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Date: Mar 14, 2019

Islamic State launched two counter-attacks on U.S.-backed fighters besieging their final shred of territory in eastern Syria on Wednesday but were beaten back without any progress, the Syrian Democratic Forces said.

The jihadists, waging a last-ditch battle in Baghouz, a collection of hamlets and farmland near the Iraqi border, dispatched suicide bombers against SDF fighters, who thwarted the attacks, the U.S.-backed force said.

Islamic State launched the second counter-attack in the afternoon, “(taking) advantage of smoke and dust over Baghouz”, the SDF media office said. “Fighting is still continuing. (Islamic State) made no progress so far and were stopped.”

Read more: Reuters

For 19 days, a bomber held Austin, Texas, hostage — residents of the city paralyzed by the fear of unpredictable strikes.

By the time authorities caught up with the suspect, six bombs had detonated, two people were dead and five were injured.

A year has passed, but for the first time, ABC News' “Nightline” takes you inside the investigation that brought down one of the most prolific bombers in American history, through the eyes of law enforcement on the ground — the Austin police, the bomb squads, FBI and ATF agents – and by revealing never-before-seen details on how they found him.

“In the history of this country, we haven't had a serial bomber that planted this many devices in a 19-day period,” said Fred Milanowski, the ATF special agent in charge of the Austin probe.

Read more: ABC News

A federal grand jury in California on Wednesday returned a four-count indictment against a man previously charged in connection with a bombing of an Aliso Viejo spa that killed his ex-girlfriend, prosecutors announced.

Stephen William Beal, 59, of Long Beach, is charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death; malicious destruction of a building resulting in death; use of a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence; and possession of an unregistered destructive device, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said in a statement.

Beal was arrested earlier this month in the May 15, 2018, blast at the Magyar Kozmetica spa, which killed his ex-girlfriend, Ildiko Krajnyak, 48, and seriously injured two other people.

Read more: NBC News

While fraud is happening in the state's Child Care Assistance Program, it is unclear how much, and there's no evidence the subsidies are going to terrorists, Minnesota's legislative auditor said Wednesday.

The agency began investigating the program, which helps low-income families afford child care, after Fox 9 news stories last year raised questions of wrongdoing, claiming fraud topped $100 million annually.

The coverage included a former Department of Human Services employee alleging child care aid subsidies were funding terror groups overseas.

Read more: Minnesota Public Radio News

An Afghan journalist who has long received death threats was seriously wounded in a bombing in the country’s south, while in the western province of Farah, the Taliban stormed an army checkpoint and killed 10 soldiers, officials said Wednesday.

Also in Farah, a local official was gunned down outside his home on Wednesday, a councilman said.

The attacks were the latest violence in war-torn Afghanistan even as the Taliban and the U.S. concluded another round of negotiations held in Qatar, with both sides reporting progress in the talks.

Read more: The Washington Post