Monday (9.11.17)

  • The death toll from an ISIS attack on a security convoy in Egypt’s North Sinai province has climbed to 18 policemen, including two officers, security and medical sources said on Monday. Seven people, three policemen and four ambulance workers, were also injured in the attack, which started when ISIS terrorists detonated an improvised explosive device targeting armored vehicles that later devolved into a gunfight.
  • A suicide bomber attacked a convoy from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Monday, wounding at least three civilians, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties among the troops in the convoy which was attacked near Bagram airfield, outside the capital Kabul.
  • Somali government forces have regained control of a town on the border with Kenya after al Shabaab terrorists stormed an army base there on Monday, causing heavy clashes in which at least 17 people died, the military said. Terrorists attacked the base at Balad Hawo early in the morning with a car suicide bombing before entering the compound, both sides said. According to the military official, at least 10 soldiers and seven al Shabaab terrorists were killed, though the death toll on both sides could still rise.
  • A French prosecutor said on Sunday that a man arrested last week after a police raid on a flat near Paris had a direct connection with ISIS. Police discovered a stash of explosives in the raid last Wednesday in Villejuif, south of Paris, and found TATP, a product often used by suicide bombers. A second cache of explosive materials was discovered in a nearby town the following day.
  • At least 6 people died on Sunday after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant just outside a senior official’s office in the central Somali city of Beledweyne, police and residents said. The al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab group said it was behind the attack.
  • Five suspected al Qaeda terrorists were killed in drone strikes on two villages in Yemen’s al Baida governorate on Saturday, a local official and residents said. Yemen’s al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has taken advantage of a more than two-year-old civil war between the Iran-aligned Houthi group and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s Saudi-backed government to strengthen its position in the impoverished country.
  • The US-led coalition announced on Saturday that the Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) has begun a new offensive against ISIS in the Kahbur River valley. The offensive, named “Operation Jazeera Storm,” aims to dislodge the so-called caliphate from its strongholds north of the city of Deir Ezzor.
  • A Maryland man on Friday pleaded guilty to conspiring to support al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia al Shabaab, admitting that he traveled to Somalia to receive military training from the group. Maalik Alim Jones, 32, entered his plea to three criminal counts before U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan. Jones admitted that he carried an AK-47 automatic assault rifle for al Shabaab.
  • The US military killed four al Shabaab fighters in two separate airstrikes in central and southern Somalia between Sept. 5 and 7. The US military has stepped up its attacks on al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa after the jihadist outfit has regained ground over the past two years. In the first strike, on Sept. 5 in the Bay Region of central Somalia, three Shabaab terrorists were killed, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) noted in a press release on its website. In the second operation, on Sept. 7 in the town of Barawe in southern Somalia, US aircraft killed one Shabaab terrorist.

Tuesday (9.12.17)

  • Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it foiled an ISIS plot to bomb its defense ministry headquarters and also said it had arrested several people suspected of carrying out espionage in the kingdom on behalf of foreign powers. The would-be bombers were identified as two Yemeni nationals living under aliases in the kingdom who were detained along with two Saudi citizens also suspected of involvement in the attack planned for the capital Riyadh, the official from the Presidency of State Security added.
  • Turkish police detained 25 suspected ISIS terrorists in operations across Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. Three of the suspects were “high-level members” of the terrorist group, Anadolu said. It said 22 of the suspected jihadists were foreign nationals.
  • An American citizen will go to trial in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday on charges that he supported al Qaeda and helped prepare a 2009 car bomb attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, 31, has pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiring to murder Americans and use a weapon of mass destruction, and supporting a foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
  • On Monday, a car bombing on the busy street of Maka al Mukarama in Mogadishu left one person dead and nine others wounded. Today’s attack is only the latest in an increase of car bombings in the Somali capital this year. Local sources reported this morning that an explosives-laden car detonated near a cafe and hotel on Maka al Mukarama, a busy street often targeted by similar attacks. While no group has yet to claim responsibility for either operation, Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, is widely suspected. The jihadist group has been behind most car bombings in the city.

Wednesday (9.13.17)

  • A suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint near the main cricket stadium in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least three people as a tournament was under way, officials said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said two police and one civilian were killed and five people wounded. A statement in Bosnian on ISIS’s Amaq news agency said a suicide attack had been carried out on members of the Afghan security forces in Kabul, although it was not immediately clear whether the statement referred to the same incident.
  • Five terrorists and two soldiers were killed on Wednesday in clashes that followed a failed attack on a security checkpoint in Egypt’s strife-torn North Sinai province, a military spokesman said. Troops were seeking some of the terrorists who fled the scene during the clashes, the spokesman said in a statement.
  • The Iranian Revolutionary Guards arrested a member of ISIS and foiled a plan for suicide attacks, a Guards commander said on Wednesday. The ISIS member arrested was from the Syrian branch of the terrorist Sunni organization and had planned to organize about 300 people to carry out suicide attacks, Yamini said, according to Basij Press, the news site for the Tehran branch of the Guards
  • Indonesia has issued new regulations aimed at curbing money laundering and terror-related financing across a broader range of financial service providers, including money changers, credit card issuers and electronic money providers. The move is part of efforts by Indonesia to bring rules up to international standards and join the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body fighting money laundering.
  • Al Shabaab terrorists ambushed Kenyan Defense Forces and detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in Dhobley, Somalia on Tuesday, according to the group’s social media channel. Dhobley connects the Somali Federal Government Jubaland territory with Kenya and lies on Somalia’s largest trade route. Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab, has frequently attacked Kenyan forces since Kenya deployed troops into Somalia in 2011.

Thursday (9.14.17)

  • Roadside bombs planted by suspected Muslim terrorists in southern Thailand killed one soldier on Thursday and wounded 20 other people, most of them soldiers and police, security forces said. As with most violence in Thailand’s deep south, there was no claim of responsibility.
  • A young Montreal couple tried to use Christmas lights and sandpaper to make a homemade bomb, a prosecutor told a Canadian court on Wednesday in opening statements in the terrorism trial of the former college students. The items and a handwritten bomb-making recipe copied from a propaganda magazine published by al Qaeda were found after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police searched a condo rented by El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane in 2015, prosecutor Lyne Decarie said in Quebec Superior Court in Montreal.
  • Mali and Niger, two of the West African nations worst affected by jihadist violence, appealed on Wednesday for international funding for a regional force they have set up to counter Islamist terrorism. Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou said the force assembled by the G5 Sahel bloc -- Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad -- was crucial to fighting a threat that went well beyond their borders.
  • US Africa Command launched three “precision airstrikes” against al Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia and East Africa, in southern Somalia on Wednesday. The US military has now targeted Shabaab forces five times and killed 10 jihadist fighters over the past week. AFRICOM did not provide the precise location of the three strikes, but said they took place “about 260 kilometers south of the capital Mogadishu.”
  • A girl with a bomb strapped to her walked into a mosque in northern Cameroon where it exploded, killing five worshippers in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, authorities said. The girl of 12 or 13 years old arrived at the Sanda-Wadjiri mosque in remote Kolofata at the first call to prayer at between five and six a.m., the governor of Cameroon’s Far North region Midjiyawa Bakary said.

 Friday (9.15.17)

  • A home-made bomb exploded on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London injuring 22 people on Friday, police said, in what was being treated as the fifth terrorism attack in Britain this year. Passengers on board a train heading into the capital fled as fire engulfed a carriage at Parsons Green underground station in West London after the explosion at 8.20 a.m. Officials declined to answer whether the authorities knew who was responsible or if the suspected bomber had been on the train, saying it was a live investigation which was being assisted by the intelligence services.

  • France opened a counter-terrorism inquiry after a man wielding a knife attacked a soldier in a Paris subway station on Friday, the latest incident targeting troops protecting the capital’s transport hubs and tourist sites. The assailant in Paris was wrestled to the ground and arrested. The soldier, part of Operation Sentinel, a force deployed in the wake of lethal Islamist terrorist attacks on France, escaped unhurt.
  • A suspected U.S. drone strike killed three people in the tribal area of Pakistan near the Afghanistan border on Friday, a senior regional official said, in what Afghan Taliban sources say was an attack targeting a Haqqani network terrorist. If confirmed, it would be the first U.S. drone strike inside Pakistan since President Donald Trump outlined a new Afghanistan strategy and pushed Islamabad to take greater action against Pakistan-based Haqqani terrorists who are allied to the Afghan Taliban.
  • An American citizen fighting for ISIS surrendered to U.S-backed fighters earlier this week and has been handed over to U.S. forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The American surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed alliance of mostly Arab and Kurdish fighters, on or around Sept. 12.
  • A Bulgarian court on Thursday sentenced three Syrians to six years in jail on terrorism charges. The Speciliased Criminal Court convicted the three men for entering the Balkan country aiming to carry out terrorist actions abroad, but acquitted them from charges of being members of ISIS and Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Three suicide attacks claimed by ISIS killed at least 60 people in southern Iraq on Thursday, a health official and police sources said, suggesting a shift in the ultra-hardline group’s tactics since it lost control of its stronghold in Mosul. Iraqi and Kurdish security officials say the Sunni terrorists are likely to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq after their self-proclaimed caliphate in Mosul collapsed.
  • Three suspected al Qaeda terrorists were killed in a drone strike in southern Yemen late on Thursday, a local security official and residents said. The strike in Mudiyah district in Abyan province on the Arabian Sea coast had targeted a motorcycle which the suspected terrorists were riding, the official said.