ISIL’s Rise in Libya (Politico)

This article details the activities of ISIL’s affiliates in Libya, including the killing of an American contractor in Tripoli.

Read the article at: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/isils-rise-in-libya-114742.html?hp=m1#.VMwD6Z3F9rY

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Meet Saudi Arabia’s Special Security Forces

TIME

In March 2013, photographer Lynsey Addario, along with TIME‘s Africa Bureau Chief Aryn Baker, gained access to Saudi Arabia’s highly secure and secretive Special Security Forces’ training grounds. They witnessed how the elite soldiers’ intense exercise regimen has prepared them to face all forms of terrorism or threats in the Kingdom. Following the death of King Abdullah, Interior Minister Muhammad bin Nayef, who leads his country’s counterterrorism program and oversees these forces, was named Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He is now second-in-line to the throne.

Every country has its moment of reckoning. For Saudi Arabia, it was May 12, 2003, when heavily armed militants affiliated with al-Qaeda attacked residential compounds in Riyadh, killing 36, including nine Americans. That assault was just the beginning of a terror epidemic that unleashed car bombings, suicide attacks and targeted assassinations on a country that had known relative calm for nearly a…

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Is the world really getting nastier? – In 60 seconds (BBC)

The BBC sought to answer whether the world is getting nastier with the current fighting in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine. Despite the recent upheaval, the global likelihood of being killed in war and the number of high intensity conflicts has steadily been dropping.

See the video at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31046457

Human Rights Watch World Report 2015

HRW

“World Report 2015 is Human Rights Watch’s 25th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide.”

See the full report at: http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2015