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Date: Jan 16, 2019

An American was among more than a dozen killed when gunfire and explosions erupted at a high-end hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Department of State and those who knew him.

I-DEV International, a San Francisco-based strategy and investment advisory firm with an office in Kenya's capital, told ABC News on Wednesday that its founder and managing director Jason Spindler "was tragically among the fatalities."

A State Department official, who confirmed that an American was among the dead, condemned the "senseless act of violence" at the multi-use complex in Nairobi's affluent Westlands neighborhood, which includes the upscale DusitD2 hotel that's popular among foreigners. The American embassy in Nairobi is closely monitoring the incident and the State Department has offered assistance to local authorities, the official told ABC News.

Read more: ABC News

One of two brothers from Ohio who admitted giving money to a friend who sent it to an al-Qaida leader has been sentenced to five years in prison.

A federal judge in Toledo sentenced Sultane Salim on Tuesday after he earlier pleaded guilty to concealing the financing of terrorism.

His brother, Asif Salim, was sentenced in October to six years in prison on the same charge.

Sultane Salim said in court Tuesday that the money was a loan repayment. He says he lied to FBI agents about who the repayment was for and never wanted to give money to terrorists.

Prosecutors say the money went to Anwar al-Awlaki, a key al-Qaida leader who was killed in a drone strike in 2011.

Read more: Bristol Herald Courier

A 54-year-old Durham man pleaded guilty Tuesday to mailing bomb threats to Raleigh City Hall, Durham police and the FBI in Washington, explaining his motive to a federal judge as “some people getting to me, emotionally.”

Michael Dexter Brodie walked into U.S. District Court in street clothes but left in handcuffs, ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle to undergo a mental health evaluation.

A federal prosecutor said Brodie sent 11 threats between May and August of last year, including four that forced evacuations from Raleigh City Hall. More bomb letters went to Durham, the FBI, the Chicago Police Department, Chapel Hill Town Hall and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Read more: The News & Observer

A blast struck near U.S.-led coalition forces on Wednesday in Syria’s northern city of Manbij, and a war monitor said 16 people had been killed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and a militia source said two Americans were among the dead, but Reuters was unable to independently confirm the death toll. The coalition said in a tweet it was still gathering information.

An Islamic State-affiliated web site, Amaq, said a suicide attacker with an explosive vest had targeted a foreign military patrol.

Read more: Reuters

A Texan who says he offered to work as an English teacher for the Islamic State and was captured earlier this month in Syria by U.S.-backed forces said he witnessed executions and crucifixions during the more than three years he spent with the terrorist group.

But 34-year-old Warren Christopher Clark, who is being held in Kurdish custody, told NBC News in an exclusive interview that he does not regret throwing in his lot with ISIS. No Kurdish security were present during the interview.

“I wanted to go see exactly what the group was about, and what they were doing,” he said. “Of course I saw the videos. I think with the beheadings, that’s execution. I’m from the United States, from Texas. They like to execute people, too. So I really don’t see any difference. They might do it off camera, but it’s the same.”

Read more: NBC News