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All-woman jihadi cell arrested for Westminster knife attack plot

An all-female terror cell, the first of its kind, has been arrested and incarcerated for attempting to carry out a knife attack in Westminster, according to the Central Criminal Court. The women, ranging in age from 18 to 44, have been given sentences of six to 16 years. One of the women, Rizlaine Boular, 22, who has been sentenced to a minimum of 16 years along with her mother, Mina Dich, 44, who has been jailed for six years and nine months, had allegedly planned a stabbing spree near the Palace of Westminster, according to the Central Criminal Court. A third member, Safaa Boular, 18, will be sentenced at a later date, and Khawla Barghouthi, a friend of Rizlaine, will face jail time for failing to alert authorities regarding the planned attack. Boular received inspiration to launch the attack from her younger sister, Safaa, who was in custody for allegedly trying to become


Majority of Paris attackers entered Europe posing as refugees

Seven of the nine ISIS jihadis who launched a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last November entered Europe by posing as refugees. The attackers were part of a group of 14 who plotted their way into Western Europe by riding the wave of the migrant crisis last year, according to Hungarian security officials. By using fake Syrian passports, many of the attackers, already on European terror watch-lists, were able to slip back into Europe undetected, along with thousands of other refugees. One hundred and thirty people were killed in November when a group of gunmen and suicide bombers launched a wave of attacks across Paris, targeting the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade De France and several restaurants and bars. Three hundred sixty-eight people were also injured in the attacks, almost 100 of them seriously. Some of the remaining terrorists in the group

Human Rights

ISIS using kidnapped Yazidi children in suicide missions

The Islamic State is using kidnapped Yazidi children to carry out suicide missions as the U.S.-led coalition forces continue their assault on the terror group’s remaining strongholds in Syria and Iraq. In a video posted Tuesday, two young Yazidi boys seemingly brainwashed by the Islamic terror group talk about their departure from their Yazidi identity and their desire to carry out a suicide attack for the Islamic State. The boys’ families, who confirmed their identities to The Foreign Desk, said they have had no information regarding their whereabouts, and this video is the first they have seen or heard from the boys since their abduction in 2014. One of the boys, identifying himself in the video as Amjad, as-well-as by his Kunya, the noms de guerres frequently used by ISIS, “Abu Yusuf Sinjari,” describes how he left the ‘ignorance’ of his primitive Yazidi faith behind to join