Al Qaeda calls to target 'vulnerable' U.S. rail network

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is encouraging followers in the West to carry out new mass casualty attacks, providing an in-depth tutorial on how to derail trains and listing dozens of ‘vulnerable’ train routes in the U.S. as example targets. Issue 17 of the terror group’s Inspire Magazine includes several articles detailing railways in…

Iran: Officials arrest 6 for teaching Zumba

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Government authorities arrested six individuals in Iran for allegedly teaching “Western dance moves,” including Zumba, and creating videos which they uploaded and posted on social media. The six, four men and two women, were reportedly detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard officers in the town of Sharhoud in the northeastern Semnan province late Tuesday, according to…

Crisis in Venezuela – What you need to know

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–Venezuela in turmoil following a contentious vote over the weekend which critics say is an attempt by President Nicolás Maduro to consolidate power. A newly-elected body, consisting mostly of Maduro allies and even his wife, will be given the ability to dissolve state institutions and possibly rewrite the constitution. –40 countries have stated they will not…

ISIS unclaimed baggage: Flint, Paris, Brussels- the work of ISIS?

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-FBI investigating stabbing attack on a police officer at Bishop International Airport in Flint as an act of terrorism. The attacker Amor Ftouh from Canada reportedly yelled “Allahu Akhbar” before carrying out the attack. -According to the FBI, Ftough seemed disappointed that he didn’t die a martyr in the attack, shouting something similar to ‘you…

American professor held by Taliban pleads with Trump to negotiate his release

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An American and Australian professor kidnapped by the Taliban last August have appeared in a new video calling on President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to negotiate their freedom by releasing Taliban prisoners. American Kevin King, 60, and Australian Timothy John Weeks, 48, were both working for the American University of Afghanistan when…

What message was Iran trying to send with its missile strikes in Syria?

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What happened? Iran launched a salvo of missiles meant to target Islamic State positions in Syria. Escalation: The missiles represent a drastic escalation on Iran’s part; The first time the country has fired missiles on another country in three decades. –According to Iran’s regime… Iranian media lauded the strikes as a tremendous success, suggesting upwards…