03 Feb 2014

Moscow shooting: School gunman held after killing two

“A student who entered a Moscow secondary school and took more than 20 people hostage has been arrested, Moscow police say. He killed one police officer and one teacher, police said. Another policeman was shot and injured. The hostages the gunman took have been released, police said.” Source: BBC News

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03 Feb 2014

Shi’ites overrun rival strongholds in north Yemen; 40 dead

“Shi’ite rebels have overrun strongholds of a rival Sunni tribal group in fighting that has killed at least 40 people in northern Yemen in the last two days, tribal sources said on Sunday. The fighting compounds the challenges faced by U.S.-allied Yemen, which is struggling to stabilize a country that

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03 Feb 2014

Iraq says kills 57 Islamist militants in Sunni province

“Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen killed 57 Islamist militants in Anbar province on Monday, the Defence Ministry said, in advance of a possible assault on the Sunni rebel-held city of Falluja.” Source: Iraq says kills 57 Islamist militants in Sunni province | Reuters

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03 Feb 2014

Al Qaeda breaks link with Syrian militant group ISIL

“Al Qaeda’s general command said on Monday it had no links with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in an apparent attempt to reassert its authority over fragmented Islamist fighters in Syria’s civil war.” Source: Al Qaeda breaks link with Syrian militant group ISIL | Reuters

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03 Feb 2014

ISIL suicide attack kills four Syrian Turkmen commanders

“Four Syrian Turkmen commanders have been killed after a suicide bombing was carried out in northern Aleppo’s Cobanbey district by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) forces.” Source: ISIL suicide attack kills four Syrian Turkmen commanders | Middle East | Worldbulletin News

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03 Feb 2014

Gunmen kidnap second Westerner in Yemen within days

“Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a Western man in Yemen on Monday, witnesses and a police source said, the second abduction in recent days that highlights the increasing breakdown in security in the U.S.-allied country.” Source: Gunmen kidnap second Westerner in Yemen within days: witnesses, police | Reuters

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03 Feb 2014

Libya’s Cache of Toxic Arms All Destroyed

“Even as the international effort to destroy Syria’s vast chemical weapons stockpile lags behind schedule, a similar American-backed campaign carried out under a cloak of secrecy ended successfully last week in another strife-torn country, Libya. “ Source: Libya’s Cache of Toxic Arms All Destroyed – NYTimes.com

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03 Feb 2014

54 detainees escape in Libya jailbreak

“A Libyan security official says that over 54 detainees have escaped from a prison in the capital Tripoli due to a security failure. Judicial Police Lt. Col. Ahmad Abu Kara said in a Sunday statement that the escapees smashed the building’s rear protective windows, while guards were distributing the inmates’

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03 Feb 2014

At Least Two Die in Police Raid on Kenya Mosque

“Police opened fire on Muslim youths wielding daggers at a mosque linked to recruiting Islamic extremists, and at least one officer and a young man were killed Sunday, witnesses and officials said in the coastal resort and port city of Mombasa.” Source: At Least Two Die in Police Raid on

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03 Feb 2014

Nigerian Muslim cleric opposed to Boko Haram shot dead

“A Nigerian Muslim cleric who openly criticized Islamist sect Boko Haram has been killed in Zaria, hundreds of miles from where the military is fighting insurgents, police said on Monday. Gunmen opened fire on Sheik Adam Albani’s car on Saturday evening as he drove home from preaching in a mosque,

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