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Terrorism News

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

After a two-year separation, the FBI wants to get back together with San Francisco.

The bureau sent Mayor London Breed a letter on Jan. 29, touting the advantages of a currently suspended partnership between the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department — meant largely to quash terrorist threats in the region.

“The San Francisco Division of the FBI receives 1,000 allegations per year involving acts of terror,” wrote Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett in the letter. “Many of those allegations appear serious and cannot be ignored.”

The SFPD pulled out of the so-called Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in February 2017, facing pressure from civil liberties advocates and members of the Muslim community, who felt that the Feds and the SFPD would collaborate to a higher degree to target undocumented immigrants and Muslim residents under the Trump Administration.

Read more: San Francisco Chronicle

The Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested earlier this month after federal prosecutors accused him of plotting a domestic terror attack was indicted on gun and drug charges Wednesday.

Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, of Silver Spring, Maryland, faces federal charges that include unlawful possession of silencers, possession of firearms by a drug addict and unlawful user, and possession of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors have said these charges are the “proverbial tip of the iceberg.”

Hasson — a self-described white nationalist who was found to possess 17 firearms and what appeared to be a hit list of prominent liberal politicians and media figures — has been held without bail since his arrest on Feb. 15.

Read more: WTOP

Dutch prosecutors say they have arrested a 48-year man on suspicion of preparing a terror attack, and a pistol and ammunition were found at his home in the northern city of Groningen.

The National Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest Wednesday and said an investigating judge has ordered the man detained for 90 days while investigations continue.

In a statement, prosecutors say the man, whose identity was not released, was arrested after a Dutch intelligence agency alerted authorities that he was a supporter of the Islamic State group and that he owned a weapon.

Police found the gun, hidden in a child’s backpack, when they searched his home.

Read more: Washington Post

No one has ever been convicted over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that has haunted Argentine politics for decades, but that could change Thursday.

Former president Carlos Menem, his intelligence chief and the judge in charge of the initial probe face jail if found guilty of staging a cover-up.

They are among 13 defendants who could be incarcerated for a slew of corruption and obstruction of justice charges when a court in Buenos Aires hands down its verdict after a four-year trial.

No one ever claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) center, which killed 85 people and injured hundreds, though Argentina -- and Israel -- have long pointed the finger at Iran.

Read more: France 24

A mass grave containing the bodies of dozens of people believed to be Yazidis held captive by Islamic State has been found in territory recently captured from the jihadists by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an SDF commander said.

The grave was found in territory seized from Islamic State in Baghouz, the final enclave held by the group near the Iraqi border, SDF commander Adnan Afrin told Reuters.

“They were slaughtered,” he said. Most had been decapitated, he added.

Read more: Reuters