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Date: Feb 6, 2019

Seconds after glimpsing Boko Haram gunmen leap out of vehicles brandishing weapons in the town of Rann, Nigeria, Abdul, 45, rushed inside the medical clinic where he worked.

Raising his eyes up to the ceiling, it seemed as if he was about to murmur a prayer.

Instead, he clambered atop a plastic worktable and hoisted himself inside a narrow concealed opening just below the roof.

“I hid there for hours,” said Abdul, one of more than 35,000 Nigerians who fled Rann for Cameroon.

He described the shooting he heard outside while militants shouted “we are the agents of Jihad!”

Read more: Reuters

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria won support from the top U.S. general in the region, although he warned Islamic State may try to reassert control and influence after losing its ability to hold territory in the war-torn country.

"If the major actors and their proxies become embroiled in a competition for influence in Syria, this may create space for ISIS remnants or other terrorist groups to reform or reconstitute," Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, said in a report to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

The general offered that caution hours before Trump’s State of the Union address to Congress, in which the president may boast that the U.S. and allies have eliminated Islamic State’s “caliphate,” its hold on a huge swath of territory in Syria and Iraq. Votel effectively endorsed Trump’s pledge to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, although he emphasized a methodical approach.

Read more: Salt Lake Tribune

After expressing his desire to create a terrorist “sleeper” cell and carry out domestic attacks on targets, including military members, a North Carolina man was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Erick Jamal Hendricks, 38, was convicted of attempting and conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, identified as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, in 2018 by a jury in Akron, Ohio. On Monday, the Department of Justice announced that Hendricks was sentenced to 15 years.

“Hendricks used social media to recruit others to plan and carry out attacks on our homeland in the name of ISIS, with the goal of creating a sleeper cell on our soil,” Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers said.

Read more: Newsweek