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Date: Feb 26, 2019

The Spanish Interior Ministry has released a new counter-terrorism strategy that targets jihadist terrorism, focusing specifically on former members of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda who are returning from conflict zones, prisons where petty criminals become radicalized, and homegrown terrorist cells such as the one that perpetrated the 2017 Barcelona attack.

The document, which was published on Tuesday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), also argues that “the rise of identity-based extremism with exclusionary positions” is “one of the most worrying issues today” because it is “leading to violent dynamics and support for terrorism among minority sectors of our society.” It adds that the problem could “increase in the context of financial crisis.”

Read more: El Pais (Spain)

Britain said on Monday it would ban Hezbollah, adding the Lebanese Shi’ite group in its entirety to its list of banned terrorist organisations.

“Hezbollah is continuing in its attempts to destabilize the fragile situation in the Middle East — and we are no longer able to distinguish between their already banned military wing and the political party,” Home Secretary (interior minister) Sajid Javid said.  “Because of this, I have taken the decision to proscribe the group in its entirety.”

Read more: CNBC

Pakistan says Indian aircraft crossed into its territory and dropped bombs on Tuesday without causing casualties in the latest escalation between the nuclear-armed rivals since a deadly attack on Indian troops in the disputed Kashmir region sent tensions soaring.

Maj. Gen Asif Ghafoor, a military spokesman, said the Indian “aircrafts” crossed into the Pakistan-controlled Muzafarabad sector of Kashmir, which is split between the two countries but claimed by each in its entirety. He said Pakistan scrambled fighters and the Indian jets “released payload in haste,” near Balakot, on the edge of Pakistani-ruled Kashmir.

Balakot police chief Saghir Hussain Shah told The Associated Press that he had sent teams to the area, which he described as a mostly deserted wooded area.

Read more: USA Today

A federal jury convicted a man who tried to set off a bomb in downtown Oklahoma City.

Jerry Varnell was charged with attempting to build a weapon of mass destruction to destroy BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City.

Police said Varnell attempted to build a car bomb. FBI officials said someone told them about his plan in December of 2016, so an undercover agent stepped in.

The FBI helped give him explosives that were inert to help make the bomb.

Read more: KOCO