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Ansar al Sharia ally a key figure in Benghazi security failures

August 1, 2014
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Wissam Bin Hamid met with US officials in Benghazi to discuss security two days before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack. In recent days, he has been pictured leading Ansar al Sharia and allied forces as they overran a Libyan special forces base.

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Hezbollah 'trainer' killed during fighting in northern Iraq

July 31, 2014
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Hezbollah, which helped establish Shia terror groups in Iraq beginning in 2005, said that Ibrahim al Hajj, a trainer, was killed while "performing his jihadi duties" in Tal Afar.

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Ansar al Sharia, allies seize Libyan special forces base in Benghazi

July 30, 2014
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Ansar al Sharia and its allies have captured a key Libyan special forces base in the city of Benghazi. The base fell after days of heavy fighting and Ansar al Sharia is celebrating the spoils of its victory on its official Twitter page.

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AQAP releases 5th installment of 'Repulsion of Aggression' video series

July 30, 2014
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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has released the fifth installment of its "Repulsion of Aggression" video series, detailing three coordinated attacks in the city of Seyoun in Yemen's Hadramout province on June 26.

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Well-connected jihadist tweets, then deletes, explanation of al Qaeda's oath to Mullah Omar

July 30, 2014
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A Twitter user known as "Shaybat al Hukama" tweeted, and then quickly deleted, his explanation of al Qaeda's relationship with the Taliban. Al Hukama appears to be well-connected to al Qaeda media operatives and leaders.

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Analysis: Islamic State advertises war crimes in video

July 29, 2014
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A video disseminated by the Islamic State celebrates the group's depravity. Warning: This article includes graphic images of violence.

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Analysis: Mullah Omar addresses governance of Afghanistan, war against 'invaders' in new message

July 28, 2014
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Mullah Omar discusses the Taliban's governance efforts at length in a message commemorating the end of Ramadan.

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Boko Haram strikes across northeastern Nigeria and in Cameroon

July 28, 2014
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Suspected Boko Haram fighters launched attacks across Nigeria's north and east and ventured into neighboring Cameroon, kidnapping the deputy minister's wife and a local religious leader. In separate attacks over the past two days, three female suicide bombers detonated in the capital of Kano state.

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Islamic State destroys tombs, mosques in Mosul

July 26, 2014
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The destruction of the mosques housing the tombs of Jonah and Seth is only the latest in the Islamic State's campaign to purge minority religions from Mosul.

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Kuwaiti Gitmo detainee should remain in US custody, review board finds

July 25, 2014
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A periodic review board has determined that Fayiz al Kandari, a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, should remain in US custody.

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Review board recommends transfer of Guantanamo detainee to Kuwait

July 25, 2014
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A periodic review board has recommended that Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda, a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo since 2002, be transferred to his home country. Jihadists on Twitter celebrated the ruling before it was released to the public.

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Boko Haram consolidates power in northeastern Nigeria

July 24, 2014
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As Boko Haram continues its offensive across northeastern Nigeria, the Nigerian government and other players are taking steps to combat the group.

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Pakistani officials, Taliban deny Adnan Rasheed was captured

July 24, 2014
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Pakistani officials have said there was a "mix-up" and an al Qaeda explosives expert, and not Rasheed, was captured during a raid two weeks ago in South Waziristan.

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Islamic State describes its seizure of central Syrian gas field

July 24, 2014
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The Islamic State's media office in Homs province released a report earlier this week detailing the terror group's takeover of a large gas facility in central Syria.

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Islamic Front rejects rival's caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

July 23, 2014
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The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgent groups in Syria, has issued a statement rejecting any attempt by its fellow insurgency groups to unilaterally create a new government.

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Ansar al Islam claims new attacks on official Twitter feed

July 23, 2014
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In one tweet earlier this month, Ansar al Islam implied that it had a hand in the killing of a top Iraqi general. But this claim cannot be independently verified and the few details offered by the group conflict with published reports based on Iraqi government sources.

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Yemen hands over 8 suspected AQAP members to Saudi Arabia

August 1   Eight Saudi citizens linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were transferred to Saudi Arabia, including a woman who had reportedly turned herself in to Yemeni authorities. Comments (0)


AQAP releases photos and video of attack on military intelligence HQ

July 29   Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released photos on Twitter from the March 18 suicide bombing at the military intelligence headquarters in Lahj, Yemen. Comments (1)


AQAP attacks in 3 southern Yemeni provinces

July 29   Fighters from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula staged a string of attacks throughout southern Yemen between July 25 and July 27, including an attempted coordinated attack on military locations in Mahfad. Comments (0)


Islamic State releases photos of camp in Aleppo

July 26   The location of the camp in Syria's Aleppo province has not been disclosed. Comments (6)


AQAP eulogizes Saudi fighter killed in Sa'adah

July 24   Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a series of tweets today eulogizing a Saudi fighter killed during clashes in Sa'adah. Comments (1)


2 bombings in northern Nigerian city of Kaduna

July 23   Two explosions that targeted religious and political leaders in Kaduna, Nigeria have killed at least 82 people. Comments (0)


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August 1, 2014:

While a large part of Benghazi has fallen to Ansar al Sharia and allies including the Libya Shield and the February 17 Brigade, Operation Dignity vowed to defend a protest tonight against the Islamists. Ansar al Sharia, which claimed to have taken over the city, has destroyed Benghazi's main police station, and no police, army, or special forces troops are visible. The brother of the special forces investigations head was shot dead yesterday. An NGO said fighting in July had killed 253 people in Benghazi and 130 in Tripoli. Planned pro-government demonstrations in Tripoli were sparsely attended. Over 10,000 Libyans fled to Tunisia over the past 24 hours. Operation Dignity forces bombed an Ansar al Sharia base in Adjabiya. Ansar is reportedly taking its wounded fighters to the Adjabiya hospital and then flying the severely wounded to Turkey via Misrata. Some 1,300 Koreans are quitting work at a Sirte power station due to insecurity; Turkish workers told to leave the country by Operation Dignity have recently returned to Sirte. Egyptian aviation authorities raised security precautions to the highest level due to reports that militants may have seized aircraft during the fighting at Tripoli airport and might use them to crash into targets in Egypt.


Security forces on patrol in Fouzaia in the governorate of Jendouba clashed with a terrorist group yesterday. Terrorists attacked security forces in Ain Debba in Jendouba. The Tunisian Red Crescent denied reports that a Tunisian doctor was killed in an Israeli raid in Gaza. Syphax Airlines, a private Tunisian carrier, denied "rumors" that it had lost aircraft in Libya.


Of the 66 Belgians known to be in Libya, seven left on aboard a Greek ship, 10 told the Belgian Embassy they wanted to leave, and 50 dual nationals prefer to remain in the troubled country. Last month Luxembourg police working with Spanish counterterrorism authorities arrested Belgian national Abou Nouh a.k.a. Davide De Angelis, a former jihadist in Syria who served as a facilitator for an Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham recruiting network that funneled fighters to Syria and Mali.


Demonstrators in support of the Islamic State were reportedly expected to take part in protests today at The Hague against police violence. Dutch police warned those planning to appear at a protest on Aug. 3 in Amsterdam against the Gaza offensive that Nazi symbols, Hitler salutes, the Islamic State flag, and flag burning will not be tolerated at the protest. On July 31, Islamic State supporters marched in The Hague waving black flags and chanting "Death to the Jews!"


Al Qaeda's black flag was displayed by protesters who blocked an east London tunnel last week shouting "Free Palestine" and leaving motorists temporarily trapped. An organization that tracks attacks on the UK's Jewish community noted that antisemitic incidents had risen 36% between January and June, to a total of 304, and that there have been 130 more incidents in July alone.


Authorities claimed to have killed nine "terror suspects" and captured another in Hotan prefecture in Xinjiang province. Two days ago, the imam of China's biggest mosque was killed by knife-wielding 'religious extremists' in Kashgar in Xinjiang.


July 31, 2014:

French military forces arrested Yoro Ould Daha, a former leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, earler this week at his home in Gao. Algeria has said bad weather, not a terrorist attack, caused the July 24 passenger jet crash in the Malian desert.


Fighting resumed in southern Tripoli near the airport between Islamists and Zintani militias defending the airport. The police presence was reportedly scarce in Benghazi, where the Red Crescent collected at least 35 bodies from the Saiqa Special Forces base in Buatni that was taken over by Ansar al Sharia. Last night several hundred demonstrators marched to the Jalaa Hospital in Benghazi and temporary forced the Ansar al Sharia militants guarding it to leave; social media called for a day of protest in Benghazi on Aug. 1 against the Islamists' attempt to take over the city. Turkish nationals have returned to work at a Sirte power station.


Foreign Minister Hamdi threatened to close the Ras Jadir and Wazin-Dehiba border crossings, as at least 5,000 people per day have been entering Tunisia from Libya through Ras Jadir recently, and he ordered stepped up security at Ras Jadir. The Defense Ministry accepted the July 23 resignation of army chief General Mohamed Salah Hamdi, who resigned "for personal reasons" after a militant attack in Jebel Chaambi that killed 15 soldiers and wounded 20. A Salafist who provided material and logistical support to terrorist groups was arrested in El Kef on July 27. Five members of a "dormant" terrorist cell were arrested in Mahdia. Two soldiers were killed in a clash with terrorists in Kef on July 26.


The head of the PST announced that the terror alert has been lowered, as an attack by Islamist militants from Syria is no longer thought to be imminent. Norwegian counterterrorism experts indicated there was more to the warning than mentioned in the press. Police arrested a second suspect in the attempted murder of an Oslo imam who had spoken out against religious extremists; another suspect, a Norwegian man of Pakistani origin, was arrested on June 30.


Authorities claimed that three knife-wielding Uighur militants killed Jume Tahir, the imam of the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, which is China's largest mosque. Security forces killed two of the suspects and captured the third. Tahir was said to be a pro-government Uighur leader who cooperated with authorities in monitoring religious activities.


July 30, 2014:

The military killed 27 people during airstrikes in Jurf al Sakhar, which is under control of the Islamic State, and seven more near Fallujah. Shia militias executed 15 Sunnis in Baqubah, and then hung their bodies from electrical poles. A Hezbollah trainer was killed during fighting in northern Iraq.


The federal police issued arrest warrants for Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, two Sydney residents who are now fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and have threatened to kill Australian soldiers as well as all non-Muslims. Authorities estimate that 150 Australians are currently fighting in Syria and Iraq, and that about 60 of them have joined extremist groups. Attorney General George Brandis said Islamic extremism is germinating "within the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne and Brisbane."

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