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CT News: March 2014
Six killed in blast in Kenyan capital: emergency services
Reuters
- 31 March 2014 - An explosion in an area of Kenya's capital Nairobi that is popular with Somalis killed six people and wounded several others on Monday, the National Disaster Operations Centre said...

France in New Tack to Fight Roots of Terrorism
ABC News
- 31 March 2014 - To stop the stream of French youths pursuing jihad in Syria, France is preparing to try to tackle terrorism before it starts, by involving schools, parents and local Muslim leaders...

Risking my life to find Nigeria's Boko Haram
BBC News
- 31 March 2014 - The conflict between Nigeria's army and Islamist group Boko Haram has killed some 1,500 people so far this year, according to human rights group Amnesty International...

North Korean live-fire drill prompts South to return fire
Telegraph
- 31 March 2014 - Residents on a front-line South Korean island have been evacuated to shelters following an exchange of artillery fire between North and South Korea...

North Caucasus Fighters in Syria Pledge Allegiance to Umarov's successor
Radio Free Europe
- 31 March 2014 - The North Caucasus insurgency website Kavkazcenter has posted a statement in the name of militants from the North Caucasus fighting in Syria pledging support for Aliaskhab Kebekov (aka Ali Abu-Mukhammad), who recently succeeded Doku Umarov as head of the North Caucasus Emirate that Umarov proclaimed in 2007...

In highest-level Moscow visit since annexation, Russian PM arrives in Crimea
CNN
- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev traveled to Crimea on Monday, the highest-level visit from Moscow since Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula this month...

Nigerian prisoners killed in Abuja jailbreak
Al Jazeera
- 30 March 2014 - At least 21 detainees have been killed during an attempted escape from Nigeria's secret police headquarters in Abuja, with unconfirmed reports that Boko Haram fighters were involved...

Militants hold Americans, other foreigners at Kabul guesthouse
CNN
- 28 March 2014 - Militants stormed a guest house used by foreigners in Afghanistan's capital Friday and were holding at least five people there -- including three Americans -- during a subsequent standoff with police, the country's deputy interior minister said...

U.S. intel assessment: greater likelihood Russia will enter eastern Ukraine
CNN
- 26 March 2014 - A new classified intelligence assessment concludes it is more likely than previously thought that Russian forces will enter eastern Ukraine, CNN has learned...

Military Cuts Render NATO Less Formidable as Deterrent to Russia
New York Times
- 26 March 2014: President Obama and European leaders pledged Wednesday to bolster the NATO alliance and vowed that russia would not be allowed to run roughshod over its neighbors...

Fact Sheet: U.S.-EU Counterterrorism Cooperation
White House
- 26 March 2014 - The United States and the European Union are committed to working together to protect our citizens against terrorist attacks. We work in close cooperation, bilaterally and multilaterally, to safeguard the security of our citizens in keeping with our shared values and to offer assistance to other countries to build their own capacity...

British soldier charged over alleged improvised bomb found in Salford
The Guardian
- 26 March 2014 - A British soldier is to be charged with terrorism and explosives offences over allegations that he made an improvised bomb and had a copy of the bomb-making manual The Anarchist Cookbook....

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law found guilty at New York terror trial
CNN
- 26 March 2014 - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was found guilty Wednesday in New York of helping al Qaeda terrorists conspire to kill Americans and other terrorist activities...

Ukraine crisis to dominate Obama EU talks
BBC News
- 26 March 2014 - US President Barack Obama is in Brussels for talks with leaders of the European Union and Nato to discuss Ukraine and other transatlantic issues...

New York Bomb Plotter Gets 16 Year Term In Sting
Bloomberg News
- 25 March 2014 - Jose Pimentel, an alleged al-Qaeda sympathizer who pleaded guilty following a police sting operation to trying to build pipe bombs to detonate inNew York City, was sentenced to 16 years in prison...

Defiant North Korea Fires Two Medium-Range Missiles
NPR
- 25 March 2014 - North Korea on Wednesday test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles, South Korea said, a defiant challenge to a meeting by the leaders of rivals South Korea, Japan and the United States that focused on the North's security threat...

Qaeda Militants Seek Syria Base, U.S. Officials Say
New York Times
- 25 March 2014 - Dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including some midlevel planners, have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months in what American intelligence and counterterrorism officials fear is an effort to lay the foundation for future strikes against Europe and the United States...

Taliban gunmen storm election officer near Afghan presidential candidate's home
Reuters
- 25 March 2014 - Suicide bombers and gunmen in Afghanistan attacked an election commission office beside the home of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, rattling nerves in the Afghan capital less than two weeks before a crucial election...

U.S. other powers kick Russia out of G8
CNN
- 24 March 2014 - President Barack Obama and other world leaders have decided to end Russia's role in the group of leading industrialized nations, the White House said Monday...

Ukraine Orders Its Troops Out of Crimea As G7 Meets On Crisis
NPR
- 24 March 2014 - Ukraine announced the pullout of troops from Crimea after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula and seized most of the military bases there. The decision comes as President Obama arrived in the Netherlands on Monday for a summit of the G7 group of industrialized nations...

Yemen attack on military checkpoint 'kills 20 soldiers'
BBC News
- 24 March 2014 - Twenty Yemeni soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military checkpoint in eastern Yemen, reports say...

529 Egyptians Sentenced to Death in Killing a Police Officer
New York Times
- 24 March 2014 - A criminal court in the city of Minya sentenced 529 people to death on Monday after a single session of their mass trial, convicting them of murder for killing a police officer in Minya during riots after the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood...

U.S. sending more forces, aircraft to seek Uganda warlord Kony - Pentagon
Reuters
- 24 March 2014 - The Obama administration is sending about 150 Special Operations troops along with military aircraft to Uganda to help in the search for warlord Joseph Kony, the Pentagon said on Sunday...

Turkey shoots down Syrian warplane
The Guardian
- 23 March 2014 - Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane after it violated Turkey's airspace on Sunday, Turkey's prime minister said...

Kenya church attack: Two more die in Mombasa
BBC News
- 24 March 2014 - Two more people have died after Sunday's attack on a church near the Kenyan port of Mombasa, officials say, meaning six people have now died...

Taliban Kill Nine People in Attack on Serena Hotel in Kabul
Wall Street Journal
- 21 March 2014 - Four Taliban gunmen smuggled tiny pistols into a Kabul hotel filled with foreign observers and Afghan officials and killed at least nine diners, fueling fears of widespread bloodshed ahead of next month's presidential election...

Ukraine signs EU trade pact as Russia finalizes Crimea annexation
CNN
- 21 March 2014 - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed the political elements of a trade pact with the European Union on Friday, even as Russian lawmakers finalized the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region...

Gun battles flare in Lebanon's Tripoli
Al Jazeera
- 21 March 2014 - Gun battles have erupted again in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, with gunmen firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades...

UK 'must do more' to tackle Sahel-Sahara terror threat
BBC News
- 20 March 2014 - The UK needs a "bigger footprint" in Mali and other Sahel-Saharan countries to fight extremism, a committee of MPs has said...

Nigerian Army Facing Questions as Death Toll Soars After Prison Attack
New York Times
- 20 March 2014 - Well over 500 people were killed in Nigeria last week when security forces responded to what the military portrayed as a jailbreak attempt by the Islamist group Boko Haram...

Merkel says EU will hit Russia with economic sanctions if needed
Reuters
- 20 March 2014 - European leaders will show they are ready to ramp up punitive measures against Russia, including politically sensitive economic sanctions, at a summit starting on Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel told the German parliament...

Afghan police station attack leaves at least 18 people dead
BBC News
- 20 March 2014 - Taliban fighters have killed at least 10 policemen in an attack on a city in eastern Afghanistan...

Niger fears contagion from Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists
Global Post
- 20 March 2014 - A proverb in the Hausa language, spoken on both sides of the border between Niger and Nigeria, warns: "When your neighbor's beard is on fire, fetch water and soak your own..."

Florida man pleads guilty to attempting to join al Qaeda group
Reuters
- 19 March 2014 - A 20-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group and receive military training as part of a holy war, or jihad...

Bin Laden Son-In-Laq Takes Stand in Terror Trial
NBC News
- 19 March 2014 - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith took the stand in his own defense Wednesday and portrayed himself as a mere mouthpiece of the al Qaeda boss who was tapped to "deliver the message" within hours of the Sept. 11 terror attacks...

Israel bombs Syrian posts in response to Golan attack on its troops
Telegraph
- 19 March 2014 - Israel attacked several Syrian military sites on Wednesday in retaliation for a roadside bombing that wounded four of its troops on the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, the Israeli military said...

Ukraine navy base in Sevastopol, Crimea stormed by pro-Russian self-defense forces
CBS News
- 19 March 2014 - Crimea's self-defense forces on Wednesday stormed the Ukrainian navy base in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol a day after Russia signed a treaty with local authorities to annex the region...

Egypt army officers killed in gunfight with militants
BBC News
- 19 March 2014 - Two Egyptian army officers and five jihadist militants have been killed in a gunfight that erupted during a raid north of Cairo, officials say...

France hunts answers as terror attacks marked
The Local
- 19 March 2014 - As France pauses on Wednesday to mark the two-year anniversary of Toulouse terrorist Mohamed Merah's shooting spree, the country’s intelligence services remain under investigation for its alleged failure to prevent the slaughter. And the hunt for Merah's accomplices goes on...

Judge bars 9/11 mastermind's testimony in NYC
WTSP
- 18 March 2014 - The self-described architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks will not be allowed to testify in the terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, a federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday...

Islamist website says North Caucasus rebel leader Umarov dead
Reuters
- 18 March 2014 - A website sympathetic to Islamist militants fighting Russian rule in the North Caucasus said on Tuesday the insurgency's leader, Doku Umarov...

Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 15 in Afghanistan
ABC News
- 18 March 2014 - A suicide bomber riding a rickshaw blew himself up outside a checkpoint near a market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 15 civilians, officials said, in the latest attack in the countdown to next month's presidential elections....

Russia's President Putin moves toward annexing Crimea
BBC News
- 18 March 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed parliament formally of Crimea's request to join the country, the first legislative step towards absorbing the peninsula...

Cooperation on Flight Search Could Help Boost U.S., China Ties
Wall Street Journal
- 18 March 2014 - Former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could bring China and the U.S. closer by reviving military-to-military collaboration in areas he said had languished...

Lodi man arrested in terrorism case
Los Angeles Times
- 17 March 2014 - He was a 20-year-old community college student, a single father to an infant daughter and a failed National Guardsman living in a trailer park outside Lodi, Calif...

Car bombs kill at least eight at Libya army academy in Benghazi
Reuters
- 17 March 2014 - Several car bombs exploded at a Libyan army academy in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday, killing at least eight people and wounding more than a dozen...

Ukraine Region Votes to Join Russia
Wall Street Journal
- 16 March 2014 - More than 96% of Crimeans voted to break away from Ukraine and rejoin Russia, according to preliminary results, in a referendum that raises the stakes in the most acute East-West confrontation since the Cold War...

100 killed in attacks on villages in Kaduna
BBC News
- 16 March 2014 - At least 100 villagers have been killed in Nigeria's central Kaduna state in attacks linked to disputes between ethnic groups, officials say...

As U.S. Looks for Terror Links in Plan Case, Malaysia Rejects Extensive Help
New York Times
- 16 March 2014 - With malicious intent strongly suspected in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, American intelligence and law enforcement agencies renewed their search over the weekend for any evidence that the plane’s diversion was part of a terrorist plot...

Kenyan police must stop terror hits on tiny budget
Washington Post
- 15 March 2014 - Kenya’s lead counterterrorism agency is working to stop another Westgate Mall-style terrorist attack — that many here believe Somali militants will try again — on a shoe-string budget: The Anti-Terror Police Unit in Nairobi has just $735 to spend this month...

Six Egyptian Soldiers Killed
Voice of America
- 15 March 2014 - Egyptian state media say gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint Saturday near Cairo, killing six soldiers...

Ukrainians warn against Russian invasion
Telegraph
- 14 March 2014 - With Crimea breakaway vote expected on Sunday, Ukraine bolsters its defences with the emergency call-up of a 60,000-strong national guard force, as deadly clashes break out in Donetsk...

Blast in northwest Pakistan kills 'seven'
AFP
- 14 March 2014 - A suicide bomb attack targeting police in northwest Pakistan Friday killed at least seven people, officers said, the latest violence to hit peace talks between the government and Taliban militants...

Nigeria Boko Haram: 'Hundreds' attack Maiduguri
BBC News
- 14 March 2014 - Hundreds of militants have staged a multi-pronged attack on the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses say...

Violence flares again in Gaza, southern Israel
CNN
- 14 March 2014 - A cease-fire didn't last very long Thursday as more than a dozen rockets from Gaza were fired at southern Israel and the Israeli air force hit what it labeled as seven terror sites, according to Israel Defense Forces...

FBI hunt for most-wanted domestic terrorist narrows to Hawaii
Fox News
- 13 March 2014 - The FBI's decade-long hunt for a suspected environmental terrorist believed to have bombed two buildings in California has narrowed to Honolulu, where authorities are aggressively advertising a $250,000 reward for information leading to his capture...

Ukraine creates National Guard ahead of Crimea vote
BBC News
- 13 March 2014 - Ukraine's parliament has voted unanimously to create a 60,000-strong National Guard to bolster the country's defences...

Israeli jets hit Gaza after heavy rocket fire
Al Jazeera
- 13 March 2014 - Bases of Hamas and armed wing of Islamic Jihad targeted following most intense barrage since 2012 conflict...

Egypt's army blames Muslim Brotherhood for attack on army bus
Reuters
- 13 March 2014  - Egypt's army blamed the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood for an attack on an army bus which killed one officer and wounded three others in the capital on Thursday...

No room for 'Nyet' in Ukraine's Crimea vote to join Russia
Reuters
- 12 March 2014 - Sunday's vote in Ukraine's Crimea is being officially billed as a chance for the peninsula's peoples to decide fairly and freely their future - but in fact there is no room on the ballot paper for voting "Nyet" to control by Russia...

Gaza militants fire rocket barrage at southern Israel
BBC News
- 12 March 2014 - Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 30 rockets at southern Israel, Israeli officials say...

Ukraine's Interim Leader Seeks Aid in Washington
New York Times
- 12 March 2014 - The interim prime minister of beleaguered Ukraine was to make the rounds here on Wednesday as he seeks help bolstering his fragile government and even more fragile economy while somehow reversing Russia's occupation of the Crimean Peninsula...

Peshawar bomb disposal teams suffer heavy toll
BBC News
- 11 March 2014 - Bomb disposal experts in north-western Pakistan are suffering a heavy death toll as they counter an intense bombing campaign by Islamist militants...

Bomb goes off outside Israel embassy in Cairo
Times of Israel
- 11 March 2014 - A bomb was detonated Tuesday outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo, Egyptian media reported, causing harm to several cars in the area but resulting in no casualties...

Demand for Delta Force troops, Green Berets, Navy SEALs 'outpacing capacity'
Washington Times
- 11 March 2014 - America’s in-demand global force against terrorists is showing signs of stress and appears to be gliding toward a decline in readiness, says a Pentagon budget overview on special operations forces...

John Kerry rejects Vladimir Putin talks
BBC News
- 11 March 2014 - The US secretary of state has rejected a talks offer with Russian President Vladimir Putin until Moscow engages with US proposals on Ukraine's crisis...

20 feared dead in Maoist attack in India
CNN
- 11 March 2014 - At least 20 police officers were feared killed Tuesday in a Maoist raid in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, authorities said...

The US struggles to make Japan fear nuclear terrorism
Global Post
- 11 March 2014 - Sporting turquoise-striped walls and massive steel cooling towers, the new industrial complex rising from bluffs astride the Pacific Ocean here looks like it might produce consumer electronics or bath salts...

Spain remembers Madrid train bombings 10 years on
BBC News
- 11 March 2014  - Amalio, a commuter on a train in Madrid on 11 March 2004, has witnessed things that some soldiers might never see...

No Terror Link Seen Between Stolen Passports, Missing Malaysian Jet
NPR
- 11 March 2014 - There's still no sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — the Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard that disappeared early Saturday while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing...

NATO says to deploy recon flights over Poland, Romania
AFP
- 10 March 2014 - NATO said Monday it will deploy AWACS reconnaissance aircraft to overfly Poland and Romania as part of alliance efforts to monitor the crisis in Ukraine...

US Warns Russia Over Crimea Referendum
Voice of America
- 10 March 2014 - The White House on Sunday warned Russia that it will come under increased international pressure if it presses ahead with a referendum to annex Crimea...

Al-Qaeda unveils new magazine aimed at Western jihadis
Telegraph
- 10 March 2014 - Advert for 'Resurgence' magazine uses words of Malcolm X in appeal to disaffected Muslims in US and Europe, as it turns focus away from Middle East...

Warning of 'possible terrorist attack on China' received by Taiwan days before Malaysia Airlines jet vanished
SCMP
- 10 March 2014 - Taiwan's spy chief revealed on Monday that the island's security officials had last week received a warning of possible terrorist attacks in China...

Suicide bomber kills 45 in Iraq city of Hillah
Reuters
- 09 March 2014 - A suicide bomber driving a minibus packed with explosives killed at least 45 people and wounded 157 on Sunday in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla, police and medical sources said...

Stolen passports raise possibility of terrorism in missing flight
CNN
- 09 March 2014 - Uncertainly over the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was further compounded Saturday by reports that two men whose names matched those on the passenger manifest had reported their passports stolen...

Moscow Signals It Will Embrace Crimean Move for Secession
New York Times
- 07 March 2014 - Leaders of both houses of Russia's Parliament said on Friday that they would support a vote by Crimea to break away from Ukraine and become a new region of the Russian Federation...

Video Purportedly Shows Syrian Jihadi Group Using Kids as Flag Bearers
WPRO
- 07 March 2014 - Two young boys stand in front of a column of adult fighters clad in all black, one boy attempting to look as serious as his baby-face will allow, the other absentmindedly fiddling with the black flag of jihad he holds in front of him...

Man held at Gatwick Airport over terror training offences
BBC News
- 06 March 2014 - A 21-year-old man has been arrested at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of training for terrorism overseas...

Crimea lawmakers vote to leave Ukraine for Russia, set referendum date
CNN
- 06 March 2014 - Lawmakers in Ukraine's Crimea region voted Thursday in favor of leaving Ukraine for Russia, which already has the Black Sea peninsula under de facto control, and set a referendum on the move for 10 days' time...

Hezbollah's 'Mini-Vietnam' in Syria Worsens on Beirut Bombs
Bloomberg Businessweek
- 06 March 2014 - In Hezbollah’s Beirut stronghold, shoppers are avoiding Osama Assaf’s cakes. At least five suicide bombings since the beginning of this year have targeted the militant group for backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war next door...

Niger extradites Gaddafi's son Saadi
Al Jazeera
- 06 March 2014 - Libyan government says third son of late former Libyan leader has been handed over and is now in a Tripoli prison...

U.S. and Russia due to hold talks as Sergei Lavrov gives news briefing
The Independen
t - 05 March 2014 - The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Moscow will do "everything to prevent bloodshed" in Ukraine, amid reports claiming that Russian forces seized two Ukrainian missile defence battalions in the Crimea region this morning...

Israel halts 'Iran weapons ship'
BBC News
- 05 March 2014 - Israel has intercepted a ship carrying an Iranian weapons shipment to Gaza, Israeli defence officials say...

Syria Says Israel Fires Shells Into Its Territory
ABC News
- 05 March 2014 - Israeli said its troops opened fire Wednesday on two suspected militants as they were trying to plant an explosive device on the Jewish state's frontier with Syria, but Syrian state media accused the Jewish state of targeting its forces...

Amid Regional Worries, China Boosts Defense Spending by 12.2%
Voice of America
- 05 March 2014 - China has announced another double-digit increase in defense spending, amid regional worries about its growing military assertiveness...

Russia test-fires ICBM amid tension over Ukraine
CBS News
- 04 March 2014 - Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, with tensions high over its seizure of control in the Crimea and its threat to send more forces to its neighbor Ukraine...

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law goes on trial in NYC
Washington Post
- 03 March 2014 - Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was introduced to prospective jurors on Monday at the start of his trial on charges that he conspired to kill Americans and support terrorists in his role as al-Qaida’s spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks...

Putin: Russia Has Right to Use Force in Ukraine
ABC News
- 04 March 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled his forces back from the Ukrainian border on Tuesday yet said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine. He accused the West of encouraging an anti-constitutional coup in Ukraine and driving it onto anarchy and declared that any sanctions the West places on Russia will backfire...

Kunming massacre: Has global jihad reached China?
Telegraph
- 04 March 2014 - Was the massacre of 29 people at a railway station in south west China a sign that China has become a target for Islamic militants...?

Sparkhill student appears in court on Syria terrorism charge
Birmingham Mail
- 04 March 2014 - A Birmingham student arrested as part of a police investigation into Syria-related terrorism has been remanded in custody following a court appearance in London...

EU to urge mediation with Russia over Ukraine
Reuters
- 03 March 2014 - European Union foreign ministers will push on Monday for high-level mediation to resolve the crisis over Russia's invasion of Crimea, while threatening the possibility of sanctions if Russia does not back down...

Deadly attack on court in Pakistani capital
BBC News
- 03 March 2014 - At least 11 people have been killed in an attack at a court in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, officials say...

Attacks kill dozens in area of Nigeria targeted by Boko Haram
The Guardian
- 02 March 2014 - Two bombs explode in crowded district of Maiduguri, while gunmen open fire in nearby village...

China train station killings described as terrorist attack
CNN
- 02 March 2014 - A day after men armed with long knives stormed a railway station in the southwest Chinese city of Kunming, killing dozens of people and wounding more than 100, authorities described what happened as a premeditated terrorist attack...

US believes Russia has complete control of Crimea peninsula
CNBC
- 02 March 2014 - NATO called on Russia on Sunday to withdraw its forces from Ukraine to their bases, as Ukrainian officials said they were prepared to defend themselves and US Secretary of State John Kerry prepared a mission to Kiev...
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