On 15th January 2016 a terrorist attack hit the Splendid Hotel and Cappuccino Café in Burkina Faso's capital city Ouagadougou.
The armed men entered the area, shooting mainly at Westerners and killing dozens. The attack was later claimed by al- Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on Mauritanian websites, with the al- Mourabitoun's branch being deemed the one carrying out the operation.
Western African governments promptly claimed their will to cooperate to defeat terrorism in the region, with the local populations fearing attacks in neighbouring countries. Local grievances and structural issues enhancing recruitment don't seem to be included in the debate over terrorism ...
Political division between GNC and Tobruk government; Tribalism and ISIS able to flourish in this power vacuum; ISIS diminishes state oil revenue; Unity government rejected by both side; Western Power’s consider military intervention ...
The two most significant Uzbek jihadist groups are the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and its splinter group the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU).
The IMU (originally named 'Adolat', meaning Justice in the Uzbek language) has been heavily repressed by the post-Soviet Uzbek regime, forcing the insurgents to exile in training camps in Afghanistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan...
Malaysia: 50,000 ISIS sympathisers in Malaysia according to government officials; 3 million Malaysians in favour of ISIS; Malaysian suicide bomber “Abu Uqashah Malizi” blowed up himself and 21 others in Syria.
Indonesia: ISIS supporter group led by Santoso or ‘Abu Wardah’, wanted by government; Possibility of a link between the January attacks with Santoso’s Mujahideen group; Jemaah Islamiyah just like ISIS is a Southeast Asian Issue; Indonesia has the highest number of terror attacks in Southeast Asia...
Pakistan and Afghanistan Peace Talks By Arash Hussain 21/1/16 Whilst the attention of the world has been fixated on the terroristic threats emanating from the likes of the so-called Islamic State, the various off-shoots of al Qaeda and the tragedy of the European refugee crisis; a resurgent politico-insurgent force in a forgotten theatre has challenged the post-NATO status quo within that state ... (Image ISPR)
By Laurin Johannes Schumacher 21/1/16 On the 12th of January, Turkey witnessed another ISIS bomb attack in Istanbul city centre, killing 10 people and injuring another 15. Amongst the dead were mostly German nationals, which reflects the terrorist group’s recent strategy of targeting tourist hubs in Turkey.
The Turkish Tourism industry, which accounts for 4.5% of the Turkish national economy, is expected to end 2015 with a loss of around $10-11bn ... (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Caucasus Emirate: Going Global, but is IS interested? By Sofia Majorova 21/1/16 (Updated: 29/2/16) Three Russian citizens have been detained in Istanbul due to suspected links to the IS following the suicide attack at the Sultanahmed square on Wednesday 13th January 2016. According to the server Caucasian Knot the perpetrators are Ruslan Khaibullov and Aidar Suleimanov from Tatarstan, who have been released on 14th January due to lack of evidence and Kamalutdin Babayev from Dagestan who remains in custody... (Image chechensinsyria)
Far from being isolated from the American political reality, the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by few dozen people arises from key issues concerning the West of the United States: the history of armed militias, anti- governmental feelings and economic decline in the West... (Image: American Al-Jazeera)
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