News Report 17th-23rd May By Francesco Finucci Syria/Iraq: bombs kill 46 in Baghdad, leaflets on Raqqa • Nigeria/Niger: two Chibok students allegedly freed, and attack in Bosso • Yemen: government steps out of talks with Houthi rebels and ISIS attack • Libya: HRW reports life under ISIS in Sirte, and US thinks about train-and-equip • Turkey: parliament strips members of immunity in plea to fight terrorism • France: Abdeslam interrogated for the first time since extradition • Egypt: plane crashes in the Mediterranean sea
News Report 3rd-9th May Britain First's blitz into halal slaughterhouse • Nigerian army launches operation in Boko Haram's forest • Turkey won't change terrorism laws • Professor suspected of terrorism after writing equations on plane • UN envoy seeks strengthening ceasefire in Syria (Image: Britain First)
News Report 18th-24th April By Francesco Finucci (Image: Day Donaldson/Flickr) Nigeria: ISIS weapons to Boko Haram and new evidences of the Zaria massacre• Iraq: ongoing deadlock in Mosul, and former child-soldiers from Sierra Leone • Israel/Palestine: 20 injured in blast and Palestinian quarries being closed • China: outrage as World Uyghur Congress' leader allowed entrance in India • ISIS: NBC and West Point's first analysis of “ISIS files” • Far Right: Breivik's HR violated and NDL excited over Mafia/immigrants' “clash”
On Tuesday 22nd March, twin blasts rocked the Brussels Zaventem Airport, followed by another blast at the Maelbeek metro station near the EU institutions. The Islamic State group claimed the attack. The currently identified attackers are Brahim al-Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui, who carried out the airport attack, and Khalid al-Bakraoui, responsible for the metro blast. Two attackers still remain unidentified. The total number of victims is 28.
Turkey: attack in Istanbul, TAK claim responsibility for Ankara bombing
Syria: Russia claim withdrawal, Kurdish parties aim to establish a federal region
Belgium: Salah Abdeslam arrested
Nigeria and Yemen: more bloodshed
Turkey: attack in Istanbul, TAK claim responsibility for Ankara bombing
A terrorist attack hit Istanbul on Saturday 19th March at 11am local time, killing at least four. The attack took place in Istiklal street, a business area popular with nationals and tourists, and a place already indicated by authorities as a sensitive target for terrorism. The perpetrators were identified by Turkey's Interior Minister Efkan Ala as Islamic State members: as according to Ala, among perpetrators was indeed Mehmet Ozturk, a Turkish member of IS. The man was identified through blood tests carried out on Ozturk's relatives, Anadolu news agency reported. After Istanbul's attack, Turkish president Erdogan renewed his claims he will defeat the recent series of attacks Erdogan described as “one of the biggest and bloodiest terrorist waves in [Turkey's] history”.
Terrorist attacks occurred in the Middle East and Western Africa this week. One of the attacks took place in Ben Gardane (Tunisia), on 7th March. Close to the Libyan border and to the tourist destination Djerba, the Tunisian town was attacked by dozens of terrorists at dawn. The attack – carried out with assault rifles – led to the death of seven civilians, nine members of security forces and twenty-eight assailants, according to the government. According to a witness, the attackers claimed to be members of the Islamic State, and led to the decision by the government to seal off Djerba, close border passages with Libya and impose a curfew on the town where the attack took place.
US still operating despite cessation of hostilities
US: Government reveals documents on Mauritania/al-Qaida peace negotiations
UK: Bomb explodes in Belfast, allegedly placed by dissident Republicans
Mali: Ansar Dine's destroyer of Timbuktu heritage sites charged by ICC
Syria: Assad, US still operating despite cessation of hostilities
Both rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accused the Syrian Army to have restarted operations in North-West's region of Latakia, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, on 4th March, the US military announced US forces hit Islamic State targets both in Syria and Iraq. This adds to the earlier military activities taking place in Syria after the announcement of the partial cessation of hostilities, so corroborating the numbers provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which claimed that since the reaching of the agreement 135 people died in the areas covered only.
Nigeria: attack in Dalori, resettled refugees, freed hostages and Flintlock
Libya: unity government and military mission to stabilise the country
World: changes in armaments and the arms trade
France: more emergency measures
Ukraine: new peak in the conflict
Ethiopia and Uganda: crackdown on oppositions
Syria: a ceasefire that is not a ceasefire An agreement was announced on 21st February between Russia and the United States to establish a partial truce among combatants in Syria. More precisely, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of a “cessation of hostilities”, a term - according toThe New York Times – far from being fortuitous: the perspective of a full cease-fire is indeed still weak. A first – inconsistent – step, as put by Scott Lucas: not a ceasefire, nor a cessation of hostilities, but a proposal for a cessation of hostilities. And a proposal, as reminded by BBC News, accepted by many warring parties, but not by the Islamic State and al-Nusra, two key actors in the conflict. As admitted by Kerry - who seems to have rejected the hypothesis - even the creation of a “safe zone” would need the deployment of between 15,000 and 30,000 soldiers.
NATO to deploy patrols in the Aegean to tackle smugglers
Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Completion Approaches Heavily debated launch labelled as a geopolitical, rather than commercial project is set to deliver gas from St. Petersburg to the German norther coast. The biggest outrage has come from Poland, who has urged Brussels to review the political implications. The two main issue which divides EU countries is the increase in dependence on Russian energy imports and the increasing Russian influence in the Baltics, especially after the events in Ukraine. The EU Commission´s vice President Maroš Šefčovič has expressed a proposition to impose boundaries on on gas products and transits following the launch as well as to leverage the EU´s internal rules to promote competition which is often curbed due to large dominating networks. The following months will show more clearly, what impact this project will have on the European energy security.
Key Points: *More measures to tackle terrorism on the web *Crisis in the Sahel region deepens, funds are promised *More cooperation in counter-terrorism *Fear and suspect rampage in Europe *More measures to tackle terrorism on the web
A number of initiatives were launched during the first week of February in order to tackle terrorism on the web. While the US government held closed-door meetings with Apple, Google and Yahoo and others, Google executive Dr. Anthony House announced to the British parliament the company will offer Google AdWords Grants to NGOs in order to develop counter-radicalisation ads. Ads will be shown at users searching particularly sensitive keys (e.g. “join ISIS”). In line with this fight against radicalisation is Twitter announcement the company suspended about 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since mid-2015. From the point of view of funding, instead, by June 2016 the European Union will develop stricter rules for prepaid cards and virtual currencies.
Crisis in the Sahel region deepens, funds are promised to African Union As an attack carried out by Boko Haram in the Nigerian village of Dalori left 85 people dead,
News Report: 18th-24th January 2016: By Sofia Majorova This week in news: Iran's sanctions are lifted, Bacha Khan University is attacked in Pakistan and Syrian peace talks commence in Geneva Key points:
Iran’s sanctions lifted, how will this effect their relationship with the US?
Bacha Khan University attacked in Pakistan, how will they prevent further attacks?
Syrian talks in Geneva, will they reach a consensus?