ISIS in Afghanistan
The Islamic State’s Wilayat Khorasan (Khorasan Province), its small branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan, advertised a training camp that is named after a former religious scholar who was killed by the US last month. While the location of the camp was not disclosed, it is likely in the eastern province of Nangarhar, where the Islamic State has established a presence. – The Long War Journal
Ex-SAS officer Simon Mann in trouble again
Instead of being freed, though, Mann found himself a helpless political pawn. The wily Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, he learned to his horror, had offered him up to the very despot Mann had been intent on toppling — Teodoro Obiang, the brutal multi-millionaire dictator of Equatorial Guinea and a reputed cannibal — in exchange for oil. Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook – Daily Mail
Mali hotel attack
Gunmen who raided a Malian hotel shouted “Allahu akbar” as they sprayed bullets on tables of people who were gathered for breakfast, a witness said. The attackers did not say a word to anyone as they opened fire Friday morning, employee Tamba Couye said. They shot at “anything that moved” as terrified patrons dashed for cover all over the hotel, he said. By the time Malian and U.N. security forces rushed in and ended the siege hours later, bodies were scattered across the floors of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako.- CNN
Chinese military uses flamethrowers to crack down on dissidents in Xinjiang
The People’s Liberation Army Daily said that, at one point, flamethrowers were used to flush out militants hiding in a cave, who were then shot. It said they were behind a “brutal” attack on the public, which may refer to an attack on a mine in September in which officials said 16 people died. Xinjiang, often hit by unrest, is home to a Uighur ethnic minority. The PLA Daily said special forces tracked the militants to their mountain hideout “like eagles discovering their prey”. Police tried to drive the suspects out with tear gas and stun grenades, before an officer ordered the use of flamethrowers, the article said. – BBC
Boko Haram on a murder spree
On Saturday, Boko Haram murdered 2,000 people. Amnesty International called it the “deadliest massacre” in the history of the extremist group. Homes were burnt down and buildings destroyed as corpses of men, women and children lay in the street. A survivor harrowingly spoke of ‘stepping on dead bodies’ as he escaped. Those that could grabbed what they could and fled. The attack has been described as “heartbreaking,” “barbaric,” and “senseless”. And it is. But it won’t change anything in Nigeria. – Independent
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