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Terrorism News

A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Oct 25, 2018

An image on the explosive device sent to former CIA Director John Brennan on Tuesday appears to be a parody of an ISIS flag taken from a meme that has been circulating on right-wing corners of the internet since 2014.

The print-out appears to show a parody flag that replaces Arabic characters with the silhouette of three women in high heels, and a middle inscription reading “Get ‘Er Done” — which is the catchphrase of stand-up comedian Larry the Cable Guy.

The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay first noted that an image that appeared inside the explosive package sent to CNN’s TimeWarner building and addressed to Brennan bore a striking similarity to the black-and-white flag of the terror group.

Read more: NBC News

A Sylvania woman stands accused of trying to send money to terrorist organizations fighting in Syria in the most recent example of a federal terrorism investigation.

In a series of conversations that took place last spring in Birmingham, Ala., Alaa Mohd Abusaad provided directions, encouragement, and advice to an undercover FBI employee on where and how to send money overseas to “mujahedeen” — or fighters engaged in jihad overseas, according to an affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Read more: Toledo Blade

The authorities around the country were scrambling again on Thursday to respond to the mysterious and repeated discovery of crude explosive devices that have been sent to several prominent figures who have been outspoken critics of President Trump.

The latest devices were found in Delaware and New York, the F.B.I. said Thursday morning. Two were addressed to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Delaware resident, and a third to the actor Robert De Niro, who lives and works in Lower Manhattan.

The wave of pipe bombs — some sent through the mail, others delivered by hand, officials said — has prompted an intense, nationwide investigation into whether people who have criticized the president and been vilified by the right are being targeted. At least 10 devices have been sent and discovered this week, none of which has exploded on its own. Investigators have been trying to determine whether the devices were indeed capable of detonating.

Read more: New York Times

The country’s most senior counter-terrorism officer has said police forces are not a match for the threat of Islamist and extreme far-right terrorism.

Giving evidence to the home affairs select committee, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said there were 700 live terrorism investigations and that Islamists and far-right extremists feed off each other.

“My predecessor Mark [Rowley] when he was in front of you a year ago said ‘despite our best endeavours we’re not yet as well matched to the threat as we were a year ago’,” Basu said. “So one year on I’d like to tell you we are matched to the current threat, but the reality is we are not.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)