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      KHYBER AGENCY - At least two soldiers were martyred as a remote control bomb went off in Narai Baba, a far-flung area of Tehsil Bara, Tirah Valley, security officials said Wednesday. The troops were on advance move in the area when they were targeted with a heavy-intensity bomb, planted by unknown....
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      ISLAMABAD/RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has formally sought military support from Pakistan to help quell Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have been posing a serious threat to the kingdom’s territorial integrity. The request was made at a meeting between the Pakistani delegation, headed by Defence Minister....
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      Buhari. • Resolves to tackle graft, Boko Haram • Says no grudges against Jonathan. PRESIDENT–ELECT Muhammadu Buhari, who yesterday received his Certificate of Return from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, said he has no bias against any Nigerian based on ethnicity, religion and gender.
    • Yemen Houthi fighters backed by tanks reach central Aden April 2, 2015
      A unit of Houthi rebels and allies backed by tanks pushed into central Aden, the main foothold of fighters loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, witnesses said on Wednesday, despite a week of air strikes by Saudi-led coalition forces. "We can say that after a week of bombing on Yemen the aggressors have not achieved any result .
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`Happy with jihad, not coming back’

Posted by SalonSocial on March 23, 2015

 Source – TOI India
Fahad Shaikh, one of the four Kalyan youths who ran away and joined the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS), has got in touch with his family , but rebuffed tcalls to re turn, say ing “I am happy with my jihadi work, I won’t come back to India“. Shaikh, who had been incommunicado since leaving home last year, got in touch about a month ago and has since been calling his family and some friends frequently on phone or Skype and other VoIP platforms, said sources familiar with the case of the four youths, all in their twenties.He has confirmed that Saheem Tanki, one of the three youths who went with him, is dead. He reportedly sent a photograph of Tanki at the location where he died to his family . NIA sleuths managed to contact Shaikh on a phone number he had called from, and he told them he won’t return as his community was not treated well here. He again claimed he was happy with jihad but refused to elaborate what he was doing in Raqqa, Syria.Areeb Majeed, another youth in the group from educated, established backgrounds, was brought back to India last November by the NIA and is in custody.

Shaikh had a mechanical engineering degree from Kalsekar College in Panvel, where Majeed and the last of the four, Aman Tandel, were student s. Tanki was an HSC dropout.Shaikh and Majeed’s fathers are doctors, Tandel’s father works in a reputed company in Mumbai and Tanki’s dad is a businessman. The four left for Iraq with pilgrims in May last year and did not return.Later, it became clear that they had been indoctrinated and had joined the ISIS.

News of Tanki’s death first came recently as a message sent to his family from an unknown number.Shaikh has now confirmed the death. During its probe, the NIA found that Majeed was the first to be radicalized over social networking sites and came in contact with Shaikh during a religious programme.


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Hacker Group Anonymous to ISIS: We Will Hunt You Down

Posted by SalonSocial on February 18, 2015

Source: http://bluenationreview.com/hacker-group-anonymous-isis-will-hunt/

The Islamic State has made a powerful enemy on the web: Anonymous.

The hacktivist group has released a list of over 1,000 social media accounts, email addresses, and recruitment sites used by the Islamic State to recruit new members, all of which have been “exposed and destroyed.”


#OPISIS, the name of Anonymous’ anti-ISIS campaign, has been around for a while, but intensified after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. Back in June, Anonymous told Forbesabout its plan to target countries that have been accused of funding ISIS:

“We plan on sending a straightforward message to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and all other countries that evidently supply ISIS for their own gain.”

Anonymous’ war against ISIS hits the terrorist organization right where it hurts: On social media.

ISIS didn’t rise to prominence because it had the most guns. It rose to prominence because of its social media strategy, a campaign that began when it took Mosul and captured the world’s attention.

This is a terrorist group that thrives on its public image. It has its tendrils in Twitter, where it has an audience that disseminates messages establishing their brutality and omnipresence.


This image of an alleged ISIS member in front of the White House is not only meant to create fear, but also to inspire would-be followers into joining. The message is clear: ISIS is everywhere. ISIS is powerful. ISIS is infiltrating the United States.

AnonThe heart of ISIS’ power is in its social media campaign. Which is exactly why we need Anonymous.

Describing themselves as Muslims, Christians, Jews, and people from all walks of life, Anonymous is the antithesis of ISIS, and they have proven to be most effective at dismantling ISIS’ social media wing.

How ironic that they were once called “cyber terrorists.”

Anonymous reminds everyone that ISIS does not represent Islam, and reminds ISIS that there is no safe place for them on the Internet:

“Remember, the terrorists that are calling themselves Islamic State (IS) are not Muslims. ISIS, we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails, and expose you. From now on, no safe place for you online.”

H/T: CNN, PasteBin

John Paul Brammer is a Contributing Editor at BNR. His writing on LGBT and Latino issues has appeared in The Advocate and Huffington Post. Find him on Twitter @jpbrammer

John Paul Brammer
John Paul Brammer is a Contributing Editor at BNR. His writing on LGBT and Latino issues has appeared in The Advocate and Huffington Post. Find him on twitter.


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Posted by SalonSocial on February 12, 2015


All too often we are reminded that terrorism continues to inflict pain and suffering on people all over the world. Hardly a week goes by without an act of terrorism taking place somewhere in the world, indiscriminately affecting innocent people, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Countering this scourge is in the interest of all nations and the issue has been on the agenda of the United Nations for decades.

Eighteen universal instruments (fourteen instruments and four amendments) against international terrorism have been elaborated within the framework of the United Nations system relating to specific terrorist activities. Member States, through the General Assembly, have been increasingly coordinating their counter-terrorism efforts and continuing their legal norm-setting work. The Security Council has also been active in countering terrorism through resolutions and by establishing several subsidiary bodies. At the same time a number of programmes, offices and agencies of the United Nations system have been engaged in specific activities against terrorism, further assisting Member States in their counter-terrorism efforts.

To consolidate and enhance these activities, Member States in September 2006 embarked upon a new phase in their counter-terrorism efforts by agreeing on a global strategy to counter terrorism. The Strategy marks the first time that all Member States of the United Nations have agreed to a common strategic and operational framework to fight terrorism. The Strategy forms a basis for a concrete plan of action: to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; to prevent and combat terrorism; to take measures to build state capacity to fight terrorism; to strengthen the role of the United Nations in combating terrorism; and to ensure the respect of human rights while countering terrorism. The Strategy builds on the unique consensus achieved by world leaders at their 2005 September Summit to condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.


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Charlie Hebdo attack: France’s worst terrorist attack in a generation leaves 12 dead

Posted by SalonSocial on January 8, 2015

With ruthless precision, two masked al-Qaeda gunmen calmly fire eight shots at an unarmed policeman as a terrorist attack of “indescribable barbarity” nears its end.

Moments after this image was taken, the policeman, lying mortally wounded on the pavement of a Parisian boulevard, held up a hand in a plea for mercy. A second later, one terrorist jogged past and shot him in the head without breaking stride, just one more act of brutality in an attack that left 12 dead.

Earlier two gunmen armed with automatic rifles stormed the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a target for Islamist terrorists since it printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2006 and 2011, and killed cartoonists and satirists whose names were called out as they were shot dead in turn.

“We have avenged the Prophet!” the killers shouted in accentless French as they left the building, having identified themselves as acting on behalf of “al-Qaeda in Yemen”. France’s worst terrorist attack in a generation was also its most meticulously planned; the killers had not only memorised the names of those they wanted to kill, they also planned their getaway well enough to evade the police.

A nationwide manhunt is now underway after a raid in Reims proved fruitless.

The killers were named in the French media as Said and Chérif Kouachi, brothers aged 34 and 32, and Hamid Mourad, 18. Chérif was reportedly part of an Iraqi jihadist network dismantled in the nearby 19th arrondissement. He was jailed for three years on terror charges in May 2008.

Two addresses in Paris were raided and an building in Reims was being searched by forensic officers. Reims is reported to be the home town of one of the men.

“An act of indescribable barbarity has been committed today in Paris,” said President François Hollande, promising that the killers “will be hunted for as long as it takes to catch them and bring them to justice”.David Cameron was among the world leaders who condemned the murders as an attack on free speech.

Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris

A doctor who was one of the first medics to enter the magazine’s office described a “war scene”. Four survivors remained critical in hospital after being shot in the face, chest or leg.

The terrorists managed to evade police despite apparently crashing their black Citroen C3 into a bollard, forcing them to abandon the car, before holding up an elderly motorist at gunpoint and stealing his grey Renault Clio.

For several years, Europe’s intelligence services have feared that Muslim extremists who have travelled to Syria, Iraq and elsewhere to fight would return home to plot carnage, and the gunmen’s ruthless efficiency left little doubt that they had received military training.

The Kouachi brothers are Franco-Algerians who came back from Syria last summer.

On Wednesday night thousands of Parisians staged a rally to express their outrage and their determination to defy the terrorists with the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” — “I Am Charlie”.

Some who gathered in the Place de la Republique brought along copies of the Mohammed cartoons.

They chanted “innocents” and many were in tears.

In Trafalgar Square, hundreds of people staged a spontaneous show of solidarity with the French people, holding up pens to signify their support for the dead journalists.

An Israeli busker, Bar Markovich, played La Marseillaise on his violin as bystanders formed a circle and threw their pens into the centre

People raise pens and signs during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, at Trafalgar Square in London (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett )

The Prime Minister called a meeting with Jon Day, head of the Joint Intelligence Committee, to be briefed on any possible threat in Britain, where the terrorist threat level remains “severe”. Earlier, Mr Cameron and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, who is visiting London, were given a briefing by MI5 and MI6 in Downing Street and held a conference call with Mr Hollande.

Mr Cameron said: “We must be very clear about one thing, which is we should never give up the values that we believe in and defend as part of our democracy and civilisation and believing in a free press, in freedom of expression, the right of people to write and say what they believe. These are the things we are defending and we should be very clear on this day that these values that we have are not sources of weakness for us — they are sources of strength.”

Paris Charlie Hebdo attack: live

The Metropolitan Police contacted at least one British magazine and told its staff to keep doors locked and telephone the police at the first sign of trouble. Wearing hoods and dressed in black, the killers attacked the Charlie Hebdo office in central Paris at 11.20am local time on Wednesday, when the editorial team was holding its weekly meeting on the magazine’s press day. “Tell the media this is from al-Qaeda in Yemen,” they told one bystander.

Corinne Rey, a cartoonist, was forced at gunpoint to enter the code for the front door as the gunmen threatened to kill her toddler, whom she had just picked up from nursery. The gunmen then went to the second-floor editorial room to begin the attack in an “organised commando” style, according to one police source.

Top of their hit list was the magazine’s production director, Stéphane Charbonnier, known as Charb, who had a price put on his head by al-Qaeda in 2013. “They knew their target in advance,” said a police source. “The attackers looked for him in the room, shouting ‘Where is Charb? Where is Charb?’ They killed him then sprayed everyone else.” Mr Charbonnier’s police bodyguard, assigned to him following earlier death threats, was among those killed. He was named last night as Franck Brinsolaro.

There were suggestions that others were on a hit list. Among the dead were cartoonists Jean Cabut, who was known by the pen-name Cabu and drew the Mohammed cartoon in 2006, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac and Georges Wolinski.

Ms Rey said: “They shot on Wolinski, Cabu. It lasted five minutes. I had hidden under my desk. They spoke French perfectly – they said they were al-Qaeda.”

Armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, ammunition jackets and, according to one report, a grenade launcher, the killers were triumphant as they left the office, shouting: “We have killed Charlie Hebdo! We have avenged the Prophet Mohammed!”

The first policemen on the scene were unprepared; arriving on bicycles, they were forced to take cover until backup arrived.

Around the corner, the gunmen exchanged fire with armed police, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” or “God is Great” as they did so. They then shot dead their final victim, the policeman. Having rolled on to his side to protect himself, the officer turned to look over his shoulder at the approaching gunmen, before holding up his right hand. As the gunman who fired the final shot left the scene, he held up his index finger, a common gesture among Islamist terrorists. The murder was filmed from an upstairs window and posted online.

The officer was named locally as Ahmed Merabet. Mobile phone footage apparently showed him asking his assailants, “You want to kill me?” to which one of the gunmen replied, “Yes, chief” before shooting him.

Initial reports suggested that among the dead were Bernard Maris, 68, a former French central bank official and columnist, Michel Renaud, a guest of Mr Cabut who was visiting the editorial conference, cartoonist Philippe Honoré and subeditor Moustapha Ourad, Frédéric Boisseau, 42, a caretaker and father of two, and Elsa Cayat, a psychoanalyst and columnist.

Gérald Kierzec, 40, a casualty doctor who was among the first on the scene, told The Telegraph: “There was a first body lying in the lobby. Then I took the stairs which were covered in blood. When I got to the second floor, there were bodies lying one on top of another. It was carnage, with war wounds. There was blood everywhere. I have never seen anything like it in my career.”

Mr Hollande called for Wednesday to be a national day of mourning, telling the French people: “Our best weapon is our unity. We must be ourselves, conscious that our best weapon is our unity, the unity of all our fellow citizens in the face of this trial. Nothing can divide us, nothing must oppose us, nothing must separate us.”

Gérald Kierzec, 40, a casualty doctor

A Syrian man claiming to represent Isil welcomed the attack. “The lions of Islam have avenged our Prophet. They are lions,” he said.

In its most recent edition, Charlie Hebdo carried a cartoon stating that there had been no attacks in France so far, with a terrorist saying: “Wait — we have until the end of January to present our new year wishes.” Less than an hour before the attack, its Twitter account posted a cartoon parodying the Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It was captioned: “Best wishes. You too, al-Baghdadi.” He replies: “Especially to your health.”

Mr Cabut once said his only regret was “not being ferocious enough” in his caricatures. Mr Charbonnier, in 2012, borrowed a phrase from Che Guevara that his friends would say makes a fitting epitaph: “I would rather die standing than live on my knees.”

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Blast kills one, injures three at busy street in Bengaluru

Posted by SalonSocial on December 29, 2014

source- ,TNN | Dec 28, 2014, 09.33 PM IST

BENGALURU: A low-intensity bomb blast on the busy church street in Bengaluru’s heart has left one person dead and three injured. The injured are being taken to local hospitals.

The deceased Bhavani (37) and one injured Karthik (21) are from the same family where the former is the latter’s aunt. The other two injured are name is Sandeep H (39) and Vinay MR (35). Sandeep and Vinay are being admitted to Hosmat Hospital while Karthik is being treated at Malya Hospital.

Bhavani was brought to the hospital in a critical state with serious injuries to her skull. Neurosurgeons tried to revive her in the hospital in vain.

READ ASLO: High alert in Delhi after Bengaluru blast

They were on their way to Amoeba, a gaming place along with children.

Priya, Kartik’s sister told TOI that they all walked on the same pavement outside Coco Grove, a popular joint on the road and the injured were the last in the group.

The blast occurred in this area.

“All of us passed the place when we heard a huge blast. My aunt was thrown on one side and I could find my brother. My brother has a small injury on his back but my aunt bled a lot even in the auto,” she said.

B Narsimha (65) rushed the injured to the hospital in his auto.

Police landed on the spot immediately, but a confirmation on what caused the blast is yet to come.

Tens of shocked people were found screaming and a host of them helped the family transport the injured.

Answering the cops, the auto driver who took the victims to the hospital.

“From preliminary investigation, the minor explosion was caused by an improvised explosive devise (IED) placed on the footpath. We have mobilised the entire force in the city. Experts from internal security division and anti-sabotage teams have been called in,” Bengaluru commissioner of police told reporters.

“There was a threat perception to the city due the upcoming festivities and some other circumstances. However, it was general in nature and not specific,” city police commissioner said on threat perception.

Read also: Are agencies still testing waters or acting?

Chief minister Siddaramaiah has said high alert has been sounded in the city and has appealed the people not to heed for rumours that disturb peace and bring fear among the people.

“Act should be condemned. A detailed inquiry has been ordered,” he said.

The home minister also confirmed the blast. According to the latest reports, chief minister Siddaramaiah has spoken to home minister Rajnath Singh about the blast. Singh has assured all central assistance to the state.


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A Guide to Different Types of Terrorism

Posted by SalonSocial on December 19, 2014

Different types of terrorism have been defined by lawmakers, security professionals and scholars. Types differ according to what kind of attack agents an attacker uses (biological, for example) or by what they are trying to defend (as in ecoterrorism). Here, a comprehensive list of types of terrorism, with links to more information, examples and definitions.
Troop of soldiers in camouflage uniforms, helmets and gas masks - Frank Rossoto Stocktrek/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Frank Rossoto Stocktrek/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Types of Terrorism

Researchers in the United States began to distinguish different types of terrorism in the 1970s, following a decade in which both domestic and international groups flourished. By that point, modern groups had began to use techniques such as hijacking, bombing, diplomatic kidnapping and assassination to assert their demands and, for the first time, they appeared as real threats to Western democracies, in the view of politicians, law makers, law enforcement and researchers. They began to distinguish different types of terrorism as part of the larger effort to understand how to counter and deter it.
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State Terrorism

Many definitions of terrorism restrict it to acts by non-state actors.

But it can also be argued that states can, and have, been terrorists. States can use force or the threat of force, without declaring war, to terrorize citizens and achieve a political goal. Germany under Nazi rule has been described in this way.

It has also been argued that states participate in international terrorism, often by proxy. The United States considers Iran the most prolific sponsor of terrorism because Iran arms groups, such as Hizballah, that help carry out its foreign policy objectives. The United States has also been called terrorist, for example through its covert sponsorship of Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s. More »

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Bioterrorism is the use ob biological agents to terrorize. U.S. Government


Bioterrorism refers to the intentional release of toxic biological agents to harm and terrorize civilians, in the name of a political or other cause.The U.S. Center for Disease Control has classified the viruses, bacteria and toxins that could be used in an attack. Category A Biological Diseases are those most likely to do the most damage. They include:

  • Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)
  • Botulism (Clostridium botulinum toxin)
  • The Plague (Yersinia pestis)
  • Smallpox (Variola major)
  • Tularemia (Francisella tularensis)
  • Hemorrahagic fever, due to Ebola Virus or Marburg Virus


Cyberterrorists use information technology to attack civilians and draw attention to their cause. This may mean that they use information technology, such as computer systems or telecommunications, as a tool to orchestrate a traditional attack. More often, cyberterrorism refers to an attack on information technology itself in a way that would radically disrupt networked services. For example, cyberterrorists could disable networked emergency systems or hack into networks housing critical financial information. There is wide disagreement over the extent of the existing threat by cyberterrorists.


Ecoterrorism is a recently coined term describing violence in the interests of environmentalism. In general, environmental extremists sabotage property to inflict economic damage on industries or actors they see as harming animals or the natural enviroment. Thes have included fur companies, logging companies and animal research laboratories, for example.
nuclear terrorism - courtesy of Department of Homeland Security

courtesy of Department of Homeland Security

Nuclear terrorism

“Nuclear terrorism” refers to a number of different ways nuclear materials might be exploited as a terrorist tactic. These include attacking nuclear facilities, purchasingnuclear weapons, or building nuclear weapons or otherwise finding ways to disperse radioactive materials.More »


Narcoterrorism has had several meanings since its coining in 1983. It once denoted violence used by drug traffickers to influence governments or prevent government efforts to stop the drug trade. In the last several years, narcoterrorism has been used to indicate situations in which terrorist groups use drug trafficking to fund their other operations.

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Emergency Preparedness

Posted by SalonSocial on December 17, 2014

 Planning Ahead

Preparing for an emergency now, provides you your best chance of survival, in the event of an actual attack. Emergency preparedness should always be considered in the home and workplace for any unexpected event.

This site provides a step-by-step approach to emergency preparedness by walking the reader through emergency plans in a variety of scenarios. As you make your emergency plan, carefully consider the information you’ll find throughout this website.

Introduction To Emergency Preparedness

Devastating acts, such as 911 and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, have left many concerned about the possibility of future events and their potential impact. They have raised uncertainty and heightened our awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness. There are specific steps you can take to prepare for the unexpected and reduce the stress that you may feel now and later should another emergency arise. Taking preparatory action can reassure you, your family and co-workers n that you can exert a measure of control even in the face of such events.

Emergency Preparedness – What You Can Do 

Finding out what can happen is the first step. Once you have determined the events possible and their potential in your community, it is important that you discuss them with your family or household. Develop a disaster/ emergency preparedness plan together.

Create an emergency communications plan.

Choose an out-of-town contact your family or household will call or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur. Your selected contact should live far enough away that they would be unlikely to be directly affected by the same event, and they should know they are the chosen contact.

Make sure every household member has that contact’s, and each other’s, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers (home, work, pager and cell). Leave these contact numbers at your children’s schools, if you have children, and at your workplace. Your family should know that if telephones are not working, they need to be patient and try again later or try e-mail. Many people flood the telephone lines when emergencies happen but e-mail can sometimes get through when calls don’t.

Establish meeting places.

Having predetermined meeting places away from your home will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated. You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family member or friend in case of an emergency. Be sure to include any pets in these plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters and some hotels will not accept them. Have two emergency locations, each in opposite directions. You won’t know, until an actual emergency, which direction you will need to evacuate.

Assemble a disaster supplies or 72 hour emergency preparedness kit.

If you need to evacuate your home or are asked to “shelter in place,” having some essential supplies on hand will make you and your family more comfortable. Prepare an emergency preparedness kit in an easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or small plastic trash can. Include “special needs” items for any member of your household (infant formula or items for people with disabilities or older people), first aid supplies (including prescription medications), a change of clothing for each household member, a sleeping bag or bedroll for each, a battery powered radio or television and extra batteries, food, bottled water and tools.

It is also a good idea to include some cash and copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licenses) in your kit. Copies of essential documents-like powers of attorney, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, life insurance beneficiary designations and a copy of your will-should also be kept in a safe location outside your home. A safe deposit box or the home of a friend or family member who lives out of town is a good choice.

Check on the school emergency preparedness plan of any school-age children you may have.

You need to know if they will they keep children at school until a parent or designated adult can pick them up or send them home on their own. Be sure that the school has updated information about how to reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pickup. And, ask what type of authorization the school may require to release a child to someone you designate, if you are not able to pick up your child. During times of emergency the school telephones may be overwhelmed with calls.

  • Remain calm and be patient.
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials.
  • Listen to your radio or television for news and instructions.
  • If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.

If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a flashlight. Do not light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches. Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.

  • Shut off any damaged utilities.
  • Confine or secure your pets.
  • Call your family contact, do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled.

What Could Happen – Emergency Planning

As we learned from the events of September 11, 2001, the following things can happen after a terrorist attack:

  • There can be significant numbers of casualties and/or damage to buildings and the infrastructure. So employers need up-to-date information about any medical needs you may have and on how to contact your designated beneficiaries.
  • Heavy law enforcement involvement at local, state and federal levels follows a terrorist attack due to the event’s criminal nature.
  • Health and mental health resources in the affected communities can be strained to their limits, maybe even overwhelmed.
  • Extensive media coverage, strong public fear and international implications and consequences can continue for a prolonged period.
  • Workplaces and schools may be closed, and there may be restrictions on domestic and international travel.
  • You and your family or household may have to evacuate an area, avoiding roads blocked for your safety.

Evacuation in an emergency

If local authorities ask you to leave your home, they have a good reason to make this request, and you should heed the advice immediately. Listen to your radio or television and follow the instructions of local emergency officials and keep these simple tips in mind.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes so you can be protected as much as possible.
  • Take your disaster supplies kit.
  • Take your pets with you; do not leave them behind. Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, follow your plan to go to a relative’s or friend’s home, or find a “pet-friendly” hotel.
  • Lock your home.
  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities, don’t use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous. Have planned routes out of any possible danger areas. Plane for leaving in any direction, North, South, East or West.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Listen to local authorities.Your local authorities will provide you with the most accurate information specific to an event in your area. Staying tuned to local radio and television, and following their instructions is your safest choice.

If you’re sure you have time …additional emergency prepareness actions

  • Call your family contact to tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
  • Shut off water and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so. Leave natural gas service ON unless local officials advise you otherwise. You may need gas for heating and cooking, and only a professional can restore gas service in your home once it’s been turned off. In a disaster situation it could take weeks for a professional to respond.
  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors. Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems. Close the fireplace damper. Get your disaster supplies kit, and make sure the radio is working.
  • Go to an interior room without windows that’s above ground level.
  • In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air, and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
  • Using duct tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
  • Keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate. Local officials may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community.

Additional Steps You Can Take

Raw, unedited footage of terrorism events and people’s reaction to those events can be very upsetting, especially to children. We do not recommend that children watch television news reports about such events, especially if the news reports show images over and over again about the same incident. Young children do not realize that it is repeated video footage, and think the event is happening again and again.

Adults may also need to give themselves a break from watching disturbing footage. However, listening to local radio and television reports will provide you with the most accurate information from responsible governmental authorities on what’s happening and what actions you will need to take. So you may want to make some arrangements to take turns listening to the news with other adult members of your household.

Another useful preparation includes learning some basic first aid. To enroll in a first aid and AED/CPR course, contact your local American Red Cross chapter.

In an emergency situation, you need to tend to your own well-being first and then consider first aid for others immediately around you, including possibly assisting injured people to evacuate a building if necessary.

People who may have come into contact with a biological or chemical agent may need to go through a decontamination procedure and receive medical attention. Listen to the advice of local officials on the radio or television to determine what steps you will need to take to protect yourself and your family. As emergency services will likely be overwhelmed, only call 9-1-1 about life-threatening emergencies.

Emergency preparedness – Each Persons Responisbility

Don’t wait until disaster strikes to realize the benefits of a good emergency preparedness plan. Begin gathering the items you will need and going over your plan with all family members, at regular intervals.

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Horrifying Pictures of Peshawar School attack

Posted by SalonSocial on December 17, 2014

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Massacre in Peshawar

Posted by SalonSocial on December 17, 2014

Source : New Yorker

by- Basheer Peer

A soldier escorts students from the Army Public School in Peshawar during the attack by Taliban gunmen.A soldier escorts students from the Army Public School in Peshawar during the attack by Taliban gunmen


A soldier escorts students from the Army Public School in Peshawar during the attack by Taliban gunmen.
A soldier escorts students from the Army Public School in Peshawar during the attack by Taliban gunmen.
In Peshawar, Tuesday began with the promise of a sunny winter day. Several hundred students between the ages of ten and eighteen arrived at the Army Public School. They wore their uniforms—green sweaters for girls, green blazers for boys—and tin badges printed with the school motto: “I shall rise and shine.” That morning, some of the students were in class, some were taking examinations, and some were in the school auditorium, where a visiting group of soldiers was training them in first aid.

Around 10 A.M., nine men dressed in the uniforms of Frontier Constabulary, a Pakistani paramilitary force, climbed over the school boundary wall. A school worker told Reuters that at first he mistook them for errant older students, but then he noticed the assault rifles slung around their bodies.

The terrorists entered the auditorium; Ebad, a tenth grader, told Radio Free Europe that he saw the men kill forty or fifty students there. They then entered one classroom after another, firing upon the students. “I was writing my examinations. Our teacher was overseeing it. We heard gunfire. We ducked and huddled together in a corner of the classroom,” a student told Samaa television network.

By noon, a state of siege had developed, as Pakistani troops cordoned off the school complex and began to enter it. Several reports claimed that about five hundred students were trapped inside the school at the time.

Shortly after noon, Muhammad Khorasani, a spokesperson for the Pakistani Taliban, told the A.F.P. that the Taliban had sent the attackers. “They include target killers and suicide attackers. They have been ordered to shoot the older students but not the children,” Khorasani said. The Pakistan Taliban, a coalition of terrorist groups formed in 2007 and linked to Al Qaeda, was responsible for the shooting, in 2012, of the teen-ager Malala Yousafzai, who last month won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Taliban described this latest attack as retaliation for the Pakistan Army’s current campaign against them in North and South Waziristan.

The battle between the military and the terrorists continued for about eight hours. The terrorists had planted improvised explosive devices throughout the school, Major General Asim Bajwa, a spokesperson for the Pakistani Army who was tweeting the progress of the operation, said. During the gunfight, three of the terrorists executed suicide attacks, Reuters reported.

By early evening, the military had killed the other six attackers and cleared the school complex. A hundred and thirty-two students and nine staff members had been killed, and a hundred and twenty-one children were injured, Major General Bajwa told the press. Most of the survivors were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital, in Peshawar. Pakistani social media was filled with pleas for blood donations throughout the day, as doctors tried to save the lives of injured students.

Sami Yousafzai, a reporter for the Daily Beast, spoke to Jihad Yar Wazir, a Taliban commander, on the phone after the attack. Wazir sought to justify the massacre of young students by saying that their parents were soldiers in the Pakistan Army, which was “behind the massive killing of our kids and indiscriminate bombing in North and South Waziristan,” he said. (In fact, students at the Army Public School came from both civilian and military families.) “To hurt them at their safe haven and homes—such an attack is perfect revenge,” Wazir said.

One of the most vivid accounts of the attack came from a sixteen-year-old student who spoke to the A.F.P. at Lady Reading Hospital. He was in the school auditorium when the terrorists barged in and opened fire. The students ducked under their desks. He heard one of the attackers encouraging the others to shoot the students in their hiding places. “I saw a pair of big black boots coming towards me, this guy was probably hunting for students hiding beneath the benches,” the student said. He was shot in both his legs; he stuffed his school tie in his mouth to keep himself from screaming, and played dead. “The man with big boots kept on looking for students and pumping bullets into their bodies,” he said.

The brutality of the massacre was unprecedented even in Peshawar, where suicide attacks have been a constant for more than a decade. Last September, the Taliban killed more than eighty people, mostly Christians, in a suicide attack on a church there. “What happened today is beyond what we could imagine,” Raza Wazir, who lived and studied in Peshawar for several years, told me. “They killed students from point-blank range while they shouted, ‘Allahu Akbar.’ I never thought we would see such barbarism, such cruelty, even in Peshawar.”

Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, arrived in Peshawar shortly after the attack to supervise military operations there and declared three days of national mourning. “This is a national tragedy unleashed by savages. These were my kids,” Sharif said in a statement. “This is my loss. This is the nation’s loss.” The attack was also condemned by Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest Islamist political group in Pakistan, on Twitter: “Attack on innocent children in the name of religion is not acceptable.”
Remarkably, the massacre was even condemned by Hafiz Saeed, the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, whom India considers the mastermind of the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai. Saeed released a statement describing the murder of children as “cowardly behavior” and said that Islam “never taught us to kill innocent children and women even in war.”

Funerals began after sunset. As night fell over Peshawar, the Pakistani military launched ten airstrikes against the Taliban. “I feel that until and unless this country is cleansed from terrorism, this war and effort will not stop, no one should be doubtful of this,” Prime Minister Sharif told the press in Peshawar. “Such attacks are expected in the wake of a war and the country should not lose its strength.”

Some analysts believe that the massacre may force a final break between the Taliban and Pakistan’s military establishment, which has long distinguished between “good” and “bad” Taliban and found strategic uses for militant groups. “This black Tuesday is going to radically affect political will in Pakistan,” Amir Ali Khan, a veteran analyst with BBC Urdu, wrote. “After they have mourned the slain children, people will seek unambiguous answers from Pakistan’s rulers.”

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Australia Café Siege Leaves Gunman, 2 Hostages Dead

Posted by SalonSocial on December 17, 2014

VOA News

Australian police have confirmed three people, including the hostage-taker, were killed during a day-long standoff at a Sydney cafe.

The siege ended around 2 a.m. local time Tuesday when heavily-armed police stormed the shop where New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said a gunman held 17 people hostage for about 16 hours.

New South Wales police called the attack an “isolated incident” by 50-year-old Iranian immigrant Man Haron Monis.

A 34-year-old man and 38-year-old woman were also killed. The police commissioner said gunfire was exchanged when police raided the cafe, but would not confirm the causes of the three deaths.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monis was politically motivated, calling him mentally unstable. He said Monis was well known to law enforcement. Abbott also said the way police handled the situation should leave Australians reassured.

Four hostages and a police officer are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The takeover of the Lindt chocolate cafe in Sydney’s central business district began around 9:45 a.m. local time on Monday.

Five people escaped the cafe on Monday and another five early Tuesday, just before the police assault. At least three more fled with help from emergency workers.

A barrage of gunfire and flashes could be heard as security forces in tactical gear surrounded, then entered the storefront early Tuesday morning, local time.

A police spokeswoman said the attacker made contact during the siege, but negotiators had not been able to establish a motive for his action.

At times throughout the standoff, hostages inside were seen standing with their hands pushed up against the windows. A black flag with the Islamic creed known as the Shahada written in white could be seen through the glass.

Man Haron Monis came into the public eye earlier with a letter campaign to the families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan in which he criticized the soldiers’ actions. The Sydney resident entered the country in 1996 seeking political asylum. He was out on bail after charges related to the 2013 killing of his ex-wife and the sexual assault of a woman earlier this year.

“This is a country that’s been on heightened alert for fear of domestic Islamic terror, so I would imagine that the period ahead for Australia will involve quite a painful and intense debate about where minorities sit in this country, how this country deals with the threat of extremism, and how this country deals with its minority groups,” freelance journalist Phil Mercer said.

Mercer also told VOA from Sydney that the police response was swift once shots were heard inside the cafe.

“It was over pretty quickly,” he said. “Within an hour or so, the center of Sydney was extremely quiet as the hostages were taken to hospital for checkups.”

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A police spokeswoman said the hostage-taker made contact during the standoff, but negotiators had not been able to establish a motive for his action.

Monis, a self-proclaimed Muslim cleric, was facing charges including sexual assault and accessory to murder in separate cases.

He was found guilty in 2012 of sending offensive and threatening letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas, according to media reports. He had been sentenced to 300 hours of community service, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Monis had obsessed over an ongoing legal battle over the letters, according to the Herald, which said a court on Friday refused to overturn charges against him.

Local media reported that Monis had changed his name from Manteghi Bourjerdi.

Black flag displayed

Early in the crisis, hostages were seen standing with their hands pushed up against the windows. A black flag with the Islamic creed known as the Shahada written in white could be seen through the glass.

The phrase is a declaration of faith for Muslims and translates to “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger.” Radical Islamists, including the Islamic State group, have co-opted the Shahada to use on their flags.

New South Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione on Monday refused to call the situation a terrorist act. But Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the incident at the cafe may have been politically motivated.

The cafe is in the heart of Sydney’s financial and shopping district, an area packed with holiday shoppers at this time of the year.

Nearby buildings, including the U.S. Consulate in Sydney, had been evacuated. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the department had monitored the situation and accounted for all its personnel with the mission.

The New South Wales state parliament house is also just a few blocks away.

Security experts

Although Monis was well known to authorities, security experts said preventing attacks by people acting alone could still be difficult.

“Today’s crisis throws into sharp relief the dangers of lone wolf terrorism,” said Cornell University law professor Jens David Ohlin, speaking in New York.

“There are two areas of concern. The first is ISIS [Islamic State] fighters with foreign passports who return to their home countries to commit acts of terrorism,” Ohlin said. “The second is ISIS sympathizers radicalized on the internet who take it upon themselves to commit terrorist attacks to fulfill their radical ideology.

“We are entering a new phase of terrorism that is far more dangerous, and more difficult to defeat, than al-Qaida ever was,” Ohlin said.

Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its escalating action against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, earlier this year raised its domestic terror threat level from medium to high, mainly because of concerns about home-grown extremists.

About 70 Australians are thought to be fighting for militant groups in the Middle East.

In September, Australia’s largest counterterror raids took place in Sydney and Brisbane. One person was charged with terror offenses.

Tough anti-terror laws were passed by the Australian parliament in October in response to the threat of homegrown extremism.

Phil Mercer contributed to this report from Sydney. Some material for this report came from Reuters, AFP and AP.

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