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Date: Jul 16, 2020

Shamima Begum, the British teenager who left London with two schoolfriends in 2015 to join ISIS in Syria, should be allowed to return to the UK to challenge the deprivation of her British citizenship, judges ruled Thursday.

Begum, now 20, had her British citizenship stripped by then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid on February 19, 2019, after she was found in a northern Syrian refugee camp.
She challenged that decision but on June 13, 2019, the government refused her application for leave to enter the UK to pursue her appeal.

Read more: CNN

The United States and six Gulf nations jointly sanctioned six targets including individuals and entities on Wednesday that the US claims are affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS).

The Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) member states, including the US, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, blacklisted three money services businesses and one individual located in Turkey and Syria that provided "a critical financial and logistical lifeline" to ISIL, its branches and its global facilitation networks, the US Treasury said in a statement on its website.

Read more: Al Jazeera

DC Fire and EMS reported, along with multiple police departments, responded to a car ablaze outside of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington around 1:50 p.m.

The vehicle on fire was located in the 100 block of Maryland Avenue, Northeast, adjacent to the Supreme Court.

The man who reportedly lit the unmarked Supreme Court Police Department vehicle of fire, after he dowsed it with an accelerant, has been taken to a hospital with life-threatening burn injuries, according to officials.

Read more: WUSA9

The Trump administration on Wednesday announced that a U.S. operation has successfully led to the arrest of multiple MS-13 leaders as well as the first time one of its gang members has been charged for terrorism-related offenses.

President Trump, Attorney General William Barr and other law enforcement officials in a press conference shared that Project Vulcan led to dozens of arrests, including 13 in Nevada and eight in New York.

"We just concluded a historic operation leading to the indictment and arrest of dozens of savage MS-13 leaders," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, describing the operation's success as part of his "all out campaign to destroy MS-13."

Read more: The Hill

A large fire broke out at a shipyard in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr on Wednesday, burning seven ships and sending plumes of black smoke billowing above the city skyline, according to videos and Iranian media reports.

The fire followed dozens of recent fires and explosions across Iran’s forests, factories and military and nuclear facilities in the past three months that have rattled ordinary Iranians. Iranian officials have said that some of the episodes may have been acts of sabotage but blamed weather, accidents and equipment malfunctions for the others.

On Tuesday an aluminum factory in the industrial city of Lamard, in Fars Province, caught fire. On Sunday, a fire broke out at petrochemical plant in Khuzestan Province.

Read more: New York Times