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    CHILDREN as young as 11 have been arrested by counter-terror police as they foiled three UK terror attacks during the Covid pandemic. Figures released today show the number of arrests for terrorism-related activity fell by 34%, the lowest level in nine years. 1Cops foiled three terror plots during lockdownCredit: Alamy But the number of terror plots foiled has risen to 28 since March 2017, counter terror police said. And the number of children under the age of 18 who were arrested rose from 11 last year to 17 in the most recent figures. In total, 10% of all arrests were among the under-18s, up from just 4% in the previous 12 months, Home Office figures show. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, the senior national co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said: "These statistics tell me two things. "Firstly, that despite facing unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic, Counter Terrorism Policing...
    Swarms of attack drones, groups of weaponized mini-explosive drones and low-altitude, inexpensive, commercially built and readily available air-ground and sea unmanned systems are now fast being acquired by potential U.S. adversaries such as China, Russia, and Iran, raising red flags and threat warnings throughout the Pentagon. A newly released Pentagon report, called U.S. Department of Defense Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Strategy, specifically cites these countries as presenting a substantial and serious small drone threat, in part due to rapid technological progress and the proliferation of that progress throughout the global commercial market. Russia attracted global attention with its use of EW (Electronic Warfare) and drones during its invasion of Ukraine, as unmanned systems were used to relay targeting information for Russian air and ground attack assets. Armed with weapons, smaller, longer-range, high-fidelity sensors and growing communications and networking coordination, Russian drones are fast-gaining new tactical abilities to attack enemies. One...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. counter-terrorism chief warned Tuesday that terrorists are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and appealing to new “racially, ethnically and politically motivated violent extremist groups.” Vladimir Voronkov spoke at the U.N. Security Council’s 20th anniversary commemoration of the pivotal resolution to fight terrorism adopted after the 9/11 attacks on the United States — and six days after a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. He said that throughout the past two decades, “the threat of terrorism has persisted, evolved and spread.” Al-Qaida, which was responsible for the 9/11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people from 90 countries, is still proving resilient despite the loss of numerous leaders, Voronkov said. The Islamic State extremist group, which lost its self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria, is still carrying out attacks in the two countries “and seeking to reconstitute an external operations capability.” Voronkov, who...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. counter-terrorism chief warned Tuesday that terrorists are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and appealing to new “racially, ethnically and politically motivated violent extremist groups.” Vladimir Voronkov spoke at the U.N. Security Council’s 20th anniversary commemoration of the pivotal resolution to fight terrorism adopted after the 9/11 attacks on the United States — and six days after a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. He said that throughout the past two decades, “the threat of terrorism has persisted, evolved and spread.” Al-Qaida, which was responsible for the 9/11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people from 90 countries, is still proving resilient despite the loss of numerous leaders, Voronkov said. The Islamic State extremist group, which lost its self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria, is still carrying out attacks in the two countries “and seeking to reconstitute an external operations capability.” Voronkov,...
    Tiny satellites are much harder to detect and shoot down. They are also much more effective at both redundancy and disaggregation strategies during a space war, particularly if operated with a technical effectiveness equivalent to a larger system.  As a result, small satellites are increasingly being enlisted by military forces to deliver new capabilities across the battlefield. A new collaborative small sat mission is on the verge of doing just that – as the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) unit readies to test a proven satellite bus as host of its new 3U CubeSat Gunsmoke-J technology initiative fostering innovations for tactical ground forces. TriSept, a leading launch integration and mission management provider, has signed a launch services contract with the SMDC to broker and integrate the milestone CubeSat technology demonstration mission scheduled to launch aboard a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle early next year. The CubeSat is actually the size...
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary and Poland will set up a joint institute to assess the state of rule of law across European Union member states so that they are "not taken for fools" over allegations of rule of law breaches, Hungary's foreign minister said on Monday. After meeting Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau in Budapest, Peter Szijjarto said an EU report on the rule of law, which will soon be discussed in Brussels, was expected to be a political statement, rather than any well-founded assessment. "The aim of this institute of comparative law would be that we should not be taken for fools," Szijjarto said, adding that he had "had enough of some western European politicians using us as a punchbag". The institute would examine how the rule of law was upheld across the EU, to avoid "double standards" being applied to Hungary and Poland, he said. The Law and...
    According to the polling aggregate at RealClearPolitics, Joe Biden leads Donald rump by about seven points in the national polls. That lead is larger than any candidate in the previous four presidential races has held at this point in the cycle. For Trump supporters, that’s bad news, which is why it is becoming apparent that the only way he can win is to cheat. True to himself, Trump has been broadcasting some of the ways he is likely to cheat by referring to the 2020 election—and specifically the use of mail-in ballots during a pandemic—as the most corrupt in this country’s history. His message is meant to undermine voter’s trust in the outcome, which is a form of voter suppression. According to the New York Times, the Biden campaign’s response has been to build “the largest election protection program in presidential campaign history.” The goal is to both litigate legal battles related to vote casting and counting rules, as...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's National Security Council (NSC) on Friday said Japan needs to consider better ways to deter missile attacks and pledged to formulate a new national security strategy by the end of the year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe directed the NSC to look at ways to deter threats ranging from North Korean ballistic missiles, to cruise missiles, stealth aircraft and drones deployed by other adversaries. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party asked the NSC to consider allowing the country's military to target enemy bases to halt missile attacks. "There is a question of whether intercepting attacks alone is sufficient to protect peace, lives and people's livelihoods," the NSC, which is headed by Abe, said in a statement. (Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
            by Kaylee Greenlee  Members of the Islamic State have reportedly attempted to use the coronavirus pandemic to their advantage, increasing propaganda and attacks, a United Nations counter-terrorism official announced Monday. Since ISIS reportedly began to rally in Syria and Iraq this year, there has been an increase in threats made to conflict zones and a decrease in threats to peaceful zones experiencing coronavirus related lock-downs and restrictions, Head of the U.N. Office of Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov said. The coronavirus pandemic has reportedly made it difficult to continue counter-terrorism operations, though Voronkov said he is unsure how ISIS’s recruitment and fundraising endeavors have changed under the group’s new leader, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla. “This pandemic environment raises several strategic and practical challenges for counter-terrorism, which we discussed during the Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week organized by my Office last month,” Voronkov said. “#ISIL & other terrorist groups seek to exploit the...
    Members of the Islamic State have reportedly attempted to use the coronavirus pandemic to their advantage, increasing propaganda and attacks, a United Nations counter-terrorism official announced Monday. Since ISIS reportedly began to rally in Syria and Iraq this year, there has been an increase in threats made to conflict zones and a decrease in threats to peaceful zones experiencing coronavirus related lock-downs and restrictions, Head of the U.N. Office of Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov said. The coronavirus pandemic has reportedly made it difficult to continue counter-terrorism operations, though Voronkov said he is unsure how ISIS’s recruitment and fundraising endeavors have changed under the group’s new leader, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla. “This pandemic environment raises several strategic and practical challenges for counter-terrorism, which we discussed during the Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week organized by my Office last month,” Voronkov said. “#ISIL & other terrorist groups seek to exploit the far-reaching disruption & negative...
    More than 10,000 IS fighters are coalescing into smaller cells across Africa and the Middle East, the UN counter-terror chief has warned – STRINGER /Reuters The Islamic State (IS) terror group is reorganising and ramping up its guerrilla-style attacks in Syria and Iraq, the United Nations’ counter-terrorism chief has warned, adding that the crisis unleashed by coronavirus could make it easier to recruit a new generation of jihadists. More than 10,000 IS fighters remain at large in Iraq and Syria, more than two years after the militant group’s claimed defeat, Vladamir Voronokov, the head of the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Office said. “Small cells” of jihadists continue to move freely between the two countries to carry out ambushes, arson, and gun and bomb attacks, while the group and its affiliates have also claimed to be behind recent terrorism in Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen and West Africa, he added. In a briefing to the...
    As Republicans repeatedly warned of a socialist takeover and a "radical left" agenda looking to transform the county, some of President Donald Trump's closest allies spent the first night of the GOP's nominating convention seeking to paint a more personal portrait of the president. Since running for president in 2016, Trump has typically opted for large campaign rallies and gatherings instead of more intimate events to meet and socialize with voters and supporters. But with the coronavirus pandemic largely halting in-person campaigning, the nearly all-virtual Republican convention gave those who know him best a chance to show a more personal side of a president who has been urged by some in the party to soften his tone amid sinking poll numbers. [ SEE: Political Cartoons on the Republican Party ]Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, one of the president's fiercest allies in Congress, usually gives fiery speeches defending the president and decrying Democratic...
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