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Monday, January 12, 2015

Cheat Sheet - ISIS & al Qaeda Killers Unite in Paris—and Beyond

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January 12, 2015
Last week's brutal attack on journalists, cops, and Jewish shoppers in France has forced Western intelligence officials to reexamine their fight against terrorism. Officials are obsessed with tracking rival groups like ISIS and al Qaeda. They need to concentrate on tracking down the individual terrorists instead, writes Christopher Dickey.

France plans to tighten security at Jewish schools, sending in almost 5,000 forces and police following the attack at a kosher supermarket, officials said Monday. Amedy Coulibaly, who killed a policewoman and then four hostages in southern Paris on Friday, was likely to have had an accomplice, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, vowing "the hunt will go on." Coulibaly took several hostages at a kosher supermarket in a coordinated attack with brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, who killed 12 people at the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo two days earlier. All three men, who belonged to the same Parisian terror cell, were killed by police. Following revelations that Cherif Kouachi and Coulibaly met in prison, Valls pledged to isolate Islamist detainees from the rest of the prisoner population as a means of preventing terrorism recruitment. 

"I Can Breathe" and "Black Lives Matter" are emblazoned on T-shirts that are selling like crazy. Who's making and profiting off them? James Joiner and M.L. Nestel report one cop and a few protesters are making hundreds of thousands of dollars on the backs of dead black men and NYPD officers.
The Golden Globes featured a beautiful lifetime achievement award speech by the one and only George Clooney. Gorgeous George tackled the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the Sony hack, and his love for his new wife, Amal Alamuddin, in a moving acceptance speech, writes Marlow Stern.

Searchers said Monday that they have recovered one of the AirAsia black boxes, just one day after lifting the tail section of the plane out of the Java Sea. Divers retrieved the flight data recorder from under part of the plane's wing, according to Henry Bambang Soelistyo, head of the national search and rescue agency. Searchers will work to find the second black box—the cockpit voice recorder—in order to better understand what caused Flight 8501 to crash on Dec. 28, killing 162 people on board. The black box will be taken to Jakarta for analysis, but it could take up to two weeks to download the data, according to authorities. Three more bodies were also identified on Sunday, including a couple from South Korea. 

Obama to Propose Laws on Data Hacking
And student privacy.
Kerry Makes Unannounced Pakistan Visit
For counterterrorism purposes.
Turkey: Boumediene Is in Syria
Terror suspect linked to Paris attacks.
Egypt Frees 26 Caught in Bathhouse Raid
Faced homophobic "debauchery" charges.
'Crocodile Bile' Beer Kills 69
Poisoned beverage suspected for deaths at a funeral.

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