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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 9, 2016

The jihadist-led Jaish al Fatah broke the siege of the rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Saturday following a week-long battle. The Iranian media outlet Fars News Agency, affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reported yesterday on the deployments of IRGC-backed Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi Harakat al Nujaba to the southern area of Aleppo. State media have also acknowledged the fatalities of two Iranians since Saturday, including a special forces officer.

Nujaba’s spokesman has said that it and Hezbollah “are the twins of resistance that can never be loosened or separated.” 

Read more: Long War Journal

The self-declared Islamic State, its predecessors and allies have killed more than 33,000 people since 2002, researchers at the University of Maryland say in a report to be released Tuesday.

The report covers not just the core Islamic State group, which is involved in a bitter war with government forces and others in Iraq and Syria, but also earlier groups that eventually morphed into the Islamic State and terrorist organizations that have pledged allegiance to it.

The University of Maryland team maintains a vast database of terrorist attacks, based largely on news reports, going back to 1970. 

Read more: Baltimore Sun

An Afghan official says at least one civilian has been killed in an explosion caused when a suicide bomber carried out an attack at a crowded market in northern Balkh province.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban insurgents have intensified attacks across the country in their efforts to overthrow the Kabul government.

Read more: ABC News

Pakistani lawyers staged a nationwide strike on Tuesday after dozens of colleagues were slain in a suicide bombing that killed at least 70 people at a hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta.

Medical staff said up to 60 of those slain in the bombing at a government hospital were lawyers who had gathered to mourn the assassination earlier on Monday of the president of the Baluchistan Bar Association, Bilal Anwar Kasi.

Islamic State was one of two Islamist militant groups to claim responsibility for the atrocity, although officials and analysts said they had doubts over whether the Middle East-based movement was behind the blast.

It was the latest, and deadliest, in a string of attacks against lawyers in Pakistan, seen by some militants as an extension of the government and so legitimate targets.

"How weak and pathetic are these people who target hospitals, where women and children, where patients, go to get treatment?" Ashtar Ausaf Ali, Pakistan's attorney general, said on Tuesday at a protest outside the Supreme Court in the capital Islamabad.

Supreme Court Bar President Ali Zafar called for the government to do more to protect lawyers.

Read more:  Reuters

The American University of Afghanistan is expected to reopen on Wednesday, days after being closed in the wake of the kidnapping of two teachers, administrators said.

The two faculty members, one Australian and one American, were abducted at gunpoint from a road near the university in Kabul on Sunday evening, Afghan officials said.  Since then, the campus has been closed while senior management reviewed the security situation, the university said in a statement online on Tuesday.

"We are devastated by the news and will remain vigilant to ensure the safety of all university personnel and students," university president Mark English said in the statement.  University officials are in "close contact" with Afghan security agencies and foreign embassies, the university said.  "Everything possible is being done to ensure their safe return."

Both the American and Australian embassies confirmed their citizens were involved, but did not provide further details.

Read more:  Reuters