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Date: Jan 18, 2019

For American troops posted in the dusty flatlands of northern Syria, the Palace of the Princes restaurant in Manbij offered a pleasant place to stop for grilled chicken, French fries or its locally renowned shawarma sandwich.

The Americans liked the food so much that they dropped in frequently, often many times a week, residents said. Visiting officials were welcomed to red booths and water pipes; two American senators dined there in July.

“They stop here for chicken and shawarma whenever they have a patrol in the city,” said Jassim al-Khalaf, 37, who sells vegetables nearby. “People here are used to it, so it’s not a new thing to see them.”

Read more: New York Times

A Navy cryptologic technician based at Fort Meade was among the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Syria this week, the Pentagon said.

Officials identified her as Chief Shannon M. Kent, 35, from upstate New York.

“She was a rock star, an outstanding Chief Petty Officer, and leader to many in the Navy Information Warfare Community,” said Cmdr. Joseph Harrison with the Commanding Officer of Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, where Kent was assigned after the command was established in August.

Also killed in the attack were Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Fla., who was based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and a civilian, Scott A. Wirtz, from St. Louis, Mo. The Pentagon has not yet identified the fourth casualty, a civilian.

Read more: Baltimore Sun

Colombian authorities said that Thursday’s car bombing against a police academy that left 21 dead was carried out by a member of the country’s last remaining rebel group.

Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said in a press conference that the man who carried out the brazen attack, Jose Aldemar Rojas, was a member of the National Liberation Army and known by his alias Mocho Kiko.

He said Rojas was an explosives expert who had lost his arm manipulating explosives during his long career in the ELN rebel cell near the border with Venezuela.

Read more: AP

The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia’s president said Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence.

The announcement of Abu Bakar Bashir’s imminent release came during campaigning for a presidential election due in April in which opponents of President Joko Widodo have tried to discredit him as insufficiently Islamic.

“I have considered this decision for a long time, involving the National Police chief and legal experts,” Widodo told reporters. “This release was decided because of humanitarian considerations and also related to his health care.”

Read more: AP

An 18-year-old suspect accused in a deputy-involved shooting in Fountain Hills now faces charges of terrorism.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says Ismail Hamed, who was shot and injured in last week's shooting, is now charged with two felony counts of terrorism.

County court records state that Hamed allegedly provided "advice, assistance, direction or management to the Islamic State of Iraq" and ISIS on or about Jan. 7.

It's still unclear whether what happened at the Fountain Hills substation was connected to the terrorism charges, but former assistant U.S. attorney Andrew Pacheco says it could be.

Read more: CBS 5 (Phoenix)