The Ukrainian army has shown that it is incapable of preventing additional fragmentation of Ukraine east of the Dnieper River, if that is Russia's intention.
News interviews with soldiers who fought their way out of the Debal'tseve pocket have exposed the extent of the debacle. The rebels succeeded in encircling a force of at least 1,000 soldiers.
In Bamiyan Province in central Afghanistan, a local mullah who claims to represent the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ordered his acolytes to close a clinic and a girl's school.
It is now obvious that the uncivilized strain of Islamic fundamentalist practice has not been contained in Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iraq. It is not on the defensive.
Ukrainian and rebel sources agree that the new ceasefire is holding in most regions. Both also agree that fighting continues for control of the Debal'tseve pocket.
Yemen looks like a banana republic in which the army stays neutral, but is willing to serve the winner of the political struggle, provided it gets paid.
In contrast to the Minsk talks, Ukrainian government and rebel spokesmen agreed that Debal'tseve is the hottest spot in the east.
The rebels also used rockets to attack Mariupol in January. They enlarge the battle space and target rear areas that the Ukrainians had considered safe. This attack reinforces the judgment that the rebels intend to take back the entire region
ISIL has not yet put a fighting force in combat, apparently, but reports of its presence or of groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIL have rattled the Taliban.
On Saturday, UAE and Jordanian officials announced that the United Arab Emirates will participate in airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
On 6 February, for the first time Islamist Boko Haram terrorists attacked Bosso, in Diffa Region. Nigerien and Chadian forces with Chadian air support drove off the terrorists after an hour long exchange of fire.
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On 4 February the Korean Central News Agency published in English yet another rant against the US. The National Defense Commission wrote," US imperialists will face final doom."
Kurdish peshmerga defenders beat back the attack, but not before ISIL fighters had reached the center of the town and entered a prominent hotel before being killed.
Over the weekend, a senior Japanese diplomat described the beheading of the two Japanese nationals by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as Japan's 9/11.
In the more than 40 years that NightWatch has followed North Korean propaganda, this is the first time that we have read a North Korean description of an exercise involving a coordinated joint service attack against a US aircraft carrier task group.
ISIL's claim of responsibility probably means that the group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis performed the attack. It is a deadly militant group that swore allegiance to ISIL last year.
Kurdish success at Kobani does not fit in Erdogan's vision of a Sunni-dominated region governed by Sharia and led by Turks.
The Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, approved a statement that named Russia as an aggressor country and named the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic as terrorist organizations.
Kurdish forces fired 20 Grad rockets into Mosul. This is the first Kurdish attack against the main base of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces in Iraq. ISIL said the rockets killed 30 civilians.
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