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News articles, special reports, and legal documents related to international terrorist organizations (ITOs) originating in and/or operating in the Middle East. We currently focus on recent, post-9/11, terrorist attacks in countries such as Israel and the Palestine region, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. We cover terrorist groups such as the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Please browse the other sections to identify terrorist groups operating across regions.
 
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NOTEWORTHY RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS | LAW AND ORDER | INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, RECENT ACTIVITy | OTHER TERRORIST TRENDS IN THE REGION

 

NOTEWORTHY RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS

ATATURK AIRPORT ATTACK - Istanbul, Turkey, June 28, 2016. Three suicide bombers stroke Istanbul international Ataturk airport, Europe's third-busiest airport, killing at least 41 people and injuring over 230.

Istanbul Ataturk airport attack: 41 dead and 239 injured in 'hideous' suicide bombings in Turkey. Five Saudis, two Iraqis and citizens from China, Jordan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Iran and Ukraine were among 13 foreigners dead. By Chiara Palazzo, Jessica Winch, The Telegraph, June 29, 2016: MULTIMEDIA

Istanbul Ataturk airport attack: Eyewitness accounts. On Tuesday evening Istanbul's Ataturk airport came under attack from gunmen who later blew themselves up. Dozens of people have lost their lives. BBC News, June 29, 2016: MULTIMEDIA

 

IRAQ - JUNE 6, 2014 - ONGOING: The advance through Iraq of the Islamist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Shams (ISIS, or ISIL, or The Islamic State) continues to cause alarm in Baghdad and beyond.

See our MIDDLE EAST: A-K section for other recent attacks in Iraq

 


LAW AND ORDER

US seizes Benghazi raid 'ringleader' Ahmed Abu Khattala. The suspected ringleader of the September 2012 raid on a US diplomatic post in the Libyan city of Benghazi, Ahmed Abu Khattala, was taken into custody in a secret US military raid in Libya on 15 June. BBC News, June 17, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES

Istanbul police detain 38 in dawn raid in tense Okmeydanı neighborhood. Some 26 people from the Patriot and Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), the self-styled youth and public order organization of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and 12 members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) were detained, Anadolu Agency reported. Hürriyet Daily News, June 14, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES

Greece sentences senior DHKP-C member to prison. Hüseyin Fevzi Tekin, one of the key members of the DHKP-C, was arrested last February under a false Bulgarian identity in an ammunition-laden safe house in Athens. Hürriyet Daily News, June 14, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE


 

INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, RECENT ACTIVITY

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Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)
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Another attack on Aljazeera as Hafter threatens arrests over alleged phone call. The attack follow the release on YouTube of an audio recording of a phone conversation allegedly between a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Hussein Jazwi, Ajdabiya Local Council head Salem Subhi and Aljazeera’s former Libya bureau chief, Iraqi Abdel-Azeem Mohamed. Libya Herald, June 14, 2014: TEXT

Abu Anas al-Libi capture: Britain asked why America's most wanted al-Qa'ida terror suspect was given UK asylum. Abu Anas al-Libi is a veteran of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which opposed to Muammar Gaddafi. The Independent, October 10, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

US ambassador Chris Stevens killing “suspect” arrested: report. The man named Faraj Al-Chalabi and two other Libyans, have been wanted by Libya in connection with the deaths of Germans Silvan and Vera Becker near Sirte in 1994. Libya Herald, March 13, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE

 

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Palestine Liberation Front (PLF)
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MIDDLE EAST

 

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US slammed over hijacker's death. Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Front (PLF) and mastermind of the 1985 Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking, apparently died of natural causes, US officials said. BBC News, March 10, 2004: TEXT | PHOTO

Fugitive hijacker 'held in Baghdad.' The United States says its special forces in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have captured Abu Abbas, the leader of Palestinian hijackers who seized an Italian cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 1985. BBC News, April 16, 2003: TEXT | PHOTO

 
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)
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PALESTINE / ISRAEL

 

Islamic Jihad Calls for Muslim Vigilance against Enemies’ Plots. In a statement issued on the occasion of the Muslim feast of Eid Al-Adha (which marks the end of Hajj pilgrimage), the Islamic Jihad said, “The attempts made by the enemies of the (Muslim) Ummah to submerge the nations in disparity and disunity have caused a pain in our hearts.” Fars, October 14, 2013: TEXT | LOGO

 
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
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PALESTINE / ISRAEL

 

Profile: Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. And after the military coup of 1963 that propelled the Baath Party to power, thousands of youths joined newly established groups like Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). By Feras Killani, BBC Arabic, December 18, 2012: TEXT | PICTURE

 
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -General Command (PFLP-GC)
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PALESTINE / ISRAEL

 

Thousands from Yarmouk camp have fled to Sweden. PFLP-GC said that twenty-three thousand Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria have fled to Sweden since the war started. By Ma'an, Published October 12, 2013 (updated October 16, 2013): TEXT

 

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Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C)
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TURKEY / MIIDLE EAST

 

Police building in Ankara, Turkey hit by rockets. Some media reports blamed the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), a far-left armed group. BBC News, September 21, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Attack on Ankara Police Station Leads to New Questions for AKP [Justice and Development Party]. By: Pinar Tremblay, Al-Monitor, September 21, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE | TWEETS

DHKP-C group claims US embassy suicide blast in Ankara. In an online statement the DHKP-C said: "Our warrior Alisan Sanli carried out an act of self-sacrifice on 1 February 2013, by entering the Ankara embassy of the United States, murderer of the people of the world." BBC News, February 2, 2013: TEXT | VIDEO

     
 

 


TERRORIST TRENDS IN THE REGION ORGANIZATIONS NOT INVOLVING THE LISTED ITOs

LIBYA- The country offers a rish universe in transition in which terrorism and insurgency are commonplace and difficult to catalogue.

Libyan premier Ali Zeidan released after being kidnapped by militia. A spokesman for the militia, known as the Operations Room of Libya's Revolutionaries, told the Reuters news agency that Zeidan's “arrest” was in response to the government's tacit compliance with the U.S. raid to capture a Libyan al-Qaeda suspect in Tripoli on Saturday. By Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, October 10, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

 

YEMEN - The number of terrorist attacks in Yemen over the last few years is so high that we would need a whole section to catalogue fully the implosion of this country.

Suicide bombers kill 137 in Yemen mosque attacks. In coordinated attacks claimed by the Islamic State, suicide bombers killed at least 137 worshippers and wounded hundreds at two mosques in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashaf, Reuters, March 20, 2015: TEXT | PICTURES

Out of Yemen, U.S. Is Hobbled in Terror Fight. After the evacuation of 125 US Special Operations advisers, the loss of Yemen as a base for American counterterrorism training, advising and intelligence-gathering carries major implications for the entire region. By Eric Schmitt, The New York Times, March 22, 2015: TEXT | PICTURES

 

 
 
 
 

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