BREAKING: A man in a #Paris suburb reportedly beheaded by assailant, who was shot dead by police. Details still emerging and the suspect and motive have not yet been confirmed, though French anti-terrorist prosecutor reportedly leading an investigation.…
BREAKING: New details suggest the attacker, reportedly Algerian, had Islamist motivation regarding perceived blasphemous cartoons: “The victim had recently given a lesson to his students on freedom of expression and had shown the caricatures of Muhammad.”…
BREAKING: Image of beheaded victim in #Paris suburb tweeted by what appears to be attacker shortly before he was killed: “To Macron, leader of the infidels, I executed one of your hell hounds who dared belittle Muhammad.”

The account, now removed, shows hyper-religious posting.
#ParisBeheading attacker paid mind to #CharlieHebdo cartoon republication, tweeting critically of Iran’s condemnation: “…the Shi’ites are the ones who defend Islam?”

He joined Twitter in June 2020 and tweeted 400+ times before the account was removed.…
Interesting: As of mid-Sept #ParisBeheading attacker's "About" told women not "to DM” him (typical for fundamentalists). But by Oct 1 it changed to: “Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return”—standard saying for the dead, but also for jihadis prior to “martyrdom” ops.
#ParisBeheading attacker allegedly shared a vid before the attack [unknown date], speaking in Russian he said: “This is the professor who showed Prophet Muhammad...pray for me so that Allah would give me martyrdom.” This confirms my above tweet that he had planned a martyrdom op.
Vid of the alleged #ParisBeheading attacker was shared by jihadists, referring to him as “Abdullah alShihsani Chechen]”while praising him. ISIS & AQ supporters continue celebrating the brutal attack w/images&posts claiming he will inspire other lone wolves…

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Breaking: #ISIS released a new audio message by it’s official spokesman Almuhajir Abu Hamza al-Quraishi titled : “So Relate the Stories, Perhaps They May Reflect”. Speech discusses American "failed" policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and other locations. Image
The speech, published by #ISIS ' central media division, #AlFurqan Media Foundation, appears to have been recorded in the past month, as Qurashi notes Bahrain normalizing relations with Israel, which took place on September 15.
Spokesman: ISIS leader, Qurashi directed a message to the Muslims all over Africa, noting Burkina Faso, Chad, the DRC, Kenya, Mali, and Nigeria, inciting them against Christian missionaries, and encouraging them to pledge to ISIS and fight "Crusaders" and "apostates" alike.
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1) The blast in #Lebanon was staggering in magnitude. The cause is yet to be determined, but hard to ignore timing against upcoming verdict over the killing of ex-PM Rafik #Hariri in 2005. A second possible explosion was also reported at the Hariri residence in the city.
2)Images from the fallout of the blast are devastating, with wide swaths of infrastructure completely demolished. I cant imagine what human cost this will bear:
3)Director General of Lebanese security states explosion was not result of IED, but rather a high-intensity explosive material “confiscated years ago” and held in the now-destroyed facility. Raises questions as to what the facility was, and does not at all exclude foul play.
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1)BREAKING: #ISIS claims attack in #Bangladesh, targeting a police headquarters in capital #Dhaka. Marks the group's 1st attack in the city since Aug. 2019 & comes amid an attack surge as part of the 4th wave of its "Battle of Attrition" campaign, in lead up to #EidAlAdha.
2)Media reports citing police officials: IED went off inside station, after it was found in a separate operation & brought back to be defused. Casualties were tallied at five wounded, including four police officers. Additional bombs successfully defused.…
3) Responding to recent inquiry, I’d like to clear up some facts: the recent claim from #Bangladesh was #ISIS official and authentic, meaning individuals on the ground in Bangladesh communicated w/ IS media command (likely in Syria), and the claim was then released.
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1) For the first time in my life, we're not hanging a Mezuzah on our door. This is despite us hanging one in 1960s Iraq, not long before my father & other Jews were executed & my mother fled with us to Israel. But this year, in America, we're too worried.

Here's why I say this.
2) Because today marks yet another day that @realDonaldTrump and his political team make another nod to far-right extremists, posting a triangle unignorably resemblant of that from Nazi Germany's political prisoner patches.
3) Was this an honest mistake from team Trump? Maybe, but I'd be more willing to give the benefit of the doubt if this hadn't happened so many times before: the "fine people" in Charlottesville, retweeting users with names like "WhiteGenocide." There are too many to count.
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1) Far-right actors are conspiring violence at protests and are even among those police/military tasked to uphold order. But instead of addressing any of this, @realDonaldTrump is too busy accusing 75-year-old protestors of being Antifa operatives. This is outrageous.
2) POTUS loathes when people accuse him of stoking racism after events like Charlottesville. And once more, with these protests, he had a chance to prove us wrong, to address systemic racism in any capacity. But once more, we didn’t get the leader the moment called for.
3) Instead, America got an agitator throwing red meat to the far-right, sending nods that it’s okay to assault protesters because 'Hey, they’re probably Antifa anyway.’

I refuse to pretend that this is normal or acceptable. This is exactly what feeds hatred across a country.
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1) @realdonaldtrump has announced plans to mobilize military against protests, yet he completely fails to acknowledge that the most serious expressions of violence are coming from the far-right. In doing so, he’s painting a false picture of America’s terrorist landscape.
2) To be clear, the far-left absolutely has bad actors, but let’s not make false equivalencies. At @SITE_FRFL, we’ve been tracking far-right and far-left for years and it’s not even close: 99.9% of violent threats and mass shootings are from the side with the swastikas.
3) Instead of addressing any of this, POTUS announces terrorist designation of Antifa, a movement (not an "organization") whose flag is no more prescriptive/specific than the Don’t Tread on Me flag.

But when it comes to far-right terrorist threats, nothing but crickets.
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