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British terrorist “Jihadi John” has reportedly left the Islamic State (aka ISIS) group, fearing for his life after being identified six months earlier as a Kuwaiti-born Londoner from a well-to-do family.  Jihadi John left because the terrorist organization might drop him "like a stone or worse if they feel he is no longer of any use to them," according to a source for the British news outlet, the Daily Express.  The Daily Express report has not been confirmed by government sources or other news outlets.

Born Mohammed Emwazi, he initially gained international notoriety both personally, and for the terrorist organization, after a video was released by Islamic State in August 2014, showing him beheading American journalist James Foley.

Read more:  Christian Science Monitor

The Libyan government has called on the U.N. Security Council to lift its arms embargo as the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, continues to gain a foothold in the North African country. Information Minister Omar Qweri said the jihadis could be defeated by the end of the year if the ban were lifted, Russian news outlet Sputnik reported Monday.

“The ISIL positions have been identified and the militants have been surrounded. The Libyan Army is ready; one only needs to lift the embargo. If that happens, it can solve the ISIL problem before the end of the year,” Qweri said.

An arms embargo was imposed on the country four years ago following the deposition of former Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi as the country slipped into a chaotic and multifaceted civil war. ISIS was able to take advantage of the country's instability and established it as a training ground for militants earlier this year.

Read more:  International Business Times

Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the NATO member's security and providing a safe haven for civilians.  Long a reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey last week made a dramatic turnaround by granting the alliance access to its air bases and bombarding targets in Syria linked to the jihadist movement.

Struggling with more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees, Turkey has long campaigned for a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria to keep Islamic State and Kurdish militants from its border and help stem the tide of displaced civilians trying to cross.  While no such formal arrangement has been struck with Washington, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the two allies saw eye to eye on the need to provide air cover for moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State.

"What we have now is air coverage to clear a region from Daesh (Islamic State) and support the moderate opposition so they can gain control of that region," Davutoglu told Turkey's ATV in an interview broadcast live.

Read more:  Reuters

Malmö in southern Sweden was last night hit by a fourth hand grenade attack in under a week – just 48 hours after another explosion rocked residents in a series of blasts in Sweden's third largest city this summer.

The hand grenade detonated in a car park in the Malmö district of Värnhem early on Sunday morning.  The incident, which caused damage to dozens of cars but no injuries, was different from previous blasts, according to police.  “Many of the other grenade attacks seemed to be aimed at government buildings,” a police spokesman told Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet.  “But in the area around this detonation site there are private residences, business premises and government agencies. Therefore, the goal of the blast is unclear at present,” the spokesman concluded.

Police found part of a hand grenade at the site and bomb technicians have been on site to investigate further. The hand grenade seems to have exploded in a van, according to Swedish news agency, TT.  The police are checking the ownership of the damaged cars to see if any of the owners have links to the criminal world.

Read more: The Local (Sweden)

In his former life, Abu Rafiq, a short, stocky 35-year-old who was born and raised in Damascus, ran a successful business selling groceries across Syria. Now he heads to work each day equipped with a camera phone.

He walks the streets of Raqqa, the Syrian city that has become the self-styled capital of Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL) taking clandestine photographs and videos of anything that exposes the terrorists’ lies: bombed-out buildings, empty food stalls, homeless families. He then uploads the images to Twitter.

Read more: National Post