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Published 28 December 2021

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World’s 20 Most Dangerous Extremists Revealed — Including UK-Based Anjem Choudary and Tommy Robinson  (Isaac Crowson, Sun)
The world’s 20 most dangerous extremists have been revealed — including UK-based Anjem Choudary and Tommy Robinson. The list is compiled by experts who warn our nation has never been at such a heightened risk of a terror attack. Chiefs of rival terror organizations such as the Taliban and IS are also in the top 20. The Counter Extremism Project warns the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is “an event which threatens to usher in a new era of terror”. The think tank added: “Islamist extremists now have a new, settled safe haven.” Number one on its list is Hezbollah’s general secretary Hassan Nasrallah. The experts say the militant group will take “significant inspiration” from the Taliban’s power grab and could mount similar assaults in its regions. The Taliban makes its first appearance on the list at No4 via its “supreme leader” Haibatullah Akhundzada. Hate preacher Choudary, who groomed the killers of soldier Lee Rigby, is at ten and far-right racist Robinson completes the list at 20. Counter Extremism Project adviser Sir Ivor Roberts said: “The terrorist risk in Britain is greater now than at any time since IS was at its peak. “The main concern is not another 9/11 but the continuation of lone wolf acts or in very small groups.

Tampa Terrorism Case Raises Questions of Surveillance, Searches, Mental Illness  (Dan Sullivan, Tampa Bay Times)
A year ago, federal prosecutors accused a Tampa man of plotting a mass shooting in support of the ISIS terrorist group. FBI agents in a criminal complaint described Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari’s collection of a bulletproof vest, an Uzi submachine gun, a silencer and firearm parts, among other items. They said he perused Islamic State chat rooms, researched the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and explored Honeymoon Island and other popular Tampa Bay locations as they said he planned a similar massacre. (Cont.)