Paris shooter carried note praising ISIS in his pocket during cop attack – French official

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A note celebrating Islamic State and containing a list of key addresses was found near the body of Karim Cheurfi, who killed a policeman on Thursday night before being shot, according to French authorities.

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During a media briefing on Friday afternoon, anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins said 39-year-old Cheurfi was carrying the note when he stopped his car at the Champs Elysees in the heart of Paris, before opening fire on a police vehicle, speculating that it likely fell out of the gunman’s pocket.

Citing inside sources, French channel BFMTV earlier claimed that the note had contained the address of France’s anti-terrorist agency DGSI, a local police station, and three gun shops.

A Koran, several knives and a shotgun were also found in Cheurfi’s car, according to AFP sources.

As well as killing 38-year-old Xavier Jugele, Cheurfi, who had served over a decade in prison on four charges, including attacking officers, also significantly wounded two other policemen, and lightly injured a foreign tourist caught up in the incident.

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According to Le Monde, security services detained and interrogated Cheurfi in February, after he made threats online, and investigated him again last month, when he attempted to contact foreign-based jihadists, but failed to gather enough evidence to charge him with any crimes, while acknowledging that he was “excessively dangerous and violent.” Despite the sustained interest, Cheufri was not put on the 10,000-long “S list” of priority terrorist suspects.

“He was not on the security watch list and had shown no signs of radicalization despite his many years in prison,” said Francois Molins, quoted by Reuters.

Police, who are still holding several members of his family for interviews, say that they are investigating if Cheufri had accomplices.

Islamic State had earlier released a statement crediting Abu Yousif al-Belgiki (Abu Yousif the Belgian) for the terrorist attack. Speaking on Friday, Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon denied that Cheufri had Belgian citizenship, and insisted that Abu Yousif al-Belgiki “is certainly not the guy who committed the crime yesterday.”

Convicted Egyptian terrorist with ties to Osama bin Laden stripped of US citizenship

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The US government has revoked the citizenship of an Egyptian-born man who confessed to recruiting for Al-Qaeda while living in California for 12 years. The former Silicon Valley car salesman is serving a 15-year prison sentence for terrorism in Egypt.

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Khaled Abu al-Dahab, 57, lost his naturalized citizenship and any rights related to it by order of Judge Beryl A. Howell of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the Department of Justice said in a statement on Thursday.

Al-Dahab was arrested and convicted on terrorism charges in Egypt in 1998, and confessed to being a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), an affiliate of Al-Qaeda. He also confessed to running an “Al-Qaeda communications hub” from his apartment in Santa Clara, California and recruiting Americans for the terrorist group, with Osama Bin Laden personally praising his work.

“The Justice Department is committed to protecting our nation’s national security and will aggressively pursue denaturalization of known or suspected terrorists,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in comments about the decision.

“When we identify individuals tied to foreign terrorist organizations who procured their US citizenship by fraud, we will initiate denaturalization proceedings – whether you reside here or abroad – and ensure you are denied entry into the United States,” Sessions added.

Al-Dahab became a US citizen in February 1997. The following year, he was arrested in Egypt and tried, convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for terrorism.

During the period when he was supposed to establish good moral character to qualify for citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Al-Dahab operated a terrorist hub out of his home and helped the group obtain and transfer money as well as fraudulent passports and other documents. His communications hub also “materially assisted” the commission of terrorist attacks in Egypt and Pakistan, the US government said.

Osama bin Laden was eager to recruit American citizens of Middle Eastern origin, Al-Dahab told the FBI, adding that the Al-Qaeda leader personally congratulated him on his efforts in pursuit of that goal.

The US government initiated proceedings against Al-Dahab in April 2015, seeking to revoke his citizenship because he made false statements in his naturalization documents, and “procured his citizenship by concealment of a material fact or by willful misrepresentation.” He was served the complaint via Facebook and email, the DOJ said.

Restore France’s borders, expel foreign nations on watchlist – Le Pen to French govt

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Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has called on the French government to immediately reinstate the country’s borders and expel foreign nationals being monitored by intelligence services in the aftermath of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris.

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“I call upon this ephemeral government, worn out by inaction, for immediate restoration of our national borders,” Le Pen said in a statement from her campaign headquarters just two days ahead of the first round of France’s presidential elections.

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The leader of the far-right political party, National Front, also called on the French government to “immediately” expel all foreign nationals being monitored by intelligence services, referring mainly to those on the “Fiche S” list, which contains people considered to be a threat to national security who should be constantly monitored.

According to Le Pen, the French government has done everything to make the Republic lose the war against terrorism.

“The war that is waged against us is asymmetrical, revolutionary. We cannot afford to lose this war. But for the past ten years, left-wing and right-wing governments have done everything they can for us to lose it. We need a presidency which acts and protects us,” Le Pen said.

The candidate added that, if she is elected president of France, she “will immediately, and with no hesitation, carry out a battle plan against Islamist terrorism and against judicial laxity.”

“New restrictive regulations on immigration, asylum or citizenship must be taken,” she said.

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Le Pen once again denounced Islamist ideology, saying that it “must not have any rights to be cited in France.”

“Salafist organizations… must be banned. Hate preachers must be expelled, Islamist mosques [should be] closed,” she stated.

The presidential hopeful also said that mosques must not be financed by public funds or foreign nationals.

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The attack carried out on the French capital’s main thoroughfare and major landmark, the Champs-Elysees, has shaken the nation once again, just two days before the first round of the presidential election (April 23).

One police officer was killed and two injured in the shooting in Paris on Thursday evening. One passerby, a foreign woman, was also slightly injured in the incident.

The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS/ISIL) later claimed responsibility for the attack through its propaganda website. The attacker was killed by police following the shooting.

Shortly afterwards, French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon called for campaigning activities to be suspended.

‘Immigration poses threat to our way of life’ – LGBT support for Front National rising

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A lot of homosexuals, LGBT people, are attracted to parties that want to end immigration and protect our freedoms as many migrants come from countries where views on sexual minorities differ from those in Europe, says David Coburn UKIP MEP.

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Hundreds of people gathered in the city of Marseille on Wednesday, holding banners denouncing Marine Le Pen, after she held a rally there.

Amidst the protests aimed at the National Front, some interesting statistics have arisen regarding the coming election. A significant number of people who identify as LGBT are expected to support Marine Le Pen in the first round of the election on Sunday.

Apparently triggering the switch were Islamist terrorist attacks in France as well as last year’s gay nightclub killing in Orlando which left 49 dead. It was considered a homophobic attack, as the American-born killer had pledged allegiance to ISIS.

In the wake of attacks like these, there are growing security concerns in Europe which has been facing an influx of migrants and refugees. Anti-establishment parties across the EU are gaining popularity as usual voter concerns such as the economy and healthcare are waning against the perceived threats posed by the refugees.

Recently Le Pen said: “homosexuality is attacked in countries that live under the Islamist jackboot.”

RT discussed the rise of National Front popularity among gay voters with UKIP MEP David Coburn.

“I think there is a threat to our way of life. That is attracting a lot of homosexuals, LGBT people toward parties that want a cessation of immigration and want to protect our freedoms,” he said.

“We only have to look at Islamic fundamentalists we have in Europe. Look at the bombs going off. Look at the people who are run over by trucks. This is outrageous stuff. These people have an agenda. It is not our agenda. It is not the free libertarian sort of agenda we want in Europe. It is not what the young people want. I am a libertarian. I believe in people having the freedom to do as they please – within reason, within the law,” he said.

“We fought very hard…have fought very hard to go with homosexual rights in Britain and across Europe. We don’t want people, who’ve come here more recently to come round and tell: “No, we can’t do that sort of thing. That is not allowed.” They don’t like it. Well I am sorry, we fought hard for those rights, and they are rights that we want to keep,” he added.

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According to Coburn, many of the migrants and refugees come to Europe from “very authoritarian countries” that lack tolerance for “other peoples and minorities.”

“So to come here and bring their rather different views with them is obviously a challenge to people from perhaps the homosexual community, and many sorts of parts of society, who maybe think differently – atheists or people of different religions. This is something that is worrying a lot of young people, because they are going to face this in the future, and they don’t want to see this sort of thing,” MEP said.

Coburn also said that Le Pen “is very much in favor of homosexual rights.”

“I know many people from National Front who are homosexual. I am the leader of UKIP in Scotland, and I am a homosexual. I don’t want to see my rights limited, and I wouldn’t like to see those of the French people limited either. There is a great attraction to the Front National, or to groups previously, people described as right wing,” the UKIP member concluded.

FRANCE HIT WITH TERROR ATTACK DAYS BEFORE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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UPDATE: Second police officer dead in Paris, other assailants on the run, shots fired in different location.

France has been hit with yet another terror attack just days before the first round of the country’s presidential election takes place.

The incident occurred on the busy Champs-Elysee in Paris.

At least two attackers who were reportedly armed with kalashnikovs were involved in a shootout with police which left one officer dead and another injured.

One of the attackers was killed, while the other remains at large.

Police are searching for a suspect named Youssouf El Osri who arrived from Belgium via train before the attack.

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The attack takes place just three days before the first round of voting in the country’s presidential election.

Right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen has vowed to deal with the threat posed by Islamic terrorism, but she is opposed by establishment candidate Emmanuel Macron who today was endorsed by Barack Obama.

There have been at least 20 jihadist attacks in France since the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015.

 

Illegal immigrants storm town hall in Paris suburb, 14 reported injured

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Police deployed tear gas against crowds of illegal immigrants who attempted to storm a town hall in a Paris suburb, demanding a meeting with local authorities over the rights of foreigners, French media said. At least 14 migrants were reportedly injured during the scuffles.

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The incident took place on Tuesday morning in the Alfortville commune in the Paris suburbs, some 4km from the French capital.

Crowds of undocumented migrants from several communes, including the neighboring Vitry, Montreuil, and Courbevoie, headed to the town hall, Le Parisien reported.

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The protesters apparently wanted to speak with local authorities and discuss the rights of foreigners. According to local newspaper 94.Cityoens, at least 200 people turned out for the protest.

Town hall staff told Le Parisien that they hadn’t noticed the demonstrators’ arrival until it was “too late.”

The protesters blocked access to the building by forming a human chain. Police officers who arrived at the scene deployed tear gas against the migrants.

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The video released by the newspaper shows protesters facing off with police at the entrance to the town hall. Some of the demonstrators are then seen lying on the ground, apparently injured.

At least 14 illegal immigrants were treated by medical staff for respiratory problems from the tear gas, local media reported. One person also told Le Parisien that he was “beaten by a baton,” although it’s unclear if he was a migrant or a passerby.

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The commune’s mayor, Luc Carvounas, said that the migrants were given a chance to explain their demands but were not ready for a constructive dialogue.

“This illegal occupation prevented Alfortvillians from accessing public services throughout the morning, and caused anxiety among town hall staff and families who were already present in the building,” Carvounas said in a statement.

“Although staff received the men, and listened to their demands, the members of the collective did not wish to enter into any dialogue, instead contenting themselves with denouncing government policy.”

The town authorities told Le Parisien that they are currently checking if the protest was somehow linked to “extreme left groups.”

Alfortville was one of the first towns in France to welcome migrants back in October 2015, following the peak in the refugee influx into Europe, the town hall said.

Iran shows off newest long-range missiles at Army Day parade

Iran has showcased its latest locally-developed anti-aircraft missiles together with S-300 air defense systems at an annual Army Day parade. Some of the trucks carrying the weapons were decorated with banners featuring anti-Israeli slogans.

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The Army Day parade was held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Tuesday, with troops from all branches of the armed forces taking part. The ceremony also included tanks, armored vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fighter jets, radar systems and air defense systems.

Certain parts of the parade drew particular attention, including anti-Israeli banners that read ‘Death to Israel’ in Persian and showed a fist punching through the Jewish Star of David.

Attending the massive military parade was President Hassan Rouhani, who said in his address that Iranians “should always maintain our alertness against conspiracies by others and should enhance our deterrent power day by day,” as cited by Press TV.

Rouhani said that Iranian forces defend the whole of the “important and sensitive” region of the Middle East, and promised a “vigorous and determined” response to potential aggressors. He also accused “some of the world’s armies” of spearheading “intervention in other countries’ internal affairs, genocide, terrorism sponsorship, coups d’état, and lack of regard for the people’s opinion and law.”

According to Fars news agency, Iranian-made Sayyad (Hunter) 3 anti-aircraft missiles were showcased during the parade for the first time, accompanying Russian-made S-300s.

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Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli, commander of Iran’s Air Defense Forces, told the outlet that the new missile would be mounted on the Soviet-built S-200 systems still operated by the Iranian military.

The Sayyad 3 can also be mounted on the Bavar 373, Iran’s locally-developed long-range air defense system. The development of the Bavar 373 was announced in September 2011, shortly after Russia canceled a contract to supply Iran with S-300 systems, according to UK military think tank Jane’s.

Though Russia reversed the decision in 2015 and began delivery of S-300s in 2016, the Bavar program continued.

Israel’s relations with Iran have been strained for decades. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli firebrand leader, vehemently opposes the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that imposed limits on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

In previous public statements, the Israeli PM repeatedly claimed Tehran is seeking to annihilate Israel and poses a threat to Europe and the West.

Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump, who previously referred to Iran as the “number one terrorist state,” ordered a review of the nuclear deal. Russia earlier voiced concern over Washington’s policy towards Iran, saying it disagrees over labelling it a “terrorist state.”