Hazma bin Laden is dead

U.S. intel says that Osama bin Laden’s son and potential leader of al-Qaeda, Hazma bin Laden, is dead. In February the State Dept. offered up to $1M for information regarding the location of Hazma bin Laden.

Benghazi suspect convicted on two counts

Mustafa al-Imam was found guilty on two charges, “conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists and maliciously destroying and property at the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi.” As the jury is still undecided on the murder charges, the DC District Court federal judge has sent them back to deliberate.

Prague memorial to Jewish children who fled Nazis vandalised

The Valediction Memorial at Prague’s main railway station – representing trains used to transport 669 children from the Czech capital to Britain – has been damaged in an apparently “carefully planned attack.” The vandalism appeared to be aimed at disfiguring the shrine’s most evocative feature, a train window engraved with handprints depicting adults and children forced to bid farewell in heartbreaking circumstances.

US reduces forces in Syria

Chris Maier of the Pentagon says that there has been a “measurable decrease” in the number of U.S. forces in Syria. The U.S. appears to be keeping some of its forces in Syria as other coalition partners move more troops in.

Dutch hostage in Philippines killed while trying to escape from militants

A Dutch photographer held hostage by Islamic State-linked militants in the Philippines since 2012 was killed on Friday by his captors when he tried to escape during a firefight. The Abu Sayyaf, a small but violent group in the Muslim south of the largely Catholic Philippines, has been known for extortion, kidnappings, beheadings and bombings, and has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Explosions rattle Kirkuk, Iraq

At least five people were killed and 18 injured after a series of six explosions went off in Kirkuk, Iraq. While no group has claimed responsibility for the explosions, ISIS is active in the area.

Marc A. Thiessen: Assange is a spy, not a journalist. He deserves prison.

“Assange is not a journalist. He is a spy. The fact that he gave stolen U.S. intelligence to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, China, Iran and other adversaries via a website rather than dead-drops is irrelevant. He engaged in espionage against the United States. And he has no remorse for the harm he has caused. He once called the innocent people hurt by his disclosures ‘collateral damage’ and admitted WikiLeaks might get ‘blood on our hands.’ Sorry, he does not get to aid and abet our enemies, put countless lives at risk and then hide behind the First Amendment. The Justice Department is right to indict him for his crimes.”

IS grows in Afghanistan

While the Islamic State may have been defeated militarily in Iraq, one of its branches of fighters in Afghanistan continues to grow. Unclassified intelligence suggests that the IS-Khorasan group in Afghanistan has as many as 5,000 members.

US won’t join international agreement against online extremism

The U.S. says it supports an international effort spearheaded by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron to find ways to stop social media from spreading hate — but won’t take part in it. Signing onto the effort are the UK, Japan, Australia, Italy, India, Germany, and Spain, along with tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube. The White House suggested it has concerns about First Amendment violations.

Sri Lanka blocks social media to fight anti-Muslim backlash after bombings

Sri Lanka has blocked Facebook and WhatsApp after an eruption of retaliatory attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the wake of the Easter bombings by Islamist militants. “The attack continued for nearly two hours and they attacked one house also in the village. There were hundreds of attackers,” a resident of the Muslim-majority town of Kiniyama told reporters.

Gunmen storm Pakistani hotel

Gunmen stormed a hotel in China-operated Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, Pakistan. The nationalist terrorist Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) is claiming responsibility for the attack.

Twitter suspends over 160,000 accounts for terrorism content

Twitter is making progress on tackling online terrorism content on its platform as it suspended over 166,000 accounts in the second half of last year. Together with other large tech companies, Twitter is under pressure from regulators and governments all over the world to remove extremist content more rapidly or face more heavy-handed legislation.

Pakistan: Suicide bombing kills 10

A bomb targeting Pakistani police outside a major shrine in the city of Lahore on Wednesday killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 20, officials said. The blast went off near the Data Darbar, one of the largest Muslim shrines in South Asia, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year.

Sri Lanka mastermind used Facebook to radicalize

Muslim community leaders say the mastermind of the Sri Lanka Easter suicide attacks used Facebook to publicly call for the death of non-Muslims, and worked for months in private chatrooms to persuade six young men to sacrifice themselves for that cause. He also used social media to inspire wealthy brothers Ilham and Inshaf Ibrahim to bankroll his assault.

Clint Watts: What should America do about its white nationalist problem?

“Small, simple steps can help stem the rising tide of white nationalist terrorism, but one thing above all could dramatically reduce domestic extremism: leadership. Offering ‘thoughts and prayers’ via tweets accomplishes nothing. Elected leaders must acknowledge white nationalist terrorism now, publicly refute the divisive ideology, and affirm their commitment to protect all Americans against threats foreign and domestic.”

Why did ISIS leader Baghdadi reappear now?

Infamous Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi made his first appearance in an ISIS video in five years. As speculation grows behind the reason for his reappearance, many believe that he is attempting to assure supporters that the caliphate is not dead, despite heavy losses over the last few months. Others believe that he is signaling to lone-wolf attackers to work autonomously as the communication and structure of ISIS break down.

Two sixth graders charged with plotting school shooting

The students were charged with conspiracy to commit murder on Friday for allegedly scheming to kill students and parents at South Cumberland Elementary School before killing themselves. A school resource officer heard about a rumor about a “hit list” relating to a future school shooting, and was able to alert the authorities on time.

Sri Lanka shows ISIS still a threat

At least one suicide bomber in the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka trained with Islamic State in Syria, reflecting the extremist group’s continued reach even after the collapse of its self-declared caliphate. As many as four of the bombers are being investigated for travels to Turkey, Syria or Iraq, where they learned bomb-making and communications skills and were sent home to Sri Lanka to start local operations.

Authorities thwart CA terror plot

Mark Domingo, an Army veteran and convert to Islam, had planned a terror attack in Long Beach, Calif., that would have targeted a white supremacist rally in the area in retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack. Domingo was arrested by federal authorities before any attack took place. A supporter of violent jihad, Domingo spoke about becoming a martyr and of pledging allegiance to ISIS if it established a presence in the U.S.

Wounded rabbi stands strong against hate

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was wounded during the shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue outside of San Diego. Despite losing a finger in the attack, Goldstein said, “We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall. We will not let anyone or anything take us down. We need to battle darkness with light…” The attack left one dead and four wounded.