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The general leading the new U.S. military task force carrying out operations in Iraq and Syria said Thursday that in future he’ll be calling the Islamic State “Daesh” — a first in the Pentagon but one that brings him in line with much of the Arab world.  Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry used the word 25 times in a 30-minute news conference with reporters. He said partner nations in the Middle East have asked him not to use the Islamic State name or its related acronyms, ISIS and ISIL, out of concern that it legitimizes the militants’ aspiration to establish a caliphate, a sovereign Islamic sphere that would replace existing governments and borders.

In Arabic, Daesh is a loose acronym for one of the group’s names, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham). The name is hated by the militants. The Associated Press reported in September that several people in the Iraqi city of Mosul said fighters with the group had threatened to cut out their tongues if they used the Daesh name.

Read more:  Washington Post


Three men arrested in Montenegro have been charged in a New York court with conspiring to kill Americans and aid terrorists and have been labeled by prosecutors as international arms traffickers. The men were swept up in a sting operation. Their arrests were announced Wednesday. Prosecutors say Cristian Vintila, Massimo Romagnoli and Virgil Flaviu Georgescu conspired to sell large quantities of military-grade weaponry to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC.

The U.S. government says Vintila and Georgescu were arrested Monday in Podgorica, Montenegro. Romagnoli was arrested Tuesday. Authorities say the men were unaware they'd been dealing with Drug Enforcement Administration confidential sources. The men each could face life in prison if convicted. They're in custody in Montenegro and can't be reached for comment.

Source: AP

The hacking group behind the Sony cyber security attack has made its first physical threat.  In a message sent at around 9:30 a.m., the group -- calling itself Guardians of Peace -- issued a warning along with what appears to be files related to Sony Pictures CEO and Chairman Michael Lynton.  "We will clearly show it [our Christmas gift] to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to," the hackers wrote.  The hackers also invoked the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, urging people to keep themselves "distant from the places at that time."  "The world will be full of fear," they wrote. "Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY."

Read more:  Los Angeles Times

A 15-year-old boy, who reportedly had Facebook contact with the Montreal man who ran down a Canadian soldier in October, robbed a convenience store at knifepoint and allegedly planned to use the stolen money to leave the country and join in terrorist activities.
The Reuters news agency said the boy is the first minor to face such charges in Canada. The teenager, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, appeared in Quebec Court’s youth division in Montreal Wednesday.
The boy’s father reportedly became suspicious when his son came home last Oct. 11 without his backpack. He investigated and discovered the backpack, filled with cash, in the backyard.
According to the newspaper, the teenager told investigators it was sinful for a Muslim like him to live in a non-Muslim country, and he wanted money to travel to a country that used Islamic law.
Read more: National Post
Two Minnesota men face criminal charges in connection with terrorist activities by the Syrian group ISIS, according to a federal criminal complaint filed in Minneapolis.
The document charges Abdi Nur, 20, and Abdullah Yusuf, 18, with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Yusef is under arrest and has an appearance in federal court Tuesday. Nur remains at large, authorities said.
Read more: CNN