July 4 terror plot thwarted in Cleveland by man who pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda, FBI says | Fox News

A man who pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda sought to kill members of the military and conducted reconnaissance in downtown Cleveland for a planned attack on July 4 — but the Independence Day plot was foiled after a months-long investigation, federal officials said Monday.

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Dozens hurt by grenade at Ethiopia rally

Prime minister Abiy Ahmed was whisked away from the event attended by thousands in Addis Ababa.

He was whisked away immediately after the blast, thought to be from a grenade thrown amid thousands of people in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square.

His Chief-of-Staff Fitsum Arega said 83 people had been injured, six critically.

Mr Abiy only became prime minister after his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn unexpectedly resigned in February.

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U.S. warplanes take out ISIS sleeper cell in Iraq

 

U.S. and allied warplanes destroyed an Islamic State sleeper cell near the terror group’s former stronghold of Mosul Tuesday, ending with roughly 12 jihadists dead, military officials in Baghdad say.

The strikes targeted a segment of underground bunkers and tunnels used by Islamic State, or ISIS, fighters to defend the northern Iraqi city against Iraqi troops, backed by U.S. and coalition airpower, during last year’s offensive to retake Mosul.

The recent airstrikes come amid questions whether the White House and the Pentagon will maintain its military presence in Iraq to support Baghdad’s efforts to stamp out remaining ISIS cells, or withdraw U.S. troops from the country. The Trump administration has already indicated its desire to scale back American military forces battling the Islamic State in Syria.

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As ISIS targets disappear in Iraq and Syria, US military shifts focus back to Afghanistan | Fox News

As the war against the Islamic State terror group winds down in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military is increasingly turning its attention to Afghanistan.

As of early May, ISIS holds only two small pockets of territory in eastern Syria, and none in Iraq.

U.S.-backed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have since returned to eastern Syria following Turkey’s incursion into northwest Syria, drawing Kurdish fighters from the fight against ISIS. The SDF recently announced it is once again fully committed to defeating ISIS.

Air Force A-10 jets and drones were recently called to thwart a battle against the Taliban in western Afghanistan, when the city of Farah was threatened.

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Guantanamo prisoner released, the first of Trump’s presidency – CBS News

The detainee has been sent to his native Saudi Arabia

Ahmed al-Darbi is the first prisoner to leave the U.S. base in Cuba since President Donald Trump took office. The last announced detainee transfer from Guantanamo was over a year ago, in Jan. 19, the day before Mr. Trump was inaugurated.

Al-Darbi is returning to Saudi Arabia as part of plea deal.

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Libya violence: Twelve killed in Tripoli election HQ attack – BBC News

The Islamic State group says it was behind the attack, amid concerns over election security.

It is one of several militant groups active in Libya, which has been in constant turmoil since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011.

After his 42-year rule, the country was split between myriad rival armed groups, loyal to one of three governments.

Although many observers have questioned whether an election can be secured in the politically and militarily divided country, the international community appears hopeful that it would give the troubled North African state a fresh start.

Source: Libya violence: Twelve killed in Tripoli election HQ attack – BBC News

Multiple Suicide Bombings In Afghanistan Leave Dozens Dead, Scores Wounded

Two coordinated suicide attacks in Kabul killed at least 25 people and wounded scores more. In a separate attack in the country’s south, at least 11 children at a religious school were killed.

In Kabul, the first explosion occurred when a suicide bomber riding a motorbike detonated outside the headquarters of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security. When reporters rushed to the scene to cover that explosion, a second suicide bomber on foot struck, suggesting that journalists may have been among the intended targets.

Source: Multiple Suicide Bombings In Afghanistan Leave Dozens Dead, Scores Wounded