Monthly Archives: October 2014


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 […]


For Turkey and US, at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling


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 […]


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 […]

United Kingdom

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.


Iraqi Peshmerga arrive in Turkey to head for Syria


Australia trying to confirm death of IS militant Mohammad Ali Baryalei

United States

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.


The Iraqi military claimed it killed 15 Islamic State fighters in airstrikes in Albu Faraj south of Tikrit. The US launched nine airstrikes against the Islamic State in Haditha, west of Baghdad, near the Mosul Dam, and Sinjar. Iraqi sources claimed 60 Islamic State fighters were killed in the airstrikes in Sinjar.


Yesterday, a suicide bomber killed 20 people in an attack on Shiite Houthis in the Manesseh area of Baydah province. More than 250 people have been killed in the fighting in Manesseh between al Qaeda and the Houthis over the previous three days. AQAP killed a soldier in an IED attack in Hadramout.


150 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga departed for Syria (via Turkey) to join the fight in Kobane. The US conducted four airstrikes near Kobane, “destroying a small Islamic State unit and four fighting positions.” Turkey has named conditions for assisting the West in the battle for Kobane, insisting on Free Syrian Army leadership instead of “Kurdish ‘terrorists.’” […]


Egypt has placed civilian infrastructure under the jurisdiction of the military in the wake of the Oct. 24 terrorist attack in the Sinai that killed 33 Egyptian security personnel. The army has intensified operations in the Sinai, killing four “suspected terrorists,” capturing 10, and deploying Apache attack helicopters to destroy 33 “terrorist hideouts,” according to […]


Egypt’s foreign minister warned that Islamist militias are close to seizing Libya’s oil fields. Heavily-armed militias have surrounded Niger’s embassy in Tripoli. Pro-government forces have called for residents to evacuate the Sabri district as heavy fighting continues in Benghazi. Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani has accepted a Sudanese proposal for peace talks. A UN special envoy […]


Uganda has started sending 2,700 additional troops to Somalia, three weeks after capturing the strategic port of Barawe from Shabaab. African peacekeeping forces said the terrorist group has been pushed from eight towns since major operations began in September. Despite recent gains, an International Crisis Group report predicts that “it will be a long war.”


Multiple reports have confirmed that the secular party Nidaa Tounes has defeated the Islamist party Ennahda (83 seats vs. 68) in Tunisia’s historic elections.


Algerian officials have pledged a strong response to terrorism after a local group has declared allegiance to the Islamic State. Yesterday, the defense ministry announced that Algerian troops killed two militants and seized “two Kalashnikov rifles, a pair of binoculars, three grenades, cell phones and other items” in Jijel province on Oct. 26.


France has criticized the “slow deployment of UN peacekeepers,” citing an increase in attacks by Islamist groups, and plans to redeploy troops from neighboring countries to reinforce its operations in northern Mali.


A government spokesman and Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs have stated that negotiations with Boko Haram to release more than 200 school girls kidnapped in April are still underway, despite the terrorist group’s violation of a ceasefire. The group kidnapped 60 additional women and girls on Oct. 22, after the agreement was announced.

United Kingdom

Armed soldiers have been deployed to guard military barracks in Whitehall after last week’s terrorist attacks in Canada. Counterterrorism police are looking into reports that Sparkbrook resident Tareena Shakil left the UK with her young son to join the Islamic State in Syria. UK authorities have arrested over 100 people so far this year for […]


A suicide bomber killed 27 Shiite militiamen in an attack in Jurf al Sakhar. Shiite militias are executing dozens of suspected Islamic State fighters in Jurf al Sakhar. The Islamic State killed seven Iraqis in a bombing Tuz Khurmatu. Officials claimed that 60 Islamic State fighters were killed in US airstrikes in Sinjar and 16 […]