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  Bloomberg European Union To Train Mozambican Military To Fight Terrorismby Borges NhamirreThe European Union will train around 2,000 Mozambican naval and special forces to help fight an Islamic State-linked insurgency that’s left more than 3,400 people dead and halted Africa’s biggest private investment yet. Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest countries, is desperately trying to end a four-year insurgency in gas-rich northern province Cabo Delgado province, which threatens to derail its ambitions to become one of the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas exporters. In April, TotalEnergies SE suspended work on its $20 billion LNG project due to an escalation of violence in the region. The two-year training mission that began Wednesday aims to create a quick-reaction force specialized in counter-terrorism, said Antonio Sánchez-Benedito Gaspar, the head of the EU mission in Mozambique. It will comply with international humanitarian law and human rights while protecting the population, he said. “We...
Washington Examiner ISIS Branch Releases Video Of 12-Year-Old Executing Nigerian Soldiers by Christopher Hutton A branch of the Islamic State has reportedly released footage of a 12-year-old executing two Nigerian soldiers.The terrorist group released footage of a 12-year-old member of the Islamic State in West Africa Province killing two Nigerian soldiers in a video titled "Makers of Epic Battles." Tomasz Rolbiecki , a researcher of ISIS and its worldwide tactics, noted that the 17-minute-long video depicts the attacks from ISWAP's spring campaign, which erupted in northern Borno and Yobe, two states in Nigeria. "There are no words to describe how awful it is," tweeted Rolbiecki.Large portions of the execution footage has been published in previous photo reports, though not the video in its entirety.The footage also revealed additional details about the organization's growing weapon supply — the video confirmed that ISWAP had acquired a Mowag Piranha APC . Full story...

Jihadi Networks Are More Resilient Than We Think

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  Foreign Policy Jihadi Networks Are More Resilient Than We Think The world may be distracted by other threats, but jihadis aren’t going away anytime soon. By Daniel Byman With the departure of U.S. troops from Afghanistan this August, the post-9/11 era seems to be ending. Challenges such as climate change, a bellicose China, and the crisis of liberal institutions have crowded out jihadi terrorism as the primary American foreign-policy concern. Even in the narrow counterterrorism realm, white supremacist violence and anti-government extremism are the flavors of the day, and the occasional jihadi attack doesn’t seem to change things.Yet a new book provides a stark reminder of the persistence of terrorist networks despite over 20 years of relentless counterterrorism. In Western Jihadism: A Thirty Year History, Jytte Klausen, a professor at Brandeis University and a highly respected scholar of terrorism, traces the origins of al Qaeda and the broader jihadi...
The Wall Street Journal Left Behind After U.S. Withdrawal, Some Former Afghan Spies And Soldiers Turn To Islamic State By Yaroslav Trofimov Some former members of Afghanistan’s U.S.-trained intelligence service and elite military units—now abandoned by their American patrons and hunted by the Taliban—have enlisted in the only force currently challenging the country’s new rulers: Islamic State. The number of defectors joining the terrorist group is relatively small, but growing, according to Taliban leaders, former Afghan republic security officials and people who know the defectors. Importantly, these new recruits bring to Islamic State critical expertise in intelligence-gathering and warfare techniques, potentially strengthening the extremist organization’s ability to contest Taliban supremacy. An Afghan national army officer who commanded the military’s weapons and ammunition depot in Gardez, the capital of southeastern Paktia province, joined the extremist group’s regional affiliate, Islamic State-Khorasan Province, and was killed a week ago in a clash with...
Reuters Nigerian Army Says Islamic State West Africa's New Leader Killed In Military Operation ABUJA, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Nigeria's army said on Thursday it had killed the new leader of insurgent group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in a military operation this month, two weeks after announcing the death of the group's former head Abu Musab al-Barnawi.ISWAP is an offshoot of the Boko Haram insurgent group that has been fighting against the Nigerian armed forces for over a decade. The two militant groups later turned on each other.The conflict, which has spilled into neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, has left about 300,000 dead and millions dependent on aid, the United Nations says.Army spokesman Brigadier Benard Onyuko said in a statement that Nigerian troops had conducted several land and air raids on suspected insurgent locations, during which ISWAP's new leader, Malam Bako, was killed."In the course of the operations within...