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Algeria Monitor: Tracking the BP Hostage Crisis

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Estimate differ but even at the lower end a number of lives are at risk:

The man behind the group claiming responsibility for the attack and kidnappings is a veteran jihadist known for seizing hostages.

Moktar Belmoktar, an Algerian who lost an eye while fighting in Afghanistan in his teens, has long been a target of French counter-terrorism forces. Libyan sources said he spent several months in Libya in 2011, exploring cooperation with local jihadist groups and securing weapons.

The attackers put the number of hostages at “more than 40,” including seven Americans, two French, two British and other Europeans. Another Islamist group told the Mauritanian News Agency there were 41 “Westerners.”

However, the Algerian Press Service reported that “a little more than 20 foreign nationals are held hostage.”

The Algeria Monitor has been been tracking this story well. It’s tracking any mention of the country, discussions about Islamists in the country, and the US Embassy there.

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Introducing the Widescreen Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Monitor

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Jordan has some serious challenges ahead. It is struggling with growing internal unrest, dangerous radical elements, and conflict on its borders. All of this makes it worthy of a comprehensive widescreen monitor.

This monitor is tracking mentions of Jordan and Amman, discussions about the government and royal family, the Jordanian military and security forces, Jordanian intelligence, radical elements inside the country, issues related to Syria (both the government and rebels) and Iran, and incidents of violence and protest.

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Now Monitoring Ansar al-Sharia

 
The Ansar al-Sharia Monitor tracks discussions about Ansar al-Sharia and Salafis with a focus on Ansar al_Sharia activities in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, and Libya. Subscribers can find it under “Topics”.

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Israel Widescreen Monitor

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The Pillar of Defense Monitor has morphed into a widescreen Israel Monitor now that a ceasefire has taken hold – for now. This monitor tracks discussions about the Israeli government, defense forces, air power (including drones), missile defense systems, intelligence community, Hezbollah, and of course the Palestinians. It is guaranteed to never lack for content.

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Now Monitoring: Operation Pillar of Defense

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We just launched a new widescreen monitor to track the IDF’s “Pillar of Defense” operation. This seven column monitor tracks any mentions of the operation, the IDF, Gaza, Hamas, Iron Dome, the use of air power (including drones), and casualties.

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Now Monitoring Gaza: Live Streams Tracking Hamas, Israeli Air Strikes, Drone Activity, and More

 
The Gaza Monitor is now live and tracking Hamas, Israeli air strikes, assassinations, drone activity, and other indicators of conflict.

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London Monitor Updated

The London Monitor has been overhauled and now focuses on any mentions of the city itself, radical Islamists and clerics, and references to terrorism. Make sure that you refresh your browser to load the updates.

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Jordan Live Streams Added

Subscribers will find the new Jordan Monitor in their “Locations” menu. It is currently monitoring the Jordanian government, military, security, and intelligence activities, and discussions about the country’s Salafi movement.

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AFRICOM Monitor – Monitoring U.S. Africa Command

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We just rolled out a new AFRICOM monitor. It is currently monitoring over 30 elements related to U.S. Africa Command and Islamist activity on the continent. Subscribers can find it on their “Topics” menu. This monitor is very active and it will stay that way for a long time to come.

Monitoring Rocket Strikes on Israel

Subscribers will find a new Rocket Strikes on Israel Monitor in their Topics menu. This tracks Gaza, Hamas, and official Israeli military tweets on the topic. Of course, this has been an ongoing problem but things could be heating up:

An Israeli military spokeswoman, said 79 projectiles had been fired at Israel and that the Iron Dome system had intercepted eight of them. She said several homes had been damaged by Palestinian rockets.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seeking a renewed mandate in Israel’s Jan. 22 election, visited an Iron Dome anti-missile battery near the southern city of Ashkelon on Wednesday and threatened stronger Israeli military action in Gaza.

“We did not choose this escalation, nor did we initiate it, but if it continues, we are prepared for a much wider and deeper operation,” he said, pledging to press on with “targeted attacks” against militants preparing to fire rockets.

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