The extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra (JaN), al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, reportedly declared an Islamic Emirate, two weeks after the rival Islamic State (IS) announced the establishment of a Caliphate. In the following statement, JaN explains the current situation surround rumours of its declaration. Continue reading
The Somali militant group, al-Shabaab, has instituted an internet ban in the areas under their control. Meanwhile the Somali Federal Government is attempting to persuade communications companies to not adhere to the rebel’s demands.
Libya’s national congress announced today that Islamic law will be the sole source of future legislation and that all state institutions will have to comply with its rulings. Institutions and legislation that do not comply with Sharia will be void. Preparations are now underway to elect a body to draft a new constitution, which is expected to settle many issues that have plagued the country following the overthrow of Col. Qaddafi in 2011.
The United States government has classified Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. Boko Haram, which seeks to implement Shari’a law in northern Nigeria, has carried out attacks resulting in thousands of deaths in the country, and is allegedly tied to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).