United Nations

UN ratifies resolution to support a series of Sahara negotiations, Hespress (Morocco), 5 December 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ratified today, without a vote, on a resolution on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara. The resolution had been ratified last October by the Fourth Committee as the UNGA renewed the UN’s support for the a search to a negotiated political solution…

Libya

Infographic: ISIS fighters proliferate in North Africa, Al-Wasat (Libya), 27 November 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The influence of ISIS is gradually expanding from its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa to extremist groups which have taken North Africa as their headquarters. Red: Areas of ISIS influence (estimate) Egypt: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis – formed in 2011, it is made up of 2,000 fighters;…

Egypt

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis announces its allegience to ISIS, Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), 3 November 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
In a statement Monday evening, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) announced its allegiance to ISIS. In its statement, the group said: “Today, placing our trust in God Almighty and asking Him for proper guidance, we decided to pledge allegiance to Amir al-Mu’minin, Abu Bakr al-Qurashi al-Husseini al-Baghdadi,…

Egypt

Nabil Naim: Perpetrators of Sinai incident came from Syria and Iraq, Tahrir News (Egypt), 24 October 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Nabil Naim, founder of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, confirmed that the terrorist attack in Sinai today reflects a high-level of training and could only be carried out by elements that have previously participated in wars. During a telephone interview with journalist Eman Hirsi for the “90 Minutes” programme, Naim…