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Date: Aug 21, 2019

Islamic State has been battered in Iraq and Syria and declared defeated by President Donald Trump. But the terrorist group and its predecessor, al-Qaeda, are finding ample room to rebuild in other places with weak central governments, officials and analysts warn.

As an attack Saturday that killed 63 people in Afghanistan underscored, Islamic State affiliates have proven they can carry out deadly strikes, gain support and establish footholds from Sri Lanka to Nigeria. As its leadership goes deeper underground and spends millions of dollars to expand, Western security officials are looking for new ways to disrupt its operations.

“The so-called ISIS caliphate has been destroyed, but the ISIS brand lives on around the world,” Nathan Sales, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, said in a briefing this month. The fight against Islamic State is entering a new phase, and the effort to defeat it globally must be approached with the “same level of urgency and commitment that brought us victory in Syria and Iraq.”

Read more: Bloomberg

When Joseph Rubino, 57, crashed his van last month, he most likely didn't expect to be arrested. But when cops found a stash of assault weapons and ammunition in the van, that's precisely what happened—and police found even more when they searched his home.

On July 24, Rubino was driving his white van when he lost control and crashed into a tree. Both Rubino and a passenger, Kenneth Coe, were seriously injured. But when police arrived on the scene to pull Rubino from the destroyed van, they noticed multiple assault weapons and ammunition.

Police obtained a warrant for Rubino's home, and a search turned up more ammunition and weapons—including a grenade launcher—as well as three kilograms of marijuana, 200 cannabis vape cartridges, "numerous THC edibles," 70 grams of methamphetamine, and boxes of bumper stickers and clothing with the S.S. Bolt insignia worn by the Schutzstaffel, the paramilitary organization from Nazi Germany. Police also found a document "containing racist material and purporting to be an instruction manual for owning a slave," according to prosecutors.

Read more: Newsweek

Firecrackers and a single gunshot sent some fair-goers into a panic at the Kentucky State Fair over the weekend.

Troopers say large groups of juveniles set off firecrackers in different locations of the fairgrounds Saturday night.

The sound of firecrackers popping scared many fair-goers as they thought a mass shooting was happening at the fair.

Troopers say a single gunshot was also fired into the air by a juvenile male.

Kentucky State Police say there was no active shooter and no injuries have been reported.

They went on to say, "There are no perceived threats to the public or visitors of the Kentucky State Fair."

Read more: WPSD

The chemicals and fertilizer found around the arrests of six suspected terrorists in Arnhem and Weert in September, were enough to make half a kilogram of explosives, the Public Prosecutor said in a proforma hearing against the six suspects on Monday. With that they could have caused a big explosion, according to the Prosecutor, AD reports.

Only four of the six suspects, including main suspect Hardi N., were present in the courtroom for the hearing. The other two authorized their lawyer Serge Weening to represent their interests.

The actual trial against the suspects will likely only start next year. All six suspects still have to go for psychological examination in the Pieter Baan Center. They will be observed in the center in phases, two by two, was revealed in the court. The authorities are also looking into how a group observation can be done. That will take around 18 weeks, according tot he newspaper.

Read more: NL Times (Netherlands)