• On Sunday, the eve of the opening of the US government’s embassy in Jerusalem, al Qaeda released a new message from its leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The al Qaeda emir noted at the outset of his speech that there has been a “big uproar” over the Trump administration’s decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 
  • ISIS has released a short video purportedly showing the terrorist who attacked several people with a knife in Paris swearing allegiance to the terrorist group. The terrorist, who reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar,” killed one person and wounded four others with a knife in the Opéra district of Paris on Sunday. He was then shot and killed by police. 
  • A family of ISIS supporters carried out suicide bombings at three churches in the Indonesian city of Surabaya on Sunday, according to authorities. The family was associated with Jamaah Anshar Daulah (JAD), which the US State Department designated as a terrorist organization in Jan. 2017. 
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a government building in Afghanistan on Sunday, the terrorist group’s Amaq news agency said without providing any evidence. Afghan security forces battled for hours against a group of attackers who stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad after a coordinated assault that killed at least 15 people and wounded 42, local officials said.
  • Three men were killed by a bomb attached to their car in a Sunni Arab region south of the oil city of Kirkuk on Saturday in an attack which security sources linked to Iraq’s parliamentary election. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • The Taliban killed at least 41 policemen and soldiers after overrunning two police outposts in the western province of Farah on Thursday. At least 32 policemen and 9 Afghan soldiers were killed during Taliban, officials stated.
  • Al Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, continues to market its allegiance to al Qaeda in several recently released videos. Shabaab’s emir,  Abu Ubaydah, additionally voiced his approval, like other al Qaeda leaders, of al Qaeda’s ongoing alliance with the Taliban.
  • Over the past week, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab, targeted two markets in southern Somalia with deadly explosions. At least 14 civilians were killed in the attacks. Additionally, Shabaab also claimed responsibility for firing several rockets at the Turkish military base inside Mogadishu.
  • A court in Bahrain revoked the citizenship of 115 people and gave 53 of them life sentences on terrorism charges, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday, in one of the most severe rulings yet in the Gulf island kingdom. Authorities in Western-backed Bahrain have accused scores of people of terrorism in a series of mass trials, saying the defendants are backed by Iran.
  • Turkish authorities have detained 54 suspected ISIS members in Istanbul who were believed to be preparing to travel to conflict zones in Syria, police said on Tuesday. All of those detained were foreign nationals, it said, without giving details on when the detentions took place.
  • Taliban fighters with heavy weapons and night-vision equipment fought their way close to the center of the western city of Farah on Tuesday, as Afghan government forces backed by U.S. air strikes battled to keep control, officials and residents said. The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Kabul said in a statement the city remained under government control and U.S. A-10 attack aircraft were supporting Afghan forces in defending it.
  • ISIS’s Khorasan province claimed credit for a suicide assault that targeted a customs office in the capital of the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Monday. At least nine people were killed and more than 30 more were wounded in the latest attack by ISIS’s branch in Afghanistan.
  • The White House on Monday blamed the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas for deadly violence on Israel’s border with Gaza where Israeli troops fatally shot dozens of Palestinian protesters. White House spokesman Raj Shah accused Hamas’ leaders of making a “gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt” that led to the clashes in Gaza at the same time the United States was opening its new embassy in Jerusalem.
  • The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said on Monday a missile salvo into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights last week marked a new phase in the Syrian war and showed Damascus and its allies would not let Israeli attacks in Syria go unanswered. Israel, which fears Iran and Hezbollah are turning Syria into a new front against it, has struck targets in the country many times during the war.
  • Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said. Two officers were wounded in the attack, while another was killed after one of the perpetrators tried to escape and crashed into the officer, he said. ISIS claimed responsibility.
  • Several people were killed or wounded north of Baghdad on Wednesday when a man wearing an explosive belt blew himself up in the middle of a group of people receiving condolences, Iraqi security services said. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
  • Afghan forces on Wednesday reasserted control over the western city of Farah after a Taliban assault a day earlier but there was heavy fighting elsewhere, including Ghazni, south of the capital, Kabul, officials said. Afghan forces were backed by U.S. air power and several drone strikes were conducted overnight but the Taliban denied having been pushed back.
  • At least 100 people have been kidnapped along a road in northern Nigeria in the past few days, officials, witnesses and relatives of the abducted said on Tuesday, underscoring the insecurity still afflicting parts of the country. Multiple conflicts plague Nigeria from Boko Haram and an ISIS insurgency in the northeast to clashes between farmers and herders in which hundreds have died.
  • Egypt’s military and police forces have killed 19 terrorists in an exchange of gunfire and arrested 20 suspects, in a continuing crackdown in Sinai, the military said in a statement on Thursday. Security forces launched a large-scale security operation in February to crush terrorists who have waged an insurgency that has killed hundreds of security forces and residents over many years.
  • Pakistan’s military has killed a senior member of Islamist terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi(LeJ) along with two suicide bombers in a raid in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, the army’s media wing said on Thursday. LeJ, a group which subscribes to the hardline Takfiri Deobandi school of Islam, considers Shi’ites apostates and has carried out scores of bloody bomb and gun attacks in Baluchistan over the past two decades, most of them aimed at the Shi’ite Hazara community.
  • The State Department added the so-called Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorist organizations on Wednesday. State also added the group’s leader, Abu Walid al Sahrawi, as a specially designated global terrorist.
  • The United States and Gulf partners imposed additional sanctions on Lebanon’s Hezbollah leadership on Wednesday, targeting its top two officials, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Naim Qassem. The move expands U.S. sanctions against Nasrallah, who was sanctioned by Washington in 1995 for threatening to disrupt the Middle East peace process and again in 2012 over Syria.
  • The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes on terrorist sites in Gaza overnight in response to machine gun fire that hit a building in the Israeli city of Sderot. Israeli fire killed nearly 60 Palestinians on Monday during a protest along the Gaza border. A senior Hamas official said 50 of those killed were members of the U.S. designated terrorist group.
  • The US military confirmed that it killed al Qaeda leader Hazrat Abbas and his bodyguard in an airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar late last month. Abbas served as a senior commander for both al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP).
  • The Taliban’s 2018 offensive, which it calls Al Khandaq Jihadi operations, has targeted Afghan government forces in nearly all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. While Afghan security forces appear to be focusing on Taliban forces in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar – the birthplace of the Taliban and its traditional strongholds – the jihadist group is effectively counterattacking in the other regions of Afghanistan.
  • A court in Kosovo sentenced eight men to jail on Friday on terrorism charges for plotting to attack the Israeli national soccer team in Albania in 2016. The court in the capital sentenced the defendants who are all from Kosovo to a total of 35 years and six months and jail with terms ranging from 10 years to 18 months.
  • An explosion was heard inside Syria’s Hama airport on Friday after a series of explosions were heard near it, Syrian state media reported, without elaborating on the cause of the blasts.
  • Brazilian prosecutors have charged 11 people with planning to establish an ISIS cell in Brazil and trying to recruit jihadists to send to Syria, the federal prosecutors office in the state of Goias said on Thursday. Federal police tracked the alleged ISIS terrorists through their social media messages after Spanish police provided telephone numbers found on a Brazilian arrested in Spain.
  • The United States sought on Thursday to further choke off funding sources for Iranian-backed Hezbollah, imposing sanctions on its representative to Iran, as well as a major financier and his five companies in Europe, West Africa and the Middle East. The sanctions are among a slew of fresh measures aimed at Iran and Hezbollah since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal last week.
  • French authorities had last week detained two brothers who were planning a terror attack using “either an explosive or ricin [poison],” said Interior Minister Gérard Collomb. Both youth who were arrested were of Egyptian origin.
  • The Afghan Ministry of Defense acknowledged that seven of the country’s 34 provincial capitals are “under pressure” by the Taliban. The revelation was made two days after the Taliban entered Farah City and continues to battle Afghan forces.