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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 22, 2016

Extremist prisoners who "seek to poison the minds of others" will be put in special units in English and Welsh jails, the government has said.  Justice Secretary Liz Truss also set out plans for the removal of extremist books from prison libraries and stronger vetting of prison chaplains.

But the Prison Reform Trust warned many jails had been hit by staff cuts.  It comes after a report found there was "complacency" at the "growing problem" of Islamist extremism in jails.

Read more: BBC News

Ten prisoners have reportedly been relocated from Europe's biggest jail, after officials feared "an attempt to form a network".  

All of those who were moved - who had been identified as the "ringleaders" of the network - were either under surveillance for radicalization or thought to be at risk for radicalization, according to the Journal du Dimanche.

Following the discovery, all French prisons and detention centres have been warned to be alert to the possibility of radicalized networks being formed in prison.

Read more: The Local 

A new ISIS terror video has urged followers to use household goods to conduct jihad against the West.  In the video, self-radicalised jihadis are urged to follow example of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel who used a rented truck to launch a devastating attack on Bastille Day celebrations in Nice killing 86 people.  During the film, terrorists are advised they do not require sophisticated weaponry or explosives to launch an attack. 

According to PJ Media, the new video - which lasts for almost 20 minutes - concentrates on the United States and France. 

Read more: Daily Mail

It's been almost 15 years since about 3,000 people were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack on record. And in the years since Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. government has undertaken a variety of measures designed to prevent further terrorist attacks.

In the "war on terror," Americans launched two full-fledged ground wars and engaged in many other military acts designed to wipe out al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks. Meanwhile, U.S. homeland security was reorganized at great effort and enormous expense — American taxpayers have contributed perhaps as much as $1 trillion to these domestic efforts alone.

But do Americans feel any safer?

Read more: Washington Post

Libyan forces renewed their push to oust Islamic State from its former North African stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, saying they had seized the city's main mosque and a jail run by the militants' morality police.

The forces, mainly brigades from the city of Misrata, say they are close to capturing Sirte after taking most of the city in a three-month campaign and restricting militants to a shrinking residential area in the city center. 

Losing the city would be a major blow for the group, although militants who escaped or are based elsewhere in Libya are expected to keep trying to exploit the country's political turmoil and security vacuum.

Read more: Reuters