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Date: Aug 27, 2020

A drone carrying explosives attacks a Turkish army outpost in a new video released by the Kurdish PKK group. This marks a new stage in the drone campaign by the PKK, a terrorist group which has been fighting Turkish forces for more than 40 years.

The attack is claimed to have been carried out at Şeladize in the Duhok district on 20th August, and “many invading Turkish soldiers were punished, but the exact number could not be clarified,” according to the PKK statement.

On the same day, local Kurdish news channel NRT carried pictures of two small bomb-carrying drones  shot down by Turkish soldiers. However, these appear quite different to the one on the video, which is more of a flying bomb.

Read more: Forbes

Britain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted a stay barring U.K. authorities from providing evidence to the U.S. in the case of two alleged ISIS execution squad members dubbed “The Beatles.”

The ruling clears a critical hurdle in the American effort to prosecute the two men, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey.

Elsheikh and Kotey are accused of being involved in the killing of American hostages, including the journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and the kidnapping and detention of an aid worker, Kayla Mueller. The pair of British-born ISIS militants are being held in U.S. military custody in Iraq.

Read more: NBC News

The gunman who shot and killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15 last year has been jailed for the rest of his natural life.

Australian national Brenton Tarrant, 29, was sentenced at the High Court in Christchurch today to life without the possibility of parole on 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and a charge of committing a terrorist act.

It is the first time this sentence has been handed down in New Zealand. Tarrant, through Crown-appointed counsel Pip Hall QC, did not oppose life without parole.

Read more: 9News (Australia)

A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment Wednesday against 21-year-old Dzenan Camovic for a knife attack on NYPD officers during a protest on June 3 in Brooklyn, an attack that prosecutors describe as ISIS inspired.

Prosecutors allege Camovic, a Bosnian national, was living in Brooklyn illegally when he approached two uniformed NYPD officers on the night of June 3 and stabbed one of them in the neck with a knife. According to the indictment, Camovic then chased the second officer, "repeatedly and violently stabbing at the officer with the knife and eventually throwing the knife at the officer."

Camovic then allegedly returned to the first officer, stabbing him again and robbing him of his gun, according to the indictment. Prosecutors say Camovic used the officer's 9mm caliber weapon to fire multiple shots at several officers.

Read more: CNN