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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jan 3, 2019

Niger's defense ministry says several days of raids have killed more than 280 Boko Haram extremists near the border with Nigeria.

The statement says the land and air raids began on Dec. 28, with more than 200 extremists killed in airstrikes.

Nigeria in November held an urgent meeting with neighbors about what it called an extremist resurgence fueled by the new use of drones.

Niger's statement says no troops were killed in the raids in its east. It notes that Nigeria "suffered a string of recent attacks on its military bases" and that the extremists had been reinvigorated.

Read more: ABC News

Regardless of the physical territory occupied by ISIS at the end of 2018 or the amount of land al-Qaeda controls in Yemen, the online space functions as terrorists’ kitchen table: no matter where in the world, no matter their background or day job or language, this is where jihadists gather for support, recruitment and inspiration. The past year’s content reflected terror groups and lone operatives eagerly embracing this borderless realm, and sent some distinct messages about how online jihad has evolved and where it’s headed.

Disinformation Ops Aren’t Limited to Politics

Terror groups aren’t blind to the disinformation campaigns that have permeated electoral processes, sharply tailored to specific audiences with half the story or full-on fake news. They know that, similarly, spinning the right bit of disinformation can help with recruitment and attack encouragement. ISIS crafted its own Kremlin-worthy dezinformatsiya campaign soon after the Oct. 1, 2017, massacre at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, claiming through their Amaq news agency that the “Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State who carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting coalition countries.”

Read more: Homeland Security Today

Right-wing groups promising to unleash a Cronulla-style race riot on Melbourne this weekend are on the national intelligence agency’s radar, with growing fears of the threat posed by a new breed of homegrown extremists.

Community tension is at boiling point in the Victorian capital, with a number of so-called ‘patriots' planning at meet at St Kilda Beach on Saturday to protest African gang violence.

Neil Erikson, a controversial far-right figure who has been convicted for inciting serious contempt against Muslims, is behind the rally, which police say they are watching closely.

He is supported by convicted criminal Blair Cottrell, who runs the United Patriots Front and an underground fight club for men, and once called for a picture of Adolf Hitler to be hung in every Australian classroom.

Read more: News.com.au (Australia)

A federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a lawsuit filed by family members and victims of the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of knowingly supporting ISIS and helping the group spread its radical beliefs.

Fourteen people died and 22 were injured when Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire at a holiday office party on Dec. 2, 2015.

ISIS claimed responsibility even though it apparently had no direct contact with the attackers. On the day of the massacre, Malik took to Facebook to pledge allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In their 2017 lawsuit, the plaintiffs had argued that the tech companies "have knowingly and recklessly provided the terrorist group ISIS with accounts to use its social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits."

Read more: NPR

Dozens of inmates convicted of terrorism-related crimes will be released from prison over the next five years, and lawmakers in several states think local law enforcement have the right to know if they’re moving into their neighborhood.

That’s why officials are pushing for a new kind of registry, modeled after sex-offender registries that exist in most states – only for terrorists.

“After the Pulse nightclub and the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, we know we can be susceptible to terrorist attacks,” Florida state Rep. Mike Hill, a Republican, told Fox News regarding his legislation to create such a terrorist registry. “A proposal like this may draw a little opposition, but this should be something that unites us.”

Read more: Fox News