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Date: Dec 22, 2016

A Virginia man has been charged with attempting to help the Islamic State group buy weapons and ammunition.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for eastern Virginia said in a statement Thursday that 26-year-old Lionel Nelson Williams of Suffolk was arrested Wednesday.  Charging documents state Williams sent money to someone working with the FBI whom he believed was collecting money for the group and also expressed his support for the organization on Facebook.

The statement said Williams ordered an AK-47 assault rifle from an online gun dealer a day after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California, in 2015. It also said an AK-47 and a handgun were recovered from his home.  U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Joshua Stueve said Williams lacked an attorney at his initial court appearance Thursday.

Read more: ABC News

At least 23 people have been killed in a triple car bomb attack by Islamic State militants in an eastern area of Mosul retaken by Iraqi forces.

Fifteen civilians were among those killed by the blasts at a market in Kukjali, according to Iraq's military.

Iraqi warplanes bombed jihadist positions in the city in retaliation.

Earlier, the UN said mortar fire had killed four Iraqi aid workers and seven civilians, as the government's offensive entered its third month.

Lise Grande, the UN's humanitarian co-ordinator for Iraq, did not assign blame for the two incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday in eastern Mosul, but said the civilians had been queuing for emergency assistance when the mortars landed.

"People waiting for aid are already vulnerable and need help. They should be protected, not attacked," she stressed.

"All parties to the conflict - all parties - have an obligation to uphold international humanitarian law and ensure that civilians survive and receive the assistance they need."

In Thursday's attack, three car bombs blew up at an outdoor market in Kukjali, which was recaptured by special forces units at the start of November.

Read more:  BBC News

Europe's most wanted man — the Tunisian national who is the prime suspect in Berlin's truck attack on a Christmas market — was identified as a potential threat by German security services long before the deadly assault.

The revelation came as authorities across Europe scrambled Thursday to trace Anis Amri, 24, in connection with the attack that killed 12 and injured 49. The fact that he was known and watched puts German authorities under pressure for failing to stop the country's first major terrorist attack since Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed more than a million asylum seekers to come to Germany.

Amri was under surveillance for six months because authorities feared he had become radicalized and may haven been planning an attack. He was due to be deported after his asylum application was rejected but a delay in paperwork from Tunisia enabled him to evade detention, according to Ralf Jäger, the interior minister for North Rhine-Westphalia, the region where Amri lived for a time.

Read more:  USA Today

Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan have attacked the Kabul home of a member of parliament, killing eight people.

Six others were wounded, including the MP, Mir Wali, and his wife, police say. Two of their grandchildren were among the dead.

Security forces killed the three gunmen and freed 18 hostages after a 10-hour siege early on Thursday.

The Taliban said they carried out the attack. Security in Kabul has sharply deteriorated throughout 2016.

Police say the attackers stormed the compound of the MP for Helmand, armed with guns and hand grenades.

The assault began on Wednesday evening, with at least one of the attackers reported by Tolo News to have detonated explosives inside.

Read more:  BBC News

A Wednesday morning medical call about an unresponsive elderly man in New Port Richey has evolved into a full-blown investigation that includes the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to Sheriff Chris Nocco.

The series of events that kicked off the investigation began to unfold around 6:20 a.m. Dec. 21 when Pasco County Fire Rescue was called out to a home in the 11900 block of Carissa Lane. Paramedics transported the elderly man to a local hospital while his son, Sherif Elganainy, 21, rode along, Nocco said. Shortly after her husband and son left with paramedics, Nocco said Sherif's mother called a relative and said she didn't want to be near her son. She also indicated there was a "weird smell" in her home and suspicious materials in her son's room, Nocco added.

The relative, who hasn't been identified, called the sheriff's office and asked for a welfare check to be performed on the mother. Deputies arrived at the the home around 8 a.m. Around that time, Sherif Elganainy also returned home.

After Sherif saw the deputies, "a very violent fight" broke out, Nocco said. Sherif Elganainy is accused of attacking two deputies, trying to un-holster one of their guns, breaking a deputy's hand and causing head injuries to another. As the fight was going on, other deputies arrived at the home and managed to subdue Elganainy, who required medical attention following the fight, Nocco said.

Read more:  Patch