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  • April 2014 Italian police arrested two dozen separatists including a former parliamentarian on suspicion of gathering arms to violently split the wealthy northern region of Venice from the rest of ItalyThe group had converted a bulldozer into a tank with a makeshift cannon and intended to use it in an assault on St. Mark's Square in the region's capital Venice.

  • Sham al-islam was established during August 2013 in the coastal region of Salma in Syria, by Brahim Benchekroune (aka Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir) a veteran Moroccan jihadist and former Guantanamo inmate. Benchekroune created accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to attract Moroccans to his new jihadist movement.

  • Anti-Balaka can at best be described as a combination of various militia groups with the majority of fighters being youths without any schooling, with some youths as young as ten. Increased levels of organization and access to more sophisticated weapons, coupled with high levels of intolerance towards Muslim communities within Anti-Balaka militia groups results in the concern of genocide violence in the Central African Republic.

  • Known for his extreme brutality and for killing without a mask Abu Wahib Shakir is nicked-named "The Barefaced Killer".  One of the first to be known for quizzing his victims on the Quran before execution.

  • In the month of March 2014 Ajnad Misr claimed credit for three different bombings: 4 March 2014: claimed credit for a bombing in Cairo near the Refugee Commission offices; 11 March 2014: claimed credit for a home-made bomb explosion in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo. According to security sources the explosion targeted a police car parked nearby, and not the embassy; 29 March 2014: bombing of the security offices of the Youth Centre in Nasr. The bomb exploded before the arrival of security personnel

    Yesterday (April 3, 2014) claimed credit for two explosions at the Cairo University that killed two people including a police brigadier-general. Ajnad Misr issued a statement saying that it was targeting senior security officers guilty of mass killing.

  • Considered to be the best armed militia in eastern Libya, financed by the Libyan defence ministry, the brigade consists of at least 12 battalions and possesses a large collection of light and heavy weapons in addition to training facilities. Its membership is estimated at between 1,500 and 3,500.

  • The Organization of the Islamic Resistance (ORMC) was established during March 2014 as a militia group to defend Muslims against attacks by the Anti-Balaka group (Christian militia group). ORMC is a coalition group....

  • The group’s size and composition are difficult to ascertain, though a membership of 200 to 300 is estimated. It maintains an active presence on Facebook (Campaigns of Ansar al-Sharia for Dawa and Charity) and operates a media apparatus called the al-Raya Media Productions Foundation, also based in Benghazi.

  • The Rafallah al-Sahati Brigade is an Islamist militia brigade in Benghazi with an estimated strength of 1 000 members and is active in eastern Libya and in Kufra. The brigade has been officially integrated into the Libyan Army and is considered to be one of the most powerful militias in Eastern Libya.

  • The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades have carried out several joint attacks with the Islamist group Hamas. These attacks were committed mainly in the Gaza Strip. The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades have also carried out joint attacks with other militant groups such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad, The Popular Resistance Committees and Hezbollah in the West Bank. 
  • In August 2008, Al-Shehri and other Saudis took the hard way out of Saudi Arabia, traveling through a rough terrain to neighboring Yemen, where a new "journey of jihad, sacrifice and generosity" began. Abu Sufyan was behind the great part of AQAP recruitment for the group's ranks: "collecting manpower, gathering fighters and directing the helm of the struggle."Top AQAP military commander Qassim al-Rimi (Abu Hurayrah al-Snaaani) appears to emphasize that Abu Sufyan pushed for a transnational force, across national borders.

  • The Islamic Front has created a superior quality training video featuring highly skilled fighters exercising, training and opering both light and heavy weapons.  The video also features expesnive vehicles such as BMWs and tanks

  • 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.