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Date: Jul 22, 2016
At least one shooter is still on the loose after a shooting inside a McDonald's at Munich's Olympia shopping mall Friday, police spokeswoman Claudia Küntzel said.  "There could be several dead and one or even several shooters are on the loose," Küntzel said.
The shooting at the McDonald's happened around 5:50 p.m. (11:50 a.m. ET), she said.  It's unclear whether shootings have occurred at other locations, and whether the gunfire has stopped.
 
Read more: CNN

Al-Qaeda supporters have issued orders to other followers of the group to carry out attacks against American, British, French and Israeli athletes and visitors at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro that begin in two weeks.

“Your chance to take part in the global jihad is here! Your chance to be a martyr is here!” the jihadis said on social media, according to The Times of Israel, citing The Foreign Desk news site, a new platform established by Fox News’ Lisa Daftari.

The directions to carry out deadly assaults on Western targets continues: “American/U.K./French/Israeli athletes and visitors can be easily targeted during the entire Olympics.”

Read more: Newsweek

A helicopter carrying three French soldiers crashed near Benghazi, Libya earlier this week. The French government subsequently confirmed that all three soldiers, along with their Libyan counterparts, were killed. The circumstances surrounding the crash remain murky, but jihadists and Islamists inside Libya have been rattling their sabres ever since the presence of French special forces was confirmed. 

A new front calling itself the Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) quickly claimed credit for downing the helicopter. On Jul. 17, the BDB’s propaganda arm posted an infographic (seen above) indicating that the chopper was downed with a shoulder-fired missile. The infographic was published on the BDB’s official website and Twitter feed. 

Read More: The Long War Journal

Norway paid tribute Friday to the 77 people killed in a bombing and shooting rampage five years ago, with church services and events to mark one of the darkest days in the Scandinavian country's history.

Solberg, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit laid wreaths at the government quarters in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, where Anders Behring Breivik exploded a car bomb that killed eight people before driving to the island of Utoya where he gunned down 69 people — mostly teenagers — at a youth summer camp.

Read more: U.S. News and World Report 

France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country.  The artillery weapons "will be in place next month," he told reporters after a meeting of the defence council.

News source: France 24