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The terrorist attack in New York last week hit close to home. My 11-year-old grandson sometimes rides the bike I gave him on that very bike path. You can see why I became glued to the TV.

Following the initial wave of feeling -- of relief upon hearing my grandson was safe, of anguish for the victims and their families -- my binge on the TV coverage got me thinking. This is just what they want me to be doing: Dwelling on the damage a single terrorist can do -- becoming terrorized. And TV is the perfect means to that end.

A little research showed that mine was hardly an original thought. In May 2016, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs published a paper by journalist Javier Delgado Rivera titled "The Symbiotic Relationship Between Western Media and Terrorism." Rivera writes, "Mass media and terrorism have become ever more intertwined in a mutually beneficial relationship often described as 'symbiotic.'" He then goes on to "(outline) the need for news organizations to balance the public's right to know against the ability of militants to exploit news coverage to promote their beliefs."

Read more: Forbes

A project looking at links between mental health and terrorism in three English cities has been expanded nationwide after it found a significant number of people referred to counter-radicalization programs suffer some form of mental illness.

Studies have suggested the prevalence of mental health issues among militants working together on major strikes is very low but a string of killings by so-called lone wolves has fueled concerns mental illness could be a factor behind some attacks.

Authorities say some of those involved in four attacks in Britain this year blamed on Islamist militants appeared to people who had self-radicalized via the internet and whose mental state had been questioned.

Read more: Reuters

An Indian citizen who admitted he tried to hire a hitman to kill the federal judge presiding over his case for supporting terrorism was sentenced Monday to 27½ years in prison.

Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 39, also was ordered deported to India after he serves his prison sentence. He was banned from ever re-entering the United States.

Mohammad pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court July 10 to conspiracy to provide and conceal material support or resources to terrorists for raising and delivering $22,000 to Yemen in 2009 for Anwar al-Awlaki.

He also pleaded guilty to solicitation to commit a crime of violence for a 2016 plot to kill U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary.

Chief Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. of the Southern District of Ohio imposed the sentence, which was recommended as part of a plea agreement.

Read more: Toledo Blade

Two gunmen fired a round of shots at the headquarters of Greece’s socialist Pasok party in central Athens on Monday, causing no injuries but slightly damaging a nearby clothing store, police said.

The shots were fired about an hour before a televised debate among candidates to lead the broader socialist alliance.

“There were about 30 people inside the party’s headquarters when at least four shots were fired. Two men were seen leaving the scene on a motorbike,” a police official said.

A police officer on duty had seen an assailant pointing a gun at him but managed to take cover, the official said, suggesting the gunmen were not targeting the party but the police outside.\

Read more: Reuters

The man accused of using a truck to plow down pedestrians and cyclists on a New York bike path and killing eight people was so devoted to ISIS that he wanted to display the terror group's flag in his hospital room, documents show.

Details that emerged at Sayfullo Saipov's initial court appearance Wednesday paint a picture of a man who reportedly had planned even more carnage after the deadly attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.
The 29-year-old Uzbek native had planned to continue striking pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday, he told investigators, according to a criminal complaint.

Read more: CNN