Convicted Hezbollah financier and U.S.-designated a “global terrorist” Kassim Tajideen will be released early by the U.S. on compassionate grounds, according to multiple press reports. A court filing made on June 11 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicated the 64-year-old Tajideen’s age and risk of contracting COVID-19 in prison factored into the release order. Both U.S. officials and Tajideen’s lawyers have denied that his release was part of a deal made with the Lebanese government in exchange for the return of a U.S.-Lebanese dual-national, Amer al-Fakhoury. Lebanon accused Fakhoury, who was released and returned to the United States earlier this year, of torturing prisoners during the Israeli occupation of Lebanon as a member of the now-defunct Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army.
The safety of Europeans and the security of Europe in 2020 will be marked by four trends in terrorism: the resurgence of ISIS in the Middle East along with the increased risk of terrorist attacks, returning foreign fighters and jihadists facing trials, Internet platform rules on online terrorist content, and terrorist financing.
Facebook has made claims that it refers to international sanctions lists when working to remove terrorist content from their sites. However, researchers at the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) have discovered that U.N.-designated persons and organizations maintain a robust social media presence.
The demand for antiquities and other cultural property sold through online retailers and social media has skyrocketed since 2015—the sales volume is estimated to reach $9.58...