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These Yemeni Misisles would pose a threat only to Saudi border areas, but the rebels, who have seized this equipment, have much larger missile systems.

Once again, a rash of mystery "robo-call" bomb threat hoaxes have been received in the last 48 hours. Around the world, schools were emptied and/or classes were cancelled, as the mysterious automated call system swarmed over phone lines, threatening dire consequences for unspecified reasons.

Here at MilitaryGazette, we have been following this story since it began appearing several weeks ago. Our conclusion is that "someone" is testing emergency response times and procedures. Whether this is some bizarre, "unscheduled drill" - similar to others, which often involve law enforcement tactical units (SWAT) swarming into a school in the middle of the school day with no warning - or is a massive, high-tech surveillance and reconnaissance operation, remains to be seen.

It is important to remember that, while most terrorists are bloodthirsty cowards, that does not mean that they are technologically inept, as was seen in the 2008 terror attack on the city of Mumbai, India, where the Lashkar-e-Taiba "Islamist" group used commercial cell phone networks and open-source internet research tools to coordinate and direct their attacks, after inserting by Zodiac. These robo-call hoaxes may well be a group or groups "testing the waters" for high-value attacks on emotional targets around the world.

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AFRICA

Nigeria

* Multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have caused thousands of barrels of oil to pollute waterways, farms and fishing grounds in southern Bayelsa state, Nigerian residents said Monday. Fishermen said oil had flowed unchecked for two days.

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* At least 86 people, including a number of children, have been killed in a series of attacks on a village in north-eastern Nigeria by the Boko Haram terrorist group, according to officials. Witnesses said that suspected Boko Haram fighters firebombed huts and opened fire on civilians on Saturday evening in the village of Dalori, outside the Borno State capital of Maiduguri, leaving bullet-ridden and charred bodies strewn across the streets. Gunmen also tried to storm a camp close to Dalori, home to some 25,000 refugees, but were repelled by Nigerian government troops in heavy fighting.

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Kenya

* Security officers yesterday killed four suspected al Shabaab terrorists, recovered a stolen National Police Service vehicle and a weapons cache in the Boni Forest, located in the coastal region of Kiunga's Lamu County. Kenya Defense Forces military spokesman Col David Obonyo said the vehicle was recovered by a multi-agency security team patrolling in Boni Forest.

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Somalia

* A powerful explosion was heard in the heart of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, targeting an aid worker working for a local NGO, according to police. Gen Ali Hersi Barre (Ali Gab), a senior police confirmed to Radio Shabelle the blast, saying the humanitarian official escaped unhurt from the car bomb attack which occurred in Hamar-jajab district, near the UNICEF children's aid headquarters.

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Egypt

* Egyptian security forces killed nine alleged terrorists and wounded eight near the Sinai  city of Sheikh Zuweid on Tuesday, Egyptian media reported.

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Tunisia

* Tunisian forces have killed three suspected militant extremists during an ongoing security sweep in the Gabes region in which one of their men was wounded, the interior ministry said Tuesday. It said the operation in the rugged mountainous Tounine area some 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of the coastal town of Gabes began after the authorities were alerted to the presence of a "terrorist group." No confirmation of group affiliation of the suspected militants has been made as yet.

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SOUTHWEST ASIA

Yemen

* Dozens of al Qaeda militants reclaimed the town of Azzan in Yemen's Shabwa province on Monday, residents said, exploiting a security vacuum in the country's south as a civil war rages.

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* Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has reportedly carried out several rounds of airstrikes on a civilian airport in the west of Yemen as it seeks to cut off the impoverished nation from the outside world. Yemen's al-Masirah TV said on Monday that Saudi warplanes pounded the port city of al-Hudaydah’s international airport, inflicting serious damage on the facility...

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* ...As Yemeni army (well, the Houthi tribal army, at least) missiles rained down on a military base in Saudi Arabia's Southern province of Jizan on Monday, a senior Ansarallah  commander said, promising more imminent victories against the Saudi forces in coming days, reputedly killing hundreds of Sudanese mercenaries hired for Saudi Arabia through the firm Academi, formerly known as "Blackwater Worldwide" --

NOTE, however, that MilitaryGazette is unable to confirm this claim made by the FARS  agency, which appears to be a report from a Houthi field commander, and subject to interpretation.

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Israel

* Israeli soldiers shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian who approached them in the northern West Bank on Monday morning, the Israeli army said.

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Lebanon

* Fierce clashes renewed on Friday between the al-Qaida linked al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State (IS) rival jihadist groups on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, which has left several militants dead and wounded from both groups.

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Syria

* The Syrian troops razed the military positions and strongholds of the Al-Nusra Front and other Takfiri terrorists in the neighborhoods of al-Karak, al-Seibeh and al-Abasiya in Dara'a al-Balad.

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* The Syrian army destroyed a tank in a precise missile attack near Um Batena water reservoir in the Southern part of Quneitra province in Southern Syria, killing all its crew.

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* Mohammad Abu Unss, one of the notorious field commanders of Liwa Shohada al-Islam, was reportedly killed in the Syrian offensive near the city of Darayya in Western Ghouta, south of Damascus.

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* Abu Bakr al-Attar, a Jordanian national and a senior commander of the ISIL, blew himself up amidst a number of al-Nusra Front's members after the latter tried to arrest the ISIL commander in the village of Deir Moqren in the Eastern part of Damascus province.

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* The Syrian Army and Air Force continued to target ISIL and Al-Nusra Front concentration centers in different parts of the central province of Homs, inflicting heavy losses on the terrorists. The Syrian fighter jets, in a fresh round of combat flights, targeted the ISIL gatherings and positions near Quaryatayn, Sha'er oilfield and al-Bayarat in the Eastern and Southeastern parts of Homs province, which left tens of the militants dead or wounded and destroyed their military hardware in large scale.

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* Khaled Deddew, a notorious commander of Ahrar al-Sham movement, and scores of his militants were killed in heavy clashes with the Syrian troops in the Jabal al-Akrad (lit., "Kurds Mountain") region that borders Turkey to the north on Monday.

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* Syrian troops won back Doweir al-Zaytoun which is located very close to Bashkoy village in Aleppo province. The army units inflicted heavy losses on the militants in fierce, day-long clashes, with ISIL leaving behind its dead and wounded on battlefield as they fled.

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Iraq

* Iraqi and Kurdish ground units, aided by coalition airstrikes, announced successes throughout Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan in attacks on positions of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL).

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* The Head of the Khalidiya Council in Anbar Province announced on Monday, that security forces have advanced for a distance of 3 kilometers north of Fallujah (26 km west of Baghdad), while indicated to the killing of dozens of ISIL members.

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* Six people were killed and more than two dozen others injured in separate bomb attacks in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, security and medical sources said Tuesday.

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* A local source in Diyali province said on Monday, that six elements of the paramilitary Peshmerga force had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast northeast of Diyala's capital of Baqubah.

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Turkey

*  Turkish police said in a statement that it had arrested two suspects, who it claims are members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front, or DHKP-C, and include a man who is wanted for the 1996 assassination of a prominent businessman in Istanbul. Police seized weapons and explosives, the statement said.

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* At least five members of the Turkish army forces have been killed in two separate attacks carried out by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the country’s volatile southeast. According to a statement released on the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) website, three members of the security forces were killed and two others were seriously wounded on Monday in an armed attack by PKK militants in the Sur district of Diyarbakir, situated 676 kilometers (420 miles) east of the Turkish capital of Ankara.

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INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

Afghanistan

* Officials said militants cut down another three power pylons near Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of northern Baghlan province. The sabotage act comes amid unsuccessful efforts to repair the power supply line from Uzbekistan to Kabul, which had been snapped as a result an earlier Taliban attack in the Dand-i-Shahabuddin area on the highway connecting Pul-i-Khumri with Kunduz province.

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* At least 1 person is dead, and 24 more are wounded, following a suicide car bomb attack near the Russian embassy in downtown Kabul, which marks the first major attack on an Afghan media organization. A deadly Taliban suicide bombing against Afghanistan's leading private media group, Tolo News, sparked strong domestic and worldwide outrage and condemnation as an assault on freedom of speech. According to TOLOnews, eyewitnesses say that it was a suicide vehicle bomb that went off in front of Russian embassy.

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* A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed after U.S.-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan's Paktika and Nangarhar provinces overnight, government officials said Tuesday.

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India

* As many as 19 Naxals, including three women, were on Monday arrested from separate places in insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. "While 12 cadres were apprehended from Chintagufa police station area, six were held from Gadiras and one from Kukanar," Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Santosh Singh said.

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* A hardcore Naxal Commander, identified as Jodhan alias Chirag Da, carrying reward of Rs 30 lakhs on his head has been killed in an encounter with the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in Bihar`s Jamui District.

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