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  • In the wake of the TTP (Pakistan Taliban) attack on the Karachi Airport June 8, TTP representative Shahidullah Shahid warned the TTP will engage "in a full-out war with the Pakistani state, starting on June 10."

  • The Imam Bukhari Jamaat is an Uzbekistan jihadist group aligned with Jabhat al-Nusrah (JN) and the Army of Emigrants and Supporters (aka Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar). The number of Uzbekistan fighters in Syria is estimated at approximately 500, with factions supporting either the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) or JN and supporting groups.

  • Originally from Iraq, Abdurahman lived for ten years in the Netherlands before turning to jihad in Syria.  It has been reported that Abdurahman found Nusra Front not combattive enough, and switched to join ISIS.

  • Much of the current commentary suggests that the group has grown substantially in strength, especially relative to the Nigerian military. The group’s size and operational capacity have been reported to be significant. In some more dramatic accounts, the group seems more like a rebel army than a ragtag group of rebels.

  • On 01 June 2014, French police in Marseilles arrested Mehdi Nemmouche ( 29-year-old French national of Algerian origin) as the primary suspect in the Brussels Jewish Museum attack on 24 May 2014. If Nemmouche’s is found guilty he will be the first European Islamist who, upon returning from Syria committed an act of terror in Europe.

  • AQAP claims to have executed four men accused of planting electronic chips in vehicles to help U.S. drones track insurgents in Yemen. This 28-minute video shows what AQAP said were four spies confessing that they had planted devices in vehicles which resulted in the deaths of AQAP fighters two years ago in the southern Shabwa province. It said the men were later executed.

  • Ahrar-ul-Hind’s leader is Maulana Umar Qasmi (from the Jhang district of Punjab Province) who has links with the Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), as well as the banned Jaysh-i-Muhammad group, in Bahawalpur. Ahrar-ul-Hind reportedly has ties with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), Harkat-ul-Mujahidin and Jundullah. Ahrar –ul-Hind is most likely a splinter group from the TTP Punjab, lead by Asmatullah Muawiya, who is engaged in negotiations with the Pakistan Government.

  • 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.”