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2 Pakistanis, Syrian, Possibly US-bound, Arrested in Honduras
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF November 23, 2015 @ 8:48amClick here to read more
Police in southern Honduras arrested two Pakistani men and a Syrian woman Saturday, accusing them of being in the country illegally and possibly trying to get to the United States.
Police picked up the three in Choluteca state, near the Nicaraguan border.
Officials said they did not have the proper documents to be in Honduras and were taken to an immigration office for questioning.
Americans Sharpen Focus on Terrorism
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF November 23, 2015 @ 8:32amClick here to read more
Americans are registering heightened concerns over possible terrorist threats after the deadly Islamic State (IS) attacks in Paris. New polling data from ABC News and the Washington Post newspaper show an electorate increasingly focused on security issues.
The poll shows 28 percent of Americans list terrorism as their top issue in next year’s presidential contest, topped only by the economy at 33 percent. It also shows majority support for stepping up U.S. airstrikes against IS as well as an increased use of American ground forces.
Sunday, President Barack Obama took a tougher tone in discussing the fight against IS.
Fear, Frustration Among Refugees in Germany as Terror Tensions Rise
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF November 23, 2015 @ 8:24amClick here to read more
As fears intensify over terrorists threats in Europe, a cloud of worry hangs over the refugee camps on the continent. In Germany, Syrians say they fear backlash if they are blamed for Islamic State militants’ increasingly horrifying campaign.
“People are talking about us,” said 27-year-old Fahed, a mechanic who fled Damascus only weeks ago, at a coffee shop on Friday night. “We hear, ‘Syrian, Syrian.’ But we don’t know what else they are saying about us.”
In the wake of the Paris attacks, he said, Syrian refugees in Europe are sometimes feared and politicians around the world are warning that terrorists may be hiding among the refugees.
Iran Sentences US Journalist to Prison in Espionage Case
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF November 23, 2015 @ 8:23amClick here to read more
Iran said Sunday it has sentenced detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on espionage charges.
Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, a spokesman for Iran's judiciary, announced the sentence on Iranian state television's web site, but said it was "not finalized." He gave no indication on the length of the term.
Rezaian's lawyer, Leila Ahsan, said she had not been informed of the sentence.
State of Emergency in Crimea After Power Lines Blown Up
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF November 23, 2015 @ 8:05amClick here to read more
Crimea has declared a state of emergency after its main electricity lines from Ukraine were blown up, leaving more than 1.6 million people on the disputed Russian-annexed peninsula in darkness after the second such attack in as many days.
It was not immediately clear who had blown up the pylons, but a Russian lawmaker said it was an "act of terrorism" and implied Ukrainian nationalists were to blame.
Two transmission towers in Ukraine were damaged by explosions early Sunday and another two on Friday, the Russian Energy Ministry said.