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Terrorism News

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

Five years ago today, American-born al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was traveling between dusty towns in Yemen in a two-car convoy when a pair of Hellfire missiles launched from Predator drones ended his life and the lives of everyone in his small entourage.

The killing of al-Awlaki, a New Mexico native, without charges or trial, on Sept. 30, 2011, remains one of the most controversial counter-terrorism operations since 9/11. The U.S. government contends that in addition to his propaganda that fueled lethal plots the world over, al-Awlaki was directly involved in operational planning for al-Qaeda and was therefore an "imminent threat."

Killing him should have ended that threat. But then earlier this month, a young man who allegedly planted a series of bombs in New York and New Jersey was found with journal in which he apparently had written that it was al-Awlaki who told him to do it.

Read more: ABC News

Without more donor support the emergency caused by Boko Haram will become the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a top UN official said Friday, as a massive appeal remained just a quarter funded.

"I have worked in Darfur," Lanzer told reporters, referring to the war-torn Sudanese region. "The scale and the depth of suffering that I have seen (in Nigeria) is unparalleled in my experience."

Nigeria-born Islamist group Boko Haram has waged a brutal insurgency in the country's northeast, with violence spreading more recently to western Cameroon as well as the south of Chad and Niger.

Read more: World Bulletin 

A New Zealand man who claimed he was travelling to Syria so all his sins would be wiped away has been jailed for his failed bid at martyrdom.

Amin Mohamed, 26, had been having coded conversations with Sydney man Hamdi Al-Qudsi, who sent two aspiring jihadists to their deaths in the months before customs officials stopped him leaving Australia.

The Victoria-based man used codewords to discuss martyrdom, “the frontline” and a “big job” involving “1,500 brothers”, whom he described as “doctors”, with Al-Qudsi, who he called “the coach”.

Read more: The Guardian

French fighter jets took off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on Friday for an operation against the Islamic State jihadist organisation (IS) in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, an officer said.

French President François Hollande announced in July that the Charles de Gaulle, which carries 24 Rafale jets, would be sent back to the region for bombing raids on IS targets.

Read more: France 24

Police in Vienna are investigating whether a 21-year-old man who tried to run over pedestrians with his car on Thursday morning had a terrorist motive.

“He was obviously aiming at and trying to hit pedestrians,” police spokesman  Thomas Keiblinger told Radio Wien. “Witnesses said that they heard him shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ out of the car window, which was open,” he added.

According to Austrian media the driver was born and lives in Vienna and has a Turkish background. The man was detained by police shortly after the incident. Keiblinger said he continued to shout Allahu Akbar as he was arrested.

Read more: The Local.at