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Date: Sep 10, 2019

The FBI is searching for a man who was previously sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for beating a man he believed to be Jewish outside a Cincinnati restaurant.

The FBI is looking for Izmir Ali Koch, 34, who was sentenced July 9 after he was convicted after a trial Dec. 17 of one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and one count of making a false statement to the FBI.

The charges stem from an incident Feb. 4, 2017, when Koch and his friends were heard yelling “I want to kill all of the Jews” and “I want to stab the Jews” outside a Cincinnati restaurant. Koch then yelled out, asking if anyone nearby was Jewish. After a man answered back that he was, Koch punched him in the head, according to documents.

Authorities said that when the victim fell to the ground, others joined Koch in hitting and kicking him. As a result, the man had rib contusions and a fracture, among other injuries. The victim was not in fact Jewish, but was with friends and family members who were.

After the incident, Koch, accompanied by his attorney, spoke voluntarily with the FBI. The Department of Justice also said Koch lied about his role in the assault, which the department said was religiously motivated.

According to the FBI, Koch was ordered to self-surrender at a prison in West Virginia on Aug. 16, but failed to do so. An indictment was filed for "failure to surrender for service of sentence as ordered by the court," the FBI said. 

A federal arrest warrant was also issued on Wednesday. The FBI said Koch should be considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that will lead to Koch's arrest.

Anyone with information about Koch's location is asked to call the FBI's Cincinnati Field Office at 513-421-4310.

Source: WLWT-NBC5 

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences. The boy from Rugby, Warwickshire, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. The charges, including collecting terrorism information, are allegedly linked to extreme right-wing activity.

The boy did not enter a plea during his appearance at Westminster Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody until 4 October at the Old Bailey. The teenager was arrested at his home on 3 September as part of a planned operation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

A 62-year-old man arrested at a separate address in Rugby remains on bail while inquiries continue. 

Source: BBC News

The U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes against an Islamic State "infested" island in Iraq on Tuesday in order to deny what had become a safe haven for the terror group, according to Operation Inherent Resolve. 

U.S. F-15 and F-35 aircraft dropped 80,000 pounds of munitions on Qanus Island, located in the Salah ad Din Province, north of Baghdad, to disrupt ISIS fighters' "ability to hide in the thick vegetation," the coalition said in a statement.

"Follow-on ground clearance operations are currently taking place by the 2nd Iraqi Special Operations Forces Battalion to destroy a major transit hub for [ISIS] members moving from Syria and the Jazeera desert into Mosul, Makhmour, and the Kirkuk region" of Iraq, the coalition said.

Read more: ABC News

Germany's Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) is widening its investigation into far-right extremists within the Bundeswehr, Germany's armed forces, German media reported on Tuesday, particularly focusing on the most elite unit in the military, the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK),which is based in the southwestern city of Calw.

The number of soldiers in the special forces unit believed to harbor fringe far-right sympathies is "extraordinarly high," security sources told Spiegel magazine.

According to the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland news organization, the problem is particularly bad among paratroopers and known to center around the Franz-Joseph-Strauss base in Altenstadt, Bavaria. The base became infamous in the 1990s when MAD discovered that soldiers there were celebrating Hitler's birthday and singing the anthem of the Nazi party.

Read more: Deutsche Welle