NATO said the four Patriot missile batteries supplied by Germany and the Netherlands for the protection of Turkey along its Syrian border are operational, and that the two remaining batteries will come under NATO control within days. Turkey’s opposition parties have claimed the missiles are intended to defend a NATO radar base in Turkey.
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Both rebels and the government accused each other of the execution-style massacre of more than 100 people in Aleppo. The head of the rebel coalition said he was willing to hold talks with representatives of the Assad regime.
Secular and Islamic groups met to try to defuse the political crisis. Protesters in Cairo rejected prosecutors’ decision to arrest members of the Black Bloc group on terrorism charges. Islamist parties said Black Bloc members must be killed.
The sheikh of the tribe to which al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula deputy emir Said al Shihri belonged said the tribe would not bury the AQAP leader. Al Shihri’s father is said to have “disowned him after he walked in the path of terrorism.”
On its Facebook page this week, Ansar al Sharia Tunisia honored two senior al Qaeda leaders who have been reportedly killed. The page contains numerous posts dedicated to global jihadist causes in addition to the group’s provision of social services.
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A witness claimed that six security personnel were killed in yesterday’s blast outside of the prime minister’s home in Mogadishu. The World Food Program began distributing aid in Kismayo for the first time in four years.
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The government deployed special combat forces to areas near the Algerian and Libyan borders to protect Tunisia’s oil and gas fields from terrorist attacks. Salafists continued their attacks on Sufi shrines, ransacking and desecrating the mausoleum of Sidi Ben Naji in Gafsa and the mausoleum of Sidi Baghdadi in Monastir, one day after the government […]
Eastern Syria has long been a haven for al Qaeda in Iraq, but now the terror group’s affiliate is openly ruling a town near the Iraqi border.