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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 22, 2019

Germany has for the first time allowed children whose parents were suspected members of Islamic State to return to Germany from northern Syria and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said it will push for more such children to come to the country.

Like other western countries, Germany faces a tricky decision on how to deal with citizens who went to the Middle East to join groups like Islamic State, which was driven out of its last territorial enclave in March by U.S.-backed forces.

Three of the four repatriated German children are orphans, according to German media, but no further details were available.

Read more: Reuters

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed concern after it emerged that the accused Christchurch gunman's "manifesto" is being sold as a book in Ukraine. Ardern said the idea was "abhorrent and disgusting."

The New Zealand premier said on Thursday that she planned to contact the Ukrainian government after the revelation that print versions of the "manifesto" written by the accused Christchurch gunman were being sold in Ukraine.

Details of the online sales were published by the investigative website Bellingcat, which found an online forum in Ukraine was selling the 87-page long translated document in a paperback format. The forum was said to openly praise the shooter, who

Read more: Deutsche Welle

A 19-year-old UHD student, upset over a cancelled class, is accused of making a threat of violence against his university on Snapchat.

Oscar Rincon, 19, has been arrested by Houston Police after receiving a tip from the FBI.

Police say Rincon posted a threat and a picture of his empty classroom on Snapchat Tuesday night.

"Last night, approximately 8 p.m., we were contacted by the FBI," UHD Police Chief Michael Benford told ABC13 Wednesday afternoon. "They were monitoring social media, came across a post by one of our students, he posted he was going to shoot up our building."

Benford says UHD then called Houston Police, who went to Rincon's home in southwest Houston.

Read more: ABC 13

Two of four co-conspirators who pleaded guilty in June to their roles in planning a terror attack against a downstate Muslim community were sentenced on Friday to four to 12 years in state prison.

Here's what happened:

Andrew Crysel, 18, of East Rochester and Brian Colaneri, 20, of Greece each pleaded guilty in June to a single count of second-degree conspiracy as a crime of terrorism, admitting to participating in a plan to build and detonate bombs in the small Delaware County community of Islamberg.

Monroe County Court Judge Samuel Valleriani had harsh words for both men during Friday's sentencing. "Your terrorist threat was not only an invidious threat to the way of life of your victims, but also a threat to everyone in our democratic society," he said.

Tahirah Clark, general counsel for and a resident of Islamberg said shock waves from the threat the conspirators posed to her peaceful community's way of life still reverberate. "This has changed our lives," she said. "Our children are afraid, they're afraid, but yet resilient and strong and attempting to make the best of our new normal." More than a dozen members of the community sat in the courtroom during the sentencing.

Read more: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Authorities in California said another mass shooting may have been averted with the arrest of a hotel cook. Rodolfo Montoya, 37, who worked at a Marriott in Long Beach, told a co-worker Monday he planned to come into work and shoot everybody he saw at the hotel because of a so-called human resources issue.

That co-worker notified police, who arrested Montoya at his mobile home the next day and confiscated an arsenal of weapons. Montoya's arrest is the latest in a string of mass shooting threats after deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

"Suspect Montoya had clear plans, intent and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass casualty incident," Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said Wednesday.

Read more: CBS News