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  • Dawn Freedom Brigades leader Abu al-Layth privately confided in October 2014 that 90 of his fighters defected to Islamic State when he sent them to Kobami to aid the YPG.  Note: the exact numbers are not confirmed, a representative of the Sun of the North/Northern Sun Battalions- the contingent of Dawn of Freedom Brigades in Kobani- only affirmed the presence of roughly 70 fighters for the group in a 12 October conversation with Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi.

  • When Abu Abdul Rahman al-Bilawi was killed in fighting with the Iraqi Army (IA) in Nineveh during June 2014, Shishani was named the new IS Military Operations Chief. Shishani led several campaigns such as taking over of Mosul, followed by the coordination of attacks to dislodge the Peshmerga from Sinjar, POE Rabiah and the Mosul Dam. More recent IS successes in Anbar in September and October 2014 are also attributed to the leadership of Shishani.

  • White Shroud is a guerrilla warfare group of approximately 300 men that attacks Islamic State (IS) fighters in Albukamal (Deir al-Zor province in Syria), which is an IS stronghold. The group relies on guerrilla warfare tactics and claimed to have killed more than 100 IS fighters.

Critical Developments

  • October 30, 2014
    ABC News
    Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said.The development followed heavy overnight clashes as Islamic State fighters unsuccessfully tried to capture the...
    Submitted by Austin McVicker
  • October 30, 2014
    IntroductionVideo Notes: 29 October 2014: Violent clashes broke out in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou after a second day of protests denouncing the president's plan to seek re-election.On 28 October 2014, a popular resistance campaign was launched in Burkina Faso, opposing a proposed...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman
  • October 30, 2014
    Africa as a Country
    Tuesday marked the start of a popular resistance campaign in Burkina Faso in opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow President Blaise Campaore to run for a third term. The term limit law, enacted in 2000, currently limits the president to two terms, and Campaore secured...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman