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Date: Dec 5, 2016

Russia's FSB security service says it has killed a leader of the Islamic State (IS) militant group during a raid in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Daghestan.  In a statement issued on December 4, the FSB said it had killed Rustam Aselderov and "four of his close associates" during a raid on a private house near Daghestan’s capital city of Makhachkala.

The statement said authorities found "automatic weapons and a large amount of ammunition and explosives" at the house during the December 3 raid.  Aselderov, who used the name Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Qadari, was named by the IS as the so-called "emir" of what the militants have declared as a new Caucasus province.

Read more: Radio Free Europe

A man in his 30s has been detained in Sweden accused of terror offences through aggravated arson in relation to a fire at a community centre in Malmö. The arrest is to do with a fire in Malmö on October 11th that was claimed by terror group Isis, but managed little more than to cause smoke damage to the building targeted and led to no injuries.

On the early hours of October 11th, two Molotov cocktails were thrown into the Malmö building which is used by Iraqi cultural association Aldorr.

The incident provoked little media attention both in Sweden and abroad, but in the immediate aftermath, Isis magazine al-Naba claimed the fire was started by “a warrior from the caliphate”, and that the centre was used by “infidels”, which in the context of their article was believed to mean Shia Muslims.

Read more: The Local Sweden

Police say a man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant Sunday.

Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Aquita (ah-KWEE'-tah) Brown says police got a call Sunday afternoon about a male with a weapon on Connecticut Avenue, in an affluent neighborhood of the nation's capital.

The Washington Post reports 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, walked into the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a gun in the direction of a restaurant employee. The employee was able to flee and notify police.

According to a police statement, Welch told police he'd come to the restaurant to "self-investigate" a fictitious conspiracy theory that spread online during Clinton's run for the White House.

News source: AP

An Afghan official says at least four civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Paktika province. Abdul Raouf Massoud, the deputy provincial police chief, says two women and two children, all from a single family, died in the attack on Monday morning.

Massoud says that another civilian was wounded in the blast, which took place in the district of Khoshamand. The family was en route to attend a memorial for a relative who died the previous day.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast in Paktika, but Taliban insurgents often use roadside bombs to target convoys of Afghan security forces across the country. Civilians are often victims of such roadside explosions.

News source: ABC News

Nearly half of Americans in a global survey said they believed an enemy fighter could be tortured to extract information, according to results released Monday. That finding puts respondents in the United States in contrast with citizens of many countries and at odds with international law, which prohibits torture under any circumstances.

The results were part of a poll carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which surveyed 17,000 people in 16 countries, including many nations in conflict or recovering from conflict, to gauge public opinion about the laws of war.

The findings on torture were among the starkest. Among Americans, 46 percent said torture could be used to obtain information from an enemy combatant, while 30 percent disagreed and the rest said they did not know. On a more general question, one in three said torture was “part of war,” just over half called it “wrong,” and the rest said they did not know or preferred not to answer.

Torture is a war crime, according to international law. The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said recently that she had reasonable grounds to open an investigation into allegations of torture by American forces in Afghanistan.

Read more:  New York Times