Monday (5.8.17)
  • At least three Somali soldiers on an ordnance-clearing mission were killed on Monday by a roadside bomb just 60 miles north of the capital, from where Islamist militants were routed six years ago. Al-Qaeda’s Somali branch al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and disputed the reported casualty toll, claiming that they killed four soldiers.
  • U.S. and Afghan officials said on Sunday that the head of ISIS in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, was killed in an operation on April 27 conducted jointly by Afghan and U.S. Special Forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. 
  • The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by the United States, captured a district of the town of Tabqa from ISIS on Monday, a step towards the capture of Syria’s largest dam. 
  • Israeli paramilitary police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian teenage girl who tried to attack them at an entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday. The incident was the latest in a 19-month-long period of sporadic street attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, and the bustling Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s walled Old City where it occurred has seen many attacks.
  • Two suspected militants blew themselves up on Sunday when counter-terrorism police stormed a house in western Bangladesh, police said, the latest in a series of raids on Islamist hideouts. Police said the two men killed themselves by detonating explosives as officers launched an early morning raid in the Jhenidah district, about 100 miles west of the capital Dhaka after a tip-off. Reports indicated the militants belonged to a faction of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh group, known as New JMB, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS. 
  • At least two people were killed and six injured when multiple ISIS suicide bombers attacked  a base in northern Iraq where U.S. military advisors are stationed. Two of the terrorists died when they detonated their vests at the entrance to the K1 base overnight, and three more were killed by Kurdish Peshmerga forces who control the Kirkuk area where it is stationed.
  • Boko Haram released 82 schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok three years ago in exchange for prisoners. Nigeria thanked Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross for helping secure the release of the 82 girls after “lengthy negotiations,” the presidency said in a statement.
  • The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas on Saturday elected Ismail Haniyeh to head its political office, a leadership change that comes as the Islamist group looks to reconcile with Palestinian rivals. Haniyeh, a former deputy chief, will replace Qatar-based veteran Khaled Meshaal, who steps down at the end of his term limit.
  • Two armed men suspected of making bombs were killed in a shoot-out with Egyptian security forces in an area north of Cairo, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. A statement said the two men, aged 25 and 44, were “responsible for manufacturing and transporting explosives to armed groups affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.”
  • An al-Shabaab chief, Moalim Osman Abdi Badil, and three terrorist fighters were killed in fighting in Lower Shabelle region on Friday, Somalia’s information minister said in a statement on Sunday. A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed and two troops wounded in a raid on Friday on al-Shabaab militant compound in what appeared to be the first U.S. combat death in the African country since the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” incident.
  • The Afghan Taliban captured a district just outside the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, pointing to a renewed pickup in fighting after the insurgents announced their annual spring offensive last week. 

Tuesday (5.9.17)

  • Muslim militants fighting for a separate state in the south of predominantly Buddhist Thailand were suspected of carrying out a car-bomb attack on Tuesday outside a supermarket in the city of Pattani that wounded 60 people. Attacks in Thailand’s deep south, near the border with Muslim-majority Malaysia have intensified this year. Six army rangers were killed in an attack last month.
  • Fighters from al-Qaeda’s Somali affiliate, al-Shabaab, attacked a remote Somali army base northwest of the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, killing several government soldiers. The Islamist terrorist group, which has launched several attacks there in the last few years, said it had seized control of the entire town of Goofgaduud and claimed to have killed 16 soldiers.
  • Paris’ Gare du Nord – one of the French capital’s main railway stations – reopened on Tuesday after police evacuated it late on Monday to search a high-speed train for suspected militants. On high alert due to a spate of Islamist attacks and Sunday’s presidential elections, police mounted a large-scale operation in response to a tip-off that would-be attackers were on the train arriving from northern France. Between 20 and 30 police vans massed around the station with officers wearing balaclavas and carrying assault weapons. The alert was called off when nothing was found.
  • Unidentified militants killed seven Malian soldiers in the north at the weekend, the defense ministry said on Monday, days after the West African country extended a state of emergency. The strike is the second on Malian security forces in a week, bringing the total death toll to at least 15.
  • A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a café in central Mogadishu on Monday, killing at least eight people in an attack claimed by al-Qaeda’s Somali affiliate al-Shabaab.
  • Malaysian authorities announces on Monday that the country’s most-wanted member of ISIS has been killed in Syria. Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, 26, who was on a U.S. list of global terrorists, was the alleged mastermind behind a grenade attack on a Kuala Lumpur bar last June which injured eight people.
  • The leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Qasim al-Raymi, released a short video on Sunday in which he urged jihadist sympathizers living in the West to carry out “easy and simple” attacks.

Wednesday (5.10.17)

  • Tajikistan detained the eldest son of a former elite police force commander who defected to ISIS two years ago, suspecting the son planned to join his father. The father, Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, who was trained and is wanted by the United States, is now a “key leader” of ISIS.
  • After the United States decided to arm the Turkish YPG fighting ISIS in Syria, Turkey urged the United States to reverse its decision. They stated that every weapon supplied to the YPG militia, who Turkey views as an offshoot of the Turkish terrorist group Kurdistan Workers Party, would threaten Turkey’s security.
  • Afghan security forces are battling Taliban insurgents blocking a main route into the northern city of Kunduz with improvised explosives as fears grew local residents could be forced to flee the city.
  • NATO is assessing the alliance’s military authorities’ request for “about a few thousand” more troops in Afghanistan to fight off Taliban militants, saying a decision will be made within weeks.
  • Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, who was arrested by counter-terrorism officers near Prime Minister Theresa May’s office in London last month, was charged with terrorism and explosive offences.
  • Police carried out anti-terrorism raids in four German states, targeting ISIS sympathizers, but no arrests have been made.
  • Seven months into the campaign to recapture jihadist held districts in Mosul, government forces say it is in its final phase after opening a new front in the northwest of Mosul and gaining ground in several districts there.
  • ISIS has issued a video showing the beheading of a man it described as a Russian intelligence officer captured in Syria. However, the authenticity of the recording and the identity of the man could not be immediately verified. Russian defense ministry denied any Russian serviceman had been captured and killed by ISIS Syria.

Thursday (5.11.17)

  • Thai authorities are hunting for at least 10 suspected Muslim insurgents over a car-bomb this week that wounded 60 people, including children, outside a supermarket in the troubled far south of the predominantly Buddhist country. The attack on Tuesday in the city of Pattani destroyed the front of a supermarket in what security analysts said was the biggest attack on a civilian target in months.
  • Police in Bangladesh raided a militant hideout on Thursday sparking a clash in which five suspected militants and a fire fighter were killed in blasts that the militants set off. Bangladeshi security forces have been hunting for militants, especially members of a group that has pledged allegiance to ISIS, since an attack on a café in the capital, Dhaka, last July in which 22 people were killed, most of them foreigners. Police and army commandos have killed more than 70 suspected militants and arrested hundreds since then.
  • The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, said they have fully seized the town of Tabqa and Syria’s largest dam from ISIS on Wednesday, a major decisive objective as they prepare to launch as assault on Raqqa, the jihadist’s de-facto Syrian capital.
  • Three women from London, including a mother and a daughter, were charged on Wednesday with preparation of a terrorist act and conspiracy to murder. The three women were arrested last month and are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said.
  • One of Hamas’ most senior officials, Mahmoud al-Zahar, rebuffed claims on Wednesday that a political policy document announced at the beginning of the month amounted to a softened Hamas stance towards Israel. Instead al-Zahar reaffirmed what he called “the unchanging constant principles that we do not recognize Israel; we do not recognize the land occupied in 1948 as belonging to Israel and we do not recognize that the people who came here (Jews) own this land.”
  • The U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program announced a reward of up to $10 million on Wednesday for information leading to the capture and prosecution of Abu Muhammad al-Jolani, the leader of al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch. The $10 million reward makes Jolani one of the top five most wanted jihadist leaders in the world.

Friday (5.12.17)

  • Arab and Kurdish militias that comprise the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expect to storm ISIS’ stronghold of Raqqa in early summer, one of their commanders said on Friday, with the help of weapons they are awaiting from the U.S.-led coalition.
  • Iraqi Shiite paramilitaries launched an offensive on Friday to drive ISIS from a desert region near the border with Syria as security forces fought the militants in the city of Mosul. Seven months into the Mosul campaign, ISIS has been driven from all but a handful of districts in the city’s western half including the Old City, where it is using hundreds of thousands of civilians as human shields.
  • Turkey has agreed to a request from the Australian government to extradite a citizen believed to be a top recruiter for ISIS. Neil Prakash, of Melbourne, has been linked to several Australia-based attack plans and has appeared in ISIS videos and magazines.
  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated that he is considering a NATO request for more troops in Afghanistan, as President Trump considers expanding the NATO-led mission in the country by several thousand troops.
  • A bomb exploded next to convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistani Senate on Friday in the violence-plagued province of Baluchistan, killing at least 25 people and wounding 35 others.
  • Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has started reaching out for recruits in Yemen by handing out quiz sheets, with an AK-47 assault rifle as top prize, residents and media said on Thursday. Terrorist operatives have been touring the southwestern city of Taiz in the build-up to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, putting up posters advertising the contests. Most of the questions focus on the organization’s interpretation of Islam, such as “Name three articles of the Yemeni constitution which contradict Islam.”
  • Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, said on Thursday that any future conflict between the terrorist group and Israel could take place inside Israeli territory. “There will be no place that is out of reach of the rockets of the resistance or the boots of the resistance fighters,” Nasrallah announced.