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Daily news – February 7, 2022 a.m.

AFGHANISTAN Bamiyan Buddhas and Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage. Rishika Dhumal, Vivekananda International Foundation: In Afghanistan, Buddhist cave temples are concentrated in three regions: Jalalabad (180 caves), Haibak (200 caves) and Bamiyan (1000 caves). The Bamiyan Buddhas are part of a Buddhist site in Bamiyan Valley of Bamiyan River, 230km northwest of Kabul and 2500m above sea […]

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Daily news – February 2, 2022 p.m.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO  At least 60 people killed in militia attack in eastern DR Congo. Erikas Mwisi Kambale, Reuters: At least 60 people were killed in a militia attack early on Wednesday at a displaced persons’ camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the head of a local humanitarian group and a […]

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The Islamic State’s Anti-Russia Propaganda Campaign and Criticism of Taliban-Russian Relations (Lucas Webber, The Jamestown Foundation)

In his first speech following the official declaration of the Islamic State’s (IS) caliphate in 2014, the new caliph, Abubakr al-Baghdadi, delivered his famous audio statement titled, “A Message to the Mujahidin and the Muslim Ummah in the Month of Ramadan.” In the speech, al-Baghdadi divided the world into, “two camps,” that were in violent […]

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The Islamic State Gains New Operational Foothold in Iraq’s Hamrin Mountains (Isaac Ahmed, The Jamestown Foundation)

Diyala is located 60 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, and is considered a “road-knot” between four Iraqi provinces, including Diyala and Sulaymaniyah, Wasit, and Salah al-Din. In addition, roads which pass through Diyala can lead to Anbar province or Mosul. Therefore, any militant group that wants to impose its control over those areas must have a […]

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Afghanistan. How Dangerous Is Afghanistan’s Islamic State Group? (VoA)

By Associated Press The Islamic State offshoot that Americans blame for Thursday’s deadly suicide attacks outside the Kabul airport coalesced in eastern Afghanistan six years ago and rapidly grew into one of the more dangerous terror threats globally. Despite years of military targeting by the U.S.-led coalition, the group known as Islamic State Khorasan has survived […]

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Iraq – Islamic State suspected of sabotaging Iraqi electrical towers (Mustafa Saadoun, Al Monitor)

The Joint Operations Command in Iraq called on citizens July 1 to “be brave” and report individuals who are damaging electric power transmission towers.The command also offered a financial reward for those who report the incidents. Islamic State suspected of sabotaging Iraqi electrical towers – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East The sun sets behind electrical grids […]

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(Mozambique/Islamic State) Combating the Islamic State’s spread in Africa: Assessment and recommendations for Mozambique (AEI)

Emily Estelle, Jessica Trisko Darden The global Salafi-jihadi movement, which includes al Qaeda and the Islamic State, is spreading in Africa. An Islamic State–linked group in northern Mozambique is the latest case of a Salafi-jihadi group co-opting and expanding a local conflict.

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(Tunisia/Islamic State) IS Claims Killing of 4 Tunisia Soldiers, Beheading: Site (The Defense Post)

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the February 3 killing of four soldiers in a rugged region of central Tunisia, SITE Intelligence Group reported.

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(Iraq/Islamic State) Islamic State ‘Wali’ Abu Yasser al-Issawi Killed in Iraq: Prime Minister (The Defense Post)

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(Mozambique/Islamic State) The Islamic State in Mozambique (Tore Refslund Hamming, Lawfare)

Although the militant Islamist insurgency in Mozambique has been brewing since late 2017, it was only when Islamic State-affiliated militants captured the northeastern port city of Mocimboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado province in mid-August 2020 that it gained the world’s attention. After the group’s successive losses in the Levant, it came as a shock to analysts […]