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NRA to participate in town hall with Parkland students

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Students join hands outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images

The NRA will face students from Parkland, Florida, where a school shooting killed 17 people last week, at a CNN town hall Wednesday night. The students have been advocating for gun reform in the aftermath of the tragedy and calling on politicians to stop accepting contributions from the NRA.

The details: The NRA will be represented by spokeswoman Dana Loesch, and the Parkland students will be joined by family and community members. Florida Rep. Ted Deutch and Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio will also attend. The town hall will be televised from Sunrise, Florida at 9 p.m. ET with CNN's Jake Tapper moderating.

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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."