptian soldiers have been killed by two roadside bomb blasts during a raid against jihadist militants in the Sinai peninsula, the military says. Fifteen militants were killed and seven others arrested during the operation, according to a statement. Soldiers also destroyed half a tonne of the explosive TNT and seized two vehicles containing hand grenades and hundreds of mobile phones, it added. An affiliate of so-called Islamic State (IS) is active in the Sinai peninsula. It has been blamed for killing hundreds of soldiers and police since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests.” BBC: Roadside Bombings Kill 10 Egypt Soldiers During Sinai Raid “Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded three others on Thursday in the West Bank, a Palestinian health official said. The Israeli army said they had attacked a settlement with petrol bombs. The Palestinian health source said the dead man was 17. Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news site, identified him as Muhammed Hattab. One of the three wounded was reportedly in critical condition. An Israeli army spokeswoman said three assailants got out of a car and threw petrol bombs towards the settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah, when troops opened fire and confirmed hitting the men. She said the car then fled the scene.” The Jerusalem Post: Palestinian Petrol Bomb Thrower Killed By IDF In West Bank “Belgian police intercepted a car that was speeding toward a busy shopping area and refused to stop, authorities said Thursday. The car, registered in France, was driving ‘at a very high speed’ in central Antwerp, the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said. French President Francois Hollande called the incident ‘an attempted terrorist attack.’ ‘At different times, pedestrians were put at risk,’ the prosecutor's office said. ‘When soldiers attempted to intercept the vehicle, it fled.’ Authorities eventually managed to stop the 39-year-old French driver and detained him. Anouk Leemans saw police make the arrest.” CNN: Antwerp Police Intercept Speeding Car And Thwart 'Attempted Terrorist Attack' “Taliban fighters have captured the strategic district of Sangin in the southern Afghan province of Helmand after security forces pulled out, leaving the district center to the insurgents, officials said on Thursday. Helmand, which accounts for the bulk of Afghanistan's billion dollar opium crop, is already largely in the hands of the Taliban but the capture of Sangin underlines their growing strength in the south. Scores of American and British soldiers died fighting in Sangin in some of their bloodiest battles following the 2001 U.S.-led military intervention, and the loss of the district underlines the scale of the challenge facing the western-backed Afghan government and its international partners.” Reuters: Afghan Taliban Signal Growing Strength With Key District Capture “The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for the London attack that left three people and the attacker dead on Wednesday. “It is believed that this attacker acted alone,” Prime Minister Theresa May said, adding that the British-born man, already known to authorities, was inspired by “Islamist terrorism.” For its part, ISIS called the attacker its “soldier” in a report published by its Amaq news agency in both Arabic and English. The caliphate, it seemed, was eager to signal to a broad audience that it was as busy and effective as ever. The facts, however, tell a different story. Back in 2014, God was on the side of ISIS—or so it appeared, and so ISIS claimed, with some plausibility. The speed and scope of its ascent was extraordinary. In mid-June it seized Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and in the following months it annexed a Britain-sized swath of territory crossing Syria and Iraq.” The Atlantic: ISIS Will Fail, But What About The Idea Of ISIS? “Hours after the terrorist attack in London, online sleuths thought they had identified the assailant. In Twitter posts, Facebook messages and a live British television news program, people pointed to Abu Izzadeen, a radical British cleric who was imprisoned last year for running afoul of British terrorism rules. His photos were shared on the internet. His Wikipedia page was updated with the information. But they were wrong. Not only was Mr. Izzadeen not the assailant in Wednesday’s attack, but he was also in a British prison, according to his lawyer, Tanveer Qureshi.” The New York Times: Social Media Sleuths Fail Again: The London Attacker Who Wasn’t
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