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Date: Jun 24, 2019

The United States is building a coalition with its allies to protect Gulf shipping lanes by having “eyes on all shipping”, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Monday, following recent attacks on oil tankers that Washington blamed on Iran. 

The official told reporters en route to the United Arab Emirates that a coalition of nations would provide both material and financial contributions to the “Sentinel” program, but did not name the countries. 

“It’s about proactive deterrence, because the Iranians just want to go out and do what they want to do and say hey we didn’t do it. We know what they’ve done,” he said, adding that the deterrents would include cameras, binoculars and ships. 

Source: Reuters


 

Two RAF fighters were scrambled to intercept a passenger aircraft en route from London Stansted to Dalman in Turkey on Saturday evening (June 22), after a violent and unruly female passenger was said to have tried to storm the cockpit raising terrorism fears.

The Typhoon jets, which can reach speeds of up to 1,550 miles per hour, caused a sonic boom as they broke the sound barrier rushing to reach the passenger flight. This caused chaos as numerous people called the authorities to report the sound of explosions. For some time the news story was the reported explosions in Southern England before the incident with the aircraft was made public. "Essex Police," reported a local newspaper, "had been inundated with 999 calls after houses were shaken and a loud blast was heard across the county at about 6.45 p.m."

Read more: Forbes

Belgian police have arrested and charged a man with planning a terrorism attack against the U.S. embassy in Brussels, prosecutors said on Monday.

The man, identified only by his initials M.G., was arrested on Saturday. He denies accusations, the prosecutors said in a statement.

Prosecutors said they had “converging indications” that led them to believe the man was plotting an attack.

Read more: Reuters

A former Metro police officer who sent money to a man he thought had joined the Islamic State failed to win a lighter sentence Friday and will spend another 10 years behind bars.

“One small moment has come to define the rest of my life,” Nicholas Young told Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in court Friday. He said “illusions of ties of friendship and brotherhood” led him to do something “catastrophically wrong.”

He was “grateful,” he said, that a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruling gave him a “second chance.”

Read more: Washington Post

A Hezbollah operative collected “detailed information” about Toronto’s Pearson airport, according to a report circulated by Canada’s air safety agency and obtained by Global News.

The June 18 Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) report reproduced an article about Ali Kourani, a member of Hezbollah’s external operations unit, the Islamic Jihad Organization.

A sleeper agent based in the United States, Kourani visited Pearson airport seven times and gathered information about security measures there until his arrest, the CATSA Open Source Information Report said.

Kourani also scouted New York’s JFK airport and U.S government facilities. He passed the results of his surveillance activities to his Hezbollah handler in Lebanon on digital storage devices.

The Iran-backed Lebanese terrorist group had tasked Kourani to collect the information so it could plan attacks, according to U.S. prosecutors. 

Kourani told the FBI that Hezbollah’s external operations group, known as Unit 910, was “even more active in Canada than they were in the United States.”

Read more: Global News