Terrorism & Radicalization

Mattis faults U.S. policy

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says shifting U.S. policy on the Middle East have contributed to long-standing conflicts there. He says sometimes U.S. intervention in response to terrorism have been realigned to questionable moves to impose democracy in the region. [node:read-more:link]

Cdn Army takes stand against white supremacy

A Reserves Master Corporal has been let go from the 38 Canadian Brigade Group in Winnipeg over his alleged links to a white supremacy group. The Department of National Defence says he would “no longer be a participant in military activities in any form” because of “the seriousness of the allegations and the risk to unit morale.” [node:read-more:link]

New trial for terror suspects

The 2015 convictions of two men sentenced to life over an alleged terrorist plot against a Toronto-bound passenger train are entitled to a new trial, according to an Ontario judge. One of the men arrested by the RCMP in 2013 was successful in arguing that the trial judge erred in how jurors were selected. [node:read-more:link]

Next-generation terrorist threat

The Rand Corp. has released an analysis of how a new generation of jihadists might emerge from the ongoing political upheavals in the Middle East. The researchers assessed how to counter what is seen as a more technology-wise threat. [node:read-more:link]

Jihadi Jack’s Canadian connection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not confirm whether Jack Letts, a British-Canadian national held by Kurdish authorities after allegedly joining militants in Syria, might be permitted to come to Canada. Nicknamed “Jihadi Jack” by British media, Letts broached the idea in a televised interview. [node:read-more:link]

“Jihadi Jack” decision disappoints

Britain has revoked the citizenship of Jack Letts, a British-Canadian national born in Oxford. Nicknamed “Jihadi Jack” because of his alleged involvement with militants in Syria and who has been held by Kurdish authorities for two years. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says “Canada is disappointed that the United Kingdom has taken this unilateral action to offload their responsibilities.” [node:read-more:link]

Broad support for gun control

Results of a new poll commissioned by Fox News indicated that 67 percent of Americans support a ban on private ownership of assault rifles. Some 86 per cent of Democrat respondents supported a ban, as did 46 per cent of Republicans. [node:read-more:link]

Can you spot the next terrorist?

Could it be that terrorists are not people with extreme ideas trying to build up the courage to turn them into murder, but rather violence-prone people hunting for some excuse to turn their proclivities into deeds? Doug Saunders raises that interesting question in The Globe and Mail. [node:read-more:link]

More Canadians to Mali

The RCMP officer heading Canada’s police presence in Mali says it will be doubled to 20 officers by the end of the year. Ten are currently deployed as part of the UN mission trying to bring stability to Mali amid an ethnic and jihadist insurgency. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. gun control debate

U.S. President Donald Trump says there is a "very strong" political appetite in Congress for bipartisan legislation to require background checks or other restrictions on firearms ownership. for gun users. Leaving Washington to visit Texas and Ohio, where weekend shootings left 31 victims dead and dozens injured, he says he has had “plenty of talks” which suggest growing support among legislators. [node:read-more:link]

Students approached by CSIS?

Visits or calls from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service or law enforement agencies, often to Muslim students, are said to be increasingly common at universities across the country. A University of Toronto law professor and a criminal lawyer said it's an issue few students apparently are willing to discuss because of the stigma. [node:read-more:link]

Linkages of Terror

Canada and her European allies had best beware of the Lebanon-based ­terrorist group Hezbollah as UN negotiations to halt Iran’s military nuclear program continue in stalemate, and tensions rise between the U.S. and Israel. Canada is playing an active role at the UN, is this nation ready for a renewed Hezbollah threat? [node:read-more:link]

More mass shootings in U.S.

Mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend prompted President Donald Trump to state that “hate has no place” in the U.S., but there are accusations that his own remarks over the years have been a factor. “Perhaps more has to be done,” he said after an attack in El Paso left 20 dead and another in Dayton claimed 11 lives. [node:read-more:link]

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