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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Oct 4, 2018

U.S. investigators have nearly ruled out terrorism after envelopes sent to a Pentagon mail sorting facility were falsely flagged for the possible presence of the deadly poison ricin, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

A Pentagon spokeswoman said tests so far showed that the alert was triggered by castor seeds, which ricin is derived from, as opposed to the deadly substance itself.

U.S. security and law enforcement officials separately said an active counter-terrorism investigation was not being conducted into the envelopes.

Read more: Reuters

Later this month, we will witness the release of Anjem Choudary, a notorious Islamist hate preacher and a key node in the banned terrorist organisation Al-Muhajiroun (previously known as “Al Ghurabaa” and “The Saved Sect”). He will be freed from jail after serving what is half of a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence for encouraging Muslims to join Islamic State, via a series of YouTube talks published online.

Choudary’s reach was powerful. He is believed to have motivated at least 100 people from the United Kingdom to pursue terrorism. Followers of Al-Muhajiroun included Khuram Butt, one of the London Bridge attackers who murdered eight people in June 2017, and Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby in 2013.

Read more: Forbes

A man has admitted possessing terror documents containing information about explosives and weapons.

Christopher Partington, 33, pleaded guilty to six counts of collecting information which was likely to be useful for the purposes of terrorism.

He also admitted possession of shotgun cartridges found when his home in Little Hulton, Salford was raided by counter-terrorism officers on 9 May.

Partington is due to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 5 November.

Read more: BBC News

One of the Albany men convicted on terrorism charges is a free man.  According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Yassin Aref was released Wednesday.

Back in 2004, he was arrested after officials raided his mosque on Central Avenue.

Aref and Mohammed Hossain, the founder of the mosque, were arrested in a scheme to buy a missile launcher.

The feds say he was speaking to people in a terrorist group based in Iraq with ties to Al-Qaeda.

In 2006, Aref was found guilty on 10 of 30 charges against him.  Hossain was found guilty on all 27 counts he faced.

Source: WNYT

Dutch security services expelled four Russians over a cyber attack plot targeting the global chemical weapons watchdog, officials said. 

The operation by Russia's GRU military intelligence allegedly targeted the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons in The Hague in April. The OPCW has been probing the chemical attack on a Russian ex-spy in the UK. The allegations are part of an organised push-back against alleged Russian cyber attacks around the world. The four suspects identified by Dutch officials had diplomatic passports and included two IT experts and two support agents, officials said.

They hired a car and parked it in the car park of the Marriot hotel in The Hague, which is next to the OPCW office, to hack into the OPCW's wifi network, Major General Onno Eichelsheim from the Dutch MIVD intelligence service said. Equipment in the car boot was pointed at the OPCW and was being used to intercept login details. The antenna for the operation lay under a jacket on the car's rear shelf. When the men were intercepted they tried to destroy one of the mobile phones they were carrying. One of their mobile phones was found to have been activated near the GRU building in Moscow. Another carried a receipt for a taxi journey from a street near the GRU to the airport.

Read more: BBC News