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Terrorism News

A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Feb 13, 2019

James Harris Jackson — the Baltimore man who confessed to trying to launch a race war by stabbing a black man in Times Square two years ago — was sentenced to life without parole Wednesday.

Jackson, who pleaded guilty last month and said he wanted to purge the world of black people, is the first white supremacist to be convicted on terrorism charges in New York, the Manhattan District Attorney said.

He was hit with the stiffest sentence possible under state law as relatives of Timothy Caughman, his 66-year-old victim, gathered to see justice done.

Read more: Baltimore Sun

A state-run news agency in Iran is reporting a suicide bombing in the country’s southeast has killed at least 20 elite Revolutionary Guard personnel and wounded 20.

The IRNA news agency reported the toll in the bombing Wednesday in Sistan and Baluchistan province.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The province, which lies on a major opium trafficking route, has seen occasional clashes between Iranian forces and Baluch separatists, as well as drug traffickers.

Read more: AP

The U.S. military said Tuesday it struck a mosque that had allegedly been used as an Islamic State control center, as American-allied Syrian forces battled the extremists in their last stronghold in eastern Syria amid reports of more civilian casualties.

The U.S.-led coalition said warplanes struck the mosque in the small town of Baghouz on Monday in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. It said the airstrike occurred as ISIS was using the mosque to direct attacks and employ suicide car bombs against the SDF.

“This mosque lost its protected status when ISIS deliberately chose to use it as a command and control center,” said the coalition’s deputy commander, Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika.

Read more: Military Times

He plotted a mass murder at a North Sound High school. On Tuesday, Joshua Alexander O'Connor apologized in court, saying he is grateful his grandmother "intervened when she did."

O'Connor pleaded guilty last December and was supposed to be sentenced for his crimes Tuesday. But the judge postponed sentencing after 4 1/2 hours of testimony detailing O'Connor's childhood.

By almost every standard, O'Connor had a horrific childhood, living with an unstable mother, finally rescued by his caring grandparents. But even he admitted in court, that was not enough to save him.

Read more: KIRO (Seattle, Washington)

A judge has ruled police and court records in a criminal case against an Arizona man facing a terrorism charge must be made available to the media.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sally Duncan ruled Tuesday the probable-cause statement should be released as soon as possible with other records available by Friday.

Several media organizations challenged county Attorney’s Office efforts to seal a probable-cause statement, a police report, 911 calls and footage of the incident that led to 18-year-old Ismail Hamed’s Jan. 7 arrest.

County sheriff’s officials say Hamed told a dispatcher he had an affiliation with a terror group.

Read more: KGUN (Tucson, Arizona)