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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Oct 12, 2018

A former Islamic State group commander who allegedly plotted to blow up an Etihad flight departing Sydney could be executed within 40 days.  Tarek Khayat was sentenced by Alrasafah Central Criminal Court in Baghdad this week over his role as an Islamic State (IS) commander in Iraq.

The 48-year-old Lebanese citizen was arrested earlier this year in the former IS group stronghold of Raqqa.  He was not charged over the plane plot.  The Iraqi court has confirmed he has 10 days to appeal against the sentence.

Appeals by convicted IS fighters rarely, if ever, succeed and execution by hanging can follow as soon as 30 days after the date of appeal.

Read more: MSN

The Danish government is extending temporary controls on its border with Germany for six months to help counter the threat of terrorism, it said on Friday.

Under normal circumstances there are no controls on the border as both countries are party to the Schengen agreement that allows free movement between them.

Denmark imposed the controls - in practice amounting to an increased police presence and more frequent police checks - as an emergency measure in 2016.

Read more: Reuters

An Iranian diplomat who is the suspected mastermind of an attack that allegedly was planned on Iranians living in exile in France has been extradited from Germany to Belgium, security officials said.

Previously identified as Assadollah Assadi by AFP, the 46-year-old diplomat based in Austria was arrested in the southern German state of Bavaria on July 1.

He was extradited to Belgium on October 9 after a court in Bamberg approved an extradition request last week, police and prosecutorial officials said.

Assadi will appear before a Belgian judge in charge of the case on October 10, the Federal Prosecutor's Office in Brussels told AFP. France announced last week it had frozen Assadi's assets for six months.

Read more: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

A cyberattack targeting critical infrastructure could disrupt the Nov. 6 midterm elections by suppressing voter turnout, security experts say.

The US economy includes interlocking "essential services" like the power grid, dams, water treatment facilities and telecommunication networks. Cybersecurity experts warn that if a cyberattack hits one of these sectors on or before Election Day, voters in key swing districts might have a hard time accessing essential voting information or getting to the polls.

Systems maintained by cities, states and the federal government are vulnerable because the infrastructure is old and often runs out-of-date software and because vulnerabilities are widely distributed on the dark web, said Theresa Payton, CEO of cybersecurity company Fortalice Solutions and former White House chief information officer.

Read more: CNET

Pumping on Colombia’s Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline remains halted because of bombings and a landslide, with no restart date yet set, a source at state-run oil company Ecopetrol said on Wednesday.

The 480-mile (773-km) pipeline, which can transport up to 210,000 barrels per day, has been halted for 45 days since a bomb attack in August. A restart was then pushed back because of a September landslide, caused by rains, which damaged tubing.

“We still don’t have a date to reestablish pumping. The work has been delayed by insecurity problems in the area and heavy rains,” the source said.

Read more: Reuters