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A Tucson man accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a motor vehicle office in metro Phoenix has agreed to a plea deal and is facing at least seven years in an Arizona prison, authorities said Monday.  Mahin Khan pleaded guilty to terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and conspiracy to commit misconduct involving weapons, Maricopa County Superior Court officials said.  Khan, 18, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 4.

Under a plea deal with the Arizona Attorney General's Office, Khan reportedly will serve a prison term of no less than five years and no more than 10 years and three months on the conspiracy to commit terrorism charge.

Read more: Fox News

He chased one store clerk into an electronics store, swiping at his head with a pair of steak knives, and then plunging one into his back before the man was able to scramble to his feet and run. He came within inches of stabbing another store clerk, who pulled a metal shutter closed just in time. He lunged repeatedly at an off-duty police officer who had chased him, near the end, into a Macy’s store. And then, even after he was shot, he got to his feet and lunged a second time.

The FBI and Minnesota law enforcement officials for the first time on Thursday released surveillance video footage that show the mall attack by Dahir Adan, a 20-year-old from St. Cloud, Minn., on Sept. 18.

Read more: Washington Post

A former Islamic extremist charted how he was reformed yesterday, and threw cold water on two popular ideas to counter the radicalization of Westerners — enlisting therapists and moderate imams.  Jesse Morton, who grew up in an abusive home in Pennsylvania and in 2008 changed his name to Younus Abdullah Muhammad and co-founded the website Revolution Muslim, said once someone has been radicalized, it’s impossible to get to underlying psychological problems without first intellectually countering his belief system.

“It doesn’t matter what’s in the background — you know, if someone has mental health issues or something like this. They’ve committed themselves to an ideology,” Morton said, speaking at the National Security Conference at MIT.  “If somebody knows how to establish a rapport first and then dissect the ideology, only then will you be able to say, ‘Oh, maybe you should go see a mental health therapist,’” Morton said.

Read more: Boston Herald

A Hyattsville man has been charged with allegedly attempting to give material support and resources to the Islamic State in a plot to kill a U.S. military member.

Twenty-four-year-old Nelash Mohamed Das faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, according to a release from the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs.

The release states Das used social media from 2015 to 2016 to show his support for ISIS, including support the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, California.

Officials say in Oct. 2015, Das tweeted the name of a person and where they lived claiming that individual wanted to "kill Muslims." Das posted the person's information in an attempt to encourage violence against the individual, who had plans to be a member of the U.S. military, according to an affidavit.

Read more: WJLA

An imam who once ministered to Maryland prison inmates has been investigated by the FBI in connection with an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot in Detroit, according to court documents.

Agents obtained a search warrant for Suleiman Bengharsa's Facebook account in November after telling a judge that agents suspected the imam had helped a man named Sebastian Gregerson to amass an arsenal of weapons.

"There is reason to believe that Bengharsa and Gregerson are engaged in discussions and preparations for some violent act on behalf of ISIL," an FBI agent wrote in court documents, using the government's preferred acronym for the Islamic State.

Read more: Baltimore Sun