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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Nov 20, 2020

On Wednesday two Pennsylvania residents pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support and resources to ISIS, according to U.S. officials.

Shahidul Gaffar, 40, and Nabila Khan, 35, provided and attempted to provide financial support to two of Khan’s brothers who traveled to Syria to join ISIS fighters.

The married couple, originally from Bangladesh, discussed the brothers’ travel plans in detail with each other, as well as with the brothers and other family members as early as September 2014.

Through 2015 the couple funded both brother’s travels to Syria to join the designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Read more: ABC 27 (Harrisburg)

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Counter Terrorism Policing South East detained the man, from Gloucestershire, earlier and he remains in custody.

Officers are searching three locations in the county and another in the West Mercia Police force area as part of their inquiry.

A spokesman said people may see officers in protective suits, but there is believed to be no wider threat to the public at this time.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of encouragement of terrorism contrary to section one of the Terrorism Act 2006; dissemination of terrorist publications contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006; and collection of information contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Read more: BBC News

Two churches in Brewster caught fire Sunday morning, although the cause and connection of the two are unclear.

A fire at New Testament Baptist Church left the building with extensive damage while another fire left Sacred Heart Catholic Church with minimal damage.

Both cases are currently under investigation, according to Brewster Police Department Chief of Police Marcos Ruiz. The fire at Sacred Heart Catholic Church has been ruled intentional by investigators, Ruiz said in a release, but the cause of the New Testament Baptist Church is not known at this time.

In a Facebook Live church service Sunday morning, Pastor Corey Higdon said he received a call from the church secretary around 5 a.m. telling him the building had caught on fire and had “extensive damage.”

Read more: The Spokesman-Review (Washington)

A Pakistani court on Thursday sentenced Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed by the United States and India for the 2008 Mumbai siege, to 10 years in prison on two charges of terrorism financing, his lawyer said.

The sentences for the two charges - five years each - will run concurrently.

Saeed is already in jail serving two sentences of five-and-a-half-years each, handed down to him in February this year, which means he will not serve any extra jail time.

Read more: Reuters

German prosecutors called Wednesday for a court to impose a life sentence on a 28-year-old right-wing extremist who attacked a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle last year, killing two people after he failed to gain entry to the building.

The attack on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, is considered one of the worst anti-Semitic assaults in Germany's post-war history.

The defendant, Stephan Balliet, has is alleged to have posted a screed against Jews before trying to shoot his way into the synagogue on Oct. 9, 2019, while broadcasting the attack live on a popular gaming site.

Read more: NBC News