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  • Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) is an extremist Salafi group that has since its foundation claimed responsibility for a series of operations against Iran’s domestic security forces and Revolutionary Guards operating in Sistan and Balochistan province, including the detonation of mines against Revolutionary Guards vehicles and convoys, kidnapping of Iranian border guards and attacks against military bases located in the province.

  • Caucasus Emirate chooses a new leader to replace the death of Doku Umarov.  Aliasaskhab Kebekov (also known as  Ali Abu Mukhammad) is an Avar, not a Chechen. Chechens have followed non-Chechens in the past, but not very often, not very long, and not very well.  In the past, Chechens accepted leaders, even ones they might not individually like, because they were consulted in the process. Here, a leader was imposed, without consultation and without advice, and Chechens feel no compulsion to obey a leader they did not themselves choose. 

  • Excerpt: "I killed Albani and it was splashed all over the newspapers... Who was Albani, he was nothing. I'll kill all of them. I'll spare none but who follow Allah and the Prophet. Whoever follows Jews and the west is my enemy.  My brethren wherever you are, in Abuja, Lagos, or the south, wherever you are, commence attacks. Even as an individual, take up your sabre and slaughter anyone in his sleep you come across. My brethren, take up knives and start slaughtering people. Just pick up your knife and break into homes and kill."

  • March 14, 2014 Boko Haram attacked Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State in Nigeria’s northeast. To demonstrate how easily they raided the barracks, they produced the video of the operation, in a second video their leader, Abubakar Shekau warning of further bloodshed, including against civilians.  This video shows extremists shooting confidently in the Nigerian army's main barracks in north-eastern Nigeria and meeting little to no resistance during the raid.

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  • Out of the United Kingdom, Rayat Al-Tawheed (Banner of God) is a mouthpiece for British fighters from London that are fighting in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) in Syria, using a similar name.  Rayat Al-Tawheed encourages British citizens to join the Syrian war as well as spreading Islamic extremist propaganda.