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November 13, 2017

October 26, 2017: Human Trafficking network revealed in Europe after a series of coordinated raids in multiple countries

SITUATION On October 26, 2017, 11 people were arrested in simultaneous early morning raids at several addresses in London, Birmingham, and Gateshead. A total of 27 people across the UK, Belgium, and Bulgaria have been detained as part of the operation, which the authorities say is continuing. Five nations — Belgium, Bulgaria, France, the Netherlands and Britain — took part in the operations, with police carrying out a total of 42 searches. The smuggled victims are mainly from Afghanistan, with some also from Pakistan and Vietnam. The gang "is believed to have transported migrants in specially-adapted vehicles, passing through various...

 

November 7, 2017

November 2, 2017: NYC Terrorist attack sheds light on entangled Immigration, Border Security and Counter terrorism problem

SITUATION On October 31, 2017, NYPD officers responded after reports of multiple people hit by a truck after it plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan in New York City.  A 29-year-old man drove a rental truck into a pedestrian and bike path along the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan in New York City Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 11 in the deadliest terror attack on the city since 9/11. Investigating agencies and officials identified a person by the name of Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant who moved to the US legally from Uzbekistan in 2010 as a suspect....

 

October 1, 2017

October 1, 2017: Nice style attacks are the new Modus Operandi of terrorists, Edmonton joins the list of victims.

SITUATION On September 30, 2017, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif (age 30), a Somali national and refugee is believed to be an accused in Edmonton where a police officer was stabbed and four pedestrians struck down by a fleeing U-Haul truck Saturday night. According to several news sources, “Around midnight, a U-Haul rental truck was pulled over at a police checkpoint on Wayne Gretzky Drive and 112 Avenue during a manhunt. After officers identified the driver as Sharif, he drove off with a dozen police vehicles in pursuit. While fleeing police, the man drove into 4 pedestrians, 2 in an alleyway near...

 

June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017: Singapore border security guard nabbed over alleged Syria Jihad plans

SITUATION Singapore authority said on Tuesday May 20th, that a border security officer in Singapore has been arrested for planning to fight in Syria, according to the Daily News Analysis (DNA). Muhammad Khairul bin Mohamed, 24, worked as a traffic officer at the crossing with Malaysia, was arrested for planning to join the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to fight against the Shi’ites in Syria. In a statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Khairul, a Sunni Muslim, had believed the Syrian conflict to be a holy war, of which he was prepared to be martyred. He had elongated online materials...

 

June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017: Intelligence failure on Maute Group attack

SITUATION In the siege that began May 23rd, the Manila Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano Del Castilo said the Maute group attack in Marawi City was a as a result of “total” intelligence failure by the military. This statement came during the second day, Wednesday 14th June, oral arguments on petitions seeking to nullify President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, according to ABS-CBN News. Del Castilo questioned how the military appeared to be unprepared and taken by surprise in the attack. Maute group seemed to have unlimited supplies of ammunition indicating a long planned and laid out strategy...