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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 4, 2016

The Egyptian military says it has killed the head of the Sinai branch of so-called Islamic State (IS), along with dozens of its fighters.  It said Abu Duaa al-Ansari was killed in a series of air strikes on fighters of the Sinai Province - or Ansar Beit al-Maqdis - group.

The air strikes targeted jihadist strongholds near the town of El-Arish.  Sinai Province is Egypt's most active insurgent group and has been linked to deadly attacks in Sinai and Cairo.  The Egyptian military said: "The raids left more than 45 terrorists killed, dozens of others injured and several arms caches destroyed."

Read more: BBC News

The U.S. withheld $300 million of military aid to Pakistan after Defense Secretary Ash Carter found he couldn’t certify that enough action had been taken against the Haqqani Network insurgent group, the latest dispute straining relations between the two nations.

“The funds could not be released to the government of Pakistan at this time because the secretary has not yet certified that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network,” Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said in an e-mail on Thursday. “Pakistan’s efforts have reduced the ability of some militant groups to use North Waziristan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas as a safe haven for terrorism. However, the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network continue to operate in other locations in Pakistan.”

Read more: Bloomberg

Boko Haram’s former spokesman Abu Musab al-Barnawi has been named as the Nigerian militant organization’s new leader, the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, announced Wednesday. Al-Barnawi replaced the Nigerian terror outfit’s long-time leader Abubakar Shekau after much speculation.

ISIS announced the new appointment in al-Naba, its Arabic weekly newspaper, in which al-Barnawi was identified as “Wali” or governor of its so-called West African Province, according to SITE Intelligence Group’s translation of the report. In an interview with the newspaper, he threatened to kill Christians and bomb churches.

Read more: IBT

The Palestinian manager of the Gaza branch of World Vision, an international Christian aid organization, was charged by Israeli prosecutors on Thursday with funneling about $43 million in charity funds over the past six years to the military wing of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls the territory.

Read more: New York Times

Two men who had not been heard from since last month's restaurant attack in Bangladesh were arrested Thursday on allegations they were involved in the deadly siege carried out by radical Islamists.

British national Hasnat Karim and University of Toronto student Tahmid Hasib Khan were arrested in different areas of the capital, Dhaka, and police were seeking court permission to question them for 10 days, said Masudur Rahman, a Dhaka police spokesman.

Five armed gunmen attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant on the night of July 1, killing 20 people and holding others inside hostage.

Read more: ABC News