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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 18, 2020

Ten dissident republican suspects have been arrested in Northern Ireland as part of an island-wide police operation against the New IRA.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland joined forces with the Garda in the Irish Republic for 48 hours to carry out arrests and searches. The ten people arrested were being held in PSNI custody suites in Belfast.

One security source in the city described the cross-border police operation as a “massive crackdown” on the militant group.

The PSNI said on Tuesday that officers had made a number of arrests under the Terrorism Act across Northern Ireland in connection with an ongoing investigation into New IRA activities.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

A man who had been arrested last week for the alleged possession of more than two dozen pipe bombs and explosives has died in his jail cell, NBC affiliate WPTV-TV reported Monday.

According to WPTV, 34-year-old Gregory Samuel Haasze was found by correctional officers Saturday night with a torn sheet tied around his neck.

He had been arrested in Boynton Beach Thursday on 26 counts of making, possessing or placing a destructive device.

Read more: NBC Miami

Gunfire was heard at an army base near Mali's capital Bamako on Tuesday, sparking fears of a possible mutiny in the conflict-torn country.

According to nearby witnesses, soldiers fired gunshots into the air at a military base in Kati, a town 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Bamako, though it remained unclear who was firing at whom.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Tuesday said soldiers had launched a "mutiny" in crisis-torn Mali and urged them to immediately return to their barracks.

"This mutiny comes at a time when, for several months now, ECOWAS has been taking initiatives and conducting mediation efforts with all the Malian parties," the 15-nation bloc said in a statement.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

As much of Beirut was heading for lunch under a pale February sun, the suicide bomber moved his van toward an approaching convoy. Moments later, he detonated more than two tons of explosives that shredded the armor-plated car of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon, killing him and 21 others. More than 200 people were injured in the 2005 attack.

On Tuesday, a special U.N.-backed tribunal in the Netherlands convicted one Lebanese man of participating in a conspiracy to carry out the attack, but acquitted three others, citing lack of evidence. The men — Salim Jalil Ayyash, Hassan Habib Merhi, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra — had been accused of belonging to Hezbollah, Lebanon’s powerful Shiite political organization with a paramilitary wing backed by Iran.

Read more: New York Times

An amendment to ban U.S. government use of Chinese drones appears almost certain to become law within weeks. Contained within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the measure bans the purchase of commercial drones made by a “covered foreign entity” including China by any U.S. government agency. The ban covers both purchases of new drones and flights of drones already in agency fleets, which would need to end within six months. The ban extends to drone components including drivetrains, cameras, and circuit boards. Orders for components already contracted for could be completed up to one year following enacted. The amendment has survived both the House- and Senate-passed versions of the NDAA and seems assured to be in the final legislation that is presented for signature by President Trump. 

Read more: AIN