Almost half of people arrested in Spain on terrorism charges are Morocco-born or of Moroccan descent, a study by Spanish think tank Elcano Royal Institute has found.
Based on information from their database of terrorist activities between 2013 and 2017, the study found that approximately 46 per cent of the 233 people arrested or killed for alleged involvement in terrorism-related activities in Spain were Moroccan nationals.
The study also found that six out of ten people were second generation descendants of Moroccan immigrants, who were affiliated with terrorism cells and networks based in Spain. Many of these arrests took place in Catalonia, which the think tank argues is “increasingly known as a centre of extremism, with nearly one third of ISIS-linked arrests in Spain made there,” Morocco World News reported using another acronym for Daesh.
The authors of the report, Fernando Reinares and Carola Garcia-Calvo, added that the majority of those detained on suspicion of terrorism offences came from the northern Rif region of Morocco, with 73 per cent of all detainees hailing from Spain’s north African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. Situated on the Strait of Gibraltar, both have been held by Spain since the 15th and 16th centuries respectively and are a frequent point of contention for Spanish-Moroccan relations.
The two countries have frequently collaborated on anti-terrorism and security policy to reduce the terrorist threat. Earlier this week, Spanish and Moroccan security services dismantled a Daesh-affiliated terror cell operating in both countries, leading to the arrest of five people. A statement by Morocco’s Ministry of Interior said that the five suspects were aged between 22 and 33 and active between Morocco and Spain. They were arrested in Fnideq, a city in northern Morocco, and c in northern Spain. This was the third terrorist cell dismantled in Morocco, after members of two other terrorist groups were apprehended in February and March, according to Morocco World News.
Spain has undergone a number of high profile terrorist attacks in recent years, including an incident on Barcelona’s central tourist promenade Las Ramblas in 2017. The incident, which saw a rented vehicle drive onto the crowded street killing 20 and injuring dozens more, was labelled a “jihadist attack” by Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy. Shortly after the event, Spanish police released a photo of a Moroccan-born man named Driss Oukabir in connection with the attack. He and three other men of Moroccan origin later appeared before Spain’s National Court, according to the Guardian.
President Donald Trump did his best to explain why the U.S. needs lax gun control laws by re-enacting the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris during a speech Friday before the National Rifle Association.
“So let’s talk about guns, shall we?” Trump said to the NRA crowd in Dallas. France has strict gun control laws, the president said, and that’s why terrorists were able to kill 130 people and injure hundreds more on Nov. 13 three years ago.
“We all remember more than 130 people,” Trump said of the attacks. “Two hundred and fifty people had horrible, horrible wounds. I mean, they never mention that, but they died in a restaurant and various other close-proximity places.”
The majority of those killed were shot at the Bataclan theater during a rock concert.
In case people have forgotten the carnage of that day, Trump then used finger guns to really drive his point home.
“They took their time and gunned them down one-by-one,” Trump claimed about the terrorists’ shooting style. “Boom. Come over here. Boom. Come over here. Boom.”
Trump also brought up the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead earlier this year. He called for the arming of teachers as a way to prevent more such tragedies. Meanwhile, guns were banned at the NRA event because the Secret Service thinks that’s a better way to protect the president.
The worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history ― last October in Las Vegas when 58 people were killed and more than 800 more were injured ― did not come up in Trump’s remarks. The culprit was a U.S. citizen who was able to stockpile an arsenal of guns and ammo that he then unleashed on a music festival crowd from a high position at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
The millions of Americans affected by gun violence ― not to mention the Parisians who were slaughtered in 2015 ― deserve more empathy than Trump showed on Friday. But few should be surprised by his lack of it.
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Syrian Military Facilities Terror-Bombed Overnight
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
According to Syrian and Lebanese media, multiple military sites were struck Sunday night.
Hezbollah’s Al Ahbar accused Israel for the attacks. A Syrian military statement said “Syria is being exposed to a new aggression with some military bases in rural Hama and Aleppo hit with enemy rockets.”
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said “(a) number of military sites in the countryside of Hama and Aleppo provinces were exposed to a new aggression at around 10:30 PM on Sunday.”
“This aggression came at a time when the news confirmed the conclusion of agreements to take terrorists out of Yalda, Babila, Beit Sahm and al-Yarmouk camp and after the terrorist organizations’ setbacks and defeats especially in the countryside of Damascus.”
Sites targeted included the Syrian army’s 47th brigade ammunition depot near Hama, one or more facilities at Aleppo’s airport, and a western Hama Fire Fighters Center.
Iranian military advisors use these facilities, some of their personnel reported killed in the strikes, perhaps dozens of other casualties as well.
It’s unclear who carried out the attacks, Syrian sources saying either the US, UK, Israel, or perhaps all three countries. One report said bunker buster bombs were used.
The Syrian Arabic language Tishreen broadsheet reported the attack coming from Jordanian-located US and UK military bases – unconfirmed so far.
Nothing was reported about Syrian missile defense system attempts to intercept incoming missiles.
Hours before the strikes, Trump and Netanyahu spoke by phone. Earlier on Sunday, new Secretary of State Pompeo met with Netanyahu in Israel – following his visits to NATO headquarters in Brussels and Saudi Arabia, likely while he was in Jordan, the final stop on his first foreign trip.
Earlier on Sunday, Israeli war minister Lieberman said Israel maintains freedom of operation in Syria – no matter how flagrantly in violation of international law.
Last week, he said Israel may strike Russian S-300 air defense systems if installed in Syria. On Sunday, he menacingly said Israel has three problems: “Iran, Iran, Iran.”
A previous article suggested possible full-scale US-led war on Syria coming.
Washington partnered with NATO, Israel and other regional rogue states in waging naked aggression on Syria, using ISIS and other terrorists as imperial foot soldiers, supported by US-led terror-bombing.
Sunday attacks on Syrian military facilities were the latest attempts to weaken its ability to continue liberating areas occupied by US-supported terrorists – more of the same clearly coming, things escalating dangerously toward possible full-scale war.
Syria’s military needs S-300 air defense systems installed as soon as possible. Russia needs to step up its offensive against terrorist positions.
The Kremlin should warn Washington, other NATO countries and Israel that it won’t tolerate escalated attacks on Syrian military positions launched to weaken its ability to combat ISIS and other terrorists – ultimately aiming for regime change.
Syria is the world’s most dangerous hotspot, a flashpoint for potential direct East/West confrontation – no matter how hard Russia tries to avoid it.
Escalating conflict in Syria risks possible global war. What’s unthinkable could be coming.
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If the Canadians don’t dial back their political correctness, just like the Europeans more of their citizens are going to be targeted and more will die thanks to radical Islamic terrorism.
On Monday a man drove a van repeatedly into crowds of people in Toronto, killing 10 and injuring 15. The suspect, Alek Minassian, has yet to be labeled a “terrorist” and of course, Canadian authorities are reluctant to call it a “terrorist attack.” But that is despite the fact that Islamic terrorists have resorted to using vehicles to mow people over as opposed to using firearms as their weapon of choice — especially in countries where gun laws prevent private ownership of guns.
Was it an actual act of “terrorism” which, by definition, is a political act motivated by political policy, religious beliefs, or social conditions? As of this writing we don’t yet know — or, at least, the Canadians have yet to confirm it — but it looks awfully suspicious.
The problem is that if the attack turns out to have been an act of terrorism, the Canadians — with assistance from the American Pravda media — are setting themselves up for similar attacks in the future. That’s because by refusing to identify what the act was, and what motivated the attacker, Canadian authorities can’t sufficiently protect their citizens.
You have to buck up and put on your big-boy and big-girl pants and face the reality that the West is under assault from radical Islam and what’s more, that it’s nothing new. Otherwise, you will never adopt the kind of posture necessary to address the threat.
And more people will die.
As reported by Newsbusters, a media fact-checking and analytical organization sponsored by the Media Research Center, the Pravda media is doing all it can to deflect from what occurred and steer readers and viewers away from the 1,000-pound gorilla in the room — that the act could very well have been terrorism.
“CBS News broke the absurdity meter in a Monday afternoon tweet and related story about today’s sidewalk attacks by the driver of a van in Toronto,” Newsbusters’ Tom Blumer reported. “Despite acknowledging that the man’s actions appeared to be deliberate, the networks described them as ‘hit-and-run.’”
Definitions of that term include “fleeing the scene of an accident or injury one has caused, especially a vehicular accident, thereby attempting to evade being identified and held responsible.”
That’s not what happened, as Heavy reported. That website noted that witnesses told police Minassian “drove onto the sidewalk multiple times,” making his act a “hit-and-hit (and hit)” instead.
CBS News and additional Pravda media, in a very obvious attempt to downplay any possible association with terrorism, sought to blame the van for the attack, not the suspected driver, Minassian.
“Van strikes pedestrians in Toronto, killing 9 — live updates,” said the CBS News headline. The New York Times reported: “Toronto Van Plows Along Sidewalk, Killing 9 in Carnage.”
CNN reported the incident thusly: “Toronto collision leaves 9 dead, 16 injured; suspect in custody.”
It was a collision. (Related: Terrorism suspected in new truck attack in Berlin as scores mowed down, killed.)
Later, as reporting moved past the initial 24-hour news cycle, CNN and others began hyper-focusing on Minassian’s ‘social awkwardness’ and his being “terrified” of women as the most likely motive for his crime.
It’s possible that rejection motivated him, but it’s just not likely.
Yet even if that turns out to be the case, there are hundreds of dead lying in graves today after being mowed over by the Islamic jihadist’s new weapon of choice, “The Vehicle.” Minassian did what the jihadists have done — he rented a van and used it as a murder weapon.
The Canadian government and the Pravda media are going all-out to steer us away from any possible terrorist connection. But that won’t make real terrorists go away.
It’ll just make those folks less willing and able to spot them.
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April 19th, 2018
The LAPD uses Palantirâ€™s Gotham product for Operation Laser, a program to identify and deter people likely to commit crimes. Information from rap sheets, parole reports, police interviews, and other sources is fed into the system to generate a list of people the department defines as chronic offenders, says Craig Uchida, whose consulting firm, Justice & Security Strategies Inc., designed the Laser system. The list is distributed to patrolmen, with orders to monitor and stop the pre-crime suspects as often as possible, using excuses such as jaywalking or fix-it tickets. At each contact, officers fill out a field interview card with names, addresses, vehicles, physical descriptions, any neighborhood intelligence the person offers, and the officerâ€™s own observations on the subject.
The cards are digitized in the Palantir system, adding to a constantly expanding surveillance database thatâ€™s fully accessible without a warrant. Tomorrowâ€™s data points are automatically linked to todayâ€™s, with the goal of generating investigative leads. Say a chronic offender is tagged as a passenger in a car thatâ€™s pulled over for a broken taillight. Two years later, that same car is spotted by an automatic license plate reader near a crime scene 200 miles across the state. As soon as the plate hits the system, Palantir alerts the officer who made the original stop that a car once linked to the chronic offender was spotted near a crime scene.
The platform is supplemented with what sociologist Sarah Brayne calls the secondary surveillance network: the web of who is related to, friends with, or sleeping with whom. One woman in the system, for example, who wasnâ€™t suspected of committing any crime, was identified as having multiple boyfriends within the same network of associates, says Brayne, who spent two and a half years embedded with the LAPD while researching her dissertation on big-data policing at Princeton University and whoâ€™s now an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin. â€œAnybody who logs into the system can see all these intimate ties,â€� she says. To widen the scope of possible connections, she adds, the LAPD has also explored purchasing private data, including social media, foreclosure, and toll road information, camera feeds from hospitals, parking lots, and universities, and delivery information from Papa Johnâ€™s International Inc. and Pizza Hut LLC.
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Terror-Bombing Syrian Airbase Follows False Flag CW Incident
by Stephen Lendman
In the wake of accusing Syria of using CWs in Douma, Russia’s Foreign Ministry called the allegation “fake news,” the latest “fabricated information,” adding:
“The goal of these false speculations, which are not substantiated by any facts, is to cover up terrorists and irreconcilable radical opposition, which opposes political settlement, and to simultaneously try to justify potential external military strikes.”
“It is necessary to once again caution that military intervention under false and fabricated pretexts in Syria, where the Russian servicemen stay at the request of the legitimate government, is absolutely unacceptable and may trigger the gravest consequences.”
Head of Russia’s reconciliation center in Syria Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko also refuted reports of CWs used in Douma, calling them fake news.
According to Syrian Arab Red Crescent Dr. Seif Aldin Hobia and other organization medical staff, no evidence suggests use of CWs in Douma. Reports suggesting otherwise are false.
Overnight Monday, Syria’s Homs province T-4 airbase was terror-bombed. According to AMN news, “(a) large number of Syrian military personnel were killed or wounded this morning after several missiles struck the” base, citing a Syrian army source.
The attack was likely either carried out by the Pentagon or Israel. Syria’s army source believes the latter, AMN saying “20 missiles were fired from the Lebanese border.” The IDF launched earlier attacks on Syria from Lebanese airspace.
At least 8 incoming missiles were intercepted and destroyed overnight. Israel almost never admits responsibility for these type attacks.
Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen televsion said (US-supported) ISIS terrorists attacked Sebaa-Bair in Homs province following the T-4 airbase terror-bombing – their fighters repelled.
Al-Mayadeen reported an Israeli reconnaissance plane overflying Syria’s T-4 airbase when the attack occurred.
Missiles also may have been fired from the Mediterranean Sea through Lebanese airspace toward their target – by US and/or Israeli warships.
The false flag Douma incident is the latest example of escalating conflict in Syria. Washington, Israel and their rogue allies reject diplomatic resolution.
Incidents like Douma suggest more of the same coming, anti-Syria hysteria fueled by inflammatory Trump tweets, similar neocon remarks, and Western media reports, backing the official narrative.
On Monday, John Bolton succeeds HR McMaster as Trump’s national security advisor.
On February 7, he tweeted: “It should surprise no one that the Syrian government continues to develop new chemical weapons.”
“(Assad) has a record of killing (his) own people and the international community hasn’t done enough to deter this continuing behavior” – a bald-faced lie.
It doesn’t matter. With him as perhaps Trump’s most trusted geopolitical advisor, a lunatic fringe extremist, the worst ahead is likely in Syria and elsewhere.
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A purge of “extreme” leaning employees, with access to the inner workings of the capital’s travel network, took place recently. Ben Wallace, Britain’s security minister, revealed that staff who “would pose a risk to London and its transport network” have been identified.
It was not made clear just how many people were working on the Underground, posing a daily threat to the city.
A mission to expose those who would seek to aid Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) has weeded out people with extreme beliefs.
“We’ve done a lot of work over the last year about people working in sensitive areas who shouldn’t be, and removing their ability to do so,” Wallace said to the Evening Standard.
“It’s reducing the insider threat. There are definitely people who have worked in sensitive areas that we have now removed who would pose a risk to London and its networks of transport. We’ve got to protect as well as pursue. There are more things we can do around where these people work.”
Khurram Butt, one of the three killers in the London Bridge attack, previously worked for London Underground. He was one of about 3,000 terrorist suspects under active scrutiny, and a further 20,000 logged as former “subjects of interest.”
Wallace admitted there is an “acute” threat to Britons. He also revealed security services are continuing to watch suspects.
“We have an acute number of people in this country who are attracted to extremism or violent extremism,” he said in an exclusive interview with the Standard.
“You can’t arrest your way out of that so you have to develop a way that you can early intervene with some people. Disruption is really important.
“There are some people whose immigration status may be rightly examined to remove them from threat and there are people involved in normal crime who we could take off the streets. There are people who have social issues — are they neglecting their families, are they a troubled family that the troubled family scheme could deal with, are they being exposed to non-regulated school settings?
“We seize a number of these people who have autism, who are targeted and groomed by IS and the far-right — so are we doing enough in mental health to identify vulnerable people?”
Wallace also revealed security services are working to find foreign fighters in Syria.
Although he attempted to reassure the nation “hard nasties” – the most extreme hardened terrorists –would struggle to succeed “any time soon” to get home.
“We thought a lot would start coming back when IS imploded. That hasn’t happened. We’ve seen tiny dribs and drabs, predominantly women with their children, usually in the straightforward position of they’ve been arrested by the Turks and the Turks are deporting them… There haven’t been the hard nasties turning up in that way,” he added.
In yesterday’s article, I detailed the depth of the threat of the coming “caravan to madness” of like-minded and demanding immigrants that was coming our way.
The Deep state has lost control of the minds of the people because of the Trump Presidency and the Independent Media’s relentless pursuit of the truth.
The Deep State lost the 2016 Presidential election.
The Deep State is losing on the CALEXIT deal which begin the political breakup of the United States as the New California movement has overtaken CALEXIT.
TheDeep State has resorted to invasion by immigration and the planned implantation of paramilitary forces inside the United States. They are failing as Trump has committed the military to the border.
The Deep State has one ace up its sleeve and it is a bio-terror false flag event designed to cripple this country. This is where the bck stops and this is the next move on the part of the Deep State.
Yes, we need immigration to counter our declining national birth rate. However, it is the right of our government, on behalf of the people, to determine who we let into our country in an orderly and lawful manner. No immigrant group, foreign or domestic, has the collective right to control our democratic process and choose which laws will, or will not be followed. At the end of the day, all of these groups are receiving their funding and subsequent organization from George Soros and other Deep state operatives. The purpose is always the same, pretend an immigrant group is being victimized and their non-existent Constitutional rights are being violated. Meanwhile, the rest of the country is supposed to financially support and enable this illegal process. Our immigration laws are humane and legal and yet, they are not being followed to the detriment of all parties, except for the Deep State which is trying to destroy the fabric of America for their own globalist purposes.
President Trump, as I conclusively demonstrated and documented in yesterday’s article, has demonstrated that he is fully away that the latest immigration “caravan” is not about a mere would-be 1,500 illegal aliens. This is the benign group. This is the group that is public and consists of many women and children. The President would never scrap NAFTA and DACA over 1,500 immigrants as he has threatened to do. However, this is merely the first wave of immigrants that are coming our way along our entire 2,300 mile southern border. The waves that are following and are going to follow this first, innocuous wave of immigrants, is not benign. They are controlled by terrorists. They are a paramilitary force (eg MS-13). They are also a well-trained Red Dawn type of invasion force. Also, it was also revealed in yesterday’s article, that there is a planned immigrant invasion from our northern border as well. President Trump has said “enough is enough”. Here are various reports on how far the President is willing to go to stop this invasion.
The President is willing to destroy NAFTA over this border threat and it is not because of 1,500 immigrants.
The President is also prepared to scrap his compromises on DACA because of his extreme concerns over national security.
The following is the stuff that false flags are made of.
Even the opposition media is quite dramatic in its warning about the possible, even probable and very rapid spread of antibiotic resistance “nightmare” bacteria.
More than 200 rare antibiotic-resistant genes were found in “nightmare” bacteria tested in 2017, according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention….
…During followup screening, nearly one in every 10 contacts also tested positive, “meaning the unusual resistance had spread to other patients and could have continued spreading, if left undetected,”… It is unknown how frequently “asymptomatic carriers” spread the disease to uninfected people…
…”Even in remote areas, the threat of (resistant) pathogens is real,” Butler (Chief Medical Official for Alaska) said. Because patients transfer from hospitals and nursing homes, germs can spread across the nation….
The term, “nightmare bacteria” is a euphemism for the uncontained and uncontrollable spread of a pathogenic virus with catastrophic and deadly consequences and with the advent of modern travel, containment, which is impossible before fully incubated discovery is made, is problematic for humanity. In other words, this CDC report is telling us that, although we may be able to enact some containment practices in a lab, containment will have been most certainly been breached before the discovery of a fully incubated and active “nightmare bacteria” is spreading around the planet.
In several discussions with Revolution Radio’s, Paul Martin, it was quickly revealed that Pauls high-placed anonymous source has been saying that the Deep State’s trump card is a bio-agent which will be used in a false flag attack. This is their free “get of Gitmo” card. The Deep State would do anything before sacrificing power.
In late 2012, I published a widely circulated story regarding a FEMA employed person who took early retirement to avoid being caught in an intentional bio-release of an agent that would “stem the tide of populism” in America. His speciality was counter-bioterrorism and he concluded that holy hell would be unleashed upon the American people before the Deep State would ever surrender one ounce of power. Today, this former counter-bioterror agent lives in a self-constructed community with other like-minded personnel in a remote location. This warning was delivered to me over three years before candidate Trump awakened so many Americans as to the covert, yet dangerous tyranny the country was laboring under.
On the heels of the Paul Martin warning and on the additional heels of the planned disruption of this country through forced and illegal immigration and the subsequent Trump strategy to negate this invasion by placing the military on the border, we have yet another set of coincdences that could be setting the tone for a false flag. As previously discussed in this article, the CDC is admitting that they cannot control this nightmare bacteria that could spread like wildfire. And now we are witnessing a mass-casualty training event in Colorado, as reported by the Greeley Tribune, in which I can find no evidence for any real pre-planning and the skeleton elements associated with this drill are supporting of my skepticsm that this is a hastily prepared snap drill that will occur in combination with other snap drills from which a false flag event can occur.
Four military military helicopters are in use for a mass casualty drill? Four? And they are calling this a mass casualty event? We know that the President does not have complete control over his administration as it has more leaks than a submarine with screen doors. This s0-called mass casualty event was held on Tuesday, April 3rd. I can find no evidence of any extensive pre-planning despite the fact it was announced that the Wyoming National Guard and Colorado National Guard were involved. Yet, this mass casualty event was only attended by 4 military helicopters?
Those of us who have looked extensively at snap military drills are aware of the implications. A drill is practiced and then somehow the drill goes live as we have witnessed in the London Subway Bombings, the Boston Marathon Bombing and of course, 9/11. If enough impromptu snap drills are held, it is almost impossible to track the potential for a false flag amongst the noise. Regardless, what we witnessed in Greeley, Colorado, yesterday, has all the hallmark characteristics of a snap drill. If enough of these are held, the threat for a bioterror false flag event rise exponentially, Therefore, I would encourage all to report any so-called impromptu-appearing disaster drills.
All of the strategies of the Deep State are failing. They are in panic mode! This makes them very desperate. We are entering a new phase of a new dimension in the Deep state’s attack upon the American people.
The more light that is shed on this possiblity, the less likely the event can be carried out to fruition. Please allow me to be clear. I am in agreement with Paul Martin, the climate for a false flag even is ripe
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