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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 12, 2020
In September 2014, a US drone strike killed Al-Shabaab’s most influential leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane. The immediate assumption was that Godane’s death would weaken the group and reduce its capacity to carry out further terrorist activities.
 
Al-Shabaab, which is Arabic for “the youth”, is the Al-Qaeda-linked militant group that seeks to create an Islamic emirate in Somalia. The killing of its longest-ruling leader was thought significant enough to cause disarray and eventual collapse. Indeed, the White House touted it as “a major symbolic and operational loss” for the group.
 
What followed, however, was confounding. Al-Shabaab quickly replaced its fallen leader, and conducted more suicide-bombings than ever before. From Godane’s death to September 2017, the group carried out 91 suicide bombings. This was an almost doubling of its attacks.
 
A federal jury in Chicago has convicted a suburban man of threatening a law enforcement officer and posting similarly threatening messages on social media.
 
ROBERT ANTHONY HAAS in 2019 sent harassing and threatening text messages and voicemails to a federal task force officer.  In one of the text messages, Haas stated, “I’m not afraid to walk out my door in the morning.  You should be however considering you support Jewish terrorism and your anti-American [expletive] is going to get you killed.”  The officer had come into contact with Haas when he interviewed him after the FBI received a complaint about disturbing messages Haas posted to a social media website.
 
In addition to the threats against the federal officer, evidence at trial revealed that Haas posted similarly disturbing messages at the social media website.  In one of those postings, Haas stated, “I don’t care if it’s a cop, prosecutor, judge, politician or elite.  You try to stop me from telling the truth I will cut every throat in your home.  Try me!”
 
The self-proclaimed leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Virginia was found guilty on Monday of six misdemeanor charges following a June incident where he drove a vehicle into a group of Black Lives Matter protesters.
 
Video footage from June 7 shows Harry H. Rogers driving onto the median to pass a group of cars behind 300 protesters. He was also caught on camera driving into at least two bicyclists and one demonstrator on foot.
 
Rogers purportedly boasted to authorities that he was the "highest-ranking member" of the KKK in the state and had been coordinating with 20 others to "defend" Confederate monuments in Richmond. He also told the cops to "check him out" on social media.
 
Read more: Fox News
Bangladeshi counterterrorist police said Tuesday they had arrested five suspects and foiled a plan by a pro-Islamic State militant faction to attack a shrine to a Sufi saint in Sylhet city.
 
The suspects, identified as members of Neo-JMB, were also wanted in connection with the explosion of a home-made bomb in Dhaka’s Paltan area on July 24, according to officials with the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crimes unit at Dhaka Metropolitan Police. In addition, the five were allegedly linked to an attempted bomb attack the following night.
 
“The arrested militants had a plan to attack the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal. We foiled it,” Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Golam Kibria told BenarNews. Sylhet, in northeastern Bangladesh, is about 240 km (150 miles) from Dhaka.
 
Read more: Eurasia Review