Taliban launch offensive in northern Afghan province
Islamic State captures dam, overruns base in western Iraq
White House says hostages, including American, killed in counterterrorism operation
Al Qaeda, jihadist allies declare victory over Syrian regime in key city

Al Qaeda, jihadist allies declare victory over Syrian regime in key city

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The "Battle of Victory" coalition, which includes the Al Nusrah Front and several other jihadist groups, has declared victory in the city of Jisr Al Shughur. The battle for the city began several days ago and was the next step in the jihadists' plans for conquering all of northwestern Syria. A highly influential al Qaeda-linked ideologue was reportedly wounded in the fighting. Read more →

White House says hostages, including American, killed in counterterrorism operation

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The White House says that two hostages, including an American, were killed in a counterterrorism "operation" in January. The two perished in an attack that also killed Ahmed Farouq, a prominent al Qaeda leader. Declassified documents recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound identified a jihadist by that name as an up and coming leader. Adam Gadahn, an American al Qaeda spokesman, was also killed in a separate operation. Read more →

Today In Posts

April 23, 2015
  • Syria
    The US-led coalition conducted seven airstrikes in Syria between Apr. 21-22, one near Hasakah and six near Kobani. SOHR estimates that the US-led air campaign has killed 2,079 people, including 66 civilians, since its inception in September. A report claims that Al Nusrah's Khorasan Group has regenerated after taking significant losses early in the Western air campaign. Fighting between Islamist rebels and the Islamic State north of Damascus left over 40 dead, with estimates of 30 rebels and 12 jihadists killed. Russia is arming both the Syrian regime and Iraq in the conflict with the Islamic State. The Islamic State has banned Nike clothing in Iraq and Syria and issued a list of forbidden words, including "'bitch,' 'whore' and 'hussy' as well as religious terms such as 'vicar' and 'cross.'"
  • Somalia
    Shabaab claimed credit for gunning down a senior military officer in Mogadishu. The  jihadist group has promised to continue recent attacks against UN targets. A Kenyan administrative chief was abducted by Shabaab in north Kenya and is now believed to be in Somalia.
  • Egypt
    A shell killed one person and wounded four after hitting a house in Sheikh Zuweid city in North Sinai; the source of the artillery is unknown. Egypt and Bahrain will conduct joint military exercises aimed at influencing the political process in Yemen.
April 21, 2015
  • Libya
    Jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State released a video showing the execution of 30 Ethiopian Christians on a Libyan shoreline. A bomb exploded in front of the Spanish embassy in Tripoli, causing no injuries.
  • Mali
    A driver was killed during an ambush on a UN peacekeeping supply convoy near Gao in northern Mali, marking the third attack on the UN mission in a week. Al Mourabitoun claimed responsibility for one of the previous attacks, a suicide bombing of a barracks in Ansongo that killed two civilians and wounded nine Nigerien peacekeepers on Apr. 15.
April 16, 2015
  • Libya
    Fighting broke out in Tripoli between Libya Dawn and local forces, including one of the Islamist group's factions, after accusations of support for the Libyan National Army. Pro-government forces conducted air strikes near Tripoli; a "security source" claimed that a missile battery was hit. A new round of peace talks backed by the UN began in Morocco. Russia has pledged to supply weapons to the Libyan government if a UN embargo is lifted.
April 15, 2015
  • Syria
    A former Australian model who joined the Islamic State was reportedly killed fighting in Syria. Some Palestinian rebels are siding with the Assad regime to combat the Islamic State. A group of insurgents in southern Syria announced that they would not cooperate with the Al Nusrah Front. Human Rights Watch claims the Assad regime used chemical weapons in March. The US-led coalition conducted three airstrikes near Kobani, targeting "two ISIL tactical units ... four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle."
  • Somalia
    Shabaab staged a suicide assault on the Ministry of Higher Education, killing at least 12 people and wounding 15. Seven attackers were killed. Unknown gunmen wounded a journalist in Mogadishu on Apr. 9.
  • Egypt
    A bomb targeting a bus killed two military academy students and wounded six in Kafr al-Sheikh. Attacks on a checkpoint, a police station and a highway killed at least 12 in the North Sinai on Apr. 12. Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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