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Terrorism News

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

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria have captured a senior Islamic State leader who served as an assistant to the group’s self-declared “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, they said on Friday.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia alliance that holds the quarter of Syria east of the Euphrates, detained Osama al-Awaid last week, it said in a statement.

SDF fighters have been attempting to take Islamic State’s last Syrian pocket of territory on the banks of the Euphrates near Iraq for weeks, in an offensive backed by U.S.-led air strikes.

Read more: Reuters

A no-deal Brexit would put both the EU and UK at greater risk from crime and terrorism, the security minister has said, as he insisted Theresa May’s deal would create a safer environment for the country.

Addressing the International Security Expo in west London, Ben Wallace said leaving the EU without an agreement would have a “real impact” on protecting the public. He said the Brexit deal secured by May “strikes the right balance to keep everyone safe”.

There is still a great deal of uncertainty around post-Brexit security arrangements with the home secretary, Sajid Javid, this week telling MPs there was no guarantee that data-sharing agreements and other cross-border crime-fighting tools would remain in place.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Goucher College officials said Thursday that racist graffiti targeting specific individuals was found on the campus in Towson — the second time this month.

Graffiti aimed at African Americans and Latinos was found Thursday around 1:50 a.m. on the second floor of a campus dorm, one floor above where similar graffiti had been found Nov. 14, Goucher College administrators said in a statement.

In both incidents, specific individuals were targeted and the graffiti included a backwards swastika, according to the statement from Goucher president José Bowen, vice president and dean Bryan Coker, interim associate dean Nicole Johnson and director of public safety David Heffer.

The administrators said Baltimore County Police had arrested an individual believed to be responsible for both incidents. Police could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday evening.

The officials said the suspect had been removed and banned from campus pending adjudication through the college’s student conduct processes. The college does not release the names of students involved in pending conduct processes, as a matter of policy, administrators said in the statement.

“We strongly condemn this abhorrent hate crime that occurred in our community, and call on all community members to remain supportive and understanding of one another during this challenging time,” the release stated. Officials said the college has reached out to the individuals targeted in the graffiti.

On Nov. 14, graffiti including a swastika, a slur and threats to African-Americans was discovered on campus. It also listed room numbers of three black students at Goucher.

Source: Baltimore Sun

 
 

Moscow’s latest tourist attraction, a cable car over the Moskva River, has been shut the day after it opened because of what the operator said was a cyberattack.

The gondola takes passengers from the Sparrow Hills overlooking the Russian capital to the Luzhniki sports stadium where the soccer World Cup final was held this summer.

It opened to the public on Tuesday, with rides to be free for the first month, but suddenly halted the next day because of what the operator called a cyberattack on its servers.

Read more: Reuters

A Bradenton man is facing a terrorism charge after he threatened to blow up the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Since March the sheriff’s office has been receiving “disturbing” messages via Facebook Messenger from someone who identified themselves as “Ljameer Muhammad,” according to the report.

Detectives eventually identified Jamer Lomant Lawrence, 28, as being the person behind the threats. Last week he was arrested and charged with one count of threatening to commit act of terrorism.

Read more: Bradenton Herald