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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: May 2017

Police now believe the Manchester bomber acted largely alone in the run-up to his suicide attack at Ariana Grande’s concert.

Soon after Salman Abedi blew himself up at Manchester Arena eight days ago police said they were investigating a potential terror “network”. But now detectives say the 22-year-old shopped alone for most of the components he used to make the bomb, which killed himself and 22 concertgoers on 22 May and injured 116 more.

“Our inquiries show Abedi himself made most of the purchases of the core components and what is becoming apparent is that many of his movements and actions have been carried out alone during the four days from him landing in the country and committing this awful attack,” said Det Ch Supt Russ Jackson, head of the north-west counter-terrorism unit.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Dozens of foreign jihadis have fought side-by-side with Islamic State sympathizers against security forces in the southern Philippines over the past week, evidence that the restive region is fast becoming an Asian hub for the ultra-radical group.

A Philippines intelligence source said that of the 400-500 marauding fighters who overran Marawi City on the island of Mindanao last Tuesday, as many as 40 had recently come from overseas, including from countries in the Middle East.

Read more: Reuters

A Russian warship and submarine in the Mediterranean have fired four cruise missiles at so-called Islamic State (IS) positions in central Syria.

The strike - the first of its kind since November - targeted militants and heavy weapons near the city of Palmyra, the Russian defence ministry said.

The militants had been redeployed from the IS stronghold of Raqqa, it added.

Russia has been carrying out air and missile strikes in support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2015.

Government forces recaptured Palmyra and its Unesco World Heritage-listed ruins with Russian help in March 2016, but were driven out by IS eight months later.

They eventually regained the city this March, but fighting continues nearby.

The Russian defence ministry said the frigate Admiral Essen and the submarine Krasnodar had fired Kalibr cruise missiles at "shelters" east of Palmyra, where a group of heavily armed militants previously deployed in Raqqa were based.

"All the targets were hit," it added.

Read more:  BBC News

Today, North Korea is testing advanced ballistic missiles faster than ever - a record 24 last year and three in just the past month. With each missile and each nuclear device, it becomes a better equipped, better trained and better prepared adversary.  Some experts believe it might be able to build a missile advanced enough to reach the United States' mainland with a nuclear warhead in two to three years.

The question is this: if war breaks out and North Korea launches a pre-emptive nuclear strike on an American military base in Japan - for real - would the U.S. recoil and retreat?  Would it strike back, and risk losing Washington DC in a second wave of nuclear attacks?

The Cold War concept of "mutually assured destruction" that kept the United States and the Soviet Union from attacking each other requires a "balance of terror" to encourage restraint:  Once each side has attained a certain level of destructive power, neither will attack because they are convinced that neither will survive.

North Korea doesn't have that assurance.  If a war were to break out now, it could very well be destroyed.  That's the way things have been for decades.

Read more: AP

A powerful bomb exploded in the morning rush hour in the center of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing or wounding hundreds of people and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies.

The explosion, one of the deadliest in Kabul and coming at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, occurred close to the fortified entrance to the German embassy on a road usually choked with traffic at that time of day, said Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for Kabul police.

"It was a car bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there too. It is hard to say what the exact target is," Mujahid told Reuters.

The blast, which shattered windows and blew doors off their hinges in houses hundreds of yards away, was unusually powerful, with some reports saying it was caused by explosives concealed in a water tanker.

A public health official said at least 80 people had been killed and more than 350 wounded. The victims appear mainly to have been Afghan civilians and there were no immediate reports of casualties among foreign embassy staff.

The French and Chinese embassies were among those damaged, the two countries said, adding there were no immediate signs of injuries among diplomats.

Read more:  Reuters