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Presidential impeachment dominated a town hall meeting Wednesday at the Buffalo Irish Center, called by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. She is back at home, after being tied up most of this year in her unsuccessful race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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A judge, in Buffalo, has sentenced a local man to prison for supporting a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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The government is recommending a 15-year sentence for a Lackawanna man who traveled to Turkey to try to join the Islamic State group.

Nagi pleads guilty to attempting to support ISIS

Jan 22, 2018
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Two and a half years after he was arrested by federal authorities, a Lackawanna man has admitted he attempted to travel abroad and join the efforts of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS. On Monday, Arafat Nagi entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara in downtown Buffalo.


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ISIS has claimed responsibility for Saturday's terror attack in London. The Islamic State's news agency Amaq said in a statement Sunday that ISIS "soldiers" carried out the attack.

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Manchester Concert Bombing: What We Know Tuesday

May 23, 2017

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One day after a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killed at least 22 victims and wounded dozens more, police have identified a suspect: Salman Abedi, 22, who also died in the attack. The Greater Manchester Police says it's investigating whether anyone helped to carry out the attack.

The U.S. has dropped the most powerful conventional weapon ever used in combat to hit an underground ISIS complex in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials say.

The nearly 22,000-pound "MOAB" — standing for Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or as it's also known, the "Mother of All Bombs" — was designed during the Iraq War but had never before been used on the battlefield.

The U.S. has used the bomb's predecessor, a smaller but still massive weapon known as the "Daisy Cutter," in Afghanistan before.

New Technology Detects ISIS Explosives

Apr 3, 2016
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On Sunday Senator Charles Schumer announced that a new detector technology can sniff out an explosive commonly used by ISIS.

Federal authorities say a New York man has been arrested on charges he was planning a New Year's Eve attack at a bar to prove to the Islamic State he was worthy to join it in Syria. 

Schumer backs new social media legislation

Dec 20, 2015
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Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for a new legislation that will fight terrorists use of social media to recruit, raise money and inspire attacks.

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The bombings in Paris brought out a crowd to Daemen College last night for a talk on the refugee crisis and the Russian intervention in Syria.


ISIS Claims Responsibility For Bloody Attack On Paris

Nov 14, 2015

The morning after gunmen and explosions left at least 128 people dead and hundreds more wounded in Paris, ISIS has released a statement claiming responsibility for the attacks, according to jihadist-monitoring group SITE Intelligence.

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A preliminary hearing was held in federal court Monday for alleged ISIL sympathizer Arafat Nagi. Nagi was detained in late July after his Lackawanna home was raided. Authorities say he was attempting to join and recruit for the notorious terrorist organization.

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A federal judge in Buffalo has ordered Arafat Nagi be held without bail until trial. Nagi was arrested at his Lackawanna home Wednesday morning and charged with supporting and attempting to join the terror group ISIL.


Lackawanna man accused of attempting to join ISIL

Jul 29, 2015
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A Lackawanna man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to join and recruit for a notorious terrorist organization.

Higgins discusses Middle East trip, stopping ISIS

Jul 6, 2015

Rep. Brian Higgins was among a delegation which recently traveled to the Middle East to meet with other leaders concerned about the rising influence of the group that calls itself Islamic State .

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Human rights lawyer and journalist Arsalan Iftikhar was one of the regular commentators on the popular Barbershop Guys segment of NPR’s Tell Me More. He recently talked with WBFO about the role of Islam in today’s media and in the global community.

Local Muslims address the 'ISIS Crisis'

Feb 25, 2015
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The terror group known as ISIS calls itself the Islamic state. But many western New York Muslims have denounced the organization and the brutality committed in the name of Islam. WBFO News  contributor Rich Kellman has details.

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An expert on modern wars says the situation in the Middle East is so tangled because there are so many players and so many interests. Peter Singer of the Brookings Institution spoke Wednesday at Canisius College.

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The manager of a Rochester convenience store is behind bars on allegations he was promoting terrorism by trying to send people to Syria to fight with the militant group ISIS.

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Shortly after the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff was confirmed,Congressman Brian Higgins joined the growing call for an international response.

While the White House considers sending American special forces soldiers to Iraq, political forces are beginning to take sides. Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins says he does not support sending troops back to the troubled country.