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A federal trial is underway this week for an Uzbek refugee charged with supporting a terrorist organization.  Fazliddin Kurbanov, a Russian-speaking truck driver who fled Uzbekistan in 2009, was arrested in 2013 by federal authorities who said he was teaching people to build bombs to target public transportation and other targets.  Prosecutors say Kurbanov traveled the West assisting a militant group in his native Uzbekistan, a Central Asian country that has a southern border with Afghanistan. The 32-year-old, who lives in Boise, has pleaded not guilty to the five terrorism-related charges.

Jury selection was expected to take all day Monday at the federal courthouse in Boise as attorneys continued to winnow a pool of 92 potential jurors.  Prosecutors have charged Kurbanov with committing felonies in Idaho and Utah, saying he conspired with others to provide resources, including computer software and money, to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The U.S. has identified the IMU as a terrorist organization.

Kurbanov has denied all of the allegations. In a trial brief filed by the defense late last month, his attorneys wrote, "Mr. Kurbanov never agreed or attempted to provide material support to the IMU or to terrorists as alleged (by providing personnel, money or software); nor did he possess an unregistered destructive device."

Read more: ABC News

A spate of mail bombs targeting Winnipeg law offices and businesses, along with additional reports of suspicious packages, have raised fear levels among Canada Post employees.  At least four suspicious packages were reported on Monday alone, including one at Winnipeg city hall and two on Canada Post depots (Wellington Avenue and McDermot Avenue). Those reports, as well as another on Donald Street, turned out to be false alarms.

The wave of suspicious packages comes after one exploded inside a law office on River Avenue on Friday, seriously injuring family lawyer Maria Matousis.  "Folks are scared. This is very close to home, you know. It is packages that definitely were handled by our members," Todd Jarema, a prairie region officer with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, told CBC News.  "Obviously, people are unsure as to, you know, 'Is this package that I've got in my hand, is this a bomb too?'"  Guido Amsel, 49, faces numerous charges, including attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Read more: CBC News

FBI agents have arrested another New Jersey man who is accused of plotting to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  Authorities on Monday charged 23-year-old Alaa Saadeh, of West New York, of conspiring to provide material support to ISIS and witness tampering. They say he tried to persuade a witness to lie to the FBI.

Saadeh was scheduled to appear in front of a judge Monday afternoon. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.  The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force have been investigating several people in New York and New Jersey. Samuel Rahamin Topaz, of Fort Lee, was charged earlier this month with conspiring to join the terror group.

A Rutherford man who authorities say traveled to the Middle East in May to join the Islamic State was arrested in Jordan. The criminal complaint alleges that Saadeh - along with Topaz and a man that matched the description of New York City college student Munther Omar Saleh - discussed plans to travel overseas to join ISIS, even after Saadeh's brother had been arrested in Jordan on suspicion of joining the terror group.

Read more: CBS News

The Islamic State terror group (ISIS) has laid land mines and other explosive devices around the captured ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, a monitoring group has claimed.  The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Sky News that the explosives were laid at the ruins on Saturday.  The central Syrian ancient site was overrun by ISIS fighters last month, raising fears that the militants would attempt to destroy the city. The extremist group has previously razed heritage sites and smashed ancient artifacts in museums across Iraq and Syria.

However, Rami Abdel Rahman, the Observatory's director, told Sky News: "It is not known if the purpose is to blow up the ruins or to prevent regime forces from advancing into the town."

Read more:  Fox News

A North Carolina man has been charged with an alleged plot to buy a semiautomatic rifle which he planned to use to kill Americans to show his support for the Islamic State militant group, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday.  Justin Nojan Sullivan, 19, of Morganton, North Carolina, who was arrested Friday, is due to appear in federal court in Charlotte at noon (1600 GMT), said a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina.

Sullivan is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to Islamic State and two counts of weapons charges.  According to the complaint, Sullivan, who described himself as a Muslim convert, was tracked by the FBI after his father called the police in late April to report his son was trying to burn Buddhist religious objects in their home in an apparent Islamic-State inspired tirade and the family were scared to leave the house.

This month, Sullivan plotted with an undercover FBI agent to buy a semi-automatic rifle at a gun show, telling the agent "the war is here," according to the complaint.

Read more:  Reuters