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Russian Security Official: Russian Jihadis Returning from Syria ‘A Real Threat’

An underground cell of battle-hardened jihadists from Central Asia are planning to carry out “terrorist” attacks during the upcoming New Year celebrations and presidential elections in Moscow, reportedly warns Alexander Bortnik, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), charged with homeland security.

Los Angeles Airport Police officers stand in front of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX airport in Los Angeles May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

DHS Chief Warns of ‘Unprecedented Spike in’ U.S. ‘Homegrown Terrorism’

Battled-hardened “holy warriors” who traveled from outside the Middle East to join the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria are expected to “wreak murderous havoc” in the United States and other countries once they return home, warns the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Five Arrested In London Terror Raids

Five youths aged fifteen to nineteen have been arrested in the British capital following a series of city-wide anti-terror raids. Officers from the Metropolitan Police arrested two males aged 16 and 17 in south London and another two males aged

Lavdrim Muhaxheri, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al Kosova, is a Kosovo Albanian Islamic State leader and recruiter of ethnic Albanian jihadi foreign fighters fighting in Syria and in Iraq.

Report: Foreign-Funded Islamist Networks Active in EU Applicant States

The Switzerland-based Centre for Security Studies (CSS) has published a report, focusing on the “Dynamics of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Kosovo”, which claims that “foreign-funded extremist networks” are active in states applying to join the European Union (EU).

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Seized Luggage Reveals Islamic State Jihadi’s Travel Wish List

Items inside the luggage belonging to the first woman in Australia to be found guilty of supporting the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) revealed a jihadi’s travel wish list after it was seized by airport authorities when she attempted to make the trip to the terrorist group’s so-called “Caliphate.”

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Pentagon: Islamic State Grows in Libya, Shrinks in Iraq, Syria

The flow of foreign fighters going into Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has dropped by 90 percent to nearly 200 per month within the past year, but the jihadist group has managed to double its presence in Libya over a similar period, according to U.S. military officials.

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REPORT: Western Jihadist Numbers DOUBLE In 18 Months

An assessment of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq conducted by strategic security intelligence consultants highlights the increasing problem of jihadists leaving the European Union (EU) to fight in the Middle East. The work on foreign fighters, published in a report from the Soufan

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Report: Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria More than Double in 18 Months

The number of foreign fighters who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join jihadist groups, such as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and the official al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front, has more than doubled in the last 18 months to between 27,000 and 31,000, revealed a new report.

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Report: Dozens of Americans Have Reentered U.S. After Joining ISIS

Many of the estimated 250 Americans who have traveled overseas since 2011 to join or try to join the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) have been able to reenter the United States without being arrested or monitored, reveals a report issued by the House Homeland Security Committee.

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DHS Updates Visa Waiver Program in Response to Foreign Fighter Threats

The Department of Homeland Security is instituting new security requirements for those countries in the Visa Waiver Program — or countries whose nationals do not need visas for short visits to the U.S. — due to the threats posed by foreign fighters, DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson announced Thursday.

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf petro-powerhouses encouraged a flow of cash to Sunni rebels in Syria for years. But …

Kurds: 8 Germans Among 22 ISIS Fighters Killed by Coalition Airstrikes

According to Kurdish officials, eight of the 22 ISIS fighters killed by recent coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq were German nationals. The airstrikes were conducted in the Aski Mosul region, west of the ISIS stronghold in Iraq, the city of Mosul. Kurdish forces were said to be involved in providing intelligence for the air campaign.

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Legion of Foreign Fighters Battles for Islamic State

PANKISI GORGE, Georgia (AP) — One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a 20-year-old stole her friend’s passport to make

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McCaul: ISIS Situation ‘Far Surpasses’ Pre-9/11 Afghanistan

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul argued that the situation with ISIS “far surpasses” that of pre-9/11 Afghanistan on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Lead” on CNN. “If you look at pre-9/11 in Afghanistan, this far surpasses what we had,