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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 24, 2016

Abu Zubaydah, a high-profile detainee at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, appeared publicly for the first time at a hearing today that will determine if he is still deemed a threat to the United States or whether he could be eligible for a transfer out of the detention camp. He has not been seen publicly since he was captured in Pakistan by the CIA in March 2002.

Mistakenly believed to have been one of the top officials in al-Qaeda, Zubaydah, 45, whose real name is Zayn al-Ibidin Muhammed Husay, was waterboarded 83 times and endured several other enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA in its secret detention program. It was later determined that U.S. intelligence overstated Zubaydah’s role in al-Qaeda.

Zubaydah was among the CIA detainees transferred to Guantanamo in September 2006 when President George W. Bush ended the CIA’s secret prison network. Zubaydah has never been formally charged with a crime during his 14 years in custody.

Read more: ABC News

Gunmen attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday, with explosions and gunfire reported inside the campus, an Afghan interior ministry official and a student said.

"Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions," the official said. "They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students."

Read more: Reuters

Searches are underway in Larne following the arrest of a serving British solider in England by police investigating Northern Ireland-linked terrorism.  

The arrest is understood to be connected to the discovery of two major dissident republican arms dumps near the Co Antrim town this year.  The man, who is believed to be from Northern Ireland, was detained on suspicion of preparation for acts of terrorism in a pre-planned swoop.

It is understood the arrest is linked to two suspected dissident republican arsenals uncovered in forest parks in Northern Ireland earlier this year.

Read more: Belfast Telegraph
 

Federal police have been brought in to help investigate whether the fatal stabbing was linked to extremism after the alleged attacker reportedly used the phrase "Allahu Akbar".

Miss Ayliffe-Chung died during the alleged attack in a backpacker hostel in Home Hill, south of Townsville, and a 30-year-old man was rushed to Townsville Hospital with critical injuries, police said. A local man, 46, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and a dog was fatally stabbed in a "terrible scene" at Home Hill Backpackers about 11.15pm on Tuesday. 

A 29-year-old French national arrested at the scene was in police custody in Townsville Hospital on Wednesday. At this stage, no charges have been laid.  Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said witnesses reported the man used the Arabic phrase "Allahu Akbar", meaning "God is great", during the attack and police body-worn cameras captured him saying it when arrested.

Read more: Brisbane Times

Two bombs exploded near a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing one employee and wounding 29 people, police and hospital officials said Wednesday.

The explosions occurred late Tuesday outside the Southern Hotel in Pattani, one of the biggest towns in a region where Muslim separatists have waged an insurgency since 2004 that has left more than 6,000 people dead.

The first bomb exploded in the hotel's car park, but caused no casualties, said police Lt. Sirisak Wungkulum. He said the second bomb planted in an Isuzu car went off 20 minutes later in front of the hotel, killing a 25-year-old woman who worked in the restaurant.

Read more: ABC News