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Gunmen storm Mali hotel shouting “Allahu Akbar," taking more than 100 hostages


Associated Press Gunmen who have taken more than 100 hostages after storming a hotel in Mali’s capital Friday morning while shouting “Allahu Akbar" reportedly are forcing their captives to recite verses from the Koran or face death. Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore told The Associated Press that at least one guest earlier reported that the attackers instructed him to recite verses from the Koran before he was allowed to leave the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako. Traore said 10 gunmen had stormed the hotel shouting "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," in Arabic before firing on the guards. A staffer at the hotel who gave his name as Tamba Diarra said over the phone that the attackers used grenades in the assault. The Brussels-based Rezidor Hotel group that operates the hotel said the assailants had "locked in" 140 guests and 30 employees. Lt. Col. Diarran Kone said at...

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Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Alleged Mastermind of Paris Attacks, Is Dead


By Noemie Bisserbe and Stacy Meichtry PARIS—The alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in a police raid, the Paris prosecutor said Thursday, removing a key member from Islamic State’s ranks. Mr. Abaaoud was identified with fingerprints taken from his bullet-ridden body at the scene of Wednesday’s raid by police on an apartment north of Paris, the prosecutor said in a statement. The militant’s death marks a coup for French authorities who tracked Mr. Abaaoud to a house in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis using witnesses tips. French SWAT teams battled with Mr. Abaaoud and others with suspected terrorist links for hours on Wednesday, firing 5,000 rounds to subdue the group holed up in an apartment. The 28-year old Belgian-born operative is suspected of having planned and coordinated three teams of attackers who carried out brazen assaults on the French capital, using explosives and automatic rifles to...

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Global terrorism increased by 80% in 2014, says study



By Katie Pisa, for CNN CNN - The deadly terror attacks in Paris and Beirut last week are consistent with a worldwide trend of increased terrorism -- now at its highest level ever -- according to a new study. Deaths from global terrorism increased by 80% in 2014 with 32,658 people being killed, says the study. The report highlights that despite 78% of terrorist acts being concentrated in five countries -- Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq -- terrorism is spreading, with more countries recording attacks and deaths than previously. The Global Terrorism Index report, which was released Tuesday, says there has been a "dramatic rise" in terrorism over the last 15 years. There are nine times more people killed in terrorist attacks today than there were in 2000. Islamist groups Boko Haram and ISIS together were responsible for 51% of claimed global killings in 2014. Where is it happening? Iraq...

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America's enemies within: How nearly SEVENTY have been arrested in America over ISIS plots in the last 18 months - including refugees who had been given safe haven but 'turned to terror'