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The Syrian government and the largest non-Daesh opposition group in Syria agreed to a cease-fire plan submitted by US and Russian negotiators on Feb. 22. The plan called for a halt to all military operations on Feb. 27, including aerial bombings. It also called for aid for civilians and the release of prisoners. The Islamist militant groups Daesh (ISIL) and al-Nusra Front were not included in the cease-fire, and both the Syrian government and the moderate opposition groups have asked that the militant groups continue to be targeted in air strikes by NATO and Russia. On Feb. 24, the city of...

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As ITN went to press, the State Department had travel warnings on 37 destinations: Afghanistan, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Israel/West Bank/Gaza, Kenya, North Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Republic of South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela and Yemen. For details, call the State Department at 202/647-5225 or visit www.travel.state.gov. For health...

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Suicide bombers targeted Belgium’s Brussels Airport (BRU) and the Brussels metro on March 22, killing at least 32 people, including four Americans, and injuring over 300 more. The Islamist militant group Daesh (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

Three men entered the airport with bombs in their baggage. Two of the bombs were detonated, killing the bombers, while the third bomb was abandoned, with the police detonating it later. 

One of the deceased bombers was identified as the suspected manufacturer of the bombs used in the November 2015 Paris...

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A suicide bomber targeted a group of Christians celebrating Easter at a children’s playground in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 27, killing 76 people and injuring at least 300 others. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Taliban, an Islamist militant and political group, claimed responsibility for the attack. Despite the group’s claim that they specifically were targeting Christians, the majority of the dead were identified as Muslim.

Lahore is the capital of Pakistan’s northwestern Punjab province. Christians make up a minority group in the...

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A suicide car bomber targeted a busy commercial hub in Turkey’s capital city, Ankara, on March 13, killing 37 people.

Turkish security authorities blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Kurdish separatist political group, for the attack and responded with air and military strikes against Kurdish positions in the southeast of Turkey and in Syria. The PKK has denied any involvement.

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), a militant Kurdish separatist group that was expelled from the PKK, claimed responsibility for the bombing. The TAK also claimed responsibility...

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A suicide bomber targeted a soccer match in the city of Iskandarya, Iraq, 30 miles south of Baghdad, on March 25, killing at least 25 people and wounding about 60 others. The Islamist militant group Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Daesh effectively controls large tracts of land in Iraq and Syria. However, since December 2015, Daesh has lost around 22% of the land it had captured. On March 24-25, Syrian armed forces retook the ancient city of Palmyra and the nearby modern city of Palmyra, which Daesh had controlled since May 2015.

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Six men armed with automatic rifles and grenades attacked a popular tourist beach in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, on March 14, killing 18 people, including at least six tourists, French, German and Macedonian, and three Ivorian soldiers. Three gunmen were also killed. 

The Islamist militant group al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack, making it the first incidence of Islamist terrorism in Côte d’Ivoire. AQIM also claimed responsibility for attacks at luxury hotels in Burkina Faso (January 2016) and Mali (November 2015) .

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Militants from Libya crossed into Tunisia and attacked a police station in the city of Ben Guerdane on March 7, killing 16 people, including seven civilians. Tunisian forces killed 28 of the militants during the attack. Tunisia then closed the nearby Ras Jdeir (Ras Ajder) border crossing with Libya.

A week before the attack, five militants from Libya were killed near Ben Guerdane by the Tunisian military. They were suspected of planning a terrorist attack.

As of press time, the Tunisian military was continuing operations against militants allied with Daesh who are inhabiting...

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