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Terrorism News

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

An army reservist whose alleged links to a neo-Nazi group led to a raid on his rural Manitoba home last week has been fired, according to the Department of National Defence.

Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews, a member of the Winnipeg-based 38 Canadian Brigade Group, "will no longer be a participant in military activities in any form, and will not be returning to work," a military spokesperson wrote in an email to CBC News.

"This action was deemed necessary, considering the seriousness of the allegations and the risk to unit morale and cohesion."

Read more: CBC News

A group of former peace negotiators for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced they are taking up arms again following what they considered the failure of conservative President Ivan Duque to guarantee their political rights after the signing of a landmark peace deal.

In a video published before dawn Thursday, former chief rebel negotiator Luciano Marin appeared alongside a group of some 20 heavily armed guerrillas condemning Duque and his supporters for standing by idly as hundreds of leftist activists and more than 150 former rebels have been killed since the 2016 peace deal, which sought to end a half century of fighting in the South American country.

Read more: AP

A Maryland man accused of planning an ISIS-inspired attack at the National Harbor has been indicted on a terrorism-related charge.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted Rondell Henry, 28, on charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

“Earlier today, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment on Rondell Henry, a Germantown resident for attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically ISIS,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert Hur said.

According to the indictment released on Wednesday, Henry “did knowingly attempt to provide material support and resources, including personnel (specifically himself) and services, to a foreign terrorist organization — mainly ISIS.”

Federal prosecutors say on March 26, Henry stole a U-Haul van in Virginia and drove to Dulles Airport. Security, however, was tight and the crowd was too small.

Read more: WJZ

While the Islamic State has lost much of its foothold in Iraq and Syria over the past few years of fighting, the militant group is still a global threat with up to $300 million in its coffers, U.N. counterterrorism officials warned Tuesday.

Senior officials warned the U.N. Security Council that the group -- also identified as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh -- has influence through a network of affiliates from West Africa to Southeast Asia.

"It capitalizes on its affiliates and inspired attacks and has an estimated residual wealth of up to $300 million at its disposal," said Vladimir Voronkov, undersecretary-general for the U.N. Office of Counter-Terrorism.

Read more: UPI

YouTube is experimenting with an algorithm change to reduce the spread of what it calls “borderline content” in the UK, after a similar trial in the US resulted in a substantial drop in views.

According to the video sharing site’s chief executive, Susan Wojcicki, the move is intended to give quality content “more of a chance to shine” and has the effect of reducing views from recommendations by 50%.

YouTube has long taken action against content that violates the site’s policies, removing infringing videos and issuing “strikes” against creators that can ultimately result in them being blocked from uploading new videos.

But only recently has the company moved against content that, in Wojcicki’s words, “brushes right up against our policy line”. This sort of content is the bedrock of the fear that YouTube is a driver of extremist views worldwide: the combination of borderline content and a recommendation algorithm that rewards the most engaging content can, critics argue, cause audiences to spiral towards more radical viewing.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)