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Terrorism News

A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Oct 30, 2018

A former police officer is asking a federal appeals court to overturn his convictions on terror-related charges.

Nicholas Young is serving a 15-year prison sentence after being convicted in a sting operation of attempting to help the Islamic State group.

The former patrol officer in the D.C. region’s Metrorail system is the first law-enforcement officer in the country to be convicted of a terrorism offense.

Read more: WJZ

Hours before accused mail bomber Cesar Sayoc was to appear in a federal court in Florida on charges of sending suspected explosive devices to prominent Democrats and critics of the Trump Administration, a new device was found in a postal facility in Atlanta which was addressed to the headquarters of CNN.

Like the other packages sent last week, the envelope featured six ‘Forever’ flag stamps, and a return address of the district office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL).

In a tweet, the FBI confirmed that it was like the other devices intercepted last week, which FBI Director Christopher Wray last week described as ‘Improvised Explosive Devices,’ or IED’s.

Read more: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The U.S. has released a dual American-Saudi citizen who was suspected of working with the Islamic State and detained by the U.S. military for more than a year without charge, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday.

The ACLU said the identity of the man and the country where he was released are protected by a court order to ensure the safety of him and his family. The New York Times, citing unnamed U.S. officials, said the man was released in Bahrain. The man, who is married and has a young daughter, once lived and studied in Louisiana.

His release followed months of legal wrangling between government lawyers and the ACLU. It has been a test case for how the government should treat U.S. citizens picked up on the battlefield and accused of fighting with ISIS militants.

Read more: Military Times

A Japanese journalist freed from captivity in Syria after being kidnapped by an Al Qaeda branch opened up about the 40 months of “hell” he endured.

Jumpei Yasuda arrived home in Japan Thursday after he was kidnapped in 2015 by al-Nusra Front. The group changed its name to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, NPR reported.

Yasuda described the years in captivity as “hell” and said he was kept in a tiny cell and tortured. He said there was a period of time when he was not allowed to bathe for eight months.

Read more: Fox News

Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein pledged renewed commitment to hate crime enforcement across the country Monday, as federal prosecutors pressed a case of mass murder against the alleged gunman in an assault on a Pittsburgh synagogue.

“The tragic attack at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue two days ago serves as a stark reminder of the need to protect all Americans against hate crimes,” Rosenstein told a gathering of law enforcement officials. “In mourning the victims today, we also commit ourselves to preventing future attacks.”

Citing rampant underreporting of crimes of hate, Rosenstein announced the Justice Department would fund a nationwide review of such incidents.

Read more: USA Today