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Mali - “Eleven jihadists were killed Sunday in central Mali, in an ambush by Islamist fighters linked to the Malian army, the defense ministry said.”

Pakistan has been significantly impacted by election violence in recent weeks. With national elections occurring on Wednesday, citizens are worried about safety in voting.

NIGERIA - “At least 3,000 villagers have been forced to leave their homes in the Lake Chad region after a Boko Haram attack on a village near Chad's border with Niger left at least 18 people dead.”

Research shows terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims receive an average of 105 headlines, while others just 15 according to the University of Alabama

Deadly explosion took place moments after exiled Vice President of Afghanistan Dostum arrived to Kabul from Turkey.

JERUSALEM — "Israeli warplanes, tanks and artillery struck Hamas targets in Gaza on Friday, killing at least four Palestinians, after gunmen killed an Israeli soldier near the border, officials said."

Peace is only possible in Afghanistan if it is an Afghan process. A pure process in which Afghans are involved in every aspect of the peace talks.

Peace is only possible in Afghanistan if it is an Afghan process. A pure process in which Afghans are involved in every aspect of the peace talks.

Pakistan elections to be held on July 25th. Crucial issues like corruption, terrorism, the economy, ties with India and U.S, and journalism criticism to be addressed. Looks like it could be a two man race between Imran Khan of PTI and Bilawal Bhutto of PPP. We'll be watching in DC. https://www.firstpost.com/world/pakistan-general-election-2018-terrorism-corruption-ties-with-india-among-some-of-the-most-crucial-issues-4665391.html

In the Sahel, solar power can help ward off extremism:

“If the U.S. has any real strategy in Afghanistan, it seems to be fighting a war of attrition long enough and well enough for the threat to drop to a level that Afghan forces can handle or accept a peace settlement credible enough for the U.S. to leave. After seventeen years of combat, no one at any level is claiming that enough military progress has been made in strengthening the ANSF enough for it to win.”

“Countering violent extremism (CVE) requires a whole-of-society approach that addresses the local dynamics that terrorists exploit for recruitment.”

Death toll in Pakistan bombing rises to 149.

“A 23-year-old Oakland man accused of plotting Islamic State-inspired bomb attacks in San Francisco and the East Bay pleaded guilty Wednesday to several felony charges, despite claims by his attorneys that he has no affiliation with terrorists or terrorist organizations.”

Afghan Special Forces freed 54 people from the Taliban prison and arrested 4 members of the #Taliban insurgent group in Musa Qala district of #Helmand province,
According to a press release of Ministry of Defense (Tuesday, July 17, 2018). #risetopeace

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The New York Times reported that The White House has ordered diplomats to hold direct talks with the Taliban. "The United States will not negotiate with the Taliban directly. The U.S. is facilitating the peace process and U.S. talks with the Taliban will expedite the process," said Ahmad Mohibi, founder of Rise to Peace. Mr. Mohibi added "Negotiations must happen between the Taliban and the Afghan government because it's a war among Afghans and they are responsible for fixing it...I believe that peace is critical and achievable, and it must come from the indigenous people."

Ahmad Shah Mohibi discussed on TOLOnews the US direct talks with the Taliban.

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The Afghan robotics team girls recently spoke out against Taliban and ISIS insurgents preventing girls from getting an education.

"Even though there are still strong social, cultural and religious pressures on girls and women in the deeply conservative country, the schoolgirls and their principal say they will not be cowed by threats, intimidation or attacks by insurgents."

Retweeted MIPP Program at GW (@mippgw):

MIPP Student and Founder and Director of Counterterrorism at Rise to Peace, Ahmad Mohibi recently conducted an interview with Hamid Karzai where the former president expressed discussed the upcoming elections and the Taliban peace talks. https://t.co/o2Dr6IHDPi

Retweeted Abdul Bari Nijrabi (@AbdulNijrabi):

Rise to Peace held its first-panel discussion in Kabul, Afghanistan, despite the risk of violence and Taliban threats, where locals, experts, and students discussed the immediate need for peace and stability in the country followed by policy recommendation.@risetopeace @asmohibi https://t.co/ZKb42rO4bE

Retweeted Ahmad Mohibi (@asmohibi):

Today — suicide bomber shot down by the #Afghan forces before he detonated himself up among protestors in downtown #Kabul. @risetopeace https://t.co/gnuFPJlYpo

Afghanistan — “A total of 1,692 civilians killed in first half of 2018 despite June's truce between the government and the Taliban.”

KABUL, Afghanistan — "The Trump administration has told its top diplomats to seek direct talks with the Taliban, a significant shift in American policy in Afghanistan, done in the hope of jump-starting negotiations to end the 17-year war."

JEDDAH: “The International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan has called for an end to the violence in the country, saying fighting between Muslims was strictly prohibited in Islam.”

According to president Ashraf Ghani, “Half of Afghanistan’s population — around 33 million — is young enough to have never seen a day of peace. The milestones of their young lives have been marked by loss and violence. https://t.co/TzmhesZbBC

“We ask our allies & partners to join our economic pressure campaign against #Iran’s regime. We must cut off all funding the regime uses to fund terrorism & proxy wars. There’s no telling when Iran may try to foment terrorism, violence & instability in one of our countries next.” Said Secretary Pompeo at the Brussel summit. #risetopeace

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According to president Ashraf Ghani, “Half of Afghanistan’s population — around 33 million — is young enough to have never seen a day of peace. The milestones of their young lives have been marked by loss and violence. For 38 years now, peace in my country has remained a dream, a prayer on our lips.”

Rise to Peace held its first panel discussion in Kabul, Afghanistan, despite the risk of violence and Taliban threats, where locals, experts, and students discussed the immediate need for peace and stability in the country. #risetopeace

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What Makes a Terrorist Attack Notable: Determinants of US Media Coverage
Analysis by Liam Timmons and Tim O'Shea


"Two explosions rocked Somalia's internal security ministry in the capital Mogadishu yesterday morning killing five civilians, a police officer said".
- The Daily Star

A son of the leader of #ISIS has been killed fighting Syrian government forces, the terror group has said - The Independent

Rise to Peace wishes all our American friends a happy Independence Day! May you have a fun and safe day celebrating this great country. #risetopeace #4thofjuly #independenceday #america

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In an interview with the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, conducted by Ahmad Shah Mohibi, Founder and Director of Counterterrorism at Rise to Peace, the former president expressed his concern with the upcoming elections and the Taliban peace talks. Karzai explained that Afghans must lead peace efforts and conduct their own negotiations with the Taliban. Right now, the U.S. and Pakistan are overly involved in processes that only Afghanistan can take on to move their country forward towards diplomacy and independence.

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Taliban are trained and supported by Iran, officials have told the Times.

“Pakistan's government has lifted a ban on extremist religious leader Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, at a time when the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has placed the country on its terror watch list for its alleged failure to curb terror financing.”

Ahmad Mohibi discussed the possibilities of peace in Afghanistan

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Rise to Peace held its first panel discussion in Kabul, Afghanistan, despite the risk of violence and Taliban threats, where locals, experts, and students discussed the immediate need for peace and stability in the country. #risetopeace

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Stay tuned as team Rise to Peace goes live to discuss the possibilities of peace in Afghanistan!

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"Fighting moves closer to center of Yemen's main port city."
- Reuters

"Women in Saudi Arabia took to the roads early on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom."
- Reuters

"Assad defies United States, presses assault in southwest Syria."
- Reuters

"Several deaths in blast at Ethiopia Prime Minister rally."
- The East African

Please stay tuned for the Rise to Peace symposium in Kabul, #Afghanistan.

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The activists marching for peace arrived in Kabul after finishing their 435-mile march!

“We are calling on both sides (government and Taliban) to find a way for peace and extend the ceasefire. We are feeling a pain in our hearts, and that’s the pain of our people who are suffering from the conflicts. We want a ceasefire, and we want both sides to reach lasting peace in the country." #RiseToPeace

“Of the 139 students who received bachelor’s degrees at the American University of Afghanistan on May 11, 28-year-old Breshna Musazai, often referred to as Afghanistan's Malala, was the indisputable star. Though paralyzed by polio in one leg and shot by insurgents in the other, she triumphed.” Learn more: goo.gl/oN5EBu

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Ahmad Shah Mohibi met with the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Interior Affairs for Afghanistan to discuss insurgency and how negotiations can bring peace in #Afghanistan. Additionally, they discussed a potential partnership with Rise to Peace and the MOI. As a parting gift, he gave Mr. Mohibi his recently published book. #Risetopeace

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"If we’ve learned anything from the last decade in the Middle East and Afghanistan, it is that if a military 'win' is not followed by effective help to ensure stability, then the cycle of violence only continues." –– Angelina Jolie http://huffp.st/klobEOf

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Great meeting with Pakhshan Kakawais, INTERNEWS' Project Director for Iraq. We spoke about the importance of education, de-radicalization campaigns, and reintegration programs in efforts to counter the conditions that enable terrorist groups to emerge and flourish. We also discussed a potential partnership between INTERNEWS and Rise to Peace in jointly organizing a conference on the de-radicalization and reintegration of children recruited by terrorist groups in Iraq.

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On June 16, 2018, the interior minister of Afghanistan greeted the Taliban in Kabul as their convoy drove through the downtown area.

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“The Government of India decides not to extend the suspension of operations in JK announced in the beginning of Ramadan.”
- Indian Home Ministry

"Ground troops – which include United Arab Emirates forces, Sudanese and Yemenis from various factions – have surrounded the main airport compound but have not seized it, a source in the coalition-allied Yemeni military and residents said."
- Egypt Independent

"On June 16, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) resumed their military operation in the southern al-Hasakah countryside and captured the village of Tell al-Jabir."

Find out more about conflicts around the world, recent developments, their implications, and potential mitigating options to address them, with CRISIS GROUP's Global Conflict Tracker.

"A U.S. drone strike killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, the elusive militant who ordered the assassination attempt on then-schoolgirl and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Afghan and Pakistani officials said Friday."
- The Bulletin

"Arab Coalition forces have seized control of the airport in Yemen's Hodeidah only days after launching the operation to liberate the port city from Iran-backed Houthi insurgents, the media office of the Yemeni military said on Saturday."
- Asharq Al-Awsat

Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah 'killed in drone attack'

Introducing Rise to Peace's newest Project, the Active Intelligence Map.

The Active Intelligence Map, or AIM, is a live map illustrating some of the most up-to-date terrorist attack data available. Click on each data point to learn about the group responsible, the weapons used, the resultant casualty levels, and other critical information.

Learn more about AIM at the link below.

"Afghan ceasefire comes after government told security forces to halt operations against the Taliban until June 20."

28 year old Khalid Ali, was arrested by police near the British Parliament on April 27 carrying three knives. He aimed to carry out a terrorist attack against MP's and police according to Prosecutor Brian Altman. The individual reportedly spent five years making bombs for the Taliban and fighting British forces in Afghanistan.

27 Al-Shabaab jihadists were killed by a military operation conducted by US forces in close coordination with the government of Somalia according to the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM). The operation took place after a US air strike killed 12 militants from the Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of Mogadishu on Thursday.
- Daily Nation

“Suicide attacks in Afghanistan are frequently condemned as fanatical and immoral, especially when civilians are killed, but insurgents view the tactic as their most effective weapon”

Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigns after days of protests. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/04/jordan-prime-minister-hani-mulki-resigns-protests-reports

ISIS tailored whole sets of online recruiting and social media content toward Uzbeks, including a specialized spokesman tasked with focusing his propaganda on Central Asians.

"The Taliban have been holding secret meetings with Afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, a top US general in Afghanistan has said."
- Business Standard

"An Afghan military spokesman says elite commando units have freed dozens of prisoners held by the Taliban, including women and children, in an early morning operation in southern Helmand province."
- The Herald

Recent violence along the border between Gaza and Israel has sparked significant international concern and condemnation.

Team Rise to Peace wishes a happy and peaceful Memorial Day to all of the brave men and women serving our nation.

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UN figures claim that Israeli Defence Forces killed more than 76 Palestinian protesters in May 2018. 3,000 more were left injured.

On May 6th, Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections in nine years. Hezbollah was a big winner. The Shi’ite political party won a small majority in parliament, which dealt a blow to Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Israeli military sources claim that aircraft were used to strike "military targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization's naval force"

"At least 30 Syrian army troops and Iran-backed forces were killed on Tuesday when ISIS attacked a military outpost near Palmyra in eastern Syria, a war monitor and residents said."

(Reuters) - A blast in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday caused dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting across the country showed no sign of easing off during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Latest piece by Vincent Lofaso on implications of Post-JCPOA era. https://www.eurasiareview.com/21052018-the-art-of-no-deal-opening-a-pandoras-box-analysis/

"Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi reiterated Tehran’s policy of providing support for Damascus in the fight against terrorism and said the Islamic Republic’s advisory mission in Syria will continue as long as the Arab country’s government wants it."
- Tabnak

"A second group of ISIS fighters left their last stronghold in Damascus overnight, a UK-based war monitor said on Monday, while the government has yet to confirm any evacuation deal with the extremist group."
- The National

"The Taliban warned Kabul residents Monday to avoid “military centres” in the heavily fortified city, saying they are planning more attacks in the capital where civilians have long taken the brunt of the casualties."
- The Guardian

"Syrian government forces on Monday resumed their offensive against the Islamic State group in the south of Damascus, after evacuating a group of civilians from the area, Syrian state TV reported."
- Times Daily

"A vigilant member of Gashua village in Gujba local government area of Yobe state on Sunday averted a devastating suicide bomb attack on a mosque."
- Daily Post

Armed with a level of understanding and the kind of knowledge aimed at progress over destruction, this generation will be the agents of change, says Ahmad Mohibi of Rise to Peace

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) claims that it has killed fleeing members of the group Boko Haram and destroyed their infrastructure in two settlements in Borno, Nigeria.

“On the first day of the operation, air strikes from NAF aircraft resulted in the destruction of terrorists’ structures and the death of all the insurgents at a settlement in Gargash and at another one, East of Gargash, both in Borno."
- NAF Spokesperson

"SRINAGAR, India — India announced Wednesday that its troops will halt counterinsurgency operations in disputed Kashmir during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, its first such declaration in 18 years."
- The Hamilton Spectator

The government of Afghanistan apologizes after launching an airstrike on Dasht-e-Archi district killing 36 people attending an outdoor religious ceremony mistaken for a Taliban gathering. Thirty of those killed were children.
"The difference between evildoers and a legitimate government is that a legitimate government apologizes for the mistakes made."
- Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan.

“Taliban, ISIS, Boko-Haram, Al-Shabab, and many others tend to execute attacks more during the month of Ramadan because they believe the blessings of their actions from God is greater”, says Ahmad Shah Mohibi

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"OPCW confirms chlorine gas used in February attack in Syria's Idlib."
- The Daily Sabah

"Sword-wielding militants attack Indonesian police, killing one."
- ABC News

“About 300 insurgents have been killed in the day-long attack by almost 2,000 Taliban insurgents in western Farah province’s capital city, provincial governor Abdul Basir Salangi said.”

“Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in protests as US embassy opens in Jerusalem – as it happened”

كوشنر: السلام قد يجلب مكاسب لطرفي الصراع بالشرق الأوسط
Kushner: Peace might be rewarding to both sides of conflict in the Middle East #RiseroPeace

"A wave of blasts including a suicide bombing struck outside churches in Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya on Sunday, killing at least two and wounding 13 others, police said."
- Pulse

"JAKARTA: A trilateral meeting of the religious scholars of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Indonesia ended in Indonesia with the participants of the meeting declaring full support to Afghan government’s peace offer while denouncing terrorism as un-Islamic."

“GAZA CITY — No one would ever pick out Saber al-Gerim from the crowds of Palestinians demonstrating against Israel along the heavily guarded fence that has helped turn the Gaza Strip into an open-air prison.”

الدول الداعية لمكافحة الإرهاب تؤكد ضرورة التصدي للإعلام الراعي للتطرف والإرهاب

Fighting terrorism through the media channels is important #RisetoPeace

Ahmad Shah Mohibi, founder and president of Rise to Peace, introduces the non-profit organization at the United States Institute of Peace

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رئاسة افغانستان:الجماعات الإرهابية ما تزال تشكل تهديدا للبلاد رغم مقتل بن لادن
Afghanistan Presedential Administration: Terrorist groups are still a threat to the country despite Bin Laden's death