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Date: Dec 3, 2018

The attorney general's office in the western Mexico state of Jalisco says federal officials have taken over an investigation into reports that an explosive device was detonated at the U.S. consulate in the city of Guadalajara.

The consulate in Mexico's second biggest city said via Twitter that the office was closed because of what it described only as a "security incident" Friday evening. The tweet gave no details, though it said nobody was injured. It said U.S. officials are also investigating.

The consulate says it will provide more information as it becomes available, including whether consular operations will be available Monday.

Neither Mexican officials nor the consulate alluded to possible suspects in the incident.

Read more: ABC News

The U.S. military confirmed on Monday that an airstrike in Syria has killed a senior ISIS militant involved in the 2014 murder of U.S. Army Ranger turned aid worker Peter Kassig. U.S. Central Command confirmed in a statement to CBS News on Monday that Abu al Umarayn was killed in Syria's southeastern Badiyah Desert region on Sunday by a coalition strike.

CENTCOM said "several other ISIS members" were killed in the strike, but singled out Umarayn, saying he had "given indications of posing an imminent threat to Coalition Forces and he was involved in the killing of American Citizen and former U.S. Army Ranger, Peter Kassig.  He has been linked to and directly involved with executing several other prisoners as a senior ISIS member."

Then-President Barack Obama confirmed in November 2014 that Kassig had been killed in Syria, shortly after ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) published a gruesome video online purportedly showing his decapitation.

Read more: CBS News

The U.S. military said on Friday it killed 11 suspected al Qaeda militants in an air strike in Libya’s southwestern desert.

U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said Thursday’s attack was its third since March on the militant group’s North African branch - al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

The strike near the town of Al Uwaynat, close to the Algerian border, destroyed three vehicles and “at this time, we assess no civilians were injured or killed,” Africom added.

Jihadists linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have found a haven in Libya’s vast southern desert as the country struggles to restore stability seven years after the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

Read more: Reuters

Al Qaeda’s media team continues to read the Western press. In recent weeks, the group has released two pieces focusing on the debate over America’s decades-long relationship with Saudi Arabia. Of course, al Qaeda has criticized the two nations’ friendly ties since the 1990s. But the new writings are intended to capitalize on recent controversies, including the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

The first essay, titled “The Love Story Between Salman al Saud and the Pirate Trump,” was penned by a little-known al Qaeda figure known as Sheikh Awab Bin Hasan al Hasni. As Sahab, the main propaganda arm for al Qaeda’s senior leadership, disseminated the tract online in Arabic via Telegram and its new website. On Nov. 25, As Sahab released an English translation of Hasni’s piece as well.

Hasni begins his tract by comparing President Trump to a master and King Salman to his slave. But he quickly transitions to Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS), saying he is a “spoiled boy” who is “addicted” to video games. He cites Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, to support this claim.

Read more: Long War Journal

Pakistan has charged a right-wing leader with treason and terrorism over his party's disruption of daily life with nationwide rallies following the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case.

Khadim Hussain Rizvi, chief of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), and three other party leaders were charged on Saturday for making incendiary remarks against the judiciary and military chiefs after Aasia Bibi was acquitted of blasphemy by the Supreme Court.

"Today we have decided to take legal action against the TLP leadership," Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told reporters.

Read more: Al Jazeera