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Spanish media: Fugitive Barcelona terror driver shot dead by police - August 21, 2017, 6:45 PM (IDT)

Younes Abouyaaqoub, the terrorist who smashed a car into Barcelona’s Las Ramblas Blvd. last Thursday, is reported by Spanish media to have been shot dead by police in the Subirats area 30km west of Barcelona.
This is not confirmed by police. A bomb squad first sent a robot to remove possible explosives form his body.  The deal toll from that attack, claimed by ISIS, has risen to 15, with more than 130 injured.

 

Barcelona terror deaths rise to 15 - August 21, 2017, 5:35 PM (IDT)

Police now confirm 15 dead from last week’s terrorist attacks in Barcelona claimed by ISIS, which also left more than 130 injured. Younes Abouyaaaqoub, whose car mowed down crowds on the city’s Las Ramblas Blvd., is on the run and the subject of a European manhunt.

At least one dead after car crashes Marseille bus shelters - August 21, 2017, 1:06 PM (IDT)

At least one person is dead and several injured after a car crashed into two bus shelters in the French city of Marseille Monday. The driver, a 35-year old man, was arrested. The bus shelters were in different parts of the city.  Local police are sweeping Marseille port. The attacks were clearly deliberate and may have been terror-related, No further details as yet.

Manhunt for Barcelona driver widened to Europe - August 21, 2017, 11:22 AM (IDT)

After failing to catch the driver of the van which trampled to death 13 people in Barcelona, Catalan officials have widened the hunt to Europe, suspecting he may have slipped across the border to France.
They have not revealed his name, but he is generally believed to be Younes Abouyaaaqoub, member of a major ISIS cell in Catalonia.

 

Moscow: 200 + Islamists killed on way to Deir ez-Zour - August 21, 2017, 11:15 AM (IDT)

The Defense Ministry in Moscow reported Monday that the Russian Air Force had destroyed “another large column of ISIS fighters heading for the city of Deir ez-Zour,” in eastern Syria - “their last base in Syria.” The Russian jets were described asalso  destroying around 20 SUVs armed with large caliber weapons and mortars, as well as armored vehicles and tanks.  The statement did not say when the air strike occurred, but a Syrian site referred to Russian air strikes on Aug. 19.

 

NKorea threatens “merciless strike” for US-South Korean drill - August 21, 2017, 11:03 AM (IDT)

North Korea warned of a “second Korean War” if the US. and the South went ahead with their annual military exercises, which began Monday and scheduled to run until Aug. 31. This year, 17,500 Americans and 50,000 South Koreans are taking part, along with personnel from Australia, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. The official North Korean newspaper Sunday called the drills “reckless nuclear war exercises” that are “driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.”

Trump to unveil new Afghanistan strategy in Monday address - August 21, 2017, 10:37 AM (IDT)

President Donald Trump will outline his administration's new path for the Afghanistan war in an address Monday evening. This was announced by the White House, following his conference with national security chiefs at Camp David Friday. On Sunday, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters traveling with him in Amman, Jordan, that the new strategy is the result of a “rigorous” process. He declined to provide details

Ten missing from US destroyer- merchant ship collision off Singapore - August 21, 2017, 10:31 AM (IDT)

A Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, collided with a commercial vessel east of the Straits of Malacca Monday morning, when the McCain was on its way to Singapore, the US Navy said. There are 10 sailors missing and five injured. A search and rescue mission was underway. The ship is named for Senator John McCain’s father and grandfather.

A rebel shell kills 6 in Damascus shortly after Assad’s “victory” speech - August 21, 2017, 9:42 AM (IDT)

The first international fair to take place in Damascus since the civil war’s outbreak six years ago was hit by a rebel shell Sunday night. Six people were killed and several injured. Thirty Iranian firms sent exhibits to the event along with other countries.
In his “victory speech, Bashar Assad said Western plots against his regime had been foiled and there would be no security cooperation with western nations until they cut ties with the Syrian opposition. Speaking to Syrian diplomats in Damascus, Assad praised Russia, Iran, China and Lebanon’s Hizballah for supporting his government during the conflict. Assad also welcomed the new de-escalation zones “to stop the bloodletting.” At the same time, rebel factions accuse his army and Iranian-backed militias of ceasefire violations in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, and exploiting the limited truces to free up firepower for attacks in other parts of the country.

Poll: One in 3 British Jews considers leaving over anti-Semitism - August 20, 2017, 1:49 PM (IDT)

A YouGov survey shows that only 59 pc of Britain’s 270,000 Jews feel welcome in the UK and almost one in 10 hide their faith for fear of anti-Semitic attacks. Three-quarters believe the opposition Labor Party harbors anti-Semites, especially since Jeremy Corbyn became leader two years ago. Last month police figures showed a 45 per cent surge in hate crimes against Jewish people.

They range from abuse in the street and Heil Hitler salutes to offensive graffiti and physical attacks.

ISIS Moroccan net primed to strike across Europe - August 20, 2017, 10:34 AM (IDT)

Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido promised on Saturday Aug. 19 that after the Islamic State’s two car attacks had left 14 dead and more than 130 injured, the terrorist network responsible for the violence had been “fully dismantled” and no longer posed a threat. in fact: The Moroccan-based network’s terror cells across six European countries are poised for more.
 

The ISIS special Al-Kharsha Brigade hits Spain - August 18, 2017, 3:08 PM (IDT)

Spain this week suffered the biggest Islamic State onslaught to be mounted in Europe since Nov/ 14, 2015, when they murdered 140 people in Paris. The Spanish offensive claimed the lives of 14 civilians and 7 terrorists. More than 100 victims are in hospital, 20 with serious injuries. ISIS does claim some terrorist operations carried out by local extremists on their own initiative. But the three-day terror rampage that hit Spain this week bore all the hallmarks of ISIS planning and organization.

Updated: 8/21/2017 11:46:40 AM EST -5:00