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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Dec 31, 2018

Iran said Taliban representatives from Afghanistan negotiated with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday, as the Islamic Republic seeks to advance peace talks in the neighboring country to curb the influence of other Islamist groups.

The talks were held with the knowledge of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and were intended to set parameters for negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday.

“A Taliban delegation was in Tehran yesterday. They had comprehensive negotiations with the Iranian deputy foreign minister,” Bahram Qasemi said in a news conference broadcast live on state television.

Read more: Reuters

Iraqi warplanes hit a meeting of Islamic State leaders near Deir al-Zor in Syria on Monday, destroying the building they were gathered in, the military said in a statement, without giving further details about the militants targeted.

The statement said F-16 fighter jets carried out the raid around al-Sousa village in eastern Syria, as “30 leaders from Daesh (Islamic State) gangs” met in the building.

The strike came a day after Iraq’s government hinted at greater involvement for its armed forces in Syria as the U.S. begins withdrawing troops from the country.

Read more: Reuters

A terror suspect arrested at Luton Airport last week is a north Londoner who has fought Isis in Syria for two years, the Telegraph can reveal.

Ozkan Ozdil, 32, was detained by Metropolitan Police officers on arrival at the Bedfordshire airport on Thursday evening on suspicion of "preparation of terrorist acts".

He was taken to a local police station for questioning but was later released on bail until mid-January.

The Metropolitan Police said the arrest was “Syria-related and not related to any offences at the airport.”

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)

Four men suspected of belonging to a terrorist organisation will appear in court on Monday, two days after being arrested in Rotterdam, a prosecution spokesman said.

The men, aged 20 to 30, were detained by counter-terrorism police on Saturday. They were identified by police as having “non-Western” backgrounds. Dutch media reported at least one of them was of Syrian origin.

Dutch police raided several locations, where they confiscated laptops and other devices. No explosives or bomb-making equipment were found.

Read more: Reuters

An armed man wearing police tactical-style clothing who said he was on his way to a church to fulfill "a prophecy" was arrested in suburban San Antonio on Sunday.

Seguin police say a passer-by who saw the man carrying a handgun notified authorities.

An off-duty officer responded to the call and found the man carrying the loaded weapon, extra ammunition and a face shield.

Tony Albert, 33, was arrested on a drug charge and also a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Read more: NBC News