21 Sep 2018

Pakistan continues to harbor Taliban, including al Qaeda-linked Haqqanis

The State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2017 is a treasure trove of U.S. positions, statistics, and public statements on the current state of terrorism, and in its report on Pakistan, it states that “the Pakistani government pledged support to political reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban

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20 Sep 2018

‘Hardline takeover’ blamed for latest Boko Haram violence

An increase in Boko Haram violence and tactics in Nigeria has been linked to a power grab by hardline members of the groups leadership, who have allegedly killed the group’s de facto leader some weeks ago due to his moderate stances. This faction had allied itself with ISIS and has

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20 Sep 2018

State Dept: Worldwide terrorist attacks decreased by 23% in 2017

Terror attacks around the world decreased by 23% from 2016 to 2017, while the total number of deaths from terrorist attacks decreased by 27%, according to the head of the U.S. State Department’s counterterrorism office. This overall trend was largely driven by U.S. successes in Iraq, where terrorist attacks plunged

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20 Sep 2018

Putin says Russia perfected weapons based on Syria campaign

A major power has not fought a major war against another major power for decades. And while this longstanding “great power peace” has been accompanied by measureless benefits (avoiding nuclear war, etc.), one challenge is that new weapons remain largely untested on the battlefield. With the rapid technological advancements of

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19 Sep 2018

26 ISIS militants arrested in Kabul city for planning attacks during Ashura Day

“The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), says a group of at least 26 ISIS militants have been arrested for planning attacks mourners during the Ashura Day. A source privy of the development has said the militants have been arrested during separate operations in Kabul city. The source further

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19 Sep 2018

Djibouti emerges as arms trafficking hub for Horn of Africa

“The rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea has repercussions that go beyond diplomacy on the Horn of Africa. A recent investigation shows that while Eritrea is no longer isolated, Djibouti is emerging as the new regional arms trafficking hub. The small strategically located state acts as a transit location for weapons trafficking

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19 Sep 2018

Russia backs off threats after US Marine Corps show of force in Syria

In early September, Russia threatened operations or precision strikes within the deconfliction zone, home to deployed US soldiers, after accusing the US-led coalition there of harboring terrorists. Responding to these threats, the US carried out a large show-of-force exercise. Since these exercises, there has been no further threats or contact

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11 Sep 2018

Turkey Masses Troops on Syrian Border, Braces for Refugees

Turkey is preparing for cross-border fallout from the ongoing Syrian-Russian-Iranian assault on neighboring Idlib, the last remaining rebel stronghold in the country. Turkey also has troops stationed in observation posts within Idlib, which it expects to deter some Syrian offensive actions. Syria, however, has continued consolidated power over most of

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11 Sep 2018

Taliban Fighters Massacre Scores Of Afghanistan Security Forces — Again

A leading U.S. struggle in Afghanistan is increasingly demoralized Afghan military personnel. Driven by continued attacks, contests, and losses, recent attacks have been characterized by reports of fleeing security forces during Taliban attacks and offensives. Furthermore, a disparity between official U.S. government statistics and those from the Special Inspector General

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10 Sep 2018

Libya violence: Gunmen storm oil corporation building

“An armed group has stormed the Tripoli headquarters of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Libya. Security forces clashed with the armed men at the landmark building in the centre of the city, and blasts and gunfire could be heard, witnesses say. Last week, the UN announced that a truce

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