Daily Intel Roundup – 15 August 2017

Tracking the latest global developments in national security and crisis management

Executive Summary

Libya – Ali Zeidan, who served as prime minister from 2012-2014, has been detained by members of pro-government Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade from the Victoria hotel in the capital. According to unconfirmed reports, the Brigade was acting under a warrant from Attorney General Sadiq Sour.

Analysis: It is unclear if Zeidan has been detained by Libyan officials in Tripoli or kidnapped by militia groups. In 2013, then Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was abducted and held for several hours by former rebels after being taken from the Corinthia hotel where he lived. A group known as the Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries claimed responsibility, announcing that they had “arrested” the prime minister. The group blamed Zeidan’s government for playing a role in a raid by US Special Forces that captured senior Al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi.

In Brief

Belize – Robin Leanne Greenway-Trockstad, who has been on the run from police for the last three years after kidnapping her son and fleeing the country has been arrested in Belize and returned to Canada to face charges.

Nigeria – Researchers at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and Yale University analyzed the 434 suicide bombings carried out by Boko Haram since 2011, and found that at least 244 of the 338 attacks in which the bomber’s gender could be identified were carried out by women. The study revealed that the majority of the suicide bombers used by Boko Haram were women and children. Boko Haram has sent 80 women to their deaths in 2017 alone. Of the 134 suicide bombers whose age could be determined, 60 percent were teenagers or children. Boko Haram has used four times as many young girls as it has young boys.

Philippines – Two soldiers and five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants were recently killed as the military attempted to rescue hostages, the majority foreigners held by the terrorist group on Jolo Island, amid concerns they would be beheaded.

Venezuela – On 12 August, the new Constituent Assembly ordered that the regional elections scheduled for December 2017 be held in October 2017.

Venezuela – On 8 August, a Dominican Republic lawyer was shot to death at a ticket counter at Caracas International Airport. The victim arrived from the Dominican Republic and was switching terminals for a connecting flight when unknown assailants shot him. The motive behind the attack is unknown. An employee of local airline La Venezolana was also shot in the arm before the assailants fled.

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