A Vietnamese search plane has located fragments of an aircraft believed to be missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in waters off southern Vietnam.
The found fragments include a composite inner door and a piece of the tail. The location of the fragments was about 50 miles south-southwest of Tho Chu island, reports The Blaze.
Malaysia Airlines has not received confirmation regarding the suspected debris, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Vietnam’s ministry of information and communication stated they were unable to land near the objects to investigate them further because of darkening conditions. They will resume identification processes Monday morning.
Multiple countries have joined in the search for the missing aircraft, including China, the United States, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
The investigation into exactly what caused the plane, traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, to lose communication with air traffic controllers has raised questions whether terrorism is a possible factor.
Two of the passengers on board the plane were using stolen passports. It has been reported by The Mirror that the passengers purchased their tickets together.
"Whilst it is too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen passports and the missing plane, it is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in Interpol’s databases," Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said in a statement.
Malaysia's police chief, Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar, has said that police investigators “don’t dismiss the possibility” of terrorism, but do not consider it the most likely cause for flight MH370 disappearing.
Three Georgia men were arrested for attempting to buy pipe bombs and thermite in a plot to take down power grids and water treatment plants.
Agents say the sophisticated terror plot was meant to incite other militias to fight the government as well.
If the men hadn’t attempted to buy explosives from an undercover FBI agent, they probably would have been successful, agents testified at a court hearing Friday.
Brian Edward Cannon, 36, and Cory Robert Williamson, 28, appeared in court Friday and were denied bond. The third man, Terry Eugene Peace, 45, will make his first court appearance Monday.
An FBI source said Cannon planned to create mass hysteria that would push the government to declare martial law, which would then encourage other militias to join the fight.
"Cannon claimed too many militias were in a defensive mode and in order to get them out of the defensive posture, actions would have to take place to force martial law to be declared," the agent's statement said.
They are accused of chatting online about carrying out an act of terrorism against the government in February. These conversations were monitored by the FBI.
U.S. Attorney Sally Yates says the case is a reminder that terrorism can be homegrown.
"You can see that the plans that they had are really scary," Yates said. "There's no indication that they would not have been successful, and that's not the kind of thing where we can wait and see."
Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, told Fox News Sunday there is a "high probably" that a bomb will go off at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“I’ve never seen a greater threat in my lifetime,” McCaul told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
“What really poses the greatest damage or threat, if you will, in my judgment is the proximity and the location of where these games are being held,” McCaul said. “They’re being right, dead-center in the middle of what has been a historic battle-ground between Russia and Chechen rebels that have now spun off into an Islamic radical militant group.”
“There’s a high degree of probability that something will detonate, something will go off,” he added. “But I do think it’s probably, most likely going to happen outside of the Ring of Steel and the Olympic Village.”
“You’re saying, as the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, you think there is a high probability there will be some explosion outside the Ring of Steel?” Wallace asked.
“Well, I hope I’m wrong in this assessment,” McCaul responded. “But you’re talking about an area of the world where suicide bombers go off all the time, and the fact is right now, Chris, the eyes of the world right are upon this Olympics. And the Chechen extremists know this, and they want to make a global statement. They want to make a jihad statement, and what better time to do it than right now?”
“Remember,” he added, “they don’t have to hit in the Ring of Steel at the Olympic village. As long as they hit somewhere in Russia, to them that’s a victory.”
“We’ve already had two suicide bombers go off outside the Olympic Village,” he said.
Video of a young boy believed to be four years old and firing rounds from an assault rifle has surfaced online.
The boy is seen pulling the trigger of an AK-47, a gun much larger than him, as his father stands behind him. The gun seems almost too heavy for him as it’s propped up on a street barricade and its recoil knocks him back.
His father is heard offering his son words of encouragement in Arabic. Shouts of “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is Greater,” can also be heard.
The boy is later seen in the video smiling and talking with the adults filming him.
Officials say it is further evidence of jihadists grooming children to become soldiers, according to the Daily Mail.
Images of young children, between the ages of nine and 15, being trained to use weapons in a jihad training camp have been circulating on the web as of late. International experts say the use of child soldiers is a trend seen in the Syrian civil war.
“Syria is unique to any other conflict we’ve worked in over the last 20 years,” Kate Adams, policy and advocacy manager at London-based charity War Child told FoxNews.com. “Children do seem to have been targeted by both sides, more than we might necessarily see in other conflicts. Children are being used almost as pawns of the way and not just as collateral damage.”
Children are not only being trained as soldiers, but thousands have been casualties of the country’s civil war so far. Nearly 130,000 children have died because of the country’s bombings and use of chemical weapons, Fox News reports.
Adams told FoxNews.com that younger children run a higher risk than older children of being manipulated to become soldiers.
“I was in the region recently and spoke to two brothers aged 5 and 8,” Adams said. “We asked them, ‘What do you want for your future?’ The five-year-old said he wanted a gun so he can fight for his country, yet the 8-year-old said he wanted a laptop and to go back home You can see that the very young children are very impressionable to this kind of violence, and the social damage that this is going to cause inter-generationally could be huge and incredibly wrong.”
Source: Daily Mail, FoxNews.com
In addition to the metal detectors, TSA-like pat-downs and massive video surveillance at Super Bowl XLVIII, there will also be members of the US military and hidden snipers.
“If you have an active shooter or you have anyone who may have a bomb, snipers have a better angle then anyone who is on the ground to actually hit that target," Former FBI agent Jonathan Gilliam told My 9 NJ (video below).
"It’s an entire team that communicates," added Gilliam. "You have individuals who are at high altitudes inside the arena and then you have individuals that are on the ground moving in and around the crowd."
My 9 NJ also defended the snipers at Met Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. with this assurance: "The snipers will just be doing their job so fans can have an enjoyably safe experience."
According to CBS News, Super Bowl security also includes hundreds of US military, law enforcement and federal agencies. There will also be six thousand more personnel outside the stadium.
While CBS News touted the military presence, the news network failed to mention the Posse Comitatus Act, which does not allow the US Army to be used to enforce laws on US citizens except when "authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress."
A newborn baby boy in Lebanon believed to be the prophesied redeemer of Islam is now the youngest member of the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
Pictures of the baby, known only as Mahdi, taken in Beirut’s Rasul Aatham Hospital, show the baby wearing tiny military-style camouflage and a hat with the Shiite group’s emblem on his head.
The name "Mahdi" translates to “the guided one” whose arrival, TheBlaze reports, signals the beginning of the end of times according to Islamic theology.
Hezbollah-owned news channel al-Manar posted a video of the baby and his mother earlier this week, claiming the newborn was destined for Hezbollah the moment he was born.
“[The baby] did not wear the clothes usually reserved for newborn babies. Military fatigues were the first garment to touch his tender body. He is a potential resistance fighter from the first hours of his life,” said the Al-Manar TV reporter.
“Nothing could be better than him becoming a soldier for the Imam Mahdi [the prophesied redeemer of Islam],” Mahdi’s mother says in the video, according to a translation from the Middle East Media Research Institute, an Arab news watchdog.
“[He] reflects the continuation of the path of the Islamic resistance, one generation after another," she said.
Al-Manor reported that the hospital bills were waived for Mahdi’s family and workers gave them a token of appreciation – a golden necklace engraved with the name of the Prophet Muhammad.
The state of Oklahoma may for the first time use the "terrorism hoax" statute because of glitter.
Moriah Stephenson, 27, a graduate student and waitress, and Stefan Warner, 26, a youth pastor turned full-time organizer for the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, were part of a small group of activists on December 13 at the Devon Energy office building.
Devon is a leading company in oil and natural gas drilling, including fracking, as well Alberta's tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline.
Stephenson and Warner unveiled a banner during the protest on the second floor of the building, overlooking the atrium. The banner read, "The odds are never in our favor," which contained a gold mocking jay symbol - a direct reference to the pop culture phenomenon The Hunger Games, report The Guardian.
The banner malfunctioned, so to speak, and glitter started drifting to the floor.
A few minutes later, Stephenson and Warner took down the banner and left the building, but not before apologizing to the janitor who had arrived with a broom.
There was not very much glitter, and most people barely noticed.
"A lot of people when they heard about it they imagined buckets of glitter being dumped on people running and screaming, and chaos and panic...It wasn't chaos and panic at all. It was a pretty boring protest until the police showed up and decided to make a big deal of everything," Stephenson said.
Devon Energy and the Oklahoma City Police see it very differently.
Stephenson and Warner were arrested for faking a bioterrorism attack, in addition to trespassing charges, reports the Huffington Post. Two other activists in the group were only charged with trespassing as they were not involved in the hanging of the glittered banner.
Captain Dexter Nelson, an Oklahoma City police spokesman, claims the glitter sent off a panic and that residents of Oklahoma still carry scars from the Oklahoma City bombing.
"From the totality of the incident when they unveiled the banners and this black powder went flying through the air, all of the people who saw it deemed that it had to be something dangerous or toxic and went into a panic," Nelson said. "From what I was told people were running around and thinking that it was something dangerous."
Nelson has even gone so far as to say the protestors were covered in feces, a claim they and their attorney Douglas Parr vehemently deny.
"Any comment that either one of those people was covered in feces is an absolute, unmitigated lie," Parr said.
The charge of terrorism hoax carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. The Oklahoma City district attorney has not confirmed the charges.
Stephenson and Warner see the entire episode as evidence of a pro-industry bias in the heart of America's oil and natural gas boom, reports The Guardian.
"It sends a message to other activists that the price of dissent is very high," said Stephenson.
"It's just a reminder of the consolidation of power between the state and private industry," Warner said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin might have topped all security measures taken by any other county hosting the Olympics in history.
Today a restricted zone went up around the Olympics site in Sochi, where nothing can come in or go out until March 21, nearly a month after the Games have ended.
Spanning 60 miles across and 25 miles deep, security troops are patrolling the zone. Christian Science Monitor calls it the “ring of steel.”
Everyone in the area "will be subjected to near total surveillance."
Russian security is on high alert after two suicide bombings in Volgograd last week and threats from warlord Doku Umarov, leader of the Chechen terrorist organization Caucasus Emirate, to attack the Games.
"When we examine these recent Volgograd attacks, it's hard not to notice how well planned and well organized they were. They seem to have enjoyed a lot of logistical help," said Russia security expert Nikolai Petrov. "Terrorism has become a big business, and there are people with a real, material interest in keeping it going."
Russia spent $51 billion to host the Winter Olympics, and Putin has staked his reputation on the event.
"Putin's personal image is closely connected to the outcome of these Games,” said Gennady Gudkov, a former KGB security expert and an ex-Duma deputy. “So I am absolutely sure that whatever can be done, will be done.”
Veteran Kremlin critic Andrei Piontkovsky says Putin will protect internationals in Sochi, but leave the rest of the country vulnerable.
"This is Putin's basic promise to Russians, that he will make us safe," said Piontkovsky. "If we look back over the past 15 years, we can see that he never really kept that pledge. We've been hit over and over again.”
“But because of the Olympics, the whole world is watching,” he added. “It may be that the extraordinary concentration of security resources in Sochi means that city is safe, but what about the rest of the country? Even Moscow? If terrorists strike anywhere, it will seriously undermine faith in Putin."
An 8-year-old girl wearing a suicide vest was detained on Sunday in a failed attempt to bomb border police in Helmand, Afghanistan.
The girl, who is said to be in a state of shock and confusion, is believed to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander, according to BBC News. Her brother reportedly promoted the botched attack.
Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said the girl was spotted by Afghan soldiers wearing a suicide vest. Either she couldn’t operate the button to detonate the vest or she was arrested before she was able to detonate, said BBC reporter Bilal Sarwary from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The girl was transferred to the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.
This is not the first 8-year-old girl used to suicide bomb a police checkpoint in Afghanistan. In June 2011, an 8-year-old girl carried a bag of explosives into a police checkpoint in central Uruzgan province.
"The insurgents handed over a bag with a homemade bomb to an eight-year-old girl and asked her to take it to police forces," the Interior Ministry said in a 2011 statement. "As the girl was getting close to the police, it exploded and killed the girl."
A suicide bombing on Sunday that killed 15 people in a railway station in southern Russia is reinforcing mounting concerns over safety and security at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
No one has taken responsibility for the Volgograd attack, which took place about 600 miles from the Black Sea resort where the Games will begin in February.
Russia implemented sweeping security checks ahead of the games, including background checks for all visitors.
The U.S. Department of State website clearly states that in addition to a valid ticket all visitors must obtain a “Spectator Pass.”
“Applying for the Spectator Pass is part of the security regime for the Games and will subject the ticket holder to a background check administered by the Federal Security Service,” says the DOS.
Applying for the pass will provide passport details to authorities, who will screen visitors and check their identities when they arrive.
“Travelers are reminded that acts of terrorism, including bombings and hostage takings, continue to occur in Russia, particularly in the North Caucasus region, which is less than 100 miles from Sochi,” the website also warns. “Threats have also been made against the Olympic Games. On July 4, 2013, Doku Umarov, the leader of a U.S. government-designated terrorist group based in Russia, posted a video message online using inflammatory language and specifically mentioning Sochi.”
Russian authorities say there is a security zone set up around Sochi that extends 60 miles along the Black Sea. One month before the Games begin, security will no longer allow any cars to enter from outside the zone.
Special troops will patrol the mountains and forests near the resort town. Drones are also going to watch over the Olympic facilities, while speed boats patrol the coast.