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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Feb 21, 2019

Hezbollah hit back against U.S. condemnation of its role in Lebanon on Thursday, calling it a “violation of sovereignty”, after the United States expressed concern over the organisation’s expanding influence.

After meeting Lebanon’s prime minister on Tuesday, the U.S. ambassador said the United States was worried about the “growing role” in the cabinet of Hezbollah, an armed Shi’ite group backed by Iran and listed as a terrorist organisation by Washington.

“The negative American position on Hezbollah, and which American ambassadors are eager to repeat after meeting any official in Lebanon, is rejected and condemned,” Hezbollah’s lawmakers said in a statement.

Read more: Reuters

A student was arrested for bringing a gun onto campus on Tuesday.

According to Mesquite police, several Poteet High School students reported suspicious activity to an administrator who notified school resource officers.

They made contact with the student in question and when officers searched him, they found a handgun in his possession.

He was arrested and charged but will not be identified because he is a juvenile.

Read more: NBCDFW

A car bomb Thursday killed oil workers and fighters from a US-backed force battling the Islamic State group in east Syria, the Kurdish-led alliance said, with a monitor putting the death toll at 20.

A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the attack killed mostly oil workers, as well as fighters in the village of Shheel close to an oil field acting as a base for the anti-IS force.

Jihadist "cells are trying to stop our progress," Adnan Afrin told AFP.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 14 oil workers and six conscripts died after "the car bomb was detonated remotely".

The SDF fighters were escorting the workers in vehicles from the Omar oil field, the monitor said.

Read more: AFP / Yahoo News

India is pressing for Pakistan to be kept on a terrorism financing watchlist following an attack in disputed Kashmir that was claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group, three Indian government officials said on Thursday.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body created to counter terrorism financing and money laundering, has been meeting in Paris this week and Pakistan has been hoping to get off a “grey list” of nations with inadequate controls over such activities.

But two Indian government officials dealing with the issue said new information had been provided to the FATF relating to Pakistan after the car bombing last week in the Pulwama district of Kashmir in which 40 paramilitary police were killed.

Read more: Reuters

A U.S. Coast Guard officer arrested for planning a domestic terror attack "on a scale rarely seen in this country" was a supporter of a white ethnostate in the Pacific Northwest, a right-wing extremist trope that has been supported by Washington neo-Nazis for decades.

The FBI arrested Christopher Paul Hasson at his Maryland home on Friday, discovering a large cache of weapons and drugs inside his home. In court filings, investigators said Hasson was planning to kill prominent Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and TV personalities like Don Lemon and Joe Scarborough.

Hasson also wrote a letter to an unidentified a neo-Nazi leader expressing his support for a Pacific Northwest whites-only state, according to court records.

Read more: Seattle Patch