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1 French commando and 20 militants killed in Mali, 9 Nigerien troops killed in Niger

October 31, 2014
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The firefights in both Mali and Niger represent a sharp increase in violence since the beginning of this year.

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Arab, Haqqani Network commanders reported killed in latest drone strike in South Waziristan

October 30, 2014
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Reports surfaced that an al Qaeda commander known as "Adil" was killed in the eighth recorded drone strike in Pakistan this year.

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Al Nusrah Front offensive in Idlib targets Assad regime, fellow rebels

October 29, 2014
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The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has captured several towns and villages in the countryside of Idlib. The territory was controlled by the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), which has been allied with Al Nusrah despite being part of the Free Syrian Army.

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French warplanes bomb Islamic State camp in Iraq

October 28, 2014
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French warplanes hit an Islamic State training facility, recruitment center, and IED factory in Hawijah in Salahaddin province on Oct. 23.

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Fighting between jihadists, Haftar's forces escalates in Benghazi

October 27, 2014
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The fighting in Benghazi has escalated in recent days after the former Libyan general Khalifa Haftar made a renewed push to rid the city of jihadists. The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, however, seems to be pushing back.

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Islamic State uses British hostage in propaganda video to rebut Western, Kurdish claims

October 27, 2014
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The Islamic State has released a propaganda video featuring John Cantlie, a British photojournalist who is being held hostage by the group. Cantlie is made to rebut Western claims about the efficacy of airstrikes in Kobane, a town that sits on the border of Syria and Turkey.

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AQAP profiles slain media operative tied to Ayman al Zawahiri's brother

October 27, 2014
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On Oct. 20, AQAP released a biography for Mustafa Ali, an Egyptian who was killed in a US drone strike in late 2013. The group says he sought "knowledge" from Mohammed al Zawahiri, the younger brother of Ayman al Zawahiri, while imprisoned in Egypt.

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Pro-al Qaeda Saudi ideologue criticizes jihadist leaders in Syria, calls for unity

October 27, 2014
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A popular pro-al Qaeda jihadist ideologue who relocated from Saudi Arabia to Syria last year has criticized the Islamic State's rivals on his Twitter feed. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini says that the failures of various jihadist leaders have driven the youth into the Islamic State's arms.

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Iraqi forces, Kurds claim success against Islamic State near Baghdad and Mosul

October 26, 2014
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Jurf al Sakhar in northern Babil and Zumar in northern Ninewa have changed hands several times over the past few months.

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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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AQAP eulogizes fighter killed in attack on Saudi border crossing

October 30   Mousa al Shihri, who came from a family with close links to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was recently eulogized by a Twitter account affiliated with the terrorist group. Comments (0)


Islamic State releases photos showing fighting in Amiriyat al Fallujah

October 30   Pictures released by the Islamic State show fierce fighting with the Iraqi Army in a key town just south of Fallujah in Anbar Province. Comments (1)


Islamic State releases pictures from fighting in Jurf al Sahkar

October 26   Despite the Iraqi military claiming victory over the Islamic State in Jurf al Sahkar, the terrorist organization has released pictures claiming to show its fighters in combat in the northern Babil town. Comments (0)


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 (19)


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)


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October 30, 2014:

Gen. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said US advisers should be deployed to Iraq's Anbar province, where Iraqi troops are battling the advance of the Islamic State. US officials said that the rate of foreign fighters flowing into Syria, about 1,000 per month, is remaining constant; this appears to be the case despite the US air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and US requests to Turkey to help stem the flow of foreign fighters. US officials also said that 20 to 30 former Gitmo detainees have joined the Islamic State or other jihadist groups in Syria. Donald Ray Morgan, 44, of North Carolina, was charged with attempting to join a terrorist organization; in August he had tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.


Iraqi Peshmerga forces have begun to arrive in Kobane to reinforce Syrian Kurds; about 50 free Syrian Fighters have also joined the fight against the Islamic State. Ten of 12 US airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday were dropped near Kobane. Twenty to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees are suspected to have joined jihadist groups in Syria, according to Defense and intelligence officials. Ten to 40 civilians died after a regime helicopter dropped two barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in northern Idlib province. A Syrian regime general states that there is no communication with the US about Western air strikes.


The Egyptian Army began demolishing homes to create a buffer zone against militants in the Sinai; the Army is also preparing for an operation to target "Sinai extremists." The Egyptian government banned a pro-Morsi political group. The US embassy has warned Americans in Egypt of potential attacks by al Qaeda-affiliated groups after a recent threat posted on a jihadist web site.


Ten people were killed when rockets struck a residential neighborhood in Benghazi as fighting continued between Islamist militias and the pro-government forces. Amnesty International states that rival factions have committed war crimes via indiscriminate shelling. A car bomb exploded in front of the security headquarters in Tobruk on Tuesday, killing one person.


Somali government forces killed four members of Shabaab in the Hiran region in south-central Somalia. A Shabaab leader killed in a US airstrike on Sept. 1 reportedly "had established new ties with" the Islamic State. The first wave of 2,700 additional Ugandan troops deployed to the country has arrived at Mogadishu International Airport.


The final tally in Tunisia's election shows a total of 85 (of 217) seats for the secular Nidaa Tunis party vs. 69 for the Islamist Ennhahda party.


French forces and an AQIM-affiliated group clashed in the Tigharghar valley near the Algerian border. One French paratrooper and about 20 of an estimated 30 militants were killed, according to the French defense minister.


Boko Haram attacked the town of Mubi, again violating the recent ceasefire with the government as negotiations are ongoing in Chad. The group ransacked the local emir's palace, freed jailed militants, burned houses, and killed "several people." The Nigerian air force launched airstrikes in retaliation.


The state-owned utility EDF said complaints have been filed against the unnamed persons who have flown drones over seven of France's nuclear plants between Oct. 5 and Oct. 20. Interior Minister Cazeneuve said an investigation has been launched and measures are being taken to neutralize the drones. Foreign Minister Le Drian said a French paratrooper was killed in a clash in Mali between French forces and al Qaeda-linked militants.


October 29, 2014:

Turkish authorities claimed that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was responsible for the murder of three Turkish soldiers in Hakkari on Oct. 25, but the PKK denied responsibility. A Turkish officer was shot by masked men in Diyarbakır. An estimated 50 to 150 Free Syrian Army soldiers crossed over from Turkey into Syria to assist Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State in Kobane. A convoy of Peshmerga fighters en route to Syria was greeted by welcoming crowds in Mardin.


Security was heightened during the trial of 46 members of the terrorist group Sharia4Belgium in Antwerp on Oct. 27 after reports surfaced that defendant Fouad Belcakem was planning to escape. The trial against the terrorist group, which is suspected of sending fighters to Syria, began on Sept. 29. Only eight defendants were present; the other 38 were said to be in Syria.


Antiterrorism police arrested a man in east London who is suspected of Syria-related terrorism offenses. Police are questioning a man who doused himself with gasoline and tried to set himself on fire outside the Woolwich barracks, close to the spot where British soldier Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists in May 2013.


October 28, 2014:

The Homeland Security Department said security will be stepped up around federal government buildings in Washington and in other US cities due to the threat of terrorism. Robel Phillipos, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted of lying to investigators.

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