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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jan 30, 2019

A Toledo-area man was indicted on federal charges Tuesday, following his arrest in December for what federal authorities said was a plan to carry out a mass shooting at a synagogue in the name of the Islamic State.

Damon Joseph, 21, of Holland is charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, attempting to commit a hate crime and possessing firearms in furtherance of a crime a violence.

The FBI arrested him Dec. 7 after he grabbed a duffel bag with two disabled semi-automatic rifles from the car of an undercover agent. Following his arrest, he detailed his plans for the attack and “his intent to cause mass casualties in support of ISIS,” according to an affidavit written in December by FBI agent J. Troy Amundson.

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About 130 French citizens who fought in the ranks of the Islamic State will be returned to France by their Syrian captors, BFM TV reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

The men are being held in northeast Syria by Kurdish forces who don’t wish to keep them, especially now that their U.S. backers are withdrawing from the country.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner wouldn’t confirm the details of the report in an interview with BFM TV, but said any returnees would be subject to due process.

“The Americans are disengaging from Syria and a certain number of people could be released,” he said. “They will want to come back to France. They are now in Syria and Iraq. I am not master of their destiny. They can come to France, but they will be put in prison and judged.”

Read more: Bloomberg

Intolerance and conspiracy theories have haunted the margins of France’s ‘‘yellow vest’’ movement since the first protests over fuel taxes roused the discontented middle of French society. The men and women in safety vests blocking traffic and intimidating shoppers on the Champs-Elysees vent a range of grievances against the government.

But over 11 weeks of protests, views from the fringes have bubbled through the diffuse and leaderless movement and have been amplified: anti-Semitic rants about banking, a Holocaust survivor harassed on the subway, assaults on journalists, and claims the government concocted terrorist attacks or deadly accidents to divert attention from the demonstrations.

Read more: Boston Globe

German authorities arrested three suspected Islamic extremists Wednesday on allegations they were planning a bombing attack, and searched properties in three states in connection with their investigation.

Federal prosecutors said Iraqis Shahin F. and Hersh F., both 23, and Rauf S., 36, were taken into custody in an early morning raid by a police SWAT team in the area of Dithmarschen, near the border with Denmark.

In addition, searches were carried out of other residences in northern and southwestern Germany of people linked to the three main suspects but not currently to the bomb plot.

Read more: Miami Herald

A group calling itself “the IRA” has claimed the bomb attack on a Derry courthouse.

In a statement provided to local paper the Derry Journal, the group said it placed the car bomb which detonated in Bishop Street shortly after 8.10pm on January 19.

The statement read: “We also caution those who collaborate with the British that they are to desist immediately as no more warnings will be given.

The group added that it will “continue to strike at crown forces and personnel and their imperial establishment”.

Read more: Irish Examiner (Ireland)