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Date: Aug 12, 2021

Rwandan and Mozambican troops have retaken a key port city from Islamist militants in northern Mozambique, the Rwandan military says.

It says Mocímboa da Praia was the rebels' last stronghold. It is located in Cabo Delgado province, home to one of Africa's biggest gas fields.

The insurgents have not yet commented.

Last month, Rwanda sent 1,000 soldiers to Mozambique to fight the militants, who launched an insurgency in 2017.

More than 3,000 people have been killed and 820,000 displaced during the conflict.

The Mozambican armed force have been struggling to regain control of the province.

Read more: BBC News

A U.S. Army veteran who wanted revenge for attacks on Muslims around the globe and was alleged to have planned to detonate a bomb at a Long Beach rally was convicted Wednesday of the attempted mass casualty attack.

Mark Steven Domingo, 28, of Reseda was found guilty by a federal jury of providing material support to terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He faces a potential life sentence in federal prison at his Nov. 1 sentencing. He has been in federal custody since his arrest in April 2019.

Domingo was arrested after he took delivery of what he thought was an improvised explosive device from an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a bomb maker, officials said.

According to the evidence presented in his case, Domingo considered “various attacks — including targeting Jews, churches and police officers” before he decided “to detonate an IED” at a rally scheduled to take place in Long Beach in 2019.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

The Taliban captured a strategic provincial capital near Kabul on Thursday, the 10th the insurgents have taken in a weeklong sweep across Afghanistan just weeks before the end of the American military mission there.

Seizing Ghazni cuts off a crucial highway linking the Afghan capital with the country’s southern provinces, which similarly find themselves under assault as part of an insurgent push some 20 years after the foreign troops arrived to oust the Taliban government.

While Kabul itself isn’t directly under threat, the loss of Ghazni tightens the grip of a resurgent Taliban estimated to now hold some two-thirds of the nation, and thousands of people have fled their homes.

Read more: AP

Two Virginia residents arrested at the front of the crowd inside the U.S. Capitol building on January 6 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in the case Tuesday afternoon.

Cindy Fitchett, 60, of Cobbs Creek, Virginia, and Douglas Sweet, 59, of Mathews, Virginia, were arrested with four other defendants accused of entering the Capitol as part of a pro-Trump mob while a joint session of Congress was meeting to certify Electoral College votes. Fitchett, Sweet and their co-defendants were each charged with four counts, including entering a restricted building and violent and disorderly conduct.

On Tuesday, Fitchett and Sweet appeared before U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols to enter guilty pleas to one misdemeanor count each of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building – a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of up to 6 months in prison.

Read more: WUSA 9

A California surfing school owner who was charged with killing his two children in Mexico is a follower of QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories who thought the children "were going to grow into monsters so he had to kill them," federal officials alleged.

Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, was charged Wednesday with foreign murder of U.S. nationals in connection with the death of his 2-year-old son and his 10-month-old daughter, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. Authorities said Coleman confessed to the killings and told the FBI that he used a spear fishing gun to stab them.

A criminal complaint alleges that he told the FBI that he killed his children because he believed they "were going to grow into monsters" and that conspiracy theories led him to believe that his wife had passed down her "serpent DNA" to the children.

Read more: NBC News