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  • The Khasavyurt terrorist group allegedly stood behind a series of violent, cold-blooded attacks on Dagestan stores, car bombings, assaults on the police and extorting large sums of money at gunpoint from local entrepreneurs. January 2014 special units of the Federal Security Service (FSB) trapped and killed four terrorist suspects in Khasavyurt.

  • Shekau's focus on the “near enemy” is influenced by a clear ethnic agenda within Nigeria; however, the other three often unheard of leaders within Boko Haram, Khalid al-Barnawi, Mamman Nur and Adam Kambar, have much larger goals in mind: a transnational agenda.This rivarly between former high level members loyal to Yusuf with more transnational goals and Shekau's need for absolute dominance, maybe the source of the recent rumors that Boko Haram is fracturing from within.  

  • The EIJM establishment followed the merger of various groups during the 1980s, such as the Jabhat Tahrir al-Iritriyya al-Islamiyya al-Wataniyya (The National Eritrean Islamic Liberation Front), the Munzamat al-Ruwwad al-Muslimin al-Iritria (The Organization of Eritrean Pioneer Muslims) and the al-Intifada al-Islamiyya (Islamic Awakening).  The merger of the various groups resulted in a fragmented EIJM coupled with the lack of a unified and effective leadership. 

  • The Ashtar Brigades is a Shia militant group opposed to Bahrain’s ruling monarchy. Since 2013, the group has claimed credit for almost twenty attacks against security personnel in Bahrain. Consequently, on 4 March 2014, the Bahrain government listed SaA as a terrorist group.

  • During an attack on Bentiu (a key oil town), from 15 to18 April 2014, SPLM/A rebels, supported by White Army fighters, reportedly killed hundreds of civilians because of their ethnicity. In one of the mosques more than 200 people were killed and more than 400 wounded. After the rebels seized Bentiu, Dinka residents of Bor town in Jonglei state attacked a UN base on 17 April 2014 where approximately 5 000 people, mostly Nuer, were sheltering. About 58 people were killed and another 98 injured, including two Indian peacekeepers.

  • A general profile of Britons fighting in Syria indicates that they are males and females with an age ranging between 18 and 41. They have an Indo-Pakistan and South Asian background, sound integration into British society, part or head of a family, and are well educated and employed.

  • TRAC's new "Focus On" feature has begun.  In addition, to TRAC new Focus on Syira You Tube channel, TRAC has established another You Tube Channel focusing solely on Somalia.  Mujahideen Moments #4 has just been released by al Shabaab, TRAC is one of the first to have this video and publish it for our subscribers.  The previous Mujaideen Moments are also availble on this new channel.

  • Anwar al-Awlaki fiery sermons made him a larger-than-life figure in the shadowy world of jihad. Al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen by a U.S. missile (drone) strike in September 2011. Yet Anwar al-Awlaki's legacy remains as his propaganda publications still influence and radicalize followers being referred to as “Generation Awlaki”.

  • After promising to release all prisoners in Yemeni prisons in August 2013, Nasser al-Wuhayshi made the first part of his plan a reality.  In February 2014 AQAP freed some of its most dangerous members, 29 in total, including prisoners on death row.  In what is thought to be the largest known gathering AQAP has ever had on Yemeni soil, AQAP celebrates the members freed with a feast, songs and merriment.  AQAP released this video of this celebration on March 31, 2014.

  • The group Jama’atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda’Awati Wal Jihad, known as Boko Haram, is an extremist Islamic group in Nigeria that has engaged in guerrilla warfare across the north of Nigeria. Its violent attacks on government offices, the United Nations, and civilians threaten to destabilize not only Nigeria but the region.

  • Jaish al-Mujahideen represent themselves as “faithful Islamists”. Shahabuddin has acknowledged that the actual reason for the formation of the coalition forces is geography. The coalition force members are all fighting in the same Aleppo region, and that a unified force enabled a stronger capability in opposing both the Syrian government and the ISIS. In addition, though the Jaish al-Mujahideen Army does not present themselves as an extremist group, media statements tend to reflect the opposite.

  • The FAI claims to fight for impoverished communities, who are negatively affected by unfair foreign trade deals and exploited in the labour market to the benefit of the rich, whereby these communities could gain freedom and where the "individual can decide their own fate without having to be governed by anyone". To achieve this objective the FAI is of the opinion that the current state and economic structures must be destroyed.

  • The Desert Falcons is a pro-Assad armed force that is fighting in the Kasab region where the force is taking lead in the attack and defence of the region.  Initially the Desert Falcons operated in Homs and on the borders with Iraq to counter supply networks for groups opposing the Syrian government. Age of members ranges from 20-40 years old.

  • The ISIS's objective is the establishment of a world wide Caliphate, reflected in frequent media reports by means of images of the world united under a ISIS banner. Although it has perpetrated many terrorist acts since its formation in 2006, especially against Shia and Christian civilians, ISI/ISIS/ISIL has been especially active in late 2102 and 2013, claiming responsibility for killing and wounding hundreds of people through suicide bombings.

  • Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) initially focussed attacks in northern Sinai but since 2013 redirected its focus to include security forces and police officials in Egypt's mainland, inclusive of Cairo. The group has claimed credit for numerous rocket and mortar attacks against the Arish-Ashkelon natural gas pipeline as well as a rocket attack against Eilat. On 09 April 2014, the US State Department added Ansar Jerusalem to its list of designated terrorist organisations.

  • AnonGhost has yet to stage a major attack on a Western economic target. Most of AnonGhost's campaigns (nearly 11,000) have simply defaced Web sites, ranging from kosher dieting sites to American weapon aficionado blogs, with messages about Islam and anti-Zionism.  March 2014, an AnonGhost representative said that AnonGhost was the first to announce OpIsraelBirthday and that it has the support of hackers around the world.

  • Los Zetas is a powerful and violent criminal syndicate and is considered to be the "most technologically advanced, sophisticated, and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico."  On 08 April 2014, a former leader of the Los Zetas cartel, Ivan Velazquez Caballero ( aka "el Taliban”), pleaded guilty to charges related to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
     

  • The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS - translated as the Buddhist Power Force) is a radical Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist organisation based in Colombo, Sri Lanka that was formed during 2012. It has organised various campaigns against the country's minority Muslim and Christian communities which, according to the BBS, poses a threat to Sri Lanka's Sinhalese-Buddhist identity.