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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jun 23, 2021

An alleged member of the Oath Keepers will plead guilty on Wednesday to charges related to the January 6 insurrection, the first plea deal among the Capitol riot cases against extremist groups, a notice filed in court says.

Graydon Young, a 54-year-old from Florida who went by "GenXPatriot," is charged in a 16-person conspiracy case alleging members of the Oath Keepers plotted to carry out the January 6 insurrection.

It is the first guilty plea among any defendants in the major Capitol riot conspiracy cases and is a significant development as investigators continue to pursue leads on extremist groups that they believe planned for an armed attack to help then-President Donald Trump and stop Congress from certifying the 2020 election.

Read more: CNN

An airstrike hit a busy market in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray village of Togoga on Tuesday, according to health workers who said soldiers blocked medical teams from traveling to the scene. Dozens of people were killed, they and a former resident said, citing witnesses.

Two doctors and a nurse in Tigray’s regional capital, Mekele, told The Associated Press they were unable to confirm how many people were killed, but one doctor said health workers at the scene reported “more than 80 civilian deaths.” The health workers spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.

The alleged airstrike comes amid some of the fiercest fighting in the Tigray region since the conflict began in November as Ethiopian forces supported by those from neighboring Eritrea pursue Tigray’s former leaders. A military spokesman and the spokeswoman for Ethiopia’s prime minister did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read more: AP

The Ankeny Police Department announced an arrest Tuesday in its investigation into explosive devices placed in an Ankeny neighborhood.

Johnston resident Chad Allen Williams, 46, is charged with possession of an unregistered explosive device and manufacture of an explosive device.

Ankeny police said authorities took Williams into custody following a search warrant executed by Ankeny police detectives, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, FBI agents and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives.

Authorities accused Williams of placing several explosive devices in the 1400 block of Southeast Waywin Drive in Ankeny.

One device was found by 8-year-old Ankeny resident Maya Buffington.

Read more: KCCI (Des Moines, IA)

American authorities seized a range of Iran’s state-linked news website domains they accused of spreading disinformation, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday, a move that appeared to be a far-reaching crackdown on Iranian media amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

The Justice Department said 33 of the seized websites were used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union, which was singled out by the U.S. government last October for what officials described as efforts to spread disinformation and sow discord among American voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. T

he U.S. says three other seized websites were operated by the Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group, Kata’ib Hizballah, which more than a decade ago was designated a foreign terrorist organization. The group is separate from the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group whose news websites remained operational.

Read more: AP