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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 22, 2016

The Department of State has designated Santoso as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).  

Indonesian citizen Santoso is the leader of the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT).  MIT, under Santoso’s leadership, has been responsible for numerous killings and kidnappings in Indonesia over the past few years. 

Read more: U.S. Department of State

The terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attacks in Brussels. It did so through online channels affiliated with the group, which is also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, or Daesh. A statement from the Amaq Agency, which distributes news about ISIS, says ISIS fighters carried out the bombings that targeted an airport and a metro station, killing dozens.

Read more: Business Insider

Kurdish militants killed five members of Turkish security forces in three separate bomb attacks on Tuesday near the Syrian and Iranian borders, the army and security sources said, in an intensification of conflict in southeast Turkey.

Read more: Reuters

The Maryland Transit Administration is "at a level of heightened awareness" at facilities in the area following attacks in Europe Tuesday morning.  MTA spokesman Paul Shepard said, "We have stepped up our awareness, but its important to note that there has been no threat, direct or indirect, to the U.S. We're remaining vigilant."

Read more: Baltimore Sun

Within hours of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, much of the world’s attention -- and scrutiny -- turned to the small western district of Brussels known as Molenbeek. 

Read more: ABC News