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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 27, 2019

At the main operations room inside the National Counterterrorism Center, the flow of incoming data never stops. Analysts from across the government sit in front of their blinking computers, all facing huge TV screens tuned to news channels.

"On a daily basis, 10,000 reports come across our ops center and eyes are put on every one of those," said Russ Travers, deputy director of the center, who has been here, on and off, since it was established 16 years ago.

"There are in the neighborhood of 16,000 names within those pieces of information. We have to process all of that," he added.

The U.S. fight against terrorism is at a key juncture. More than 17 years after the 2001 attacks by al-Qaida, that group is no longer the force it was. And the Islamic State has lost its core territory.

Read more: NPR

The suspect in the New Zealand terror attacks had financial links to a far-right group in Austria, it has emerged.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said his government is considering dissolving the Identitarian Movement of Austria after its leader received a "disproportionately high donation" from a person with the same surname as Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

Mr Kurz added that Austria will apply the "full force of the law" and there can be "no tolerance for dangerous ideologies, wherever they come from".

Read more: Sky News

Austrian police arrested a man suspected of carrying out two attacks on high-speed trains in Germany.

The man, believed to be an "Islamic State" supporter, is suspected of having committed attacks on the high-speed rail line between Nuremberg and Munich in October and in Berlin in December, Bavarian State Criminal Police Office said Wednesday.

Austria's Kronen Zeitung reported that elite police raided the 42-year-old's apartment in Vienna on Monday.

In the October attack, a thick wire was stretched across the tracks. It failed to cause any major damage. In December, a similar attack was reported near Berlin, which managed to crack the windshield of a train.

An IS flag and Arabic notes were found near the unsuccessful attacks. Austrian media said investigators were able to trace the printer used to print the texts, leading them to Vienna.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

A teenager who allegedly opened fire in a North Carolina bookstore also had a homemade bomb with him at the time of the shooting, authorities said Monday.

Jonathan Kyle Courtney, 18, was arrested Friday night after he allegedly walked into a Barnes & Noble in Cary, just eight miles west of downtown Raleigh, and began to fire metal pellets “indiscriminately” from an air rifle and an air pistol. Witnesses said the air guns were made to look like real firearms, with the air rifle modeled after an assault rifle.

Arrest warrants reveal Courtney also had an improvised explosive device in his possession, but no further details about the weapon were released.

Three people were struck by the pellets, including one of the store’s employees.

Read more: WJZ

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday prevented American sailors injured in the deadly 2000 al Qaeda bombing of the Navy destroyer USS Cole from collecting $314.7 million in damages from the government of Sudan for its alleged role in the attack.

In a 8-1 ruling, the justices overturned a lower court’s decision that had allowed the sailors to collect the damages from certain banks that held Sudanese assets. The decision represented a major victory for Sudan, which denies that it provided any support to al Qaeda for the attack in Yemen.

Read more: Reuters