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North Carolina man pleads guilty to conspiring with Islamic State recruiter

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Justin Nojan Sullivan has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges, including conspiring with Islamic State operative Junaid Hussain to plan "mass casualty shooting attacks on behalf" of the Islamic State. Hussain, who was killed in an airstrike last year, asked Sullivan to make a video of the attacks and Sullivan agreed. Hussain was one of the Islamic State's key digital planners. Read more →

Analysis: Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces in Iran’s game plan

PMF operations commander Abu Mahdi al Muhandis in Tal Afar airport, posted on Nov. 20.

The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) have announced plans about securing the border with Syria and pushing into the country following the Islamic State's defeat in Iraq. There are discussions in Western policy circles that PMF's movement is part of a broader Iranian strategy to establish a land corridor stretching from Iraq to the Mediterranean. However, Iran already exercises freedom of movement via its air bridge to Syria, and is unlikely to risk hard-fought gains for building a sustainable land bridge. Tehran has other plans for Iraq and Syria, in which the PMF plays important roles. Read more →