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The goal of this column is to present news from around the world that is not often – if ever – covered by more mainstream entities, using local sources wherever possible, but occasionally using news aggregators not used, again, by the mainstream media. Also, please note that we do use links to Wikipedia; while Wikipedia is well-known as a largely-useless site for any kind of serious research, it does serve as a launch-pad for further inquiry, in addition to being generally free of malicious ads. As with anything from Wikipedia, always verify their sources before making any conclusions based on their pages.

This column will cover the preceding week of news.

To make it easier for readers to follow story source links: anytime you see a bracketed number marked in green – [1] – those are the source links relating to that story.


 

North America

The week’s news throughout the world was, obviously, dominated by the sudden assassination of the long-serving, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on July 8.

This assassination, however, overshadowed by a staggering wave of hoax bomb threats made to college campuses around the nation, in what The Freedomist is now terming a “Strategy of Tension,” given it’s stark resemblance to similar events in the past. The only question, at this juncture, is who, exactly is behind this strategy, which began at least as far back as early 2016. In one instance, however,, one person was located and arrested after calling in a hoax threat. [1]-[25]

In a possibly related incident, police in Altus, OK recovered an IED that was discovered by a citizen taking trash to a dumpster. [26] In New York state, meanwhile, two persons were observed setting a live incendiary device against the crescent monument outside a mosque in Ronkonkoma, which caused minor damage to the monument. [27]

[Source 1] – [Source 2] – [Source 3] – [Source 4] – [Source 5] – [Source 6] – [Source 7] – [Source 8] – [Source 9] – [Source 10] – [Source 11] – [Source 12] – [Source 13] – [Source 14] – [Source 15] – [Source 16] – [Source 17] – [Source 18] – [Source 19] – [Source 20] – [Source 21] – [Source 22] – [Source 23] – [Source 24] – [Source 25] – [Source 26] – [Source 27]

 


 

Africa

In war-torn Burkina Faso, suspected Islamist militants have killed at least 22 civilians and wounded numerous others in an attack on a farming commune in Kossi province on the night of July 3-4, according to the provincial governor. [1][2]

[Source 1] – [Source 2]

In neighboring Niger, a group of Boko Haram terrorists launched the second attack in three days on a Niger Army outpost near the country’s border with Chad. Niger Army forces beat back the attack, killing at least 17 terrorists, while suffering a reported 14 dead and 6 more wounded. [3]

[Source 3]

In nearby Mali, two Egyptian peacekeepers were killed and nine more wounded by a roadside IED, while escorting a logistics convoy along on the Tessalit to Gao highway on July 5th. [4][5]

[Source 4] – [Source 5]

All three nations have been battling several Islamist terror groups throughout the region since 2002.

 

Turning to Nigeria, the nation’s President – Muhammadu Buhari – survived an attack on his motorcade while en route to his home region of Katsina due to the swift reactions of his bodyguards. Officials are describing the attackers as “bandits“, rather than one of the various Islamist terror groups plaguing the country. Banditry in Nigeria has taken a dramatic upswing in recent years, as the nation’s security forces focus on combating the Islamic terror groups striking throughout the country. [1]

Elsewhere in the country, attacks on police and civilians continue, including the kidnapping of another Chinese ex-patriot worker and an officer of the Nigerian Navy visiting his home, as well as arson attacks around the country. Additionally, sometime-allies Boko Haram and ISWAP stormed a prison on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, Abuja, freeing over 400 hardened prisoners, along with many Islamist terrorists captured by the military and security forces. After some 27 were re-arrested, Boko Haram and ISWAP issued death threats against the families of the officers who had led the operations to capture the terrorists, as well as the officers responsible for recapturing the escapees. [2]-[10]

[Source 1] – [Source 2] – [Source 3] – [Source 4] – [Source 5] – [Source 6] – [Source 7] – [Source 8] – [Source 9] – [Source 10]

Across the border, in Cameroon, army forces reportedly killed to Boko Haram fighters in the country’s extreme north.

[Source]

In the southeast of the continent, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, warned of renewed violence in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, despite repeated claims by the government in Maputo that it had the situation under control. [1]

On the other hand, in a curious turn, the Somali terror group Al-Shabaab has reportedly denied that it funds Islamist terror groups in Mozambique and Nigeria. The Freedomist is investigating these claims at press time. [2][3]

[Source 1] – [Source 2] – [Source 3]

 


 

South Asia

Scattered violence in Afghanistan continues, with Taliban forces clashing internally, while also launching a campaign to forcibly displace families in the Panjshir Valley, the center of NRF resistance to their control of the country. [1]-[7]

[Source 1] – [Source 2] – [Source 3] – [Source 4] – [Source 5] – [Source 6] – [Source 7]

 

Turning to Pakistan, security forces traded casualties with various insurgent groups throughout the country, this week. [1]-[4]

[Source 1] – [Source 2] – [Source 3] – [Source 4]

 

In India‘s Jammu & Kashmir, scattered unrest continues, while the remainder of the nation was largely quiet during the week. [1]-[5]

[Source 1] – [Source 2] – [Source 3] – [Source 4] – [Source 5]

Finally, turning to Myanmar, guerrilla’s resisting the nation’s military junta staged three simultaneous attacks in Mandalay City, the country’s second-largest urban center. The attacks may mark a dangerous shift in the philosophy of the resistance groups towards a more terror-focused approach, risking their credibility and legitimacy if the descend to the junta’s level, by attacking civilian targets.

[Source]

 

 

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