Terrorist attack – Capperi http://capperi.net/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 01:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://capperi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-01T215521.666-150x150.png Terrorist attack – Capperi http://capperi.net/ 32 32 Rabbi hailed as hero after Poway synagogue shooting sentenced to jail for fraud https://capperi.net/rabbi-hailed-as-hero-after-poway-synagogue-shooting-sentenced-to-jail-for-fraud/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 23:13:09 +0000 https://capperi.net/rabbi-hailed-as-hero-after-poway-synagogue-shooting-sentenced-to-jail-for-fraud/ The head of a California synagogue, hailed as a hero after a deadly anti-Semitic attack on his congregation in 2019, was sentenced to jail on Tuesday for financial fraud. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, head of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in southern California, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for a series of financial […]]]>

The head of a California synagogue, hailed as a hero after a deadly anti-Semitic attack on his congregation in 2019, was sentenced to jail on Tuesday for financial fraud.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, head of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in southern California, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for a series of financial crimes, the Southern California District Attorney’s Office said.

The sentence was a surprise. Prosecutors had recommended that Goldstein be sentenced to probation as part of a plea deal, noting his cooperation with investigators and his response to the shooting that killed worshiper Lori Gilbert-Kaye.

“His role after the 2019 terrorist attack was exemplary,” US Attorney Robert Brewer said when Goldstein pleaded guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud charges. “He has become a strong advocate for peace and the elimination of violence based on religious hatred.

The gunman, John T. Earnest, killed Gilbert-Kaye in the attack on the last day of Passover and blew Goldstein’s right index finger and injured his other hand. Three other worshipers were injured, including an 8-year-old girl.

Goldstein, 60, entered national limelight after the attack as an advocate for tolerance and resilience. Former US President Donald Trump welcomed Goldstein to the White House shortly after the shooting, calling him “a warm and amazing man.”

Former US Vice President Mike Pence visited Goldstein at the Poway synagogue, and Goldstein addressed the United Nations General Assembly to denounce anti-Semitism and other forms of racism after the attack .

U.S. President Donald Trump watches Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, a synagogue shooting survivor in Poway, Calif., Speak during a national day of prayer in the White House Rose Garden on May 2, 2019 (AP) / Evan Vucci)

The announcement of the prison sentence United States District Judge Cynthia Bashant said on Tuesday, “You’ve trained so many worshipers. “

“A lot of these individuals thought they were committing these crimes for the benefit of Chabad or the synagogue in general, when in fact it was for your benefit. I just can’t ignore this,” Bashant said.

“I think the time in detention is important. It’s important to send a message to the community, and it’s important to send a message to yourself, ”she said.

Goldstein is also due to pay $ 2.8 million in restitution. His sentence begins on February 23.

Goldstein defrauded the IRS, several San Diego Fortune 500 companies, and several public and private agencies, the court said.

“I stand here today with my head bowed in shame, remorse and disappointment at the crimes I have committed against God and mankind,” Goldstein told court on Tuesday, according to NBC San Diego.

Goldstein pleaded guilty to multi-million dollar fraud charges in 2020. His conviction has been delayed from last year due to the pandemic. He faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Goldstein admitted years of financial malfeasance that began long before the shooting.

In his plea agreement, he said his crimes began in 2010, but prosecutors said they dated back to the 1980s. The IRS and FBI executed search warrants at Goldstein’s home six months before the shooting.

In the most serious of several schemes, Goldstein collected $ 6.2 million in fraudulent donations for the congregation and affiliated charities, then secretly returned 90% to donors with fake receipts. Donors then used the bogus receipts to claim huge tax deductions. Goldstein kept the remaining 10% for himself for a profit of $ 620,000.

Separately, he submitted false invoices to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to claim $ 185,000. The bills called for government grants to repair the synagogue from damage caused by the forest fires that did not actually happen.

He also defrauded three Fortune 500 companies of at least $ 144,000 by tricking them to match bogus charitable donations and then pocket the contributions.

Finally, he helped his brother hide $ 700,000 in income from the IRS with the help of Chabad bank accounts for a reduction in his brother’s income.

At least 20 other people were involved in the fraud. The co-conspirator Alexander Avergoon was sentenced to 64 months in prison Monday for crimes committed with Goldstein and other misdemeanors.

Prosecutors said the synagogue was also victim of the fraud by losing donations.

The synagogue received federal funding to bolster its security shortly before the shooting, but did not have time to use the funds.

A photo of Lori Gilbert-Kaye at the Chabad of Poway, Calif., May 3, 2019 (Gabrielle Birkner / JTA)

Goldstein founded the Chabad of Poway Synagogue near San Diego in 1986.

After the allegations came to light, the Chabad-Lubavitcher organization condemned his crimes as “terribly shocking and disturbing”, relieved Goldstein of his role at the synagogue and fired him as a representative of the organization.

Chabad de Poway said after learning of the allegations, “Rabbi Goldstein broke the law, contradicted what our synagogue stands for, and broke the moral and ethical rules of the Torah that he taught.”

Goldstein’s son took over as head of the congregation after his father resigned.

Earnest, the white supremacist who carried out the shooting, was sentenced to life in federal prison last month. Three months earlier, he had been sentenced to life imprisonment by a state court.

Immediately after the shooting, Earnest called 911 to report the attack and said, “I am defending our nation against the Jewish people, who are trying to destroy all white people.

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IDF issues order to demolish home of Hamas terrorist who killed Eli Kay https://capperi.net/idf-issues-order-to-demolish-home-of-hamas-terrorist-who-killed-eli-kay/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 20:22:47 +0000 https://capperi.net/idf-issues-order-to-demolish-home-of-hamas-terrorist-who-killed-eli-kay/ The military issued an order on Sunday to demolish the home of a Palestinian terrorist behind a deadly terrorist attack in the Old City of Jerusalem in November. On November 21, Fadi Abu Shkhaydam opened fire on several Israelis in the alleys of the Old City, killing Eliyahu Kay and injuring four others, two of […]]]>

The military issued an order on Sunday to demolish the home of a Palestinian terrorist behind a deadly terrorist attack in the Old City of Jerusalem in November.

On November 21, Fadi Abu Shkhaydam opened fire on several Israelis in the alleys of the Old City, killing Eliyahu Kay and injuring four others, two of them seriously. Border police officers retaliated, killing Abu Shkhaydam.

The military began the process of demolishing Abu Shkaydam’s house in the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem shortly after the attack. Her family appealed the decision to court, but their claims were dismissed.

The order to seize and demolish Abu Shkaydam’s house was signed by the head of the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command, Major General Ori Gordin, as he is the relevant officer in Israeli territory. , including East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed in 1967 after the Six Day War that year.

In the West Bank, the head of the IDF’s central command issues demolition orders.

Israel defends the controversial practice of razing the family homes of attackers as a deterrent against future assaults, and officials have argued that speed is essential, saying the deterrent degrades over time.

Eliyahu David Kay, killed in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem on November 21, 2021. (Facebook)

Over the years, however, a number of Israeli defense officials have questioned the effectiveness of the practice, and human rights activists have denounced it as unjust collective punishment.

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Best September Stories – The Vacaville Reporter https://capperi.net/best-september-stories-the-vacaville-reporter/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 23:02:27 +0000 https://capperi.net/best-september-stories-the-vacaville-reporter/ New ventures, honoring our troops and public safety officials, and remembering a tragic anniversary – that’s what made September. Several restaurants offering different palates were welcomed by the community. Måkse at CreekWalk in downtown Vacaville opened as a cafe, steakhouse, and sweatshop. Ramen 101, Vacaville’s premier ramen shop, opened at Nut Tree Plaza with noodle […]]]>

New ventures, honoring our troops and public safety officials, and remembering a tragic anniversary – that’s what made September.

Several restaurants offering different palates were welcomed by the community.

Måkse at CreekWalk in downtown Vacaville opened as a cafe, steakhouse, and sweatshop. Ramen 101, Vacaville’s premier ramen shop, opened at Nut Tree Plaza with noodle dishes, a variety of appetizers, and a Hawaiian barbecue. Crumbl Cookies opened at Vacaville Commons with weekly changing offerings, including unique flavors such as Fruity Pebbles, Maple Syrup, and Teddy Grahams.

At the same time, a business support group from Vacaville has also made its debut.

The Vacaville Entrepreneur Roundtable, a partnership between the Solano Small Business Development Center, the city of Vacaville and the Young Professionals of Vacaville, aims to give entrepreneurs a head start through networking and learning. other business owners.

In Fairfield, Tony Wade, resident and longtime Daily Republic columnist, published his book ‘Growing Up in Fairfield, California’, which takes a warm look at the shared life and times of his hometown in the second half. of the 20th century. Calling himself an “accidental local historian,” Wade offers a fun and breezy look at the history of Fairfield.

September brought a wave of recognition from community members doing amazing things.

There was Mick Simpson, a guard at Alamo Elementary School who was featured in Time magazine for bringing fun and light to everyone during the dark days of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Berlyn Sharp, 12, of Vacaville was crowned Junior Teen Solano County earlier in the year and, over the summer, was named Miss Pre Teen California at US National Pageant. She qualified for the national competition, which was held in Las Vegas in October.

Big news on the education front was Jared Austin, co-founder and executive director of Kairos de Vacaville Public Schools, unveiling plans for expansion in the Brighton Landing area. The 11,000 square foot learning center would be located on 11 nearby acres owned by the school.

A tragic military helicopter crash at SoCal killed five Navy sailors, including Lt. Bradley A. Foster, who graduated from Cal Maritime in 2015.

The 29-year-old Oakhurst pilot was in an MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 when it crashed about 60 nautical miles off San Diego on 31 August. Cal Maritime officials have expressed their condolences to the media school.

In Vacaville, 8-year-old Maddie Nyholm and her friends organized a parade and fundraiser in memory of the 13 U.S. servicemen killed in an attack at Kabul airport in Afghanistan. The product would benefit current service members through Operation Care & Comfort.

Also in Vacaville, Anna Eaton celebrated her birthday with a fundraiser for Afghan refugees.

As a child, the CEO of the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club and her family fled Vietnam and sought refuge in America. She hopes the welcoming embrace her family has received will be extended to these newcomers as well.

Everywhere in Solano, the lives of those who lost their lives 20 years ago in the terrorist attacks of September 11 are remembered.

A lot has changed in two decades, but a lot has stayed the same.

“One thing that hasn’t changed is God,” Fairfield Fire Department chaplain Bill Limeneos said at a ceremony in Fairfield. “Let us go to him now in prayer as a community together. “

In Vacaville, resident and pilot Christopher Pryce marked the milestone by spelling out the words “Never Forget” along a flight path through Northern California.

Pryce flew his plane in such a way that the phrase was visible on a map when it was tracked by Flightradar24, a global flight tracking service.

Pryce said it was just a “random thought” that came to him as he and his wife watched “Turning Point,” a Netflix docusery chronicling the events of September 11 and the war in Afghanistan that followed. Pryce joined the Air Force in 2003 and spent nine years as an enlisted mechanic before graduating and becoming a pilot. He currently flies a P-10 at Travis Air Force Base.


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FOTOS: The preparation of the Rose Parade regresa después de un año de pausa https://capperi.net/fotos-the-preparation-of-the-rose-parade-regresa-despues-de-un-ano-de-pausa/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 04:15:15 +0000 https://capperi.net/fotos-the-preparation-of-the-rose-parade-regresa-despues-de-un-ano-de-pausa/ El ‘Desfile de las Rosas’ regresará este sábado in Pasadena, California. Para muchos, el retorno will be visto como un alegre respiro de dos dolorosos años de pandemia. Pero el desfile, y su enormous multitud de todo el país, llega in a difficult moment. The infecciones por coronavirus y las hospitalizaciones están vanishing nuevamente debido […]]]>

El ‘Desfile de las Rosas’ regresará este sábado in Pasadena, California.

Para muchos, el retorno will be visto como un alegre respiro de dos dolorosos años de pandemia. Pero el desfile, y su enormous multitud de todo el país, llega in a difficult moment. The infecciones por coronavirus y las hospitalizaciones están vanishing nuevamente debido to the variant Ómicron altamente contagiosa. Plenty of interruptions.

Dejando a lado los desafíos, the regreso del Rose Parade will be welcome for aquellos that the aprecian.

Ellerose Chan, 14, sticks mung beans on a turtle for a Rose Parade float on December 27.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Masked volunteers work on the floats of the Rose Parade.

The return of the parade was not without logistical challenges. Volunteers gave up because of the Omicron surge, and float builders struggled to obtain materials due to high costs and supply chain issues.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A masked woman paints a creature on a Rose Parade float.

“I thought they would be understaffed because of the pandemic, so I thought I would participate,” said Mary Ann Cosgrove, as she works on the “Masked Singer” tank.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

A masked volunteer sits on a beam painting a large human figure

Alison Darrow works at the California Physical Therapy Assn. float.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

A woman is holding a red carnation.

Teresa Rosales prepares a red carnation. The costs of materials, including roses, seeds and steel, have skyrocketed in recent months, according to Janet Benjamin, chair of float decoration for the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)


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Iran celebrates death anniversary of Qasem Soleimani, calls it an act of “state terrorism” https://capperi.net/iran-celebrates-death-anniversary-of-qasem-soleimani-calls-it-an-act-of-state-terrorism/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 11:19:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/iran-celebrates-death-anniversary-of-qasem-soleimani-calls-it-an-act-of-state-terrorism/ As the Iranian military is due to mark the anniversary of the death of senior officer Qasem Soleimani, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has called for his assassination. “An act of state terrorism”. Khatibzadeh said the country will not rest until those who committed the “flagrant” crime are punished. Notably, Soleimani was an Iranian military […]]]>

As the Iranian military is due to mark the anniversary of the death of senior officer Qasem Soleimani, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has called for his assassination. “An act of state terrorism”. Khatibzadeh said the country will not rest until those who committed the “flagrant” crime are punished. Notably, Soleimani was an Iranian military officer who served in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The military officer was reportedly killed by US forces. According to the Iranian government, he was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, 2020.

According to Iranian military forces, Washington and Israeli forces were involved in the deadly drone attack. Iran subsequently retaliated by firing dozens of ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases containing US troops. The shooting resulted in traumatic brain injury to hundreds of American soldiers. “The action of the United States in the assassination of Lieutenant-General Soleimani was a true example of a terrorist attack and state terrorism, organized by the United States government and planned and executed by former President Donald Trump,” Khatibzadeh said during a press briefing. Monday.

“The American administration has an international responsibility for this heinous act, and Iran will not refrain from any action to bring to justice the authors and the advisers of this terrorist act”, he added.

Former intelligence chief confirms Israel’s role in Soleimani’s murder

Further, he noted that Soleimani has played an important role in eradicating terrorism from the region, the rhetoric the United States still maintains. Addressing the US claims, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Washington maintains “double standards” and lies about terrorism. It should be mentioned that the then US President presented different reasons when asked about the appointment of the highest military commander. Previously, Israel had denied any involvement in the drone attack, but in December of this year, the former head of military intelligence confirmed the role of the IDF. Notably, the recent confirmation was the first public recognition of Israel’s role in the operation.

“The assassination of Soleimani was an achievement, because our main enemy, in my eyes, are the Iranians,” AP said, quoting ex-Major General Tamir Heyman to a local magazine. According to him, there were two major assassinations during his tenure.

(With input from the AP)

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Saudi Arabia accuses Iran, Hezbollah of helping Houthis after deadly missile attack https://capperi.net/saudi-arabia-accuses-iran-hezbollah-of-helping-houthis-after-deadly-missile-attack/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 20:02:09 +0000 https://capperi.net/saudi-arabia-accuses-iran-hezbollah-of-helping-houthis-after-deadly-missile-attack/ The Saudi-led coalition on Sunday accused Iran and Hezbollah of helping Yemen’s Houthi rebels launch missiles and drones at the kingdom, where two people were killed. Since the coalition intervened nearly seven years ago to support the Yemeni government, Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of providing the Houthis with sophisticated weapons and Hezbollah of […]]]>

The Saudi-led coalition on Sunday accused Iran and Hezbollah of helping Yemen’s Houthi rebels launch missiles and drones at the kingdom, where two people were killed.

Since the coalition intervened nearly seven years ago to support the Yemeni government, Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of providing the Houthis with sophisticated weapons and Hezbollah of training insurgents.

Tehran denies the charges. The Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group Hezbollah has previously denied sending any fighters or weapons to Yemen.

The latest Saudi accusation came as the coalition stepped up a campaign of airstrikes against the Iranian-backed Houthis in retaliation for the deadly attacks on the kingdom.

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki told a press conference that the Houthis were “militarizing” Sana’a airport and using it as “the main center for ballistic missiles and drones.” to the kingdom.

Malki showed reporters a video clip which he said depicted “the seat of Iranian and Hezbollah experts at the airport,” where he said “Hezbollah is training the Houthis to trap and use drones.”

Malki showed other clips which he said showed a Hezbollah operative placing explosives in a drone, and a man he identified as a Hezbollah official telling Houthi members, “We need to strengthen our ranks.”

The images could not be independently verified.

Illustration: Members of a tribe loyal to the Houthi rebels raise their arms during a rally against the agreement to establish diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in Sanaa, Yemen, August 22, 2020 (AP Photo / Hani Mohammed)

The Riyadh-led Arab military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support the internationally recognized government, a year after the Houthis invaded the capital Sana’a.

Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed in what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Houthis come from the Zaidite Shia Muslim sect and have their traditional stronghold in mountainous north Yemen.

Between 2004 and 2010, they waged six wars against the then Yemeni government and fought Saudi Arabia in 2009-2010 after storming the border.

The death of two people on Friday night following a rebel missile strike on the Saudi city of Jazan was the first such fatality in the kingdom in three years.

Climbing

On Sunday, Malki said the international community must “stop the hostile acts of this terrorist organization,” a reference to Hezbollah.

Since January 2018, he said, the Houthis have launched 430 ballistic missiles and 850 drones at Saudi Arabia.

Earlier on Sunday, the coalition said it struck a Houthi rebel camp in Sana’a, destroying arms warehouses.

On Saturday, the coalition launched what it called a “full-scale” military operation against the Houthis after the rebel missile strike that hit Jazan.

Coalition raids killed three civilians, including a child and a woman, Yemeni doctors told AFP.

Rights groups criticized the coalition for civilian casualties in its multi-year aerial bombardments.

The coalition maintains that its operations are conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law, repeatedly urging the Houthis not to use civilians as human shields.

Yemenis inspect a crater following an airstrike reported by the Saudi-led coalition targeting a road in al-Sabeen Square in the rebel Houthi capital Sana’a on December 23, 2021 (MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

Malki also accused the Iranian ambassador to Sana’a, who died of COVID-19 last week after his evacuation from Yemen, of “leading the planning of military operations in Marib” – the last stronghold of the Yemeni government in the north.

The Houthis warned in a statement that they “will face escalation with escalation.”

“Barbarian attack”

World powers and Arab allies in the Gulf Kingdom have condemned the rebels’ deadly strike against Saudi Arabia.

“The Houthi attacks perpetuate the conflict, prolong the suffering of the Yemeni people and endanger the Saudi people alongside the more than 70,000 US citizens residing in Saudi Arabia,” the Washington embassy in Riyadh said in a statement.

Ludovic Pouille, the French Ambassador to Riyadh, offered his condolences on Twitter to the families of the victims of “the barbaric attack on the Houthi”.

Israeli lawmaker Ruth Wasserman Lande (Blue and White) also condemned the attack in a tweet: “I stand with the Saudi people against the killing of innocent civilians in the town of Jazan. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected by this terrorist attack! “

The coalition has stepped up its airstrikes on Sana’a, including last week on what it called “military targets” at the airport.

As a result, United Nations aid flights were halted.

Insurgents often launch missiles and drones into Saudi Arabia targeting its airports and oil infrastructure.

The UN World Food Program said it was “forced” to cut aid to Yemen due to lack of funds, and warned of increasing hunger.

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Terrorists kill retired soldier, kidnap more than 20 residents in northwest Nigeria https://capperi.net/terrorists-kill-retired-soldier-kidnap-more-than-20-residents-in-northwest-nigeria/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 18:09:07 +0000 https://capperi.net/terrorists-kill-retired-soldier-kidnap-more-than-20-residents-in-northwest-nigeria/ Terrorists killed a retired soldier, Sunday Agbo, on Monday, December 21 after his kidnapping alongside some 20 residents of Unguwan Gwari in Sabon Tasha, in the local government area (LGA) of Chikun in Kaduna , North West Nigeria, HumAngle can relate. The incident took place around 9 p.m. WAT. Other victims included Kuyet Esther Amos, […]]]>

Terrorists killed a retired soldier, Sunday Agbo, on Monday, December 21 after his kidnapping alongside some 20 residents of Unguwan Gwari in Sabon Tasha, in the local government area (LGA) of Chikun in Kaduna , North West Nigeria, HumAngle can relate.

The incident took place around 9 p.m. WAT.

Other victims included Kuyet Esther Amos, her mother and father were kidnapped, but her father was allowed to return, possibly due to his age.

“We heard a soft knock and when my dad asked who it was the voice kept saying ‘your neighbor’,” Kuyet said.

“I was about to tell him not to open the door when he did. When he saw the terrorists, he struggled to close the door, but they pointed their guns at him and threatened to shoot him.

“They took them near a river and came back to continue their mission,” said Titus, a resident who met the terrorists in the neighborhood.

They had asked him to go to bed and demanded that he tell them who the wealthy people were in the area. “They split into groups and operated in different parts of the neighborhood,” he said.

At the time of HumAngle’s visit, there was a large crowd on the street where Kuyet lives, including a few other houses affected by the attack.

One of the victims whose wife was abducted said that “the boys were talking about fulfillment.”

Although Nigerian military personnel arrived at the scene, it was too late, residents told HumAngle.

A crowd of supporters outside Sunday Agbo’s home. Photo credit: Nathaniel Bivan / HumAngle.

Sabon Tasha and the surrounding neighborhoods have been the epicenter of terrorist attacks for several months.

Recently two families have been kidnapped at Unguwan Bulus and Oil Village.

There was also the attack on Unguwan Gimbiya where two men were killed and more than 50 residents abducted. Before that, nearly 70 members of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji were kidnapped with two later reported to have been killed.

Currently, there is a Nigerian military campaign in parts of the northwest such as Zamfara and Sokoto.

Reacting, ASP Mohammed Jalige, the public relations officer of the Kaduna State Police (PPRO) pointed out that there is a joint operation underway which will be extended to Chikun LGA to put down the activities of terrorists. .


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Marquez again loses offer to withdraw plea in San Bernardino terror attack – San Bernardino Sun https://capperi.net/marquez-again-loses-offer-to-withdraw-plea-in-san-bernardino-terror-attack-san-bernardino-sun/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:01:28 +0000 https://capperi.net/marquez-again-loses-offer-to-withdraw-plea-in-san-bernardino-terror-attack-san-bernardino-sun/ A federal appeals court on Monday, December 20 rejected Enrique Marquez Jr.’s attempt to withdraw his guilty plea for supplying the weapons used in the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack and lied about the document that he signed when buying the guns. . The three-judge panel of the 9th United States Court of Appeals ruled […]]]>

A federal appeals court on Monday, December 20 rejected Enrique Marquez Jr.’s attempt to withdraw his guilty plea for supplying the weapons used in the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack and lied about the document that he signed when buying the guns. .

The three-judge panel of the 9th United States Court of Appeals ruled that the plea agreement Marquez signed prohibited him from withdrawing the plea unless he claimed to have made the plea involuntarily. Marquez, in his appeal, did not say he pleaded against his will, the judges said.

Government prosecutors noted in opposition to Marquez’s claim that when he pleaded in 2017 to provide material support for terrorism and make false statements, U.S. District Court Judge Jesus G. Bernal found that Marquez was doing it of his own free will.

Marquez filed his request to withdraw his plea in January 2019. During a two-day hearing a year later, Marquez’s attorney, John N. Aquilina, argued that Marquez suffered from depression and a sense of hopelessness that led him to plead guilty because he felt bad for the victims, not because he was guilty of the crimes.

But Bernal ruled that Marquez had failed to prove his mental illness and that he was actually finding ways to enjoy his life behind bars, including singing and writing letters to friends.

When Marquez purchased the guns in 2011 and 2012, he signed federal gun purchase documents on which he said he was acquiring them for himself. But Marquez was actually buying them for his friend and neighbor from Riverside, Syed Rizwan Farook. Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, residents of Redlands, on December 2, 2015, killed 14 people and injured 23 others in an attack on colleagues from the San Bernardino County Environmental Health Division of Farook at the Regional Center of inside.

The shooters died in a shootout with police hours after the siege. Prosecutors have not alleged that Marquez knew about the plot in advance.

After Farook’s death, the government attempted to seize the $ 275,000 life insurance money that was due to be paid to his mother, Rafia Sultana Shareef, also known as Rafia Farook. This court case has been put on hold until Marquez’s appeal can be resolved.


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Morocco foils bomb attack, arrests 25 people accused of terrorism https://capperi.net/morocco-foils-bomb-attack-arrests-25-people-accused-of-terrorism/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 05:57:46 +0000 https://capperi.net/morocco-foils-bomb-attack-arrests-25-people-accused-of-terrorism/ Moroccan security forces arrested 25 people this month on suspicion of supporting ISIS and planning terrorist attacks in the country, a security source told AFP on Saturday. The arrests took place in several cities on December 8 as part of “ongoing efforts to combat terrorist dangers,” the source said. Some of the suspects have already […]]]>

Moroccan security forces arrested 25 people this month on suspicion of supporting ISIS and planning terrorist attacks in the country, a security source told AFP on Saturday.

The arrests took place in several cities on December 8 as part of “ongoing efforts to combat terrorist dangers,” the source said.

Some of the suspects have already been brought to justice, the source added.

Moroccan media reported a nationwide counterterrorism operation on December 8, but official sources did not confirm the crackdown.

Information released on Saturday indicated that during the operations, authorities seized weapons, including firearms and ammunition, as well as documents on bomb-making and material glorifying ISIS.

They said investigations revealed that the suspects planned to carry out attacks inside Morocco.

Counterterrorism police said on Friday that they foiled an alleged ISIS plot and arrested a suspected supporter of the group, in cooperation with U.S. intelligence services.

The security source told AFP that the operation had no connection with the arrests earlier this month.

On October 6, the anti-terrorism police announced the dismantling of a terrorist cell in the city of Tangier (north), and the arrest of five suspects accused of having instigated bomb attacks.

Since 2002, Moroccan police say they have dismantled 2,000 terrorist cells and arrested 3,500 people in cases linked to extremism, according to figures released in February.

Update: December 19, 2021, 5:56 a.m.


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Queens man who wanted to attack Times Square pleads guilty to receiving gun with canceled serial number | USAO-EDNY https://capperi.net/queens-man-who-wanted-to-attack-times-square-pleads-guilty-to-receiving-gun-with-canceled-serial-number-usao-edny/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 18:25:02 +0000 https://capperi.net/queens-man-who-wanted-to-attack-times-square-pleads-guilty-to-receiving-gun-with-canceled-serial-number-usao-edny/ Ashiqul Alam today pleaded guilty to knowingly receiving a firearm with an erased serial number in Brooklyn, New York. The proceedings took place before the American magistrate, Robert M. Levy. Once convicted, Alam faces 60 months in jail under the terms of his plea agreement with the government. As part of his plea deal, Alam, […]]]>

Ashiqul Alam today pleaded guilty to knowingly receiving a firearm with an erased serial number in Brooklyn, New York. The proceedings took place before the American magistrate, Robert M. Levy. Once convicted, Alam faces 60 months in jail under the terms of his plea agreement with the government. As part of his plea deal, Alam, a citizen of Bangladesh, agreed to enter a deportation order for him to be deported after serving his sentence.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Michael J. Driscoll, deputy director in charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI); and Dermot F. Shea, commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the guilty plea.

“With today’s guilty plea, Alam admitted to buying a gun for a mass attack in Times Square,” US Attorney Peace said. “Protecting our national security and the people of this city, state and nation from the threat of terrorist attacks at home or abroad continues to be one of the highest priorities of this Office and its members. law enforcement partners. “

As noted in court documents, between August 2018 and June 2019, Alam repeatedly expressed a desire to purchase firearms for a mass attack. Alam has identified two targets, either Times Square or Washington, DC, to kill a senior government official. In January 2019, Alam made several reconnaissance trips to Times Square, using his cell phone to videotape the area as he searched for potential targets.

Alam researched firearms on the Internet and discussed the purchase of firearms with an undercover law enforcement officer (“UC-1”). In March 2019, Alam told UC-1 that he would be interested in purchasing a Glock 9mm pistol. UC-1 introduced Alam to an “associate,” who offered to help Alam obtain two illegal Glock G19 pistols. In April 2019, Alam underwent Lasik eye surgery, a procedure whose value he explained: “Let’s say we’re in a stroke, okay, let’s say my glasses come off. What if I accidentally shoot you? You know what I mean. Imagine what the news channel would call me “Looney Tunes Terrorist” or “Blind Terrorist”.

In May 2019, Alam was informed by “UC-1” that the guns he wanted to buy would have erased the serial numbers, and he replied “Oh, that’s good man.” On June 6, 2019, Alam met the person he claimed was going to sell him guns and was shown two Glock 19 semi-automatic pistols with erased serial numbers. Alam provided $ 400 towards the purchase of both pistols and asked if the Glock 19 pistol he just purchased was compatible with a silencer. Alam was arrested soon after.

The government’s case is handled by the National Security and Cybercrime Section of the Office. US Deputy Prosecutors David K. Kessler and Jonathan E. Algor prosecute, with the assistance of trial lawyer Stephanie Sweeten of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

The defendant:

ASHIQUL ALAM
Age: 25
Queens, New York

EDNY file n ° 19-CR-0280 (LDH)


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