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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jul 21, 2020

The young technician shut off the electricity at a cellular tower in rural Mexico to begin some routine maintenance.

Within 10 minutes, he had company: three armed men dressed in fatigues emblazoned with the logo of a major drug cartel.

The traffickers had a particular interest in that tower, owned by Boston-based American Tower Corp (AMT.N), which rents space to carriers on its thousands of cellular sites in Mexico. The cartel had installed its own antennas on the structure to support their two-way radios, but the contractor had unwittingly blacked out the shadowy network.

Read more: Reuters

Stephan B. remained impassive as he was led in, handcuffed, dressed in black, wearing a disposable coronavirus protection mask, with at least six masked guards around him.

The large, low-ceilinged courtroom was packed with spectators and journalists, walled off from proceedings behind a glass screen, though the trial was only able to begin after a two-hour delay as the rigorous security checks apparently took much longer than predicted.

Stephan B. stands accused of killing two people in a failed attempt to storm a synagogue in the city of Halle last October.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

The United States is calling on leaders in Afghanistan to conclude an ongoing prisoner swap and launch a peace dialogue with the Taliban insurgency without delay.

In a series of tweets Sunday, acting U.S. ambassador to Kabul Ross Wilson also stressed the need for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival-turned-coalition partner, Abdullah Abdullah, to implement a power-sharing deal which the two signed in May.

“We urge this country’s leaders promptly to establish the new government, create the High Council for National Reconciliation, complete the exchange of prisoners, and move to the opening of intra-Afghan negotiations,” said the American charge d’affairs.

Read more: Voice of America

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is crafting plans to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune has learned, a move that would come amid growing controversy nationally about federal force being used in American cities.

The Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, agents are set to assist other federal law enforcement and Chicago police in crime-fighting efforts, according to sources familiar with the matter, though a specific plan on what the agents would be doing had not been made public.

One city official said the city was aware of the plan but not any specifics. The Department of Justice and Homeland Security in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

Egypt’s parliament on Monday authorized the deployment of troops outside the country, a move that could escalate the spiraling war in Libya after the president threatened military action against Turkish-backed forces in the oil-rich country.

A troop deployment in Libya could bring Egypt and Turkey, close U.S. allies that support rival sides in the conflict, into direct confrontation.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has called the strategic coastal city of Sirte a “red line” and warned that any attack on the city, which sits near Libya’s main oil-export terminals and fields, would prompt Egypt to intervene to protect its western border.

Read more: ABC News