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Date: Aug 18, 2016

Islamic State on Thursday claimed responsibility for an attack on a traffic police post outside Moscow a day earlier in which both of the attackers were killed.  The militant group made the claim via the Amaq news agency, which it regularly uses to issue statements.  The Amaq statement said: "Two fighters of the Islamic State assaulted Russian policemen in the Balashikha area, east of Moscow".
 
Russia's Investigative Committee said two unidentified people armed with a firearm and two axes had attacked a traffic police post outside Moscow on Wednesday.  One of them was shot dead while attacking the post while the other was killed when he tried to put up armed resistance, investigators said.  Two police were injured in the attack, one seriously.  Russia has been bombing militants in Syria in an aerial campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

Source: Reuters

Mainly Muslim militias in the Central African Republic gave the government two days to release members imprisoned in the capital, Bangui, or face “robust action” in areas under their control.

The militias, known as Seleka, took the decision after holding a crisis meeting and it’s non-negotiable, Abdoulaye Hissen, a leader of the group, said by phone from Kaga-Bandoro, a town about 245 kilometers (152 miles) north of Bangui.

The diamond-rich nation held presidential elections earlier this year in a bid to end more than three years of violence that erupted after the 2013 ouster of President Francois Bozize by Seleka fighters. Leaders of the group last month rejected President Faustin-Archange Touadera’s invitation to join disarmament talks, saying they aren’t represented in government positions.

Source: Bloomberg

An Afghan official says that a mortar attack killed two people and wounded more than 50 in the eastern province of Kunar.

Abdul Ghani Musamim, spokesman for the Kunar provincial governor, says two mortar shells hit Thursday morning in the provincial capital, Asad Abad. Musamim says the shells struck a market where crowds had gathered to celebrate Afghanistan's independence day.

Read more: AP

Islamic State suicide bombers attacked Libya's pro-government forces in the IS group's former stronghold city of Sirte on Thursday, detonating two cars bombs that killed at least 10 troops, officials said.

Ahmed Hadia, a spokesman for troops loyal to the U.N.-backed government who are fighting to liberate the city, said the attack came in the western part of Sirte. The death toll is expected to rise since many of the 20 troops wounded were in critical condition, he added.

Sirte is IS's final bastion in the country, and Libyan troops have been forcing the militants into ever-smaller bits of territory there, backed by U.S. airstrikes. Suicide attacks are a much-used tactic by the extremist group.

Read more: New York Times

The United States was founded on the idea of independence. But what happens when a group of people declare independence from the U.S. itself?

“A sovereign citizen is an individual that believes the U.S. government does not have any legal jurisdiction over them,” said FBI Supervisory Special agent William Petoskey.

The FBI estimates there are approximately 300,000 sovereign citizens in the U.S. Over the years, the bureau has recovered a slew of illegitimate documents from members of the group — fake passports, a forged U.S. Marshal’s badge, even un-authorized license plates.

Read more: WBIR