Showing posts from September 18, 2016

J&K: Two JeM terrorists belonging to PoK arrested in Uri

J&K: Two JeM terrorists belonging to PoK arrested in Uri Security forces have arrested two PoK nationals who have been working for Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit and acting as guides for infiltrating groups along the line of control in Uri Sector. In a joint operation by Army and BSF, two PoK nationals were apprehended on Wednesday. During the investigation, the individuals have revealed their identities as Ahasan Kursheed and Faisal Hussain Awan and have been known to belong to Khaliana Kalan and Pottha Jahangir in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The duo was recruited two years ago by Jaish-e-Mohammed and were guiding terrorists to infiltrate across the line of control. The details provided by them are being examined and corroborated by concerned agencies. Source

Gunman at large after killing 5 at mall north of Seattle

Doug Stanglin, and Charles Ventura 23 minutes ago |  USA TODAY Police were searching Saturday for a gunman dressed in black who fled on foot after opening fire in the makeup department at a Macy's store in Burlington, Wash., killing five people. Skagit County authorities in Burlington, about 65 miles north of Seattle, said 11 search teams and two K-9 units had largely cleared the 434,000-square-foot Cascade Mall, going shop by shop, but warned the situation in the area remained volatile. A photo taken from surveillance video provided by the Skagit County Dept. of Emergency Management ... more Washington State Patrol via EPA “We are still actively looking for the shooter,” Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said at a news conference. “Stay indoors, stay secure.” Francis also noted that some locked rooms and doors still needed to be checked at the shopping center. The shooter was described as a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a “hunting-type” rifle was last

VIDEO - Eye witness gives chilling interview: Four women dead in shopping centre shooting

Officers are searching for a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a rifle who was last seen walking towards the Interstate 5 motorway after the incident at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington State Source

Washington mall shooting: Gunman kills 4 women, disappears

(CNN) A man carrying a rifle entered a Macy's store at a mall in Washington state, killed four women and vanished into the night, authorities said.  The shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington left one man injured Friday night, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a spokesman for the state patrol. Authorities believe only one shooter is involved and are searching for a man who headed toward Interstate 5 after the attack. They released a blurry surveillance video picture of an armed man they described as the suspect. His motive or relationship to the women, if any, were unclear. Chaos, confusion Witnesses described chaotic scenes and confusion when the shooting started about 7 p.m. local time Brandi Montreuil told CNN she was watching a movie at the mall when attendants suddenly told them to leave. "I didn't know anything," she said. "The theater attendant came in and apologized for stopping the movie and said they (theater staff) were asked to have everyone leave immediately.&

Ahmad Khan Rahami spent time at Pakistan seminary tied to Taliban

Exclusive: Suspect in New York and New Jersey bombings spent three weeks in 2011 at Kaan Kuwa Naqshbandi madrassa, source says, amid questions of terrorism links Jon Boone  in Islamabad Friday 23 September 2016  15.50 BST Ahmad Khan Rahami is said to have visited several sensitive areas around Pakistan. Photograph: AP Ahmad Khan Rahami , the man suspected of placing bombs in New York and New Jersey last weekend, spent time in a religious seminary in Pakistan closely associated with the Afghan Taliban, according to a government official. The 28-year-old, who  was born in Afghanistan but became a US citizen , spent time at the Kaan Kuwa Naqshbandi madrasa on his two visits to Pakistan, a security official working for the government of Balochistan province told the Guardian. Rahami spent three weeks in 2011 receiving “lectures and Islamic education” at the school in Kuchlak, a dusty cluster of villages 20km north of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, he s

The FARC agree to hand in their weapons and become a normal politicalparty

Scenes from the Colombian guerrillas’ last conference as an armed group The Americas Close to peace Sep 23rd 2016  BY NIGHT it was a music festival. Bands took to a massive stage, dappled with coloured light and shrouded in artificial fog, to belt out reggae and traditional Colombian  cumbia  for a crowd consisting mainly of fighters from the leftist FARC guerrilla army and its supporters. The concert’s location—a fairground in the grasslands of Colombia’s central Meta province—put foreign visitors in mind of Glastonbury or Woodstock, though the location was rather more remote. The nearest town was five hours away by car on unpaved roads. One rapt guerrilla said he had never been to a concert before. By day, delegates to the FARC’s tenth conference deliberated on the fine points of an accord to end their 52-year-long war with Colombia’s government, the culmination of four years of negotiations that took place in Havana. They debated its provisions for setting up a sp

How Failed Peace Talks in Syria Help Al Qaeda

September 23, 2016 If the West can’t deliver for Syria’s mainstream rebels, maybe al Qaeda will. It didn’t take long for the  breakdown  in cease-fire talks between the United States and Russia to affect the situation on the ground in Syria. Early Friday, Damascus heavily  bombarded rebel-held neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo in a bid to retake the divided city.  But the West’s failure to silence the guns of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could also have a more insidious effect over time: the merger of mainstream rebel groups in Aleppo with Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (JFS), an al Qaeda-affiliated group formerly known as the Nusra Front. “We’re seeing everything being done to force together all the groups inside Aleppo today,” Bassma Kodmani, a senior member of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee, told  Foreign Policy . “That’s a deadly direction for everyone.” For weeks, mainstream rebel groups resisted efforts to merge with JFS, fearing that it would ex

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in Cyber Defense

September 9, 2016 Image credit: Shutterstock Cyberspace is an increasingly hostile environment. In 2015, a  PwC study  of U.S. organizations found that 79 percent of respondents had detected a security incident during the year. Today, malicious hackers continue to wage on business networks and systems. Their aim - to extract data to sell on the black market. Making use of the latest technology, these criminals exert huge pressure on businesses to defend its assets. As they continue to adopt rapidly advancing attack technologies, the differentiation between a malicious attacker and a genuine user is increasingly difficult to spot. Cybersecurity experts are facing the daunting reality that they may have reached the limit of what humans can achieve in cyber defense. Thankfully, the answer to this issue may already have arrived, following in the form a platform known as AI-Squared. Rise of the robots. Unveiled to the world in April, AI-Squared is a collaborative proj

Kosovo Hacker Linked To ISIS Group Gets 20 Years In US Prison

Agence France-Presse  |  Updated: Sep 24, 2016 02:52 IST Washington, United States:  A computer hacker who helped the ISIS by providing stolen personal data of more than 1,000 US government and military workers was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in prison. Ardit Ferizi, a 20-year-old citizen of Kosovo known by his hacking moniker "Th3Dir3ctorY," was sentenced in a US federal court in Virginia, the Justice Department said.   "This case represents the first time we have seen the very real and dangerous national security cyber threat that results from the combination of terrorism and hacking," said John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security. "This was a wake-up call not only to those of us in law enforcement, but also to those in private industry," his statement read. Malaysian police arrested Ferizi in September 2015 on behalf of a provisional US arrest warrant. The suspect was extradited to the United States for prosecution

Drug suspect 'rises from dead' to declare support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

September 23 2016 - 7:40PM World Manila:  He was shot four times and left lying in a pool of blood in a dark street of the sprawling Philippine capital, a victim of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drugs crackdown. But Francisco Maneja "played dead" for more than an hour before photojournalists arrived at the scene and saw him sit up and lift his hands in the air, screaming "help me" in a blaze of camera lights. Now crammed among prisoners in a stifling hot cell at Manila's police headquarters, Maneja, a 27-year-old father of two and self-confessed user of shabu, a poor quality form of crystal methamphetamine, raised his bandaged hand and clasped his heart. "Sincerely, I support my president in what he is doing. I have risen from the dead. My lesson is learnt," he declared. Duterte's crackdown, which has left more than 3500 people dead since he took office three months ago, has been  condemned around the world , including by the Catholic