August 2019 Security News
- US court say travelers can sue TSA over abusive airport screeners Press TV 31 Aug 2019 -- A US appeals court says travelers can sue the American government over abusive conduct by federal airport screeners because the agents can act like law enforcement officers, including when they conduct invasive searches.
- Individual Who Planned Attack in Queens Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS US Dept. of Justice 30 Aug 2019 -- Awais Chudhary Recorded Videos and Took Photos of the Flushing Bay Promenade And the World's Fair Marina in Preparation for an Attack
- Uganda Returns 5 to DRC; All Had Contact With Ebola Victim VOA 30 Aug 2019 -- Uganda's Health Ministry on Friday evening repatriated five Congolese people who had contact with a 9-year-old girl with Ebola to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- US sanctions Lebanon's Jammal Trust Bank over links to Hezbollah Press TV 30 Aug 2019 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions on a Lebanon-based bank and its subsidiaries over accusations of providing financial services to the Lebanese Resistance Movement, Hezbollah.
- Alarming number of Ebola deaths in DRC a 'rallying cry' to scale up treatment UN News 30 Aug 2019 -- Since the Ebola epidemic struck in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) one year ago, almost 600 of around 850 children who have caught the virus have now died, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday.
- Ebola Cases Top 3,000 in Democratic Republic of Congo VOA 30 Aug 2019 -- The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached another grim milestone, the World Health Organization says. More than one year after the epidemic was declared, the WHO confirmed 3,004 cases, including 2,006 deaths.
- Sanctioning of Jammal Trust Bank US Dept. of State 29 Aug 2019 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned today Lebanon-based Jammal Trust Bank SAL (Jammal Trust) for supporting Hizballah's illicit financial and banking activities.
- Treasury Labels Bank Providing Financial Services to Hizballah as Specially Designated Global Terrorist US Treasury 29 Aug 2019 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Jammal Trust Bank SAL (Jammal Trust), a Lebanon-based financial institution that knowingly facilitates banking activities for Hizballah. Specifically, OFAC designated Jammal Trust as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, Hizballah.
- Uganda's Ministry of Health Confirms Ebola Case from DR Congo VOA 29 Aug 2019 -- Uganda's Ministry of Health has confirmed a case of the Ebola virus in the western district of Kasese.
- Hurricane Hunters fly Hurricane Dorian US Air Force 29 Aug 2019 -- Three WC-103Js and one C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 403rd Wing departed Keesler Air Force Base Aug. 26 for the Dutch Caribbean island, Curaçao to provide weather reconnaissance support for Hurricane Dorian.
- Puerto Rico National Guard activated by Governor pending Tropical Storm Dorian's path Army News 28 Aug 2019 -- The Puerto Rico National Guard is activated by order of the Governor, Honorable Wanda Vazquez, through Executive Order 2019-044, which establishes the legal statute for the deployment of military forces to support the emergency response for Tropical Storm Dorian.
- Maryland Man Facing Federal Indictment for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS and for Interstate Transportation of a Stolen Vehicle US Dept. of Justice 28 Aug 2019 -- A federal grand jury today returned a superseding indictment charging Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown, Maryland, with federal charges of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.
- US Military Approves Border Wall Expansion VOA 27 Aug 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall is expanding.
- With ISIL down but not out, continued vigilance is key, UN Security Council told UN News 27 Aug 2019 -- Despite ISIL's territorial defeat in Syria, the terrorist group, also known as Da'esh "continues to aspire to global relevance", the United Nations top counter-terrorism officials told the Security Council on Tuesday.
- Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Guard units prepare for storm Army News 27 Aug 2019 -- Officials in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are closely monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Dorian as National Guard personnel prepare to assist civil authorities if needed.
- Two Queens Women Plead Guilty in Connection with Plan to Build Explosive Devices Similar to Those Used in Prior Terrorist Attacks in the United States US Dept. of Justice 23 Aug 2019 -- Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Asia Siddiqui and Noelle Velentzas, both citizens of the United States and residents of Queens, pleaded guilty to teaching and distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, and weapon of mass destruction, intending that it be used to commit a federal crime of violence.
- Ebola Virus Spreads to New Areas in Eastern DRC, WHO Reports VOA 23 Aug 2019 -- The World Health Organization said Friday that the deadly Ebola virus had spread to new areas in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The number of cases was 2,934, including 1,965 deaths, it said.
- Rewards for Justice: Reward Offer for Information Leading to Identification or Location of ISIS Deputies US Dept. of State 21 Aug 2019 -- The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of key ISIS leaders Amir Muhammad Sa'id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, Sami Jasim Muhammad al-Jaburi, and Mu'taz Numan 'Abd Nayif Najm al-Jaburi.
- Paraguay's Designation of Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization US Dept. of State 21 Aug 2019
- Treasury Targets Chinese Drug Kingpins Fueling America's Deadly Opioid Crisis US Treasury 21 Aug 2019 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced coordinated actions to bring additional financial pressure upon those who manufacture, sell, or distribute synthetic opioids or their precursor chemicals.
- UN Chief to Travel to Epicenter of DRC Ebola Outbreak VOA 21 Aug 2019 -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo next week.
- White House Announces Actions to Crack Down on Trafficking of Fentanyl and Synthetic Opioids and Better Position Private Sector to Protect the Homeland The White House 21 Aug 2019
- Treasury Designates Dominican Republic-Based Peralta Drug Trafficking Organization Under the Kingpin Act US Treasury 20 Aug 2019 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Dominican national Cesar Emilio Peralta and the Peralta Drug Trafficking Organization (Peralta DTO) as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). OFAC designated eight additional Dominican nationals for providing material support to, or acting for or on behalf of, Cesar Emilio Peralta and the Peralta DTO. OFAC also designated six entities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, including a number of nightclubs owned or controlled by Cesar Emilio Peralta.
- Under Pressure, IS Militants in Somalia Look to Ethiopia VOA 19 Aug 2019 -- Islamic State militants in Somalia say they will release jihadist materials in Amharic – a step unmistakably aimed at winning recruits in restive, neighboring Ethiopia.
- 1 Ebola Fatality Confirmed in New Congo Region VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- Congolese officials have confirmed the death of one of at least two new Ebola patients in South Kivu province.
- Number of Ebola Orphans Spikes as Epidemic Spreads in Eastern DRC VOA 15 Aug 2019 -- The U.N. children's fund reports the number of children orphaned by Ebola or separated from their parents because of the disease in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has more than doubled since April.
- Defendant Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS US Department of Justice 15 Aug 2019 -- Azizjon Rakhmatov, 32, a citizen of Uzbekistan and resident of New Haven, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Today’s plea took place before U.S. District Court Judge William F. Kuntz II.
- Czech Intelligence Says Foreign State Behind Ministry Cyberattack – Reports Sputnik 13 Aug 2019 -- A foreign country is responsible for the June cyberattack on the Czech Foreign Ministry, state television reported, citing the National Cyber and Information Security Agency.
- Congolese Mother and Child's Recovery Offers Hope in Ebola Fight VOA 13 Aug 2019 -- After 29 days at an Ebola treatment center in eastern Congo, fighting for their lives, a mother and her young son were discharged Tuesday amid applause and laughter.
- Press Briefing by USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli The White House 12 Aug 2019
- Tajik Man Emerges In Afghanistan As Leader Of IS Unit Of Central Asian Fighters RFE/RL 12 Aug 2019 -- A little-known, 31-year-old Tajik man who grew up in a Dushanbe suburb has emerged as a unit leader of the Islamic State (IS) affiliate in Afghanistan as the extremist group tries to expand its footprint in the war-torn country.
- Islamic State Working to Make US Military's Fears Come True VOA 10 Aug 2019-- In the 4½ months since U.S.-backed forces declared victory over the Islamic State terror group's last shred of territory in Syria, there has been a steady drumbeat of doubt.
- Arkansas Man Charged With Providing Material Support to Al Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula While Overseas US Dept. of Justice 09 Aug 2019-- Bilal Al-Rayanni, also known as Bilal Kassim Alawdi, 28, a Yemeni national and resident of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, was charged on August 8 in a two-count superseding indictment with providing and attempting to provide material support to Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as Ansar al-Shari'a, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and making a false statement in a passport application.
- ICE Arrests 680 Suspected Undocumented Immigrants in Mississippi Raid Sputnik 09 Aug 2019 -- Immigration officials raided five Mississippi food processing plants Wednesday, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers in a move witnesses said came with "no warning." The operation has been described as possibly the largest conducted thus far in any single state.
- Lebanese Businessman Tied by Treasury Department to Hezbollah is Sentenced to Prison for Money Laundering Scheme Involving the Evasion of U.S. Sanctions US Dept. of Justice 08 Aug 2019 -- The operator of a network of businesses in Lebanon and Africa whom the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated as a financier of Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based terrorist group, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to forfeit $50 million by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District of Columbia.
- Australia Renews NATO Ties to Fight Cyber Crime, Boost Maritime Security VOA 08 Aug 2019 -- Australia has signed a new partnership with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that creates a framework for stronger cooperation amid rising global tensions.
- US immigration agents arrest 680 workers at food plants Press TV 08 Aug 2019 -- US immigration authorities have arrested nearly 700 mostly Latino workers at seven food processing plants across the southern state of Mississippi, the largest workplace raid in at least a decade.
- Ebola Fears Slow Crossings at Rwanda-DRC Border VOA 08 Aug 2019 -- Witnesses say fears of the Ebola virus have brought border traffic between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to a virtual standstill. Long lines and lengthy delays at the border crossings have left many traders frustrated, but officials say health checks are necessary to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
- 19 Dead in Resurgence of Mexican Drug Cartel Intimidation Killings VOA 08 Aug 2019 -- Mexican authorities found 19 bodies Thursday in western Mexico, apparent casualties of a drug turf war. The killings contrast with years of gangs hiding their hits, recalling instead past drug wars, when criminal groups dumped piles of bodies on the streets as overt warnings to authorities and rival drug gangs.
- DOD Leaders Highlight Talent, Technology in Cybersecurity Strategy DoD News 07 Aug 2019 -- Any failure to take the cyber threat seriously puts military missions at risk, and it compromises defense industrial partners and critical U.S. infrastructure, a senior defense official told the audience during a panel discussion at the Cybersecurity Summit in Washington.
- Researchers in Uganda Start 2-Year Ebola Vaccine Trial VOA 07 Aug 2019 -- Eight hundred health workers involved in the fight against the Ebola virus are receiving doses of a two-part vaccine.
- Daesh Boosted Clandestine Network in Iraq, Syria in April-June – Pentagon Sputnik 07 Aug 2019 -- The Islamic State terror group was boosting its clandestine network in Iraq and Syria in April-June, the 18th Lead Inspector General report on the Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), issued by the Pentagon, said.
- Lead Inspector General for Operation Inherent Resolve | Quarterly Report to the United States Congress | April 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019 DOD OIG 06 Aug 2019 -- This is the 18th Lead Inspector General (Lead IG) report on Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the overseas contingency operation to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The report covers the period April 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019, and summarizes the quarter’s key events and describes completed, ongoing, and planned Lead IG and partner agency oversight work related to OIR.
- Report Slams US Troop Pullout from Syria VOA 06 Aug 2019 -- U.S. plans to keep just a residual force in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State may be on the verge of backfiring, with some military officials warning the strategy is giving the terror group new life.
- Intensified Al Qaeda and ISIL activity in Yemen 'deeply worrying', says UN Human Rights Office UN News 06 Aug 2019 -- Armed groups affiliated with the Al Qaeda and ISIL terror groups, appear to have intensified their activities in Yemen, Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) declared on Tuesday, describing the situation as an example of "deeply worrying developments" that have seriously impacted civilians over the past ten days.
- Ohio Guard tests disaster response with civilian partners Army News 06 Aug 2019 -- Vigilant Guard kicked off Monday with a flurry of activity, with first responders and emergency management personnel from across Ohio working together during a variety of disaster scenarios designed to test their skills and their teamwork.
- Florida Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 20 Years in Prison for Mailing 16 Improvised Explosive Devices in Connection with October 2018 Domestic Terrorist Attack US Dept. of Justice 06 Aug 2019 -- Cesar Altieri Sayoc was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison in connection with his mailing of 16 improvised explosive devices to victims across the country. SAYOC pled guilty to a 65-count Superseding Information on March 21, 2019, before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who also imposed today's sentence.
- Uganda Starts Largest-Ever Ebola Vaccine Trial VOA 05 Aug 2019 -- Uganda has started its largest Ebola vaccine trial to date, health authorities announced Monday, in an apparent effort to prevent the disease from spreading.
- Kurdish Leader: Turkish Offensive Will Help Re-Emergence of IS in Syria VOA 05 Aug 2019 -- As tensions between Turkey and Syrian Kurds increase, the United States seeks to play a mediating role in order to keep the focus on combating the remnants of the Islamic State (IS) terror group, a senior Syrian-Kurdish official said.
- Texas Walmart Shooting Investigated as Hate Crime VOA 04 Aug 2019 -- Police officials in El Paso, Texas, say they are investigating as a possible hate crime the mass shooting Saturday at a Walmart that ended with at least 20 people killed and 26 wounded.
- Two US Mass Shootings Leave 29 Dead, Dozens Injured VOA 04 Aug 2019 -- In 13 hours of carnage in the United States, two shooters in separate incidents killed 29 people and injured dozens, leaving authorities searching for motives behind the mayhem.
- US Judge Shoots Down Trump Asylum Restrictions - Court Filing Press TV 03 Aug 2019 -- A US federal judge in the District of Colombia has ruled that the Trump administration's new policy restricting access for asylum-seeking migrants is illegal, a court filing revealed.
- Security Council gravely concerned by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, demands immediate end to violence hampering response UN News 02 Aug 2019 -- The UN Security Council on Friday expressed grave concern about the current Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and stressed the urgency of broad cooperation in the response, as "the disease could spread rapidly, including to neighbouring countries, possibly having serious humanitarian consequences and impacting regional stability."
- Congo: 4th Case of Ebola Confirmed VOA 02 Aug 2019 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has sent a dozen staffers to a Democratic Republic of Congo border city to manage Ebola cases there. The outbreak, which began a year ago has now killed more than 1,800 people. The agency indicated it would send more staffers if armed conflict in the northeastern region subsided to safer levels.
- Texas Man Charged with Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS US Dept. of Justice 01 Aug 2019 -- Defendant Returned to Dallas After Being Detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces
- Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James F. Jeffrey And Counterterrorism Coordinator Ambassador Nathan A. Sales US Dept. of State 01 Aug 2019 -- Special Briefing by James F. Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS, Nathan A. Sales, Acting Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
- US Warns Al-Qaida 'as Strong as It Has Ever Been' VOA 01 Aug 2019 -- Despite the reported death of the son and heir apparent of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden, U.S. officials warn the global terror group remains a significant threat to the United States.
- US Citizen Accused of Joining IS in Syria Is Repatriated to Texas to Face Charges VOA 01 Aug 2019 -- A dual American-Turkish citizen who left the United States as a teenager with his brother to join the Islamic State terror group has been brought back to his hometown to face terror-related charges.
- CDC Sends More Ebola Staffers to Congo Border VOA 01 Aug 2019 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday a dozen staffers had been sent to a Democratic Republic of Congo border city to manage Ebola cases there. The outbreak, which began a year ago Thursday, has now killed more than 1,800 people. The agency indicated it would send more staffers if armed conflict in the northeastern region subsided to safer levels.
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