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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jun 27, 2017

Four of the biggest companies in tech are boosting efforts to fight extremism on their platforms.  Twitter (TWTR, Tech30), Facebook (FB, Tech30), YouTube and Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) have formed the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was announced on Monday.

The group will share technical tools for combating extremist content, such as violent imagery and terrorist propaganda, and commission research to guide future resources. It'll also work with academic and policy experts to learn more about terrorism.

Read more: CNN

Department of State has designated Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as (AKA) Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a consequence of this designation, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin and all of Salahuddin’s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked.

Mohammad Yusuf Shah, AKA Syed Salahuddin, is the senior leader of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM). In September, 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces.” Under Salahuddin’s tenure as senior HM leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people.

Read more: U.S. Department of State

Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 prisoners and 15 militants died when the facility in the Mayadin area was hit early on Monday.

The activist-run Deirezzor24 website said the prisoners included civilians and Syrian rebels opposed to IS.

A coalition spokesman said it was looking into the reports.

The coalition has said it carried out seven strikes near the city of Deir al-Zour - about 45km (28 miles) north-west of Mayadin - on Monday.

Three of the strikes destroyed an improvised explosive device (IED) factory, an IS financial facility and an IS headquarters, according to a statement.

Another strike late on Sunday destroyed an IS-held building in the area.

Mayadin has been targeted frequently by the coalition in recent months.

US intelligence officials say IS has moved most of its leaders to Mayadin since its fighters were driven out of almost all of the Iraqi city of Mosul and were encircled in the Syrian city of Raqqa by a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

Source:  BBC News

A colonel in Ukraine's military intelligence was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev on Tuesday, the defense ministry said, describing the incident as a "terrorist act".

Police said an explosive device in the vehicle blew up at 0516 GMT while the car was moving, killing the driver and wounding a passer-by.

"As a result of (the explosion) a member of the defense ministry's main intelligence department, Colonel Maksim Shapoval, was killed," the defense ministry said in a statement.

The police and the ministry did not give further details or say who could be behind the attack.

Since fighting with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine broke out in 2014, the number of incidents involving explosives outside the conflict zone has increased, but car bombs are relatively rare.

The last major incident in Kiev occurred in July, when a prominent investigative journalist, Pavel Sheremet, was killed by the detonation of an explosive device in his car.

Source:  Reuters

The US says Syria's government appears to be preparing for a chemical weapons attack and has warned that it will "pay a very heavy price" if one takes place.

The White House said similar activities had been seen before bombs containing the nerve agent Sarin were allegedly dropped on a rebel-held town in April.

Dozens of people were killed, prompting President Donald Trump to order a missile strike on a Syrian airbase.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the incident was fabricated.

His close ally, Russia, meanwhile said an air strike had hit a rebel depot full of chemical munitions and released toxic agents into the air - a claim that rebel factions and the Western powers which back them have dismissed.

Read more:  BBC News