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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 18, 2021

A Melbourne teenager allegedly bought a knife minutes before he was arrested and charged with terror offences.

Aran Sherani was charged with a string of terror offences including being a member of ISIS after her was arrested by counter terror police yesterday.

Investigators allege the 19-year-old and his brother Ari Sherani started a fire in Humevale, but had plans for more violence.

The two fronted court today, where it was alleged Aran Ashari planned to commit an act of terrorism with a knife.

Read more: 9 News (Australia)

A man was arrested Wednesday after he was stopped by the Secret Service near the Naval Observatory in Washington, traditionally the home of the vice president, and later found to have had a gun in his car.

Agents detained the man, Paul Murray, 31, as a possible suspicious person after they spotted him near the observatory around noon, D.C. Metropolitan Police said. Murray was the subject of an intelligence bulletin from Texas that circulated to police in the area.

Police officers searched Murray's car, where they found a rifle and a large amount of ammunition, police said. It was unclear why Murray was in Washington from Texas or why he was near the observatory.

Read more: NBC News

U.S. special operations troops have launched a mission to assist counterterrorism forces in Mozambique, where there are growing concerns about escalating violence by Islamic State militants.

The two-month effort will focus on training Mozambican marines as the country tries to “prevent the spread of terrorism and violent extremism,” the U.S. embassy in Maputo said Monday in a statement. The U.S. has also provided medical and communications equipment.

The U.S. effort, led by Special Operations Command Africa, comes during a time of increased violence in Mozambique, where nearly 670,000 people have been displaced by ISIS attacks in the mainly Muslim Cabo Delgado province.

Read more: Stars & Stripes

A white gunman was charged Wednesday with killing eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors in an attack that sent terror through the Asian American community, which has increasingly been targeted during the coronavirus pandemic.

A day after the shootings, investigators were trying to unravel what might have compelled 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long to commit the worst mass killing in the U.S. in almost two years.

Long told police that Tuesday’s attack was not racially motivated. He claimed to have a “sex addiction,” and authorities said he apparently lashed out at what he saw as sources of temptation. But those statements spurred outrage and widespread skepticism given the locations and that six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent.

Read more: AP

Leaders and elected officials in Portland, Oregon, came together Monday to demand an end to violence, criminal destruction and intimidation by “anarchists” as destructive protests continue in the city.

For nearly nine months protesters have called for police reform and an end to systemic racism in Portland, which has become a key city in the country’s racial reckoning. While officials say many events have been peaceful, there continues to be small groups smashing windows of businesses, threatening community members and assaulting police.

“The community is sick and tired of people engaging in criminal destruction and violence and doing it under the guise of some noble cause,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said during a news conference.

Read more: AP