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A man already awaiting trial on charges of conspiring to aid the late US-born Al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki and an Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen was indicted on Wednesday over accusations he plotted to have the federal judge presiding over the case murdered.

Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 37, was accused in the three-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Toledo, Ohio, with attempting to pay an undercover FBI agent $15,000 to have the judge killed.

“Conspiring to have a judge killed is not the way to avoid being prosecuted - now Mohammad will be held accountable for additional serious federal charges,” Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Cleveland, said in a written statement released with the indictment.

Prosecutors say Mohammad was introduced to the undercover agent by another prisoner at the Lucas County Corrections Center in Toledo after telling that inmate that he was willing to hire someone to kill US District Judge Jack Zouhary.

Read more: Al-Arabiya

A former member of the Army National Guard living in Sterling, Va., is accused of trying to plan an domestic terror attack on behalf of the Islamic State.

Mohamad Bailor Jalloh was arrested Sunday and charged with attempting to provide material support to the terrorist organization, according to papers filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Jalloh, a native of Sierra Leone, is a U.S. citizen. He quit the National Guard after listening to the lectures of deceased radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, according to court documents, and became involved in planning a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Read more: Washington Post

A police captain's son accused of plotting an attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group was indicted Thursday on terrorism charges.

A federal grand jury indicted Alexander Ciccolo on one count each of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction. Those charges were added to a pending indictment charging Ciccolo with being a convicted person in possession of firearms and stabbing a nurse with a pen during a jail intake process.

Ciccolo was arrested last July in a plot to detonate homemade bombs similar to the pressure cooker bombs used in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon attack. Twin bombs placed near the marathon finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

Ciccolo's lawyer, David Hoose, declined to comment on the new charges Thursday.

Read more: ABC News

There has been a sharp rise in far-Right violence in Germany, the country’s domestic intelligence service warned on Tuesday in its annual report.  There was also a similar rise in violent crimes committed by the far-Left, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution said.

“Extremist groups, whatever their orientation, are gaining ground in Germany,” Thomas de Maiziere, the interior minister, said.  "Security forces observed not just a rise in membership but also an increase in violence and brutality.”

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)

An Uzbek refugee sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted in a plan to kill military personnel or civilians in Idaho has dropped an appeal of his conviction and sentence in exchange for dismissal of bomb-making charges in Utah, a newspaper reported.

The deal also includes prosecutors in Idaho dropping their appeal that the sentence for 33-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov wasn't long enough, the Idaho Statesman reported ( Thursday.

A federal court judge in Boise sentenced Kurbanov in January following his August conviction on charges of conspiracy, attempting to support a terrorist organization and possession of bomb-making components.

A Utah grand jury in May 2013 indicted Kurbanov on charges of providing instruction on the construction and use of an improvised explosive device. Kurbanov could have faced an additional 20 years in prison if convicted of that count.

Read more: ABC News