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Date: Mar 13, 2019

Three men allegedly secretly recorded discussing a failed attempt to kill police as well as other terrorist activities on Tuesday went on trial in Belfast accused of offences including attempted murder, preparing and directing terrorism and IRA membership in December 2013.

A prosecution lawyer told Crown Court judge, Mr Justice O’Hara that the trio, 51-year-old Colin Duffy, 50-year-old Henry Fitzsimons and 57-year-old Alex McCrory (whose addresses can’t be given at this time) were covertly recorded and vidoed under an operation “code name Op Idealistic”.

All three deny preparing and directing terrorism, and membership or professing to be members of the IRA, while Fitzsimons and McCrory are also charged with and deny attempting to murder police and possessing of the two AK47 assault rifles and ammunition used in the attack.

Read more: Irish Times

Alleged West Side bike path terrorist Sayfullo Saipov won a six-month delay of his death penalty trial from a Manhattan federal court judge on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Vincent Broderick said he was postponing the trial’s start from Oct. 7 to April 13 for reasons including delays caused by the government shutdown and State Department resistance to granting visas to Saipov’s family to assist his lawyers in preparing for trial.

Saipov, 31, of Paterson, N.J., a lawful permanent resident from Uzbekistan, is charged with using a rented van to fatally mow down eight pedestrians in what he allegedly later confessed was an attack inspired by the Islamic State on Halloween in 2017.

Read more: AM NY

President Trump in an interview published Tuesday said his administration is thinking “very seriously” about designating Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.

“We are. We are,” Trump told Breitbart News. “We’re thinking about doing it very seriously. In fact, we’ve been thinking about it for a long time. . . . As terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.”

His comments come in the wake of his declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border last month, a move designed to spend more money on border barriers than authorized by Congress.

Read more: The Washington Post

Besieged by U.S.-backed forces in their last foothold in eastern Syria, Islamic State militants are calling on supporters across the world to stage attacks in their defense, according to a newly released audio recording.

The recording, purportedly from IS, came as the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces continued to face stiff resistance Tuesday from IS gunmen as U.S.-backed fighters try to push deeper into the village of Baghouz on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

The brief, minute-and-a half recording, released by IS supporters on social media and reported by the SITE Intelligence Group late on Monday said that men, women and children in Baghouz are being subjected to a "holocaust by the Crusaders," which is militant jargon for the U.S.-led coalition against IS.

In the audio, an unidentified IS militant calls on Muslim "brothers, in Europe and in the whole world" to "rise against the Crusaders and ... take revenge for your religion." As the man speaks, cracks of gunfire can be heard in the background, apparently meant to suggest that he is in Baghouz.

Read more: ABC News