Duterte Orders Preparations: ‘Whether you like it or not, the new war coming is Terrorism’

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has called the “War on Terror” the “new battle government should prepare for.”

“There will be wars. We have to prepare for Terrorism. Whether you like it or not, the new war coming is ‘Terrorism,’” said Duterte at a press conference this week.

Terrorist groups are expanding from traditional battlegrounds to new areas, including the Philippines, said Duterte. “Their world, their battleground in the Middle East, keeps getting smaller and smaller,” but the same impetus is motivating actions around the world, he said.

ISIS has recognized a number of Philippines Islamist jihadist groups.

The Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) also held their first conference of 2017 this week, focussing on the destruction of local and international terrorist groups operating in the country. The top priority, according to officials, is to quash groups like Abu Sayyaf multi-group and others on the islands, which includes enhancing engagement with stakeholder communities, including local and religious leaders. The AFP is balancing this project with two other main projects: the peace process with the Communist Party and the War on Drugs.

“Middle-Eastern males” approaching US military families at home – FBI alert

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“Middle-Eastern males” are approaching the families of US military personnel at their houses, the FBI has warned in an unclassified situation information report published Sunday.

The report initially publicized by an American veterans advocacy organization.

The report matches a similar force protection advisory released by the Washington National Guard describing a incident in Washington.

The FBI activity alert specifies Colorado and Wyoming states, where there were “numerous” accounts of “Middle-Eastern men” confronting the families of US military personnel at their doorsteps.

The report details incidents in May and June.

“In May 2015, the wife of a US military member was approached in front of her home by two Middle-Eastern males,” the report reads. “The men stated that she was the wife of a US interrogator. When she denied their claims, the men laughed. The two men left the area in a dark-colored, four-door sedan with two other Middle-Eastern males in the vehicle. The woman had observed the vehicle in the neighborhood on previous occasions.

“Similar incidents in Wyoming have been reported to the FBI throughout June 2015. On numerous occasions, family members of military personnel were confronted by Middle-Eastern males in front of their homes. The males have attempted to obtain personal information about the military member and family members through intimidation. The family members have reported feeling scared.

The identifications of the men are not known, according to the FBI warning, which requests that anyone with information contact the bureau in Colorado at 970-663-1028 or Wyoming at 307-632-6224.

By James Haleavy

Canadian Muslim extremists foiled in plot to kill Jews in synagogue

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Two known Canadian Muslim extremists, who had previously been found guilty of plotting to detonate homemade bombs in the British Columbia legislature during Canada Day two years ago, have been charged with new extremist crimes.

Amanda Korody and husband John Nuttal are currently on trial at a BC Supreme Court for plotting to infiltrate a synagogue and kill Jews.

The court Monday heard testimony written by undercover RCMP officers who thwarted the plan over a months-long undercover sting operation. The couple, according to the undercover officer, planned to become “regulars in the synagogue.”

Amanda Korody
John Nuttal and Amanda Korody

“They will gain the trust of everybody. And once they have everything they will get enough guns and ammo to go ahead with their mission,” Crown lawyer Sharon Steele read from the undercover RCMP officer’s notes.

The couple believed they would be able to infiltrate the synagogue because “they were both white and could pass for Jewish,” Steele read.

However, the couple were themselves infiltrated and arrested by RCMP who began their investigation after receiving a tip-off from Canada’s spy agency in late 2012.

James Haleavy