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A terror-related arrest was made in Central Indiana on the same day as President Obama's visit to Indianapolis.  The FBI said the two are not connected. The arrest happened on Ronald Reagan Parkway in Plainfield near the airport Feb. 6.  Marion County jail records identify the man as Nihad Rosic. He was taken to the Marion County Jail and then released to U.S. Marshals

Five others were arrested throughout the Midwest, with the bulk of the arrests in Saint Louis. All six are Bosnian nationals and were taken into custody by the FBI and charged with terrorist-related crimes.  In addition to Rosic, the suspects are Armin Harcevic, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, Sedina Unkic Hodzic, and all of Saint Louis; Mediha Medy Salkicevic of Schiller Park, Illinois; and Jasminka Ramic of Rockford, Illinois.

The federal indictment names two of the six as point people for funneling money, guns and military equipment to ISIS fighters in the Middle East.  The document says that around July 20, 2014, Rosic attempted to board a Norwegian Airlines flight at J.F.K. International Airport intending to travel to Syria to join Abdullah Ramo Pazara and others who were fighting in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere.

Read more: Greensburg Daily News

Screeds seized at the 2011 raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed outlined plans to unleash terror attacks in the U.S. heartland -- with hopes of pressuring "300 million Americans" to demand an end to what al Qaeda called the "unjust wars" against the Muslim world.  "Striking America at home is of the highest and top importance and is the main way to reach what we want," one letter said. "The impact on Americans from a strike inside America cannot be compared with hitting them outside the country."

In a Brooklyn, New York, courtroom, a federal jury this week was the first to hear the contents of the letter and other documents seized during the bin Laden raid in Pakistan.  The documents were read at the terrorism trial of a man named Abid Naseer, 28, who was arrested in 2009 in Manchester, England, where he had been living on a student visa. They were penned by senior al Qaeda operatives, according to prosecutors.

Read more:  CNN

The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously an apparent threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against prominent shopping sites in the West including the Mall of America in Minnesota and urged people there to be careful.  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video attributed to al Shabaab appearing to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London's Oxford Street and sites in Paris.

"This latest statement from al Shabaab reflects the new phase we’ve evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks," Johnson told the CNN program "State of the Union," using an acronym for the militant group Islamic State.  Asked about the threat to Mall of America, which is one of the world's largest shopping areas, Johnson said: "Anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we've got to take that seriously." He advised people going to the Mall of America to be particularly careful.

Some U.S., European and Canadian officials expressed skepticism about the credibility of the threat made in the video.

Read more:  Reuters

New York City Police Department and other law enforcement personnel responded to a threat from ISIS after someone re-released a September 2014 message that tells followers to "rise up and kill intelligence officers, police officers, soldiers, and civilians."

The threat specifically named the United States, France, Australia and Canada as targets. 

Read more: CNN

A day after terror struck Paris, Europe’s resurgent far-right and anti-immigrant parties trumpeted a unified message: I told you so.  Populist movements warning of the “Islamization” of Europe have been gaining ground across the continent, in small countries like Denmark and large ones like Britain, Germany and France. The attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo could win more supporters to their cause.

Fears of precisely the kind of commando-style attack that struck the newspaper on Wednesday, killing 12 people, have risen sharply in recent months as home-grown fighters return from Syria and Iraq. Such warnings have been aired across the political spectrum, but it’s the anti-immigrant parties that have reaped the biggest benefits.  Now the surreal scenes of carnage on a quiet Parisian street — with cartoonists as victims — are likely to feed into the arguments of rightwing forces that have been the loudest in declaring Islam to be incompatible with Western values. There are concerns that more mainstream Europeans will be pulled into their orbit, and that mainstream parties will be tempted to parrot the hardline rhetoric.

Read more: Washington Post