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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Sep 27, 2019

The threat of ISIS fighters breaking out of the massive prison camps where they're being held in Syria and Iraq is growing, according to a new report and a senior U.S. official.

While President Donald Trump has also warned of the urgency, he took the issue a step further in recent days and threatened to free ISIS fighters at Europe's borders if countries don't repatriate them.

U.S. ambassador-at-large for counterterrorism Nathan Sales rang those alarm bells Tuesday, but wouldn't say whether the U.S. was actively planning to carry out Trump's threat.

Read more: ABC News

The U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting a domestic terrorist attack will be prosecuted on all four federal counts against him after a failed bid by his attorneys to have some of the charges tossed.

The public defenders for Lt. Christopher Hasson had asked a federal judge to drop two charges of unlawful possession of firearm silencers, saying the counts violate his Second Amendment rights. They also had asked the judge to drop a drug count, arguing that the offense prosecutors have charged him with is vague.

U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel denied the request to dismiss the charges Friday, almost two weeks after hearing arguments on the defense request.

Read more: Washington Post

A Nazi-obsessed Buckinghamshire teenager who said it was his dream to plan a terror attack and vowed to fill London's streets with blood has been jailed.

Jacek Tchorzewski built up a cache of terrorist manuals and guides for homemade firearms, and had an interest in Satanism and occult practices.

The 18-year-old, of High Wycombe, was caught with a range of documents for planning an attack when his electronics were seized on February 20 this year.

Sentencing him to four years behind bars on Friday Judge Anuja Dhir QC said: "They (prosecutors) say that the examination of your devices revealed that you are a deeply entrenched neo-Nazi with an interest in Satanism and occult practices."

The dark-haired, lightly-bearded and bespectacled defendant stood in the dock wearing a shirt and tie as he was jailed.

Read more: Birmingham Mail

A terror attack planned by two brothers was aborted inside a packed Sydney Airport, sparing the lives of hundreds, and it was all captured on video.

CCTV released by authorities today showed Mahmoud and Khaled Khayat entering the airport terminal in 2017 with a bomb in-hand, concealed in a luggage bag.

Separate juries have since found the two brothers guilty of plotting to kill hundreds of travellers with the bomb on an Etihad flight destined for overseas.

Read more: 9News (Australia)