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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Oct 3, 2018

The FBI and Logan police are investigating an incident involving “potentially hazardous chemicals,” according to an FBI spokesman.

According to Logan police, one man is in custody and the arrest is related to envelopes reportedly filled with ricin that were mailed to President Donald Trump and the Pentagon.

A spokesman for the FBI said he could not confirm that.

“We can confirm that the FBI and law enforcement partners are conducting an operation” at 380 N. 200 West in Logan, said FBI spokesman Doug Davis. “As it is a pending matter, that is all we can say at this time.”

Read more: Salt Lake Tribune

A north Georgia white supremacist arrested last year for alleged possession of the deadly toxin ricin is no longer facing federal charges after a judge dismissed the case — on a technicality that exposes a regulatory failure.

In an order signed Sept. 21, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story agreed with the man’s legal team that changes to federal law in 2004 and regulatory edits in 2005 inexplicably excluded ricin from the criminal charge of possession of illegal biological toxins known as “select agents.”

Story left open the possibility that William Christopher Gibbs could be charged under another federal law. But, he said, Gibbs “cannot be convicted under this one.”

Read more: KIRO

The United States Department of State adjusted travel advice for the Netherlands because of a threat of terrorism. The threat level given by the U.S. for the Netherlands was raised from level 1 to level 2. This means that there are increased safety risks and visitors must be extra careful, according to the travel advice, RTL Nieuws reports.

In September two American tourists were stabbed at Amsterdam Central Station. The perpetrator had a terrorist motive, according to statements he made to the police. And last week the police arrested seven people in Arnhem and Weert. They were planning a major attack at a big event, according to the authorities.

Read more: NL Times (Netherlands)

U.S. troops and their local partner forces have surrounded what has been called the “last pocket of ISIS resistance,” according to military officials involved in the campaign.

The final push, known as Operation Roundup, is in its third week. It is occurring in the Middle Euphrates River Valley’s Deir ez-Zor province, close to the Iraq-Syria border.

Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition’s fire support, have dialed back the Islamic State precipitously over the past few years.

“As ISIS retreats, they’re employing improvised explosive devices along routes and booby-trapping houses to inflict casualties as the SDF fighters clear through the terrain," Col. Sean Ryan, Operation Inherent Resolve’s spokesman, told reporters Tuesday.

Read more: Military Times

A jihadi network claiming to have links to the Islamic State and spanning 17 prisons has been uncovered and dismantled in Spain.

In total, 25 prisoners have been questioned and connected to the organization, which worked in prisons to radicalize inmates. The majority of the suspects are Moroccans or Spanish citizens of Moroccan ancestry, Agence France-Presse reported. One was also Danish, and the remainder were Spanish citizens who had converted to Islam.

"Although the investigation began by focusing on an inmate in a particular prison, to date the illegal activity of the group extended to 17 prisons, which account for 55 percent of jails that house prisoners linked to jihadist terrorism,” the European country’s Interior Ministry said in a Tuesday statement, according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Read more: Newsweek