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New Delhi Times Al-Shabab Attack in Somali Capital Kills at Least 10 By New Delhi Times Bureau Militants stormed Somali government offices in Mogadishu on Saturday after setting off a car bomb, and officials said at least 10 people were killed, including a deputy minister. Authorities of Mogadishu’s only free ambulance service said they had collected nearly 10 other wounded civilians.According to eyewitnesses, the attack began when the suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car at the front gate of the compound that houses the Labor and Public Works and Reconstruction ministries.“A car bomb hit the main gate of one of the compounds and then extremists armed with assault rifles stormed to the buildings, engaging a fierce battle with security forces,” Ahmed Mohamed Iman, director general of Somalia’s Ministry of Public Works and Reconstruction, who was present during the attack, told VOA Somalia.Iman said some attackers rampaged through the buildings...

Spotlight on Global Jihad - February 7-13, 2019

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The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center At the Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 7-13, 2019) Following is an overview of the situation in four centers of conflict and friction in Syria: The “pocket” of ISIS’s operatives along the Euphrates River, which is a few square kilometers in size, is shrinking. Fierce battles are currently taking place in the village of Al-Baghouz Fawqani, ISIS’s last remaining significant stronghold. According to the SDF forces, “ISIS operatives are breathing their last breath.” At the same time, talks between the ISIS operatives and the SDF are continuing, with the goal of reaching a surrender arrangement that would enable the operatives to leave the “pocket.” No results have been achieved to date. In the Idlib area, incidents continue between the Syrian army (which continues to bring in reinforcements) and thejihadi organizations. Russian officials expressed the hope that...

Terrorists Promoted, Victims Ignored

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  by Uzay Bulut  •  Gatestone Institute "An estimated 3,100 Yazidis were killed [in Iraq], with nearly half of them... either shot, beheaded, or burned alive... The estimated number kidnapped is 6,800... All Yazidis were targeted... but children were disproportionately affected." — PLOS Medicine, 2017. By contrast, Shamima Begum said that she had been fully aware of the beheadings and other atrocities committed by ISIS before going to Syria. "I knew about those things and I was okay with it," she said. "Because, you know, I started becoming religious just before I left. From what I heard, Islamically, that is all allowed." When asked whether she had questioned any of that, Begum replied, "No, not at all." "[W]e recently learned of the 50 [Yazidi women and children]... who were beheaded. Meanwhile, those people who raped and killed our women are free to go back to their countries and live normal...

Israeli Army Warns Of New Hezbollah Threat

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Voice of America by Joshua Brilliant JERUSALEM —  A Hezbollah commander who allegedly headed a 2007 raid on an American base in Iraq, which ended with the slaying of kidnapped American soldiers, is now building a secret force that could attack Israel from Syria, according to an Israeli military intelligence report.Their report was released in the days leading up to a visit to Israel by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who also is stopping in Kuwait and Lebanon, where discussions will include the threat of Iran and Hezbollah.The force that Ali Musa Daqduq is building could be used to widen a front with Israel in case of another clash with Lebanon. Hezbollah also could launch attacks only from Syrian territory in an effort to spare Lebanon from painful Israeli retaliations, Yoram Schweitzer of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv said in an interview.Israel and Lebanon have...
  BBC Seven people have been injured after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a house belonging to a British-Israeli family in central Israel.The rocket came down at 05:25 (03:25 GMT) in the community of Mishmeret, 20km (12 miles) north of Tel Aviv.This is the furthest a Palestinian rocket has reached in Israel since the 2014 conflict with militants in Gaza.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short a trip to the US over the attack and vowed to respond with force.So far no-one has said they carried out the attack. The Israeli military accused the militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, but a Hamas official said it had "no interest" in doing so.A week and a half ago, two rockets were launched towards Tel Aviv and nobody was hurt. The Israeli military responded with dozens of air strikes across Gaza, which injured four people.Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47689684...