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Car Bomb Kills Maj. Ali al-Haji, Yemen Counterterrorism Head

Maj. Ali al-Haji was killed in Aden, in southern Yemen, which has not seen as much of the urban warfare that is common in the capital, Sana.
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Kenyan Motives in Somalia Predate Recent Abductions

The Kenyan government revealed that its foray against Islamist militants was not simply a response to a wave of kidnappings, as previously claimed, but to keep violence from spilling across its border.
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Pakistan accused of double game

Pakistan accused of double game | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The US believes that Pakistan has pretended to be an ally while secretly backing its enemy the Taliban in the war in Afghanistan.
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European Aid Workers Abducted In Western Algeria

European Aid Workers Abducted In Western Algeria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Unidentified gunmen have abducted three European aid workers from an refugee camp in western Algeria, officials said Monday.
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Al-Shabab: Between the battlefield & the famine

Despite its military setbacks and pressures from the famine, Al-Shabab remains a formidable and adaptive force and insurgents continue to control most of central and southern Somalia.Despite its military setbacks and pressures from the famine, Al-Shabab remains a formidable and adaptive force and insurgents continue to control most of central and southern Somalia.

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Basque separatists ETA say end armed struggle

Basque separatists ETA say end armed struggle | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
MADRID (Reuters) - The Basque separatist group ETA said on Thursday it was ending four decades of armed struggle and called for talks with the Spanish and French authorities on ending Europe's last major...
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Mistrust at the centre of Kurdish strife

Mistrust at the centre of Kurdish strife | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's Jonathan Head in Istanbul looks at why Kurdish PKK rebels have escalated their operations against the Turkish military in recent months.
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Rebels 'kill 24 Turkish soldiers'

At least 24 Turkish soldiers have been killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels in south-east Turkey, reports say, sparking retaliatory raids by Turkish forces.
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Fighting between Boko Haram Islamists and Nigerian security rages on

While the Nigerian military claims that the fighting with Boko Haram in the country's north is under control, the lack of information from the region fuels doubt about the military's success.
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Intensified Yemeni air strikes kill 24 al-Qaida terrorists

ADEN, Yemen, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian national terrorist Ibrahim Mohammed Saleh al-Banaa, who is the head of media department of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and 23 others, including the son of U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al- Awlaki were killed in intensified air strikes in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwa, military official said Saturday.

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Hezbollah: Terrorist organisation or liberation movement?

Hezbollah: Terrorist organisation or liberation movement? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Five years after the 34-day war of 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah, many Lebanese fear that there could be another, bigger conflict to come, reports Owen Bennett-Jones.
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Unrest in Syria has an upside next door

Growing chaos in Syria has disrupted flow of foreign fighters seeking to join al-Qaeda in Iraq...
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Syrian Revolution Digest: On the War Path!

With their Foreign Minister and Grand Mufti issuing threats, the Assads seem to be readying for war even as the world isn’t. Meanwhile, protesters and defectors keep fighting back, even as opposition figures wrangle and dither... If threats of dire consequences issued by Assad FM, Walid Moallem, should seem a bit too vague and hollow at first to make some world leaders quake in their boots, or stilettos, perhaps those blurted out by Assad’s Grand Mufti might give them that additional punch to make them register on the political Richter Scale. I guess it’s time to take on the real terror masters in the Middle East.

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An American Teenager in Yemen: Paying for the Sins of His Father?

An American Teenager in Yemen: Paying for the Sins of His Father? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A drone strike took the life of Anwar al-Awlaki and another took that of his 16-year old son. Collateral damage from such U.S.
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What is Somalia's Al Shabab?

The international community has more questions than answers about the Somali militant group Al Shabab, the target of Kenya's military incursion into Somalia. But they know how it affords food for its troops – and it's not from piracy.

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Mauritanian Army Strikes Al-Qaeda Base In Mali

Mauritanian Army Strikes Al-Qaeda Base In Mali | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By Bakari Gueye The Mauritanian military last week launched air strikes on an al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) base in Mali's Wagadou forest.
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Kenya and Somalia: landscape of tension

"Kenya doesn’t know war. We know war." A fractious mix of violence and politics is unsettling the relationship between east African neighbours and putting more pressure on Somalis living in Kenya. The Somali militia group known as al-Shabaab is often viewed as the source of the problem. But the roots of the turmoil go deep in Kenya's own history, says Daniel Branch.

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Al-Shabab Loses Last Mogadishu District

Al-Shabab Loses Last Mogadishu District | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Heavy fighting has broken out between Somali government forces and al-Shabab rebels in the capital of Mogadishu, as Kenyan forces continue to advance across southern Somalia in an effort to hunt down members of the Somali insurgent group.
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Turkish troops enter northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels

Turkish troops enter northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Offensive against PKK fighters launched after 26 soldiers killed in attacks on military outposts...
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Kenya's push into Somalia slows as ministers arrive in country for talks

Kenya's push into Somalia slows as ministers arrive in country for talks | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Kenyan army hampered by heavy rain as troops head towards Afmadow, where al-Shabab militants are entrenched...
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Al Qaeda Tries a New Tactic in Somalia: Philanthropy

A food giveaway over the weekend to the famine-plagued people in Somalia raises a question: What kind of group is Al Qaeda these days?
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Who Gains, Who Loses in Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap to Free Gilad Shalit? - Global Spin

Who Gains, Who Loses in Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap to Free Gilad Shalit?   - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Win-win outcomes are all too rare in the Middle East, but the agreement that will see Hamas free captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for a reported 1,000 Palestinian prisoners will allow each of its stakeholders to claim victory.
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A Proud Admission of Terror?

A Proud Admission of Terror? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Read conservative news, blogs and opinion about Bashar al-Assad, Syria and Terror from The Weekly Standard, the must read magazine available in online edition.
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Top Syria Cleric Threatens Attacks on U.S. and Europe if Military Intervenes

Syria's top Sunni Muslim cleric has warned Western countries against military intervention in Syria and threatened to retaliate with suicide bombings in the United States and Europe if his country comes under attack.
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