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  • 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.

  • The Islamic Youth Shura Council declared the eastern city of Derna as an Islamic Emirate and formed an alternative legal committee to the Libyan Government's legal institutions, intending to settle differences between people and arrange reconciliations on the basis of sharia.

  • The CPA is referred to as a “politico-military” organization and is claimed to have “nearly 8,000 veteran fighters”. The formation statement pledges the CPA’s commitment to negotiations with the Mali government and to fight terrorism and transnational crime in the Azawad region.

  • The White Army is a radical militia group associated to the Nuer ethnic group of central and eastern Greater Upper Nile in South Sudan. It remained active in South Sudan until just after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement during 2005/6 when the government began disarming the group. During February 2012 the armed Nuer and Dinka youth militia group calling itself the White Army resurfaced with a warning saying that it will start new attacks to oppose rival Murle youth. Militias from both ethnic groups have attacked and counter-attacked each other since South Sudan independence. The youth, like Rick Machar, are ethnic Nuers while President Salva Kiir and his loyalists are ethnic Dinka.

  • Within the Islamic jihad community, it is generally agreed among jihadsit that women should not fight on the battlefield, two Saudi women have come forward calling on women to take up arms. The role of the organization’s female members has progressively moved beyond this towards actual operations, and the women are encouraging women to fight in Syria. “If your man is unable to defend and take care of you, come and enjoy the hospitality and protection of the best fighters in the Arabian Peninsula.”

  • 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.