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February 26, 2015
  • Egypt
    Four bombs exploded in Cairo, killing one person and wounding at least seven. The Egyptian military killed dozens of suspected jihadists during operations in the Sinai. Egyptian President Sisi and visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan urged international cooperation in counterterrorism efforts.
  • Somalia
    Three mortar rounds landed inside the presidential palace compound in Mogadishu; Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Fifteen people were killed when government forces clashed with the "moderate Islamist group" Ahlusunah Wal Jamaa in Guricel Town in central Somalia.
  • Syria
    French lawmakers made an unauthorized trip to Syria to hold talks with President Bashar al Assad. The Assyrian Human Rights Network claims that the Islamic State now holds 262 Christians hostage after an offensive that took over nearly a dozen Assyrian villages. The Islamic State's masked British executioner of Westerners has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi from west London. Syrian Kurdish forces cut off one of the Islamic State's supply lines from Iraq in northeastern Syria. The US-led coalition conducted nine airstrikes in Syria on Feb. 24-25; three destroyed an islamic State vehicle near Al Hasakah and six destroyed "three ISIL tactical units, an ISIL fighting position and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions" near Kobani.
February 24, 2015
  • Nigeria
    A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people and injured more than 30 at a bus station in Potiskum in northeastern Nigeria. The Nigerian military claimed to have retaken the town of Baga from Boko Haram on Feb. 21; on Feb. 22, a young girl estimated to be 8-10 years old detonated a bomb at a market in Potiskum, killing five people and wounding dozens. A Christian missionary from Seattle, Washington was abducted in Emiworo in Kogi state on Feb. 23. The Nigerian military has increased airstrikes on Gwoza and Bama in Borno state prior to a ground offensive to retake the area.
  • Tunisia
    Tunisian security forces arrested roughly 100 suspected jihadists in the past three days, some of whom were planning attacks, according to officials. The government also presented video evidence linking some suspects to the Islamic State.
  • Libya
    Libya's Western-backed elected parliament has withdrawn from UN-sponsored peace talks. Amnesty International claimed that seven civilians were killed by Egyptian airstrikes in Derna on Feb. 16. Libya has resumed oil production from Sarir field and oil exportation from the port of Zueitina. Nearly 15,000 Egyptians have fled Libya after the murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State.
February 20, 2015
  • Egypt
    An IED prematurely detonated, killing two men who were attempting to place the bomb in Samalut, Minya governorate. Egypt has banned Islamic State videos from the internet. Qatar recalled its ambassador to Egypt after the latter's airstrikes in Libya. Pro-army nationalism has increased in the wake of Egypt's airstrikes in Libya. Egypt called on the UN to lift the arms embargo on Libya to pave the way for security intervention in the war-torn country. The West has declined to support Egypt's intervention in Libya.
  • Somalia
    Shabaab killed at least 11 and wounded "many others" in a twin suicide bomb attack on a luxury hotel in Mogadishu known to house government officials. Security forces are conducting a major crackdown in the capital after the recent assassination of five government workers. Djibouti will deploy a battalion of soldiers to counterterrorism operations in Somalia.
  • Syria
    U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called for an end to sieges on civilians and the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs by the regime. The UN is prepared to release a secret list of war criminals from the conflict. The US-led coalition conducted seven airstrikes in Syria on Feb. 18-19, five targeting Islamic State positions in Kobane and two hitting oil pump jacks and a checkpoint controlled by the Islamic State in Hasakah. Kurdish forces have pushed into Raqqa province, capturing 19 villages from the Islamic State. The US and Turkey reached a deal to train and arm Syrian rebels; the Pentagon has identified 1,200 "moderate" rebels to receive assistance. Wiretaps revealed that the Turkish Army shelled regime positions last year.
February 18, 2015
  • Nigeria
    Boko Haram leader AbuBakr Shekau released a video threatening to disrupt Nigeria's presidential election on March 28. At least three bombs killed 36 people at a military checkpoint in the town of Biu in Borno state; some reports say that soldiers killed 17 attackers in the same incident. A suicide bomber detonated at a restaurant in Potiskum in Yobe state. Gunfire and bombs disrupted a rally for the political opposition party in Okrika in Rivers state, killing a policeman. The Nigerian military claimed that it has killed 300 Boko Haram fighters while losing only two soldiers since the start of an offensive this week.
  • Mali
    Gunmen attacked an army post 300 miles from Bamako on Feb. 14, killing two soldiers. Seven UN peacekeepers were wounded in an explosion in Tabankort in northeastern Mali on Feb. 15.
  • Algeria
    Algeria is beefing up security along its 900 km border with Libya in the face of the neighboring country's increasing instability and possible infiltration from terrorist groups.
  • Tunisia
    Jihadist gunmen attacked a national guard police checkpoint in Kasserine, killing four policemen. The Interior Ministry blamed the Islamic State-affiliated Uqba ibn Nafi militia for the attack, and said some police officers had also been taken captive. Tunisia is reinforcing security along its border with Libya to prevent infiltration by armed groups.
  • Libya
    Letters written by Islamic State supporters portray the conquest of Libya as a gateway to launching a war in southern Europe. Italy is pressuring the UN for a political solution to the Libyan conflict; Egypt is calling for a UN-backed military intervention after the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians by the Islamic State in Libya. The UN Security Council is conducting a meeting on the Libyan crisis today.
February 13, 2015
  • Libya
    Islamic State fighters reportedly took over two radio stations in Sirte; the group has also published photos of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians kidnapped in December and January in Sirte. The UN restarted negotiations between the country's warring parties.
  • Tunisia
    The army shelled terrorist "hideouts" in mounts Salloum and Samama in Kasserine. A Libyan National Army spokesman identified a Tunisian as the leader of Islamic State militants in Tripoli; Tunisia is one of the largest sources of jihadist fighters.
  • Nigeria
    A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a market in Biu in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least seven people. Political violence has killed 58 people in the run-up to Nigeria's elections. A poll by Transparency International ranked the country's political leadership as the world's most corrupt.
  • Chad
    Boko Haram conducted its first attack on Chadian territory, killing one soldier and wounding four others before being driven back from the village of Ngouboua. The jihadist group has pushed into Chad, Niger and Cameroon recently in its bid to expand its "caliphate."
February 12, 2015
  • Syria
    The Islamic State claims in a propaganda magazine that the widow of the gunman who attacked a Paris supermarket is now in Syria with the group. The US struggles with an "intelligence gap" while trying to track Western foreign fighters; it is believed "more than 20,000 foreign fighters from more than 90 countries have gone to Syria." Regime forces and Hezbollah launched a major offensive in Southern Syria.
  • Somalia
    At least 10 members of Shabaab were killed and scores more injured in a clash with AMISOM forces in Barawe town. The US will be providing 20 MRAPs to African Union peacekeepers in Somalia. A military court executed Ahmed Ismail Ali, "a senior Al Shabaab leader in Gedo region." The Somali National Army claims to have "taken new areas" from Shabaab in the in Bakol region.
February 11, 2015
  • Libya
    Libya reopened the Hariga oil port after the end of a strike by security forces. Libyan Special Forces recaptured a key military base in Benghazi from Islamist militias. Islamic State-allied jihadists staged a parade in Noufliya, which is "some 60km from the eastern oil port of Sidra." Libya is on track to exhaust its wheat reserves in two to three months.
  • Tunisia
    Tunisia arrested 32 Islamists for "planning terror attacks against buildings belonging to the country's Ministry of Interior, security posts and civilian targets." A general strike was declared at the country's two main border crossings with Libya in protest of excessive force by police.
  • Algeria
    Algeria announced the founding of a "national monitoring board" to combat religious extremism. Algeria reportedly declined to join the US-led coalition against the Islamic State after requests from the US and France.
  • Nigeria
    The Nigerian National Security Adviser promises that there will not be another election postponement due to security issues. A report states that Boko Haram has gathered fighters to attack again Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
February 9, 2015
  • Syria
    The US-led coalition conducted three airstrikes near near Kobani, Deir al-Zor and Raqqa in the past day. Kurdish forces have recaptured more than a third of villages ("128 of some 350") surrounding Kobane. Jordan has launched 56 airstrikes in retaliation for the death of Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh, the pilot murdered by the Islamic State. The Syrian foreign minister said the Assad regime does not need Jordan's help to fight the jihadist group. "At least 15 people were killed and dozens wounded" in a regime airstrikes near Damascus. The Islamic State has withdrawn some of its men and material from Aleppo. A humanitarian organization estimates that about 210,000 people have been killed since the start of the Syrian Civil War.
  • Somalia
    Members of Shabaab shot and killed a member of Somalia's Federal Parliament in Mogadishu. Jihadists attacked a police station in Bossaso in Puntland; at least two of the attackers were killed and three others captured. A land mine targeting Turkish workers in Mogadishu killed one person.
  • Libya
    Pro-government forces launched a new offensive to take Benghazi from Islamist militias; more than 40 people have been killed and dozens injured. The country's warring parties will resume UN-sponsored peace talks on Feb. 10. A strike by security personnel has closed Libya's last onshore oil export terminal.
February 8, 2015
  • Tunisia
    The Interior Ministry announced that it arrested 32 extremists who were plotting spectacular attacks on "civilian and military sites around the country." Operations to apprehend more suspects remain ongoing in Kasserine, near the Algerian border.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria is postponing upcoming elections for six weeks to focus on an offensive against Boko Haram. Nigeria, along with Benin, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad have jointly pledged to deploy an additional 8,700 troops in the fight against the jihadist group.
  • Niger
    Nigerien forces repelled attacks by Boko Haram on the border towns of Bosso and Diffa; 109 jihadists and four soldiers were killed, and 17 soldiers were wounded. Shortly afterward, a young boy blew himself up in Diffa's market, killing five.
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