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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 5, 2019

The online message board 8chan, which has been linked to three mass shootings in 2019, will be terminated, Cloudfare announced late Sunday night, just hours after the site's founder called for its end.

Cloudfare will cut off services for 8chan at midnight PDT, CEO Matthew Prince said in a statement, though he noted that another network provider could bring 8chan back online. That's what happened in 2017, when Cloudfare booted The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi message board.

"The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths," Prince said. "Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit."

Read more: USA Today

Cesar Sayoc, the troubled Florida drifter who mailed 16 crudely improvised explosive packages to critics of President Donald Trump, faces sentencing Monday for a domestic terrorism spree that sparked a nationwide scare last year.

U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff is set to impose punishment on Sayoc, 62, for the targeting of former president Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor-director Robert De Niro, cable TV network CNN and others.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have called for life imprisonment. They cited Sayoc's history of prior arrests and characterized him in a sentencing memorandum as failing to fully accept responsibility and express remorse.

Federal defenders assigned to represent the virtually penniless defendant have asked for a lenient, 10-year prison term that would give Sayoc hope that he would not die behind bars.

Read more: USA Today

The US has struggled to confront the rise of domestic terrorism threats, drawing concern from lawmakers and former officials that there is a lack of a cohesive strategy to deal with the problem and the limited resources available skew towards international efforts.

The FBI has seen a significant rise in the number of white supremacist domestic terrorism cases in recent months, a senior bureau counterterrorism official told CNN recently. Congress and the executive branch, critics say, have been slow to react.

A US Department of Homeland Security-sponsored study this year found that there are "major gaps in national terrorism prevention efforts," stemming from limited investment and a lack of focus. Federal initiatives have also been stymied by a "sustained opposition" to some if its terrorism prevention efforts.

Read more: CNN

A car packed with explosives being driven to carry out an attack collided with other vehicles and exploded in central Cairo outside Egypt’s main cancer hospital, killing at least 20 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

Authorities had initially said the deaths were caused by a multi-vehicle accident Sunday night on the busy Corniche boulevard along the Nile River, with no explanation of how it caused an explosion that damaged the hospital’s facade and even rooms inside.

But later Monday, the ministry later acknowledged that a car bomb was involved. It accused a militant group known as Hasm, which has links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, saying it was moving the car — stolen in the Nile Delta — to carry out an attack elsewhere. The ministry did not say what the intended target was.

Read more: AP

Surveillance video shows the chaos unfold in Dayton, Ohio, as a shooter targets people out on a Saturday night in the Oregon District.

As gunshots ring out, people start to run, ducking into bars and clubs.
Large groups pour into open doorways, escaping the shots that riddle the street.
Within seconds, the shooter is brought to his knees by police right before he's able to enter a nightclub that is full of people fleeing from his rampage.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl says his officers heard the gunshots, saw people fleeing and immediately ran toward danger.

Read more: CNN