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Date: Aug 20, 2020

An Islamic scholar and computational biologist sentenced to life in prison 15 years ago has been ordered released pending his still-unresolved appeal.

Ali Al-Tamimi, a native of Washington, D.C., was convicted in 2005 of soliciting treason and other charges for actions he took following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He is currently an inmate in the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colo., also known as Supermax.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema cited two primary reasons for Tamimi's release: the possibility of his contracting COVID-19 while in prison and recent Supreme Court decisions that make his appeal likely to succeed.

Read more: NPR

A man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act and police are searching a property in north Surrey.

The Met Police said it had arrested a 37-year-old man at about 05:40 BST "on suspicion of being a terrorist" under section 41 of the act (TACT 2000).

The operation by the Counter Terrorism Command was pre-planned and none of the officers were armed, a spokesman said.

He said the arrested man was being held in custody at a south London police station.

Read more: BBC News

A former Fort Riley soldier was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in federal prisons for distributing instructions on how to make explosives, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced.

Jarrett William Smith, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing information related to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

He joined the Army in June 2017 and served as an infantry soldier. He was transferred to Fort Riley in July 2019.

Read more: KSNT

Facebook on Wednesday said it had removed around 800 QAnon groups for posts that celebrate violence, show intent to use weapons, or try to attract followers with patterns of violent behavior.

The social media giant also imposed restrictions on 1,950 more public and private QAnon accounts that it could find. They will no longer be recommended to users and will be harder to find in Facebook searches as well.

QAnon is an umbrella term for groups of internet conspiracy theorists that began before the US presidential elections of 2016, claiming that key Democrats were running a pedophile ring out of a restaurant basement in Washington DC.

Read more: Deutsche Welle