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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 8, 2019

A Tunisian man and his German wife who bought ricin and tested the lethal toxin on a hamster have been charged with plotting Islamist-motivated attacks using a biological weapon, German prosecutors said on Thursday.

The GBA Federal Prosecutor’s Office said that 30-year-old Sief Allah H. and 43-year-old Yasmin H. had acquired knowledge on how to turn ricin into a weapon and ordered 3,300 grains of the poison, which can be found in castor beans, online.

Sief Allah H. was arrested in Cologne in June and police detained Yasmin H. a month later. The couple also face charges of planning attacks using metal balls and homemade explosives as well as seeking membership of Islamic State.

Read more: Reuters

Mehdi Nemmouche has been convicted of carrying out Europe's first terror attack by an Islamist fighter returning from the war in Syria.

But his journey from a French foster home to a Brussels court began not in a Middle Eastern desert but in a run-down industrial town.

On Thursday, after a two-month trial in the Belgian capital, 12 jurors found the 33-year-old guilty of the four anti-Semitic murders during a shooting spree at Belgium's Jewish Museum on May 24, 2014.

He faces life in prison and is expected to be sentenced on Monday at the earliest.

Read more: France 24

Pakistan has launched a crackdown on jihadist groups that it claims is more resolute than those of previous governments, who felt “no urgency” to fight organisations that were targeting India, a senior minister has said.

More than 120 people have been taken into administrative detention and at least 200 schools, seminaries and hospitals have been seized by the government this week as part of a campaign against banned Islamist organisations.

The arrests and asset seizures, the most sweeping in years, targeted Islamic schools and charities considered fronts for United Nations-blacklisted militant groups that have operated with near impunity in the country.

International pressure has been mounting on Islamabad after a suicide bombing in disputed Kashmir by the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed sparked a series of tit-for-tat airstrikes between India and its neighbour and the first dogfight between their jets in nearly 50 years.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

U.S. Africa Command’s counter-terrorism mission is facing some troop cuts, which has lawmakers wondering how that will impact the safety of the American homeland from terrorist groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State’s regional loyalists.

The answer is probably not much.

One problem AFRICOM faces is characterizing the threats the organization faces, Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander, told the House Armed Services Committee Thursday.

“The threats we are working against aren’t necessarily a threat to the homeland and may not be a threat to the region overall," Waldhauser said.

Read more: Military Times

Federal prosecutors want to imprison a Dayton man found guilty of two terrorism-related charges for 40 years for what essentially was a “thought crime,” according to his attorney.

Laith W. Alebbini, 28, was found guilty in December of conspiracy and attempting to provide material support for ISIS. His bench trial was last year in front of U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice, who scheduled a sentencing hearing for today.

Federal public defender Thomas Anderson argued in a sentencing memorandum that Alebbini’s motivation was to “fight the murderous Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria” and that Alebbini thought ISIS was the group best capable to do so.

Read more: Dayton Daily News