Canada: Christian convert and refugee fears deportation. Edmonton resident "John Calvin" was expected to go into the family business, which was terrorism. The son of a Hamas family had other ideas, though, and converted to Christianity. He declared refugee status while in Canada, but on New Year's Eve 2014 he received a letter of deportation. Calvin argues that returning to the Middle East will mean certain death for him as an ex-Muslim and supporter of Israel. And it doesn't help matters that he's gay.
Afghanistan / USA: President Ashraf Ghani suggests reconsidering troop withdrawal. '"Deadlines concentrate the mind. But deadlines should not be dogmas," Ashraf Ghani told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview that aired Sunday evening. ...'
USA: Jury selection begins for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev trial. 'Some 1,200 potential jurors are due to report to federal court in Boston beginning on Monday as selection begins for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. ... '
Nigeria: BH overruns MNJTF base at Baga (follow-up). Long War Journal:
At around 5 a.m. yesterday, the al Qaeda-linked jihadists attacked the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) base, which is located just outside the town of Baga in northeastern Borno state, and battled with soldiers for hours. The Boko Haram fighters attacked the MNJTF base "from all directions," and forced the soldiers to abandon the base, the BBC reported. The number of those killed during the assault, including Nigerian and allied troops as well as Boko Haram fighters, has not been disclosed.
Premium Times via AllAfrica:
In the last two years, Baga has suffered five major attacks with high casualty - the latest was that of November 2014 when Boko Haram terrorists ambushed fishermen returning from a night fishing expedition and slit the throats of 43 of them.
Details of the damage done in the Saturday attack is still sketchy even as residents of neighbouring village of Monguno who reportedly heard the gunshots and explosions echoing in their neighborhood fled to Maiduguri for safety.