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3 AQAP fighters reported killed in US drone strike

October 24, 2014
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The strike took place in Baydah, where al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is battling Shiite Houthi rebels for control of the central province.

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Jihadist training camps proliferate in Iraq and Syria

October 24, 2014
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More than 30 training camps have been established by the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and allied jihadist groups in both Iraq and Syria since 2012.

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Analysis: Al Qaeda's 'Resurgence' focuses on Indian Subcontinent

October 23, 2014
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Al Qaeda released its new English-language, online magazine "Resurgence" earlier this week. At 117 pages, the magazine covers a number of themes, but it focuses on the Indian Subcontinent more than any other region.

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Taliban control 3 districts in Afghan provinces of Wardak and Kunduz

October 22, 2014
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One of the districts was the location of the shoot down of a US helicopter that resulted in the deaths of 31 special operations personnel, including 17 US Navy SEALs, in 2011.

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State Department adds Osama bin Laden's doctor to terrorist designation list

October 21, 2014
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Ramzi Mawafi was added to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists today. Mawafi has been publicly identified as the emir of al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula, which serves as a platform for funneling al Qaeda's assistance to allied jihadist groups.

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US State Department adds Pakistani Taliban leader to list of global terrorists

October 21, 2014
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Khan Said, who is also known as Sajna Mehsud, "stated his continued commitment to terrorist activity" after parting with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this year, the State Department said.

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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 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 supply drop to Kurds in the hands of the Islamic State

October 21   At least one of the 27 dropped US supply bundles has been captured by the Islamic State. Comments (16)


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 (1)


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 (2)


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)


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October 24, 2014:

The Pentagon said yesterday that US and coalition aircraft have flown some 6,600 sorties against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria and conducted 623 airstrikes, of which 553 were carried out by the US and the other 70 by nine other nations; US officials warned that Iraqi forces will not be ready for months to conduct a counteroffensive against the Islamic State. The New York City Police Department urged increased vigilance after Zale Thompson, a Muslim convert who had ranted against the US and Christians and advocated violent jihad on social media, used a hatchet to attack a group of four NYC policemen yesterday, injuring two. Thompson was shot dead at the scene; authorities are investigating alleged Islamist links. The top US military official in Korea said he believes North Korea is now capable of producing a miniaturized nuclear device for a missile warhead.


The RCMP is monitoring 93 "high-risk travelers" who may pose an extremist threat but has not arrested any of them in the wake of two terrorist attacks this week. Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was not on the list of high-risk travelers, although he had recently tried to travel to Syria and allegedly had jihadist connections in Canada.


Turkish and American officials are investigating letters containing an unidentified yellow powder that were sent to the consulates of the US, Belgium, Canada, France, and Germany in Istanbul; nine people have been sent to the hospital for observation. Turkish media reported that Basil Hassan, a Dane wanted by Denmark for attempting to kill writer Lars Hedegaard, was released by Turkish officials sometime in July, not during a prisoner swap with the Islamic State in September. The Justice Ministry refused to disclose whether Islamic State militants Çendrim Ramadani, Benjamin Xu, and Muhammed Zakiri are still in custody. Police detained 17 students after clashes at Istanbul University between Islamic State supporters and opponents. Intelligence reports warned that Islamic State cells plan to carry out suicide bombings in seven Turkish provinces.


King's College in London estimates that one British jihadi is killed in Syria or Iraq every three weeks. US officials stated that the town of Kobane is less likely to fall to the Islamic State and the "battle line has kind of stabilized" since Kurdish forces received US air support. Smugglers are selling passage into Syria from Turkey for as little as $20. The Syrian Army under Bashar al Assad claimed to have retaken the city of Morek in western Syria today.


Kenyan Defense Forces and Somalia National Army soldiers claimed to have killed over 80 "Shabaab militants in an offensive in Jamaame and Magambo areas near Kismayu in Somalia." Shabaab fighters attacked government forces near Afgoye district in the southeastern portion of the country. Somalia's ambassador to Ethiopia has stated that the terrorist group is greatly diminished: "Al-shabaab is now driven out of all major areas of Somalia. There is no place which it controls as military and political bases like before."


An attack on an Egyptian Army post on the Sinai Peninsula has killed 25 and wounded 20. Multiple reports assert that it was the result of a suicide bombing, though one "top official" claimed that the location was hit with "a mortar round and rocket-propelled grenades," causing a secondary explosion. Meanwhile, "at least four" masked men tossed molotov cocktails at two cars belonging to the Saudi consulate in Suez. Egyptian police have blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the attack.


Tunisian forces stormed a home held by armed militants in Tunis and killed six people, ending a day-long stand-off that began with an antiterrorism raid and gunfight that killed one policeman.


The Libyan military and the secular militia forces of Major General Khalifa Hafter conducted raids on the homes of Islamist militia leaders in Benghazi on Oct. 23, resulting in 29 deaths. An estimated 149 have died during fighting in the last week. According to one report, the Libyan Army met little resistance when it first entered the city on Oct. 22 and was welcomed by "cheers and applause by citizens in the al-Wahaishi and al-Salam neighborhoods." Meanwhile, Libya's newly appointed foreign minister has urged a diplomatic solution to the confrontation between Islamist militias and elected officials in Tripoli.


Despite yesterday's bombing and the kidnapping of 60 additional women and girls by Boko Haram on Oct. 22, an official with Chad's foreign ministry has asserted that the deal between the terrorist group and the government of Nigeria to free the 219 girls kidnapped in April will go forward.


October 23, 2014:

US officials plan a federal court prosecution for Irek Hamidullan, a veteran jihadist from Russia who led attacks on US troops in Afghanistan; he is thought to have links to Islamist fighters in Chechnya. Abu Omar Aqidi, a senior member of the Al Nusrah Front, said Islamic State hostage Peter Kassig, an American medic, had treated him and other jihadists in Syria. The Pentagon said Syrian opposition fighters to be trained by the US will receive basic defensive training but admitted that they "won't have the decisive effect" against the Islamic State. Three teenage girls from Denver who tried to travel to Syria have returned home after being intercepted by authorities in Germany.


Prime Minister Harper called yesterday's shootings in Ottawa at the War Memorial and Parliament Hill a terrorist attack, and vowed to strengthen Canada's antiterrorism laws. The attacker, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was shot dead by security officials after he had fatally shot a Canadian soldier and fired shots inside Parliament. It is still unclear whether Zehaf-Bibeau, who was said to be inspired by the Islamic State, acted alone. Canada raised its terrorist threat level from low to medium on Oct. 16 after deciding to join the coalition air campaign against the Islamic State, and security at military bases and other facilities has been increased following the two terrorist attacks this week.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated that 553 people have been killed in airstrikes since the start of the U.S. campaign on Sept. 23. The total includes 464 Islamic State fighters, 57 members of the Al Nusrah Front, and 32 civilians. Turkey's president revealed that a deal has been struck for 200 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to join the battle against the Islamic State in Kobane. Syrian Kurds have signed a power-sharing agreement to boost outside support for their campaign against jihadists. The Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad claimed to have shot down two jets piloted by members of the Islamic State. US General John Allen has implied that the UK may soon join the air war over Syria.


A new anti-terrorism bill that "would boost the powers of security officials and police" was submitted to Somalia's Federal Parliament yesterday and is slated for debate.

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