Monthly Archives: May 2014


Michigan family in dark a year after woman’s death in Syria


The Syrian Salvation Front, a new coalition of 20 rebel groups in Idlib, announced its formation. Abdollah Eskandari, a former officer in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, was killed and reportedly beheaded in Syria. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq; Aleppo; Latakia; and in Deraa, where they were […]


Iraq PM calls for “jihad” against Anbar jihadists


Libya is edging closer to chaos as two prime ministers are now competing for legitimacy. The Philippines joined the list of countries that have urged their nationals to leave Libya. A security official who had tried to mediate with Ansar al Sharia was found murdered in Benghazi. Benina airport in Benghazi will remain closed until […]


A group of 15 to 20 terrorists armed with machine guns attacked the home of Interior Minister Jeddou in Kasserine on the night of May 27, killing four security guards and injuring three more. Jeddou was away at the time. The day before, a Tunis court had ordered the dissolution of the League for Protection […]

Central African Republic

Muslim Seleka militants attacked a Catholic church in Bangui yesterday where people were sheltering from violence; the assailants threw grenades and shot at women and children, killing at least 11 people. A priest at the church said AU peacekeepers failed to respond to urgent calls during the attack. Today Christian anti-balaka militias retaliated by sacking […]


President Jonathan said Nigerian forces will engage in a “full-scale” operation against Boko Haram. He also offered dialogue and reconciliation to those Nigerians who “joined hands with Al Qaeda and international terrorists” but wish to renounce violence and embrace peace. Boko Haram fighters attacked three villages in Borno state, killing at least 51 people and […]

United States

In a speech at West Point, President Obama set forth his foreign policy direction, which foresees fewer major US military deployments, more multilateral operations and diplomatic efforts, increased support for “vetted” Syrian rebels, and the creation of a $5 billion fund to help countries like Turkey and Jordan combat terrorism, which he said remains the […]


The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Latakia, Reef Dimashq, Aleppo, and Deir Izzour, where Al Nusrah has imposed a curfew in Al Bsiri. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Deir Izzour. A youth trainee at an Al […]