News You Should Read Today – December 4 – 2015

FBI-is-treating-San-Bernardino-shooting-as-terrorism-Photo-APFBI treating San Bernardino shooting as terrorism

Authorities investigating the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., say they have yet to determine a motive for the mass shooting that left 14 dead and 21 others wounded during a company holiday party at the Inland Regional Center on Wednesday. But law enforcement officials appear to be treating the attack as an act of terrorism.

The suspects — 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik — fired 65 to 75 rounds at the facility and left 1,400 rounds of ammunition and three pipe bombs attached to a remote-control device before fleeing the scene, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters Thursday morning.

The couple was killed in a massive shootout with police following a high-speed chase through San Bernardino. Police found an additional 1,600 rounds inside their rented SUV and a cache of weapons — including 6,700 rounds of ammunition and 12 more pipe bombs — in the apartment they shared in nearby Redlands.

Officials said that the two were not on the U.S. counterterrorism radar prior to the rampage.

Accoridng to CNN, Farook, an American citizen, traveled to Saudi Arabia where he met Malik in 2013 during a Muslim pilgrimmage to Mecca. Yahoo

 

 

16 killed in Cairo restaurant after firebomb attack (Photo EPA)16 killed in Cairo restaurant after firebomb attack

Egyptian security officials say 16 people were killed and at least two injured when assailants threw a Molotov cocktail into a restaurant in Cairo’s central Agouza area.

Local media reports say three masked people firebombed the restaurant before fleeing, but security officials say at least one of the attackers was recently fired from the restaurant. Egypt has been rocked by a series of attacks by Islamist militants since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, but if the security officials are correct, this appears to be a workplace altercation.

Reuters news agency said the restaurant was in the basement of the building, making it harder for people to escape. BBC

 

 

Senate votes to gut ObamaCare, defund Planned Parenthood (thebullelephant.com)Senate votes to gut ObamaCare, defund Planned Parenthood

Late Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that would repeal most of the Affordable Care Act and strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood. The vote was 52 to 47, with two Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) — joining all Democrats present in voting no.

Republicans passed the legislation under a process called budget reconciliation that requires only 51 votes and can’t be filibustered, and it now will be meshed with a similar bill already passed by the House. The House has voted to repeal ObamaCare numerous times over the past several years, but this would be the first bill to reach the president’s desk. Obama, of course, has vowed to veto the bill, and it appears the Senate doesn’t have the votes to override his veto. The New York Times via The Week

 

 

Obama US is safe from ISIL (ndtv.com)Obama: US is safe from ISIL

President Barack Obama said in an interview that aired Thursday that he is confident the U.S. is safe from a Paris-style attack from ISIS and that American law enforcement is well equipped to protect the nation during the holidays.

“ISIL will not pose an existential threat to us. They are a dangerous organization like al Qaeda was, but we have hardened our defenses,” Obama told CBS. “The American people should feel confident that, you know, we are going to be able to defend ourselves and make sure that, you know, we have a good holiday and go about our lives.”

His comments came amid reports that the FBI is investigating ISIS sympathizers across the nation and a new study shows support for the terrorist group has reached unprecedented levels domestically. But Obama called for calm and said that terrorists and ISIS “only win if we start reacting out of fear.” CNN

Unconfirmed Reports of Afghan Taliban Leader’s Death (Photo Reuters)Unconfirmed reports of Afghan Taliban leader’s death

The fate of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour remained unclear Friday, two days after Afghan authorities alleged he was wounded in a gunfight during a meeting of militant commanders in neighboring Pakistan.

“Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour died of injuries,” Sultan Faizy, a spokesman for the first vice president of Afghanistan said in a Twitter post late Thursday.

Faizy informed media, including VOA, on Wednesday about the alleged firefight that he said took place near the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Tuesday. The Taliban swiftly rejected the claim, saying it was “fabricated” by the Afghan intelligence agency as part of its campaign to create divisions within the Islamist insurgency. VOA

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