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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Dec 12, 2016

French police on Monday arrested 11 people suspected of helping to arm the Islamist radical who crushed 86 people to death with a truck in Nice, sources close to the investigation said.  Ten suspects, including one or more Albanians, were arrested in various parts of Nice and another was detained in the western city of Nantes, the sources said.

The arrests come five months after Tunisian extremist Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel ploughed a 19-tonne truck into a crowd on the Nice seafront, further traumatising a country reeling from a series of jihadist attacks.  The victims from 19 different countries were watching a fireworks display on the Bastille Day public holiday. Over 400 people were injured.

Read more: France24

The dress code imposed on the women of Mosul started soon after the Islamic State overran the city more than two years ago. It was carried out gradually, until every part of the female body was erased, starting with the face, then the rest of the body — including the hands, which had to be covered with gloves, as well as the feet, which had to be hidden by socks. It ended with an announcement blared over loudspeakers, telling women to wear a film of black cloth over their eyes.

Three days after seizing the city, the militants began going door to door to distribute the “Bill of the City,” laying out how they planned to govern, according to a study by a researcher, Rasha Al Aqeedi, a native of Mosul and now a fellow at the Al Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai.

Opposite the university, they opened the police unit’s headquarters, known as the Diwan al-Hisba. Its enforcement officers fanned out across the city, carrying books of numbered citations. Throughout areas controlled by the terror group in Iraq, as well as in Syria and Libya, the Islamic State’s hisba became a bureaucracy of virtue, its offices filling up with binders of receipts for the various violations it had issued. It prosecuted a list of offenses, fining and flogging men for incorrect beard length, for failure to pray at the sanctioned time, for possession of cigarettes and alcohol and for a long list of other perceived moral failings.

Read more: New York Times

Joanna Palani, a Danish-Kurdish women who fought against the terror group Isis in Iraq and Syria, may have to serve six months in prison for violating Denmark’s so-called ‘foreign fighter’ rules. 
She was jailed last week and has admitted to violating her ban by travelling to Qatar in June. 
Palani, 23, has fought alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, which are supported by Western nations including Denmark. However, she has also been associated with the Kurdish militia group YPG, which has ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is officially recognised as a terror organisation by the EU and the US.

Read more: The

Syrian opposition activists say the Islamic State group has detained dozens of people in and around Palmyra after capturing the ancient city from government forces.

A video released by the IS-linked Aamaq news agency showed the extremists holding three young men believed to be pro-government fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS fighters are on the verge of imposing a siege on a nearby army base known as T4.

Read more: AP

Mourners packed an Egyptian church on Monday for a funeral service for 24 people killed in the bombing of Cairo's main Coptic cathedral, while angry survivors accused authorities of security lapses. There was also anger at hospitals treating the wounded.

Five survivors at Dar al-Shefa hospital said police did not conduct the usual checks as the cathedral was particularly busy for Sunday's mass. "There were large numbers so people entered without being searched," said Mina Francis, who was in the cathedral with his mother who was killed in the blast.

At least 24 people died and 49 were wounded when a bomb exploded in a chapel adjoining St Mark's Cathedral, Cairo's largest church and seat of the pope. Security sources said at least six children were among the dead, with a bomb containing at least 12 kg (26 pounds) of TNT detonating on the side of the church used by women. 

Read more: Reuters