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Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents' money and flying to Germany, authorities said Tuesday.  The girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were reported missing after they skipped school Friday, but the families had no indication of where they might have gone, said Glenn Thompson, bureau chief of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department. 

They were stopped at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport over the weekend by FBI agents and returned to Colorado where they were reunited with their families, FBI spokeswoman Suzie Payne said.  The missing person's report contains details of the girls' movements.  They said they stayed in the Frankfurt airport for an entire day before being detained, questioned and returned to Denver, where they were further questioned by the FBI and sent home.  They told authorities they had gone to Germany for "family" but wouldn't elaborate.

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The Department of State has designated Khan Said and Ramzi Mawafi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with Said and Mawafi, and the freezing of all property and interests of Said and Mawafi that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

Khan Said became deputy leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) following the death of Wali-ur-Rehman in May 2013. Said has had experience fighting in Afghanistan, is believed to be involved in the attack on a Naval base in Karachi, Pakistan, and is also credited with masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed 400 inmates in the northwestern city of Bannu, Pakistan. The Mehsud faction of TTP, led by Said, split from TTP in May 2014. In a public statement following the split, Said stated his continued commitment to terrorist activity.

Ramzi Mawafi is an Egyptian national and long-time al-Qa’ida member best known as the former doctor to Usama bin Laden. Mawafi also served as an explosives expert for al-Qa’ida. Mawafi escaped from an Egyptian prison in 2011, and is now believed to be in the Sinai Peninsula coordinating among militant groups and helping to arrange money and weapons to support violent extremist activity.

Source: U.S. Department of State

The Pakistani Taliban (TTP) has sacked its influential spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, following the release of an audio message in which he and other commanders appear to pledge their allegiance to Isis (Islamic State).  The group said that Shahid no longer works for the group and released a statement that confirmed its position of support for the Taliban leader Mullah Omar.  "As far as allegiance to Isis is concerned, [Taliban leader] Amir Mullah Fazlullah has clarified that our allegiance is to Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid," the group said in the statement.

A Taliban commander told Reuters that Shahid's decision to align himself with the Islamic State was a move to grab attention in the media.  "He used our name and tried to make it big news in the media," the commander said.  There was no immediate comment from Shahid and Reuters reported that his phone has been switched off ever since the audio recording of him pledging allegiance to IS surfaced online.

The news of Shahid supporting Isis comes less than two weeks since the Pakistani extremist group pledged to support IS and promised to provide it with fighters.  "All Muslims in the world have great expectations of you... we are with you, we will provide you with Mujahideen [fighters] and with every possible support," a statement from the group read.  Mullah Fazlullah, who became TTP leader in November 2013, has yet to declare a formal alliance with the Islamic State group.

Source: International Business Times (UK)

One of two soldiers hit by a car on Monday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., died of his injuries early Tuesday, according to Quebec provincial police. The soldier's name was not released at the request of the family. The second soldier's injuries were described as less serious, but police were not able to provide an update on the individual's condition.
The man who died from police gunfire after he struck the two soldiers with his car had "become radicalized," the Prime Minister's Office said Monday.
"The individual who struck the two CAF members with his car is known to federal authorities, including the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team," said a statement from Jason MacDonald, Stephen Harper's communications director.
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An Australian teenager who joined IS militants in Iraq and Syria has emerged in a video addressing PM Tony Abbott and US president Barack Obama.
The 17-year-old, named as Abdullah Elmir but who calls himself Abu Khaled, said "we will not put down our weapons until we reach your lands".  He ran away in June with another Australian teenager and it is believed he travelled to Syria via Turkey.
A government spokesman said it showed the threat posed by Islamic State.  "That is why Australia has joined the coalition to disrupt and degrade ISIL in Iraq," the spokesman said. 
Read more: BBC