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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 20, 2019

The social media strategies used by the accused Christchurch mosque shooter and Islamic State (IS) media are overlapping, says a Harvard researcher investigating online radicalisation.

New Zealanders went into mourning after a gunman attacked worshippers in two Christchurch mosques, killing 50 and injuring dozens more.

Grafton man Brenton Tarrant, 28, who is accused of livestreaming the attack, had in the days preceding it allegedly uploaded a 73-page manifesto through the same anonymous file sharing services used by IS to disseminate their propaganda.

Norwegian extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 69 people on the island of Utoya in 2011, took a similar approach to justifying his acts.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)

The chief agitator behind last year's child suicide bombings in Indonesia's second-biggest city, Surabaya, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Abu Umar, also known as Syamsul Arifin, was the East Java provincial leader of the terrorist group Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (JAD) and held regular motivational meetings attended by some of Indonesia's most extreme militants.

Prosecutors, who recommended a 15-year jail sentence, said the defendant was responsible for mass casualties through his teachings for JAD.

Among those he recruited was Dita Oepriarto, the mastermind of the Surabaya bombings, who led his wife and children — one of them just nine years old — to commit suicide attacks against churches during Sunday mass in May 2018.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)

The spread of a video across the internet that was apparently recorded by a shooter who killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has reignited a debate around how tech companies moderate their platforms — and whether they've done enough to crack down on the spread of white supremacists online.

Critics of the companies, led by U.K. politicians, say that Facebook and YouTube have not done enough to address white supremacist groups on their platforms, pointing to a successful effort to control Islamic extremist content on the sites as proof that the problem is well within the power of the companies.

Those calls have been countered by warnings from some in the tech industry who say that pushing tech companies to further regulate extremism will not fix the deeper problems of online radicalization.

Read more: NBC News

Describing his work as an undercover agent among a group of heavily armed Qaeda terrorists, Morten Storm said his job as a jihadist-turned-informant was dangerous and grueling.

Spy agencies never acknowledged his secret service. But now a Danish state agency, in a breakthrough ruling for Mr. Storm, has awarded him about $27,000 in damages for loss of work ability because of post-traumatic stress disorder, which he said in his claim was a result of his undercover role for the Danish and other intelligence agencies.

Labour Market Insurance, a state body, concluded that he had experienced “exceptionally dangerous events” during his tenure, the newspaper Jyllands-Posten reported on Monday. A future review will decide to what extent he may still be able to work, and could award additional compensation.

Read more: New York Times

The UK is to start issuing official threat-level warnings for far-right terrorism amid rising concerns about white supremacist murder attempts, the Guardian has learned.

The threat levels will be issued following assessments by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), an elite Whitehall unit that already produces similar warnings for Islamist and Ireland-related terror.

Friday’s attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, when 50 Muslims were murdered as they prayed, allegedly by a white supremacist gunman, have triggered fresh concerns about whether the threat from the extreme right is being taken seriously enough.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)