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AQAP claims credit for series of attacks in Yemen

October 20, 2014
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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit for a 16 attacks over the past several days as it battles Houthi rebels for control of central Yemen.

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Taliban claims captured Haqqani leaders visited ex-Gitmo detainees in Qatar

October 19, 2014
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The Taliban claims that two recently captured Haqqani operatives had recently met with members of the "Taliban Five" in Qatar. The Taliban Five is a group of senior Taliban leaders who were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year.

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Senior al Qaeda leader reported killed in US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan

October 19, 2014
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Abu Bara al Kuwaiti is a member of al Qaeda's General Command and was mentored by Atiyah Allah. The US killed Abu Bara in Nangarhar province, yet another indicator that al Qaeda is not confined to Kunar and Nuristan.

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Discord dissolves Pakistani Taliban coalition

October 18, 2014
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The spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban announced that he and five other leaders had defected to the Islamic State this week. The bulk of the organization had already broken off earlier this year.

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Ceasefire announced between Nigerian government and Boko Haram

October 17, 2014
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Boko Haram and the government of Nigeria announced an agreement that includes the possible return of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

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Al Qaeda portrays US-led bombing campaign as 'Crusade' against Islam

October 17, 2014
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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a statement once again calling on jihadists in Syria to unite against their common enemies, especially the US. AQAP and other jihadists are portraying the US-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria as part of a "Crusade" against Muslims.

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AQAP, Houthis clash in central Yemen

October 16, 2014
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On Oct. 15, AQAP fighters checked the Houthi advance in Bayda province and seized the al Adayn directorate in Ibb following the fall of Ibb city at the hands of the Shi'ite rebels.

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Islamic State photos highlight group's grip on Ramadi

October 16, 2014
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The jihadist group released photographs showing its fighters manning checkpoints in the 7 Kilo area west of Ramadi and in control of a base in Albu Aytha, just north of the provincial capital.

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US drone strike kills veteran jihadist turned senior AQIS official

October 15, 2014
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Sheikh Imran Ali Siddiqi, a senior official in al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month. After 9/11, Imran founded Harkat-ul-Mujahideen al-Almi (HUMA), an al Qaeda-linked group thought to be responsible for an attack on the US Consulate in Karachi and other Western interests.

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Houthi rebels seize Hodeidah and Dhamar

October 15, 2014
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Houthi rebels seized the strategic port city of Hodeidah on the Red Sea coast as well as the central Yemeni city of Dhamar on Oct. 14.

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US drone strike kills AQAP commander in Shabwa

October 15, 2014
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The strike in Shabwa reportedly killed an AQAP military commander.

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Al Qaeda external operations leader reported killed

October 15, 2014
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Ahmed Abdulrahman Sihab Ahmed Sihab, who is also known as Abdulrahman al Sharqi, is a senior leader in the al Qaeda council assigned to attack the West and a specially designated global terrorist. Jihadists on Twitter have reported that he was killed, but his death has not been confirmed.

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Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader calls on Lebanese people to attack Hezbollah

October 14, 2014
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Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader Sirajeddine Zurayqat has called on Sunnis in Lebanon to fight against Hezbollah. Zurayqat's call to arms was posted on his official Twitter account. His anti-Iran, anti-Hezbollah messaging is consistent with the Al Nusrah Front's propaganda campaign.

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AQAP attacks Yemeni military in Hadramout

October 14, 2014
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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula attacked several military targets in Yemen's eastern Hadramout province between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13, killing about 40 Yemeni soldiers.

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Taliban routs Afghan military convoy in ambush

October 13, 2014
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The Taliban killed 22 policemen and soldiers and captured eight more, and also destroyed and seized several military vehicles and weapons during the ambush in Sar-i-Pul.

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Germany's Islamic State problem

October 13, 2014
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Chancellor Angela Merkel's government faces daunting challenges due to the growth of the Islamic State and other extremist groups. Many of these challenges have arisen from Germany's own problematic counterterrorism policies.

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TTP denies its spokesman defected to Islamic State

October 19   The group said "Shahidullah Shahid" is a nom de guerre used by all spokesmen and that former spokesman Shaykh Maqbool was not a member of the group when he defected. Comments (0)


Islamic State patrols town north of Baghdad

October 18   A town in the key northern Baghdad belt has fallen back under control of the Islamic State. Comments (1)


Al Nusrah Front releases video of training camp in Idlib

October 18   The Al Nusrah Front has been running training camps in Syria since at least December 2012. Comments (1)


Iranian Basij general killed in Aleppo

October 16   The Iranian Basij general is the latest of several Iranian troops to have been killed fighting in Syria. Comments (3)


Afghan intel agency captures two senior Haqqani Network leaders

October 16   Anas Haqqani and Hafiz Rashid are the first senior Haqqani Network leaders to be killed or captured in nearly a year. Comments (5)


AQAP claims attacks in Hadramout, Shabwa, and Abyan

October 15   Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed credit for four attacks in Hadramout, Shabwa, and Abyan in a series of tweets posted on Oct. 15. Comments (0)


Islamic State suicide bomber kills Badr militia leader in Baghdad

October 14   The increased violence inside the capital is the result of the Islamic State's success in implementing its Baghdad Belts strategy. Comments (0)


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October 20, 2014:

A Western news report emerged that Uighur attackers armed with knives and explosives stormed a farmers' market in Kashgar prefecture in Xinjiang province on Oct. 12, where they killed at least 22 ethnic Han merchants and policemen. Chinese news outlets have not reported the attack.


October 19, 2014:

The US reportedly killed Abu Bara al Kuwaiti, a leader in al Qaeda's General Command, in an airstrike in Nangarhar province. Abu Bara was at the home of Abdul Samad Khanjari, al Qaeda's military commander in the province. The Taliban denied that Anas Haqqani and Anas Haqqani and Qari Abdul Rasheed Omari were members of the group, and claimed they were visiting a freed Guantanamo detainee in Qatar before they were captured in Bahrain.


An Islamic State suicide bomber killed an Iraqi Army brigade commander and two aides in Amriyat al Fallujah. The police chief for Salahaddin province was wounded in an IED attack. Another Islamic State suicide bomber killed 18 people at a Shia mosque in Baghdad. The US launched 10 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Fallujah, the Baiji oil refinery, and the Mosul Dam.


Jihadists killed six Egyptian security personnel in an IED attack in Al Arish in the Sinai Peninsula. The attack took place in the same area where two policemen were killed in an ambush with RPGs three days ago.


October 16, 2014:

Afghanistan's intelligence service captured Haqqani Network leaders Anis Haqqani and Hafiz Rashid during a raid on Oct. 14. Anis is the son of the group's emir, and Rashid is a senior military commander. Security forces killed an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan commander in Takhar. The military claimed it killed 39 Taliban fighters in Nangarhar and Herat.


The Islamic State killed 47 people in a series of attacks that included a suicide bomber, roadside bombs, and mortars, in Baghdad and areas south of the capital. The Iraqi military killed three Islamic State fighters in Mosul. The US and allied did not launch any airstrikes in Iraq; 14 strikes were launched in Kobani in Syria.


Houthi rebels took control of the city of Ibb and advanced to the outskirts of Rada'a,where they fought with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. AQAP killed a Huthi military officer in Sana'a. Yesterday, a US drone strike killed an AQAP commander and three fighters in Shabwa.


October 15, 2014:

The Iraqi military claimed it defeated Islamic State assaults on Ramadi and the oil refinery in Baiji, and killed 22 Islamic State fighters in Diyala. The US launched five airstrikes against the Islamic State near the Haditha Dam and Baiji; three Islamic State fighters were reported killed in the attacks.


October 14, 2014:

US and coalition forces carried out 22 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, all in Kobane except for one in Deir al Zour; today's strikes were the most intense targeting yet by the coalition in Kobane. US forces also carried out one airstrike in Iraq against the group. President Obama met with coalition partners to discuss strategy against the Islamic State. The US and Russia agreed to begin sharing intelligence on the Islamic State. The Justice Department added 17 new charges against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, including that he led an Ansar al Sharia-linked militia, and that he conspired to attack the US mission in Benghazi and kill American citizens. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno warned that the 2012 plan to cut the active-duty force from 570,000 to 450,000 must be revised, as seven of the Army's 10 divisions are currently deployed around the globe, and "military risk is increasing exponentially" due in part to "mistaken assumptions about the number, duration, location and size of future force conflicts, and the need to conduct post-stability operations."


The Islamic State killed Ahmed al Khafaji, a member of parliament as well as a senior commander in the Shiite Badr militia, and 20 other people in a suicide attack in Baghdad, and 2 "volunteers" south of Tikrit. Eight Islamic State fighters and two Iraqi soldiers were killed during a clash at a military base in Fallujah. The US launched one airstrike against the Islamic State near Kirkuk. The government denied that the Islamic State has clashed with security forces near Baghdad International Airport.


October 13, 2014:

The Taliban killed 22 Afghan soldiers and policemen in an ambush on a convoy in Sar-i-Pul. The Taliban killed one person in suicide attacks in Nangarhar and Kabul. The Taliban executed a woman in Kunar for spying. Afghan officials claimed that ISAF accidentally killed seven civilians in an airstrike in Paktia.


The Islamic State killed four policemen and a militia fighter in attacks in Samarra. Security forces claimed to have killed "dozens" of Islamic State fighters in Jurf al Sakhar.


US and Saudi aircraft conducted seven airstrikes targeting the Islamic State in Aleppo near Kobane and one strike on a garrison in Raqqah; the airstrikes also targeted refineries used by the IS. The Islamic State advanced in Kobane after carrying out a suicide bombing with an armored vehicle and at least one other bombing with a car. Gunmen assassinated a town mayor in Hasakah. The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, the Ansar al Din Front, and rebels fought against regime forces in Aleppo. Syrian guerilla groups such as "White Shroud" have begun hunting down and killing Islamic State fighters in Deir Izzour.

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