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Holed up in an Orlando nightclub and surrounded by police, Omar Mateen told a hostage negotiator that he was angry about the death of a top Islamic State operative, according to recently released transcripts of their phone conversations during Mateen’s massacre earlier this year.

The new details of the conversations, released by Orlando Police last week, show Mateen had more than a passing interest in Islamic State, counterterrorism experts said.  He specifically singled out the death of Abu Wahib, one of the more visible leaders of the terror group, as one of the main motivations for his attack. 

Abu Wahib was killed in an airstrike in Iraq just weeks before Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in June in an attack that killed 49 people and wounded 53. Mateen died in a shootout with police.

Read more: FOX News

Police in Spain, Belgium and Germany on Wednesday arrested five people suspected of forming a cell that spread propaganda and sought to recruit militants for the Islamic State armed group, officials said.

The Spanish Interior Ministry said the cell, made up of four Spaniards and one Moroccan, posed "a grave, concrete and continued threat to security in Europe."

The statement said one suspect was arrested in Brussels and another in Wuppertal, Germany. Two arrests took place in the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona and one in the north African Spanish enclave city of Melilla.

Read more: ABC News

A Southern California man convicted of trying to become a fighter for the Islamic State terrorist group was sentenced Monday to 30 years prison.  U.S. District Judge David O. Carter gave the sentence Monday to 25-year-old Nader Elhuzayel of Anaheim.

Carter noted that Elhuzayel has shown no regret for his actions and that his repeated mention of martyrdom in the past makes him "especially dangerous."  "There's no remorse, no repudiation of ISIL, only death and destruction," Carter said.

In June a jury convicted Elhuzayel and co-defendant Muhanad Badawi of conspiracy to aid a foreign terrorist organization after a two-week trial.  Badawi, whose hunger strike and court-ordered force feeding became a side story in the run-up to trial, will be sentenced in October and could get up to 35 years in prison.

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The United States will face years of “sustained vulnerability” from Islamic State fighters even after the fall of its so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria, intelligence chiefs have warned.

Giving evidence in the wake of the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey bombings, they told a Senate panel on Tuesday that pushing Isis out of the territory it has claimed will lead to a diaspora of operatives in the US and Europe rather than the destruction of the jihadi army.

Read more: The Guardian

Suicide bombings killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in Shi'ite districts of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, police and medical sources say.  At least eight people were killed and at least 29 wounded Tuesday in the eastern new Baghdad Jadida commercial area when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a commercial street.

Another suicide attack hit a commercial street of Bayaa in western Baghdad, killing at least nine and wounding 22 people, the sources said.

On a militant website commonly used by the extremists, a source self-identified as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying it targeted Shiite militia members.

Read more: Voa News