Iran: Israel’s ‘aggression’ in Syria proves it’s aligned with ‘terrorists’

Iran on Saturday denounced Israeli “aggression” over its airstrikes in Syria early Friday, and claimed Jerusalem’s interests were aligned with those of Syrian “terrorists.”

According to a report on Iran’s Press TV news channel, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi questioned the timing of the Israeli operation “at a time when [Syria’s] army and the anti-terror front have the upper hand against bloodthirsty terrorists, driving them back from cities and villages one after another.”

This, he said, proved that Israel shared interests with those of rebel groups, which Iran and Syria refer to as terrorists.

Qassemi called on the UN to condemn Israel’s “aggression” and to prevent further “acts of violation of peace and security by the aggressive and rogue Zionist regime.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday the Israeli strikes on several targets in Syria early that day targeted weapons bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and that the Jewish State would do the same again if necessary.

The Israeli airstrike prompted retaliatory missile launches, in the most serious incident between Syria and the Jewish state since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

Syria’s military said it had downed an Israeli plane and hit another as they were carrying out pre-dawn strikes near the desert city of Palmyra that it recaptured from jihadists this month.

 An Israeli F-16 takes flight through cloudy skies. (Hagar Amibar/Israeli Air Force)

The Israeli military denied that any planes had been hit. The Syrian government has made similar unfounded claims in the past.

Netanyahu said in footage aired on Israel’s major television networks: “When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to prevent it.

“That’s how it was yesterday and that’s how we shall continue to act,” he added.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent two letters to the UN secretary-general and to the president of the UN Security Council, calling the strikes a violation of international law, of UN resolutions and of Syrian sovereignty.

Syria called on the UN to “condemn the blatant Israeli aggression that is considered a violation of international law.”

Israel has been largely unaffected by the Syrian civil war raging next door, suffering mostly sporadic incidents of spillover fire that Israel has generally dismissed as tactical errors by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces. Israel has responded to the errant fire with limited reprisals on Syrian positions.

The skies over Syria are now crowded, with Russian and Syrian aircraft backing Assad’s forces and a US-led coalition striking Islamic State and al-Qaeda targets.

Israel is widely believed to have carried out airstrikes on advanced weapons systems in Syria — including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles — as well as Hezbollah positions, but it rarely confirms such operations.


U.S. Doubles Down On ISIS Drones Warning; Now Terrorists Could Launch Swarms


By Nicholas West

Yesterday I covered an urgent request that was placed by the United States Air Force to obtain drone killing technology that could be used against ISIS’ newly formed “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen.” The result of this urgency was a $15.6 million no-bid contract with an Israeli company to develop portable systems to combat small drones that are alleged to be in use and under rapid development by ISIS and other terror groups in the region.

Although it’s merely one day later, the “urgency” has become nearly breathless, as today the Pentagon’s counterterrorism chief, Lt. Gen. Michael Nagata, is warning that since terrorists have demonstrated a clear intention to use drones, the next step would be to launch drone swarms.

As reported by Defense One:

“What could you do with a swarm of weaponized unmanned aerial systems?” asked Nagata. “We need to remember that aerial vehicles are not the only rapidly growing capability when it comes to robotics. Ask yourself what could a robot the size of a penny that can cut through computer cables do to a command control room?”

Good questions, and (if legitimate) probably should have been asked when the U.S. launched the global drone arms race to begin with and started killing people with them.

“I believe that is only a harbinger of what is coming as this technology grows in both capability, availability and costs continue to drop,” he said. “The question is no longer will somebody be able to do such things some day? Or how do we stop this from happening in the future? I would argue this is something we need to be asking ourselves right now.”

The warning comes in tandem with “Hard Kill” – a three-phase challenge for defense contractors to demonstrate their wares –  which, as Defense One states, is “a bit like American Idol for drone killing.”


In reality, we are witnessing the real-time feedback loop of problem-reaction-solution that ensures war without end. And it doesn’t even have to make sense. We are being told to believe that drones like the one pictured below are a threat to the highest-tech military in the world and that somehow this thing will progress through phases of development to become what you will see in the video below the image.

In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 photo, an Iraqi officer inspects drones belonging to Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. U.S. Doubles Down On ISIS Drones Warning; Now Terrorists Could Launch Swarms. Credit: Associated Press/Khalid Mohammed

I expect to see a flurry of more stories like these about urgent exotic weapons projects as Trump announces a historic 9% increase in the military’s budget.

According to Reuters:

President Donald Trump is seeking what he called a “historic” 9 percent increase in military spending, even as the United States has wound down major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains the world’s strongest military power.Trump will ask Congress to boost Pentagon spending in the next fiscal year by $54 billion in his first budget proposal and slash the same amount from non-defense spending, including a large reduction in foreign aid, a White House budget official said on Monday.

There’s really not much more to say, other than to hope this is just a wishful thinking money grab during the reign of a new American president who continues to publicly commit to massive military expansion. Because if people at the highest level of counter-terrorism truly believe this is an imminent threat to humanity, then we might be in more trouble than we can imagine.

Nicholas West writes for and where this article first appeared.

Assad Rejects Trump “Safe Zone” Plan: Says Syria Will Be Safe When The West, GCC Stop Supporting Terrorists


By Brandon Turbeville of Activist Post

After rightly rejecting the new draft Constitution for Syria submitted by Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is wisely rejecting the Trump administration concept of the implementation of “safe zones” inside Syria. In the first interview with Western media since the election of Donald Trump, Assad decried the plan as a bad idea that would have no real ability to protect civilians or end the Syrian crisis.

When asked by the interviewer about Trump’s statement that he would “absolutely” create “safe zones” in Syria “for the Syrian people,” Assad responded by saying,

But actually, it won’t [protect civilians], it won’t. Safe zones for the Syrians could only happen when you have stability and security, where you don’t have terrorists, where you don’t have [the] flow and support of those terrorists by the neighboring countries or by Western countries. This is where you can have a natural safe zone, which is our country. They don’t need safe zones at all. It’s not a realistic idea at all.

When the interviewer pressed Assad on the fact that so many Syrians were displaced and thus “How can you oppose safe zones?” Assad pointed directly at the root of the problem. He stated,

The first thing you have to ask: why were they displaced? If you don’t answer that question, you cannot answer the rest. They were displaced for two reasons: first of all, the terrorist acts and the support from the outside. Second, the [U.S.] embargo on Syria. Many people didn’t only leave Syria because of the security issues. As you can see, Damascus is safe today, it’s nearly normal life, not completely.

But they don’t find a way for life in Syria, so they have to travel abroad in order to find their living. So, if you lift the embargo, and if you stop supporting the terrorists … I’m talking about everyone who supported terrorists, including the United States during Obama’s administration. If you stop all these acts, most of those people will go back to their country.

Indeed. In this short interview clip, Assad echoed the same sentiment and solutions that I and many other Syrian researchers and analysts have been saying from the beginning of the crisis; i.e. if America wants to stop terrorism in Syria, it need only stop funding it, supporting it, and directing it. It’s that simple. The U.S. could also call on its allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey, U.K., France, Qatar, and Israel to do the same. It could work with Russia to eliminate the remnants of terrorist forces and it could provide information and coordinates to both Syria and Russia on the whereabouts of terrorists and terrorist forces.

We should call on the Trump administration to immediately end any and all support for armed groups in Syria, to press America’s allies to stop supporting terrorists, immediately begin rapprochement with Russia and Syria, and look toward the future of investment in rebuilding Syria as a country as well as immediately ending the sanctions currently in place against the Syrian people.

This article originally appeared on Activist Post. Image via NewsBud.

Judge Robart Makes Error About Terrorists From List Of 7 Countries In Travel Ban

The judge who issued an injunction against President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban came under criticism after a key part of his questioning turned out to be incredibly faulty.

Judge James Robart, a Seattle-based federal jurist, issued the injunction Friday based in part on a lack of reasonable danger to American from individuals who hailed from the seven countries on the temporary ban list.

However, a clip that surfaced of the Friday hearing indicated that Robart was grossly in error about his understanding of the number of terrorism-related arrests involving individuals from those countries.

A portion of the clip showed Judge Robart asking a government attorney, “How many (terrorism-related) arrests have there been of foreign nationals for those seven countries since 9/11?”

When the attorney said that she didn’t have that information, Robart responded: “Let me tell you. The answer to that is none, as best I can tell. So, I mean, you’re here arguing on behalf of someone that says: We have to protect the United States from these individuals coming from these countries, and there’s no support for that.”

Unfortunately, the “best (he) could tell” wasn’t exactly all that factual. As The Associated Press pointed out, several high-profile terrorism arrests have taken place involving refugees from those nations.

In November, a Somali refugee was involved in an attack at Ohio State University in which he ran his car into a group of people and then tried to attack with a knife. Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, an Iraqi refugee living in Texas, pled guilty in October to a plot to blow up Houston-area malls on behalf of the Islamic State group, according to CBS News.

And while the “Bowling Green massacre” comment from Kellyanne Conway got plenty of derision from the mainstream media, there was the very inconvenient fact that she was referring to a real case — two Iraqi refugees arrested in the Kentucky city back in 2011 for Al Qaeda ties. Those arrests were responsible, in part, for a temporary pause in the Iraqi refugee program by the Obama administration.

Charles Kurzman, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill told The Associated Press that 23 percent of Muslim-Americans charged with extremism-related terrorist offenses since the 9/11 attacks have come from the seven countries on Trump’s temporary ban list.


I Am A Syrian Living in Syria: “It was Never a Revolution nor a Civil War. The Terrorists are sent by your Government”

Two years ago, “Majd” wrote these words on a Facebook posting:

“ I am Syrian… living in Syria in the middle of everything. We have seen horrors. It was never a revolution nor a civil war. The terrorists are sent by your goverment. They are al Qaeda Jabhat al Nusra Wahhabi Salafists Talibans etc and the extremist jihadists sent by the West, the Saudis, Qatar and Turkey. Your Obama and whoever is behind him or above him are supporting al Qaeda and leading a proxy war on my country.

We thought you are against al Qaeda and now you support them.

The majority here loves Assad. He has never committed a crime against his own people… The chemical attack was staged by the terrorists helped by the USA and the UK,  etc. Everyone knows that here.

American soldiers and people should not be supporting barbarian al Qaeda terrorists who are killing Christians, Muslims in my country and everyone.

Every massacre is committed by them. We were all happy in Syria: we had free school and university education available for everyone, free healthcare, no GMO, no fluoride, no chemtrails, no Rothschild IMF- controlled bank, state owned central bank which gives 11% interest, we are self-sufficient and have no foreign debt to any country or bank.

Life before the crisis was so beautiful here. Now it is hard and horrific in some regions.

I do not understand how the good and brave American people can accept to bomb my country which has never harmed them and therefore help the barbarian al Qaeda. These animals slit throats and behead for pleasure… they behead babies and rape young kids.

They are satanic. Our military helped by the millions of civilian militias are winning the battle against al Qaeda. But now the USA wants to bomb the shit out of us so that al Qaeda can get the upper hand. 

Please help us American people. They are destroying the cradle of civilization. Stop your government.

Impeach that bankster puppet you have as president… support Ron Paul or Rand or anyone the like who are true American patriots. but be sure of one.thing..if they attack and I think they will….it will be hell.

Be sure that if it were to be a world war, many many will die. Syria can and will defend itself and will sink many US ships. Iran will go to war..Russia and China eventually if it escalates… and all this for what ? For the elites who created al Qaeda through the US government and use it to conduct proxy wars and destabilize countries which do not go along with their new world order agenda !!?

American people…you gotta regain control of your once admirable country. Now everyone hates you for.the.death you bring almost everywhere.

Ask the Iraqis…the Afghans…the Pakistanis…the Palestinians…the Syrians…the Macedonians and Serbs…the Libyans…the Somalis…the Yemenis ….all the ones you kill with drones everyday. Stop your wars, Enough wars. Use diplomacy..dialogue…help..not force.”

Consistent testimonies from Syrians, as well as well-documented, open-source Western sources, and historical memory, all serve to reinforce the accuracy of the aforementioned testimony.

Syrians are living the horror brought to them by the criminal West.  They can not afford the complacency of shrugging their shoulders in indecision, not when their lives and their ancient civilization is being threatened by Western-paid terrorist mercenaries of the worst kind.

“Our” proxies, slit throats, chop heads, and take no prisoners as we waffle in indecision, ignore empirical evidence, and take the comfortable easy road of believing the labyrinth of lies  promulgated by Western media messaging.

The veil of comfortable confusion, nested in an unconscious belief that our government knows best or that it is patriotic to believe the lies and fabrications implicit in the hollow words of politicians (who no longer represent us) and the false pronouncements of Imperial messengers, is concealing an overseas holocaust.

Western societies are rotting from the inside out because of these lies and this barbarity.  We are protecting a criminal cabal of corporate globalists who do not serve our interests and never will.

Our democracies, which we should be protecting, have long disappeared – except in the hollow words of newspaper stenographers.  Instead we are supporting transnational corporate elites and their delusional projects.

Poverty and disemployment are all soaring beneath the fakery of government pronouncements, as the public domain evaporates beneath words like “efficiency” or the “economy” — all false covers that serve to enrich elites and destroy us.  Internal imperialism at home is a faded replica of the foreign imperialism abroad.

As countries are destroyed, and its peoples are slaughtered — think Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and others — by abhorrent Western proxies — public institutions are contaminated, and ultimately replaced by parasitical “privatized” facsimiles.  Public banking is looted and destroyed in favour of transnational banksterism, World Bank funding, and IMF usury.  Food security is destroyed and replaced by biotech tentacles and engineered dependencies on cash crops and unhealthy food.  Currencies are destroyed, sanctions are imposed, and the unknown, unseen hand of totalitarian control imposes itself, amidst the cloud of diversions and confusions, aided by comprador regimes, oligarch interests, and shrugging domestic populations.

Syria refuses to submit.  That is why the West is taught to hate her, and the rest of the world learns to love and respect her.

Yet, Syria’s struggles are our struggles.  Syria represents international law, stability, and integrity: the same values that western peoples overtly cherish but stubbornly reject, as our countries wilt beneath suffocating veils of lies and delusions.

I support Syria, because I respect what remains of international law.

I support Syria because I reject Wahhabism, Sharia law, and terrorism.

I support Syria because I reject the undemocratic, transnational oligarchies that are subverting our once flourishing, now dead, democracies.

I reject the lies of our propagandizing media, the hollow words of our politicians, and the fake   “humanitarian” messaging that demonizes non-belligerent countries and their populations.

In the name of justice, humanity, and the rule of law, I support the elected government of Syria led by its President, Bashar al-Assad.  Syria, an ancient cradle of civilization, is leading the way towards a better future for all of us.

Assad says Trump a ‘natural ally’ in fight against terrorists

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview aired on Tuesday that US President-elect Donald Trump will be a “natural ally” if he fulfills his pledge to fight terrorists.

In his first reaction to Trump’s upset victory last week, the Syrian president struck a note of caution and said he was unsure the American billionaire would be able to keep his word and step up the fight against jihadists.

“We cannot tell anything about what he’s going to do, but if… he is going to fight the terrorists, of course we are going to be an ally, natural ally in that regard with the Russians, with the Iranians, with many other countries,” he told Portugal’s RTP state television.

Asked about Trump’s campaign comments suggesting the United States should focus more on fighting the Islamic State (IS) group, Assad said he would welcome such a move but was cautious.

“I would say this is promising, but can he deliver?” said Assad, who was speaking in English.

“Can he go in that regard? What about the countervailing forces within the administration, the mainstream media that were against him? How can he deal with it?” he said.

“That’s why for us it’s still dubious whether he can do or live up to his promises or not. That’s why we are very cautious in judging him, especially as he wasn’t in a political position before,” said Assad.

The United States leads an international coalition that is conducting air strikes against IS jihadists in Syria and neighboring Iraq, and also backs rebels fighting the Assad regime.

In an interview with The New York Times on March 26, Trump said he thought “the approach of fighting Assad and ISIS (IS) simultaneously was madness, and idiocy”.

“You can’t be fighting two people that are fighting each other, and fighting them together. You have to pick one or the other,” said Trump.

And during campaigning, Trump also pledged to improve America’s ties with Assad’s main backer, Russia.

‘Police of the world’

After his election victory, Trump told The Wall Street Journal: “I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria”.

He also said that if the United States attacks Assad “we end up fighting Russia.”

In his interview with RTP, Assad accused the United States of interfering in the affairs of other countries.

US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump (L) following a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 ( Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

“They think that they are the police of the world. They think they are the judge of the world. They’re not,” he said.

Asked to give his assessment of the next UN chief, Antonio Guterres of Portugal, Assad insisted the “United Nations is not the secretary-general” even if the role is “important”.

“If you ask me ‘what do you expect from such a new official in that important position,’ I would say I need two things: the first one is to be objective… the second one… is not to turn his office into a part or branch of the State Department of the United States.

“That’s what we expect now,” said Assad.

The Syrian president went on to criticize his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, describing him as a “sick person”.

“He’s [a] megalomaniac… He’s out of touch with the reality,” said Assad.

Turkey has embarked on an ambitious operation inside Syria dubbed “Euphrates Shield” to support Syrian opposition fighters in a bid to remove IS fighters from its border and stop the advance of Syrian Kurdish militia.

The conflict in Syria has killed more than 300,000 people since it started in March 2011 with anti-regime protests.

Syria’s main opposition has urged Trump to protect civilians and help end the bloodshed in the country.

Saudi royal involved involved in aiding terrorists, says Guantanamo detainee

Ghassan Abdallah al-Sharbi recalled that a unmanned figure referred to as “your highness” by a religious figure in the organization was consulted by telephone before he was sent to the US to carry out unfulfilled operation involving the use of an airplane.

Al-Sharbi, who studies as a college student in Arizona, made the comments to Periodic Review Board at Guantanamo in June, 2016. The The Periodic Review Board makes recommendations concerning the release or continued detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

The Pentagon released a transcript of al-Sharbi comments on Thursday.

“I remember, ‘yes, your highness, yes your highness,’ and he was talking to him about me,” the transcript quotes al-Sharbi as saying. 

Al-Sharabi adds, “‘this guy graduated from an aviation school. Yeah, he wants’…  then he turns off his phone.”

The statements have been scrutinized as lacking important details, including if “the religious figure” in the al-Qaida organization had any connections to official in the Saudi government. Furthermore, the Saudi royal family consists of thousands of members, none of whom are directly identified by al-Sharbi.

But the transcript adds to growing suspicion amongpoliticians in the United States that figures in the Saudi Arabian government may have had a hand in assisting the 11 terrorists who successfully carried out the worst terror attack in US history.

In June, 28-classified pages of the 2002 9/11 Commission report were made public, causing considerable consternation between the US-Saudi governments.

The White House was quick to say that the documents showed no evidence of Saudi complicity.

“It will confirm what we have been saying for quite some time,” White House Press Secretary John Earnest told reporters during a daily briefing in early July.

The Saudi government has consistently denied it had any involvement in the attack, pointing to the 9/11 Commission, an FBI investigation and a number of other inquiries into the matter.

Compounding tensions, however, is a bill passed earlier this week in the US House of Representatives that will allow private individuals to sue Saudi Arabian government in US courts over the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” known as JASTA, was passed on Friday but the White House has threatened to veto the measure.

The US government accuses al-Sharbi’s, imprisoned at Guantanamo since 2002, of being recruited by an “al-Qaida military commander and received training on how to manufacture radio-remote controlled IEDs (RCJEDs) with the intent of training other extremists in bomb – making techniques,” according to his Guantanamo detainee profile.

Al-Sharbi is also accused of attending meetings with leaders of al-Qaida who “may have discussed attacks against the US, possibly including a plot… to explode a radiological dirty-bomb.”

Terrorists who killed 34 in Taba in 2004 may have used Nazi-era landmines (VERY GOOD!!!)

Egyptian officials believe Sinai terrorists used Nazi World-War era mines to manufacture bombs used in a 2004 terror onslaught in and near the Taba tourist resort in which 34 people, including 12 Israelis, were killed.

According to a report in Newsweek on Wednesday, the Islamic State terror group has also found a way to extract World War II-era landmines without detonating them and to use them as a source for explosives in the terror war it is waging in the Sinai Peninsula.

There are thought to be some 17 million landmines in the Sahara desert in territories belonging to Egypt and Libya, buried there by Nazi Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and his allies from the army of Fascist Italy.

Egypt’s landmine clearance chief, Fathy el-Shazly, told Newsweek: “We’ve had at least 10 reports from the military of terrorists using old mines. Even now, these things trouble us in different ways.”

In the October 7, 2004 bombings, a truck drove into the lobby of the Taba Hilton and exploded, killing 31 people and wounding some 159 others. Ten floors of the hotel collapsed after the explosion. There were two more bombings at Nuweiba nearby.

Of the 34 who were killed in total, 18 were Egyptians, 12 were from Israel, two from Italy, one from Russia, and one was an Israeli-American.

The terrorists who carried out the attacks were Palestinians who had previously tried unsuccessfully to enter Israel, Egyptian officials at the time said. The bombers used washing machine timers, mobile phones and modified gas cylinders to build the bombs, which used TNT and old explosives found in the Sinai and purchased from Bedouins.

Some 7,000 Egyptians have been killed by landmines in north-western Egypt since World War II ended, the Daily Mail reported. Since 2006, local Bedouin tribesmen have suffered 150 casualties.

Now, IS and its Sinai Peninsula affiliate organization, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, have also found a way of extricating the mines without setting them off and then using the explosives inside them to make improvised explosive devices (IED).

In March an attack by such an improvised device left five Egyptian soldiers dead near the Red Sea coast.

There are other World War II-era weapons circulating in the Middle East, experts say.

One Syrian rebel group was seen using a 70-year-old howitzer, the Mail reported.

N R Jenzen-Jones, an arms consultant, told Newsweek: “We’ve seen several dozen British Webley revolvers previously or presently for sale, and then some Italian cavalry carbines, some Mausers, Bren guns.”

To Black Niggers, White Nationalist Socialists are greater threat than terrorists

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — The threat of violence by people inspired by foreign extremists invokes fear in a majority of young Americans across racial groups. But for young people of color, particularly African-Americans, that fear is matched or surpassed by worries about violence from white extremists.

A new GenForward poll of Americans age 18-30 shows widespread anxiety among young people about attacks from both inside and outside the United States.
Sixty-two percent of young African-Americans and 55% of Hispanics surveyed said they were very concerned about the threat of violence committed by white extremists, compared to one-third of whites and 41% of Asian-Americans.

GenForward is a survey by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll is designed to pay special attention to the voices of young adults of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of a new generation.

Gregg Higgins, 27, was one of the white respondents who said he was very worried about violence carried out by white extremists. In fact, he said he was more concerned about “the homegrown white extremists” than the threat of violence from people outside the United States or people inspired by foreign extremists.

A social worker in Pittsburgh, Higgins said the growing political tension during the current election cycle has “shown a really ugly part of our past coming through and being more heard.” He described it as “white males who are angry and who aren’t now afraid to show that anger.”

“That fear of loss of control and loss of privilege is what’s inspiring this vitriol and this hate,” Higgins said.

Worry about attacks from people currently living in the US who are motivated by foreign extremists spreads more evenly across racial groups, with at least half of whites, blacks, Asians and Hispanics describing themselves as very concerned about that threat.

Violence committed by people from outside the country also caused unease, especially among Hispanic young adults. Fifty-six percent of Hispanics polled said they were very concerned, compared to 49% of African-Americans, 40% of Asian-Americans and 41% of whites.

The angst comes after a spate of mass shootings. Nine black people were shot and killed last year at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white man who officials say talked of starting a race war. In June, a gunman born in the US to Afghan immigrants opened fire in a crowded gay dance club in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people in the worst mass shooting in US history.

Last month, five police officers in Dallas were killed by a black gunman during a protest against police shootings of black men, and three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge were shot and killed by a black man who authorities said appeared to be targeting people wearing a badge.

Darsi Vazquez, a 25-year-old Hispanic college student from Huntsville, Alabama, described herself as very concerned about the threat of violence from foreign and domestic extremists alike, but she thinks the fear is exacerbated by news coverage of mass shootings around the country and the types of overt racism that appear in social media.

“A few years, back technology wasn’t where it’s at it now, so you couldn’t see things like this happening like you see it now,” Vazquez said. “I don’t know if it’s necessarily getting worse, but we’re seeing it more now. We don’t just see what’s happening outside our window, we also see what’s going on outside other people’s window.”

Most young adults in the poll labeled as hate crimes both the shooting deaths at the Charleston church and the Orlando night club, against African-Americans and against LGBT people, respectively.

But the poll shows people view the Orlando shooting differently, depending on their race.

Among young whites, most also described the Orlando shooting as a terrorist attack. Fifty-eight percent of whites considered it that, compared to only 32% of African-Americans, 40% of Hispanics and 44% of Asian-Americans. Gunman Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group during a call with police dispatchers during a standoff before he was shot and killed.

A third or less of young people of each racial and ethnic group called the Charleston attack terrorism.

Terrorism concerns have young Americans across racial groups largely in agreement that some rights and freedoms should be sacrificed in efforts to prevent an attack. Eleven percent of all young adults polled said they believe such sacrifices are always necessary, while 54% said they’re at least sometimes necessary.

But most young people said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s calls to temporarily ban Muslims from coming to the US goes too far.

More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they oppose a temporary prohibition on any Muslim who isn’t a US citizen from entering the country: 64% of whites, 66% of Hispanics and 79% of African-Americans and Asian-Americans.

The poll of 1,940 adults age 18-30 was conducted July 9-20 using a sample drawn from the probability-based GenForward panel, which is designed to be representative of the US young adult population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone.

Islamist terrorists call to attack Israeli delegation and others at Rio Olympics, report says

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Islamist terrorists have issued directives to “lone wolves” to carry out attacks against the Israeli delegation and others at the Rio Olympics this summer, according to a news website.

The Foreign Desk reported that a list of directives published on social media advises jihadis to target American, British, French and Israeli athletes, saying “One small knife attack against Americans/Israelis in these places will have bigger media effect than any other attacks anywhere else insha Allah,” meaning “If Allah wills.”

“Your chance to take part in the global Jihad is here! Your chance to be a martyr is here!” the jihadis said, citing the easy process of obtaining visas for travel to Brazil as well as the wide availability of guns in “crime-ridden slums,” according to the report by Lisa Daftari, an investigative journalist specializing in foreign affairs as well as a Fox News analyst.

Israeli athletes are further singled out.

“From among the worst enemies, the most famous enemies for general Muslims is to attack Israelis. As general Muslims all agree to it and it causes more popularity for the Mujahideen among the Muslims,” the jihadis said on social media.

In parallel, Brazilian police on Thursday ordered the detention of 12 people who allegedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group via social media and discussed possible attacks during the games.

Operation “Hashtag” was announced by the justice minister, Alexandre Moraes, on Thursday morning at a news conference in Brasilia. The arrests took place based on Brazil’s new anti-terror law for which Jewish officials had advocated.

“There is only one way to face terrorism with efficiency: prevention,” Fernando Lottenberg, president of the Brazilian Israelite Confederation, told JTA in March.

“The concern with the recruitment network of the Islamic State scattered across Brazilian cities and on the internet has been growing and flagged by specialists. We have met congressmen and federal authorities many times to express the need for such legislation,” he said.

Allegedly members of a group called Defenders of Sharia, those arrested are believed to have been in online contact via social media with members of Islamic State. They are also reported to have discussed the acquisition of AK-47 assault rifles and celebrated the recent terror attacks on Orlando and Nice.

The Rio Olympics begin on Aug. 5. Between 500,000 and 1 million tourists are expected in Brazil’s second largest city, including some 10,000 Israelis coming to see their country’s largest-ever Olympics delegation compete for medals.

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