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

Prosecutors said today the Huntsville man charged in a terrorism case on June 15, has admitted to planning and discussing planting explosives in public buildings. A court filing says his apartment had “all of the necessary materials and chemicals necessary to craft an explosive device."

The filing in the case of Aziz Sayyed, 22, follows claims by Sayyed’s attorney that he is being held illegally, because he’s been held without bond since his arrest.

But Thursday’s filing by prosecutors contends that a court can deny bond if a court or magistrate believes “the defendant being at large will pose a real and present danger to others or to the public at large.”

Read more: WHNT

A counter-terrorism operation conducted across Sydney's west has culminated in the arrest of two 18-year-old men in Auburn on Friday night.

The pair, from Merrylands and Toongabbie, have been taken to Bankstown Police Station where they will be interviewed about their alleged involvement in the supply of firearms and drugs.

In addition to the arrests, the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team also executed three search warrants at two premises in Merrylands and another at Toongabbie on Friday night.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald

Five militants have blown themselves up during a raid by Lebanese troops on refugee camps near the Syrian border, Lebanon's army said.

A young girl was killed and three soldiers wounded by the blasts. Four others were hurt when an attacker threw a hand grenade, the army said.

It happened during an operation to search for militants and weapons in an area near the town of Arsal.

Arsal has often seen violence between troops and Sunni jihadists.

In the raid on Friday, four suicide bombers struck in one refugee camp, and a fifth struck in another camp, the army said.

Some 350 people were detained, including officials from the Islamic State (IS) group, Reuters news agency quoted a security source as saying.

Read more:  BBC News

With 2,500 inmates, the penitentiary institution of Fresnes, about 20 miles south of Paris, is one of the largest prisons in Europe. Like most French prisons, Fresnes is overcrowded. Built in the late 19th century, its tiny cells, each meant for one prisoner, most often house three.

Inmates scream curses and catcalls from their barred windows as I visit a small, empty sports yard ensconced between cell blocks. Plastic bags and punctured soccer balls are caught in the surrounding concertina wire.

The prisoners here yelled out in just this way back in November 2015, refusing to honor a minute of silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks on Paris cafes and the Bataclan concert hall.

Read more: NPR

A Paraguayan man charged with conspiring to export loads of cocaine to the United States pleaded not guilty in Miami federal court on Monday.

But what the conspiracy charge against Ali Issa Chamas did not mention was that he is close to a network of relatives and associates with ties to Hezbollah, a terrorist organization based in Lebanon accused of numerous bombings and plots against Israeli and other Western targets, according to published reports and terrorism experts.

Chamas, 36, is of Lebanese descent but has lived for the past decade in Paraguay, which along with Brazil and Argentina form what’s known as the Tri-Border area. U.S. authorities say it’s a hub for a variety of illicit enterprises such as drug trafficking and money laundering that have long operated as fundraising fronts for the Hezbollah.

Read more: Miami Herald