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March 19, 2013

Numerous bombings reported in Baghad on the ten year anniversary of the Iraq War

  • 56 people were killed by twelve different bombings spread across Baghdad on Tuesday, exactly one decade after former President George W. Bush announced the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
  • 200 more were injured by the blasts, which reportedly targeted Shia areas across Iraq’s capital city. In response to the attacks, the Iraqi government has postponed provincial elections in Anbar and Nineveh which were previously scheduled for April 20. source
17:46 // 1 year ago
March 14, 2013

Coordinated attacks leave double digit death toll in central Baghdad

  • 25 people were killed in Baghdad on Thursday in a series of coordinated bombings near the heart of Iraq’s capital city. Seven policement and 15 civilians were among those killed, and all of the attackers involved were killed by a combination of return fire and the explosives they detonated.
  • 50 people were also wounded in the attacks, though no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the bombings at this time. The bombings all targeted government facilities inside the Green Zone, though Western Embassies remained strangely untouched, leading authorities to believe the violence was inspired by sectarian conflict as opposed to discontentment with the United States. source
14:50 // 1 year ago
March 11, 2013

Four dead and four wounded in attack on Afghan police station

  • two American soldiers and two Afghan police officers were killed in Afghanistan’s Wardak province on Monday, after a member of the local police force opened fire on soldiers and officers at a compound in Jalrez district. 
  • four Afghan police officers were also wounded in the fighting before return fire claimed the attacker’s life. The gunman was apparently a local police officer as well.
  • five officers are being held for questioning by American officials following Monday’s attack, though authorities haven’t revealed potential leads on possible backers/motive at this time. source
14:40 // 1 year ago
February 6, 2013

10-year-old anti-terrorism legislation used for the first time in Washington D.C.

  • 2002 Washington D.C. passes the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002 which establishes a number of terror-related crimes in the U.S. capital. 
  • 2012 Virginia resident Floyd Lee Corkins infamously enters the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington D.C. with several firearms, but is wrestled to the ground by building manager Leo Johnson before he could take a single life. He later claimed that his goal was to intimidate gay rights opponents, and he planned to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in the faces of potential victims.
  • 2013 The law is used for the first time as Corkins pleads guilty to committing an act of terrorism while armed, interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, and assault with intent to kill while armed. source
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January 19, 2013

Algerian hostage crisis reportedly ends after final assault

  • 23hostages killed, at least, in a gas plant in Algeria over the last few days. The hostages had been held by an al-Qaeda-linked group, which took over the gas facility in retaliation, it’s suspected by Algerian authorities, for allowing France to use their airspace to attack Islamic militants in neighboring Mali. The nationalities of the slain hostages are not yet abundantly clear, though reports have indicated there were Americans as well as British, Japanese, Norwegian, French, Romanian, and Malaysian citizens held in the facility. 32 of the militants involved were also slain in the Algerian military attacks. source
15:24 // 1 year ago
January 17, 2013
17:47 // 1 year ago

Hostage situation turns deadly during second day of Algerian gas field takeover

  • 7 foreign hostages were killed following a botched helicopter attack on a militant-used vehicle on Thursday. Government forces say that 8 gunmen aligned with militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar were also inside of a vehicle targeted by the helicopter, all of whom are believed to have been killed as well.
  • 25 foreign hostages have escaped from their captors, though the number is heavily disputed by other media outlets from the region. In fact, Al-Jazeera claims the number couldn’t possibly be true because the network believes more than 30 hostages were killed in the helicopter attack. Regardless of debate on those free or killed, there does seem to be a consensus that AQIM forces still have 7 foreign hostages inside the complex.
  • 150 Algerian workers are believed to still be inside of the complex, though it is unknown where and under what conditions they are being held by Belmokhtar’s militants. An estimated 600 workers fled the compound when their attackers arrived on Wednesday, leaving well over a hundred workers that are unfortunately viewed as expendable in the majority of these situations. source
14:30 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2013

A hostage situation is unfolding in Algeria this afternoon…

  • 20+ hostages have been taken at a foreign-operated gas field in Algeria, including at least seven Americans, following a terrorist attack that Algerian government officals are blaming on Islamic militants. Two people have also been confirmed dead as a result of the attack, which is believed to be a direct response to the recent French intervention in Mali. The gas field has been surrounded by security forces, theoretically preventing an escape, but there’s still no telling how the situation will end. Our thoughts are with those in captivity, as well as their family and friends, during what we can only imagine to be one of the most terrifying experiences on Earth. source
16:53 // 1 year ago