Wednesday (7.5.17)

  • Belgian prosecutors said four people had been detained after automatic weapons were found in house searches in Brussels as part a counter-terrorism investigation overnight into Wednesday.Another person was arrested by anti-terrorist police on the French side of the border with Belgium, a French judicial source said. A French police source said the arrest was part of a joint operation led by the Belgians.
  • Turkish police detained six suspected ISIS terrorists for planning to attack a three-week-old protest march led by the head of the main opposition party, a provincial governor was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Turkish police also detained 37 ISIS suspects in anti-terror operations in provinces across Turkey, while officials said another suspect was held carrying more than 5 kg (11 lb) of explosives at the border with Syria.
  • Philippine security forces arrested on Wednesday the main financier and logistics supporter of the pro-ISIS terrorists who have for weeks been battling government troops for control of a southern town, the army said.
  • Tajik police killed four relatives of a former elite police force commander who defected to ISIS two years ago, two security sources said on Wednesday, during a raid on a house near the Afghan border. The United States last August offered up to $3 million for information about Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, whom it trained in counter-terrorism before he joined ISIS.
  • Iraqi forces slowed their advance on Tuesday through the last streets in Mosul controlled by ISIS where militants and civilians are packed in densely together, a commander said. The Iraqi military has pushed terrorists into a shrinking rectangle no more than 300 by 500 meters beside the Tigris river in Mosul; but the resistance has been fierce.
  • Egypt's parliament on Tuesday approved an extension of a nationwide state of emergency until the end of September as a police officer and two conscripts were killed by a roadside bomb in the Sinai where Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency. Parliament unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency in April, giving the authorities greater powers to crack down on what it called enemies of the state after two church bombings killed at least 45 people.
  • A Saudi soldier was killed and three were wounded when suspected terrorists attacked their convoy in eastern Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks in the troubled region. The town of al-Awamiya, located in the oil-producing al-Qatif province, is a flashpoint between the Sunni Muslim government and minority Shi'ites complaining of discrimination.
  • A British teenager who planned to attack an Elton John concert in London on the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks was jailed for life on Monday. Haroon Syed, 19, from West London, pleaded guilty to planning a terrorist attack between April and September 2016, and has been ordered to serve at least 16 1/2 years.
  • A 23-year old man describing himself as a "nationalist" has been placed under investigation over a plan to attack French President Emmanuel Macron at this year's July 14 Bastille Day parade, a police source said on Monday. The man was arrested after expressing an interest, in a video game chatroom, in acquiring a Kalashnikov-style weapon in order to commit an attack, the source said.
  • The U.S. military has carried out an air strike in Somalia against al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked Islamist terrorist group that wants to overthrow Somalia's weak U.N.-backed government, U.S. officials said on Monday. The strike took place at 1130 GMT (7:30 a.m. EDT) on July 2, the Pentagon said. It did not disclose additional information about the strike, including specific militant targets.
  • A suicide bomber dressed as a veiled woman killed 14 people and wounded 13 others in a displacement camp west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday, security sources said. ISIS militants, who have been facing mounting U.S.-backed offensives in Iraq and neighboring Syria, claimed responsibility for the assault
  • Suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants killed nine people and abducted dozens more in southern Niger on Sunday night, the local mayor and a journalist said.
  • The Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), al Qaeda’s main branch in West Africa, published a video showing the six foreign hostages that remain in its captivity. The video comes only one week after Swedish hostage Johan Gustafsson was released by the group.
  • Al Muhajirun, a media organization linked to foreign jihadists in Syria, recently released a video highlighting the supposed degradation of Western society. The video offers insight into how jihadists, especially foreign jihadists, view the West.
  • Two suspected al Qaeda terrorists were killed in a drone strike while traveling on a motorbike in southern Yemen late on Saturday, residents said. There was no immediate statement from the terrorists or from U.S. forces who have repeatedly launched drone and air strikes on Yemen's al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
  • A roadside bomb struck a minibus north of the Somali capital Mogadishu late on Saturday, killing two people and injuring six others, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although the Islamist al Shabaab group has carried out regular attacks on officials, government offices and civilian sites.
  • Australian counter terrorism police on Saturday charged two teenage men with selling weapons and drugs, saying they were on the periphery of a large number of terror suspects being monitored. The two 18-year-olds were arrested in a western suburb of Sydney on Friday and charged with 17 offences, including the unauthorized supply of firearms and firearm parts.
  • African powers Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad launched a new multinational military force to tackle Islamist terrorists in the Sahel on Sunday, which French President Emmanuel Macron told a regional summit should be fully operational by the autumn despite its current budget shortfall.

Thursday (7.6.17)

  • France is confiscating weapons from roughly 100 people on a watch list of potential Islamist terrorists, the interior minister said on Thursday. The issue of weapons came to light last month when public prosecutors confirmed that a 31-year-old man, who died after ramming his car into a police convoy in Paris, had joined a gun sports club to train as a jihadist fighter.
  • A suicide bomber in Syria's Hama killed two people and injured nine others on Thursday, state media said, in the second such attack in a government-held city this week. State television said the attacker set off an explosive belt at a bus station in the southwest of the city.
  • Soldiers in Niger killed 14 unarmed civilians after mistaking them for Boko Haram terrorists during a patrol in the remote southeast of the country, a senior regional official said on Thursday. It was not immediately clear why the civilians were in the restricted area and what made the soldiers open fire. Nigerien army officials were not reachable for comment.
  • US African Command, or AFRICOM, struck Shabaab troops as they massed in southern Somalia yesterday. AFRICOM described the attack against al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia as a “self defense strike” despite the fact that the operation was offensive in nature. The number of Shabaab fighters killed or wounded was not disclosed, but AFRICOM said it would “continue to assess the results of the operation.”
  • British police believe that other people could have been involved in a suicide bomb attack in Manchester that killed 22 people at a pop concert in May, and further arrests could be made local police stated.
  • Gunmen on Thursday shot and killed a Pakistani regional political party leader in the city of Quetta, police said, the latest violence in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. Malik Naveed was one of the leaders of the opposition Baluchistan National Party, which advocates for more funds from the province's rich natural resources to go to the indigenous ethnic Baluch people. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Somali al Shabaab terrorists killed three police officers on Wednesday during a raid on a northeastern Kenyan town that sparked a day-long gun battle, a senior police official said.
  • A 19-year-old American soldier has died in Afghanistan's Helmand Province from wounds received in an attack, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. Private First Class Hansen Kirkpatrick of Wasilla, Alaska, died on Monday when he was struck by "indirect fire," a military term that usually encompasses rockets, mortars, or artillery, the U.S. military command in Kabul said in a statement. 
  • On June 29, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a 25-year-old US citizen and resident of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty to various terror-related charges. The charges focused on Mohamud’s 2014 trip to Syria, where he was trained by and fought for Al Nusrah Front, then al Qaeda’s official branch in the country.
  • A Tunisian man suspected of killing an elderly couple in their home is believed to have had an Islamist motive, Austria's Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said. The killer slit the throat of an 85-year-old woman with a knife and stabbed and beat her 87-year-old husband in the northern city of Linz on Friday. He also brought fuel and set fire to their flat.

 Friday (7.7.17)

  • At least 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed and at least 26 more injured by the two deadly car bombs that ripped through army checkpoints in northern Sinai on Friday, security sources said. The two cars exploded on a road outside the border city of Rafah. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
  • Turkish police have detained 29 suspected ISIS terrorists in Istanbul, 22 of them foreign nationals, believed to be preparing to travel to Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.
  • ISIS fighters holding out in Mosul on a strip of land along the Tigris River are increasingly using suicide bombers in a desperate attempt to slow the steady advance of Iraqi forces, military commanders said on Thursday. Iraqi forces pushing towards the al-Maydan and al-Shareen districts in the northern Iraqi city broke the militants' defenses and have reached within 200 meters (yards) of the riverbank. But they encountered stiff resistance from an estimated few hundred militants.
  • The French parliament on Thursday voted to extend the state of emergency until Nov.1, a measure first imposed after Islamist suicide bombers and gunmen killed 130 people in coordinated attacks on Paris in late 2015. France, whose forces are part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, has been beset by a wave of Islamist terrorist attacks since early 2015, nearly all of which have been carried out by ISIS loyalists or individuals inspired by the group.
  • The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Thursday that Aaron Travis Daniels, a 20-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, “pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).” Daniels was arrested on Nov. 7, 2016 at an airport in Columbus, Ohio before he could fly to Trinidad. His ultimate destination was to be Libya, where he hoped to join the Islamic State.