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Date: Dec 13, 2018

A string of attacks on houses of worship used by Jehovah's Witnesses in Washington state are under investigation.

There have been four instances of arson and one shooting -- spanning nine months and four locations -- that investigators believe are connected to one another.

"As these incidents were located in close proximity to each other, it is believed that they are related," said Jason Chudy, the public information officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Seattle division.

"ATF is working closely with multiple local law enforcement agencies in these ongoing investigations," Chudy said.

Read more: ABC News

A judge has appointed a classified information security officer in the case of an Ohio man accused of trying to fly overseas to train with an Islamic State-affiliated group.

Defendant Naser Almadaoji (NAH'-ser ahl-mah-DOW'-jee) pleaded not guilty Nov. 8 to a federal charge of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

The government has accused the Iraqi-born U.S. citizen of arranging to move through Kazakhstan to Afghanistan, where he intended to train with a group called ISIS Wilayat Khorasan (wihl-eye-AHT' KOH'-rah-sahn).

Read more: Miami Herald

The head of one of Australia's secretive intelligence agencies has struck out at critics of Australia's freshly minted encryption laws, saying those claiming the new regime is dangerous are "hyperbolic, inaccurate and influenced by self-interest".

In a rare, public statement, Mike Burgess has struck out at seven "myths", asserting it was important to correct the record and assure Australians on how the laws would work in practice.

Mr Burgess, the director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate, said the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, or TOLA Act, which Parliament approved last week, was "highly targeted" and directed at terrorists, paedophiles and criminals, not law-abiding Australians.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)

Millions of people were killed or fled when Islamic State (IS) took over parts of Iraq in 2014 and their scorched-earth tactics still devastate rural communities, a report released by Amnesty International on Thursday said.

Looted livestock, burned orchards, planted land mines, sabotaged water pumps and destroyed farmland have lead to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of rural households and should be viewed as a war crime, the report said.

The conflict against IS eviscerated Iraq’s agricultural production, according to the study, now 40 percent lower than in 2014, while about 75 percent of livestock was lost.

Read more: Reuters

The former No. 2 leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist group, who is now a top candidate in a regional election next week, was arrested on Thursday, prompting violent protests in which four people were killed, officials said.

Mukhtar Robow, once al-Shabab’s spokesman, was arrested by Ethiopian troops that are part of the African Union peacekeeping forces supporting Somalia’s federal government, Nur Ahmed, an electoral official in Southwest state, told The Associated Press. The arrest could re-ignite old tensions between Somalia and neighboring Ethiopia.

Robow was flown from Baidoa to the capital, Mogadishu, said a Somali intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

In a statement, Somalia’s security ministry confirmed Robow’s arrest, citing the federal government’s earlier ban on his candidacy and alleging that he had failed to renounce extremist ideology. The statement also accused Robow of mobilizing armed forces to threaten the security of Baidoa.

Read more: AP