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Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah has killed an Islamic State (IS) commander who was allegedly in charge of training suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, according to a London-based human rights group.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a roadside bomb killed Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi when his car passed through Syria's Qalamoun region. The blast also killed three other militants.  Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV confirmed that Iraqi, responsible for the suicide attacks in Lebanon, was killed in Qalamoun in a "qualitative" operation of the Syrian army.

Iraqi was the Isis commander in the mountainous region. He is thought to have been responsible for car bombings targetting civilians in Beirut's southern suburbs and the Bekaa Valley.  According to the Al Akhbar newspaper, Iraqi "personally supervised" the purchase of cars from Lebanon before rigging them with explosives and sending them back to be detonated.  Hezbollah, a Shi'a group, is a staunch ally of the Syrian government, and is heavily involved in fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.

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Police have arrested a 55-year-old New York man on charges he called a Sikh man a terrorist and mowed him down with his pickup truck.  The encounter happened July 30 in the Queens borough of New York. Sandeep Singh was treated for abdominal and back injuries.  The New York Post reports that Joseph Caleca and Singh exchanged words because Singh's car door was blocking the street.

Police say Caleca called 29-year-old Singh a terrorist before hitting him with his truck. Police say Caleca then accelerated, hit Singh and dragged him several feet before fleeing.  "I was attacked because I am a Sikh, and because I look like a Sikh," Singh, who is originally from India, said in a statement. "We need to create a world without hate."  Caleca was arrested late Monday on charges of attempted murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime. No information on a lawyer for him was available.

Source: CBS News

Nine people suspected of intending to join Islamic militants fighting the government in Syria have been arrested in Austria, Vienna prosecutors said on Wednesday.  "We don't have more details yet," a spokeswoman said.  The Austria Press Agency had reported the nine people were being questioned and a decision on whether to place them in investigative custody was pending.

About 100 people from Austria, home to roughly half a million Muslims representing about six percent of the total population, are estimated to have joined rebel forces fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.  The insurgency is split between competing factions in Syria, with the militant Islamic State emerging as the most powerful.  A spokesman for the interior ministry referred questions to Vienna prosecutors, whom he said had led the investigation and ordered the arrests.

APA cited the interior ministry as saying the nine suspects had asylum status in Austria.  "There can only be a zero tolerance policy against jihadists," Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told the news agency, saying foreign fighters who had won refugee status in Austria should have that status revoked.

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Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza.   Charging that Israel had "opened a gateway to hell", Hamas's armed wing vowed to target Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport with rocket fire, possibly to retaliate for what Hamas was quoted by Israeli media as saying was an Israeli attempt to assassinate its top militant leader, Mohammed Deif, in a Gaza City strike.
 
It was not clear whether Deif, who has survived previous Israeli attacks, had survived the strike that killed a woman and a two-year-old girl who media reports said may have been his wife and daughter.
 
Deif has topped Israel's wanted lists for years, as mastermind of deadly suicide bombings more than a decade ago. He is currently believed to be a behind-the-scenes leader of Hamas's campaign against Israel. 
 
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Police investigating a series of letter bombs sent to addresses in Northern Ireland and England have arrested four people.  Two men, aged 35 and 46, and two women, aged 21 and 44, were arrested in Londonderry on Wednesday.  They are being questioned about the devices which were sent last year and earlier this year. 
 
The investigation was led by detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's (PSNI) Serious Crime Branch.  They have been working in close liaison with officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit in England.  Letter bombs addressed to several senior police and Army officers had been intercepted by staff at Royal Mail sorting offices in Northern Ireland. 
 
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