The EU anti terrorist co-ordinator has announced the possibility of travel ban  and other punitive measures against  individuals  identified as people who may be travelling to fight in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The countries involved in the plan are, the UK, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden,  Netherlands, Belgium, France,and Germany.

Some countries have already taken actions among them United Kingdom which has charged some citizens using parts of its existing anti terrorism laws ,The Netherlands who refused passports to at least 10 citizens suspected of planning to travel to Syria for jihad

Seven Dutch militants were reported killed in Syria recently and Germany has indicates that it has up to 400 citizens involved in the conflicts.

The governments in  EU all share the common  concern that the conflicts in middle east  will act as catalyst in radicalizing certain section of community and further will be a training ground in fighting urban warfare which will then haunt them within own national territories.

The terrorist incidents in Britain and Spain serves as reminder that vigilance

starts at home.

Soldiers are  deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia to quarantine infected  villages, this follows the suspension of flights by British airways in and out of the two countries.

Ebola has claimed hundreds of lives,  and is increasingly prominent in the news with the recent information regarding the  infected American medical staff arriving back into USA on boards military flights .

Cases are being reported from various corner  of the globe and the World Health Organisation is becoming increasingly involved to stop Ebola spreading into other countries .

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Over the sky’s of Manchester the Royal Air Force have escorted  a civilian flight after reported of device on board .

Manchester police are treating the event as  a full emergency .

The air bus belonging to Qatar Airways has landed at Manchester air port and is being attended to by all agencies .

Qatar has been at the heart of controversy with its alleged support of various militant organisations in  middle east.

threat to air liners have been in the head lines with one mysteriously disappearing , one being shot down and one crashing with no causes identified in recent months.

 

With the news of additional gains by ISIS in Iraq one is reminded of the fact that the organisation is barely 3 years old and yet it has managed to occupy a vast territory in Iraq rapidly.

Recently the Kurdish fighters arrested a well-placed individual and obtained information from him that led to a large number of flash drives on which existed financial information that gave indications about ISIS operating budget, the sum indicated was over £750 million pounds this in addition to the value of equipment confiscated that puts the war chest value at just over £1.5 billion.

While such groups have traditionally struggled for finance and this has reduced their ability to obtain sophisticated weaponry such as latest shoulder or vehicle launch anti-aircraft missiles, this clearly is not an issue for ISIS. The recent controversy regarding British air ways flight path over Iraq is caused by these issues.

The other problem is the large number of educated European based extremist that have joined this group in their campaigns in Syria and Iraq has given a great deal of concern to security services in UK as to potential threats inherent upon the return of these individuals to the country.

The concerns are added to by the brutality the ISIS have displayed to all that oppose them

To many ISIS has replaced Al-Qaeda as future threat, what is certain that security forces everywhere are watching the development with great interests

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of two British soldier on duty

They have fought the Taliban, survived the killing fields of Afghanistan, and have been hailed as heroes.

Now battle-hardened British troops have swapped military patrols in Helmand province for keeping the peace at barmitzvahs, synagogues and a range of communal events — and it is all thanks to a couple of former IDF soldiers.

Shai Slagter and Avi Navama run the SQR Group, a security firm that specialises in hiring and training ex-soldiers who have been made redundant from the army under government defence cuts. Ninety-five per cent of the firm’s 200 employees are former British troops.

Mr Navama, who is a former security attaché at the Israeli embassy in London and specialised in counter terrorism operations, said: “We want to help our British heroes. We give them a job and help them settle back into civilian life in the UK.”

The Israelis’ efforts have attracted praise from senior army officers, not least Colonel Richard Kemp, commander of British forces in Afghanistan, who commended them “for having the insight to focus on recruiting former British troops”.

He said: “Israeli-run security companies are widely recognised to provide among the best services in the world. With our armed forces reducing to unprecedented levels, every single job is important.”

Almost 4,500 British serviceman were made redundant in June as part of the government plan to reduce regular army numbers from 102,000 to 82,000.

“It is no surprise that SQR is snapping up British soldiers,” said Col Kemp. “British and Israeli forces have a long relationship — and of course British soldiers, like their Israeli counterparts, are admired around the world for their dedication, discipline and reliability.”

West Yorkshire-born Jay Clough, a sergeant who served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan during his 12 years’ army service, left the forces last year and is now part of the SQR recruitment and training team.

The 32-year-old said: “Shai and Avi personally sought me out to employ me. I give them advice on how to incorporate British soldiers into the firm and make them fit in better.

“A lot of soldiers feel constantly out of the loop when they come back to the UK. It’s difficult. But being here is like being in the forces — there’s always someone to talk to.

“For British guys leaving the forces, SQR is a close family-knit environment — unlike any other that I’ve worked with.”

The firm opened its London office in 2012, and provides security for high-profile individual and corporate clients, as well as communal functions and simchas.

“For us, every job is a military operation, even if it is only a barmitzvah,” said Mr Slagter.

For their employees, working for bosses with a background in Mossad, has a certain glamour.

Drummer Christian Blackie, who served with Sergeant Clough in Afghanistan and is now an SQR employee said: “Shai and Avi’s background in Israeli military and the secret service sparked my interest in SQR — I was wowed a little bit.”

Fellow Afghanistan veteran Tom Chugg agreed: “All of us guys hail to the big boys — they don’t miss a thing.”

(This article was published by the JC on  August 8, 2013 written by Sandy Rashty)

With over 60,000 refugees crossing into Italian territorial water from North Africa with many from Somalia where Al-Qaida affiliated groups have a great deal of control over large parts of the territory, the Italian navy’s concerns are explained by Luigi B Mantelli the commander in chief of the navy “there is a great risk that genuine refugees are infiltrated by hard line terrorists “.

The Italian navy has increased its role and involvement in intercepting the refugee boats and using shared intelligence and screening systems is attempting to identify terrorists and human traffickers .

Over 160 traffickers have been arrested so far but there are no figure for arrested terrorists.

Unusually the largely civilian immigration issue is now finding itself on military agenda and fight against terrorism.

Home office figure on arrests for terrorisim

 The latest figure released by home office in relation to arrest under  the 2000 terrorism act

 June 2014

Statistical News Release

Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation – arrests, outcomes, stops and searches: Great Britain, quarterly update to 31 December 2013

This statistical release brings together information on terrorism arrests and outcomes, court proceedings, prison populations, stops and searches and port examinations.

Terrorism arrests and outcomes:

There were 222 terrorism arrests in the 12 months to 31 December 2013, down from 258 in the previous 12 months. In total, there have been 2,586 terrorism arrests since 11 September 2001.

• 114 (51%) of terrorism arrests in the 12 months to 31 December 2013 resulted in a charge. Of these, 55 (48%) were considered terrorism-related.

• 22 of the 23 persons arrested and prosecuted for terrorism-related offences in the 12 months to 31 December 2013 were convicted. A further 30 were awaiting trial. Since 11 September 2001, 391 persons have been convicted of a terrorism-related offence.

• Data provided by the Crown Prosecution Service show that 37 of the 44 defendants proceeded against during the year ending 31 December 2013 for terrorism-related offences were convicted.

• There were 147 prisoners (convicted or remanded) classified as terrorists or extremists as at 31 December 2013. This total comprised 100 terrorism-related prisoners and 47 domestic extremists.

Stops and searches and port examinations:

In the 12 months to 31 December 2013, no stops and searches were made under s47A of the Terrorism Act 2000.

• 491 stops and searches were carried out by the Metropolitan Police Service under s43 of the Act, a 20 per cent decrease on the previous 12 months.

• A total of 46,184 persons were stopped at ports in Great Britain under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 in the year ending 31 December 2013, a fall of 23% on the previous year. In total, 549 persons were detained after a Schedule 7 examination in the year ending 31 December 2013.

An Air Algerie flight crashed today

An airliner disappears from radar

‘I can confirm that it has crashed,’ the official said, speaking to reporters but declining to give details of where the plane was or what caused the accident.

‘Aviation authorities are mobilised in all the countries concerned – Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Algeria and even Spain.’

The plane, which is operated by Air Algerie, was last picked up on radar at 1.55am GMT and should have landed in the Algerian capital around three hours later.

The pilot reportedly contacted air traffic control in Niamey, Niger, to change course because of a storm

United Nations troops in Mali say they understand the plane came down between Gao and Tessalit

The aircraft is an MD-83 was owned by Swiftair a Spanish company, operated by Air Algerie, Algeria’s national airline, says 110 passengers and 6 crew were aboard.

Two French fighter jets based in the region have been dispatched to try to locate the airliner along its probable route, a French army spokesman said. Niger security sources said planes were flying over the border region with Mali to search for the flight.

He said the passenger list included 50 French, 24 Burkinabe, eight Lebanese, and four Algerians, two from Luxembourg, one Belgian, one Swiss, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian, one Ukrainian and one Romanian. Lebanese officials said there were at least 10 Lebanese citizens on the flight.

image of air craft for flight MH17

Photo & videos of MH17 wreckage proves missile attack, claims report

As part of the wreckage is seen at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 it indicates that the  damage to plane consistent with that inflicted by surface-to-air missile: A part of the wreckage is seen at the crash site of MH17.

SA-11 missiles are 70 kilograms of high-powered explosives wrapped in steel bars. They have a proximity fuse in the head, which triggers the weapon to explode close to the aircraft, showering it with hot shrapnel that shreds the vessel.

The resulting small holes across the plane cause the cabin to rapidly depressurise at more than 10,000 metres altitude. This causes a massive blast of escaping pressure that further ruptures the plane’s frame, resulting in a large hole just like the one seen.

“This very much looks like damage from a fragmentation warhead. The fact that it has struck the cockpit rather than an engine also argues for a radar-guided rather than heat-seeking missile,” Dr Fruhling said

“Air-to-air missiles tend to be heat-seekers, that go for the engine and hit the plane directly rather than fragmenting. Those tiny fragmentations looks just like the surface-to-air SA-11 to me,” another expert states

This is a critical point as Russia has suggested that the missile that brought down the plane and its 289 passengers could have been fired by a Ukrainian plane.

 

The Federal Aviation Administration has told all U.S. airlines that flights to Israel’s Tel Aviv airport are prohibited for 24 hours after a rocket from Gaza landed in the area.

The FAA said in a statement that the ban on flights is for 24 hours beginning at 12:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday after a rocket landed about one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport Tuesday morning. The airport is located 50 miles north of Gaza, within range of rockets being fired by the militant group Hamas.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said earlier Tuesday they are suspending service between the U.S. and Israel indefinitely. US Airways scrapped its Tel Aviv service Tuesday and said it is monitoring the situation in regards to future flights.

Israeli airline El Al, however, maintained its regular flight schedule. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday said he was flying on El Al “to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel.