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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 19, 2016

The Islamic State hasn’t had much success in recruiting militants among the vast Muslim populations in Southeast Asia. But what happens when the caliphate’s capitals in Syria and Iraq are destroyed, and hundreds of foreign fighters from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines try to go home?

Experts here in Australia see the counterterrorism challenge as a regional problem, rather than simply an affliction of the Middle East and North Africa. They fear that a potentially dangerous new phase may lie ahead, as the jihadists look for new sanctuaries.

Governments in Southeast Asia have been working quietly with the United States, some for more than a decade, to monitor and try to disrupt radical Islamist groups, and they’ve had considerable success. The United States helped train an Indonesian police unit known as Detachment 88, which has largely destroyed Jemaah Islamiah, the al-Qaeda affiliate responsible for the 2002 Bali bombing that killed more than 200 people.

Read more: Washington Post

The bulk collection of personal data by British spy agencies is vital in preventing terrorist attacks, an independent review of draft security legislation has found.  David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, concluded that laws giving MI5, MI6 and GCHQ the right to gather large volumes of data from members of the public had a “clear operational purpose”.

The main findings were welcomed by the prime minister, Theresa May, but have prompted concern from Labour and privacy campaigners.  Andy Burnham, the shadow home secretary, said it was concerning that May had not accepted Anderson’s recommendation for an advisory panel on technology.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Rwandan national police said they killed three suspected Islamist militants and arrested three others in the western district of Rusizi on Friday.

A police statement said the three who were killed had turned violent in resisting arrest during a raid that followed a tip-off from the public. Police found the suspects had barricaded themselves inside a house for two weeks. 

"Initial findings indicate they were in a radicalisation campaign aimed at recruiting jihadists," the statement said. It did not give further details such as the name of the suspected militant group, where it was based, or whether any attacks might have been planned in the small, central African country.

Read more: Reuters

ISIS terrorists fled a northern Syrian stronghold using a civilian convoy as human shields in an effort to prevent coalition airstrikes from destroying their forces.

The jihadis were filmed running away from Manbij by a drone launched by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. 

The Kurdish-led group recaptured the strategically important town less than 20 miles from the Turkish border and close to an important bridge across the River Euphrates.  

Read more: Daily Mail

Witnesses quoted by several media said the assailant shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ prior to carrying out the attack, but Le Figaro said police in the city were refusing to confirm this detail.

The attacker, reported to be around 30, approached the man outside his home in the heart of the city's Jewish Quarter at around 11:45am on Friday.  The victim was stabbed in the abdomen, but his injuries are not life-threatening, Strasbourg's chief rabbi Rene Gutman told AFP.

The rabbi added that the suspect had previouly attacked a member of the Jewish community in 2010. 

Read more: The Local France