1. French government continues its battle against nativity scenes in France
2. Swedish man arrested at UK airport suspected of terrorism
British police say they have arrested a Swedish man at Stansted Airport, north of London, on suspicion of terrorism offenses.
The 34-year-old man was stopped by counter-terrorism police officers after he got off a flight from Stockholm early Tuesday.
No description, name or other identity details of the arrested man were given.
3. Nigerian man marries three wives at once, 2 Of them are sisters
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4. Two Kosovo citizens arrested on terror charges
Kosovo police say they have arrested two people suspected of promoting extremist groups.
A statement from police said the arrests happened on Wednesday in the northern city of Mitrovica and Lipjan, a town in the south.
The statement says the suspects were detained for allegedly "distributing propaganda in support of terrorist groups."
5. Terror suspect who 'plotted assassination bought rucksack and delivered it to be fitted with improvised explosive devices'
A terror accused of plotting an assasiantaion, buying a rucksack and delivering it to be fitted with improvised explosive devices'.
Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, faces trial next summer over the alleged plot.
He had been charged with preparing acts of terrorism following his arrest on November 28.
6. Fuqra Member Announces Run for Congress
The newest Democratic congressional candidate in Massachusetts, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, is a prominent official of not one but two Islamist groups: Jamaat ul-Fuqra and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Jamaat Ul-Fuqra, which now goes by the name of Muslims of America (MOA), is a jihadi cult that is currently under federal investigation. Amatul-Wadud has long been an advocate for Fuqra and serves as the group’s “general counsel.
To find out more about this jihadi group, you can go to the website FuqraFiles.com, Clarion Project’s central database of information about this extremist group.
CAIR has been identified by the Justice Department as a Hamas-linked entity of the Muslim Brotherhood.
7. Pakistan: Police braced for threat to churches
LAHORE: Lahore is facing threats of terrorist attacks on Christmas and New Year’s and therefore, an officer at the rank of a superintendent of police will be reviewing security arrangements for A-category churches, a senior police officer told The Express Tribune on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, SP Security Lahore Police Ammara Athar said they were ensuring foolproof security arrangements at a total of 551 churches and all parks, including 18 major ones, in the city. She said 427 fell into the C-category, 61 in the B-category and 63 in the A-category, according to sensitivity.
Two Islamic suicide bombers attacked a Church in Pakistan on Sunday, December 17th, killing and wounding over 45 people.
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8. German police arrest alleged IS militant in ice rink truck attack plot
BERLIN (Reuters) - German police arrested a 29-year-old man they said was an active member of Islamic State who was plotting a truck attack on an ice rink.[…]
“He was considering an attack on the ice rink on the Schlossplatz in Karlsruhe,” police in the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said, adding that the suspect was a German citizen whose name they gave only as Dasbar W.
“To that end he was assessing areas around Karlsruhe Castle and, from September 2017, had begun seeking employment as a delivery driver - without success,” the police statement said.
In 2015, the suspect travelled to Iraq to fight for Islamic State, receiving weapons training and working as a scout seeking potential attack targets in the city of Erbil, police said. He returned to Germany the following year.
9. President Donald Trump returns the word “jihad” to the Intelligence and Defense communities’ lexicons
President Trump’s new national security strategy is set to return words relevant to understanding Islamic terrorism—such as 'jihad'—that had been expunged from the Intelligence and Defense communities’ lexicon, most notably under the Obama administration.
According to the new strategy document, “The primary transnational threats Americans face are from jihadist terrorists and transnational criminal organizations”; the document also vows to “pursue threats to their source, so that jihadist terrorists are stopped before they ever reach our borders.”
This is significant on several levels—the first being as basic as “knowing one’s enemy,” which President Obama had refused to do.
In 2011 it was reported that “the Obama administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.”
One Obama official explained the logic: “I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated.”
10. Turkey wants NBA star jailed for insulting President Erdogan
ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish prosecutor asked for NBA’s New York Knicks star Enes Kanter to be jailed for up to four years for insulting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Wednesday.
Kanter’s passport was revoked by Turkish authorities earlier this year, and an arrest warrant was issued after he was named a “fugitive” by a Turkish court over his support for U.S-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating an attempted coup in July 2016.
Kanter is a long-time supporter of Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 and whose extradition Erdogan is seeking. Gulen denies involvement in the failed putsch.