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  • Ansar-ul-Mujahidin is an Islamic extremist organisation founded in the beginning of March 2013. The jihadist group is known to include Uzbekistan fighters and is referred to as a faction of the TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Islami Pakistan). Pakistani intelligence information links Mufti Shafique (leader of the TTP Gandapur group) with the Ansar-ul-Mujahidin.

  • On 28 May 2014, a senior TTP commander Khan Said (aka Khan Said Sajna and leader of the Wali Ur Rehman group of the TTP) announced the formation of a splinter group from the TTP, referred to as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mehsud Group. Supporters of the splinter group are from the Mehsud tribe, the largest group within the TTP.

  • At least four different are groups acting in tandem as broader network stretching from North Sumatra to Sumbawa Island in eastern Indonesia and have members who are trained in Mindanao, in the southern Philippines

  • With the US and UK about to evacuate their expats from Libya, get the factual context on most recent developments in Libya.

  • Haftar militias lead a combined air and ground assault against the pro-Islamic militias in Benghazi as well as an attack against the Libyan parliament in Tripoli during May 2014. The militia seeks to take full political control in Libya with the objective of creating law and order as well as removing Islamic Extremist groups from Benghazi. 

  • The current military activities of different rebel groups reply on geographic and ideological aspects divided between Tripoli, Benghazi and Fezzan as well as political Islam or separatist and nationalist ideas. Hence there are three broad categories, those that support Haftar, those that oppose him with a third category not siding with the first two.

  • Kebekov admits that due to the superiority of the Russia counter terrorism forces deployed against CE, the situation is daily becoming more difficult. At the same time, he says the enemy too faces difficulties, and that “Allah tests a man depending on the strength of his faith.... We see on a daily basis how if he limits our possibilities in one area, in another he opens up possibilities that we never even anticipated.” Kebekov also encourages  Muslims from the North Caucasus participation in the Syrian war. He quotes passages from the Koran in support of both those participating in Syria and those that prefer to remain in the North Caucuses to fight Russian forces.

  • The LRA was established during the early 1980’s as the Holy Spirit Movement, led by a woman nameded Alice Lakwena. She claimed that the Holy Spirit had ordered her to overthrow the Ugandan government.  After she was forced into exile during late 1986, Joseph Kony, believed to be the cousin of Lakwena, took over the leadership and renamed the group the Lord Resistance Army.

  • Irrespective of the numerous video releases, Shekau remains elusive and has not been seen in public since 2010. His video appearances show the Boko Haram leader with an assault rifle, shaking his hand, portraying himself as a confident leader that seeks no apology. His confidence is overflowing as he has distinguished himself for his brutality and being the leader who has transformed Boko Haram from a local insurgency group involved in small-armed assaults and petrol-bombings to a feared transregional terrorist organisation with sophisticated arms.

  • Libya is faced with a new divide that is likely to introduce a new chapter of turmoil and violence rather than a first step to stability: a divide in which religion gains saliency. General Khalifa Haftar’s success in the anarchic nature of Libya will be reliant on strong man tactics and a Libyan armed force deployed in all centres, with no mercy for any signs of opposition.

  • The leader of the Hafar militia, Major General Khalifa Haftar, views the assault on the Libyan parliament by the militias as preventing Libya from becoming a terrorism hub. He also accuses the Libyan Government of betraying Libya to Islamic extremism. Hafter refers to his militia group as the “Libyan National Army.”

  • The Youth Movement for Change (YMC) is a splinter group from the Polisario Front that was established during February 2014. The group calls for the end of “Algerian dictatorship” as well as the right to movement and expression, an end to the diversion and fair distribution of humanitarian aid and an end to the violation of women’s rights.

  • Boko Haram's success in sustaining attacks depends on a well-oiled financial pipeline. Like many other AQ franchises, Boko Haram collaborates with organized crime syndicates for its operations in drug trafficking, kidnappings, bank robbery, and cyber scams, not to mention continuous theft from Nigeria’s security establishment.

  • Since its renaissance during 2009, Boko Haram is on an upward trajectory. Boko Haram has extended its areas of attack not only in Nigeria, but also Cameroon, added to its list of targets foreigners to be kidnapped and attained sophisticated weapons.

  • Al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is a Sunni extremist group based in Yemen that has orchestrated numerous high-profile terrorist attacks. The Yemen government warned that losses could force AQAP "to commit hysterical and desperate acts" in response to current counter-terrorism operations.

  • Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST) is rebranding itself as Shabab al-Tawhid (ST  - The Youth of Pure Monotheism) in Tunisia and Libya. ST members in Libya have been engaged in kidnappings and media campaigns whereas ST members in Tunisia are focussed on maintaining AST presence via social networking and dawa work.

  • An undated, new, and very gruesome, Boko Haram 44-minute video emerged on the internet May 9th, 2014 showing a huge crowd of heavily armed cadre gathering for a sermon, beheadings and festivities. Three captives are seen, including 2 Nigerian Police Officers (NPF) and a civilian, while a diatribe is given to a quiet, attentive audience before the very bloody executions.

  • Shekau is doing much more than merely claiming credit for the mass abductions of school girls. He justifies beheadings against Infidels and mentions Obama (9 times), the UN Secretary General, Jonathan and Bush by name. Shekau also threatens next attacks in Abuja and oil rich Christian ports.