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Date: Feb 7, 2019

Over the next two weeks you may see more activity around our local Navy bases.

That's because Navy personnel are once again participating in their annual security training exercises.

The Citadel Shield Solid Curtain anti-terrorism force protection exercise kicked off Monday.

While this is a nationally recognized event annually, in this video from past years it shows how each naval base in Hampton roads is participating by conducting several different scenarios based on their needs

"It starts off slowly, on the low end of the security spectrum with things like access control trying to prevent unauthorized access, to a higher end, which is similar to attacks on ships or an active shooter type of scenario,” said Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock, commander NVY Region Mid-Atlantic

Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock said they take real life experiences into effect when creating training exercises, even though there is no real threat to the public at the time.

Read More: WAVY (Norfolk, VA)

The latest message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urging supporters to unite against enemies may be, at first glance, a fairly routine statement from an aging leader seeking to remain relevant. Zawahiri warns “Muslims face enemies from many sides” including Shiite Muslims, Americans, Russians, French and Chinese, in a video released Tuesday, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

But the timing of the video has a deeper significance to US intelligence and military officials. The latest US intelligence assessment on al Qaeda released last week is that senior leaders are “strengthening the network’s global command structure,” as part of its effort to inspire and encourage attacks against the West.

Zawahiri, for his part, remains a very visible international symbol of the group, eight years after the US killed Osama Bin Laden. While Bin Laden and Zawahiri are perhaps regarded by younger jihadists as leaders of a by-gone era of the 9-11 attacks, US intelligence is not ready to write off his influence or ability to inspire a younger generation through al Qaeda’s current networks.

Read more: WPMT Fox 43

After receiving glowing reviews from critics at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, Hotel Mumbai will soon drop in American theaters this March. Starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, the harrowing film depicts the brave actions taken by hotel staff members at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the Mumbai attacks, one of the world's deadliest terrorist events since Sept. 11. So what's based on the true story and what's artistic license? Here's the real-world context of the three-day attacks that you need to know before watching the movie.

Hotel Mumbai, as its name suggests, portrays the terrorist activities and evacuation efforts that transpired at the upscale Taj Mahal Palace Hotel between Nov. 26 and 29 in 2008. Over the years, the hotel workers have been remembered for their swift action during the situation. There really is a world-class chef named Hemant Oberoi (portrayed by Anupam Kher, recently in The Big Sick), who served in a core team of staff members that led evacuation efforts. Patel's character is both real and imaged - he plays Arjun, who represents a composite of waiters on the Taj's staff during the terrorist siege.

Read more: News OK

A study by a Saudi research center is challenging the notion that jihadi fighters are necessarily disenfranchised and lacking opportunity, with its lead researcher saying Thursday that a new generation of Saudi militants are relatively well-educated, not driven purely by religious ideology and show little interested in suicide missions.

The 40-page study , published by the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in conjunction with the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College in London, looked at 759 Saudi recruits who joined the Islamic State group mostly between 2013 and 2014. That's roughly a third of the overall number of Saudis who fought in Syria. The data was drawn from leaked Islamic State group entry documents.

Read more: ABC News

Police are investigating racist signs plastered outside the entrances to two prominent community organizations in Vermont’s largest city, Burlington.

“It’s all gone,” Justin Marsh of the Pride Center of Vermont said while using a razor blade to scrape a sign and thick adhesive from the door of the center. “Now we can just be a place to folks to feel safe and welcomed.”

The sign, from a group calling itself the Patriot Front, appeared to call for a return to the America from centuries ago.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League both say the group espouses white supremacist, anti-Semitic, and other exclusionary views.

Read more: NECN