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This has been a very busy day. We're starting in Africa tonight, with some good news out of Nigeria.



AFRICA

Nigeria

* Nigerian Army Rescues 370 Boko Haram Hostages - The Nigerian Army has rescued 370 hostages held by the Boko Haram terrorist group, during a fighting patrol through the northeastern state of Borno, destroying or capturing numerous weapons and equipment, and destroying over forty motorcycles used by the terrorists.

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* Separately, thousands of Nigerian refugees, who fled to neighboring Cameroon in 2014 to escape Boko Haram militants, have returned to the liberated northeastern town of Gamboru only to find their homes and their livelihoods destroyed...

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Egypt

* In a clarification of a report from SITREP 2016 01 20-21, Egyptian police are now reporting that nine people, including six police officers, were killed in the Cairo suburb of Giza, near the famous pyramids, and that ten more were wounded. Police stated that, acting on received intelligence, police raided the apartment - believed to be a militant safe-house, and discovered it to be booby-trapped. While attempting to defuse the IED, the device exploded.

Additionally, although Egyptian security believed supporters of ousted Muslim Brotherhood leader and former Egyptian president Mohamad Morsi were responsible, an Egyptian affiliate of ISIL, possibly Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, has claimed responsibility for the blast.

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Kenya

* Late on Thursday, Kenyan security forces reported that its troops, currently pursuing Islamist militants after attacks in southern Somalia, have killed the militants' senior commander, Maalim Janow.

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Burundi

* Twelve people were injured on Thursday night in the Burundian capitol of Bujumbura and several other locations around the small African country, as unidentified assailants detonated grenades and other explosives, police said on Friday. The incident happened as a UN Security Council delegation had arrived in Bujumbura.

 



SOUTHWEST ASIA
Syria

* One hundred and fifty ISIL militants have surrendered to Syrian forces in the Damascus area, according to Syrian Army officials.

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* Syrian Army forces reportedly destroyed several large ISIL weapons and supply caches in and around the northern city of Aleppo.

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* On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry of Russia accused that ISIL in northern Syria had received reinforcements and supplies via a pipeline from Turkey during the ongoing campaign in the region, in which Russian troops are fighting in direct support of Syrian government forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. This comes amid still-raw nerves over Turkey's downing of a Russian Su-24  fighter-bomber and the murder of its pilot, as well as the death in action of one of his attempted rescuers, on November 24, 2015.

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* A team of Russian Marines has reportedly arrived at the Kuweires Military Airbase, apparently as the lead element of a force of military advisers. The advance party reportedly came in from the Latakia Governate, where it had been training and advising Syrian recruits.

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* Clashes broke out on Thursday between Syrian rebels of the Levant Front and militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIL) in the northern countryside of Aleppo, as the anti-Assad militant forces continue to atomize under the pressure of the ongoing Syrian-Russian offensive.

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Turkey

* A total of 10 people were wounded in a rocket attack staged by forces of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey on Thursday, according to the private Dogan news agency reported.

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Iraq

* Nine ISIL terrorists were reported killed in an artillery attack by Kurdish Peshmerga forces on ISIL positions near the captive city of Mosul, in the north of Iraq.

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* Elsewhere, 31 ISIL terrorists were reportedly killed in a combination of airstrikes by US-led Coalition aircraft, and in clashes with the Iraqi Army and various anti-jihadist militias in Iraq's western province of al-Anbar, including 13 in the eastern part of the provincial capital of Ramadi.

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INDIAN SUBCONTINENT [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_subcontinent]

Afghanistan

* Following heavy clashes with security forces, the Taliban have seized parts of the Darqad district of northern Takhar province, a police official said on Thursday.

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Pakistan

* In yet another display of their "manliness", the terrorists of the "Pakistani Taliban" (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani (TTP)) released a video in the wake of their massacre at the Bacha Khan University (see our report HERE) vowing to continue bravely slaughtering unarmed children trying to better themselves and their families through the mechanism of getting a decent education.

The sooner these animals end up dead, the better a place the world will be.

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* Pakistani police on Thursday claimed to have arrested 11 suspected militants, belonging to banned Al-Qaeda in the sub-continent (AQIS) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), after an encounter in Karachi.

“The arrested suspects were planning an attack similar to the one on Karachi airport in June 2014, on a vital government building on Shahrah-i-Faisal,” claimed CTD official Ali Raza during a press conference.

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India

* A 72-year-old woman was seriously injured when a sophisticated parcel bomb left in front of her house exploded as she tried to open it at a village in the town of Nellikuppam, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, police said on Friday.

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* Sometimes, you can find a certain "gallows humor" in these reports -- An improvised bomb exploded in eastern India Friday, killing two people who had been making explosives in a cow shed, a senior police official said. The explosion took place in Birbhum district of West Bengal, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) west of state capital Kolkata.

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Mauritius

* The police Counter Terrorism Unit of this tiny island nation in the deep south of the Indian Ocean, confirmed today that the prime Minister's office had received a threat from a Mauritian, one Ismael Soondrum, who had flown to Syria to join ISIL. Interpol, the group that fosters international cooperation between police forces, is investigating in coordination with Mauritian authorities.

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SOUTH AMERICA

Colombia

* Colombian Army units defused a 400kg car bomb in the town of Miranda, in the Cauca Department, on Colombia's Pacific coast, as peace talks in Cuba seek to bring the long war, South America's last actual guerrilla war, to a conclusion.

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