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Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after Brexit if the Government fails to secure access to Europol's intelligence sharing.  That is a claim made by the agency's UK director in an interview with Sky News.

Rob Wainwright warned that security threats in Europe had grown over the last year and it was more important than ever that police in different nations worked together to tackle terrorism and crime.

He said: "I have seen how threats of terrorism and organised crime have become more global and the need for greater international police cooperation is absolutely essential to keep us safe.  "Mechanisms such as Europol provide an important part of the way in which the law enforcement community in Britain and other countries around Europe can discharge those responsibilities."

Read more: Sky News

An Asda worker has been found guilty of trying to join a Islamist terrorist group in the Philippines.  Ryan Counsell, 28, a Muslim convert from Nottingham, had denied four charges, including having possession of an al-Qaeda bomb-making guide.  He planned to join Philippines-based terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, which is affiliated with so-called Islamic State (IS), Woolwich Crown Court heard.

He did not show any emotion as the jury returned its verdict.  The married father, who worked at the Hyson Green branch of Asda, claimed his interest in the Philippines was because he wanted to live "off grid".

Read more: BBC News

A man who plotted to blow up a Key West, Fla., beach with men he thought belonged to the Islamic State was convicted on federal charges.

Harlem Suarez, 25, was found guilty Tuesday of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and providing material support to the Islamic State.

The other men involved in the July 27, 2015 scheme worked for the FBI.

According to evidence introduced at trial, Suarez told an FBI informant that he wanted to make a "timer bomb." Suarez then purchased galvanized nails for that purpose. He intended to bury the device in a backpack at a public beach in Key West and then detonate it with a cellphone. But it failed to go off.

Read more: UPI

A counter-propaganda program aimed at thwarting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)’s recruiting over social media is plagued by incompetence, cronyism and skewed data, an AP investigation has found.

Known as “WebOps,” the program was launched several years ago by a small group of civilian contractors and military officers assigned to the information operations division at U.S. Central Command’s headquarters in Tampa.

But internal documents and interviews with more than a dozen people knowledgeable about WebOps suggest a program that appears aimed more at enriching contractors than thwarting terrorism. The people interviewed by the AP requested anonymity because they are prohibited from speaking publicly about WebOps due to the sensitive nature of the work and because they fear professional repercussions.

Read more: CBS News

A federal prosecutor on Wednesday urged jurors to convict an Arizona man who she said played a vital role in helping a New York college student travel to Syria, where he died fighting for Islamic State.  In her closing argument, Assistant U.S. Attorney Negar Tekeei told a federal jury in Manhattan that Mohammed El Gammal, 44, was a "steadfast and enthusiastic supporter" of Islamic State who in an online message had said he was "with the State."

Tekeei said the Egyptian-born Phoenix resident shared his support in encrypted messages with Samy Mohammed El-Goarany, a 24-year-old student at Baruch College in Manhattan, who like El Gammal had become "obsessed" with Islamic State.  She said El Gammal, settled in his American life, decided to guide the student toward his goal, traveling to New York in October 2014 to vet El-Goarany before putting him in touch with a friend in Istanbul who helped him get to Syria.

Read more: Reuters