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Analysis: Former US Marine killed by Islamic State's Tripoli 'province'

January 28, 2015
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A former US Marine has been identified as one of the victims of yesterday's attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya.

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Video shows Hezbollah Brigades convoy transporting American M1 tank

January 28, 2015
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A video posted online shows the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades, a designated terrorist organization, transporting an American-made M1 Abrams tank and other US military equipment in Iraq.

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'Foreigners' among 7 jihadists killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

January 28, 2015
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The strike took place in the Shawal Valley, a jihadist hub that spans both North and South Waziristan.

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Islamic State is forced from Kobane

January 27, 2015
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After months of fighting for control of the Syrian border town, the Islamic State has withdrawn from Kobane in the face of advances by Kurdish forces and Syrian rebels.

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Islamic State appoints leaders of 'Khorasan province,' issues veiled threat to Afghan Taliban

January 27, 2015
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The governor is a former leader in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan and his deputy is a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay and Taliban commander in Afghanistan.

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Analysis: Islamic State sleeper cells a threat to Turkey

January 27, 2015
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Turkey's lax border policies backfire as the Islamic State threatens to bite the hand that feeds.

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Islamic State's 'province' claims responsibility for attack on hotel in Tripoli

January 27, 2015
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Gunmen assaulted the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli early this morning. According to some accounts, a car bomb was detonated outside of the hotel during the attack.

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Al Nusrah Front, Western-backed rebels overrun key regime base south of Damascus

January 26, 2015
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The Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham fought side-by-side with Western-backed rebels in a battle to take a key Assad regime base in southern Syria.

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Boko Haram takes key town in northern Nigeria, advances on Maiduguri

January 26, 2015
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Boko Haram launched a series of attacks as it continued its campaign to take control of northeastern Nigeria. A number of villages came under fire within hours of an official visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Lagos.

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US drone strike kills 3 suspected AQAP members

January 26, 2015
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The strike is the first reported in Yemen in more than two and a half months, and takes place just days after reports that US counterterrorism efforts in the country have been "paralyzed."

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AQAP releases infographics detailing attacks

January 25, 2015
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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a report including two infographics that detail its attacks over the past three months. The group claims credit for 205 operations, including the massacre at Charlie Hebdo's offices in Paris.

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AQAP issues guidelines for suicide operations

January 24, 2015
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Harith al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, sets forth six recommendations for suicide operations in a newly-released video.

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Iranian political and military leaders laud Qods Force general killed in Syria

January 24, 2015
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Political and Military elites of the Islamic Republic weigh-in on the death of Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Allah-Dadi, the IRGC-QF member killed in Syria by an Israeli helicopter attack.Their commentary indicates a desire to establish deterrence, at least rhetorically, and tout their globalist message pertaining to the Islamic Revolution.

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Family members claim leader of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi has died

January 23, 2015
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Mohamed al Zahawi's family members have told the press that he has died due to wounds suffered in fighting last year. Zahawi has been the leader of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi. Unconfirmed rumors of his death have circulated for months.

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Analysis: Qatar embraces admitted al Qaeda operative

January 23, 2015
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Qatar continues to celebrate the release of Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, an admitted al Qaeda sleeper agent, from a US federal prison last week. The prime minister of Qatar has even reportedly called al Marri to congratulate him.

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Pakistan falsely claims it takes 'immediate action' against terror groups listed by the UN

January 22, 2015
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Although numerous news outlets have reported that the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa have been banned in Pakistan, no official announcement of the group's status from the government or Ministry of Interior has been released.

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Hezbollah kills two Israeli soldiers in anti-tank missile attack

January 28   Hezbollah fired five anti-tank missiles at an IDF unit patrolling near Mt Dov. Comments (1)


Islamic State assaults Iraqi border post near Jordan

January 27   The Islamic State attack was repelled by Iraqi border guards backed by Iraqi airstrikes. Comments (1)


Boko Haram releases photos showing children in training

January 25   A media organization linked to Boko Haram, the jihadist group that controls large portions of northeastern Nigeria, has released images purporting to show children receiving weapons training. Comments (2)


President Obama's 'successful' counterterrorism strategy in Yemen in limbo

January 24   US officials are now telling Reuters that counterterrorism operations in Yemen are "paralyzed." Comments (3)


Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa: Banned or not?

January 24   Dawn calls out the Pakistani state for obscuring its purported ban of the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa. Comments (1)


Jihadists tweet photo allegedly showing deceased Ansar al Sharia leader

January 23   Jihadists have posted a photo on Twitter that allegedly shows Mohamed al Zahawi, the leader of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi, after his death. Earlier, Zahawi's family had told the press that he passed away from wounds he received during fighting last year. Comments (1)


Cameroon strikes back after Boko Haram kidnaps 80 villagers

January 23   Cameroonian armed forces launched a counterstrike against Boko Haram on January 19 after an estimated 80 villagers were abducted the day before. Cameroonian forces have so far rescued 24 of the hostages. Comments (2)


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January 29, 2015:

A UN official said the organization's aid effort is having trouble delivering supplies to 40% of the population in need. Talks between various opposition factions and the regime began in Moscow on Jan. 25. The US State Department denied assertions it has abandoned moderate rebels. Journalists entering Kobane have said the city is "a mass of rubble and gutted buildings" after the more than four months-long battle. King's College in London estimates that over 20,000 foreigners, "including about 4,000 from Western Europe and about 3,000 from former Soviet Union countries," are fighting in Syria. The US-led coalition conducted 13 airstrikes in Syria in the last 24 hours, all of them targeting Islamic State positions around Kobane.


Victims of Shabaab's sharia courts are petitioning the government for support. The jihadist group's former intelligence chief, Zakariya Ismail Hersi, said he has quit the group and renounced violence; Hersi surrendered to Somali forces in December. Somalia's president renewed an amnesty offer for Shabaab members who leave the group.


Egypt withdrew from an international meeting on Libya, protesting the inclusion of Qatar and Turkey, "countries outside the African Union." A grenade attack targeting a bus injured three in Port Said.


At least 10 people, including a former US Marine, were killed when gunmen went on a shooting rampage in the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli on Jan. 27. The Libyan Buraq Airlines has suspended all flights for two days after one of its air crews was killed in the attack. Libya's Health Minister said medical supplies are running out in eastern Libya. The UN is planning to hold future peace talks within Libya, after agreement "in principle" from the warring parties.


January 28, 2015:

The People's National Army arrested a terrorist and captured "a quantity of munitions and a pump-action shotgun" in the commune of Lakhdari 122 km east of Algiers.The Minister of Justice said that "Algeria ... must fill counterterrorism loopholes contained in its Legislation." Algeria and Nigeria jointly called for a political solution to the conflict in Libya.


UN forces reportedly killed three protestors and injured others in Gao after using gunfire to disperse a protest over a plan to disarm a pro-government militia; some reports described the protest as a siege. Suicide bombers and gunmen killed about a dozen people during an assault on Tuareg rebel positions near Tabankort town; the attackers are suspected to be members of pro-government militia. A senior Malian army officer survived an assassination attempt in Bamako on Jan. 26. Burkina Faso is deploying "an 850-strong Burkinabe battalion, called 'Badeyan 3'" to assist in peacekeeping efforts in Mali.


Boko Haram released photos of a training camp for children. Residents of Adamawa state say that jihadists are "rampaging through villages ... burning and looting." Upcoming elections are deemed "too close to call." Sharia police arrested 12 men for planning to wed; gay marriages and relationships were banned by the government in January 2014. The former Minister of Petroleum Resources dubbed Nigeria a "failed state."


January 23, 2015:

A report in a Kuwaiti newspaper alleges that despite claims by an Israeli security source to the contrary, Israel was aware of the presence of an Iranian general in a convoy targeted in southern Syria on Jan. 18. UN aid shipments to Syria have provided food to about 600,000 people since July. The US provided $6 million to fund the interim opposition government. The US has ruled out the possibility of a no-fly zone In northern Syria, contrary to Turkish preferences. The US-led coalition conducted 10 airstrikes in Syria since Jan. 21; nine strikes were conducted near Kobane and one near the Islamic State capital of Raqqa. Regime helicopters dropping barrel bombs killed at least 13 in Homs on Jan. 22.


A car bomb targeting a Turkish government convoy killed five policeman and one bystander in Mogadishu just prior to a planned visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; Erdogan postponed his Jan. 23 arrival to attend the funeral of Saudi King Abdullah. The UN, IGAD, AMISOM and the UK issued a joint statement voicing "concern over delays in the resolution of Somalia's long-standing political crisis."


January 22, 2015:

The rival Islamist parliament based in Tripoli has suspended participation in UN peace talks, claiming new offensives by forces aligned with the internationally recognized government. Both sides claimed that the other initiated hostilities near the key oil port of Es Sider. The US State Department warned "U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately."


Algeria has strengthened border security in anticipation of the anniversary of the Tiguentourine gas plant siege, and last week announced the disruption of a terrorist cel that had plans to attack oil and gas facilities. The army also arrested "twelve smugglers of different nationalities," seizing "vehicles, trucks and foodstuffs" on Jan. 19 and 20 in the south of the country. The government has introduced a bill intended to disrupt financing of terrorist groups. The Foreign Ministry urged warring Yemeni parties to reach accord in that conflict.


Tuareg separatists protesting UN airstrikes claimed to have driven UN forces from an airfield in Kidal in northern Mali. A dutch helicopter fired on a car near the town of Gao, killing four rebels. UN forces repelled rebels who attacked them with a heavy machine gun near Tabankort.


In a new video release, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for a recent massacre in Baga that killed hundreds of people, saying God "commanded" the group to do it. A Guardian analysis stated that "Army corruption, troop mutinies, alienated citizens and a lack of political will" are reasons Nigeria's strategy against the terrorist group are unlikely to succeed.

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