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|Ohio man indicted on charges of plotting synagogue attack|
|[CNN] Damon Joseph is accused of planning to attack a Jewish synagogue in Toledo, Ohio.|
A man who allegedly had photographs of weapons and pro-ISIS messages on his social media accounts was indicted Tuesday on charges of targeting a Jewish house of worship, federal prosecutors in northern Ohio said.
Authorities have said Damon Joseph,
A federal grand jury indictment charges him with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, attempting to commit a hate crime and possessing firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence.
CNN has reached out to an attorney for Joseph, but has not received a response.
Joseph, also known as Abdullah Ali Yusuf, was after taking possession of two semi-automatic rifles in December, authorities said.
Investigators became aware of Joseph after they noticed pictures of knives and firearms on his social media accounts, court records show. FBI agents posing as members of ISIS began a monthslong conversation with Joseph in which he offered his services in creating propaganda videos, officials said.
In September, agents asked Joseph whether he hated people in America. "Oh yeah, definitely," answered Joseph, according to court records. "The gays the Christians the Catholics the Jews you name it."
Undercover agents later met Joseph in person and were given a shopping list of weapons and ammunition, items he needed to mimic the October Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed, US Attorney Justin E. Herdman said in December. On his list was an assault rifle, semi-automatic pistol, at least two magazines and ammunition, authorities said.
By the time Joseph met with undercover agents, they said, he had narrowed his plot to one synagogue and showed one of the agents pictures from inside the structure, saying he wanted to start the killing spree in the sanctuary, records show. Joseph, who allegedly wanted to make sure he killed a rabbi, said he was going to raid the synagogue on the Sabbath so he would cause maximum bloodshed, records show.
In early December, agents sold Joseph two inoperable AR-15s and that is when they took him into custody, records show.
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|FBI: Ohio man arrested in Toledo synagogue plot, said he was inspired by Pittsburgh shooting|
|[USAToday] A 21-year-old Ohio man accused of planning to attack a Toledo synagogue told undercover FBI agents that he was inspired both by Islamist propaganda and the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that killed 11 people, authorities said Monday.|
"I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually," Damon M. Joseph wrote to an undercover FBI agent on Oct. 30, three days after the Pittsburgh attack, agents wrote in an affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
He added: "I can see myself carrying out this type of operation inshallah," he said, using the Arabic word for "God willing."
A gunman shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October. Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old Pittsburgh man with social media ties to the white nationalist movement, has been charged with 44 counts of murder, firearms offenses and hate crimes in that incident.
Joseph, of Holland, Ohio, was charged Monday with one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS. Police him Friday after he took possession of two semi-automatic rifles to carry out the attack, authorities said.
Agents said Joseph, who also used the name "Abdullah Ali Yusuf," drew their attention earlier this year by posting his support of Islamic on social media accounts ‐ including images that originated from ISIS propaganda.
More: Hate crimes in USA surge in 2017 with big jump in anti-Semitic attacks, FBI says
Undercover FBI agents made contact with him, they said, and outlined their communication in an affidavit filed in court Monday.
In September, they said, Joseph made an ISIS recruiting video and sent it to the agents. He complained that the mosque he attended was critical of ISIS.
He also gave the agents a shopping list that included AR-15 and AK 47 rifles and ammunition, they said.
Joseph continued to plan the attack, they said, and told the agents last week that he was deciding between two synagogues, depending on "which one will have the most people, what time and what day."
"Go big or go home," he told the agents, they wrote in the affidavit.
The undercover agents met with Joseph, gave him a duffel bag with two inoperable rifles and arrested him.
U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman described Joseph as "a calculated man fueled by an ideology of hatred and intent on killing innocent people."
More: Anti-Semitic pamphlets found in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting neighborhood
Joseph is at least the second suspect accused of taking inspiration from the Pittsburgh attack.
Jeffrey R. Clark Jr., 30, was arrested in Washington, D.C., last month and charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Authorities said relatives became concerned by his support for Bowers.
In one social media post, they said, Clark called the Pittsburgh attack "a dry run of things to come."
Clark and his 23-year-old brother, Edward, followed Bowers on the social media site Gab, which has become a haven for white supremacists who have been banned from more mainstream social media networks.
Edward Clark shot himself to death in a national park Washington hours after the Pittsburgh shooting, authorities said.
[Ynet] The FBI and Department of Justice said Monday that both attacks were in the planning stages and that there was no immediate threat to the public.
Federal authorities say the other arrest involved a woman who wanted to shoot up a bar and also blow up a pipeline.
Elizabeth Lecron, 23, was accused of purchasing gunpowder and screws that the FBI said she intended to use in an “upscale mass murder” at the bar, U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement.
Lecron came to the attention of police this year after an associate expressed a desire to conduct an attack. Investigators found a number of social media posts by Lecron glorifying mass murderers, including Roof and the Columbine High School shooters.
She visited Columbine High School this year and exchanged letters with Roof, attempting to send Nazi literature to the avowed white supremacist, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Roof was sentenced to death for the 2015 killing of nine worshipers at an African-American church in Charleston.
In discussions with undercover FBI agents, Lecron also talked about an attack to free farm animals, bombing a pipeline and attacking her workplace.
On Friday, she purchased two pounds (0.9 kg) of a muzzle-loading gunpowder and 665 screws at stores in Perrysburg, Ohio, after which police arrested her.
|Iranian designated ‘global terrorist’ by US for subversive activities in Bahrain|
|[ARABNEWS] The US Department of State designated Iran-based Qassim Abdullah Ali Ahmed as a global terrorist on Monday, according to a statement.|
Also known as Qassim al-Muamen, Ahmed is a leader of the al-Ashtar Brigade (AAB), a group which the US has labelled a "Foreign Terrorist Organization."
As part of Executive Order 13224, Ahmed has been highlighted as posing a "significant risk of committing acts of terrorism."
The designation from the US Department of State seeks to deny Ahmed "resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks."
Under the sanctions, Ahmed’s property and interests subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and American citizens are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.
The AAB seeks to overthrow the Bahraini government, and Ahmed has previously recruited in Bahrain, trained AAB members how to use weaponry and explosives as well as funded AAB members to carry out attacks.
In November 2017, Bahraini authorities identified Ahmed as being involved in an AAB plot to assassinate prominent figures in Bahrain and target three oil pipelines.
|Houthis announce death of high-ranking commander in Yemen’s Hajjah|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] militias on Sunday announced that their commander at the Hardh front in the Hajjah Governorate, northwest of Yemen, has been killed along with dozens of their following s carried out by the Arab Coalition.|
The commander was identified as Abdelrazak Abdullah Ali al-Naami, popularly known as Abu Ahmad. He was tasked with commanding Houthis in the Hardh front where confrontations have escalated between the Houthis and the legitimate forces.
The Houthis did not specify when exactly Abu Ahmad was killed, but sources revealed that he was killed months ago. They added that the Houthis kept this secret because they wanted to maintain the morale of their fighters.
Abu Ahmad’s brother Radwan was also killed at the Hardh front ten days ago.
The Houthis’ strategy is to also hide their defeats in several fighting fronts, especially in the west coast and in their major stronghold in Saada.
Hundreds of Houthi commanders have recently been killed after they had to be directly involved in fighting fronts to compensate for the shortage in fighters.
|Bahrain arrests suspect, names Iran-backed cell involved in attacks|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Bahraini authorities have a terror suspect on charges of plotting a recent deadly attack on a police bus and identified an Iran-backed cell involved in a series of plots including s on three oil pipelines.|
Bahrain’s chief of public security told s at a on Wednesday that Zuhair Ebrahim Jassim Abdullah Abas, 37, was arrested for plotting a on a police bus on Oct. 27 which resulted in the death of policeman Salman Anjam and the injuring of nine others.
Abas’ partner in the plot has reportedly escaped to Iran.
"This was one of a series of terrorist crimes that were planned and executed by a cell linked to Iran-based terror s and closely connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards," a statement from an interior ministry spokesperson read.
"The disruption of the terror cell foiled a major plot to target public personalities in Bahrain and launch attacks with explosives on three oil pipelines," the statement added.
The suspect arrested on Wednesday is part of a five-man terror cell identified for taking part in past attacks and plotting other ones across the island kingdom. In October 2011, the members of the cell travelled by land to Syria and then to Iran. Their passports were not stamped at the Syria-Iranian border.
They travelled again to Iran in July 2017, according to authorities.
"Cell members were trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on how to plan and execute s. This included training on how to plant bombs. The types of explosives used included TNT, RDX and C4. They were also taught how to make moulds for shaped charges, and received training on the technical aspects of bomb-making. They were trained to handle tasers, AK-47s, M16s, RPGs, and pistols," authorities said.
Bahraini authorities identified the following men as part of the cell: Qassim Abdullah Ali Ahmed, also known as "Qassim al-Muamen", 28, whose Bahraini nationality was revoked after being sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment on terror charges. The second man identified is Sadiq Jaffar Mohammed Abdullah Al Tooq, 36, and wanted on terror-related charges, including the manufacturing and possession of homemade bombs. Mahdi Ebrahim Jassim Abdullah, 28, was the third identified member and was earlier sentenced in absentia to 30 years on terror charges, including bomb-making. The fourth was named as Mohammed Mahdi Mohammed Hassan, 39, a heavy truck driver wanted on suspicion of plotting acts of terrorism, manufacturing bombs, and executing acts of terrorism. He was sentenced in absentia for eight cases of robbery and rioting.
All four men are currently s after escaping to Iran.
|Yemen govt: Kuwait talks may end up to nothing|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Abdullah Alimi, head of the Yemeni government advisory delegation in Kuwait, warned over "politic of procrastination and waste of time by the Militias delegation, expressing his "fear that the consultations devolve into a mirage.|
UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, resumed his separate meetings with the delegations of the government and the militias in the peace consultations in Kuwait.
Earlier he said that Yemen's warring parties have discussed forming military and security committees to oversee a transition period aimed at ending 14 months of fighting,
"Discussions continued on security and military issues, including the details of military and security committees," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement early Wednesday.
The UN envoy had tried to push the two sides to release half of all their prisoners before the fasting month of Ramadan, which began on June 6. The main sticking point in talks remains the form of the government that would oversee a transition back to normality once a peace deal is reached.
One of the main obstacles, according to sources, is the rebels attempts to undermine the international legitimacy of President Hadi’s government.
On Tuesday, the Envoy halted the submitting a roadmap to resolve the war-torn country's crisis. according to a source close to the Yemeni governmental delegation in the Kuwait talks.
The delay is due to "the [Houthi] rebels' intransigent stance which their last statement has revealed and which took negotiations back to square one," a source said.
The source added that the "rebels' statement, which was issued two days ago and which came following the return of their delegation head Mohammad Abdelsalam from Saada, reflects the true stance of the rebellious movement as it shows it's not serious about the consultations despite the efforts exerted by the U.N. and the countries sponsoring the political settlement process."
Both rival delegations - on one side the Iranian-backed Houthi militias, and on the other the internationally recognized government of President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi - had both received a copy of the roadmap and discussed it with their leaders.
On Monday, the UN's envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, met with members from the delegations attending the Kuwait peace talks to discuss security measures.
Ahmed was to present a three-point plan to the parties negotiating an end to the war, which began in late March last year and has led to the deaths of thousands.
The first component of the proposal will reportedly involve preliminary procedures, most significant of which is the annulment of the "Constitutional Declaration" enacted by the Houthi militias in February 2015, and reverse every subsequent change in state institutions as a result.
The second component involves the setting up of an internationally-backed military council consisting of military leaders who have not been involved in the war. It will also include the withdrawal of forces from Area A, which includes the capital Sanaa and the security belt around it, and the return of the government to the capital within two months.
According to the terms of the deal, when the Houthi militias withdraw from Sanaa and handing over their weapons, a national unity government will be formed, and it will issue a general amnesty and start a process of reconciliation.
The third component foresees a two-year transition period which will see the resumption of a political process.
|Ten Shaboobs, including 4 number 3's, killed in KDF airstrike|
Add the ten and you've got twenty-two. That means they went bust...
Hajji said at least ten Al shabaab members, including four middle-ranking commanders died in the KDF airstrike targeted a base for Al shabaab in the remote village of Tulo-Barwaqo in Gedo. Two of the slain commanders were identified as Abdullah Ali and Luqman who have been in attendance at a meeting by Al shabaab leaders in the area at the time of the aerial bombing.
Tulo Barwaqo lies close to SNA controlled Garbaharey town. Al shabaab did not comment on the airstrike by Kenyan jets on Tulo Barwaqo.
|Court delays verdict on eloping case|
|[Yemen Post] A court in Yemen decided to postpone issuing a final verdict in the case of Huda Abdullah Ali, a young Saudi national who was caught by the authorities as she tried to enter Yemen illegally with her fiancé, Yemen national, Arafat Mohammed Taher al-Qadi.|
The couple who were denied their marriage plan by Huda's family decided to escape to Yemen, where they planned to settle and marry, determined to not let tradition and family destroy their hope of happiness. In a society as traditional as where women are no more than commodities under the supreme authority of their male relatives, the idea that a young woman could so blatantly oppose her father's wishes, especially in a matter as gravely important as marriage has had both officials and the religious authorities clamouring for her return; as all want to see her pay for her crime.
While just as traditional as Saudi Arabia, women enjoy a very different status than their Saudi counterpart. So far it is Yemen's more benevolent attitude toward women which has motivated the Yemeni authorities to protect Huda so far, and prompted them to loot at her case with a greater degree of compassion.
Dubbed the Romeo and Juliet of Yemen, Huda and Arafat have captured Yemen's imagination, the contemporary heroes of post-revolution Yemen. Inspired by the couple's plight and maybe on some degree in reaction to Saudi Arabia increasingly prejudiced stance against Yemen, and political activists have chosen to fight in the couple's behalf.
Protesters have demonstrated before the court room, calling on the authorities to answer "the call of love" and show clemency, warning they would not leave until the two are properly married.
Under much public pressure and the scrutiny of rights groups such and HOOD (Yemen's most prominent rights group), prosecutors chose to postpone their decision until it could be determined whether or not Huda could be given a political refugee status under the UN Charter.
Huda's fiancé, al-Qadi, who is himself facing criminal charges for enabling an unauthorized migrant from entering Yemen, told s, "My only demand is to grant Huda humanitarian refugee status so that I can marry her,"
The Yemen Organization for Defending Human Rights, HOOD, said earlier that they have provided the court with all necessary documents for Ali to be registered as a refugee.
HOOD's lawyer Abdul-Raqeeb al-Qadi said the Interior Ministry was still refusing to let the UN refugee agency see Ali, who is in detention.
|UN calls for calm in Sudan after clashes|
|[Daily Nation (Kenya)] UN chief Ban Ki-Moon appealed for calm after Sudan on Tuesday suspended an April summit between President and his southern counterpart after fresh border .|
"The government announced that it suspended Bashir's visit to Juba after the South Sudanese army attacked (the oil-rich territory of) Heglig," state radio reported early Tuesday. The two leaders had been due to meet on April 3.
Comments by the South's leader Salva Kiir that his troops had taken the northern oil centre "reflected extreme hatred to Sudan," said Information Minister Abdullah Ali Massar, the official SUNA news agency reported.
South Sudan had engaged in "deceptive and misleading acts" when it signed accords with Khartoum at -led talks in Ethiopia, and when last week it invited Bashir to the summit, said Massar.
|Three top terror leaders killed in the Philippines|
|At least 15 Islamic |
Zulkifli is a Malaysian leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, an explosive expert, and the over-all leader of the JI in the Philippines, said military spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Burgos. The US government has offered $5 million and P7.4 million reward for Zulkifli's capture.
Muawiyah, who goes by many aliases, is a Singaporean member of JI who fled to the Philippines shortly after the Bali bombings, according to a Philippine military intelligence source. He was a former member of the Singaporean military with the rank of Major. He was also a JI member affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf and had contact with Omar Patek, Burgos said. The US offered a $50,000 reward for his arrest.
Jumdail, a member of the Tausug ethnic group, is a founder and one of the top figures of the Abu Sayyaf group. He had warrants of arrest for 21 counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention and was involved in the 2000 kidnapping in Sipadan, Malaysia and the 2001 kidnapping in Dos Palmas resort in Palawan.
In a press briefing, Burgos said that the composite unit with elite troops from the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and the Philippine Air Force first launched an air strike in Barangay Duyan Kabau, Parang town in Sulu to "soften the target" at around 3 a.m. Thursday. That attack lasted for only a few seconds before troops stormed the terror group's temporary camp, Burgos said.
The air strikes were conducted following tips from civilians that there were Abu Sayyaf and JI members in the area. Burgos said there were also reports that 30 terrorists, including six foreign JI members, arrived in Sulu last December.
Burgos said that no civilians were hurt in the operations, saying that this was a "thorough and deliberate" operation done after "months of intelligence gathering." Burgos added, "We want to assure the people of Sulu that the operation conducted was aimed against known members of the terrorist groups--Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah-- who intends to expand their presence in Mindanao."
|Yemenis hail transitional council|
|[Iran Press TV] Anti-government protesters have poured into the streets in southern Yemen to expressed support for the newly formed transitional council to run the country.|
Mass rallies in support of the 17-member council of opposition figures were held in the cities of Taizz and Ibb on Monday.
Demonstrators also called for the downfall of the government of country's long-time dictator and formation of a civilian government.
They also demanded the prosecution of Saleh and his regime officials over the killing of hundreds of anti-government protesters since opposition rallies began in the country in late January.
Yemeni anti-government youth groups set up the transitional council last week to manage the country's affairs and to lead efforts to try and force Saleh from power before his possible return from .
According to the Youth Revolution Council, one of Yemen's largest youth organizations, the council would include former Yemeni president Ali Nasser Mohammed, former defense minister General Abdullah Ali Aleiwa and leaders of several opposition groups, including those in exile.
Tawakul Karman, a member of the transitional council, said the council has three priorities: the abolishment of Saleh's regime, leading the country during a transition period, and the prosecution of Saleh, his son, and members of his regime.
The council will also announce a 501-member "national assembly" that will draft a new constitution, Karman said.
Since Saleh left the country for for medical treatment in early June following an attack on the presidential palace, Yemenis are holding almost daily anti-government protests across the country, demanding his resignation.
Protesters have vowed to continue their protest rallies and sit-in through the fasting month of Ramadan until their demands are met.
"We will continue our sit-in through Ramadan, not just during Ramadan, until all of Saleh's regime and its elements are removed. We have now removed the root but we are left with the stem, the corrupt elements who control the oil and petroleum facilities, gas and water. They want to rule this nation while they entrap its citizens," quoted anti-government protester Abdullah al-Ghashmary as saying.
|Yemen protesters clash with police|
|[Al Jazeera] Yemen's opposition has proposed a transition plan which would see the country's longtime president hand power to a vice-president while steps are taken towards a national unity government and new elections.|
As protests continued across the country calling for Abdullah Ali Saleh to step down, opposition officials said on Saturday that he had yet to respond to the five-point plan.
The president, in power for 32 years, has said he is prepared to leave eventually but an abrupt exit would cause chaos.
On Saturday, he thanked thousands of supporters gathered near the presidential palace for backing the constitution.
"I salute you for your heroic stand and thank you for supporting constitutional legitimacy," he told the crowd amid a sea of his portraits and banners supporting his continued rule.
Yet in the southern province of Aden, thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with anti-riot police backed by tanks.
Protesters demanding the ouster of the president called for a general strike on Saturday and witnesses said many of residents responded by not going to work. Public transport shut down and many shops were closed.
Demonstrators set tyres on fire, sending black smoke in the sky. Troops fired in the air to disperse young people who had erected barricades with large rocks at the entrance of main roads to prevent tanks from moving, witnesses said.
And in the western port of Hudaida, seven protesters were when riot police used batons and teargas to disperse demonstrators calling for Saleh's resignation, residents said.
Saleh has warned that if he is ousted, Yemen will descend into chaos and boost the al-Qaeda presence already in the country.
The opposition plan would see the army and security forces restructured by a vice-president acting as temporary president.
Wide discussions could then be held on constitutional changes, a unity government and new elections, Yemen's opposition coalition said in a statement.
" and his entourage are still involved in their crimes and continue to refuse to understand the demands of the people," the opposition said.
Days earlier, Saleh made a fresh offer to demonstrators, proposing he stays in office until elections are held and that he will transfer his powers to a caretaker government.
The offer was made on Tuesday at a meeting with Mohammed al-Yadoumi, head of the Islah party. It was the first time the president had dealt with Islah, once a partner in his government, an opposition spokesmen said.
"The opposition could pick a head of government of its own choosing and there would be parliamentary elections by the end of the year," an opposition source said of Saleh's offer.
The opposition promptly rejected the offer, with a calling it "an attempt to prolong the survival of regime".
Weeks of protests by many thousands in Sanaa, the capital, and other cities have sent Saleh's rule to the brink of collapse.
the United States and top oil producer , a key Yemen supporter, are worried over who could succeed their ally. They have long regarded Saleh as a bulwark of stability who can keep al-Qaeda from extending its foothold in an Arabian Peninsula country.
Yemen's al-Qaeda wing for a foiled attempt in late 2009 to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit, and for US-bound cargo bombs sent in October 2010.
Some 82 people have been killed during the protests so far, including 52 people shot by government snipers on March 18.