February 4, 2017

ISIS’ threat to Britain is reaching new high, says London mayor as he warns that police cuts could cost lives

  • Sadiq Khan says terror threat has risen since he became Mayor last year
  • Mayor tells MailOnline that keeping people safe is ‘increasingly difficult’
  • Urges government not to cut police funding and criticises Trump’s travel ban 

The terror threat from ISIS is reaching new highs and cutting police budgets could cost lives, Sadiq Khan has warned.

The London Mayor said the danger of attacks in the capital had risen since he entered city hall last May and keeping people safe was becoming ‘increasingly difficult’.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4187364/ISIS-threat-Britain-reaching-new-high-says-Sadiq-Khan.html#ixzz4XjDEvWgF

 

Terror target May Force One: Stunning security lapse as PM’s flights are left visible on a website tracker

  • Astonishing security lapse makes PM a ‘flying target’ on Flightradar24 website
  • Blunder means terrorists could see the direction and speed of ‘May Force One’
  • Compromising info was broadcast live as May flew into terror hotspot Turkey
  • Intelligence experts say the lapse is ‘beyond absurd’ and ‘extremely dangerous’

Terrorists can follow every movement of the Prime Minister’s official aircraft live by using a mobile phone app, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The astonishing security lapse made Theresa May ‘a flying target’ as she arrived in the terror hotspot of Turkey from Washington last week, experts warned.

The exact location of the aircraft, dubbed ‘May Force One’ – along with its height, direction and speed – was broadcast online as it came into land in Ankara, the site of repeated terrorist attacks.

Security experts said the lapse made Theresa May’s RAF Voyager ‘a flying target’ as she flew from Washington to Turkey last week

Last night, experts called for the transponder – the on-board device that broadcasts its location – to be switched off, as is the case with the US President’s Air Force One jet.

Chris Phillips, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: ‘This is perfect information for a would-be terrorist. They should have turned off the tracker on the plane. It is ridiculous and irresponsible that this information is publicly available.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4192126/Security-lapse-leaves-s-plane-terror-target.html#ixzz4XmFT9C2m

Two Arrested in UK for Hacking DC CCTV Cameras Before Trump Inauguration

National Crime Agency has arrested a Swedish woman and a British man for hacking CCTV Cameras with ransomware malware.

Pictured: Louvre suspect who ‘posted pro-ISIS messages on Twitter moments before he attacked four soldiers outside Paris art gallery’

  • A man armed with a machete was shot five times in the stomach after attempting to storm the museum
  • Police chief said the attacker was shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ before being gunned down
  • The suspect has been named as Abdallah El Hamahmy, a 29 year old Egyptian national 
  • French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has described the attack as ‘terrorist in nature’
  • Sources say the man’s condition has stabilised overnight
  • The Louvre reopened this morning, with armed soldiers in uniform doing high visibility patrols 
Investigators believe 29-year-old Egyptian national Abdallah El Hamahmy is the man shot five times outside the Louvre yesterday

Investigators believe 29-year-old Egyptian national Abdallah El Hamahmy is the man shot five times outside the Louvre yesterday

A man suspected of attacking four soldiers outside the Louvre in Paris posted pro-ISIS tweets moments before it happened yesterday morning, French investigators believe.

Detectives are probing the Twitter account of Egyptian national  Abdallah El Hamahmy, who is believed to have arrived in France eight days before the attack.

Iran holds military exercise in defiance of US sanctions

Dec. 29, 2016, photo, released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), shows long-range S-200 missile fired in a military drill in the port city of Bushehr, on the northern coast of Persian Gulf, Iran.

Dec. 29, 2016, photo, released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), shows long-range S-200 missile fired in a military drill in the port city of Bushehr, on the northern coast of Persian Gulf, Iran.  (Amir Kholousi, ISNA via AP)

 

In apparent defiance of the new sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, Iran held a military exercise Saturday to test missile and radar systems.

The aim of the exercise, held in Semnan province, was to “showcase the power of Iran’s revolution and to dismiss the sanctions,” Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards website said, according to Reuters.

During the exercise, a senior commander of Iran’s Revolution Guard said the country’s missiles will come down on the country’s enemies if they do wrong.

“If the enemy does not walk the line, our missiles come down on them,” Gen. Amir Ali Haijazadeh said.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/04/iran-holds-military-exercise-in-defiance-us-sanctions.html

German magazine sparks furor with image of Trump beheading Statue of Liberty

German weekly magazine Der Spiegel sparked controversy at home and abroad on Saturday with a front cover illustration of U.S. President Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty.

It depicts a cartoon figure of Trump with a bloodied knife in one hand and the statue’s head, dripping with blood, in the other. It carries the caption: “America First”.

The artist who designed the cover, Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban who came to the United States in 1980 as a political refugee, told The Washington Post: “It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol.”

The cover set off a debate on Twitter and in German and international media, with Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a member of Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP) and vice president of the European Parliament, describing it as “tasteless”.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-germany-spiegel-idUSKBN15J0EU

Judge Breaks Precedent, Orders Google to Give Foreign Emails to FBI

A potentially major blow for privacy advocates occurred on Friday when a U.S. magistrate ruled against Google and ordered it to cooperate with FBI search warrants demanding access to user emails that are stored on servers outside of the United States. The case is certain to spark a fight, because an appeals court ruled in favor of Microsoft in a similar case recently.

According to Reuters:

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter in Philadelphia ruled on Friday that transferring emails from a foreign server so FBI agents could review them locally as part of a domestic fraud probe did not qualify as a seizure.

The judge said this was because there was “no meaningful interference” with the account holder’s “possessory interest” in the data sought.

http://gizmodo.com/judge-breaks-precedent-orders-google-to-give-foreign-e-1792003911

Petraeus: ‘Moral Obligation’ to Allow Iraqi, Afghan Translators Into U.S.

Former CIA head commends Mattis for working on exemptions from Trump immigration order

Retired Gen. David Petraeus said Friday that the United States has a “moral obligation” to provide local translators who have aided the U.S. military abroad a path to the United States.

“There is an implicit moral obligation to those who share risk,” Petraeus, a former CIA director, said at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. on Friday afternoon. “It’s very important for the future as well.”

Petraeus made the remarks on the Special Immigrant Visa program for local translators in Iraq and Afghanistan who have aided the U.S. military amidst backlash over President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/petraeus-moral-obligation-allow-iraqi-afghan-translators-u-s/

Car blast in E. Ukraine kills militia commander, Lugansk blames Kiev’s ‘hit squad’

Car blast in E. Ukraine kills militia commander, Lugansk blames Kiev’s ‘hit squad’
Two people, including the chief of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Militia Office, were killed in a car blast in the republic’s capital, Lugansk. The Lugansk People’s Militia says the blast was a terrorist attack carried out by Kiev’s secret services.

“Presumably, the terror attack was committed by Ukrainian special services aiming to destabilize the situation in the republic [of Lugansk],” Marochko added.

https://www.rt.com/news/376294-lugansk-blast-anashchenko-terror/

Russia and India’s Supersonic BrahMos Cruise Missile: Heading to Submarines and Stealth Fighters?

Russia and India are developing a new version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile that could be launched from submarines and the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter.

The new variant—which is considerably smaller than the original BrahMos—would be light enough to be carried even on relatively diminutive Mikoyan MiG-35 Fulcrum-F.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/russia-indias-supersonic-brahmos-cruise-missile-heading-19307

BLOW UP DOLLS

Terrorists strapped grenades to children’s toys in Syria in sickening act of desperation before Aleppo was overrun by government troops

Jihaidis booby-trapped dolls and left them at a wrecked school to be found by soldiers or kids

TERRORISTS in eastern Aleppo stitched grenades to children’s dolls in the final days before the city was wrenched back into Syrian government control.

Dozens of booby-trapped toys have been found under the wreckage of the one of the city’s buildings — levelled by Russian warplanes and troops loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Terrorists in Aleppo wired up grenades to children’s dolls

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2783916/syria-aleppo-dolls-bombs-assad/

Senior Islamic State leader ANNIHILATED during devastating airstrike in Iraq

A SENIOR Islamic State jihadi has been wiped out after a devastating airstrike in eastern Iraq.

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An ISIS senior leader has been wiped out

The depraved killer, nicknamed Abu Suhaib, was obliterated in the strike which targeted the region of Mutaibija as two of his sick associates were also injured in the blast – according to local sources.

Sahib is said to be the son-in-law of the terror cell’s “emir” or governor of the Hawi al-Udhaim region in Iraq.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/763016/Islamic-State-ISIS-Daesh-leader-Abu-Suhaib-killed-airstrike-Iraq-Mutaibija-death-Mosul

Mattis: Iran the ‘biggest state sponsor of terrorism’

Defense Secretary James Mattis slams Tehran hours after the Trump administration announces fresh sanctions.

Iran has confirmed that it tested a medium-range ballistic missile last week [File: Mostafa Qotbi/IRNA/AP]
Iran has confirmed that it tested a medium-range ballistic missile last week [File: Mostafa Qotbi/IRNA/AP]

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has called Iran the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, hours after the Trump administration announced fresh sanctions on the country following a recent missile test.

“As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world,” Mattis told reporters in Tokyo on Friday, before adding that he saw no need to increase troop numbers in the Middle East in response.

“I don’t see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time. That’s not in the cards right now,” he said.”We always have the capability to do so. But right now I don’t think it’s necessary.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/mattis-iran-biggest-state-sponsor-terrorism-170204065048014.html

 

Disaster medicine scientist sentenced to death in Iran

A researcher studying disaster medicine at two European institutes has been sentenced to death in Iran, apparently for security-related offenses. Iranian-born Ahmadreza Djalali, a scientist at the Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIN) at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Novara, Italy, and the Free University Brussels (VUB), was arrested more than 9 months ago on still-unknown charges and has been imprisoned in Iran since then, most of the time in solitary confinement and without access to a lawyer.

VUB announced the sentence in a statement on its website today. Colleagues, convinced of Djalali’s innocence, say they are trying everything they can to prevent his execution. A petitionset up by Hakan Altintas, a supporter in Turkey, asks the Iranian government to let Djalali come home; friends and colleagues are also raising awareness about his case on a Facebook page.

“Ahmadreza is passionate about science,” says Ives Hubloue, the head of VUB’s Research Group on Emergency and Disaster Medicine. “He’s not interested in politics. We don’t believe he would do anything at all” to undermine the Iranian government.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/disaster-medicine-scientist-sentenced-death-iran

Raqqa Liberation Op Doomed Without Kurds – Iraqi Kurdistan Government

The operation to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State terror group will be doomed if the Kurdish forces lose the possibility to take part in it, the representative of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government in Russia told Sputnik.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, The Washington Post reported, citing sources, that the Trump administration dropped plans by former President Barack Obama to arm Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in a push to recapture the city of Raqqa from Daesh.

“I have not been informed yet on this decision, if it really was taken. These could be just statements from some individuals, not an official decision. But if this is true, if the Kurds do not take part in Raqqa liberation any longer, it will be much harder to complete the liberation operation. The Kurds are now the main force,” Aso Jangi Talabani said.

He added that a few days ago the Kurdish fighters helped to liberate several villages in the direction of Raqqa.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201702041050332837-raqqa-op-doomed/

Japan readies package for Trump to help create 700,000 U.S. jobs

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attending a budget committee session of the House of Councillors in Tokyo on May 13, 2016.

KAZUHIRO NOGI | AFP | Getty Images
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attending a budget committee session of the House of Councillors in Tokyo on May 13, 2016.

Japan is putting together a package it says could generate 700,000 U.S. jobs and help create a $450-billion market, to present to U.S. President Donald Trump next week, government sources familiar with the plans said.

The five-part package, to be unveiled when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Trump on Feb. 10 in Washington, envisage investments in infrastructure projects such as high-speed trains and cybersecurity, said the sources, who declined to be identified as they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Investing in overseas infrastructure projects dovetails with a key plank in Abe’s growth strategy, which is to export “high-quality” infrastructure technology.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/03/abe-says-japan-to-show-unwavering-alliance-with-us-under-trump.html

Gmail will stop working on Chrome for XP and Vista this year

Older Chrome versions will redirect to Gmail’s basic HTML website by December.
If it’s been some time since you’ve updated your Chrome browser, you might see a banner at the top of Gmail’s interface on February 8th. It’ll contain a reminder to update to Chrome version 55 from 53 and below, since the newer iteration comes with several big security updates. That banner will go away after you update — unless you’re still using Windows XP or Vista. Google stopped releasing Chrome updates for those two after version 49, since Microsoft no longer supports its older Windows platforms.

So, what will happen if you don’t — or can’t — update Chrome? Well, Gmail will work like usual throughout 2017. Sometime in December, though, you’ll start being redirected to the basic HTML version of the email service and will be more vulnerable to security risks. Google says the best thing you can do is upgrade and ditch XP or Vista ASAP.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/04/gmail-chrome-xp-vista/

South Korea’s presidential Blue House blocks search amid graft probe

By Ju-min Park and Christine Kim | SEOUL

South Korean special prosecutor officials withdrew from the presidential Blue House on Friday after it blocked them from searching offices there, in the latest twist in a corruption scandal that has gripped the country for months.

Park was impeached by parliament on Dec. 9 on suspicion of colluding with a long-time friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure big business to donate to two foundations set up to back the president’s policy initiatives.

Park is also accused of allowing Choi to exert inappropriate influence over state affairs. Both of them have denied wrongdoing.

The special prosecution office has not explained why it needs to search the Blue House, saying only that it would be done in connection with its investigation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-politics-idUSKBN15I043

THE BUZZ

China and North Korea’s Greatest Fear: Japan Armed with Lots of Nuclear Weapons

Japan could invest in a small arsenal of land-based missiles, each carrying one or more nuclear warheads. The missiles could be stationed in hardened silos, like the American Minuteman III, or on mobile launchers like the Russian RS-24 Yars. A Japanese ICBM would be smaller, not needing the range and fuel to reach North America. The ability to reach all of China, European Russia and the Middle East would be sufficient.

It is perhaps China’s greatest nightmare: a nuclear-armed Japan. Permanently anchored off the Asian mainland, bristling with nuclear weapons, a nuclear Japan would make China’s security situation much more complex than it is now, and force China to revise both its nuclear doctrine and increase its nuclear arsenal.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/china-north-koreas-greatest-fear-japan-armed-lots-nuclear-19304

Taiwanese diagnosed with H7N9 after China trip

CDC is looking for 108 people who came into contact with patient

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