2015

This was the 6th year in the 2010s decade and went down in history as the international year of light and soils.

2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the highest grossing film of the year with over $2 billion in ticket sales around the world. LL Cool J the host of the 57th Annual Grammy for the fourth time in a row saw Sam Smith walk away with four golden gramophones. Beyoncé became the most decorated woman at the Grammy Awards after Alison Krauss when she bagged three awards.

Following a series of massacres in Baga Nigeria, the outlawed extremist group Boko Haram killed over 2,000 people between January 3 and January 7.

On October 7, 2015, James Bristle a farmer from Michigan unearthed a partial skeleton of a prehistoric wooly mammoth. Bristle and his neighbor while digging a trench with the intent to install drainage pipe when they struck the find, eight feet into the ground below his wheat plantation. It was not until they saw the unusual three feet long bone that they contacted the University Of Michigan Museum Of Paleontology. The team excavated the area and found a massive skull and tusks, ribs, pelvis, shoulder blades and the skeleton’s vertebrae.

WWI war hero, Henry Johnson finally received the Medal of Honor on June 2, 2015, at a ceremony held at the White House. In January 1918 as the WWI raged on, the USA lent to the French an all-African-American 369th Infantry Regiment the so-called Harlem Hell fighters. One of them was Henry Johnson who on May 4, 1918, was nicknamed “Black Death” for his fierce exploits in the Argonne Forest. Jonson died in 1929 aged 32.

On March 19, Kim Thúy’s novel Ru won the2015 edition of Canada Reads. Two years after the final episode of Dexter, Jeff Lindsay wrote off the character in his final book in the Dexter Series on July 7.

The Nobel Peace Prize went to the Tunisian Dialogue quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia following the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.

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Movies

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Intersection

Intersection

Directed by: Tim French

Starring: Hoyt Richards, Anabella Casanova, Johnny Williams, Bonnie Hellman

Drishyam

Drishyam

Directed by: Nishikant Kamat

Starring: Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Tabu, Rajat Kapoor

Room

Room

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Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson

Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Spotlight

Spotlight

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Directed by: Tom McCarthy

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

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Directed by: George Miller

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Books

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Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing Patton

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Readers around the world have thrilled to Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Jesus--riveting works of nonfiction that journey into the heart of the most famous murders in history.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive

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***AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER*** Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will thrill at “the perfect page-turner to start your summer” (People, Book of the Week): Luckiest Girl Alive—described by Reese Witherspoon …

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller listFrom the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the …

The Road To Character by David Brooks

The Road To Character

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST • “I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what …

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Dead Wake

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#1 New York Times BestsellerFrom the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the LusitaniaOn May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as …

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2015 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Mason
  4. Jacob
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. James
  8. Alexander
  9. Michael
  10. Benjamin
Top #10 female names
  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Abigail
  8. Emily
  9. Charlotte
  10. Harper
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2015?


Events

  • 01 Jan Terrorism in Yemen: The death toll of the suicide bombing in Ibb, Yemen, that occurred on December 31 rises to 49 with the injury count rising to 70. (AFP via Business Standard)
  • 02 Jan Somali Civil War: Somali al-Shabaab militants attack an army base on the outskirts of Baidoa, killing seven soldiers. (Reuters via Daily Times)
  • 03 Jan Boko Haram: Fleeing villagers from a remote part of the Borno State report that Boko Haram had three days prior kidnapped around 40 boys and young men. (BBC)
  • 04 Jan War in North-West Pakistan:: A U.S. drone strike kills eight Uzbek people claimed to be linked with al-Qaeda in Pakistan. (Channel 9 News)The Pakistan Air Force strikes Pakistani Taliban positions in Khyber Agency, Pakistan, killing 31 militants. (Channel 9 News)A bomb detonates at a volleyball match in Orakzai Agency, Pakistan, killing four people and injuring eight. (AFP via The Daily Star)
  • 05 Jan Libyan Civil War (2014–present): A Libyan warplane bombs a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored offshore the city of Derna, killing two sailors, one Greek and one Romanian. The Greek government condemned what it called an "unprovoked and cowardly" attack and demanded an investigation and punishment for those responsible. (Reuters)
  • 06 Jan Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Clashes with ISIL in Anbar province kill twenty-three Iraqi Army soldiers and allied Sunni fighters. (AP via The Hindu)The Combined Joint Task Force combating ISIL conducts ten airstrikes in Syria, eight of them targeting the contested city of Kobani, with the airstrikes destroying fourteen ISIL fighting positions and a building. (Reuters)
  • 07 Jan Gunmen attack the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve people and injuring ten. Some witnesses report that the gunmen identified themselves as belonging to al-Qaeda in Yemen. A 2011 issue had depicted a cartoon of the Islamic prophet Muhammed. (BBC)
  • 08 Jan Charlie Hebdo shooting: One of the suspects in the killings, Hamyd Mourad, voluntarily surrenders to police in Charleville-Mézières while the other two suspects are still at large. (The New York Times) (CNN)On the night of January 7 and morning of January 8, assailants throw grenades and fire guns at three mosques throughout France. (ForeignPolicy.com)
  • 09 Jan The two suspect brothers take a hostage at a sign printing company, Création Tendance Découverte, in the French town of Dammartin-en-Goële. (AAP via SBS): The standoff ends with the two brothers dead and the hostage released. (CNBC) (BBC) (CNN)
  • 10 Jan A suicide bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, kills at least seven people. Militants linked to the Taliban and al-Qaeda have previously attacked the country's Shiite minority. (AAP via SBS News)
  • 11 Jan Charlie Hebdo shooting: Thousands of police and military personnel prepare to secure a Paris unity rally with up to a million people expected to attend. (Daily Mail)An arson attack on the German newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost, which published cartoons from Charlie Hebdo, causes no injuries but leads to two arrests. (Reuters via DNA)
  • 12 Jan Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Apparent ISIL computer hackers attack the feeds for the United States Central Command for Twitter and YouTube. (Reuters)
  • 13 Jan Charlie Hebdo shooting: France announces plans to deploy 10,000 troops to protect sensitive sites across the country beginning tonight. (AFP/Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • 14 Jan A bomb destroys a transmission tower in Pagalungan leaving much of the Philippine provinces of Maguindanao and North Cotabato without power. (Rappler)
  • 15 Jan 2014 Peshawar school massacre: Afghan security officials arrest five men in Kabul in relation to their suspected involvement in the Pakistan school massacre. (ABC News Australia)
  • 16 Jan Syrian Civil War: The United States Department of Defense announces that it will send 400 troops to train moderate Syrian rebels in the spring of 2015. (AP)
  • 17 Jan Terrorism in Yemen: Gunmen abduct the chief of staff to Yemen's president in the center of the capital, Sana'a. It is uncertain if Shiite Houthi rebels or al-Qaeda militants kidnapped Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak. (AP)
  • 18 Jan Israeli–Lebanese conflict: An Israeli helicopter strike near the border with Syria kills two senior IRGC figures and six members of Hezbollah. (Reuters), (Xinhua)
  • 19 Jan Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in the town of Kobanî, Syria on the Syria-Turkey border capture the strategic Mishtenur hill killing eleven fighters. (BBC)
  • 20 Jan Shia insurgency in Yemen: Houthi rebels take over the residence of the President amidst calls by the rebel leader for negotiations to adjust the country's power structure. (The Washington Post)
  • 21 Jan A Palestinian man from the West Bank, Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matrouk, illegally crosses into Israel for the express purpose to stab people attacking over a dozen Israelis on a bus in central Tel Aviv. Security forces capture the assailant as he continued to indiscriminately stab people in the street. (The New York Times)
  • 22 Jan War in Donbass:: An explosion near a civilian trolleybus in the city of Donetsk kills at least thirteen people. Separatists and pro-government forces blame each other for the incident. (BBC)
  • 23 Jan City officials of Glendive, Montana declare that the tap water is safe to consume following the January 17 oil spill in the Yellowstone River. (Mohave Daily News)
  • 24 Jan War in Donbass:: A rocket attack on an open-air market in Mariupol, Ukraine, leaves at least 27 people killed and more than 90 injured. The pro-Russian rebel leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, announces an offensive on Mariupol. (AP via ABC News) (Al Jazeera) (Reuters)
  • 25 Jan Moro insurgency in the Philippines: Around 30-50 people die in clashes between the Philippine National Police and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front threatening a peace agreement between the Philippines government and the rebels. (Reuters)
  • 26 Jan Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Kurdish fighters recapture at least 90% of Kobanî, Syria. (CNN)
  • 27 Jan Libyan Civil War (2014–present): Five gunmen at the Libyan Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli attack with at least ten dead. The hotel was previously the location in 2013 where a former prime minister was abducted. (AP)
  • 28 Jan Israeli–Lebanese conflict: Following a January 18 airstrike against a Hezbollah convoy, Hezbollah targets an Israeli military convoy near the Lebanon border at the Shebaa farms area, killing two and wounding another seven. While the Israeli military responds with artillery fire upon several South Lebanon border villages and Shebaa Farms, Hezbollah responds with mortar shells. Cross fire fighting kills a Spanish UN peacekeeper in the town of Ghajar. (CNN)(BBC)(Reuters)
  • 29 Jan 2014 Sydney hostage crisis: A coronial inquest into the siege at the Lindt Cafe in the center of Sydney begins. The inquest hears that one hostage was killed by gunman Man Haron Monis while another was killed by fragments of a bullet or bullets fired by New South Wales Police Force officers. (The Australian), (BBC)
  • 30 Jan Sectarianism in Pakistan: Sunni militants linked to the Pakistani Taliban kill at least 40 people and injure 50 in a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the Shikarpur District of Pakistan's Sindh province. (BBC)
  • 31 Jan 2014–15 Russian military intervention in Ukraine: Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists conduct peace talks as fighting rages in eastern Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • 01 Feb The United Steelworkers union strikes against Royal Dutch Shell Plc at nine U.S. oil and chemical plants. Up until recently oil prices had undergone steep drops since June, but the union's action as part of the supply chain caused the market price to soar more than eight percent. (Reuters)
  • 02 Feb Moro insurgency in the Philippines: Foreign investors withdraw "billions of pesos" from the Philippines after a deadly battle threatened to derail the March 2014 peace deal. (The Straits Times), (Agence France Presse via Yahoo! News)
  • 03 Feb In the town of Chuddogram in eastern Bangladesh, anti-government protesters firebomb a bus full of sleeping passengers, leaving seven people dead. (AFP via ABC News)
  • 04 Feb Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Jordan executes convicted Iraqi terrorists Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli in response to the execution by ISIL of Jordanian Air Force lieutenant Muath Al-Kasasbeh. (USA Today)
  • 05 Feb Syrian Civil War: The United Arab Emirates suspends air strikes against the Islamic State after a video of a Jordanian air force pilot being burned alive is published online. The suspension involves concerns over a lack of coalition search and rescue capabilities in Syria to recover downed pilots. (NBC News)State news agency SANA claims that insurgent group Jaysh al-Islam has conducted a rocket attack on Damascus with at least eight people injured. (Reuters Trust)
  • 06 Feb Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: ISIL claims that the American female hostage Kayla Jean Mueller has been killed by Jordanian airstrikes at the outskirts of Raqqa, Syria. The White House says that they have no proof of her death. (AP) (AP via Twitter) (CNN), (BBC)
  • 07 Feb North Korea and weapons of mass destruction: North Korea test fires a new "ultra-precision" intelligent anti-ship missile which is to be deployed across its navy. (AFP via France 24)
  • 08 Feb In Cairo, Egypt, clashes between police and fans of Zamalek SC kill 22 people. Egyptian authorities indefinitely suspend football league matches. (BBC), (AP)
  • 09 Feb War in Donbass: Fighting in the past 24 hours kills at least nine Ukrainian soldiers. (Reuters)An artillery shell causes a massive explosion at a chemical plant in Donetsk. (ABC News)
  • 10 Feb War in Donbass: Fighting kills fifteen people and leaves 60 injured as missiles hit Ukraine's military headquarters in the city of Kramatorsk. (Radio Free Europe)
  • 11 Feb Iraqi clashes and attacks kill at least 31 people. (AP)
  • 12 Feb War in Donbass: The President of Russia Vladimir Putin announces the third peace agreement. (AP)(Euronews)
  • 13 Feb Internal conflict in Burma: Several days of clashes with Kokang rebels in the north of the country kills forty-seven Myanmar Army soldiers with dozens wounded. (CNN)
  • 14 Feb War in Donbass: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warns of a threat to a planned ceasefire tonight from heavy fighting today and accuses Russia of "significantly increasing" its offensive. In a live interview he ordered all Ukrainian forces to cease fire after midnight. (BBC)
  • 15 Feb 2015 Copenhagen shootings: Danish Police seek a gunman who fired on three people near a Copenhagen synagogue a day after the shootings at the Free Speech Gathering. One person dies. (PA via The Independent), (The Australian)Danish police kill a man at the Nørrebro train station after an exchange of gunfire. The police believe he was the man responsible for the two previous attacks. (Reuters/AFP via ABC News Australia), (BBC)
  • 16 Feb Libyan Civil War (2014–present): Egypt bombs Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant targets in the city of Derna in Libya following the execution of 21 Coptic Christians recently. (BBC)
  • 17 Feb War in Donbass: The office of the President of Ukraine calls on the European Union and NATO to condemn the Russian-backed rebels for military action in Debaltseve. The self-proclaimed rebel government officials claim the town was not part of the recently established ceasefire. (AP) (New York Times)
  • 18 Feb Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that at least 70 Syrian Army soldiers and more than 80 insurgents have died in recent fighting around the city of Aleppo. (Reuters via Trust)
  • 19 Feb Greece requests its partners in the eurozone for a six month loan program extension in an apparent compromise attempt; Germany has rejected the request. (BBC News)
  • 20 Feb Al Qubbah bombings: Multiple car bombs kill at least 45 and wound 30 in the eastern Libyan town of Al Qubbah. (BBC), (AP)
  • 21 Feb Boko Haram: The Nigerian Army recaptures the town of Baga where Boko Haram killed scores of people last month. (BBC)
  • 22 Feb War in Donbass: Pro-Russian rebels start a two-week process of removing heavy weapons from the front lines in eastern Ukraine in accordance with the ceasefire agreement. (Reuters via Haaretz)An explosion at a pro-Ukraine march kills three and injures more than 10 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (AFP via Yahoo News UK)
  • 23 Feb War in Donbass: The Ukrainian Army says it cannot withdraw its heavy weapons from the front, as it is still under attack from rebel forces despite the ceasefire. (Reuters)The President of Russia Vladimir Putin says a war with Ukraine is unlikely but refuses to hold more meetings with France, Germany and Ukraine over the ceasefire. (Daily Mail)
  • 24 Feb Military intervention against ISIL: John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announces plans to deploy up to 143 New Zealand Defence Force personnel to Iraq on a training mission to last no more than two years. (New Zealand Herald)A wave of bombings in Baghdad kills at least 37 people. (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • 25 Feb 2015 Brit Awards: American entertainer Madonna falls off stage while performing "Living for Love" at the 2015 Brit Awards. (PA via WA Today)Mark Ronson wins Best British single for "Uptown Funk" featuring American singer Bruno Mars. (The Guardian)Ed Sheeran wins Best British album for x. (The Guardian)
  • 26 Feb War in Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide bomb attack on a Turkish government vehicle in Kabul kills at least one person. (BBC), (NBC News)
  • 27 Feb Somali pirates release four Thai hostages after nearly five years of captivity. (Reuters)
  • 28 Feb Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: A series of car bombs kill 19 people in Balad Ruz, east-central Iraq. (AP via News 24)
  • 01 Mar Estonian parliamentary election, 2015: The ruling Reform Party wins the elections, but loses the majority that it has had with its current coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party. For the first time in many years, two new parties cross the election threshold, the right-of-centre Free Party and the eurosceptic Conservative People's Party of Estonia. (Estonian Public Broadcasting)
  • 02 Mar Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant:: A coalition of Iraqi Armed Forces and militia numbering around 30,000 launches an offensive against Islamic State positions in Tikrit. Troops seize control of the district of al-Tin and al-Abeid. (BBC)
  • 03 Mar Norwegian Air Shuttle will ground all passengers in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden as the result of an industrial dispute. The action leaves 35,000 people stranded. (Norway local)
  • 04 Mar South of Sicily, Italy's Coast Guard saves 941 trafficked migrants aboard five motorized dinghies and two larger vessels near southern Italian ports. Authorities cannot account for ten people. (AP)
  • 05 Mar A knife-wielding assailant injures the American ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, in the South Korean capital city of Seoul. Authorities report that the injuries on his face and wrist are not life-threatening. (Yonhap News) (BBC)
  • 06 Mar At least two knife-wielding attackers injure nine people at a train station in southern China; the police fatally shoot one of the suspects. (AP)
  • 07 Mar Boko Haram: Maiduguri city in northeast Nigeria sees five suicide bomb blasts with 54 dead and 143 wounded. (AP)
  • 08 Mar Boko Haram: Forces from Niger and Chad launch a ground and air offensive against Boko Haram Islamist militants in northeastern Nigeria. (BBC)
  • 09 Mar A Carolinian Amtrak passenger train (running north from Charlotte, North Carolina, to New York City) hits a tractor-trailer in Halifax, North Carolina resulting in two cars of the train derailing with several people receiving minor injuries. (AP via MSN)
  • 10 Mar Sinai insurgency: A suicide bomber kills one person and injures 24 in an attack on a police station in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 11 Mar 2014–15 Australian region cyclone season: Tropical Cyclone Nathan intensifies to a Category 2 system as it nears Cape York Peninsula in the north of the Australian state of Queensland. (The Australian)
  • 12 Mar A U.S. drone strike in Somalia near the town of Bardhere kills the mastermind al-Shabab terrorist Aden Garaar responsible for the September 2013 three-day siege Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, in which 67 people were killed by four gunmen. (AP)
  • 13 Mar A Myanmar air raid aimed at rebels on its border with China drops bombs on the Chinese city of Lincang killing four people. (AP via The New York Times)
  • 14 Mar The United Nations will send emergency aid to Vanuatu with at least four people officially dead and reports of dozens more dead after Cyclone Pam hit yesterday. (Reuters via Daily Mail)(AP)
  • 15 Mar Libyan Civil War: Fighting rages near the western Libyan city of Sirte between Islamic State affiliated militants and a local militia alliance. (BBC)
  • 16 Mar Libyan Civil War: Islamic State kidnaps about 20 medical workers from the Ibn Sina Hospital in the Libyan city of Sirte. (CNN)
  • 17 Mar In Peshawar, an unknown assailant shoots and kills Pakistani lawyer Samiullah Afridi, who had defended Dr. Shakil Afridi (in regards to assisting CIA agents hunt al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden), with two Pakistan militant groups, Jundullah and Jamaatul Ahrar, both claiming responsibility. (Huffington Post)
  • 18 Mar Bardo National Museum attack: Gunmen attack Tunisia's Bardo National Museum, adjacent to the parliament building, killing 23 people, including 18 foreign tourists. (AP via MSN)(The Telegraph)
  • 19 Mar 2014–15 Australian region cyclone season: Authorities in the Australian state of Queensland prepare for the impact of Severe Tropical Cyclone Nathan which is forecast to make landfall near Cooktown early tomorrow morning. (AAP via Wa Today)
  • 20 Mar Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant: Islamic State releases a video showing the execution of three Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq with threats to execute dozens more. (Reuters)An Islamic state attack on a Kurdish Nowruz festival (New Year's Day) kills 45 people. (AAP via SBS)
  • 21 Mar Yemeni crisis: The United States military evacuates the remaining 100 Special Operations forces members in the country due to the deteriorating security situation. (CNN)
  • 22 Mar Yemeni crisis: The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Yemen as the United States removes all remaining personnel. (Fox News)Shia Houthis rebels capture the strategically important city of Ta'izz. (BBC)
  • 23 Mar Iraqi insurgency (2011–present): Multiple bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kill at least nineteen people and wound another thirty-six. (AP)
  • 24 Mar War in Afghanistan: Gunmen kill at least thirteen people in an attack on three passing vehicles including a bus in Wardak province's Sayad Abad district. (Al Jazeera America)
  • 25 Mar War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Afghan National Army kills twenty-nine insurgents and injures twenty-one others in a series of operations in Daikundi, Ghazni, and Parwan provinces during the past 24 hours. (Tolonews)
  • 26 Mar Aftermath of the 2014–15 Yemeni coup d'état: 2015 military intervention in Yemen: The Saudi Arabian Air Force launches airstrikes on Sana'a International Airport and Yemen's al Dulaimi military airport resulting in at least 17 deaths. (Reuters), (Al-Jazeera)
  • 27 Mar 2015 military intervention in Yemen: A Middle Eastern coalition led by the Saudi Arabian army and Egyptian navy attacks positions in Yemen for the second successive day, resulting in at least ten deaths in Saada Governorate. Saudi Arabia declares that it will enforce a "no-fly zone". (CNN)
  • 28 Mar 2015 military intervention in Yemen: Saudi airstrikes continue in Yemen for the third successive day while ground fighting occurs in Aden. Saudi Arabia claims to be in full control of Yemen's airspace. (Al-Jazeera)Saudi planes evacuate a United Nations mission from the Yemeni capital Sana'a. (Al-Arabiyah)
  • 29 Mar 2015 military intervention in Yemen: Pakistan sends a Boeing 747 to evacuate Pakistani nationals concerned about their security. The plane will be allowed into the country despite the no-fly zone declared by Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
  • 30 Mar Yemeni Crisis (2011–present): The People's Republic of China evacuates its citizens from Yemen due to concerns over declining security. (AP)2015 military intervention in Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes hit a refugee camp near a military installation in the northern Harad District killing 21 people. Houthi militants make gains in Hadi's last bastion, Aden. (Reuters)
  • 31 Mar Landslides in India's Jammu and Kashmir state kill at least six people and leave sixteen others missing. (BBC)
  • 01 Apr Two United States Marine Corps F-18 fighters make a precautionary landing at Taiwan's Tainan Air Force Base. (Focus Taiwan) (The Washington Times)
  • 02 Apr Gunmen attack Garissa University College in Kenya, killing at least 140 people and wounding 65 others. (BBC) (AP via News24)
  • 03 Apr Five people die in a helicopter crash in a São Paulo residential area, including the son of Governor Geraldo Alckmin. (Xinhua)
  • 04 Apr 6 people die in a Malaysian helicopter crash. (ABC) (CBC)
  • 05 Apr Garissa University College attack: Kenyan Air Force planes bomb two al Shabaab bases in response to last week's attack on Garissa University College. (Reuters)
  • 06 Apr Twitter and YouTube are both inaccessible for hours in Turkey; part of a crack-down on social media by the government there. (Reuters)
  • 07 Apr Intervention in Yemen: The World Health Organisation estimates that 560 people have died, more than 1,700 people have been injured and more than 100,000 people have fled their homes following the intensification of fighting three weeks ago. (AP via Virginia Gazette)
  • 08 Apr A gunfight erupts between Afghan soldiers and U.S. soldiers working for NATO's Resolute Support Mission leaving 1 Afghan and 1 U.S. soldier dead, and 3 Afghan and 2 U.S. soldiers wounded. (Reuters)
  • 09 Apr War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Gunmen mount an attack on the office of the attorney-general of Afghanistan's Balkh Province in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. (BBC)
  • 10 Apr Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): The Pakistani parliament votes not to join the Saudi led coalition in Yemen. (al-Jazeera)The United Nations warns that the situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate as humanitarian aid starts to arrive. (Voice of America)
  • 11 Apr Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Heavy Saudi Arabian air strikes hit southern Yemen resulting in at least 20 deaths of Houthis soldiers and two members of rival militias. Saudi Arabia claims to have killed 500 rebels since the start of military operations in March. (Reuters), (CNN)India evacuates 5600 people including 960 foreign nationals from Yemen under Operation Raahat. Several flights were allowed to take off and land in Yemen despite the no-fly zone declared on the country. (NYT)
  • 12 Apr Libyan Civil War (2014–present): Islamic militants attack the South Korean embassy in Tripoli killing two guards and leaving another injured. (Yonhap)
  • 13 Apr Nine people die as a boat carrying people to Italy capsizes off the coast of Libya. The Italian coast guard rescues 144 people. (ANSA)
  • 14 Apr Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): At least seven people are dead after a car bomb blast south of Baghdad. (AP via Irish Times)
  • 15 Apr Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Fierce clashes in Iraq's Anbar province as Islamic State captures three villages near the provincial capital Ramadi. (The Eagle)
  • 16 Apr Yemeni Civil War: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula captures Riyan Airport, seaport and oil terminal in the city of Al Mukalla in southern Yemen. (AP via Washington Times)In the past two weeks, Oman has received 2,695 people of forty-eight nationalities escaping from Yemen. (Zawya)
  • 17 Apr Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad says that the "most dangerous" leaders of ISIS are Scandinavians. (The Local)
  • 18 Apr April 2015 Jalalabad suicide bombing: A suicide bomber allegedly affiliated with ISIL strikes a bank in the city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan, killing at least 33 and wounding 100. (RT) (CNN) (Reuters), (BBC)
  • 19 Apr Internal conflict in Burma: Myanmar says it has lost 126 soldiers in clashes with the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in Kokang since early February. (Xinhua)
  • 20 Apr Somali Civil War (2009–present): Nine people have been killed in a bomb attack on a convoy carrying food supplies to a United Nations compound in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland. (Reuters)
  • 21 Apr Somali Civil War (2009–present): A deadly explosion in a Mogadishu restaurant kills at least four people and injures ten others. (Al-Jazeera)
  • 22 Apr A tribal fight in Papua New Guinea's Hela Province between the Wapiago and Tapamu clans claims the lives of ten people, mostly children. (ABC News Australia)
  • 23 Apr The Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls claims that five terrorist attacks have been "foiled" in France in recent months. (France 24)
  • 24 Apr Italian police mount an operation against an al-Qaeda inspired cell in Sardinia claimed to be in operation since 2005. (NBC News)
  • 25 Apr Syrian Civil War: Islamist rebels including the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front claim to have captured most of the town of Jisr al-Shughur in the Idlib Governorate. (BBC)
  • 26 Apr Balochistan conflict: A bomb on a motorcycle kills at least 3 people and injured 20 in the town of Sibi in Pakistan's Balochistan region. (AFP via Nigeria Guardian)
  • 27 Apr Boko Haram: Hundreds of people have been found dead in the northern Nigerian town of Damasak, most likely killed by Boko Haram. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 28 Apr Iran's Navy of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution intercepts a Marshall Islands-flagged commercial cargo vessel, the Maersk Tigris, in the Strait of Hormuz and diverts it further into Iranian waters. The US dispatches the USS Farragut, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, to the location of the cargo vessel to observe and monitor the situation. (Yahoo! Politics) (CNN)
  • 29 Apr Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): An Iranian Red Crescent plane is blocked by bombing of Sanaa International Airport's runway by Saudi Arabian F-15 fighters, which unsuccessfully intercepted and issued warnings to the plane to turn back. (The Guardian)
  • 30 Apr 2015 West African offensive: The Nigerian Army rescues a further 160 women and children from a Boko Haram camp in the Sambisa Forest. (CNN)
  • 01 May Mexican Drug War: Three Mexican Army soldiers die as gunfire downs a helicopter in the state of Jalisco. Ten soldiers and two Federal Police officers are injured. (AP via ABC News America)A PRI/PVEM mayoral candidate in the city of Chilapa de Álvarez, Guerrero, is assassinated. (AP via Washington Post)
  • 02 May 2015 West African offensive: The Nigerian Armed Forces announce they rescued another 234 women and girls from Boko Haram control in the Sambisa Forest on April 30. (AP)
  • 03 May Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Yemen officials say that at least 20 members of the Arab coalition have landed in Aden on a 'reconnaissance' mission. (AP via UT San Diego)
  • 04 May It is announced that the daughter of the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, named after her grandfather, grandmother, and great grandmother. (News Limited)
  • 05 May Curtis Culwell Center attack: ISIS claims responsibility for the attack on an exhibition of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in the American city of Garland, Texas. One of the suspects was previously interrogated and surveilled by the FBI having visited Somalia, and both suspects praised ISIS in social media. (Washington Post)
  • 06 May Alexion Pharmaceuticals agrees to purchase Synageva BioPharma, a maker of rare disease treatments, for US$8.6 billion. (New York Times)
  • 07 May Boko Haram: At least five people are killed in a Boko Haram attack on a village in southwest Niger. (Reuters)
  • 08 May 2015 Al Khalis prison break: a prison break occurred in the Iraqi town of Al Khalis. More than fifty prisoners escaped in the break, including nine who had been facing terrorism charges. An estimated fifty other prisoners and twelve police officers died in the prison break.
  • 09 May North Korea claims to have successfully test fired a ballistic missile from a submarine. (CNN)
  • 10 May Yemeni Civil War: Saudi-led airstrikes target the Sana'a home of former President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Thomson Reuters Trust)The Yemeni Army accepts a five day truce offer from the Saudis. (Reuters via Daily Mail)
  • 11 May Han Min-goo, the South Korean Minister for National Defense states that South Korea will "mercilessly counterattack" any North Korean "provocations" following the North's successful trial of a ballistic missile system. (Yonhap)
  • 12 May Christianity in the United States falls to its lowest percentage levels while irreligion rises. (Pew Research)
  • 13 May Syrian Civil War: Hezbollah and Syrian Army gain strategic territories in Qalamoun Mountains north of Damascus, which was held by opposition factions, particularly al-Nusra Front. (Al Jazeera)
  • 14 May Blues legend B.B. King dies at the age of 89. (BBC)
  • 15 May 2015 Burundian coup d'état attempt: Burundi officials say that they have arrested several coup members but the leader of the failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza, Major General Godefroid Niyombare remains at large. (Reuters)
  • 16 May The United States claims that senior ISIL commander Abu Sayyaf is killed in a United States special operations forces raid within what is officially Syrian territory. (CNN)
  • 17 May A suicide attack by the Taliban kills three and injures at least eighteen outside Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. (BBC News)
  • 18 May Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: The Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes against the Houthi rebels resume after a five-day ceasefire. (BBC)
  • 19 May Syrian Civil War: The Russian embassy in Damascus is shelled. (RT)
  • 20 May Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant: Islamic State captures the Syrian city of Tadmur from the Syrian Army with grave concerns held about the Palmyra site. (The Hindu) (BBC)
  • 21 May Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Islamic State fighters enter the ancient ruins of Palmyra after capturing the Syrian city of Tadmur yesterday. A hundred pro-government fighters are believed to have died in fighting. (Reuters)The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that Islamic State now controls more than half of Syria dominating 95,000 square kilometres and controls settlements in nine provinces. (News Limited)
  • 22 May Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captures the border crossing at Al Waleed (al-Tanf in Syria), the last remaining border crossing between Syria and Iraq controlled by the Government of Syria. ISIL reportedly advances to within 40 km of Baghdad after their victory in Ramadi. (BBC)
  • 23 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A roadside bomb kills two, including the district chief, in the Charcheno District of Afghanistan. (AP via ABC News America)
  • 24 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): At least ten Afghan police officers are killed in a Taliban attack on checkpoints in Helmand Province. (AP via Fox News)
  • 25 May Syrian Civil War: Turkey says that it has reached an in-principle deal with the United States to give support to some elements of Syrian opposition. Over a million Syrian refugees live in Turkish territory, including many Syrian opposition figures. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
  • 26 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bomber and gunmen attack a court building in the provincial capital of Maidan Shahr in Maidan Wardak resulting in the deaths of two police officers and four of the attackers. (Tolo News)
  • 27 May Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant: Islamic State militants have carried out multiple suicide bombings targeting the Iraqi Army in Anbar Province killing at least 17 people. (AP)
  • 28 May The Solicitor General of the United States sides with Oracle in a much-watched copyright dispute with Google over Java APIs. (IDG News Service).
  • 29 May Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Singapore says the Islamist group plans to take the conflict into Southeast Asia. (Straits Times)Dammam Mosque bomb blast:Islamic State claims responsibility for a car bomb in the parking lot of the Imam Hussain Mosque situated in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, during Friday prayers, with at least four people killed and dozens injured. Authorities state that the mosque itself was not hit. (The Express Tribune), (CNN)
  • 30 May Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that barrel bombs dropped by the Bashar al-Assad regime have killed at least 45 people in the Aleppo Governorate and injured dozens more. (AFP via Daily Star)
  • 31 May Sinai insurgency: Egyptian security officials report that militants have blown up a natural gas pipeline leading to Israel outside El-Arish, the provincial capital of North Sinai. That pipeline was attacked at least 20 times in the last 5 years. (AP via KFox)
  • 01 Jun Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017):: An Islamic State suicide bombing kills 37 at an Iraqi police base. (Yahoo)
  • 02 Jun Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Armed tribesmen kill 18 Houthi fighters in an ambush in Yemen's Ibb Governorate. (Reuters)
  • 03 Jun Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: The Saudi Arabia led coalition launches airstrikes on military bases near the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (Reuters)
  • 04 Jun Several rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded near the cities of Ashdod, Netivot and Ashkelon causing no casualties. The IDF retaliated with airstrikes against empty Hamas training camps in Gaza. (Al Jazeera)
  • 05 Jun A bomb explodes in a marketplace in Yola, Nigeria, killing 31 and injuring dozens of others. (AP), (CNN)
  • 06 Jun Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: Saudi Arabia shoots down a Scud missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen according to Saudi State media. (Reuters)At least four Saudi Arabian Army soldiers and "dozens of" Yemeni Republican Guard are killed in fighting near the border, according to Saudi government. (AFP via France 24)
  • 07 Jun Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: The Saudi-led coalition launches airstrikes on Houthi gatherings in Taez. (Al-Arabiya)
  • 08 Jun War in North-West Pakistan: Seven Pakistani army soldiers and 19 Taliban fighters are killed in overnight fighting in North Waziristan near the Afghanistan border. (Al-Jazeera)
  • 09 Jun Naxalite–Maoist insurgency: Indian police kill at least 12 Naxalite Maoist rebels in a clash in the state of Jharkhand. (AP)
  • 10 Jun A suicide bomber targets the Karnak temple site in the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor. Two militants were shot nearby, four Egyptians were wounded with no tourists hurt in the attack. (ITV News) (BBC) (Fox News) (AP)
  • 11 Jun Military intervention against ISIL: A US citizen fighting alongside Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) against ISIL is killed in action near Kobani. (Today's Zaman via AP)
  • 12 Jun Boko Haram insurgency: Boko Haram militants raid five different villages around Maiduguri, Nigeria killing 37 people. (Reuters)
  • 13 Jun War in Afghanistan: The Taliban kill 20 policemen in an attack in Helmand, Afghanistan. (WTVM)
  • 14 Jun War in Afghanistan: Fifteen Taliban militants, including the shadow governor for Kunar Province, are killed in a NATO airstrike. (IANS via Business Standard)
  • 15 Jun At least 23 people are killed and more than 100 injured in suicide attacks on police headquarters and training centers by suspected Boko Haram members in N'Djamena, Chad. (New York Times)
  • 16 Jun al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula announces that its leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi was killed in a US drone strike last Friday. (BBC)
  • 17 Jun The American NBC network announces that Lester Holt will continue as the host of the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams returning in an undisclosed role. (The Wrap)
  • 18 Jun The Chadian Air Force carries out airstrikes against bases of Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria to avenge twin bombings in Chad's capital N'Djamena three days ago. (Al Jazeera)
  • 19 Jun A Palestinian cell affiliated with Hamas and named after the perpetrators of the 2014 kidnapping and murder of Israeli teenagers claims responsibility for an ambush style attack in which one Israeli was killed and another seriously injured. (Times of Israel)
  • 20 Jun Second Libyan Civil War: Dozens of ISIL militants are killed following a militia attack on the eastern city of Derna. ISIL has had a significant presence in Derna since the end of 2014. (Yahoo)
  • 21 Jun Ninety-four people die, and 45 others are hospitalized, after drinking moonshine in Mumbai (Bombay), India. (Reuters via News24)
  • 22 Jun War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Afghan National Assembly building is attacked by gunmen after a suicide bombing. All 6 of the gunmen are killed, with 18 people injured. (BBC)
  • 23 Jun Syrian Civil War, Military intervention against ISIL: The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) capture the military base Brigade 93 and enter the town of Ayn Issa, the first defense line of ISIL north of its de facto capital al-Raqqah.ISIL claims it has started the destruction of the ancient complex of Palmyra. (euronews)
  • 24 Jun Boko Haram: Over 42 people are shot dead by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in two attacks on villages in Nigeria's Borno state. (AFP via Dawn)
  • 25 Jun Syrian Civil War: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces re-enter the Kurdish town of Kobanî after a successful large-scale counterattack against the Kurds. (BBC)
  • 26 Jun Somali Civil War: Al Shabaab militants attack an African Union base in the Leego district of Somalia and kills more than 70 African Union soldiers and seizes control of their military base. (Reuters) (VOA News)
  • 27 Jun Suspected Islamist militants attack an army base in Nara, Mali leaving three soldiers and eight attackers dead. (Voice of America) (Reuters via News24)
  • 28 Jun 2015 Sousse attacks: Tunisia deploys an additional 1000 police in resorts and beaches following the attack on tourists on Friday. (AP)With the number of British dead expected to exceed 30, the U.K. warns its citizens about traveling to certain parts of Tunisia, including the south and near the Libyan border. (AP), (BBC)
  • 29 Jun Turkish involvement in the Syrian Civil War: The Turkish military is reportedly preparing for an imminent invasion of northern Syria following a National Security Council meeting. The aim is to establish a buffer zone for refugees and drive back Islamic State militants. The Kurdish militia group YPG have said they will oppose any Turkish intervention in Syria. Turkey has for decades fought against Kurdish separatist movements such as the PKK (Telegraph)
  • 30 Jun al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: Some 1,200 people escape from a Yemeni prison including al Qaeda members. (AP via TVNZ)
  • 01 Jul Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Shells fired by Houthi forces have killed at least 18 people near the southern port city of Aden, meanwhile United Nations officials have warned that a deadly dengue fever outbreak is rapidly gaining pace in the war-torn country. (Reuters)
  • 02 Jul Sinai insurgency: July 2015 Sinai attacks: Egypt vows to continue an offensive on the Sinai Peninsula until ISIL militants have been removed. A hundred people have been killed in fighting in the past two days. (BBC)Egyptian Air Force air strikes in the Sinai Peninsula kill at least 23 ISIS-linked militants a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years. (Reuters)
  • 03 Jul Syrian Civil War: Turkey deploys additional troops along its border with Syria as fighting intensifies. (france24 with Reuters)
  • 04 Jul War in Donbass: A rally of war veterans in Kiev calls for Ukraine to abandon the Minsk II ceasefire agreement and to declare war on pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region. Despite two ceasefire agreements since September, combat operations, including the use of heavy artillery and ballistic missiles, never stopped. (BBC)
  • 05 Jul American-led intervention in Syria: A United States bombing campaign against ISIL has killed at least 30 people in the Syrian city of Al-Raqqah. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 06 Jul Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): An Iraqi Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 jet, returning from a bombing raid against ISIL militants in the north, accidentally drops a bomb on Baghdad destroying several homes and killing at least 7 civilians. American officials claimed that as many as 65% of Iraqi air force bombers do not drop their bombs due to "lack of targets". (Sky News)
  • 07 Jul Boko Haram insurgency, Timeline of Boko Haram insurgency: A bomb attack has killed at least 25 people and wounded 32 others in northern Nigeria's Zaria. (BBC)
  • 08 Jul Boko Haram insurgency, Timeline of Boko Haram insurgency: Suspected militants from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram killed 26 people in attacks on two villages on Lake Chad, Chad. (Daily Star via Reuters)
  • 09 Jul Chinese stock market crash: The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) imposes a six-month ban on stockholders owning more than 5 percent of a company's stock from selling those stocks, resulting in a 6 percent rise in stock markets. (Reuters)
  • 10 Jul Somali Civil War (2009–present): Al Shabaab militants have stormed two hotels in Somalia's capital Mogadishu killing at least 10 civilians. (ABC News AU) (Business Standard via AFP)
  • 11 Jul Boko Haram insurgency: A suicide bomber attacks the Nigerian city of Maiduguri killing at least one person. (Reuters)A suicide bomber in a burqa kills 14 people in Chad's capital of N'Djamena. (Reuters) (Chron via AP)
  • 12 Jul Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen (2015-present): Saudi-led coalition forces bomb Houthi targets in several provinces of Yemen, killing at least 15 people, despite a UN-brokered truce. (Business Standard)
  • 13 Jul Burundi's army kills 31 suspected rebels and captures 170 others in fighting in the country's north. (ABC News via AP)
  • 14 Jul At least 27 people are killed in a stampede at the Godavari Maha Pushkaram Hindu festival in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (NY Times)
  • 15 Jul Boko Haram: At least 33 people are killed in Boko Haram attacks in recent days in northeastern Nigeria. (CNN)
  • 16 Jul 2014–15 India–Pakistan border skirmishes: India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire and mortar bombs along their disputed frontier, killing five civilians and injuring more than a dozen. (Reuters)
  • 17 Jul Boko Haram, Timeline of Boko Haram insurgency: Suicide bombers killed at least 64 people in multiple blasts in the northeastern towns of Gombe and Damaturu, Nigeria. (WSJ via AP)(Local 10) (BBC)Niger’s army killed at least 30 suspected Boko Haram fighters as it searched for militants in villages just over the border with Nigeria. (NewsDay Zimbabwe)
  • 18 Jul Persecution of Hazara people in Quetta: In a failed suicide blast, a security guard intercepted a suicide bomber clad in female clothing attempting to enter Quetta’s Hazara town, who then detonated their device that contained 6 to 7 kg (13 to 15 lb) of explosive material, killing themselves and the guard. (Dawn).
  • 19 Jul British police resume the search for four people missing after an explosion at a mill in Cheshire. (BBC)
  • 20 Jul War in Afghanistan (2001–present): In a friendly fire incident, a NATO air strike hits an Afghan National Army outpost in Logar Province, about 30 miles east of Kabul, with at least seven soldiers killed and five wounded. (CNN) (The Independent - UK)
  • 21 Jul The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and human rights organizations say that YPG fighters have captured one juvenile prison and a power station south of Al-Hasakah. (kurdpress)
  • 22 Jul A suicide bomb attack kills at least 15 people in northern Afghanistan. (CNN)
  • 23 Jul Turkey scrambles fighter jets and Turkish tanks open fire on ISIS positions along the Syrian border following an exchange of fire which left one Turkish soldier dead and two injured. The clashes are the first direct combat between the Turkish military and ISIS forces. There are multiple reports of Turkish ground forces crossing the official border into Syria. (Telegraph)
  • 24 Jul Turkish involvement in the Syrian Civil War, Spillover of the Syrian Civil War: Turkish warplanes strike ISIS positions in northern Syria following an exchange of gunfire on the Turkish-Syrian border which left one Turkish soldier dead. The airstrikes are said to have killed as many as 35 ISIS militants. (Yahoo)
  • 25 Jul Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: The Saudi-led military coalition announces that a 5-day humanitarian ceasefire has been agreed to, set to begin just before midnight Sunday. (Wall Street Journal)
  • 26 Jul Boko Haram insurgency in Cameroon: A 13-year-old female suicide bomber attacks in the Cameroonian town of Maroua, killing 20 people and injuring another 70. (Voice of America)Cameroonian officials order the closing of mosques and Islamic schools, and bar underage children from being at public places, following the recent strings of suicide bombings. (AP via Fox News)
  • 27 Jul At least 7 people are killed and many injured after gunmen attack an Indian police station in Punjab. (The Hindu)
  • 28 Jul Boko Haram attacks in multiple northern Nigerian villages leaves at least 29 dead. (Bloomberg)
  • 29 Jul War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Afghan government claims that Taliban leader Mohammad Omar died in April 2013 in Pakistan of natural causes. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 30 Jul Turkey–PKK conflict: An ambush on a Turkish military convoy in the south-eastern Şırnak Province by PKK militants kills 3 Turkish soldiers. (BBC)
  • 31 Jul War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the Haqqani Network, is reported as having died in 2014. (BBC)
  • 01 Aug Operation Martyr Yalçın: Turkey has killed around 260 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party in recent bombing campaigns in Turkey and northern Iraq. Officially the operation was started to attack ISIL but over 90% of attacks were against the PKK. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 02 Aug Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: A projectile fired from Yemen into the city of Najran kills a Saudi Arabian citizen. (Al-Arabiya)
  • 03 Aug Syrian Civil War: A Syrian fighter jet crashes into a marketplace in the town of Ariha leaving at least 31 people dead and dozens injured. (TC via AP), (ABC), (YNET News)
  • 04 Aug Yemeni Civil War (2015–present), Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen (2015-present): Roughly 1,500 United Arab Emirates Army troops deploy with tanks and heavy equipment to the strategic southern Yemeni city of Aden which has been the scene of heavy fighting between Houthi militants and fighters loyal to the previous regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Previous attempts by the Saudi Arabian Army and Royal Saudi Air Force to defeat the Houthis were unsuccessful. (AFP via Yahoo)
  • 05 Aug 2015 Pacific typhoon season: Typhoon Soudelor (Hanna) strengthens to the strongest storm of 2015; it is expected to be equivalent to a Category 3 or Category 4 hurricane when it hits Taiwan. (The Independent) (Free District)
  • 06 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bomber kills at least eight people and injures twelve in the city of Pul-i-Alam in Logar Province. (AP via ABC News)
  • 07 Aug Suspected Islamist militants stormed two hotels in central Mali where UN peacekeepers were housed, seizing at least ten hostages and killing three Malian soldiers and a U.N. peacekeeper. (The Times of Oman), (Reuters)
  • 08 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present): An overnight attack on Camp Integrity in Kabul leaves one NATO service member killed, along with eight support staff and two Taliban insurgents. (Reuters via Yahoo News), (AFP)
  • 09 Aug Japan commemorates the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped over the Japanese city of Nagasaki during World War II. (BBC)
  • 10 Aug Two women attack the U.S. consulate in Istanbul with automatic rifles. No fatalities are reported, and one of the attackers, wounded during the exchange of fire, is captured. The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C) claims responsibility. (The News Hub), (The Hürriyet Daily News)
  • 11 Aug Boko Haram insurgency: A bomb attack consistent with Boko Haram kills 50 people in Nigeria's Borno State. (Reuters)
  • 12 Aug Syrian Civil War: Artillery strikes in Damascus during a visit by the Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif kill at least 40 people and wound more than 180. (The News Hub)
  • 13 Aug 2015 Baghdad market truck bomb, Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): A truck bombing in Baghdad, Iraq kills at least 76 people and wounds 212 others. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack. (Reuters), (The Daily Mail)
  • 14 Aug The Hellenic Parliament approves (with 222 yes votes) Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras's bailout package, despite opposition by almost one-third of his Syriza party. This third bailout plan is almost identical to the one rejected by the Greek people in the referendum. Tsipras will seek a vote of confidence following the country's August 20th payment to the European Central Bank. (The Guardian), (The International New York Times)
  • 15 Aug Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): ISIL bombings kill 21 and wound more than 100 others in Shia neighborhoods of Baghdad. (The News Hub)
  • 16 Aug 2015 Douma market air strikes, Syrian Civil War: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a series of air-raids by the Syrian Arab Air Force on the rebel-held market town of Douma kills at least 110 people and leaves hundreds injured. (BBC), (The International Business Times), (Reuters), (Xinhua), (Al Jazeera)
  • 17 Aug 2015 Attock bombing: The U.S. offers to assist Pakistan with its investigation into the suicide bombing attack on Sunday that killed at least 19 people, including Shuja Khanzada, the interior minister of the Punjab Province. (The Daily Pakistan)
  • 18 Aug War in Donbass: Fighting intensifies near the ceasefire line in eastern Ukraine with both the Government of Ukraine and the rebels blaming each other. The separatist-held cities of Donetsk and Horlivka have been bombed with hundreds of shells and rockets in the last 72 hours. (The New York Times)
  • 19 Aug Boko Haram insurgency: A Boko Haram attack last week on a northeastern Nigerian village, Yadin Kukuwa killed at least 151 people. News of the attack was slow to emerge because the militants destroyed telecom masts around the village. (The Independent), (AFP via Times Live)
  • 20 Aug Macedonia declares a state of emergency and deploys police units on its borders as immigrants from the Middle East, mainly from Syria and Iraq, block the railway line between Thessaloniki and Skopje. (The News Hub)
  • 21 Aug Destruction of cultural heritage by ISIL: The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant destroys the historic Mar Elian monastery near the town of Al-Qaryatayn in the Homs Governorate in Syria. (AP)
  • 22 Aug South Korea evacuates residents near the North Korean border as tension escalates. High level talks in Panmunjom attempt to defuse tensions. (Yonhap), (Yonhap)
  • 23 Aug Al-Qaeda militants take over parts of the strategic southern Yemeni port city of Aden. The militants reportedly raised their black flag above the city's port and government buildings. The city was recaptured by pro-government forces last week. (Reuters)
  • 24 Aug Turkey–PKK conflict: A roadside IED near the town of Şemdinli in Hakkari Province kills two Turkish Army soldiers and injures three others. (Reuters via LBC Group)PKK insurgents blow up a natural gas pipeline in Turkey's southeastern Kars Province near the Armenian border. (The Daily Sabah)
  • 25 Aug Boko Haram: A teenage girl suicide bomber kills five people and injures fourteen others in the Damaturu area in northeast Nigeria. (AP via Fox News)
  • 26 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Two NATO soldiers are shot dead by two men in Afghan military uniforms. (AFP via France24)
  • 27 Aug Iraq War (2014–2017): Two generals of the Iraqi Army and three soldiers are killed and ten wounded when an Islamic State suicide bomber detonates in northern Ramadi. (The Los Angeles Times)
  • 28 Aug South Sudanese Civil War: Rebels and the Sudan People's Liberation Army trade accusations of violations of recently-signed peace accords. (Reuters)
  • 29 Aug South Sudanese Civil War: A ceasefire starts between the forces of President Salva Kiir and rebel forces with claims of breaches already being made. (AFP via The Times Live), (AFP via The Daily Star)
  • 30 Aug Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: An air strike from a Saudi-led coalition kills 36 civilians working in a bottling plant in the northern Hajjah Governorate. (Reuters)
  • 31 Aug 2015 Bangkok bombing: Thai police say they have discovered bomb-making material in a raid in an apartment in an outer side of Bangkok. (AP)
  • 01 Sep Destruction of cultural heritage by ISIL: The United Nations confirms the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has completely destroyed the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, after earlier reports that the structure was mostly intact. (BBC) (Al Jazeera English Online)
  • 02 Sep Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Masked men in military uniforms kidnap 16 Turkish workers in Baghdad. (AP)
  • 03 Sep European migrant crisis/Syrian Civil War: Bodies of Syrian refugees are found on a beach in Turkey, including a 3-year-old boy, pictures of whose body spread virally and prompt grave international concern. (Al Jazeera)
  • 04 Sep Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Iraqi security forces raid the offices of Kata'ib Hezbollah in Baghdad, accusing them of being involved in the abduction of 18 Turkish workers. (Reuters via Economic Times)
  • 05 Sep Afghanistan War: Gunmen kill 13 minority Hazara men but spare the life of one woman among a traveling party in usually tranquil Balkh Province. No group claims responsibility. (AFP via Times of Oman)
  • 06 Sep At least 10 people die and 8 are missing from a South Korean fishing charter that capsized Saturday night off the country's southern coast. Coast Guard officers said three people survived by clinging to the wreckage for 10 hours. (Sydney Morning Herald) (AFP via New Delhi Television)
  • 07 Sep Turkey–PKK conflict: Turkish jets strike PKK militant positions across south-east Turkey and northern Iraq and deploy special forces to the Iraqi border following a deadly PKK attack which left at least 16 Turkish soldiers dead. (Reuters)
  • 08 Sep Turkey–PKK conflict: Turkey bombs PKK sites in northern Iraq after a bombing yesterday in Hakkâri Province that killed at least 16 soldiers. (BBC)A PKK bombing attack on a minibus in the eastern Iğdır Province near the Armenian border kills 14 Turkish police officers. (Reuters)
  • 09 Sep Syrian Civil War: Islamic Front rebels seize Abu al-Duhur military airport while taking control of Syria's northwestern Idlib province. (BBC), (Reuters via Sydney Morning Herald), (Al Jazeera English Online)Russian forces reportedly begin combat operations in Syria in support of the Bashar al-Assad government. (Reuters)
  • 10 Sep Syrian Civil War, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: ISIL attacks a government held air base near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor with dozens of government loyalists and ISIL militants killed. (Reuters)
  • 11 Sep Cross-Strait relations: The People's Liberation Army of China holds three days of live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait, while Taiwan holds exercises simulating Chinese submarines attacking Kinmen and being repelled by Taiwanese amphibious forces. (The Guardian) (AP via Yahoo)
  • 12 Sep Yemeni Civil War (2015–present), Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen, Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: A drone strike kills four suspected Al-Qaeda militants in northern Yemen. (Reuters via Trust)Medics claim that at least 16 other people have been killed in Saudi led airstrikes. (Reuters)Houthi militants backed by allied Yemeni troops seize control of four Saudi military bases in Saudi Arabia's southern 'Asir Region according to Yemeni state TV. (Press TV)
  • 13 Sep Turkey–PKK conflict: A PKK car bombing on a checkpoint kills two Turkish police officers and injures five others in south-eastern Turkey. Also, Turkish security forces impose a curfew in the region's largest city, Diyarbakır. (Reuters)
  • 14 Sep Five Saudi troops are killed following clashes with Houthi militants in the southern Najran region near the border with Yemen. (AFP via Yahoo!)
  • 15 Sep Boko Haram insurgency, 2015 West African offensive: The Nigerian Army rescues dozens of women and children in Borno State. (AP via ABC News)
  • 16 Sep Turkey–PKK conflict: PKK attacks kill five Turkish police officers in the southeastern Mardin and Hakkâri provinces. The Turkish Army claims to have killed nine militants. (Daily Sabah), (Reuters via Daily Star)
  • 17 Sep Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): At least 21 people are killed in multiple attacks in Baghdad with more than 70 others injured. (BBC), (Headlines & Global News)
  • 18 Sep Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Israel deploys an extra 800 Israeli police officers as Palestinians call for a "day of rage" protests in Jerusalem over entry restrictions to Al-Aqsa mosque. A police vehicle in Jerusalem was attacked with assault rifle fire. (Jerusalem Post), (Al Jazeera America)
  • 19 Sep Syrian Civil War: Islamist rebels execute 56 Syrian Army personnel following the capture of the Abu al-Duhur airbase in the Idlib Governorate according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Telegraph), (The News Hub)
  • 20 Sep Syrian Civil War: At least 14 people are killed as rebels shell a neighborhood in western Aleppo. (AP via ABC News)
  • 21 Sep Syrian Civil War, Russia's role in the Syrian Civil War: Government forces target al-Shaar neighborhood in eastern Aleppo city with surface-to-surface missiles, hitting a crowded public market, killing more than 30 civilians and dozens wounded. (Ara News)U.S. officials say Russia has begun flying drones on surveillance missions over Syria in what would be Russia's first military air operations in the country since the recent military build-up at a Syrian airbase in Latakia. (Reuters)
  • 22 Sep 2015 Burkinabé coup d'état: The army of Burkina Faso arrives in Ouagadougou to seek the surrender of the Presidential Guard that staged the coup. (BBC)The coup leaders free President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida after the army entered the capital, Ouagadougou. Negotiations seeking a peaceful resolution between the chief of the army and the leader of presidential guard continue. (DW Akademie)
  • 23 Sep Colombian conflict (1964–present): The President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of FARC Timoleón Jiménez will announce a deal on justice for crimes committed in the fifty-year-long conflict. (BBC)
  • 24 Sep Yemeni Crisis (2011–present): At least 29 people are killed in a bombing of a mosque in the Yemeni capital Sana'a during prayers for Eid al-Adha. (CNN)
  • 25 Sep 2015 Burkinabé coup d'état: Burkina Faso's cabinet dissolves the elite presidential guard behind last week's coup d'état, creates a commission to investigate these events, and dismisses the minister in charge of security. (Reuters)
  • 26 Sep Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: Two Saudi border guards, including a district commander, are killed following clashes with Yemeni forces near the border with Yemen. (Reuters)
  • 27 Sep Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: Air-strikes by Saudi helicopter gunships on the Yemeni village of Bani Zela in Yemen's Red Sea border area with Saudi Arabia kill at least 25 people. (Euronews)
  • 28 Sep War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Taliban seize control of the provincial capital of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Locals say militants have raised their flag above the city's main square. (Sky News), (The News Hub)
  • 29 Sep Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): At least four people are killed in a bombing attack on Baghdad. (Euronews)
  • 30 Sep The upper chamber of the Russian parliament approves a law allowing the use of the Russian Armed Forces outside its borders, following a request by Russian President Vladimir Putin. (The News Hub)
  • 01 Oct Gaza–Israel conflict: In retaliation for the rocket fired on the Israeli city of Ashdod, the Israeli Air Force carries out airstrikes on suspected Hamas positions in Gaza. No casualties are reported. (The News Hub)
  • 02 Oct Syrian Civil War, Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War: The Russian Government says Russian jets bombed Syria for the third consecutive day, hitting 12 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that ISIL has no presence in the western and northern areas struck though Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front does. Russian planes also bombed Raqqah, the unofficial capital of ISIL. (Daily Mail)
  • 03 Oct The Obama Administration weighs the option of using military force to protect the U.S.-backed rebels fighting the Assad regime. (Fox News)
  • 04 Oct Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Stabbing attacks carried out by Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City kill two Israeli civilians and injures three others. As a result, Israel bans Palestinians from entering the Old City for two days unless they live there. (BBC News), (Yahoo News), (CNN)
  • 05 Oct Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War, Spillover of the Syrian Civil War: Turkey says a Russian warplane violated its airspace near the Syrian border, prompting the Turkish Air Force to scramble two F-16 fighter jets to intercept it. The Foreign Ministry summoned Russia's ambassador to protest the violation and urged Russia to avoid repeating such a violation, or it would be held "responsible for any undesired incident that may occur". (Reuters)
  • 06 Oct In the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital, Sanaa, at least seven people are killed following a suicide-bomb attack on the al-Nour mosque. (Reuters)
  • 07 Oct Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: An FBI investigation has reportedly found that criminal networks specializing in nuclear smuggling in Eastern Europe, particularly in the nation of Moldova, have shipped radioactive material to 'Middle Eastern extremists', including the Islamic State (which in the recent past has threatened to unleash a nuclear holocaust to 'wipe the West off the face of the Earth'). (AP via The Huffington Post)
  • 08 Oct Yemeni Civil War (2015–present), Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: Government forces and their allies, including troops from a Saudi Arabian-led coalition, capture the town of Sirwah, the last outpost of Houthi militants in the key Marib province. (The Australian)Yemeni military forces backed by Houthi militants reportedly destroy a Saudi warship off the coast of Yemen in the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb strait. (Press TV) (Fars News) (Independent)
  • 09 Oct Iranian state television says Revolutionary Guard brigadier general, Hossein Hamadani, has been killed on the outskirts of Syria's Aleppo by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants. This is the latest in a string of high-ranking Iranian commanders killed in Iraq and Syria in the last six months. (Independent)
  • 10 Oct Palestinian militants fire 3 rockets into Israel during the night after several violent riots throughout Israel and the West Bank. (BBC)
  • 11 Oct Israeli traffic police stop a Palestinian woman transporting a small gas canister within Israeli territory near Jerusalem. She detonates the gas canister, lightly wounding a police officer and critically wounding herself. (AP via Houston Chronicle) (AFP via NDTV)
  • 12 Oct 2015 Ankara bombings: The Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu states that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is the prime suspect in Saturday's bombing. (Reuters via Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • 13 Oct Syrian Civil War, Russian involvement in the Syrian Civil War: Two shells hit the Russian embassy in Syria's capital Damascus, as hundreds of pro-government supporters rallied outside in support of Russian airstrikes. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described the shelling as "a terrorist act." (BBC)
  • 14 Oct The President of Indonesia Joko Widodo calls for calm in the province of Aceh after a person was killed and a church burned down yesterday. (Channel News Asia)
  • 15 Oct War in Afghanistan (2001–present): President of the United States Barack Obama announces that he will keep 5,500 troops in Afghanistan. (RT)
  • 16 Oct Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian political violence: Palestinian rioters set fire to the building containing Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus causing heavy damage to the structure before the fire is put out. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemns the attack. (Times of Israel) (Jerusalem Post)An Israeli soldier is stabbed shortly after the fire by a Palestinian posing as a journalist with a camera and a "PRESS" vest; the attacker is shot dead. (Reuters)
  • 17 Oct Henriette Reker, a candidate in Cologne's mayoral race, is stabbed in the neck by a man claiming to be angry over Germany's refugee policies. Reker is in serious condition, as is an aide. Three others suffered minor injuries. (BBC) (Today Online)
  • 18 Oct The Israeli military evacuated dozens of Jewish worshippers who were surrounded by Palestinians after entering Joseph's Tomb compound in Nablus, which was recently torched by Palestinians. The area is under full Palestinian control but Jewish prayer is permitted there when coordinated with authorities. The military said Sunday's visit was not, and the worshippers had no permit. (AP), (New Delhi Television)
  • 19 Oct 19-year-old soldier Omri Levy was killed and nearly a dozen injured in a shooting and stabbing attack in the central bus station in the southern city of Beersheba carried out by an Israeli Bedouin Arab, 21-year old Mohind al-Okbi, who was killed after a gun battle. (Washington Post) (NBC News)
  • 20 Oct Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017), American-led intervention in Iraq (2014–present): The United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford arrived in Iraq to discuss the ongoing battle against ISIS. (AP)
  • 21 Oct War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Taliban announced it overran Ghoryan in western Herat, the second district to fall in three days. (Long War Journal)
  • 22 Oct Syrian Civil War: The Associated Press reports that Kurds in Syria established a new administration in the Sunni-Arab town of Tal Abyad, which the Kurds wrestled from ISIS last June. (U.S. News and World Report)Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least a dozen people, including health-care workers, were killed when Russian aircraft attacked a field hospital in Sarmin, Idlib. (AFP via Yahoo News)
  • 23 Oct Boko Haram: Two suicide bombings at mosques kill at least 33 people in the northeast Nigerian cities of Yola and Maiduguri. (Premium Times) (Reuters) (Media24) (AFP via Yahoo)
  • 24 Oct A series of bomb blasts targeting Shia Muslims in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka kills at least one person and injures dozens more. Claims of responsibility by ISIS are discounted by Dhaka police who told AFP, "So far we have not found any link to any militant group." (Reuters) (Christian Science Monitor)
  • 25 Oct Israeli-Palestinian conflict (2015): Israeli border police shoot dead a 17-year-old girl after she approached them with a knife in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. (The New Daily AU)A Palestinian stabs an Israeli settler in Gush Etzion. 3 more stabbing attacks against Israelis resulted in no Israeli fatalities. (Ynet)
  • 26 Oct Spillover of the Syrian Civil War, Turkey–ISIL conflict: Four Islamic State militants and two Turkish policemen are killed during a raid on a house used by militants in the city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. Four other police officers were injured. (AP via Fox News) (Reuters)
  • 27 Oct Syrian Civil War, Destruction of cultural heritage by ISIL: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports the Islamic State, on Sunday, executed three detainees in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra by strapping them to pillars and blowing them up with the antiquities. ISIL has yet to tell locals the identities of the three individuals or say why they had been killed. (BBC) (USA Today)
  • 28 Oct War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Taliban insurgents seize the Darqad District in the northeast Takhar Province near the border with Tajikistan. At least six Afghan troops are killed in the fighting. (Reuters) (AP via The Daily Mail)Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence for the United Kingdom, announces that over 400 troops will remain in Afghanistan through 2016. The military personnel will train Afghan toops and support NATO operations in Kabul. (Military Times)
  • 29 Oct Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): The death toll from a rocket attack on a camp containing members of an Iranian opposition group next to Baghdad International Airport rises to 23. (Jerusalem Post)
  • 30 Oct Syrian Civil War: At least 65 people are killed and 250 injured in Syrian government airstrikes targeting a marketplace in the city of Douma, Syria. (WSJ) (Reuters) (Al Jazeera via Yahoo!)American-led intervention in Syria: U.S. President Barack Obama is set to send Special Operations forces to regions in northern Syria under Kurdish control to help local forces fight the Islamic State. (New York Times) (Reuters)
  • 31 Oct Syrian Civil War, American-led intervention in Syria: A newly formed U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance, Democratic Forces of Syria, launches an offensive against Islamic State forces in the northeast province of Hasaka. (Reuters) (International Business Times)
  • 01 Nov Somali Civil War (2009–present): Islamist al-Shabaab militants attack a hotel in Mogadishu resulting in at least 12 deaths. (AFP via Yahoo! News) (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • 02 Nov 2015 Nepal fuel crisis: Nepali police shoot dead an Indian citizen at a border checkpoint as they attempt to clear protesters whose blockade has crippled Nepal's fuel supplies and badly damaged relations between the neighboring countries. (Reuters)
  • 03 Nov 2014–15 India–Pakistan border skirmishes: At least two Indian soldiers are killed after Pakistani forces opened fire along the de facto border that divides Kashmir between the two countries. (BBC)
  • 04 Nov Flights between the United Kingdom and the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh are suspended due to concerns of the British government that the crash was caused by an "explosive device". (ITV)
  • 05 Nov Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs says it's aware of reports that a Canadian national, John Robert Gallagher, has died while fighting in Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, John Robert Gallagher was killed while fighting alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic State militants in the northeast Al-Hasakah Governorate. (CBC News) Gallagher was a former Canadian Forces member served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
  • 06 Nov Israeli–Palestinian conflict (2015): Israeli forces shoot and kill a 72-year-old woman in Halhul, a town near Hebron. The soldiers say she attempted to wound them with her car. Her son denies this, saying his mother was on her way to lunch with her sister. Later, three Israelis are shot and wounded, one seriously, in two incidents in Hebron. (Al Jazeera English) (The Guardian) (Haaretz)
  • 07 Nov Syrian Civil War: The Assyrian Human Rights Network (AHRN) reports Islamic State militants released 37 Syrian Christians, mostly women, who were among more than 200 people from the Assyrian minority group abducted in February. (AP)The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the death toll from an airstrike on an IS-controlled eastern city near the border with Iraq rose from 25 to 71. (AP)
  • 08 Nov Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Houthi forces regain several positions across southern Yemen after launching a fresh offensive against loyalist and coalition forces. In Lahij province, which borders Aden, Houthi forces are now positioned on a hill overlooking the strategic Al Anad Air Base, which houses Sudanese forces. The Houthis also retook the Damt District in the Dhale province after besieging it for hours, at least 16 people were killed in the clashes. (AFP via Yahoo)
  • 09 Nov Amman shooting attack: A Jordanian policeman shoots dead two American instructors and a South African before being killed at a police training centre in Al-Muwaqqar, on the eastern outskirts of Amman. U.S. contractors are sent to the facility to assist Jordanian police trainers. (BBC)
  • 10 Nov Sinai insurgency: Egypt's Interior Ministry announces the death of a senior figure in the Islamic State’s “Sinai province.” Ashraf Ali Hassanein al Gharabli, killed in a Cairo shootout with police, was also linked to other extremist groups and terrorist activities. (The Long War Journal) (ARAnews)
  • 11 Nov Syrian Civil War, Spillover of the Syrian Civil War: The Israeli Air Force reportedly conducts an airstrike near Damascus International Airport, in Syria's capital, the target apparently a weapons shipment reportedly intended for Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, according to Syrian opposition groups. (Times of Israel) (The Jerusalem Post)
  • 12 Nov Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israeli agents, disguised as Arabs escorting a woman in labor, raids a hospital in Hebron, West Bank, seizing a Palestinian suspected of stabbing and shooting dead his cousin. (New York Times) (Haaretz)
  • 13 Nov Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant: The United States conducts airstrikes targeting Kuwaiti-British militant Jihadi John. Later, the U.S. says it is "reasonably certain" a drone strike in Syria killed Jihadi John, né Mohammed Emwazi. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 14 Nov The death toll from the terrorist attacks in Paris stands at 129. (Reuters)
  • 15 Nov One of the Paris attackers is identified as Ismael Omar Mostefai, a 29-year-old who was born and raised in the Paris suburbs. (Fox News) (BBC)
  • 16 Nov Authorities search for Belgium-born French national Salah Abdeslam, one of three brothers suspected of involvement in the attacks. Raids are reported to have taken place in Grenoble, Toulouse, Jeumont and the Paris suburb of Bobigny. This contradicts previously published official information that all the perpetrators of the attacks were dead. (CNN) (The Guardian)
  • 17 Nov Metrojet Flight 9268: Russia's Federal Security Service announces that the plane was destroyed by a bomb. (The Guardian), (Reuters)In a broadcast meeting from The Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin vows retribution to those responsible for last month’s downing of the aircraft. Putin orders the Russian Navy to coordinate military operations in Syria with the French Navy. Russia's Federal Security Service offers a $50 million bounty for the bombers. (Reuters)
  • 18 Nov Moro conflict: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak condemns the Philippine-based Abu Sayyaf's beheading of a Malaysian man. Businessman Bernard Then and a woman were kidnapped in May from the Malaysia-island Sabah; the woman was released last week. Philippine Colonel Restituto Padilla said the killing followed a "failure of the negotiations about money." (ABC), (BBC), (AFP via Yahoo), (The International Business Times)
  • 19 Nov Killing of captives by ISIL: China vows to "bring to justice" those responsible for executing one of its citizens after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant said it had killed a Chinese hostage. China's Foreign Ministry also confirms the hostage's identity for the first time, naming him as Fan Jinghui. (Channel News Asia)
  • 20 Nov Military intervention against ISIL: Cyprus offers France the use of its airbase facilities to bomb the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria. Cypriot airbases are already being used by British and Canadian air forces for military operations. (The Guardian)
  • 21 Nov Belgium raises its terror alert level to the highest level in the capital Brussels and deploys soldiers on the streets of major Belgian cities such as Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent. As part of the emergency measures, the Belgian government is advising people in the Brussels area to avoid crowded places, which includes concerts, train stations, airports, public transportation, and busy shopping streets, warning of an "imminent threat". (France 24) (BNO News)
  • 22 Nov 2015 Nepal fuel crisis: Nepalese police open fire on groups, who were protesting the new constitution proposals by blockading a highway. Two protesters were killed and at least 28 were hurt, including 15 police officers. A third protester was killed in Rajbiraj, the headquarters of the Saptari District. (AP via WTOP) (Singapore Today Online)
  • 23 Nov Maguindanao massacre: Human rights activists and families of the victims decry the lack of justice six years after the murder of around 58 people, including journalists and politicians, in Maguindanao, Mindanao. They criticize the regime of Philippines President Benigno Aquino III for the lack of convictions in the trial. (ABC News) (Voice of America) (Fox News)
  • 24 Nov Sinai insurgency: November 2015 Sinai attack: A day after the second round of parliamentary elections closes, militants attack a hotel housing election judges in the provincial capital of al-Arish in Egypt's North Sinai. At least seven people are killed and 12 others injured, including two judges. The Islamic State's Wilayat Sinai branch claims responsibility. (Reuters) (Eyewitness News)
  • 25 Nov Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir: Insurgents attack an Indian Army base in northern Kashmir. At least three attackers are killed. (NDTV) (Reuters)
  • 26 Nov 2015 Russian Sukhoi Su-24 shootdown: The Turkish military releases what it says are a series of audio recordings of warnings issued to a Russian jet before it was shot down near the Syrian border. (ABC Australia)
  • 27 Nov One person is killed and several injured in clashes between police and Papua New Guinea Defence Force soldiers. (ABC News Australia)
  • 28 Nov At least three people are killed in an attack on a United Nations peacekeeping base in Kidal, northern Mali. The jihadist group Ansar Dine claims responsibility. (Euronews), (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 29 Nov Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports Russian airstrikes kill at least 18 civilians and wound dozens more in the town of Ariha in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Idlib is controlled by the Army of Conquest, a rebel alliance of mainly Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front. (Reuters), (AFP via The Express Tribune)
  • 30 Nov Paris attack aftermath: French intelligence services are reportedly operating under the theory that Paris-attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has escaped to Syria despite country-wide martial law in 3 different countries. (CNN)
  • 01 Dec Azerbaijan law enforcement agencies launch a special operation against Islamists in Nardaran, a suburb in the capital Baku. (Tass)
  • 02 Dec Yemeni Civil War (2015–present), Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: Al-Qaeda militants seize control of Zinjibar, capital of Yemen's southern Abyan Governorate, as well as the town of Jaʿār, following fierce clashes with pro-Hadi government forces. (CNN)
  • 03 Dec Military intervention against ISIL, Operation Tidal Wave II: The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force bombs Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-controlled oil wells in eastern Syria. At least four Tornado GR4 fighter jets, operating out of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, were involved in raids. The Ministry of Defence said initial analysis "indicates that the strikes were successful". (Sky News)
  • 04 Dec War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A mortar attack in Afghanistan's central Wardak province kills at least 12 people. (Tolo News)
  • 05 Dec Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): The Government of Iraq calls on Turkey to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq, near the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul. Iraq's Foreign Ministry said Turkish forces had entered Iraqi territory without the knowledge of the central government in Baghdad. (AFP via Yahoo), (Reuters)
  • 06 Dec Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Jaafar Mohammed Saad, the governor of Yemen's southern Aden Governorate, along with six guards, are killed by a suicide bomber in the port city of Aden. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 07 Dec Syria's government says a U.S.-led military coalition airstrike on a Syrian Army camp in the eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate, killed three Syrian soldiers and wounded 13 others. A senior U.S. military official denied responsibility for the airstrike and said that the U.S. is certain it was a Russian airstrike. (Reuters) (AP)
  • 08 Dec A $28,500 deposit was made to Syed Farook’s bank account two weeks before he and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the San Bernardino massacre, a source close to the investigation says. Investigators are exploring whether the transaction was a personal loan or something else. (SBS) (Fox News)
  • 09 Dec Israeli–Palestinian conflict (2015): An Israeli couple are injured in a drive-by shooting attack near Avnei Hefetz. (The Times of Israel)A Palestinian man injures an Israeli civilian and a soldier in a stabbing attack before the attacker is shot and killed by security forces in the city of Hebron. (The Jerusalem Post)Israeli soldiers shoot dead a Palestinian teenager during an arrest raid on a refugee camp in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (The Jerusalem Post) (Al Jazeera)
  • 10 Dec The United States says recent coalition airstrikes killed three ISIL senior leaders, including financial minister, Abu Salah; a senior leader responsible for coordinating the group's extortion activities; and, another leader who acted as an executive officer. (Reuters via NBC News)
  • 11 Dec War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Taliban claims responsibility for a car bomb attack near the Spanish embassy in Kabul. At least one Spanish security officer is killed. (Reuters)
  • 12 Dec Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): A suicide bomber attacks an Iraqi Army post in Al Anbar Governorate on the border with Saudi Arabia, killing at least six guards. (Ahram Online)
  • 13 Dec War in North-West Pakistan: At least 25 people are killed and dozens injured in a bombing at a second-hand clothes market in the city of Parachinar in the Kurram Valley. (Pakistan Tribune) (The News)
  • 14 Dec Yemeni Civil War (2015–present), Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: Two senior army commanders from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are killed, including the head of the Saudi Special forces in Yemen, Colonel Abdullah al-Sahyan, along with dozens of Saudi, Emirati, Sudanese and Yemeni coalition troops in a OTR-21 Tochka missile attack by Houthi forces on their base near the city of Taiz in southwestern Yemen. (Reuters)
  • 15 Dec Syrian Civil War, Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War: The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that increased airstrikes by Russia have forced humanitarian assistance organizations to curtail their relief efforts, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in northern Syria. (The Washington Post)
  • 16 Dec 2015 San Bernardino attack: Neither Syed Rizwan Farook nor his wife Tashfeen Malik made open posts on social media regarding radical Islamic jihad or martyrdom prior to the attack, according to FBI Director James B. Comey. There were, however, direct, private messages to each other that did reflect this commitment. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 17 Dec Libyan Civil War: Delegates from Libya's warring factions sign a U.N.-brokered agreement to form a national unity government. Some of Libya's armed brigades are closely allied with political leaders who oppose this agreement. (Reuters) (Al Arabiya)
  • 18 Dec Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Two ballistic missiles are fired from Yemen at Saudi Arabia, one of which is intercepted by the kingdom's air defences, while the other missile lands near the city of Najran, according to a coalition statement on Saudi state media. No casualties have been reported. (AFP via AhramOnline)
  • 19 Dec American-led intervention in Iraq (2014–present): Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi updates the death toll from Friday's friendly fire airstrike near Fallujah to 10, one officer and nine soldiers. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter says it appears an American jet conducted the strike. Carter called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to express condolences. (The Washington Post)
  • 20 Dec Air France Flight 463 en route to Paris from Mauritius makes an emergency landing in Mombasa, Kenya, after a package, suspected to be a bomb is found in the toilet. Later, Air France CEO Frédéric Gagey says it was a false alarm; the package contained a mixture of cardboard, sheets of paper, and a timer. (AP via News24) (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 21 Dec 2015 Bagram suicide bombing: A suicide-bomb attack on a joint Afghan-U.S. patrol near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan's Parwan Province, kills at least six U.S. soldiers and wounds another six. The Taliban's spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, claims responsibility for the attack in a message on Twitter. (Reuters) (The Washington Post)
  • 22 Dec Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017), Battle of Ramadi: The Iraqi Army advances into the center of Ramadi, the latest development in the effort, which began in November, to regain the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (Reuters)
  • 23 Dec Syrian Civil War: Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War: Amnesty International reports at least 200 civilians have been killed in Russian air strikes in Syria, indicating "serious failures by Russia to respect international humanitarian law". Moscow denies causing civilian deaths. (BBC)
  • 24 Dec 2015 Zaria Shia Massacre: Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports Nigeria’s military has quickly buried the corpses of at least 300 Shia Muslims killed during raids at the house of Ibrahim Zakzaky in Zaria earlier in December. (BBC) (International Business Times)
  • 25 Dec Zahran Alloush, founder of Islamist rebel group Jaysh al-Islam (army of Islam), the group's deputy leader, and other officials die in Russian airstrikes on a meeting east of Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Jaysh al-Islam was one of the opposition groups at the December 10th conference that agreed on principles to guide peace talks, which both Bashar al-Assad and Russia rejected. (The News Hub) (BBC) (Irish Independent)
  • 26 Dec At least one person is injured and another is arrested after a machete attack at Intu Bromley shopping centre in the United Kingdom during the busy annual Boxing Day sales. A motive or possible link to terrorism has not yet been established. (The Guardian)
  • 27 Dec Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017): Battle of Ramadi: The Iraqi Army declares victory over Islamic State militants as their forces retake an important government compound in Ramadi. (Reuters) (CNN)
  • 28 Dec Syrian Civil War: At least 32 people are killed and 90 injured following a car bomb and suicide-bomb attack in the al-Zahra district of the Syrian city of Homs. (Reuters)Under a United Nations agreement, vehicles are set to ferry scores of insurgents from rebel-held Al-Zabadani to Turkey. Families from two besieged Shi'ite towns in the mainly rebel-held Idlib province are also headed to the border and will eventually fly on to Beirut. (Reuters) (Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
  • 29 Dec War in North-West Pakistan: A suicide-bomb attack outside the regional office of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) in the northwestern Pakistani city of Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, leaves at least 26 people dead and 45 wounded. The militant Islamist group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan splinter group, claims responsibility for the attack. (AP via New York Times)
  • 30 Dec Syrian Civil War: 2015 al-Qamishli bombings: Several suicide-bomb attacks targeting Assyrian Christians celebrating New Year's Eve at restaurants in the Kurdish-controlled Syrian city of Al-Qamishli, Al-Hasakah Governorate, leave at least 16 people dead and 35 wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are suspected to be behind the bombings. (RT)
  • 31 Dec Belgian house raids result in the arrest of six people concerning a New Year's Eve celebrations' plot in Brussels, the nation's capital. (Reuters)