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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Dec 13, 2016

The king of a region in Uganda has been charged with terrorism at a hearing in the east of the country before a courtroom packed with royal supporters.  Charles Mumbere was arrested last month after a government raid on his palace in which more than 80 people died.

It is not clear whether the terrorism charges relate to the recent clashes or to existing charges he faced over the murder of a police officer in March.  The king denies any involvement in the violence.

Read more: BBC News

Police have arrested six people in Britain on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism.  The North East counter terror unit led the morning raids Monday on six properties in London, Derby and Burton.

Four men from Derby aged 22, 27, 35 and 36 were arrested on suspicion of engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism as were a 27-year-old man from Burton-upon-Trent and a 32-year-old woman from London.

Source: Fox News

ISIS savages have blown up a prisoner using a bomb and butchered 11 more civilians accused of being spies in a gruesome new execution video from Egypt.

Footage shows an extremist strapping explosives to a man dressed in an orange jump suit in the Sinai peninsula. The fanatic, wearing military clothes, walks away before the prisoner - accused of being an Egyptian Army 'informant' -  is blown to pieces in a massive bomb blast.

Video of the sickening execution emerged in a film released by ISIS called 'The Necks Cutting'. It also included shocking footage of prisoners being beheaded and being shot in the head.

ISIS has had a presence in the region since November 2014 when Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis pledged allegiance to the terror group.

Read more: Dailymail

A series of assassinations has taken place in Turkey of men from the countries of the former USSR. There's evidence that some were carried out by killers from Russia, writes Murad Batal - including, in one case, names, photographs and a memory stick carelessly left behind for Turkish police to study.

Few of the killings in Turkey have been satisfactorily solved, but leaked Turkish police documents obtained by the BBC show that one triple assassination in September 2011 left many clues. The victims were Chechen militants accused of the bloody bombing of Moscow's Domodedovo airport earlier that year - an attack in which 37 people died and 170 were injured. All three died on the spot in the Istanbul district of Zeytinburnu. 

Since the 1990s there has been "an interpenetration of organised crime and the security services," according to Prof Mark Galeotti. "We have cases of hitmen being trained by spetsnaz special forces," he says. "We have cases of gangs being set up - criminal gangs being set up by former state security, KGB and then FSB, officers."

It's not only Chechens who have been gunned down in Turkey.

Read more: BBC News

There are reports that pro-Syrian regime forces have been entering homes in the last remaining rebel strongholds in eastern Aleppo and killing civilians on the spot, the UN has said.

The UN’s human rights office said it had received reports that 82 civilians had been killed across four different neighbourhoods. “The reports we had are of people being shot in the street trying to flee and shot in their homes,” Rupert Colville, a UN spokesman, said. “There could be many more.”

Unverified reports of extrajudicial killings by forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, as well as mass detentions and arrests, have surfaced in recent days. In one image circulated by a pro-government parliamentarian, dozens of Syrian men and boys from east Aleppo stand in a detention camp in front of Syrian army soldiers.

Read more: The Guardian