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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 15, 2021

Two young men suspected of planning violent attacks, specifically against the French military, have been arrested and indicted under anti-terrorism legislation following two separate investigations.

udicial sources revealed Saturday that the two youths, aged 17 and 18 respectively, were arrested and charged by a Paris court for "criminal terrorist association” and remanded in custody.

In what are two separate cases, the 17-year-old suspect was reportedly arrested on Wednesday by French Internal Security agents (DGSI) in Mantes-la-Jolie, located in the outer suburbs north west of Paris and taken into police custody.

The minor, who had been using the encrypted Telegram Messenger platform, had expressed his intention to attack the military.

This he said was to "make France pay" for its involvement in the coalition fighting against the Islamic State.

Read more: RFI (France)

A former Coast Guard lieutenant accused by prosecutors of plotting to kill members of Congress to advance a white nationalist agenda is asking an appellate court to vacate his guilty plea after a judge ruled that his crime was an act of terrorism.

Christopher Hasson of Silver Spring, Maryland, pleaded guilty in 2019 to firearms offenses. But at his sentencing hearing, the judge applied a “terrorism enhancement” that resulted in a 13-year prison sentence. Without the terrorism enhancement, sentencing guidelines would have resulted in a term of about four years.

Read more: AP

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it expects to file criminal charges against more than 100 additional people who allegedly participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in what it described as probably the most complex investigation it has ever handled.

More than 300 people already face charges stemming from the siege, which left five people dead and more than 130 police officers injured as thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump tried to prevent Congress from certifying his election defeat.

The Justice Department made the disclosure in court filings seeking 60-day extensions in some cases so that investigators can adequately pull together evidence.

Read more: Reuters

Two brothers involved in the Brussels suicide bombings murdered an elderly man earlier to see what killing was like, according to a Belgian report.

Ibrahim El-Bakraoui blew himself up at Zaventem airport in 2016, murdering 11 people. His brother Khalid left another 20 dead at a metro station.

The pair told fellow attackers they had shot dead Paul-André Vanderperren, 76, on the street at random, De Morgen newspaper reports.

Vanderperren was murdered in 2014.

He was shot while returning home from a cafe in the Jette area of Brussels after watching his football club Anderlecht on TV on a Sunday night. His murder has never been solved.

Read more: BBC News

Democratic U.S. lawmakers said on Friday they will begin working within weeks on legislation to overhaul authorizations for the use of military force that presidents from both parties have used to justify decades of attacks on overseas targets.

Representative Gregory Meeks said the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, which he chairs, would begin debating the repeal of an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that allowed the 2002 war in Iraq.

“I intend to mark up legislation in the Foreign Affairs Committee in the coming weeks to repeal it,” Meeks told a video news conference with a group of fellow Democrats.

Read more: Reuters