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Pakistan: Taliban leader who justified Malala Yousafzai shooting escaped military prison

A Taliban leader who sanctioned the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai when she was only 15 years old has escaped military prison, Pakistani officials said Monday.

The confirmation came days after Ehsanullah Ehsan, a former figurehead for the Taliban in Pakistan, announced on social media that he had escaped prison.

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai poses for photographs during the Education and Development G7 Ministers Summit in Paris, France. (Reuters)

When asked by Reuters this week whether that was true, Pakistani Interior Minister Ijaz Shah said: “That is correct, that is correct.”

Ehsan had also claimed he had fled to Turkey, but Pakistani officials were unable to verify that, the AFP reported.

The militant has claimed responsibility for orchestrating numerous Taliban attacks, including the assassination attempt on Malala.

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The teen was shot in the head on Oct. 9, 2012, while riding a bus from school in her hometown of Mingora. She survived the attack and was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 2014 for her work in advocating for young girls’ rights to education.

Ehsan surrendered to authorities in 2017 and later gave high-profile interviews on Pakistani television.

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It remained unclear how Ehsan managed to escape from a maximum-security prison.

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Who are the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran?

Derided by some as a terrorist group, dismissed by others as a cult, the People’s Mujahedin is a secretive organization that has existed on the fringes of Iranian politics for decades.

The Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, has received strong support from prominent U.S. figures, including President Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and former National Security Adviser John R. Bolton.

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Mujahedin-e Khalq members wave Iranian flags during the conference “120 Years of Struggle for Freedom Iran” at the Ashraf-3 camp, which is a base for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, MEK) in Manza, on July 13, 2019.  (AFP via Getty Images)

Inspired by Marxist ideology, it began in the mid-1960s in opposition to the highly unpopular U.S.-backed Shah of Iran. But the MEK soon came to reject the theocratic regime that replaced him after the 1979 revolution.

The group became increasingly violent, carrying out a series of bombings and assassinations against the Iranian government — actions that caused its popularity to plummet.

By the mid-1980s the group had relocated its headquarters to Iraq, where it received protection under Saddam Hussein.

Despite the U.S. State Department designating the MEK as a foreign terrorist group in the late 1990s, it nonetheless received American protection during the Iraq War.

After American troops began winding down operations in Iraq, the MEK suffered violent recriminations from the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government.

In 2012, the U.S. removed the MEK from its terrorist list and worked with the United Nations to find an alternative host country. The following year, Albania welcomed the group, hoping to gain favor with Washington.

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Attempts by journalists to gain access to the MEK have remained elusive. Though the group has renounced violence, advocating for the peaceful overthrow of Iran’s theocratic government, some former members have said they were brainwashed.

A New York Times reporter recently gained rare access into the group’s headquarters outside the capital of Albania. He also interviewed former members living in the country who claimed they were forced to renounce romantic relationships and that all sexual thoughts were banned.

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Insiders have denied these claims, arguing that any discipline of thought was necessary to battle the despotic Iranian regime.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NY State Sheriff’s Association President: Green Light Law restricts information law enforcement needs

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New York state’s controversial Green Light Law prevents federal law enforcement agencies from doing their job, Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Griff Jenkins, the New York Sheriff’s Association president likened the policy to new bail reform laws which also limit access to Department of Motor Vehicles records.

He argued that illegal and undocumented immigrants in the country can provide up to 600 different types of documentation to obtain a driver’s license.

“So, it also puts the onus on motor vehicle clerks across the state to try to verify these documents when — oftentimes — and especially in this day and age with technology, fraudulent documentation is very easy to obtain.”

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The Green Light Law allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New York, while prohibiting DMV agencies across the state from sharing criminal records with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The law, implemented in December, has drawn major criticism from Republicans and the Trump administration. In a decisive retaliatory action, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week that it would bar tens of thousands of New Yorkers from enrolling in Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) that allow travelers to speed through airport lines and borders.

The association of New York police chiefs is backing the administration’s pushback on the law.

In a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state politicians, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association expressed its “opposition and deep concern” about the recently passed law.

In a separate letter, the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police thanked Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf for notifying leaders of recent actions taken by DHS in response to the Green Light Law. He emphasized the importance of sharing information with law enforcement.

“Our members fully recognize that sharing pertinent law enforcement information and vital resources across local, state and federal boundaries is critical to ensuring the safety of the communities we serve,” the letter said.

“It is our hope that reasonableness will prevail by all involved and that an appropriate resolution can be attained,” it continued. “What’s ultimately required is an operational and administrative process that prioritizes public safety for all New Yorkers and serves as its fundamental cornerstone.”

“You know, those federal agencies that are banned from accessing these records are not only tasked with enforcing immigration laws, they also handle very serious crimes like narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, child sexual exploitation, terrorism — cases like that,” Murphy pointed out.

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“And, when you’re talking about cases of terrorism or cases of child sexual exploitation, you know, federal authorities certainly should have that information at hand,” Murphy concluded.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Ronn Blitzer, and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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UK police investigate ‘targeted attack’ after two stabbed outside supermarket in Manchester

Police in Manchester, England, are investigating a “targeted attack” Monday after two people were stabbed outside a supermarket in the city’s Piccadilly Gardens.

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Officers responded around 12:10 p.m. local time to reports that two people had been stabbed near Morrisons supermarket, Greater Manchester Police said in a statement to Fox News. One man was rushed to the hospital. His injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening. A second man was being treated for minor injuries at the scene. No arrests have been made.

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A forensic officer is seen at work following a reported stabbing at Manchester Piccadilly Gardens on February 10, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

Social media users shared videos showing a heavy police response in the area. Several roads were closed due to the incident. Police asked the public to avoid the area while an investigation is underway.

Investigators are treating the incident as a “targeted attack,” but stress there is no greater threat to the wider community, Greater Manchester Police said.

North West Ambulance Service sent 10 vehicles and crew to the scene, BBC reported. City Councillor Jon-Connor Lyons also thanked Manchester Police for their “rapid response” to the “targeted attack.”

Employees from one company in a nearby building received an alert warning that said “an individual has been the victim of stabbing. Please stay within the building until this incident is under control,” Manchester Evening News reported. A portion of Oldham Street was also cordoned off.

The incident Monday comes after ISIS claimed responsibility for a knife attack in south London’s Streatham district last weekend. Sudesh Amman, 20, strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people on the street before being shot and killed by police. A third person suffered injuries caused by broken glass when responding officers opened fired, investigators said.

Amman, who was wearing a mock suicide vest at the time, carried out the stabbings in response to calls to attack the citizens of coalition countries, a statement posted by ISIS’ Amaq news agency said, according to Reuters. Fox News also independently confirmed ISIS’ claim to the attack.

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The man had been convicted of terrorism-related offenses but was later released from prison. The incident last week and a Nov. 29 attack in which two people were killed in central London prompted the U.K. government to announce new emergency legislation preventing the “automatic early release” of people convicted of terror crimes being released after serving only half their sentences.

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Rep. Steve Scalise: 2020 Dems fumble while Trump closes out ‘great week’

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While President Trump enjoyed a “great week,” Democrats seeking to replace him stumbled in Iowa and on the debate stage, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend,” Scalise said Trump “dominated” in terms of delivering on his promises.

“Great week for the president,” the Louisiana Republican said.

On Tuesday, Trump gave the annual State of the Union address. On Wednesday, the president was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial. On Thursday ,the White House confirmed the killing of terror leader Qassim al-Rimi in Yemen. On Friday, the Labor Department reported the economy added 225,000 jobs in January.

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Scalise went to the Iowa caucuses on Monday supporting the president’s team and said that while Trump showed “excited” voters what he was able to do for them, 2020 Democrats showed what they couldn’t do, thanks in part to botched caucus tallies.

“The Democrats showed on the other side they can’t even learn to count, let alone manage the economy or take over your health care,” he said. “So I think that was a great contrast.”

The congressman also told host Pete Hegseth that the president hit his third State of the Union speech “out of the ballpark,” while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was literally “becoming unhinged,” ripping up her copy of the address.

Scalise noted that the jobs report had the “best [economic numbers] in generations.”

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He criticized Democrats running for president for opposing the missile strike that killed an Iranian general linked to terror attacks on the grounds that he posed no imminent threat.

“I mean, what are you doing when you can’t kill a terrorist who not only killed hundreds of men and women in uniform, but was in Iraq later that day plotting to kill more Americans? And, they wouldn’t do that,” Scalise said.

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ISIS claims responsibility for London stabbing attack that left 3 injured

The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility Monday for the knife attack in London over the weekend that left three people injured.

Sudesh Amman, 20, strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people on a busy London street Sunday before being shot and killed by police. Investigators say a third person suffered injuries believed to have been caused by broken glass when responding officers opened fire.

“The perpetrator of the attack in Streatham district in south London yesterday is a fighter of Islamic State, and carried out the attack in response to calls to attack the citizens of coalition countries,” a statement posted by ISIS’ Amaq news agency read, according to Reuters.

Fox News has confirmed the claim of responsibility.

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A police forensic officer looks around near the scene after a stabbing incident in London on Sunday (AP)

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Amman had been recently released from prison. Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said he served time after being convicted of publishing graphic terrorist videos online and stockpiling instructions on bomb-making and knife attacks.

Officers had been trailing Amman at the time of Sunday’s attack, D’Orsi said, but were unable to head off the bloodshed in the commercial and residential south London neighborhood of Streatham, where Amman struck outside a major pharmacy.

British officials are now set to announce new rules Monday for the imprisonment of convicted terrorists following Amman’s attack and a similar stabbing last year carried out by another man who had served prison time for terrorism offenses. None of the victims in Amman’s attack suffered life-threatening injuries, while the Nov. 29 stabbings near London Bridge left two dead.

The government said it will effectively stop the early release of convicted extremists, double terror sentences and overhaul the conditions under which they are released back into the community, according to the Associated Press.

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Police in London say Sudesh Amman strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people before being shot to death by responding officers. He was recently released from prison, where he was serving time for terrorism offenses. (AP/Metropolitan Police)

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More than 70 people found guilty of terror offenses have been released in Britain after serving time, the news agency adds, while there are more than 200 others convicted of the same offenses still in the prison system.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday’s attack was clearly foreseeable in the wake of the London Bridge murders.

“One of the questions I’ve got for the government is what are we doing about those 70-odd people who have been released from prison?” he asked.

The former head of U.K. counterterrorism policing, Mark Rowley, told the BBC that “one of the challenges for the prime minister and his team is how much he can look back and amend the rules for people already serving sentences.”

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“Legally that’s very, very difficult,” Rowley said. “But if there are many, many coming out on regimes that we no longer think work, is it possible to change that?”

Rowley added that unless the current law is changed, “police and security services are going to have many, many more cases that they are prioritizing.”

Fox News’ Gillian Turner and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man behind London stabbing spree wanted girlfriend to behead her parents, report says

The man shot dead by London police on Sunday after stabbing three people in a “terrorist-related” incident once posted messages in support of the Islamic State, justified the rape of Yazidi women and encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents, according to a report.

Sudesh Amman, 20, is the man identified by London authorities as the attacker in the town of Streatham who had been under surveillance, Reuters reported. Authorities learned about him after he pleaded guilty in 2018 to possession of terrorist documents and sentenced to more than three years in prison.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said measures will be introduced Monday to bring “fundamental” change to the way people convicted of terrorism offenses are handled in prison and afterward.

Reuters reported that officials looked through some of Amman’s personal devices and found the troubling messages. Among them was an eagerness to discuss with family and friends his ambition to carry out a knife attack, the report said.

Authorities said Amman made good on the goal and attacked individuals in Streatham, which is south London. A man reported by witnesses as wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest was then subsequently shot by armed officers.

Gulled Bulhan, a 19-year-old student from Streatham, told Britain’s Press Association that he witnessed the attack.

“I was crossing the road when I saw a man with a machete and silver canisters on his chest being chased by what I assume was an undercover police officer — as they were in civilian clothing,” he said.

Besides encouraging his girlfriend to behead her parents, in 2017, he reportedly used the Koran to make a case that raping a Yazidi woman is permissible. The Yazidis are a religious minority with unique beliefs that distinguish them from Muslim and Christian worshippers.

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IS militants, who seized control of north Iraq in 2014, said the Yazidis were “apostates” and killed hundreds of men while enslaving thousands of women and children. The U.N. called the attacks genocide.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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London stabbings declared ‘terrorist-related’ after several injured, man shot, police say

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Several people were injured after a stabbing attack in London on Sunday by a man who was shot by police that has been declared a “terrorist-related” incident.

London’s Metropolitan Police Service said that a “number of people” were stabbed in Streatham, located in south London. A man was then subsequently shot by armed officers.

“The circumstances are being assessed; the incident has been declared as terrorist-related,” police tweeted.

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Images on social media showed a person face down on the ground outside Boots, with a police officer holding a gun next to a black BMW with emergency lights.

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The person can be seen wearing grey pants, black shoes, and a green jacket.

The incident drew a massive emergency response, Sky News reported.

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Ambulances could be seen converging in the area as police cordoned off nearby streets.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Former FBI translator gets probation for doctored transcript

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A former FBI translator was sentenced to probation Friday after he admitted doctoring transcripts when his own voice came up on intercepts of phone calls placed by a terrorism suspect.

Abdirizak Wehelie of Burke, Va., also received a $1,000 fine at his sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Wehelie, 68, pleaded guilty in November to making false statements. He admitted he marked himself down as an “unidentified male” when a target of FBI surveillance left a message on Wehelie’s cellphone in 2012, while Wehelie was working as a contract linguist for the FBI.

Sentencing guidelines called for a term of zero to six months.

Wehelie took responsibility for his actions in comments to the judge before he was sentenced.

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“Upon hearing my voice on the voicemail, I froze in shock and fear; fear of what it could possibly mean for my family and myself,” Wehelie wrote in a letter to the court.

Wehelie worked as a contractor for the FBI from 2012 to 2015. In December 2012, a man targeted by the FBI in an investigation connected to the Al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia called and left a voicemail message for Wehelie.

The call was intercepted under court-ordered surveillance, and Wehelie was tasked the next day with translating the call. He marked himself down as “unidentified male” even though the voicemail message on Wehelie’s cellphone identified him as “Abdirizak Wehelie.”

The FBI questioned Wehelie about his actions in 2016. At the time, according to the indictment, Wehelie admitted that he should not have identified himself as an “unidentified male” on that translation. He also told FBI agents he had never actually had a phone conversation with the person who called him and that he didn’t know the person very well. But a subsequent FBI investigation revealed that the two had nearly 180 phone contacts from 2010 to 2017.

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“This was a one-time event in which Mr. Wehelie essentially panicked,” said his lawyer, Nina Ginsberg, about the doctored transcript.

The Wehelie family has faced government scrutiny for a decade. Two of Wehelie’s adult children were placed on the no-fly list and denied re-entry to the U.S. for several weeks in 2010, before Abdirizak Wehelie began his work for the FBI.

Yahya and Yusuf Wehelie were the subject of international news coverage that summer when they said they were detained and tortured after traveling to Yemen to learn Arabic. After a delay of several weeks and pressure from Muslim civil rights groups, the brothers were allowed to return to the U.S. later that summer.

In 2017, Yusuf Wehelie was sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally transporting high-powered weapons in a case where he spoke with an undercover witness about his desire to shoot up a military recruitment center on behalf of the Islamic State group.

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Most wanted female terrorist lives in freedom in Jordan despite extradition request for bombing that killed Americans

Ahlam Ahmad al-Tamimi is the most wanted woman in the world, with a $5 million bounty for information that leads to her arrest or conviction.

Tamimi is accused by U.S. officials of conspiring to use–and using–a weapon of mass destruction, and masterminding a brazen Hamas terrorist attack that killed 15 – including eight children and two Americans, one of whom was pregnant.

Despite being on the run from American authorities, Tamimi has been hiding in plain sight for years– under the eye of one of the United States’ longest and closest allies in the Middle East: Jordan.

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This image provided by the FBI is the most wanted poster for Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi, a Jordanian woman charged in connection with a 2001 bombing of a Jerusalem pizza restaurant that killed 15 people and injured dozens of others. The case against Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi was filed under seal in 2013 but announced publicly by the Justice Department on March 14, 2017. (FBI via AP) (The Associated Press)

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Despite requests from Washington, the Kingdom has been publicly steadfast in its refusal to extradite Tamimi, who at just 20 years old masterminded the suicide bombing on the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem three weeks before planes struck the U.S on Sept. 11, 2001.

The attack claimed the lives of two Americans, 15-year-old Malki Roth, and Shoshana Yehudit Greenbaum, who was five months pregnant with her first child at the time. In addition to the two murdered Americans and the unborn infant, four more U.S. nationals were among the some 122 injured. At least one of the victims remains in a vegetative state.

For Roth’s parents, the fight for some semblance of justice has already been a long one – and the bumpy road stretches on.

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Malki Roth was just 15 when she was killed in a suicide bombing in 2001, orchestrated by Hamas operative who is now the most wanted female terrorist by the U.S. government (Roth Family)

“We are in touch with members of Congress and U.S. government officials. The situation is fluid, and there are some indications of meaningful progress,” Malki’s father, Arnold Roth, told Fox News from Jerusalem. “Our sense is that the law and enforcement parts of the U.S. government have done everything that needs to be done to set the stage. What is preventing extradition is the political will to see the Sbarro bomber brought to justice.”

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Two years after the Jerusalem attack, Tamimi pled guilty in an Israeli court for her pivotal role and received 16 life sentences and an additional 250 years behind bars.

U.S. federal laws also came into play because Tamimi, who was born in Australia, held American citizenship at the time.

In 2011, Tamimi was part of a prisoner swap in which Israel released more than 1000 Palestinian prisoners – many of whom were serving life sentences for assaults on Israelis – for the return of one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was captured by Hamas four years earlier.

“It was important to Israelis to show the importance put on that one soldier’s life, and how much we were willing to sacrifice to bring him home,” one Israeli intelligence official, who requested anonymity, told Fox News of the exchange.

Most of the Hamas operatives and sympathizers released were sent to Gaza and the West Bank. Tamimi and her husband were among a handful relocated to neighboring Jordan, under varying terms of restriction.

But seemingly no one anticipated the terrorist’s rise to public fame.

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Tamimi, who is now 39, refers to herself as a journalist and was purportedly given free rein to host her own program on a local TV station broadcast from the city of Ramallah, focused on “occupation practices.” Moreover, she was left unencumbered to bolster a heroic image, of which she has dedicated fan pages, which claim that she “holds a medal of honor” for her “life imprisonment in Zion prisons.”

Tamimi has also given several interviews detailing and illuminating her role, admitting that she selected the restaurant because it was known to be a favorite for families, and expressing her delight that so many children were slain.

“I was really shocked at the American behavior,” Tamimi told an Al Jazeera reporter from her home in the Jordanian capital of Amman in 2017, detailing how she was suddenly arrested by a branch of Interpol and spent one night in jail before successfully fighting extradition through the Jordanian courts. “The U.S. government, who is always trying to solve the problems of the world, has decided to go after one woman for no obvious reasons.”

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A gaping hole is left in the shop front of the Sbarro pizzeria after a suicide bombing that killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 80 others in Jerusalem on August 9, 2001. In the worst bombing in Jerusalem since the start of a Palestinian uprising last September, the suicide bomber blew himself up at the restaurant during the busy lunch hour. Six of the dead are children. NB/GB – RP2DRIDUUUAA

Several employees of Al-Quds TV told Fox News that they are no longer operating. The diplomatic spotlight on the case – and the hefty bounty on her head – has prompted Tamimi to slide under the radar in recent months.

“She doesn’t appear on TV. The last time she popped up was March 2019,” noted Yotam Feldner, director of Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) TV. “Last time her Facebook was active was in 2011.”

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Jordanian Ahlam Tamimi (C), just released from an Israeli prison , hugs her father upon her arrival at Queen Alia international airport in Amman late October 18, 2011. Tamimi had been sentenced to 16 life terms for her involvement in a suicide bombing attack on the Sbarro Pizzeria in Jerusalem in August 2001. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed 

Yet for the Roth family, the notion of their daughter’s killer living a life of freedom and open glee renders more than just a jar to the stomach.

“It is audacious that she was allowed to host a program solidly identified with her and what she embodies – unhindered for nearly five years. We are talking about a program that places terrorists on a pedestal,” conjectured Arnold Roth. “She has always maintained a noisy social media presence. But that part of her noisy activity is currently in abeyance after we were instrumental in getting Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to, one by one, shut down her known accounts.”

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The U.S. government first filed under seal a criminal complaint against Tamimi in 2013. The criminal complaint was publicly unsealed in March 2017. But almost three years later, and she still remains free.

The Jordanian government has argued that Tamimi cannot be extradited on the grounds that there is no treaty with the U.S. While the late King Hussein, who died in 1999, is reported to have signed the extradition treaty on March 28, 1995, it was not signed into law by the Jordanian parliament.

“Legally, Jordan’s parliament has to ratify a treaty, much the same way that the U.S. Congress has to ratify any treaty signed by the president in order for it to have the force of law,” explained Josh Lipowsky, a senior researcher at the Counter Extremism Project (CEP). “Nonetheless, King Abdullah could choose to honor the extradition request as a goodwill gesture to the United States or if he believes it is in Jordan’s best interests.”

He stressed that even without a formally ratified treaty, King Abdullah “can override the courts’ decision not to extradite Tamimi” and that it is “a matter of weighing potential damage to the U.S.-Jordan relationship versus the threat of upsetting some on the Jordanian street.”

“For now, the risk is low for King Abdullah to keep Tamimi in Jordan, but that could change if the United States were to threaten economic sanctions against Jordan,” Lipowsky continued. “The passage of the Omnibus Spending Bill in December threatens to sever financial aid to any country that ignores a U.S. extradition request of somebody indicted for a criminal offense that carries a life sentence. Tamimi’s 2017 U.S. indictment carries the penalty of life imprisonment or death, which means Jordanian aid could be threatened if her extradition is not carried out.”

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In this photo taken Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Ahlam al-Tamimi is photographed during an interview in her home in the Jordanian capital of Amman. The 37-year-old who guided the bomber to his target said she fears for her life after getting death threats and defends her role in killing civilians as legitimate resistance to Israeli occupation. (AP Photo/Omar Akour) (The Associated Press)

Several sources in both the U.S. and Israel acknowledged that the extradition request does put the Hashemite Kingdom – a strong and necessary ally in the tumultuous region – in a difficult position given that an estimated 70 percent of those in Jordan are of Palestinian origin. Thus, King Abdullah needs to maintain popularity with the overwhelming majority both from a political and security standpoint.

Jordan has made extradition exceptions in years past. In 1995, Jordan allowed the U.S. to extract Eyad Ismoil, a Jordanian national, to stand trial over his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

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The U.S. State Department declined to comment specifically on the Tamimi case, but on its website denotes that it “deeply values its long history of cooperation and friendship with Jordan,” a diplomatic relationship that dates back to 1949.

“In light of ongoing regional unrest, the United States has helped Jordan maintain its stability and prosperity through economic and military assistance and through close political cooperation,” the bilateral relations fact sheet states.

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President Donald Trump and Jordan’s King Abdullah II hold a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP)

The U.S. is Jordan’s single largest provider of assistance, “providing over $1.7 billion in 2017, including $1.3 billion in bilateral foreign assistance and over $200 million in Department of Defense support.”

Yet some critics have pointed to the notion that despite the huge sums of U.S. taxpayer dollars dished to Jordan, they still refuse to hand over Tamimi, who masterminded the death of an American child.

“The Kingdom freely takes American foreign aid, relies upon Washington to safeguard it militarily and claims they are a modern state that respects the rule of law. No one, not even Tamimi, denies her role in perpetrating these mass bombings that killed and injured U.S. citizens,” contended Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Israeli law firm Shurat HaDin, which represents some of the Sbarro bombing victims. “Just as the Trump administration is pressing every ally from Europe to Canada to NATO to start to fulfill obligations, Jordan must be forcefully pressed and compelled.”

According to the Israeli intelligence source, Tamimi is just one of many in a “well-known” family line accused of waging war in the bitter battle between Palestinians and Israelis.

Among the clan of cousins is said to be that of Ahed Tamimi, a 19-year-old Palestinian activist who has gained international notoriety in recent years for her bold confrontations with Israeli soldiers. In late 2017, she was detained for slapping a soldier and subsequently spent seven months in prison, her signature curls and youthful face becoming a symbol for the proclaimed Palestinian “freedom fight.”

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Ahed Tamimi, cousin of Ahlam Ahmad al-Tamimi, waves after she visited the tomb of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP)

Last April, her younger brother, Mohammed Tamimi, then 15, was arrested along with their cousin Muayyid in overnight raids in response to “rioting and other disturbances.”

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice told Fox News that while they cannot discuss the next steps in terms of specifics regarding the extradition request, it remains a matter of “particular importance.”

The Australian and Jordanian embassies in Washington, D.C. did not respond to requests for comment.

But for the Roth parents, it’s a nightmare they are compelled to fight through every day – and they are determined not to stop in their quest to see the woman who wears American blood on her hands have her day in U.S. court.

“Thinking about our precious Malki, looking at photos of her, even just hearing her name, is unspeakably painful even nearly 20 years on,” said her mother, Frimet Roth. “I force myself to post pieces about her periodically so she won’t be forgotten and so that the evil massacre that she perished in won’t be either.”

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Frimet remembers everything about her daughter, who will forever be a smiling 15-year-old in her heart. Her talents as a classical flutist, her voluntary work caring for children with severe disabilities, including her sister, 10 years her junior.

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​Malki was deeply devoted to caring for her disabled sister, Haya, prior to her murder in August 2001 (Roth Family)

“Malki’s love and devotion to Haya, our profoundly disabled child, was positively astounding. Malki also found time to be a loving daughter and granddaughter as well. We often walked arm-in-arm together. She usually ended our phone conversations with ‘I love you,’ which I distinctly recall she did the last time we spoke,” Frimet added. “Just one hour before she was snatched from us forever.”

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