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Germany's interior minister on Thursday proposed stripping dual nationals who fight for extremist groups abroad of their German citizenship, and said he wants to make it easier to deport foreigners deemed to be dangerous.

In addition, Germany will consider joining other countries in screening the public social media profiles of people being admitted to the country under humanitarian resettlement programs. And de Maiziere wants to strengthen German authorities' ability to probe the darknet, an area of cyberspace invisible on the open internet.

Read more: ABC News

Nicholas Young, 36, of Fairfax, who is employed as a police officer with the Metro Transit Police Department, was arrested today on charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.  Young will have his initial appearance here at 2 p.m. today in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa C. Buchanan.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Young has been employed as a police officer with the Metro Transit Police Department since 2003.  Law enforcement first interviewed Young in September 2010 in connection with his acquaintance, Zachary Chesser, who one month later pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists.  Over the next several years Young had numerous interactions with undercover law enforcement officers and a cooperating witness regarding Young’s knowledge or interest of terrorist related activity, many of which were recorded. 

Read more: DOJ

The U.S. Central Command says the military has conducted two counterterrorism airstrikes targeting al-Qaida's branch in southern Yemen this month, killing seven militants.

CENTCOM says in a statement Tuesday that six al-Qaida operatives were killed in an airstrike on July 16. An earlier airstrike on July 8 killed one al-Qaida operative. 

Read more: AP

Today, at the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord, the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Sirte, Libya, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a news release.

The airstrikes were in support of GNA-affiliated forces seeking to defeat ISIL in its primary stronghold in Libya, Cook said. The strikes, Cook said, “are consistent with our approach to combating ISIL by working with capable and motivated local forces.

Read more: DoD News

France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country.  The artillery weapons "will be in place next month," he told reporters after a meeting of the defence council.

News source: France 24