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Date: Jul 14, 2020

A divided Supreme Court early Tuesday cleared the way for resumption of federal executions for the first time in 17 years, following an all night legal battle that left one inmate's fate uncertain for hours.

The 5-4 decision broke through a pause granted by U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C., supporting a district court ruling issued just hours before Daniel Lewis Lee was set to die by lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Until the Supreme Court acted, the appeals court had denied the government's request to lift the stay ordered by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who concluded that four inmates, including Lee, had not exhausted their challenges to the government's execution protocol which they claimed risked inflicting "severe pain."

Read more: USA Today

Police detained two Algerian citizens in an anti-terrorism operation in Spain's second largest city Barcelona on Tuesday morning, the regional Catalan police force said.
The two Algerians were preparing a terror attack, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported, quoting unidentified sources close to the investigation. Regional police declined to comment on this.

In May, police had arrested a Moroccan man in Barcelona with suspected links to Islamic State who they believed was planning a militant attack.

Read more: Jerusalem Post

Taliban fighters clashed with security forces following a car bomb blast at a government compound in northern Afghanistan, killing 11 people and wounding dozens more, officials have said.

The attack claimed by the Taliban group on Monday took place at a government facility in Samangan province's capital Aybak, close to an office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the main intelligence agency.

"It's a complex attack that started with a car bomb," Mohammad Sediq Azizi, a spokesman for the provincial government, said.

Read more: Al Jazeera

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with support from the US-led Coalition, carried out several security operations against the so-called Islamic State in the northern Syrian Deir al-Zor and Hasakah provinces this week.

The SDF’s Coordination and Military Operations Centre on Wednesday announced on Twitter that they carried out a new operation against Islamic State fighters in Hasakah city.

“After security monitoring and follow-up, and as part of a new operation targeting ISIS cells, our special units with the participation of the international coalition forces are arresting a member of an ISIS cell in Hasaka city and transferring him for investigation.”

Read more: Homeland Security Today

During a webinar July 9, START released a new Global Terrorism Overview that highlights trends in worldwide terrorism in 2019. In 2019, there were nearly 8,500 terrorist attacks around the world, which killed more than 20,300 people, including 5,460 perpetrators and 14,840 victims. 2019 was the fifth consecutive year of declining global terrorism since terrorist violence peaked in 2014 at nearly 17,000 attacks and more than 44,000 total deaths. The total number of terrorist attacks worldwide decreased 50 percent between 2014 and 2019, and the total number of deaths decreased 54 percent.

In 2019, there were 64 terrorist attacks, killing 51 people in the United States. Terrorism in the United States continued to be characterized by diverse, sometimes complex, and often ambiguous ideological influences, typically without clear ties to formal, named organizations.

◾Perpetrators of the 10 lethal terrorist attacks in the United States in 2019 included white supremacists/nationalists, anti-Semitic extremists linked to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, an al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula operative, and a conspiracy theory extremist.

◾However, the vast majority of terrorist attacks in the United States in 2019 were non-lethal (84%, excluding perpetrator deaths), and these attacks were also motivated by diverse ideological influences, including antifascist, anti-government, anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-white, left-wing, pro-choice, and white supremacist/nationalist extremism.

Read more: Homeland Security Today