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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 26, 2021

Chaos has enveloped Kabul after Afghanistan's government's collapsed and the Taliban seized control, all but ending America's 20-year campaign as it began: under Taliban rule.

Approximately 95,700 people have been evacuated since the effort began on Aug. 14, the White House said Thursday, while the Pentagon said the military will keep the evacuation mission going until the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline.

President Joe Biden sat down with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for an exclusive one-on-one interview at the White House last week, the president's first interview since the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Biden has also addressed the nation several times since.

Read more: ABC News

An Adelaide man has been charged with additional offences as a result of a joint counter-terrorism investigation.

The 33-year-old man was arrested in April and charged with three offences over the alleged possession of an explosive device.

Yesterday he was also charged with possession of extremist material and possession of information for terrorist acts.

The fresh charges came after a review of information found on electronic devices seized from the man's home in April.

The man will appear in Elizabeth Magistrates Court on October 7 on the new offences.

AFP Assistant Commissioner of Counter Terrorism Scott Lee said the threat of terrorism in Australia was becoming increasingly diverse and complex.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)

Metro police detectives found artwork of former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, components for explosive devices and other bomb-making materials inside a Las Vegas home last year, evidence obtained by the I-Team showed.

Police arrested Lacy Walthour, 27, in September 2020, but details of what police call a terror plot were not widely released until a ceremony to commend the investigators involved last week.

On Sept. 22, 2020, Walthour called 911 to report a person who was attempting to burglarize cars in his driveway at 3936 Cobble Creek Court. The call lasted only a few seconds and Walthour hung up.

A few minutes later, Walthour called 911 again, saying he had fired his gun at the suspect who ran out of the area.

Video shown to a grand jury shows Walthour standing in the driveway and aiming his gun at a person walking on the other side of the road.

Read more: CBS Las Vegas

A grave and specific ISIS terror threat is hanging over the frantic endgame of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan with time fast running out to rescue up to 1,500 Americans and the fate of fleeing Afghans looking darker by the hour.

President Joe Biden is so far sticking to his Tuesday deadline for the final exit from a 20-year war in Afghanistan, after an initially chaotic drawdown that has since evolved into a mammoth and daring airlift of more than 82,000 people out of Kabul.

But in an alarming sign of the deteriorating security environment, US diplomats in Kabul early Thursday local time suddenly warned American citizens to "immediately" leave several gates into the airport, citing security threats.

The warning came hours after a US defense official had told CNN that officials were alarmed by a "very specific threat stream" about the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan, which planned to attack crowds outside the airfield.

Read more: CNN

A man upset over state-ordered coronavirus restrictions was sentenced to just over six years in prison Wednesday for planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a significant break that reflected his quick decision to cooperate and help agents build cases against others.

Ty Garbin admitted his role in the alleged scheme weeks after his arrest last fall. He is among six men charged in federal court but the only one to plead guilty so far. It was a key victory for prosecutors as they try to prove an astonishing plot against the rest.

Garbin apologized to Whitmer, who was not in court, and her family.

Read more: AP