al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)


The link below is to an article that takes a look at al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

For more visit:
http://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-al-qaeda-in-the-arabian-peninsula-36103

Satellite images show Boko Haram’s destruction in Nigeria and it’s far worse than anyone realized


Originally posted on Quartz:

While last week’s international news was dominated by the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 17 dead, a larger massacre in a less-watched part of the world went relatively unnoticed. Until now. Human rights groups released satellite images this week that show what they say is indisputable proof of deadly attacks carried out during early January by the Islamist militants from Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.

The before-and-after images show the extent of the scorched-earth tactics used by  Boko Haram, the watch groups said. An analysis by Amnesty International of images taken on Jan. 2 and Jan 7. found that 3,700 structures were damaged or completely destroyed in the town of Baga and the neighboring Doron Baga (also known as Doro Gowon). According to Human Rights Watch, the exact death toll in Baga and 16 surrounding villages is difficult to establish, with estimates ranging from “dozens to 2,000.”

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Paris Hero Describes How He Saved Customers During Supermarket Attack


Originally posted on TIME:

The Muslim shop employee hailed as a hero for saving customers during a terrorist attack on a Kosher supermarket last week has described how he hid people in a cold storage room as a gunman assaulted the store.

Lassana Bathily, 24, told the BBC that he was working in the basement of the Hyper Casher grocery store when he heard gunshots on Jan. 9. “The customers started running down the steps. They were screaming [that] there were terrorists in the shop,” he said.

Bathily ushered the customers into a cold storage room, then switched off the refrigerator and the lights. “I told the customers to stay calm. [I said:] If the terrorist comes down here he must not hear you.” Bathily said once everyone had quieted down, he decided to go outside to help the police. Initially, police thought he was one of the gunmen, but he convinced them he…

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ISIL and Al Qaeda: Terror’s frenemies


Originally posted on Quartz:

A new narrative is emerging about the Jan 7 attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo—that it was spurred, at least in part, by a competition between two terrorist groups. The theory is that Al Qaeda instigated the attack, through its franchise in Yemen, in order to reclaim its position as terrorist top dog from the arrivistes known variously as ISIL, ISIS and the Islamic State.

But the real lesson from Paris is that the distinctions between Al Qaeda and ISIL are immaterial to self-styled jihadis.

At least one of the Kouachi brothers, gunmen in the Paris massacre, traveled to Yemen to train with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, and US officials believe the attack was ordered by the group’s high command. But Amedy Coulibaly, who carried out several other attacks in conjunction with the Kouachis, including taking hostages at a kosher supermarket, had pledged loyalty to ISIL.

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How the Charlie Hebdo attack and manhunt unfolded day by day, city by city


Originally posted on Quartz:

The men who French police allege murdered 12 people in or around the Charlie Hebdo offices were killed in a standoff with security forces on Friday, seemingly bringing some resolution to this week’s wave of dramatic violence and fear.

The deaths of the suspects, brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, ended a three-day manhunt that began in Paris and spanned hundreds of square miles of France. Here’s a look at how it played out:

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Paris Terror Attack Suspects Killed After Police Standoffs


Originally posted on TIME:

Three terror suspects and four hostages were killed in France on Friday, as police brought to an end two separate hostage incidents relating to the deadly terror attacks on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

In an industrial estate outside Paris, police killed the two brothers who allegedly mounted Wednesday’s devastating assault that killed 12 people and set off the biggest manhunt in modern French history.

Just a 15-minute drive away, SWAT teams killed another gunman who had holed up all afternoon in a kosher supermarket in a city suburb with several hostages. The siege left five dead in total, but the gunman’s alleged co-conspirator remained on the run Friday night, having escaped as police stormed the store.

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Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, 34 and 32, the two French-born brothers who authorities say stormed Charlie Hebdo with Kalashnikovs and then fled in a stolen vehicle, holed up in a commercial…

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Boko Haram Militants Are Back on the Attack in Nigeria as a Presidential Election Looms


Originally posted on TIME:

As thousands of supporters clad in the red, white and green of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party thronged the formal launch rally of his reelection campaign in Lagos on Thursday, thousands more were fleeing for their lives in the country’s northeast, where an ongoing militant offensive, launched on Jan. 3, has killed scores. Such twinned scenes of jubilation and carnage are likely to be a regular feature in Nigeria over the coming weeks, as the country gears up for Presidential and general elections on Feb. 14,—even as the Boko Haram militant group gains ground in a campaign that took more than 10,000 lives last year, and has driven more than 1.5 million people from their homes.

Residents of Baga, a small town on the shores of Lake Chad, and some sixteen surrounding villages fled on foot or by boat as members of Boko Haram razed buildings and stalked…

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