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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Nov 26, 2018

A bombing deep inside an army base in Afghanistan during Friday prayers at a mosque killed at least 27 soldiers and wounded dozens, officials said, once again highlighting the vulnerability of the country’s security forces.

The attack was inside the headquarters of the Afghan Army’s 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, in the southeastern province of Khost, said Capt. Abdullah Sargand, a brigade spokesman.

A senior official said at least 27 soldiers had been killed and an officer inside the base said more than 20 died. But other officials gave varying accounts of the casualty toll, some lower.

Read more: New York Times

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wanted to plead guilty and help the prosecution in exchange for life imprisonment, court documents unsealed Wednesday reveal.

But prosecutors did not make a deal, and Tsarnaev was convicted at trial and sentenced to death for the 2013 bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds.

According to a document released Wednesday, Tsarnaev "offered to provide certain kinds of cooperation and assistance, in the course of plea negotiations."

Read more: NBC News

A Syrian radio host who satirized both President Bashar al-Assad and opposition insurgents including ISIS has been shot dead in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, the Syrian Journalists Association said Saturday.

Raed Al Fares and another activist and journalist, Hamoud Junaid, were killed Friday in the town of Kafr Nabl after being hunted by extremist groups, the journalist group said.

"Both of the men who were killed were pioneers of civil society and brought the free voice to the world through the famous banners of Kafr Nabl," a statement from the group said.

Read more: CNN

Businesses have been urged to pull their advertising from tech firms that fail to take down extremist content following an investigation into five terror attacks that claimed 36 lives.

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said social media firms’ and messaging apps’ continued refusal to remove extremist material meant it was time to hit their “bottom line” by persuading businesses to boycott them.

It said the Government should take a lead role in persuading companies to follow the example of Unilever which has announced it is considering withdrawing its advertising from firms like Facebook and Google for failing to act responsibly.

Last night, however, Sajid Javid, the home secretary refused to immediately endorse a boycott, saying he would respond to the committee “in due course.”

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)