Monday (12.11.17)

  • One person is in custody after an explosion near New York City’s Port Authority bus terminal during Monday morning’s rush hour, four people including the suspect suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect allegedly had a pipe bomb that malfunctioned or detonated prematurely.  The NYPD and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio have stated that the explosion was an attempted terrorist attack.
  • A security guard was stabbed in central Jerusalem on Sunday in what police have described as a terror attack. The guard is in critical condition after a 24-year-old Palestinian man from the occupied West Bank stabbed him while approaching a metal detector at an entrance to the city’s central bus station. Sunday’s stabbing is believed to be the first terror attack launched since President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 
  • Indonesian anti-terrorism police have detained 18 people with links to terrorist groups in a bid to cut the risk of terror attacks during Christmas and New Year in what they have described as a “pre-emptive strike.” 
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victor over the ISIS on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the terrorist group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory. 
  • On Friday, the U.S. military said it carried out air strikes in Yemen’s al Bayda province, killing five terrorists from al Qaeda’s affiliate there, AQAP, including Mujahid al-Adani, one of the group’s leaders. 
  • US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) hit Taliban-run “narcotics production facilities” in an airstrike in the southern province of Helmand, where the Taliban are entrenched after years of fighting. USFOR-A said that the operation “contributed to the destruction of nearly $4 million in direct Taliban revenues, and is part of an effort to cut off the Taliban’s economic lifelines and degrade their ability to continue operations.”

Tuesday (12.12.17)

  • Two Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists riding on a motorcycle in Gaza were killed in an explosion on Tuesday, health officials said. However, Israel’s military denied accounts by local residents that they were responsible.
  • An army colonel in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia who also headed the region’s bomb disposal unit was killed on Tuesday after a roadside bomb he was defusing exploded, a military official said. Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia Al Shabaab claimed responsibility.
  • Investigators are searching for reasons a Bangladeshi man set off a bomb strapped to his body in a New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour in what is being characterized as an attempted terrorist attack. A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said investigators have found evidence that he watched ISIS propaganda on the internet.
  • An 18-year-old Houston man was charged on Monday with trying to support the terrorist group ISIS and distributing information about how to make bombs, the U.S. Justice Department said. This followed an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that found he had allegedly said he planned to travel overseas to fight for ISIS or failing that, commit an attack in the United States, the statement said.

Wednesday (12.13.17)

  • France is hoping a summit in Paris on Wednesday will accelerate efforts to set up an international force to battle Islamist terrorists in West Africa. The G5 Sahel - composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad - launched a symbolic military operation to mark its creation in October amid growing unrest in the region, whose porous borders are regularly crossed by jihadists, including affiliates of al Qaeda and ISIS.
  • US Forces destroyed an al Shabaab car bomb allegedly planned for use in an attack in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. The airstrike that destroyed the car bomb on Tuesday is the 28th carried out by US Forces against the al Qaeda branch this year, US Africa Command said. AFRICOM has also targeted ISIS in four separate operations this year.
  • Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old man from Bangladesh, has been charged with carrying out the failed bombing in Manhattan on Tuesday. He acted in the name of the so-called caliphate, according to a complaint filed this morning. “I did it for ISIS,” Ullah allegedly told authorities after he was arrested.
  • Set to host the Winter Olympics in February, South Korea conducted a series of security drills on Tuesday to prepare against terror attacks ranging from a hostage situation, a vehicle ramming a stadium and a bomb-attached to a drone. Police and firemen were among around 420 personnel participating in the exercise, held in front of the Olympic Stadium at Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the heavily fortified border with North Korea.

Thursday (12.14.17)

  • German police investigating four people suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated attack raided nine locations in Berlin and the eastern state of Saxony Anhalt on Thursday, prosecutors said. The four suspects, aged between 18 and 21, are accused of being members of ISIS, prosecutors and police said in a statement. Prosecutors did not say if any arrests were made in the raids, mounted by some 130 officers, including special forces, who confiscated electronic devices.
  • ISIS threatened attacks on U.S. soil in retaliation for the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, one of the group’s social media accounts reported on Thursday without giving any details. In a message on one of its accounts on the Telegram instant messaging service titled “Wait for us” and “ISIS in Manhattan”, the group said it would carry out operations and showed images of New York’s Times Square and what appeared to be an explosive bomb belt and detonator.
  • A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday and killed at least 18 officers, officials said. Police spokesman Major Mohamed Hussein said the attacker strapped explosives to his body and infiltrated the General Kahiye Police Training Academy during an early morning parade. Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and gave a higher death toll.
  • Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM) branch in Tunisia, the Uqba bin Nafi Battalion, claimed credit for Monday’s ambush on Tunisian soldiers in the Mount Chaambi region of Kasserine Governorate. Wednesday’s statement is just the second claimed attack by the branch this year. According to those reports, one soldier was killed in the ambush, while another six were injured.
  • A Saudi-backed Islamic military coalition will provide logistical, intelligence and training to a new West African counter-terrorism force that is struggling to get off the ground, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday agreed to provide about $150 million to the G5 Sahel force, which is composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad
  • U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday’s attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City’s busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization. Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi and self-described supporter of ISIS, was also charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. district court in Manhattan with bombing a public place, destruction of property by means of explosive and use of a destructive device.

Friday (12.15.17)

  • Russia’s FSB security service said on Friday it had detained seven members of an ISIS cell who had been planning attacks in public places. The members of the group had been detained in St Petersburg on Dec. 13-14, the FSB said.
  • A suburban New York hospital technician accused of using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to launder money meant for ISIS was arrested on charges of money laundering in support of a foreign terrorist organization and bank fraud, prosecutors said Thursday. Federal prosecutors in New York’s Suffolk County claimed in court papers that Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, used fraudulent credit cards and loans to accumulate $85,000, which she attempted to transfer to ISIS before attempting to go to Syria to join it.
  • The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS killed more than 20 ISIS fighters and detained a number of terrorists in the southern Syrian desert near a base, the coalition said on Thursday. In a statement, the coalition said the Maghawir al Thawra, the rebel group, and the coalition detected a convoy near at-Tanf, near the Syrian border with Jordan and Iraq, early on Wednesday and carried out an operation “to prevent their further incursion.”
  • Nigerian state governors on Thursday approved the release of $1 billion from the country’s excess oil account to the government to help fight the Boko Haram terrorist group. The insurgency in the northeast is in its ninth year. Deadly attacks on the military and civilians continue, and large areas are out of government control.
  • Iraq says it has hanged, in a mass execution, 38 jihadist terrorists convicted of terrorism offences. The justice ministry said they were all members of ISIS. The U.N., Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch have criticized the mass execution