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The Government Technology & Services Coalition's Homeland Security Today (HSToday) is the premier news and information resource for the homeland security community, dedicated to elevating the discussions and insights that can support a safe and secure nation. A non-profit magazine and media platform, HSToday provides readers with the whole story, placing facts and comments in context to inform debate and drive realistic solutions to some of the nation’s most vexing security challenges.

Remaining and Expanding: The Recovery of Islamic State Operations in Iraq in 2019-2020

The Islamic State continues to show very significant resilience inside Iraq, undertaking a surge in attack activities in the second half of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

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Killing of Federal Security Officer During Oakland Protest Was ‘Domestic Terrorism,’ DHS Official Says

The officials said at a press conference Saturday that the two federal protective officers were targeted by an “assassin” outside the Ronald V. Deullums Federal Building.

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Islamic State Is Back and This Time the West Is Ill-Prepared to Take It on

The spike in attacks has renewed fears about the group’s resurgence, a year after the collapse of its physical caliphate in eastern Syria and only six months after the killing of its former leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Germany Reports Highest Number of Anti-Semitic Crimes Since 2001

Police registered 2,032 anti-Semitic crimes, including two killings, in 2019, according to newly released figures published in the German news media. The total is up 13% from 2018.

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FBI: Tampa ISIS Supporter Scouted Potential Targets for Mass Shooting

Al-Azhari, who has a criminal history that includes prior terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia, attempted to purchase multiple firearms over the course of the investigation, before acquiring a Glock pistol and a silencer.  

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Coalition Strike Kills Senior ISIS Leader Wanted by the U.S.

A senior Islamic State leader the U.S. had put a $5 million bounty on was killed this week in a coalition airstrike aided by Syrian partner forces, officials said.

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Far-Right Extremists Are Hoping to Turn the George Floyd Protests Into a New Civil War

Others are egging on the violence from behind their computers, urging followers to carry out acts of violence against black protesters with the goal of sparking a “race war.”

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Trump, Lacking Clear Authority, Says U.S. Will Declare Antifa a Terrorist Group

The president has periodically criticized antifa, a contraction of the word “anti-fascist” that has come to be associated with a diffuse movement of left-wing protesters who engage in more aggressive techniques like vandalism.

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Barr: Joint Terrorism Task Forces Will Identify ‘Criminal Organizers and Instigators’ of Riots

Attorney General Bill Barr said today that the Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) will be utilized to identify riot instigators in cities across the country that have seen violence in the wake of protests over George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

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Alexandria Man on FBI Most Wanted List Indicted on Terrorism Charges

According to court documents, Liban Haji Mohamed, 34, a Somali-born naturalized United States citizen, allegedly left the United States in July 2012 with the intent to join al-Shabaab in East Africa.

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GAO: Office of Special Counsel Should Require Information on the Probationary Status of Whistleblowers

More than 14,000 federal workers filed whistleblower cases from FY 2014–2018. Each year, about 120 to 270 of them were probationary.

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CBP Canine Kajo Finds Marijuana in Wooden Crate Containing Mobility Scooter

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati seized a shipment containing more than five pounds of marijuana at a local express consignment facility on May 28.

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VMD Corp Begins Security Service Support for TSA at Kansas City International Airport

VMD began working on May 1 and will transition to full operational control in September. More than 350 employees will support the effort to screen passengers and baggage moving through the airport.

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Seattle-Tacoma Extends Contract with Telos-ID for Background Checks

DAC services enable submissions of workers’ biographic and biometric data to conduct background checks, including subscriptions to the FBI Rap Back program, for individuals working in secure areas of U.S. commercial airports.

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Richmond International Airport to Deploy Public Safety as a Service Platform from SOMA

Richmond International Airport becomes the first transportation agency in the country to use the SOMA Platform which will streamline dispatch and operations for the Airport Police Department and Emergency Communications. ​

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First U.K. Airport Installation for Digital Global Systems Inc’s Drone Threat Management System

As part of a three-year commitment DGS will now provide a network capable of providing detection, classification, and location of unauthorized drones and controllers operating in the flight restriction zones.

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