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Machete-Wielding Somali Man Attacks Israeli-Owned Ohio Restaurant, Several Wounded

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Police have shot and killed a man who allegedly attacked patrons of a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant Thursday night, wounding several people. One of the victims is in critical condition, according to reports.

The suspected attacker is a Somali national named Mohammad Barry, CBS reports. There are also reports that Barry was on a terrorist watchlist.

“Law enforcement is concerned that this incident has the hallmarks of the type of so-called “lone wolf” terrorist attack that they have been working to stop,” the report reads.

The suspect entered the restaurant earlier in the day and asked for the owner. He was then told the owner was not at the restaurant, and he left the building, WBNS-10TV reports.

Thirty minutes later, allegedly armed with a machete, the now-deceased suspect entered the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli at 6:30PM local time, witnesses say.

The owner of the restaurant is an Israeli Christian who formerly lived in Nazareth, Israel, according to reports.

“He came in and started beating up on another man, I thought it was a personal thing. Then he just started down the row hitting everybody; people were bleeding,” a witness told a local ABC affiliate.

A waitress said of the events as they unfolded:

He looked straight at me but he went over to the booths and just started going down the booths. It all seemed to happen in slow motion.

Karan Bass, who was in the restaurant at the time of the assault, said:

He came to each table and just started hitting them. There were tables and chairs overturned there was a man on the floor bleeding, there was blood on the floor… I fell like five times. My legs felt like jelly. I just thought he was going to come behind me and slash me up.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now assisting with the investigation, police spokesperson Todd Lindgren revealed. The FBI is well-known as the nation’s preeminent domestic counterterrorism agency. Read the rest at Breitbart.

 

Female Suicide Bombers Kill over 60 People in Northeast Nigeria: Officials

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Two female suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a camp for people displaced by an insurgency of the jihadist Boko Haram group in the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa, military and emergency officials said on Wednesday.

The attack occurred 85 km (50 miles) outside the capital of Borno state, centre of the seven-year insurgency, they said. It took place on Tuesday, but a breakdown in the telephone system prevented the incident being made public earlier.

The two female suicide bombers sneaked into an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp and detonated themselves in the middle of it, emergency officials and the military source said.

The chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Satomi Ahmad, added that 78 people were injured.

No group claimed responsibility but the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which has frequently used female bombers and even children to hit targets. Read the rest at Reuters.

Iran Hires French Railway That Sent Jews to Auschwitz

Today's Must-Read 2-10-2016Iran inks post-sanctions deal with Holocaust-linked railway

Iran has hired to reconstruct its railways a French government-owned company that has been hit with lawsuits over its reported transportation of more than 75,000 Jews to Nazi concentration camps, including the notorious Auschwitz death camp, according to recent contract announcements.

The Islamic Republic has hired SNCF, the French national rail company, to upgrade its rail systems and stations, according to multiple reports.

SNCF in recent years has faced a series of lawsuits brought by the survivors and relatives of Holocaust victims over the railway’s alleged deportation from France of around 76,000 Jews to Nazi concentration camps.

SNCF is just one of several European companies vying to do business with Iran in the wake of sanctions relief provided under the recently implemented nuclear agreement.

Iran has already spent more than $43.9 billion to rebuild industries that were targeted by sanctions, including its aviation industry, oil pipelines, refineries, and transportation sector, according to statistics compiled by congressional sources.

Iran separately has inked a $25 billion dollar deal with French airline company Airbus for the purchase of 118 new planes. It also has a $1.1 billion contract with French air manufacturer ATR to purchase 40 turboprop aircraft.

Iran will pay SNCF nearly $8 million to conduct research into upgrading and modernizing Iran’s train stations, according to the International Railway Journal.

SNCF announced earlier this month another deal with Iran to improve station operations and pursue high-speed rail development, according to separate reports.

The deal is being billed as a “protocol of cooperation” between SNCF and Iranian Railways, according to French media reports. The deal will include the “implementation of new mass transit systems” and SNCF will provide assistance in the development of improved rail lines, according to these reports.

SNCF has come under scrutiny from the U.S. Congress and others for its role in the Nazi war effort.

SNCF reportedly sent thousands of Jews and others to the Nazi death camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald, according to the Coalition for Holocaust Rail Justice.

“Between March 1942 and August 1944, SNCF transported 76,000 Jews and other ‘undesirables’ through France to Nazi concentration camps,” the organization states on its website. “Included were U.S. and Canadian pilots who had been shot down over France; they were placed on SNCF trains and sent to Buchenwald and Auschwitz instead of prisoner-of-war camps.”

“Fewer than 3% of all those deported survived,” according to the Holocaust coalition.

There are hundreds of survivors and relatives living in the United States who claimed to have been put aboard an SNCF train.

In 2010, several of the victims testified before Congress about a lawsuit they brought against SNCF, seeking damages and reparations from the French government.

U.S immunity laws prevented these victims from suing the company in American courts.

One survivor who claims to have witnessed SNCF’s actions told Congress at the time, “What I saw there I will never forget my whole life. I saw the French employees push all the men into the cars … I heard screaming and crying, there were bloody corpses on the ground. They were pushed like animals,” the Jewish Daily Forward reported. Read the rest at the Washington Free Beacon.

Satellites Show Mystery Construction at Iran’s Top-Secret Military Site

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By Kimberly Dozier

A series of images, taken from space, show furious construction at a key Iranian facility. Was it to hide nuclear weapons work?

Newly released satellite images of Iran’s top-secret Parchin military complex reveal that even as Iran was working to negotiate a nuclear deal, it was apparently working to hide its atomic work of the past and hedge its bets for the future.

Forecasting site Stratfor.com says the images published Monday show Iran building a tunnel into a heavily guarded mountain complex inside the Parchin facility, some 20 miles southeast of Tehran, while also working to erase signs of alleged high-explosive testing at another area on the site.

“We’re not saying they’re cheating on the nuclear deal,” Stratfor analyst Sim Tack told The Daily Beast. “The images show Iran was going through the motions to hide what it’s done before, and it is still…developing facilities that the IAEA may or may not have access to,” Tack said, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The progression of satellite images tracking construction at Parchin from 2012 to 2015 show how Iran’s leaders apparently worked to keep regime hardliners happy by moving forward with weapons programs, even as the leadership worked to erase signs of an illegal nuclear weapons program, Tack said.

The satellite images appear to show new paving around the building that was alleged to be a test site for high-energy explosive charges used to detonate a nuclear weapon. Comparing satellite images from 2010 to one taken this year, Tack points out that the area has been paved, and plants and trees surrounding it removed and the soil scraped—all steps one would take to hide the radioactive fallout of nuclear weapons testing.

The IAEA sent a team to inspect the site last fall, one of the final steps up to the adoption of a deal that will give the country tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

“In September, IAEA Director General [Yukiya] Amano visited the inside of the suspected explosives test chamber building, and found it had been emptied,” said Andy Weber, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs. He added that in his opinion, Stratfor’s analysis “tracked well with the photos.”
While the destruction of that controversial building has been reported before, Tack said the publication of images of the near-simultaneous construction of the tunnel entrance to another part of the complex is new.

“The imagery showed they were working on a tunnel entrance within the Parchin complex…and it looks like it’s complete,” Tack said. A 2014 image Stratfor did not release showed construction equipment outside tunnel entrance.

“They were still going forward with that construction during the talks,” he said.

The mysterious subterranean complex could be part of Iran’s ballistic missile program that triggered new U.S. sanctions in January, even as the nuclear sanctions were being lifted.

The U.S. first detected that Iran was testing missile engines at the site in 1997.
Parchin was also the site of a large explosion in 2014 that the Iranian government never explained.

“It could have come from a test of rocket fuel or conventional warheads,” Tack said.
Whatever’s hidden beneath that mountain, the IAEA didn’t get a look at it last September, he said.

“There are places where nobody knows what’s going on,” he said.

The IAEA declined to comment on the new satellite photos.

The Iran’s U.N. Mission did not respond to requests for comment.

Iran has dismissed questions about suspicious construction at Parchin before. The Iranian official news agency IRNA reported that when IAEA chief Amano inspected the facility, he “visited construction works at Parchin, about which there are some irrelevant claims.”

Obama administration officials would not comment on what the photos show, but insisted that IAEA inspectors can check it out if they see fit. Read the rest and view the satellite photos at the Daily Beast.