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Facebook stock soars on Zuck testimony

Facebook shares climbed 4.5% on Tuesday, with most of the increase occurring while Mark Zuckerberg testified on Capitol Hill.

Data: Money.net; Chart: Axios Visuals
  • Zuckerberg's own Facebook holdings increased in value by around $2.8 billion.

Thought bubble: Wall Street viewed Zuckerberg as a competent leader, and Congress as unlikely to impose strict regulation. It also might have been excited by the revenue possibilities of a possible paid product for users who desire stronger privacy protections.

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Extremist with ties to 9/11 captured by U.S.-backed Syrian forces

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand guard on a rooftop.
Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand guard on a rooftop in Raqa on October 20, 2017. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German extremist who is believed to have links to the 9/11 attacks, is being questioned by the Syrian Democratic Forces, NBC reported Wednesday, citing an AFP report, and CNN confirmed on Thursday.

Why it matters: Per CNN, Zammar "is believed to have recruited some of the perpetrators" for the 9/11 attacks. Zammar was "a well-known figure in the Muslim community (and to German and U.S. intelligence agencies by the late 1990s)," the 9/11 Commission Report stated, according to NBC. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN that Zammar "was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria."