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A New Zealand man who claimed he was travelling to Syria so all his sins would be wiped away has been jailed for his failed bid at martyrdom.

Amin Mohamed, 26, had been having coded conversations with Sydney man Hamdi Al-Qudsi, who sent two aspiring jihadists to their deaths in the months before customs officials stopped him leaving Australia.

The Victoria-based man used codewords to discuss martyrdom, “the frontline” and a “big job” involving “1,500 brothers”, whom he described as “doctors”, with Al-Qudsi, who he called “the coach”.

Read more: The Guardian

Holed up in an Orlando nightclub and surrounded by police, Omar Mateen told a hostage negotiator that he was angry about the death of a top Islamic State operative, according to recently released transcripts of their phone conversations during Mateen’s massacre earlier this year.

The new details of the conversations, released by Orlando Police last week, show Mateen had more than a passing interest in Islamic State, counterterrorism experts said.  He specifically singled out the death of Abu Wahib, one of the more visible leaders of the terror group, as one of the main motivations for his attack. 

Abu Wahib was killed in an airstrike in Iraq just weeks before Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in June in an attack that killed 49 people and wounded 53. Mateen died in a shootout with police.

Read more: FOX News

A Texas boat repairman has been arrested and charged by federal authorities for attempting to purchase dynamite, grenades and wireless transmitters with an intent to burn someone’s vehicle and apartment “to the ground.”

Federal authorities launched an undercover operation last month to monitor 50-year-old Cary Lee Ogborn, who they believed accessed an underground marketplace for illegal goods and tried to “transport explosives for the purpose of injury or destruction of property,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.

Ogborn, who had his initial court appearance on Monday, is due back Wednesday for his probable cause and detention hearing, according to news reports.

Read more: Washington Post

The US has charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey, in court documents that shed more light on his alleged motivations.  The federal charges include use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing and use of a destructive device.  The 28-year-old allegedly bought bomb-making equipment on eBay and was filmed by a relative lighting "incendiary material" in a bin.

Unsealed on Tuesday in a Manhattan federal court, the document says an unnamed Briton was among the casualties.  The victims included a woman who "had to have multiple ball bearings removed from her body, as well as metal fragmentation from her ear and wood shards from her neck". 

The FBI said Mr Rahami was also found with a notebook containing such writings as, "my heart I pray to the beautiful wise ALLAH. To not take jihad away from."

Read more: BBC News

The capture of bombings suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami alive gives investigators a rare opportunity to try to establish his motivations and affiliations -- if they can get him to talk.  Law enforcement officials launched a manhunt for Rahami after identifying him through a fingerprint, and he was taken into custody Monday after a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.

But questions remain about the events leading up to Saturday's bombings in New York and Seaside Park, New Jersey, and the discovery of pipe bombs Sunday night in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  Did Rahami act alone?

Read more: CNN