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FBI agents are reluctant to pursue white nationalist extremists because they don't want to target Trump's base, former counterterrorism official says

FBI agents are reluctant to pursue white nationalist extremists because they don't want to target Trump's base, former counterterrorism official saysOne former FBI agent told The Washington Post that he thought political controversies had muted the response to violence by white nationalists.



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Far-right extremists Proud Boys outnumbered by counter-protesters at Washington, DC, rally

Far-right extremists Proud Boys outnumbered by counter-protesters at Washington, DC, rallyA few dozen antifa and hundreds of other counter-protesters showed up against the self-proclaimed "chauvinistic" Proud Boys' Demand Free Speech rally.



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‘International Network’ of Islamic Extremists Believed Responsible for Sri Lanka Church Bombings

‘International Network’ of Islamic Extremists Believed Responsible for Sri Lanka Church BombingsSri Lankan authorities believe a local Islamist militant group, assisted by an “international network” of sympathizers, carried out the string of church and hotel bombings that left 290 people dead and at least 500 injured on Sunday morning.While they have not yet announced the responsible party, the authorities believe members of a local group known as National Thowheed Jamath carried out a total of eight bombings across the country on Sunday.All of the suicide bombers were Sri Lankan citizens, but they were assisted by foreign sympathizers, officials announced Monday.“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said. “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”Suicide bombers detonated improvised explosive devices filled with small metal projectiles inside of three Catholic churches during Easter services. They also detonated bombs in three hotels in the nation's capital, Colombo. Two additional explosions occurred during police raids on addresses in the capital.Twenty-four people have been arrested in connection with the attacks and 87 detonator devices have been recovered from a local bus stop.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that several Americans were killed in the bombings.“Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security,” Pompeo said.“We can confirm that several U.S. citizens were among those killed,” he added. “The U.S. Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.”Government officials said Sunday that they were recently warned by a foreign government that the National Thowheed Jamath posed an imminent threat but failed to take the appropriate precautions. The country is now in a state-of-emergency and social media platforms have been temporarily blocked.The bombings represent a return to the sectarian violence that ravaged the small island nation until 2009 when the government reached a peace deal with the the Tamil Tigers, a Tamil-speaking militant group known for pioneering the use of suicide bombings in the 1990's.



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ACLU sues FBI for records related to black extremists report

ACLU sues FBI for records related to black extremists reportSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the FBI on Thursday for records related to a divisive 2017 report that said black extremists were on the rise following the shooting deaths of several African-Americans.



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Jaish al-Adl: shadowy Sunni extremists on Iran-Pakistan border

Jaish al-Adl: shadowy Sunni extremists on Iran-Pakistan borderA suicide attack that killed 27 troops in Iran’s restive southeast on Wednesday was claimed by Jaish al-Adl, a Sunni Muslim extremist group that only emerged seven years ago. Jaish al-Adl — Army of Justice in Arabic — is seen as the incarnation of Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, which began a bloody rebellion against the Islamic republic in 2000. For a decade, Jundallah waged a deadly insurgency on civilians and officials in the restive southeast.



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US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabab extremists

US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabab extremistsJOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military on Saturday said it had carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia in months, killing 52 al-Shabab extremists after a "large group" mounted an attack on Somali forces.



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Jacline Mouraud: Founder of Yellow Vest movement denounces extremists hijacking her tax protest

Jacline Mouraud: Founder of Yellow Vest movement denounces extremists hijacking her tax protestThe founder of the “yellow vest” revolt said it had become a dangerous “dog without a leash” prey to extremists and anarchists, and urged moderate protesters to open dialogue with the French government. Jacline Mouraud, a 51-year old composer and hypnotherapist from Brittany, is credited with sparking the movement after six million people viewed her Facebook diatribe against environmental duties on petrol and diesel last month. “What are you doing with the money apart from buying new dishes at the Élysée Palace and building yourself swimming pools?” she asked President Emmanuel Macron in her viral video. But she said the movement had now been hijacked by an increasingly violent fringe of “extremists and anarchists”. Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Ms Mouraud, said: “This movement has broken free of everyone, you can’t reason with people any more. Some don’t even remember what demands we made at the start. “It’s as if we had kept the dog on a leash and today the leash has snapped.” A firefighter stands next to a car set on fire during a protest of Yellow vest  Credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images Before the violence of the past two weeks, she said the revolt was a “spontaneous movement of the people” that could not be manipulated. Now, however, it was, she said, not just “beyond the reach of the government, political parties, unions” but “the people from the movement themselves”. She added: “We’re witnessing a tsunami. The wave is still in the air and we’ll just have to wait for it to crash down again.” Facebook, she said, had initially “helped bring people together and get organised”. But it also now had a “very negative side,” she added. Experts said that Facebook’s decentralised nature is ideal for "gilets jaunes”, particularly as it changed its algorithms earlier this year to lower the visibility of content published on pages run by large media outlets. "It prioritised content being shared by groups, individual profiles, and local information. This change in the algorithm has boosted the emergence of this movement," Tristan Mendes France, who teaches digital culture at Paris-Diderot University, said. Hundreds of social media accounts linked to Russia have sought to amplify the street protests that have rocked France, according to analysis by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company. Facebook's new algorithm for ordering the posts that users see has also given raised the profile of extremists, conspiracy theorists and proponents of fake news. Ms Mouraud and other “spokespeople” have received death threats. Those behind them “don’t want a resolution of the conflict”, she said.  A protestor wearing a "yellow vest" (Gilet jaune) throws a cobble at police forces Credit: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images She was among a “yellow vest” delegation that met the prime minister, Edouard Philippe, on Friday night. They listed demands ranging from tax justice and proportional representative in legislative elections and raising low pensions. The prime minister has called for three months of talks between the gilets jaunes and local and national officials. She added: “Today, I have no idea how this will pan out. What’s for sure is if we don’t get organised, it will have no future. We’ll have done all that for nothing.”



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Trevor Noah Trashes Fox News: Giant Caravan Of Dangerous Extremists

Trevor Noah Trashes Fox News: Giant Caravan Of Dangerous ExtremistsFox News' "fearmongering" coverage of the migrant caravan traveling through



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Terror suspect 'urged extremists to attack Prince George at school'

Terror suspect 'urged extremists to attack Prince George at school'A terror suspect allegedly encouraged extremists to attack Prince George at school, warning that “even the Royal Family will not be left alone”, a court has heard. Husnain Rashid allegedly used an encrypted message service to share a picture of the third-in-line to the throne next to the image of an Islamic State fighter and the address of the Prince’s school. The 31-year-old supplied practical assistance to would-be terrorists, including information on potential targets such as UK sports stadiums, Westminster Magistrates Court heard. Rashid appeared on Wednesday pleading not guilty to one count of preparation of terrorist acts, and one count of preparation to assist others to commit terrorist acts. Rebecca Mundy, prosecuting, said the charges related to “two sets of conduct” on or before November 22. Prince George She said the first charge related to “his intention to travel to Syria, to engage in the fighting out there”. Turning to the second charge, she said: "It is alleged this defendant has set up a number of channels on which he broadcasts material to assist terrorists. “They actively provide practical assistance and the intention is the readers will go on to commit acts of terrorism.” The channels allegedly included “terror resources, guides and videos and more for the lone Mujahideen”, it was said. Rashid allegedly provided a link to “all stadiums in the UK”, the hearing was told. Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman (left) and Mohammed Aqib Imran in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA The prosecutor continued: "A post, which we in this country will find particularly worrying, was a photograph of the young Prince George at the beginning of his school term, next to a silhouette of a jihadi fighter. "Next to that was a caption, 'school starts early'. It provides an address in Battersea for a school to which the young Prince attends." The court heard next to the photo was the caption: "Even the Royal Family will not be left alone." Rashid, of Nelson in Lancashire, was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 20. Meanwhile the same court saw a terror suspect accused of plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister in a suicide bomb and knife attack on Downing Street. Naa’imur Rahman, 20 and Mohammad Aqib Imran, 21, both appeared in custody at Westminster magistrates. Rahman, who was allegedly going to carry out the attack, is charged with two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts. Imran is charged with one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, in that he was trying to join Islamic State group in Libya. Mark Carroll, prosecuting, said: "It is said Rahman planned to detonate an improvised explosive device within a bag at the gates of Downing Street on Whitehall, London and then seek to gain access to No. 10 in the ensuing chaos with a view to trying to kill the Prime Minister. "The secondary attack on No.10 was to be carried out with a suicide vest, pepper spray and a knife. "His purpose was to attack, kill and cause explosions. "He had also carried out a hostile reconnaissance of the area as part of that preparation. "The second and linked allegation involves Imran trying to obtain a fake passport in order to leave the United Kingdom with a view to travelling to Libya for hijrah.” Both were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 20.



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23 Dead After Extremists Attack Hotel in Somalia's Capital

23 Dead After Extremists Attack Hotel in Somalia's CapitalA mother and her three children were among the dead



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