Anti-terror operation: U.S. military forces conducted an operation against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia yesterday, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. No other details were immediately available. Al-Shabaab is an al Qaeda-linked militant group. The U.S. designated it a foreign terrorist organization in 2008. It has targeted Al-Shabaab leaders in Somalia at least twice in the past year
2. UK TERROR LAWS
Travel restrictions: British Prime Minister David Cameron wants Parliament to pass a new law to prevent would-be jihadists from leaving the country. The law would give police the temporary power to seize a passport in case a British citizen is suspected of trying to travel to support ISIS. Cameron also said Britain needs measures to prevent the return of foreign fighters. UK authorities estimate that 500 Britons have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamist groups
3. ISRAEL LAND GRAB
Grounds for conflict: On the heels of an open-ended cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza, Israel laid claim to 1,000 acres in the West Bank over the weekend – a move that drew criticism from the United Nations and Palestinian leadership. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the move “illegal under international law and runs totally counter to the pursuit of a two-state solution.” The Palestine Liberation Organization deemed it the largest Israeli “land grab” in three decades. The property would become “state land,” making it available for Israeli settlements. Farmers in the area have 45 days to appeal Israel’s decision.
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