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News articles, special reports, and legal documents related to international terrorist organizations (ITOs) originating in and/or operating in the United States and Canada. We currently focus on recent, post-9/11, terrorist attacks in the United States and Canada, as well as the activities in these two countries of established terror groups such as HAMAS and Kahane Chai.. We also list criminal activity that borderlines with acts of terrorism and related law enforcement issues. Please browse the other sections to identify terrorist groups operating across regions.




HUDSON RIVER TRUCK ATTACK - Manhatan, N.Y., October 31, 2017: Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove down a rented pickup truck drove down bicycle path along the Hudson River in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring 11 before being shot by a police officer.

Terror Attack Kills 8 and Injures 11 in Manhattan. The rampage ended when the perpetrator smashed into a school bus, jumped out of his truck and waving a pellet and paintball guns and shouting “Allahu akbar” before he was shot by an officer. By Benjamin Mueller, William K. Rashbaum and Al Bakeroct, the New York Times, October 31, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES

Note found near truck claims Manhattan attack done for ISIS, source says. Authorities found a note claiming the attack was made in the name of ISIS near the truck used in the attack, a senior law enforcement official said. By Shimon Prokupecz, Eric Levenson, Brynn Gingras and Steve Almasy, CNN, November 6, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | MAPS

Suspect in New York truck attack pleads not guilty to murder and terrorism charges. An attorney for Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old legal immigrant from Uzbekistan, entered the plea during Sapiov’s arraignment in Manhattan federal court. By Phil Hirschkorn, PBS, November 28, 2017 : TEXT | PICTURE | DRAWING


CHARLOTTESVILLE CAR ATTACK - Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017: A car plowed through pedestrians at speed on Charlottesville, Virginia, during protests, killing one and injuring at least 19 others.

Car Strikes Charlottesville Crowd, 1 Dead. The mood was jubilant. Then, there were screams. Following the incident, state police urged people to avoid the area “to allow medics access to the crash scene.” By Priscila Alvarez, The Atlantic, August 12, 2017: TEXT | PICTURE

Charlottesville protests: a quick guide to the violent clashes this weekend. White supremacists went to Charlottesville to protest the city’s plan to tear down Confederate monuments, particularly a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. By German Lopez, Vox, August 14, 2017: TEXT | PICTURE

Sessions: Virginia attack ‘the definition of domestic terrorism’. “It does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “We are pursuing it in every way that we can make a case.” By Lia Eustachewich, New York Post, August 14, 2017: TEXT | PICTURE

Shocking drone footage shows Charlottesville attack from above. By Oliver McAteer, Metro UK, August 14, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | SOCIAL MEDIA


ORLANDO NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING - Orlando, Florida, June 11-12, 2016. A lone gunman, Omar Amir Siddiq Mateen, killed at least 50 people and wounded over 53 at a crowded LGBT nightclub in the early hours of Sunday in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

What Happened at the Orlando Nightclub Shooting. [Synopsis] The New York Times, June 12, 2016: MULTIMEDIA

Florida nightclub shooting: 50 killed and 53 injured in 'act of terror' – latest updates. By Alan Yuhas and Kate Lyons, The Guardian, June 12, 2016: MULTIMEDIA

50 killed in Florida nightclub, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance. By Ashley Fantz, Ralph Ellis, Faith Karimi and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN, June 12, 2016: MULTIMEDIA



Interactive timeline: What happened in Ottawa An audio, visual and by-the-numbers timeline of the events leading to and following the shooting in Ottawa. By Jaime Weinman and Adrian Lee, Macleans, October 22, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

Ottawa shootings: Video of Zehaf-Bibeau attack released. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commissioner Bob Paulson described Zehaf-Bibeau as a Canadian-born petty criminal with possible dual citizenship in Libya. BBC News, October 24, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

Canadian Police Describe Timeline of Ottawa Attack. NBC News, October 23, 2014: VIDEO


Martin Couture-Rouleau, hit-and-run driver, arrested by RCMP in July. Driver waited in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu parking lot at least 2 hours before hitting 2 soldiers CBC News, October 21, 2014: MULTIMEDIA



What we know about the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Evidence recovered from the scene will be sent to the FBI's lab in Quantico, Virginia, where analysts will attempt to reconstruct the devices used in the attack. By Steve Almasy, CNN, April 30, 2013: TEXT | VIDEOS

A brief history of terrorist attacks in Boston. In more recent years, Boston has had an ignominious connection with the major terrorist attacks carried out on U.S. soil. By Elias Groll, Foreign Police, April 15, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE




U.S. Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots. The lengthy report, released on Monday by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system's ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. By Spencer Ackerma, The Guardian, July 22, 2014: TEXT

THE REPORT: Illusion of Justice. Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions. New York, Human Rights Watch and The Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, July 21, 2014: PDF

Yemeni-American Arrested For Alleged Plot To Kill Troops And Shiites, FBI Claims. Mufid Elfgeeh of Rochester bought two handguns and two silencers as part of a plan to kill members of the U.S. armed forces returning from war, as well as Shiites in the Rochester area. By AP, Huffington Post, June 6, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE






US-born 'jihadist rapper' Omar Hammami reportedly killed in Somalia. Militant also known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki was on FBI's most wanted list with $5m reward for his capture. AP, The Guardian, September 12, 2013: TEXT | PHOTO



HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement)


Bridgeview man Muhammad Salah sues over terrorist status. Declared a terrorist by the U.S. Government in 1995, he argues that long-standing restrictions are too strict. By Annie Sweeney, The Chicago Tribune, September 6, 2012: TEXT



Kahane Chai (Kach)


Appeals Court Upholds Terrorist Label for a Jewish Group. Judge Ginsburg wrote that Mr. Powell “could reasonably conclude” from news reports that Kahane Chai “was known to approve of terrorist tactics, including the mass murder of Arab worshipers.” By Neil A. Lewis, The New York Times, October 18, 2006: click here

FBI Raids Brooklyn Office of Kahane Followers. FBI agents and New York City police hauled away computers and written materials from the Hatikva Jewish Identity Center on Coney Island Avenue in Flatbush. By Dean E. Murphy, The New York Times, January 5, 2001: click here

Assassination of Rabin Raises Alarm Over Role of Kahane's Violent Followers in U.S. The followers of Rabbi Kahane, the Brooklyn-born militant who was killed in 1990, remain a visible, dangerous presence in the United States, law enforcement officials say. By Joe Sexton, The New York Times, November 13, 1995: click here



Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LT) (Army of the Righteous)

US charges two for 'Denmark plot.' David Coleman Headley, 49, and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48, were arrested; Mr Headley travelled to Pakistan to meet members of the Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and also made contact with Harakat-ul Jihad Islami. BBC News, October 27, 2009: TEXT | PICTURE


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