Yearly Archives: 2014

Senior al Qaeda leader returns to Twitter, praises ‘martyrs’

The al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr praised al Qaeda’s “martyrs” on Twitter. Among them is Adnan al Shukrijumah, an al Qaeda operative charged with attacking the West. Nasr’s tweets also shed additional light on the identity of another terrorist reportedly killed earlier this month.






United States

The US and partner nations carried out eight airstrikes in Iraq and seven in Syria against the Islamic State. US and Somali officials confirmed that a US airstrike yesterday in Somalia killed Abdishakur a.k.a. Tahliil, the head of Shabaab’s Amniyat, or secret service, along with another militant. The Treasury Department levied sanctions on nine individuals […]


Turkey

The Foreign Ministry rejected claims in a November UN report that said arms for the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front are being smuggled primarily through Turkey. Increasing numbers of Turkish Jews are leaving the country due to security concerns. Mehmet Ali Ağca, who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was deported by […]


Russia

The Supreme Court decided in closed session yesterday to designate the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front as terrorist groups and ban them from Russia. The decision follows the defection of several Dagestani factions of the Caucasus Emirate to the Islamic State. Foreign Minister Lavrov warned that recent US sanctions against Russia will negatively […]