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San Bernardino Shooting Tied To ISIS; Ghost Ships Wash Up On Japan’s Coast

Authorities investigate the scene Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif., where a police shootout with suspects took place. A heavily armed man and woman opened fire Wednesday on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police.

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Shooting In California Possibly Linked To ISIS. In the aftermath of an attack on a holiday party in San Bernardino Wednesday morning, U.S. officials believe one of the two shooters pledged allegiance to ISIS shortly before or during the attack.  Officials have said that Tashfeen Malik posted her pledge to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on a Facebook account with a different name, but have not commented on how they determined this.  The attack carried out by Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, resulted in the death of 14 people, with 21 people being reported as wounded.  Law enforcement officials said that this is looking very much like a self-radicalization, without direct instructions from any ISIS leaders.  [CNN]

Germany Joins The Fight Against ISIS. Germany’s parliament approved a mandate Friday morning that would allow Berlin to send up to 1,200 military personnel into Syria to aid France and other nations in taking down ISIS.  Germany has already demonstrated support for Kurdish forces in Iraq by supplying weapons and military training over the last year, and this new mandate will send German refueling planes and a frigate to support a French aircraft carrier already on stand.  This mandate is not allowing Germany to take part in any air strikes, but their forces are trained to defend themselves if attacked.  [Wall Street Journal]

Ghost Ships Wash Up On Japan’s Coast. Japan’s West coast has had at last 13 mysterious wooden boats wash up on its shore over the past two months.  The boats are all devoid of crew, with Japanese officials discovering decaying and partially skeletonized bodies onboard.  The origin of these boats is unclear, although clues such as a fragment of a flag and a sign on some boats point fingers at North Korea.  The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea has not claimed these ships as their own, which raises the possibility that they could have been used by defectors trying to leave the country.  A recent North Korean news report shows Kim Jong-un encouraging his country to boost fishing production, which has led some to speculate that these bodies were fishermen whose boats became incapacitated by the sea.  [BBC]

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