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Date: Aug 19, 2018

At least 19 people were killed in an Islamist militant attack on a village in northeast Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday, a survivor of the attack said.

The strike is the latest blow to Nigeria’s efforts to defeat insurgencies by the Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram group and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA). In recent months, the military has suffered its heaviest defeats in years, commanders have been repeatedly replaced, and special forces soldiers have mutinied.

The militants attacked the village of Mailari in the Guzamala region of Borno state at around 2 a.m., according to the survivor, Abatcha Umar. He said he had not been able to tell whether they belonged to Boko Haram or to ISWA.

Umar said he had counted 19 people killed, including his younger brother. An aid worker at a camp that received the survivors, and who declined to be identified, put the death toll at 63.


Read more:  Reuters

A 20-year-old man evoked the name of Adolf Hitler and told investigators he painted swastikas at a Indiana synagogue because the place was "full of ethnic Jews," according to a criminal complaint released as he was charged Thursday.

Nolan Brewer was charged with conspiracy to violate civil rights in the July 28 defacement of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla.

“His intention was not a prank," U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said. 

Brewer and a 17-year-old girl are accused of painting Nazi flags and iron crosses on the walls of a trash enclosure at the synagogue authorities said.

The Hamilton County prosecutor's office said the girl is accused of criminal mischief and arson. A small fire was set at the synagogue, as well. Arson, the most serious charge, is a Level 6 felony punishable by up to two and half years in prison when committed by an adult.


Read more:  USA Today

In a new statement, the Taliban claims America has been militarily defeated in Afghanistan, demands the withdrawal of American forces and criticizes religious gatherings for ruling that the conflict is a civil war between Afghans.

The Taliban also denounces the Afghan government as a “corrupt regime” that is “based in Kabul and forced upon the Afghan people at the expense of [a] huge American military” effort.

The message is attributed to the Taliban’s emir, Hibatullah Akhundzada, who became the leader of the group in 2016.*

There is no hint in Akhundzada’s message that the Taliban’s senior leadership is seriously considering the prospect of reconciling with the Afghan government — a central goal of the current American-led war effort.

Instead, Akhundzada predicts that officials in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban’s totalitarian government, will be ruling over more of the country in the near future as their enemies have lost the will to fight.

The Taliban’s “Jihadi struggle against the American occupation is on the threshold of victory due to the help of Allah Almighty,” Akhundzada claims. “The infidel invading forces have lost all will of combat, their strategy has failed, advanced technology and military equipment rendered useless…and the arrogant American generals have been compelled to bow to the [Jihadi] greatness of the Afghan nation.”


Read more:  Long War Journal

German prosecutors said Saturday they are taking seriously a Yazidi refugee’s claim that she ran into her former Islamic State captor twice in Germany, but say they need more information to identify him.

The case of 19-year-old Ashwaq Haji Hami made headlines this week after she was quoted telling the Iraqi-Kurdish news portal basnews that she returned to her homeland of Iraq for fear that her alleged tormentor could harm her in Germany. Several reports in foreign media suggested that German authorities were unwilling to act on the woman’s claims.

“The young woman was interviewed but the information (she provided) wasn’t precise enough,” Frauke Koehler, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors, told The Associated Press on Saturday. When authorities tried to follow up, the woman had already left Germany, Koehler said.

The AP, however, spoke to the woman at a camp for displaced people near Shekhan in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Hami said she was captured by the Islamic State group in August 2014, and enslaved and abused by an IS member called Abu Humam, whose real name she said was Mohammed Rashid. After managing to escape from IS, she says she allegedly encountered her tormentor in Germany in 2016 and again in February this year in the southwestern German town of Schwaebisch Gmuend.


Read more:  AP

An Iraqi refugee has been arrested in the US on suspicion of murdering an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

Omar Ameen, 45, appeared before a magistrate in California on Wednesday in connection with proceedings to extradite him to Iraq to face trial.

An Iraqi arrest warrant alleges that Mr Ameen shot the policeman dead during a raid on the town of Rawah in June 2014.

He arrived in the US five months later and settled in Sacramento.

US prosecutors said Mr Ameen applied to the US for refugee status while living in Turkey after saying he was a victim of persecution and violence.

He was granted refugee status days before the attack in Rawah, which took place as IS seized control of large swathes of western and northern Iraq.

US prosecutors allege that Mr Ameen's family supported and assisted the installation of IS and its precursor, al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), in Rawah, and that he was "a main local figure" of both groups.

They say he participated in various activities in support of the groups, including helping to plant improvised explosive devices, transporting militants, soliciting funds, robbing supply lorries and kidnapping drivers.


Read more:  BBC News