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The U.S. Department of State said Wednesday it placed Aliaskhab Kebekov, a Russian citizen, on its terrorist blacklist. Mr. Kebekov is the current leader of the Caucasus Emirate, a group listed as a terror organization that primarily operates in the Russian North Caucasus region, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. He became head of the group following the death of Doku Umarvov, its former leader.

Caucasus Emirate, also known by its Russian acronym IK, has been linked to suicide bombings, shootings and attempted assassinations. It seeks to expel Russia from the region and establish an Islamist state in its place. In the summer of 2014, Mr. Kebekov issued a video statement proclaiming his group's "structural subordination" to al Qaeda, and noted its readiness to follow the instructions of Qaeda leadership, the State Department release said.

Mr. Kebekov, the State Department statement said, is also blacklisted by the United Nations. The U.N. listing imposed on him a global asset freeze, a travel ban and an arms embargo.

Source: Wall Street Journal

In an announcement Thursday, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said a group considered to be militant jihadis had been banned in Germany.  The announcement came as police in four German states - Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Schleswig-Holstein - conducted searches and raids to enforce the measure.

The ministry said the group used the Internet and information stands to call Muslims "to fight against the constitutional order" and that it glorified the violence perpetuated by groups such as the self-styled "Islamic State" (IS) in Iraq and Syria.  "Today's ban is a clear signal to the militant-jihadi scene," de Maiziere told reporters in Berlin. "Groups like 'Tauhid Germany' threaten our social cohesion. They target youths and support their radicalization up to the point of recruitment to fight in Syria or Iraq."  The interior minister added that Tauhid Germany had replaced another group, Millatu Ibrahim, which had previously been banned in 2012.

Source: Deutsche Welle

Emergency in the air.  A United Airlines jet forced to return to Dulles International Airport after passengers jumped into action to deal with a disturbance on board.  As Linh Bui explains, they tackled a man who became violent on a Denver-bound flight.  This was quiet a scare for some of the passengers on board a plane Monday night. Shortly after take-off, a passenger on board started screaming and running toward the cockpit.

Passengers tackled the man, pinning him to the floor of the aircraft just minutes after takeoff. The pilots quickly radioed a distress call to air traffic control.  Moments later, air traffic control radioed to confirm the safety of the plane.  The United Airlines Boeing 737 took off from Dulles at 10:24 p.m. heading for Denver. All 33 passengers and six crew members returned safely to Dulles about 20 minutes later.  Law enforcement detained the unruly passenger and took him off the plane.  The man was taken to a DC-area hospital for evaluation. No passenger were injured.  A government official says the unruly passenger screamed “jihad” on the plane.  But there’s nothing in his background to suggest he has a connection to terrorists.

Read more:  CBS Baltimore

Are Islamic State supporters being chased off mainstream social networks?

Mariusz Zurawek built a social network at his home in Poland over the course of a weekend.  He wanted to make posting photos and videos incredibly easy.  So his site, justpasteit.com, doesn't require registration or an account.  It was an overnight success - and soon Zurawek noticed that he was tapping into a surprising demographic.  "60% of the visitors are from Arabic-speaking countries and that's very unusual for websites in Europe," he told the BBC.

But from early 2014, some of his users started presenting a problem. Videos and images - some very graphic - started to appear on the site from Syria.  And eventually, it became clear that the site was being used by militants from Islamic State.

Read more: BBC

A regional force has recaptured the Nigerian town of Damasak a day after launching a major offensive against militant group Boko Haram, sources say. The Islamist group had held the town near the Niger border since November, part of territory it had captured since stepping up attacks in the region.Military sources say about 10 Chadian soldiers and 200 militants were killed.

The campaign to push back Boko Haram comes days after the group pledged allegiance to Islamist State (IS). The militants have been fighting an insurgency to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria since 2009, and in recent months the violence has increasingly spilled over into neighbouring states. This has led Niger, Chad and Cameroon to send troops into Nigeria to help drive back the militants.

Read more: BBC