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July 20, 2016

Car bombings in Yemen kill nine policemen

Car bombings in Yemen kill nine policemen

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On Wednesday, in Yemen‘s city of Mukalla, a suicide bomber killed five policemen and injured six others. No militant group claimed responsibility. Two days earlier, at least nine people were killed in two car explosions near two army check posts. al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for that attack. An army statement said eighteen soldiers were injured and at least five were in critical condition.

The Houthi rebel group announced they had launched a missile targeting the Yemeni-Saudi border.

General Faraj Salemine informed Agence France-Presse at least five Yemeni soldiers were killed in the explosion on Monday. Abu Tariq al-Sana’ani and Amir Tariq al-Sana’ani were identified as the attackers who attacked southwest of the city near al-Burum and western part in al-Ghaber. Previously, that area was a stronghold of al Qaeda’s group called al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Mukalla is the capital of Hadramaout province. AQAP has controlled the city for more than a year. Yemen faced attacks from the rebel groups of Iran’s Shia Houthi in the northern and central areas. In April, pro-government troops took control over the city with the help of Saudi and Emirati army which conducted air attacks.

Due to this disturbance, militant groups of al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has attacked the Yemeni army. Last month, ISIL’s suicide bombers killed at least 38 people in Mukalla.

In the last fifteen months, more than 6,400 people were killed in there country. Yemeni Civil War begun in 2014 but it has sided al Qaeda and ISIL. Due to their attacks, more than 2.8 million civilians had to fled the location.



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Three suicide bombings in Yemen kill at least a dozen security personnel

Three suicide bombings in Yemen kill at least a dozen security personnel

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On Wednesday, in Aden, Yemen, a suicide bomber killed by varying reports from three to five policemen and injured as many as six others. No militant group claimed responsibility. Two days earlier at Mukalla, Yemen, at least nine people were killed in two car explosions near two army check posts. A local al-Qaeda group has claimed responsibility for that attack. An army statement said eighteen soldiers were injured and at least five were in critical condition.

The Houthi rebel group announced they had launched a missile targeting the Yemeni-Saudi border.

General Faraj Salemine informed Agence France-Presse at least five Yemeni soldiers were killed in the incidents on Monday. al-Qaeda identified Abu Tariq al-Sana’ani and Amir Tariq al-Sana’ani as the attackers who attacked southwest of the city near al-Burum and west in al-Ghaber. Previously, Mukalla was a stronghold of group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Mukalla is the capital of Yemen’s Hadramaout province. AQAP controlled the city for a year. Yemen faced attacks from the rebel groups of Iran’s Shia Houthi in the northern and central areas. In April, pro-government troops took control over the city with the help of Saudi and Emirati army which conducted air attacks.

Due to this disturbance, militant groups of al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has attacked the Yemeni army. Last month, ISIL’s suicide bombers killed at least 38 people in Mukalla.

In the last fifteen months, more than 6,400 people were killed in there country. Yemeni Civil War begun in 2014 but it has sided al Qaeda and ISIL. Due to their attacks, more than 2.8 million civilians had to fled the location.



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May 15, 2016

Islamic State claims attack which killed 25 police recruits in Yemen

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Islamic State claims attack which killed 25 police recruits in Yemen

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Yemeni officials said a suicide bombing today killed at least 25 police recruits in the city of Mukalla, Yemen. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The attack took place where the recruits were queuing outside a police base. Security forces stated Mubarak al-Awthaban, the city’s security director, was nearby in an office but survived the attack.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through Amaq, their online news agency. They stated the attacker was a “martyrdom-seeker” who used an explosive belt. They also claimed at least 40 people had been killed.

This is the second recent attack in Mukalla, following the expulsion of their rivals al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in a campaign by forces from Yemen and a Saudi led coalition. AQAP had taken the city during Yemen’s recent civil war, during which time they were able to take control over much of the country’s south coast.



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November 27, 2015

At least 52, including six Shia Muslim activists, to be executed in Saudi Arabia

At least 52, including six Shia Muslim activists, to be executed in Saudi Arabia

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In Saudi Arabia, six Shia Muslim activists, along with at least 46 other people, are to be executed for terrorism on an unspecified date, according to reports on Thursday.

Varying local media reports said at least 52 people will be executed. Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz said some of the people convicted of terrorism were members of the militant group Al-Qaeda, and were convicted of attempting to overthrow the government and planning terrorist attacks. The 52 have allegedly killed at least a hundred civilians and seventy security personnel.

Amnesty International said others who are also to be executed were people from the city of Awamiya, where most of the population consists of Shia Muslims, a minority within Saudi Arabia. Protests have been held there, across the past several years, over alleged mistreatment of Shias by the government. Among those convicted of terrorism were the six Shia Muslim activists, at least two of whom reportedly were minors when they allegedly committed their crimes. Amnesty International has said the trials leading up to their conviction were clearly “unfair”.

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James Lynch, Middle East and North Africa deputy director of Amnesty International, said Saudi Arabia was settling “political scores” under “the guise of counter-terrorism.”

The three Shias, Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher, and Hussein al-Marhoon, said they have confessed to their supposed criminal acts under torture, according to Lynch.

More than 150 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia in 2015, while only 90 were executed a year ago in 2014, said Amnesty International.

This news came after Saudi-born Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh was convicted of apostasy and sentenced to death by a court in Saudi Arabia, which Human Rights Watch researcher Adam Coogle called an example of Saudi Arabia’s “complete intolerance for anyone who may not share government-mandated religious, political, and social views.”



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December 10, 2014

Senate publish report on CIA torture and misinformation

Senate publish report on CIA torture and misinformation

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The US Senate Report on CIA Detention Interrogation Program that details the use of torture during CIA detention and interrogation.

A report released by the US Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday concluded that the CIA misinformed the White House and Congress about its imprisonment and interrogation of suspected terrorists during the years after the September 11 attacks.

The committee released an executive summary yesterday ahead of its full 6,000-page report. The summary documented instances where detainees were kept awake for as long as a week and suggested that the agency had waterboarded more suspects than it previously disclosed.

The report also revealed that officials in the Bush administration were often told about these practices long after the fact. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell were not told of the CIA’s operations until a year after they had begun. President Bush was briefed in 2006, four years after the CIA commenced its “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” program.

The released documents refutes the effectiveness of the program and the accuracy of the information gathered. Previously, the Bush administration had defended its use, claiming that the intelligence garnered helped stop terrorist plots and capture al-Qaeda leadership, including Osama bin Laden. The executive summary examines case studies from the CIA’s internal records which the committee says disputes those defenses.

CIA Director John O. Brennan acknowledged many of the failures outlined by the committee, but also rebuked it for what he called an “incomplete and selective picture of what occurred.” Republican Senators have been critical of the report with Richard Burr calling it “a fiction”, and Marco Rubio stating that Senate Democrats published the report out of “partisan joy” with the intention of “trying to embarrass people in the Bush administration.”



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June 15, 2014

Abbott open to possible Australian assistance in Iraq

Abbott open to possible Australian assistance in Iraq

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott allowed for potential Australian support in any military action the United States may take in resolving the current conflict in Iraq, during and after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday.

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The President had said all options were on the table for dealing with the Al-Qaeda splinter group of Sunni militants who have violently overrun many areas of the war torn county.

A major Al-Qaeda foodhold in Iraq “would be a humanitarian disaster for the people of Iraq, quite apart from being a very serious problem for the region and the wider world” said Abbot to ABC Radio, emphasising the consequences this conflict could have on the already unstable region.

Whilst the United States has not requested Australian aid, Abbott expressed concern the situation could become a problem for Australia and the rest of the world. In remarks to Sky News, he said, “I want to do what we reasonably can to protect Australian citizens, Australian interests and Australian values, and there is a very strong community of interests and values between the United States and Australia and our other principal allies”.

Abbott advised this conflict in Iraq would allow terrorist organisations to gain a stronger position globally, as the war in Syria allowed terrorist groups to hoard large amounts of weapons and money.

Abbott’s position on this issue in Iraq has been met with criticism from different members of parliament. Opposition leader Bill Shorten warned “Australia always needs to weigh up the use of our highly professional and dedicated soldiers as to whether or not it is in the Australian National interest”. Greens leader Christine Milne said Australia should focus efforts on diplomatic solutions through nonviolent action and the United Nations to bring about long-term stability and reconciliation in Iraq.

However Peter Jennings, head of think tank the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, supported Australia’s offer of support, though acknowledging Australia could do little as a main player in this conflict. Jennings also advised that providing intelligence via surveillance may be a way for Australia to help in a supporting role.

According to recent information from the Australian federal government’s service Smartraveller, at least 90 Australians were on holiday in Iraq despite a no-travel warning for that country.



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June 2, 2013

Second man charged in Lee Rigby murder case

Second man charged in Lee Rigby murder case

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A second man was formally charged yesterday for the killing of Lee Rigby, who was stabbed repeatedly on May 22 in the Woolwich area of south London. Michael Adebolajo, a 28-year-old man from Romford in Essex, has been charged with the murder of Rigby, the attempted murder of two police officers, and possession of a firearm. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

The first man charged, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale from Greenwich, appeared in court on Thursday and was remanded in custody. He is due to appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow. The two men were filmed attacking Rigby, a 25-year-old drummer in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich. One anonymous eyewitness quoted by the BBC described the attack: “They grabbed the guy towards the wall then stabbed him — stabbed him, stabbed him, cut his neck, and then dragged him into the middle of the road”. Following the attack, police armed response turned up and disarmed the two men. Both were shot in the confrontation with police and have been recovering in hospital since the attack.

In addition to charging Adebolajo and Adebowale, police have arrested and bailed two men aged 42 and 46 for allegedly illegally supplying guns.

In 2010, reportedly, Adebolajo was arrested in Kenya after allegedly attempting to join the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab, which is linked with al-Qaeda. He was deported back to Britain. Adebolajo had also been associated with the British radical Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, which the British government banned in 2010.

Following the attack, Prime Minister David Cameron flew back to Britain and made a statement condemning the attacks: “The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger.”



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March 3, 2013

Al-Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali by French forces

Al-Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali by French forces

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The President of Chad Idriss Deby has confirmed that the senior Al-Qaeda commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid has been killed by French troops in Northern Mali.

Abou Zeid is a senior commander in the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who are fighting French-backed Malian forces, he was killed along with 40 other militants four days ago in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountain range. He is believed to have been behind the abduction of 20 Westeners as well as the killings of British national Edwin Dyer in 2009 and French national Michel Germaneau in 2010.

President Deby said in a statement on Friday: “Chadian forces killed two jihadi leaders, including Abou Zeid”, “On February 22, we lost several soldiers in the Ifogha mountains after destroying the jihadists’ base. This was the first time there was a direct confrontation with the jihadists”. Chadian troops have been involved in helping to fight off troops as part of a wider African force and they have been playing a key role in trying to free Northern Mali.

A French government spokesperson, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem warned that reports of his death were as yet unconfirmed. Al-Qaeda are currently holding seven French nationals hostages in Sahel and there are no confirmed reports that they have been executed.



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Prominent militant Islamist Mokhtar Belmokhtar \’killed\’ in Mali

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The Chadian army says they killed prominent militant Islamist Mokhtar Belmokhtar in Mali on Saturday. Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for an attack at an Algerian gas plant in January which led to the deaths of 37 hostages.

In a statement read on Chadian national television, an armed forces spokesperson said: “On Saturday, March 2, at noon, Chadian armed forces operating in northern Mali completely destroyed a terrorist base […] The toll included several dead terrorists, including their leader Mokhtar Belmokhta.” The announcement of his death comes a day after the President of Chad Idriss Deby announced the senior Al-Qaeda commander Adelhamid Abou Zeid had been killed by French forces in Northern Mali.

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His death, if confirmed, is part of a larger conflict in the area. Islamist rebels have already been pushed back from towns such as Gao in Northern Mali.

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague said “It would be a blow to terrorism and to the criminal network around this man and other people. But it doesn’t mean that the problems of Mali would be at an end. There’s a lot to do to promote a political process in Mali: elections, legitimate government and so on. That work has to go on”.

Chad is working alongside France and other African nations in a force aimed at regaining control of Northern Mali which has been seized by Islamist rebels. Belmokhtar lost an eye whilst fighting in an Islamist insurgency in the 1990s; he has spent over two decades in militant Islamism. Also a former member of the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), he left to create his own militant group.

There are concerns over the fate of seven French hostages taken in Mali; the French government has not confirmed the announcements from Chad of the deaths of prominent Al-Qaeda commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid and Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Didier Beguin, a member of the support committee for another group of French hostages, said: “This is a rumour that is enormously worrying for the families and those of us who support them”.



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The Chadian army says they killed prominent Al-Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar in Mali on Saturday. Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for an attack at an Algerian gas plant in January which led to the deaths of 37 hostages.

In a statement read on Chadian national television, an armed forces spokesperson said: “On Saturday, March 2, at noon, Chadian armed forces operating in northern Mali completely destroyed a terrorist base […] The toll included several dead terrorists, including their leader Mokhtar Belmokhta.” The announcement of his death comes a day after the President of Chad Idriss Deby announced the senior Al-Qaeda commander Adelhamid Abou Zeid had been killed by French forces in Northern Mali.

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His death, if confirmed, is part of a larger conflict in the area. Islamist rebels have already been pushed back from towns such as Gao in Northern Mali.

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague said “It would be a blow to terrorism and to the criminal network around this man and other people. But it doesn’t mean that the problems of Mali would be at an end. There’s a lot to do to promote a political process in Mali: elections, legitimate government and so on. That work has to go on”.

Chad is working alongside France and other African nations in a force aimed at regaining control of Northern Mali which has been seized by Islamist rebels. Belmokhtar lost an eye whilst fighting in an Islamist insurgency in the 1990s; he has spent over two decades in militant Islamism. Also a former member of the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), he left to create his own militant group.

There are concerns over the fate of seven French hostages taken in Mali; the French government has not confirmed the announcements from Chad of the deaths of prominent Al-Qaeda commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid and Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Didier Beguin, a member of the support committee for another group of French hostages, said: “This is a rumour that is enormously worrying for the families and those of us who support them”.



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