Ted Poe

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

COMMEMORATING WWI

2017/04/26

Mr. Speaker, April 6, 1917- 100 years ago, the House of Representatives voted in support of the United States’ entrance into World War I. The Great War was considered to be the war to end all wars. Four million Americans, including 200,000 Texans, proudly served during World War I. Boys who grew up on Texas farms suddenly became men as they found themselves in the muddy, rainy, and bloody trenches an ocean away. Read More

Reps. Poe and Matsui Lead Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Cruise Passenger Safety Laws

2017/04/26

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX), Doris Matsui (D-CA)and Jim Himes (D-CT) introduced the Cruise Passenger Protection Act (CPPA) to strengthen passenger safety on cruise ships. The CPPA would build on the passenger safety measures signed into law in the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA). The bill strengthens crime reporting and video surveillance requirements, improves medical standards, and holds cruise lines responsible for deaths at sea. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Edward Markey (D-MA) are introducing companion legislation in the Senate. Read More

ISRAELI HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

2017/04/26

Mr. Speaker, on Monday, Israelis commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day. Carrying out what they called their ‘‘final solution’’ to the ‘‘Jewish problem,’’ the Nazis gassed millions of Jews at Auschwitz, and then collected their corpses like waste to be burned in the camp. Mr. Speaker, this happened just 72 years ago, though many seem to forget. From the ashes of Auschwitz the Jewish people returned to their ancient homeland and established the sole democracy in the Middle East. Read More

ANZAC DAY

2017/04/26

Mr. Speaker, yesterday marked the anniversary of the ANZAC Day. On this day, 102 years ago, while horrific trench warfare was taking place in Europe, half a continent away, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, came together for a noble cause. Together they set out to capture the Dardanelles and Gallipoli to open a route for the allied navies. Read More

PAKISTAN IS PLAYING THE UNITED STATES

2017/04/26

Mr. Speaker, when our forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the goal was simple: remove the Taliban government that sheltered the plotters of the 9/11 attacks on America, and destroy al-Qaida. Nearly 16 years later, Afghanistan is still a haven for terrorists who seek to attack and kill Americans. Since then, the Taliban has waged an insurgency in Afghanistan, destabilizing the country, creating perfect conditions for terrorists to exploit. Read More

CONGRESSMAN POE INTRODUCES BILL TO BRING ACCOUNTABILITY TO FEDERALLY FUNDED BAIL PROGRAMS

2017/04/26

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced the H.R. 2152, the Citizens Right to Know Act. Each year, millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are spent towards the operation of pre-trial release programs– government-funded programs that allow accused criminals to await their trial at home. These programs—filled with many cases that involve repeat, violent and hardened criminals— often operate with little oversight. As a result, taxpayers are literally bailing out dangerous criminals around the country. In some instances, those released commit terrible crimes while on pretrial release or never bother returning for their court date. With increased oversight of the pre-trial release program, these crimes can be avoided. “The federal government has engaged in the ultimate taxpayer bailout, a bailout for hardened criminals with no respect for the rule of law,” said Congressman Ted Poe. “From sexual assaul Read More

CONVICTED CRIMINAL ALIENS KEEP COMING TO AMERICA

2017/04/26

Mr. Speaker, 40- year-old Mexican national Oscar Perez Rangel had already been deported twice. He left the United States with a host of felony convictions, including attempted robbery by firearms and illegal reentry. But holes in the U.S. border allowed the outlaw to sneak back into the U.S. a third time. Here in the U.S., Rangel’s girlfriend ran a daycare center. It was there that he set his sights on a next victim—an unsuspecting 12-year-old girl. Read More

DO EVERYTHING TO SECURE THE BORDER

2017/04/25

Mr. Speaker, for years, cries for help coming from those on the front lines of the Rio Grande have fallen on deaf ears in Washington. I have traveled to the southern border many times in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Law enforcement and citizens do the best they can with what they have got, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and outfinanced by the drug cartels and other devious actors trying to enter the United States. The Federal Government has been negligent for too long, but there is a new sheriff in town, and President Trump has promised that help is on the way. Read More

Terrorism Update: April 25th- April 28th

2017/04/25

Tuesday (4.25.17)

  • Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militants in Iraq's Sinjar region and in northeastern Syria on Tuesday, killing at least 18 fighters and officials in a widening campaign against groups affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The air strikes in Syria targeted the YPG - a key component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are backed by the United States and have been closing in on the Islamic State bastion of Raqqa.
  • The Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday said they detonated a roadside bomb targeting members of the Shi'ite minority that killed at least 10 people travelling in a minibus, and wounded several more, in a remote northwestern region. Terrorists planted the explosive device in the Kurram Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan.
  • A military court in Somalia has executed four men it said were al Shabaab terrorists who were behind a 2016 attack that killed 80 people, a military officer said on Tuesday. The four men were executed in Baidoa, which lies about 150 miles northwest of Mogadishu.
  • The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack yesterday outside of a US base in eastern Afghanistan that has hosted CIA operatives who are hunting al-Qaeda and other jihadists in the region. A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at the main gate for Camp Chapman, a base in Khost province that used to be known as Forward Operating Base Chapman. A US military spokesman confirmed that the assault took place and it appears casualties are among Afghan forces guarding the perimeter. No US military or civilian personnel are reported to have been killed, and the number of Afghan casualties has not been disclosed.
  • Three Yemeni civilians were killed when a drone attacked four suspected al Qaeda terrorists traveling in a vehicle in the southern part of the country, residents and a local official said on Monday. Residents said the attack in al-Saeed area of Shabwa province on Sunday afternoon was by a United States drone, part of a campaign by President Donald Trump's administration against Yemen's al Qaeda branch.
  • Philippine security forces killed about 36 ISIS-linked terrorists in a three-day air and ground assault on a southern island, and captured the rebels' base, an army general said on Monday.
  • Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Syrian Sunni jihadists to wage guerrilla war against enemies ranging from Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his Iranian-backed allies to Western powers. In an audio recording posted online on Sunday, Zawahri called for the rebels to be patient, saying they should be prepared for a long battle with the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria and Iranian-backed Shi'ites fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad's government.
  • A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf terrorists was found beheaded, the military said on Sunday. Sergeant Anni Siraji was probably abducted and executed because of his involvement in peace initiatives in Sulu.
  • On Sunday, al Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, has claimed a massive improvised explosive device (IED) attack on Somali soldiers near Galgala in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland. The blast left at least eight soldiers dead and many others wounded. Shabaab claimed credit for the ambush on its Radio al Andalus website.
  • A Palestinian stabbed and slightly wounded four people along Tel Aviv's beachfront on Sunday and was arrested, police said, describing the attack as terrorism-related. A wave of street attacks by Palestinians in Israel and the occupied West Bank since October 2015 has previously killed 37 Israelis, two American tourists and a British student. At least 242 Palestinians have died during the period of sporadic violence.
  • Three policemen were killed on Sunday in a suicide attack south of Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where ISIS is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive, security sources said. A group of about 10 assailants, including four suicide bombers, had tried to infiltrate a Federal Police helicopter base in Al-Areej. Three policemen and three of the assailants were killed in the attack. Police gave chase but the assailants managed to escape.
  • A local ISIS leader was killed on Saturday during a dawn raid by the Lebanese army in which troops arrested 10 suspected terrorists who had entered a northeastern border town from Syria, the army said. No soldiers were reported wounded or killed in the operation in Arsal.
  • More than 200 Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded on Friday when Taliban gunmen disguised in Afghan army uniform talked their way past checkpoints and attacked a military base, officials said. Following this attack on a military base, the deadliest in the past 16 years, Afghanistan's defense minister and army chief of staff resigned.
  • Russia's Federal Security Service said on Friday that a gunman had burst into one of its regional offices in the far east of the country and opened fire, killing one of its employees and a visitor. Russia's Federal Security Service said on Friday that a gunman had burst into one of its regional offices in the far east of the country and opened fire, killing one of its employees and a visitor. The Site Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based monitoring service, said that ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attack through the terrorist group's Amaq news agency.

Wednesday (4.26.17)

  • Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday and killed six militants, the military said, in a second day of cross-border raids. A military statement said the air strikes targeted the Zap region, the Turkish name for a river which flows across the Turkish-Iraqi border and is known as Zab in Iraq. The air strikes hit "two hiding places and one shelter, and killed six separatist terrorist organisation militants who were understood to be preparing an attack," the statement said.
  • Four people have been arrested in the west-of-Paris suburb of Trappes as part of a counter-terrorism operation, a judicial source said on Wednesday, but noted that investigators did not think there was an imminent risk of an attack.
  • A group called the Imam Shamil Battalion has claimed responsibility for a metro bombing in the Russian city of St. Petersburg that killed 16 people and said the bomber was acting on orders from al Qaeda, according to the SITE monitoring group. The claim by the little-known group was originally published by the Mauritanian news agency ANI, which is often used by West and North African jihadist groups to release statements. The statement, posted by SITE on Tuesday, said the bomber, Akbarzhon Jalilov, had acted on instructions from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in the April 3 attack on the metro in Russia's second biggest city.
  • The United States on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over Turkish air strikes against Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq and said they were not authorized by the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS. The raids in Iraq's Sinjar region and northeast Syria killed at least 20 in a campaign against groups linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
  • The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was "not refuting" reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban. General John Nicholson was speaking in Kabul during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Russia has previously denied providing any material or financial aid to the insurgent group, but has said it maintains ties with Taliban officials in order to push for peace negotiations. A senior U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters that intelligence showed that Russia was providing monetary and weapons support to the Taliban, specifically weapons such as machine guns.
  • Three fighters loyal to ISIS have been killed by wild boars as they planned to ambush Iraqi tribesmen opposed to the group, according to a local anti-ISIS leader. At least eight ISIS fighters had reportedly taken cover among dense reeds in Iraq's al-Rashad region, about 55 miles southwest of Kirkuk, in preparation for a surprise attack on local anti-ISIS tribesman when a herd of wild boars attacked the jihadists on Sunday, killing three.

Thursday (4.27.17)

  • Somalia's al Shabaab gunmen shot and killed a senior national intelligence officer in front of his own house in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday. The security officer, who was involved in conducting security operations against the group, was sitting in front of his house without his body guards when armed terrorists shot him to death and then escaped.
  • Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said, targeting weapons sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes.
  • A suspected U.S. drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan close to the Afghanistan border, one militant commander and intelligence sources said on Thursday, in a rare strike on Pakistani soil. If confirmed, the air strike, which happened on Wednesday, would only be the second drone attack inside the nuclear-armed nation since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.
  • French authorities launched a counter-terrorism investigation after two police officers were shot and wounded on Thursday by an assailant on the French overseas territory of La Reunion. Police on the Indian Ocean island said the gunman, described as a "dangerous individual", was arrested and the French interior minister said weapons and ingredients for making Molotov cocktails were later found at his apartment.
  • Iraqi paramilitary units captured the northern province of Hatra on Thursday, cutting off several desert tracks used by ISIS to move between Iraq and Syria, the military. The operations in Hatra are carried out by Popular Mobilisation, a coalition of mostly Iranian-trained militias of Shi'ite volunteers formed in 2014. The militias on Wednesday dislodged ISIS from the ancient ruins of Hatra, which suffered great destruction under the terrorists’ three-year rule. ISIS is now surrounded in the northwestern part of Mosul, including the Old City and its landmark Grand al-Nuri Mosque from where their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared in mid-2014 a caliphate also spanning parts of Syria.
  • President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White House to micro-manage battlefield decisions and ultimately obscured the real number of U.S. forces. The Pentagon, which confirmed the move on Wednesday, said no change has yet been made to U.S. troop limits. It also stressed the U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria still was focused on backing local forces to fight ISIS - a tactic that has averted the need for a major U.S. ground force.
  • ISIS has developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the Sunni terrorist group was "promoting the development of 'own-brand' weapons" to provide its insurgents with otherwise unavailable armaments. CAR, which identifies and tracks arms and ammunition in war zones, reported in December that IS had been making weapons on a scale and sophistication matching national military forces and that it had standardized production across its territory.

Friday (4.28.17) 

  • The Taliban says its annual spring offensive will be a mix of conventional, guerrilla and suicide attacks on Afghan and foreign forces, underlining the challenges facing the U.S. administration as it weighs its options in Afghanistan. Dubbed Operation Mansouri, after former leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour who was killed last year in a U.S. drone strike, the spring offensive announcement on Friday comes a week after one of the most devastating attacks on Afghan forces since the Taliban was driven from power more than 15 years ago.
  • Denmark's public prosecutor's office said on Friday it had charged six men with allowing themselves to be recruited by ISIS and fighting for the terrorist group in Syria. The six men, who are currently held on remand, were either Danish citizens or foreigners resident in Denmark, the prosecutor said.
  • The US military on Thursday today that two American service members were killed a third wounded during a raid against the Islamic State in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province. The operation was conducted Wednesday night in coordination with Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. A spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Captain William Salvin said the deaths occurred in the same valley where the United States had dropped a massive bomb on a complex of fortified tunnel being used by ISIS.
  • The United States on Thursday blacklisted a Saudi man who it said was the Syria-based deputy leader of ISIS’ affiliate in Saudi Arabia. Mubarak Mohammed A Alotaibi, a 31-year-old Saudi citizen, was named a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist," the State Department said. The action freezes any assets he might have in the United States, and Americans are not allowed to deal with him.
  • British police said on Thursday they had arrested a man on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack after stopping him while he was carrying knives near Britain's parliament. Police said the man was in his late twenties, and was detained on a major street between parliament and the residence of Prime Minister Theresa May, on suspicion of committing or instigating acts of terrorism and possession of an offensive weapon.
  • With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the terrorist group, Hamas, that has kept Gaza out of his control for a decade. Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) on Thursday told Israel it would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory, whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day.
  • Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (“Assembly for the Liberation of the Levant”) and the Islamic State have released competing propaganda claims from the Yarmouk camp in the southern part of Damascus this week. The two sides have battled each other for control of the camp, which was once home to more than 100,000 Syrians and Palestinian refugees, for more than two years, but the fighting continue.
  • The Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), al Qaeda’s branch in West Africa, released several photos earlier on Wednesday from last week’s deadly assault on a Malian base near Timbuktu. The assault reportedly left four Malian soldiers dead and many more wounded. JNIM reported its soldiers overran Malian special forces and took control of the base before French troops arrived. The French military said it sent a “detachment of mountain commandos” to help Malian forces drive the jihadists back. JNIM said the group withdrew after French airstrikes began. Before it withdrew, however, JNIM reportedly took several military vehicles, weapons, ammunition, and destroyed other equipment.
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REP. POE COSPONSORS BILL TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS; CONDEMNS THREATS AGAINST JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS

2017/04/20

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2017 – Congressman Ted Poe cosponsored bipartisan legislation, the Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017, introduced by Reps. David Kustoff (R-TN) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) today. This legislation would increase the federal penalty for bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against community religious centers and ensure these acts can be prosecuted as a hate crime. Read More

Terrorism Update: April 17th- April 21st

2017/04/17

Monday (4/17/17)
  • Iraqi forces gained fresh ground in door-to-door fighting in the Old City of Mosul, a military spokesman said on Monday, as the U.S.-backed offensive to capture ISIS’ de facto capital in Iraq entered its seventh month. Drones are extensively being used to locate and direct air strikes on the terrorists who are dug in the middle of civilians. Troops have focused on the famous centuries-old al-Nuri Mosque leaning minaret since last month, as capturing it would mark a symbolic victory over the insurgents. Their progress has been slow as about 400,000 civilians, or a quarter of Mosul's pre-war population, are trapped in neighborhoods still under control of ISIS.
  • The Tunisian who killed 12 people by driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin received his orders directly from ISIS, a German magazine reported on Saturday. The terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack on Dec. 19, but it was unclear whether it had planned and executed it, or just inspired the attacker with its calls on supporters to hit targets in enemy countries. Der Spiegel cited information provided to German security authorities from the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 8 that said Anis Amri, the failed asylum seeker who drove the truck into the crowd, had received an order from a squad within ISIS. The squad is known to German authorities from other proceedings against suspected ISIS fighters disguised as refugees.
  • An ISIS fighter linked to the deadly 2015 attack on French weekly Charlie Hebdo could be still be alive, the Iraqi military said on Saturday. Boubaker el-Hakim was reported by American defense officials to have been killed in November, in a U.S. drone strike in Raqqa, ISIS’ de facto capital in Syria. Iraqi intelligence supplied information to the Syrian air force to carry out a series of strikes on ISIS headquarters and hideouts in Syria, including one believed to belong to el-Hakim. Aircraft from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's airforce targeted several locations in Raqqa and Albu Kamal, near the Iraqi border, without indicating the location of el-Hakim's headquarters or the date of the raids. An Iraqi military spokesman said el-Hakim's headquarters were destroyed but it wasn't clear if he was killed.
  • A Palestinian man fatally stabbed a British student on Jerusalem's transit network on Friday, Israeli police said. Israel's ambassador to Britain, Mark Regev, named the victim as Hannah Bladon on his Twitter account, adding that she was "murdered in a senseless act of terror." The incident occurred in a train carriage on the light rail network near the walled Old City.
  • On Thursday an 11-ton "mother of all bombs" was dropped by U.S. forces on ISIS-linked fighters in Afghanistan. The 21,600-pound (9,797-kg) GBU-43 (Guided Bomb Unit), one of only 15 ever built, was developed after the U.S. military found itself without the ordnance needed to deal with al Qaeda tunnel systems in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in 2001. But the Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, or MOAB, as it is also known, had never been used in combat until Thursday when a U.S. MC-130 aircraft dropped one on the Achin district of Nangarhar, bordering Pakistan. Afghan officials say it killed as many as 36 suspected ISIS fighters.
  • The State Department announced on April 13th that two Canadian citizens have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. One of them, Tarek Sakr, is allegedly “linked” to Al Nusrah Front, which was the public arm of al Qaeda in Syria until mid-2016. Even though Nusrah was rebranded as Jabhat Fath al Sham in July 2016 and then merged with four other groups to form a joint venture (“Assembly for the Liberation of the Levant”) in January, State still refers to organization by its original name and describes it as al Qaeda’s “affiliate in Syria.” The other newly designated jihadist is Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a Canadian citizen with Somali roots who joined the ISIS in 2014. State describes Shirdon, also known as Abu Usama al Somali, as “a prominent ISIS fighter and recruiter” who “has also been involved in fundraising.

Tuesday (4.18.17) 

  • French police thwarted an imminent “terror attack,” arresting two suspected terrorists Tuesday in the southern port city of Marseille. The men, both French, one born in 1987 and the other in 1993, are “suspected of wanting to commit, in an imminent way, a violent action on the eve of the French presidential election,” the minister said Interior Minister Matthias Fekl.
  • Pakistan's military captured a would-be ISIS female suicide bomber in the cultural capital of Lahore before she could carry out an attack on the Christian community during Easter celebrations, the army's chief spokesman said on Monday. The military identified the woman as Noreen Leghari, a medical student who grew up in the southern city of Hyderabad. Part of a video confession by the woman was shown at a news briefing. In it, she says she was part of a planned attack on an unnamed church on Easter, and had traveled from Hyderabad to Lahore and was working with two other men.
  • ISIS is talking to al Qaeda about a possible alliance as Iraqi troops close in on ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi said in an interview on Monday. Allawi said he got the information on Monday from Iraqi and regional contacts knowledgeable about Iraq. "The discussion has started now," Allawi said. "There are discussions and dialogue between messengers representing Baghdadi and representing Zawahiri," referring to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda.
  • Nigeria troops on Monday at Jarawa village in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno, rescued 1,623 captives held by remnants of Boko Haram terrorists after they neutralized 21 terrorists in a battle, an official said. According to a statement issued by the army spokesperson, the troops also recovered 3 AK-47 Rifles, a 36 hand grenade, 12 cutlasses, and four motorcycles.
  • U.S. aircraft attacked southern Somalia on Saturday morning, killing more than 100 al-Shabaab terrorists, including 20 commanders, residents and officials have said. Witnesses said the planes targeted the terrorists’ hideouts in War Gaduud and El-Adde where many Kenyan soldiers were killed by the terrorists in January 2016.

Thursday (4.20.17) 

  • The Egyptian military carried out air strikes in northern Sinai today reportedly killing 19 members of the country’s ISIS affiliate following an attack on security forces near St. Catherine’s Monastery in south Sinai this week claimed by the terrorist group.
  • Russia’s Federal Security Service has identified the person who orchestrated an attack that killed 14 people on the St. Petersburg metro earlier this month, Russian news agencies reported today citing FSB chief Alexander Bortinkov. On Wednesday, the Russian Investigative Committee said that Russian authorities detained the elder brother of the suspected organizer of the attack who allegedly helped transfer money, prepare for the attack, and organize communication with international terrorists.
  • Major General Joseph Martin, the commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq, said on Wednesday that ISIS had used a chemical agent in an attack on Iraqi forces over the weekend and that the agent has been sent for testing to try to identify it.
  • U.S. military officials said on Wednesday that U.S. troops are still battling ISIS fighters near the site where the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was dropped in eastern Afghanistan last week. Relatedly, despite claims by Afghan officials that nearly 100 ISIS fighters were killed by the bombing, the terrorist group suggested in a recent broadcast that they suffered no casualties.
  • Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian terrorist on Wednesday who rammed his car into a bus stop at Gush Etzion Junction, a busy intersection in the West Bank, injuring an Israeli civilian.
  • Finland’s government is considering a law, presented on Wednesday, that would allow the Finnish intelligence services to monitor citizens’ data communications beyond Finnish borders if there is suspicion of a “serious threat” against national security. The legislative proposal is aimed at countering threats like terrorism and spying on the heels of growing concerns in the country after recent attacks in neighboring Sweden and Russia.
  • A man held in France over a foiled plot to stage an attack ahead of the first round of presidential elections in the country was also sought by Belgian authorities, according to Belgium’s federal prosecutor. Clement Baur, 23, was one of the two people detained on Sunday in Marseilles and authorities said he had plotted an “imminent and violent attack.”
  • A U.S. drone strike killed four suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) members in an overnight strike as they were traveling through Yemen’s central desert province of Marib, local officials said on Wednesday.

Friday (4.21.17)

  • ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the Champs Elysees shooting yesterday in Paris that killed a police officer and injured two others, releasing seemingly prepared statements in multiple languages just hours after the attack. French authorities have identified the gunman who was killed during the course of the attack as French citizen Karim Cheurfi and said that he had served time for armed assaults on law enforcement officers going back 16 years. In addition to the assault rifle used in the attack, Cheurfi had a pump action shotgun and knives in his car. A French interior ministry spokesman confirmed on Friday that a manhunt was underway for a second individual identified as Youssouf El Osri whom Belgian security officials described as a “very dangerous individual en route to France” shortly before Thursday’s attack.
  • President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he does not see a role for the United States in Libya apart from defeating ISIS in the country. “I see that as a primary role,” the President explained, “and that’s what we’re going to do, whether it’s in Iraq, or Libya or anywhere else.”
  • Russian investigators said on Thursday that a man suspected of detonating a bomb in the St. Petersburg metro earlier this month had received money from an “international terrorist group” in Turkey. Russia’s Investigative Committee said Akram Azimov, the brother of the suspected organizer of the attack, had transferred money from Turkey to the suspected bomber, Akbarzhon Jalilov.
  • An elderly, one-armed leader of the ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf group has indicated via an emissary that he wants to surrender to the Philippine authorities and is tired being on the run, an army general said on Thursday. Brigadier-General Cirilito Sobejana, army commander on the Abu Sayyaf stronghold of Jolo island, said he has met an emissary who was seeking to negotiate the surrender of Radullan Sahiron, who is more than 70 years old and wanted by the United States for the kidnapping of Western tourists 17 years ago.
  • Terrence McNeil, a 24 year-old man from Akron, Ohio, pleaded guilty to terror-related charges on Wednesday after authorities alleged that he posted an ISIS hit list online. Prosecutors did not charge McNeil with plotting to commit an attack himself. Instead, he pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder of American military personnel.
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Terrorism Update: April 10th- April 13th

2017/04/10

Monday (4.10.17)

  • A suicide bomber wearing army uniform killed at least nine soldiers at a camp in Somalia's capital on Monday, authorities said, and a government official was killed by a bomb planted in his car. Al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, al Shabaab, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the military training camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu.
  • Suspected ISIS members arrested in Kuwait and the Philippines were planning to carry out bombings against U.S. military forces in Kuwait, the Gulf country's al-Rai newspaper reported on Monday. The suspects were also plotting a suicide attack on a hussainiya, or Shi'ite Muslim meeting hall.
  • Over 40 worshippers were killed and approximately 80 people wounded when bombs were detonated at two Egyptian churches early Sunday. ISIS’ Amaq News Agency quickly claimed credit for the attacks, saying that a “covert cell” had struck churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria. The first bomb was detonated at Saint George church in Tanta and the second at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria. Pope Tawadros II, who heads the Coptic Orthodox Church, was reportedly in attendance at Saint Mark’s either shortly before or after the jihadists struck.
  • Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for Sunday’s suicide car bombing that targeted the newly minted chief of defense forces near Somalia’s Ministry of Defense in Mogadishu. General Mohamed Ahmed Jimale, the bombing’s target, survived the blast, but at least 15 people were killed. Jimale was travelling with other Somali officials near the defense ministry headquarters when the Shabaab suicide bomber detonated his vehicle. In addition, a nearby passenger bus was also hit in the explosion. Shabaab’s statement acknowledges that the general escaped the assassination attempt.
  • ISIS fighters launched two suicide attacks on U.S.-backed Syrian rebels near the border with Iraq, leaving at least 12 dead in the fighting and many wounded, rebel sources said on Sunday. They said eight ISIS members and four of their own men died. An attack at midnight on a heavily defended base near the al Tanf border crossing involved at least one explosive-laden vehicle that rammed an entrance to the base. At least two U.S.-backed rebels were killed and scores wounded, a rebel source said. The terrorists also staged a suicide attack on a convoy of rebel fighters from the Western-backed Osoud al Sharqiya rebel group, who had sent reinforcements from their outpost near the Rukban refugee camp further south west. Two of the fighters in the convoy were killed in the ambush.
  • Pakistani police said on Saturday 10 militants from Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, died in a gun battle in the eastern city of Lahore, including a key suspect behind a February blast that killed 13 people. The clash came just days after a suicide attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban on an army census team that killed at least six people and wounded 18 in Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city.
  • A U.S. soldier was killed while conducting operations against ISIS in Afghanistan late on Saturday, a U.S. military spokesman said in a message posted on Twitter. "The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar Province" in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin said in a message on the official Twitter account of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. The soldier was a Special Forces operator. The circumstances of the death were unclear and Salvin said more information could be released later.
  • A 39-year-old Uzbek man being held in custody is the suspected driver of a hijacked beer delivery truck that plowed into crowds in central Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15 in an apparent terror attack, police said on Saturday. The Uzbek man expressed sympathy for ISIS in the past and was wanted for failing to comply with a deportation order. The man, detained on Friday night on terrorism charges after the attack in the heart of the capital, appeared to have acted alone.
  • Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Saturday executed five people it said were Islamist terrorists responsible for killing three senior government officials last year, a military court official said. Abdifatah Haji Aden, chairman of Puntland's military court, said the five were behind the killings of a director at Puntland's presidential palace, a military prosecutor and a deputy police commander in the port city of Bossaso in December. The court said the accused were members of al Shabaab.
  • Australia's counterterrorism unit was investigating the fatal stabbing of a petrol station employee, but authorities said on Friday it was unclear if the attack was related to an organized militant group. Police said they arrested two males, aged 15 and 16, in relation to the deadly attack in the town of Queanbeyan just outside the national capital Canberra on Thursday night. The 16-year-old was being investigated for suspected links to global terrorist groups.

Tuesday (4.11.17)

  • Philippine troops killed at least five suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists and suffered three fatalities during a firefight in Bohol province on Tuesday, the military said. The clash took place after the United States and Canadian embassies in Manila warned citizens against traveling to Central Visayas, which includes Cebu and Bohol, where rebel groups may attempt to conduct kidnappings during Holy Week in the predominantly Catholic nation. Cebu and Bohol are two of the country's most popular tourist destinations, far away from the island strongholds of Abu Sayyaf, an ISIS-linked group known for extortion, piracy and kidnaps for ransom.
  • The man suspected of the Stockholm truck attack has admitted to carrying out a "terrorist crime", his lawyer said. At a hearing in the Swedish capital on Tuesday, the lawyer for Rakhmat Akilov, a 39 year-old from the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, said that his client accepted his continued detention. Akilov, who did not speak in court, has not yet been formally charged. He will remain in custody in until a trial begins.
  • ISIS now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, down from the 40 percent it held during 2014, an Iraqi military spokesman said Tuesday.
  • Niger security forces killed 57 members of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram who attacked a village in the southeastern Diffa region overnight, the defense ministry said in a statement on Monday. Fifteen soldiers and two civilians were wounded during the attack by heavily armed men in Gueskerou village, which is around 22 miles northeast of Diffa town. The security forces recovered a Toyota pick-up along with a 60 mm mortar, two RPG 7s (rocket propelled grenade launchers), five machine guns, 20 AK-47s and a lot of ammunition.
  • Kenya soldiers on Monday killed 15 al Shabaab terrorists in an operation in West of Catamaa, in the Gedo region of Somalia. KDF spokesman Joseph Owuoth said the forces' AMISOM detachment from a nearby location engaged the terrorists using artillery and mortar fire and successfully destroyed the terrorists’ camp.
  • Egyptian security forces killed seven suspected ISIS fighters in a shootout on Monday as they were meeting to plan attacks on minority Christians, the Interior Ministry said. The incident in the southern city of Assiut occurred a day after Egypt's cabinet approved a three-month state of emergency in the wake of ISIS attacks on two Christian Coptic churches that killed at least 44 people.
  • A terrorism-inspired children’s board game based on “Snakes and Ladders” (also known as Chutes and Ladders) that glorifies the Hamas terror group is soon set to hit stores in the Gaza Strip. According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, “Reaching Jerusalem” was designed by Muhammad Ramadan Al-Amriti, an employee of the Hamas Interior Ministry who has previously produced and directed videos praising Hamas and terror attacks against Israel. In a post on his Facebook page, Al-Amriti said the purpose of the game is to teach Palestinian children the proper tenets of Islam and “that return to the homeland will be achieved only through resistance and jihad.”

Wednesday (4.12.17)

  • ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on Wednesday near the Afghan Defense Ministry that killed at least three people. At least one civilian and two members of the Afghan security forces were killed, a ministry spokesman said, adding that the target appeared to be a police post near military headquarters. ISIS claimed responsibility in an online post.
  • The use of children as suicide bombers by the insurgents of Boko Haram has surged in 2017, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. In the countries fighting Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region - Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad - 27 children have been used in suicide attacks by the armed Islamist group in the first three months of the year, UNICEF said in a report and statement. There were nine cases in the same period last year, and 30 children used for bombings in all of 2016, most of whom were girls.
  • Nigeria's state security agency said on Wednesday it had thwarted plans by Boko Haram fighters linked to ISIS to attack the British and United States embassies in the capital Abuja. The Department of State Services (DSS) said it arrested five suspected members of the Islamist terrorist group based in Benue state, in the country's middle belt, between March 25 and 26.
  • German authorities arrested a suspected Islamist terrorist on Wednesday in connection with an attack on a bus carrying players of one of the country's top soccer teams. Borussia Dortmund's team bus was attacked with explosives on Tuesday shortly before the start of their Champions League game against AS Monaco, injuring defender Marc Bartra and forcing the match to be postponed by a day. Three explosions went off at 7:15 p.m. near the hotel where the team was staying and the team appeared to be the target.
  • A leader of a terrorist group who was directly involved in the kidnap and execution of Canadian and German nationals was among those killed by Philippine troops in a clash on a resort island this week, the military said on Wednesday. Troops killed at least six members of the ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf during the firefight on the popular tourist island of Bohol on Tuesday, but suffered four casualties. The military has recovered the body of Muamar Askali, also known as Abu Rami, a former spokesman for Abu Sayyaf.
  • An Uzbek man suspected of ramming a truck into a crowd of people in the Swedish capital Stockholm had tried to travel to Syria in 2015 to join ISIS, an Uzbekistan security source said on Wednesday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the suspect, Rakhmat Akilov, was an ethnic Tajik who while living in Sweden came under the influence of a Tajik ISIS cell.
  • Senegalese police said on Tuesday that they had arrested three suspected foreign jihadists in the capital Dakar, the second such series of arrests this year. Two Moroccans were taken into custody on March 29 for alleged ties to ISIS, the police said in a statement, while a Nigerian was arrested on April 1 as he left the Nigerian embassy, on suspicion of recruiting for Boko Haram.
  • U.S.-backed forces fighting ISIS in Syria advanced to within 1 mile of a key stronghold near the jihadist group's de facto capital of Raqqa on Tuesday, and a counter-attack by the terrorists was repulsed, officials said. The multi-phased campaign by the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by air strikes and military advisers from a U.S.-led coalition, ultimately aims to oust ISIS from Raqqa.

Thursday (4.13.17)

  • U.S.-backed forces fighting ISIS in Syria launched a new phase of their offensive on Thursday, a statement said, but they have not yet begun to attack the terrorist group's stronghold of Raqqa city in an apparent delay in the operation. The multi-phased campaign by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance made up of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighting groups, was launched in November and aims ultimately to drive the jihadists from Raqqa, their de facto Syrian capital. The SDF have closed in on Raqqa from the north, east and west. They have surrounded the ISIS-held Tabqa area and its adjacent dam, some 25 miles to the west of Raqqa, which is the focus of heavy fighting and where ISIS has launched a number of counter-attacks.
  • Joseph Jones and Edward Schimenti, both 35 and from Zion, Illinois were arrested on Wednesday on charges they conspired to help ISIS, with one suspect saying he wanted to see the jihadist group's flag over the White House, the U.S. Justice Department said. The pair pledged allegiance to Islamic State and took to social media to back violence in support of the terrorist group.
  • Egypt on Wednesday named the suicide bomber who attacked a cathedral in Alexandria as 31-year-old Mahmoud Hassan Mubarak Abdullah, describing him as a fugitive with links to terrorist cells that carried out previous strikes in the country. The interior ministry said Abdullah had links with the Islamist terrorist cell behind the December suicide bombing on Cairo's main Coptic cathedral, an attack also claimed by ISIS. Authorities are still trying to identify the Tanta attacker.
  • Bangladesh executed an Islamist terrorist leader and two of his aides on Wednesday for a grenade attack on the British ambassador in 2004, a senior prison official said, days after the president turned down their clemency pleas. Mufti Abdul Hannan, the head of the banned Harkat-ul Jihad Islami group, Sharif Shahedul and Delwar Hossain were convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for the attack, which took place on May 21, 2004, after Friday prayers in the northeastern district of Sylhet.
  • The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS is pulling back on its airstrikes near the Syrian city of Raqqa amid "tensions" following a U.S. missile strike in the country last week. “We have made adjustments to our operations to account for the potential tensions that resulted from the strikes that were conducted because of the Syrian regime’s chemical attack,” Col. John Dorrian, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters at the Pentagon Wednesday. “But make no mistake, we do plan on continuing our operations and we do continue to look for ways to accelerate them.”
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STATEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN TED POE ON SYRIA

2017/04/07

This week, the world watched in horror as Syrian President Assad launched a chemical attack against his own people including defenseless women and children. The use of chemical weapons is not only barbaric , it is a violation of international law. Accordingly, last night, the United States responded forcefully with a targeted strike against the origin of that attack. This swift and decisive retaliation was an appropriate and proportional response to this horrific crime. This Administration has sent the message to Assad and other dictators that when they do cross that red line there will now be consequences from the United States. Read More

CONGRESSIONAL VICTIMS’ RIGHTS CAUCUS HOLDS ANNUAL AWARD CEREMONY

2017/04/07

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, Co-Chairs and Co-Founders Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) joined Patrick Meehan (R-PA) of the bipartisan Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus to honor this year’s outstanding individuals who have given their time and service to helping victims. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Caucus. Read More

Congressman Poe Seeks Wounded Warrior for Paid Fellowship

2017/04/06

Houston, TX- Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) is seeking a wounded warrior or medically retired veteran for a two-year paid fellowship in his Kingwood Office. The individual chosen for the fellowship will work with the military and veteran constituents to handle veterans-related casework and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal government agencies. In addition, they will conduct outreach to the local community. “Our nation’s warriors are the best that we have,” said Congressman Ted Poe. “America's service members are a cut above the rest and we will always support them. I am pleased to work with the House of Representatives to ensure that veterans and military service personnel in Texas’s Second District have access to federal government services and the care they deserve.” Read More

HONORING THE LIFE OF DR. BUDDY HICKS

2017/04/05

Mr. Speaker, it is with heavy heart that I rise today to honor the life and memory of my friend, Dr. Buddy Hicks of Kingwood, Texas, who passed away Sunday while delivering a sermon at Pipeline Church in Humble, Texas. This is a photograph of Buddy and his wife, Carolyn, and their grandson, Cole. Buddy was doing what he loved to do until the very moment that the good Lord called him home. The Lord called him home right in the middle of his sermon. Read More

HONORING CHIEF CLINT GREENWOOD

2017/04/04

Mr. Speaker, early this morning, Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Clint Greenwood put on his uniform, secured his badge over his heart, and he headed off to work. As he arrived at the courthouse at 7 a.m., shots suddenly rang out. After the smoke cleared, Chief Greenwood was shot in the neck. His fellow officers rushed to his aid, and he was airlifted to a nearby Houston hospital, but it was too late. Texas lost another one of its finest men in blue. The suspect is still at large, but not for long. As the investigation develops, it is still unclear if Deputy Chief Greenwood was specifically targeted or if he was ambushed because he wore the uniform. Law enforcement will do everything in their power to find and apprehend the murderous outlaw. Read More

POE URGES PASSAGE OF NORTH KOREA STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM DESIGNATION ACT

2017/04/03

Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman and the ranking member, Mr. SHERMAN, for his cosponsorship of this legislation. Mr. Speaker, North Korea was on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list for 20 years. It was taken off in 2008 for purely diplomatic reasons. North Korea agreed to freeze and disable its nuclear program as the result of international efforts known as the Six-Party Talks. In exchange, the United States decided to remove North Korea from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Fast forward 9 years later, North Korea remains off the list while it races toward the capability to send a nuclear warhead to American shores. Read More

Terrorism Update: April 3rd - April 7th

2017/04/03

Monday (4.3.17)

  • At least 10 people were killed in explosions in two train carriages at metro stations in St. Petersburg on Monday, Russian authorities said. Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying one of the blasts was caused by a bomb filled with shrapnel. President Vladimir Putin, who was in St. Petersburg for a meeting with Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko, said the cause of the blasts was not yet clear and efforts were underway to find out. He said he was considering all possibilities including terrorism.
  • Philippine soldiers killed "more than 10" ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf terrorists in an attempt to free Vietnamese captives held on a remote southern island as troops fired howitzer shells on rebel positions, an army general said on Monday. The small but violent militant group, known for extortion, beheading and kidnap-for-ransom activities, is holding more than two dozen captives on Jolo island. It beheaded a German captive two months ago when no ransom was paid for his release.
  • U.S. backed Syrian forces repelled a major counter-attack by ISIS fighters holding out at the country's largest dam and in the nearby town of Tabqa, the group and activists said on Sunday. The dam is a key strategic target in the military campaign to isolate and capture the Syrian city of Raqqa, 25 miles to the east and ISIS’ biggest urban stronghold.
  • Salem Salmy al-Hamadeen, also known as Abu Anas al-Ansari, a leader in ISIS’ Egyptian affiliate was killed in an air raid last month, the Egyptian military said on Sunday. Hamadeen was one of the founders of the group which was formerly called Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, now called Egypt's Sinai Province, and was responsible for arming and training militants. He died after being wounded in an air raid on March 18th.
  • At least 13 policemen and three civilians were wounded when a bomb exploded near a police training center in the Nile Delta city of Tanta on Saturday in an attack claimed by a newly emerged Islamist terrorist group that calls itself Louwaa el Thawra, or the Revolution Brigade. The bomb was planted on a motorcycle parked near the center, which was cordoned off following the blast as security forces combed the scene, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Two of the wounded are in a critical condition, a health ministry spokesman said.
  • Three Islamist terrorists were killed on Saturday during a police operation in Bangladesh’s north east Borohat of Moulavibazar, said Monirul Islam, chief of the counter-terrorism unit of Bangladesh police. “Police asked them to surrender but instead the female militant (of the three)...responded with a grenade attack on SWAT,” Monirul said. The operation on Saturday was the latest clash in the South Asian country that has seen a rise in Islamist violence.
  • Ayad al-Jumaili, believed to be a deputy of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in an air strike on Friday, an Iraqi intelligence spokesman said on Saturday. The U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition said it was unable at the moment to confirm the information that was reported earlier in the day by Iraqi state-run TV. Jumaili was killed with other ISIS commanders in a strike carried out by the Iraqi air force in the region of al-Qaim, near the border with Syria.
  • The US military announced on Friday that a senior ISIS propaganda official was killed in an airstrike on Mar. 25 in Al-Qa’im, Iraq. The propagandist, Ibrahim al-Ansari, was killed along with “four of his associates,” according to Joe Scrocca, the public affairs director for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). Al-Ansari “was a leader in producing and disseminating propaganda to direct, encourage and instruct terror attacks, as well as to recruit foreign terrorist fighters,” Scrocca said. He “promoted terror attacks against US and Turkish citizens” and was also responsible for “the brainwashing of young children to perpetuate ISIS’s brutal message,” Scrocca added.
  • A Danish court on Friday stripped the citizenship of a 25-year former pizzeria owner who was convicted last year of fighting for ISIS in Syria. The court order comes at a time of growing concerns about increased radicalization among Muslims in Europe in the wake of attacks in countries such as France, Germany and Britain. Danish media identified the man Enes Ciftci, who was born and raised in Denmark.
  • The White House has granted the U.S. military broader authority to carry out strikes in Somalia against al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab terrorists, the Pentagon said on Thursday, the latest sign President Donald Trump is increasing U.S. military engagement in the region. Last Friday, the head of U.S. forces in Africa said that greater ability to fight the terrorists would lead to more flexibility and quicker targeting. Al Shabaab has been able to carry out deadly bombings despite losing most of its territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the Somali government. The group's insurgency aims to drive out the peacekeepers, topple Somalia's western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam on the Horn of Africa state.

Tuesday (4.4.17)

  • The faction of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram led by Abubakar Shekau released a video on Tuesday denying that fighters are dying of hunger in its northeast Nigerian forest base. Nigeria's military last week said it was "ransacking" territory it said it had recaptured from Boko Haram in the hunt for Shekau, who leads one of two main branches of the jihadist group. It also said he might be hiding in the Sambisa forest. Large parts of northeast Nigeria, particularly in Borno state, remain under threat from Boko Haram as suicide bombings and gun attacks have increased in the region since the end of the rainy season late last year.
  • Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist terrorist group has taken control of El Bur, a town in the Horn of Africa's semi-autonomous region of Galmudug, after Ethiopian forces left, a government official has said. Al Shabaab is seeking to drive the African Union-mandated peace keeping force, AMISOM, out of Somalia and topple the country's Western-backed central government.
  • Turkish security forces have detained 18 people attempting to illegally cross to Turkey from its Syrian border, including a Chechen man suspected of planning an attack, the military said on Tuesday. The security forces found 3.3 pounds of explosives and two grenades in the Chechen man's bag. The group was made up of nine other men, four women and four children.
  • The United Nations said on Tuesday it is expanding camps for displaced people around Mosul, as air strikes resumed on ISIS positions in Iraq's second largest city. More than 300,000 people have fled Mosul since the start of the U.S.-backed campaign in October. Iraqi forces captured the eastern side in January and in February launched a second phase to take the western side, with air and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition. They are now battling to take the northwestern part, but the civilian death toll has mounted in the densely populated Old City, where the terrorists are dug in amongst residents.
  • A blast in a St Petersburg train carriage on Monday that killed 14 people and wounded 50 was probably carried out by a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan. Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday that authorities had received a warning of a possible second attack at the same Sennaya Ploshchad metro station. Interfax news agency said several fire engines were outside the station, which had been closed. The explosion on Monday was a suspected suicide bombing by a perpetrator with ties to radical Islamists.
  • A suspected gas attack, believed to be by Syrian government jets, killed at least 58 people including 11 children under the age of eight in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, a war monitor and medical workers in the rebel-held area said. A Syrian military source strongly denied the army had used any such weapons.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider reviving litigation seeking to hold Arab Bank Plc financially liable for militant attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories that accused the Jordan-based bank of being the "paymaster" to terrorist groups. The justices agreed to hear an appeal by roughly 6,000 plaintiffs, who included relatives of non-U.S. citizens killed in such attacks and survivors of the incidents, of a lower court ruling throwing out the litigation.
  • A New Jersey teen pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists in what media called an ISIS-inspired effort to kill Pope Francis in 2015 during a public Mass in Philadelphia, according to a statement by federal prosecutors. Santos Colon, 17, admitted on Monday in a federal court in Camden, New Jersey, that he attempted to conspire with a sniper to shoot the Pope during his visit in Philadelphia and set off explosive devices in the surrounding areas.
  • The US military has continued its increased targeting of al Qaeda’s network in Yemen, launching more than 20 airstrikes against the terrorist group over the weekend. The US has now launched more than 75 airstrikes in Yemen since the beginning of the year, already nearly double the yearly total since the drone program against al Qaeda in Yemen began in 2009.

Wednesday (4.5.17)

  • The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on army personnel that killed at least six people and wounded 18 in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday. Punjab government spokesman Malik Ahmed Khan said the blast, which hit an army vehicle taking part in Pakistan's census, killed four soldiers and two civilian bystanders.
  • A car bomb rammed into a cafe in the Somali capital Mogadishu near compounds housing government ministries on Wednesday, killing seven people, officials and ambulance services said. Witnesses said the blast destroyed the cafe and damaged another one. Police said the blast took place near the compounds housing the security and sports ministries. The incident occurred after the new security minister, Mahamed Abuukar Islow, took office and promised he would come up with a plan to tighten security.
  • At least 31 people were killed, including 14 police officers, and more than 40 wounded in attacks overnight by ISIS fighters in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, security and medical sources said on Wednesday. The terrorists wore police uniforms and used a police vehicle to enter the city, 110 miles north of Baghdad. Police colonel Khalid Mahmoud said there were around 10 attackers, including two suicide bombers. ISIS’ Amaq news agency said seven suicide fighters attacked a police position and the home of the head of the city's counter-terrorism service, who was killed. The assailants blew themselves up when they ran out of ammunition, it said.
  • Six people of central Asian origin have been detained on suspicion of recruiting for radical Islamist groups, Russian investigators said on Wednesday, but added there was no proof linking the detainees to the deadly metro bombing in St Petersburg. Russian state investigators say their main suspect in Monday's bombing, which killed 14 people and injured 50, is Akbarzhon Jalilov, who was born in 1995 in Kyrgyzstan, a Muslim majority state in central Asia. He was killed in the blast.
  • Two Florida men have pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS by planning to travel to Syria to join the terrorist group, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Dayne Antani Christian, 32, and Darren Arness Jackson, 51 are both U.S. citizens and live in Palm Beach County. Each man faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted on the conspiracy charges.

Thursday (4.6.17)

  • Hamas, a designated terrorist organization and the ruling party in Gaza, executed three Palestinians on Thursday convicted of collaborating with Israel, hanging the men during a campaign to persuade any Israeli-recruited agents to come forward in return for more lenient punishment.
  • A French soldier was killed in Mali after a clash with armed terrorists, French President Francois Hollande's office said on Thursday, highlighting instability in the west African state which is vulnerable to attacks from jihadist groups. Previous similar attacks have been claimed by al Qaeda's North African wing which says it wanted to punish France and groups cooperating with the government.
  • ISIS killers used “sharp tools” to murder 33 people in Syria on Wednesday before dumping the bodies into a mass grave “filled with blood,” a the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The slaughter was the largest execution operation carried out by ISI] in 2017, but the identities of the dead – men aged 18-25 – were not immediately known, and it was unclear if they were civilians or captured soldiers.
  • Libyan authorities released on Wednesday 28 Eritreans and seven Nigerians who were captured and enslaved by ISIS in Sirte and had been held in detention since the jihadist group lost the city in December. The group, all but two of whom are women and children, escaped from Sirte, a former ISIS stronghold in central Libya, while forces from the nearby city of Misrata battled to oust the terrorists late last year. Some of the women were on their way to Europe when ISIS fighters kidnapped and held them as sex slaves. After they escaped from Sirte, they were investigated for possible ties to the group and held for several months in a Misrata prison.
  • African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said its forces Wednesday thwarted attempts by the al-Shabaab terrorists to attack its base in Hiran region in south-west Somalia. The AU mission said the insurgents who have been fighting the Western-backed government retreated after incurring losses and injures in an attempt to attack the base Jalalaqsi town.

Friday (4.7.17)

  • The United States fired cruise missiles on Friday at a Syrian airbase from which President Donald Trump said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched, the first direct U.S. assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war. With this move the U.S. directly targeted the Syrian military for its suspected role in a poison gas attack that killed at least 70 people.
  • Mortar shells fired into homes in the Somali capital of Mogadishu has killed three people and wounded five, police and ambulance services said on Friday, a day after the government changed heads of security agencies. Police said they suspected the al Qaeda affiliate, al Shabaab, was behind the attack.
  • Two Iraqi army pilots were killed on Thursday when their helicopter was shot down over the city of Mosul by ISIS, according to a military statement. The helicopter was providing air support to Federal Police forces battling ISIS fighters on the western side of Mosul. It is the first aircraft downed by ISIS over Mosul since the start of the U.S.-backed offensive on the northern Iraqi city, in October.
  • A roadside bomb killed 10 people in a minibus in southern Somalia on Thursday, a military officer and residents said, blaming Islamist terrorists who denied planting the device. The blast in Golweyn village occurred hours after Somalia's president replaced his security chiefs and called on al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab fighters to surrender within 60 days in return for education and jobs. Al Shabaab governor for the Lower Shabelle region, Mohamed Abu Usama, said its fighters were not at the village, and put the number of dead at eight.
  • A U.S.-Syrian ISIS fighter who helped run an online media campaign disseminating jihadist material to sympathizers around the world from its self-declared caliphate has been killed in Syria, the group said. Ahmad Abousamra was killed in early January when a missile struck a house where he was staying north of the Syrian city of Tabqa, according to ISIS publications including the English language online magazine Rumiyah which he helped set up. Abousamra, 35, was born in Paris but brought up in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied computer science, Rumiyah said. He traveled to Yemen, Pakistan and Iraq before returning to the United States, but fled after his plans for an armed attack with two accomplices on U.S. soil were uncovered.
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POE ON PASSAGE OF NORTH KOREA STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM DESIGNATION ACT

2017/04/03

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, issued the following statement on the passage of his bill, H.R. 479, the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017. This legislation requires the Secretary of State to determine whether or not North Korea meets the criteria for a designated State Sponsor of Terrorism. It also expresses the sense of Congress that North Korea likely meets the criteria for designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. Read More

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Texas Congressman Ted Poe is a leading advocate in Washington for limited government, free markets, low taxes and individual liberty.

Prior to serving in Congress, Ted Poe served for 22 years as a criminal court judge in Houston where he garnered national media attention for his innovative sentences – dubbed “Poetic Justice.” Prior to that, he served for 8 years in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he became the chief felony prosecutor and never lost a jury trial.

Congressman Ted Poe serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. An outspoken advocate on border security, he travels regularly to the southern border to meet directly with local law enforcement and residents. He also often visits our troops in Afghanistan and around the world. Congressman Ted Poe established the bipartisan Victims’ Rights Caucus (VRC) to advocate on behalf of victims in our nation’s capital. A strong constitutionalist, Congressman Poe stands firmly in the belief of “we the people” not “we the subjects.”


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