Monday (7.31.17) 

  • Turkish authorities detained 1,098 people over the last week for suspected links to terrorist groups or last year's failed coup attempt, the interior ministry said on Monday. Following the July 15 coup, Turkey has arrested some 50,000 people and sacked or suspended more than 150,000 in the military, civil service and private sector as part of a sweeping crackdown that has worried rights groups and some Western nations.
  • Philippine security forces found seven headless bodies on Monday believed to be the victims of kidnappings in two towns on the southern island of Basilan, a stronghold of the pro-ISIS Abu Sayyaf group, police said.
  • ISIS on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul that began with a suicide bomber blowing himself up at the main gate, allowing gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces. There was no immediate official word on casualties but an Italian-operated hospital nearby said two injured people had been brought in for treatment.
  • Stricter screening of passengers and luggage at Australian airports will stay in place indefinitely after police foiled an alleged "Islamic-inspired" plot to bring down a plane, which local media said may have involved a bomb or poisonous gas.
  • An Egyptian man who stabbed three foreign tourists to death and wounded three more earlier this month at a Red Sea resort had tried to join ISIS, according to a police investigation, two security sources said on Sunday. Authorities have so far not commented officially on motives for the attack, and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Fighting between al Shabaab fighters and Somali government troops and African Union peacekeepers killed 24 people on Sunday, a regional official said, with the Islamist terrorists putting the death toll higher. Al Shabaab wants to force out the peacekeepers, oust the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.
  • A suicide bomber killed 14 people in northeast Nigeria, the state emergency agency said on Saturday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, days after a resurgence in the jihadist group's activities prompted a shift in military tactics.
  • Suspected members of Boko Haram have released a photograph that appears to show three kidnapped members of an oil exploration team in northeastern Nigeria, according to the university whose staff were part of the team and which distributed the image on Friday. A rescue attempt on Wednesday ended in the deaths of at least 37 members of the original prospecting team and the rescuers, including Nigerian military and armed vigilantes.

 Tuesday (8.1.17) 

  • The Taliban released a propaganda video of its fighters battling to take control of the district of Jani Khel in Paktia province. The district fell to the Taliban last week, along with two others in different regions of Afghanistan. The bodies of Afghan soldiers are presented in the video, while the leader of the Taliban in Jani Khel interviews the captured Afghan security personnel at the end.
  • A Turkish military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in southeast Diyarbakir province, killing two soldiers, security sources said on Tuesday. The device was detonated by terrorists of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as the vehicle was passing the road, the sources said. Separately, security sources said three PKK terrorists were killed in the southeastern province of Tunceli after being identified by a drone.
  • Indonesia and encrypted messaging service Telegram have agreed to establish better procedures to stamp out distribution of terrorist propaganda on the platform, the app's founder and the communications minister said on Tuesday. Telegram is a messaging platform believed to be popular with ISIS, who uses the chatrooms with hundreds of members, besides holding private conversations.
  • The U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the verge of seizing full control of the southern neighborhoods of ISIS-held Raqqa, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday. The U.S.-led coalition said SDF fighters advancing from the east were within 300 meters (330 yards) of meeting up with those advancing from the west.
  • US Africa Command (AFRICOM) killed one al Shabaab terrorist in a “kinetic strike” against an al Qaeda branch in southern Somalia on July 29. The offensive is the second of its kind reported by AFRICOM over the past month.

Wednesday (8.2.17)

  • A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of international troops near the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Wednesday, a security official said, and the NATO-led military coalition confirmed there were casualties.
  • ISIS attacked Syrian government forces and their allies in countryside east of Homs and Hama on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. ISIS has been losing ground to government forces further east, close to its stronghold of Deir al-Zor province and al-Sukhna, the last town it holds in Homs province.
  • A car bomb explosion in the southern Somali town of Kismayo wounded at least 10 people on Tuesday, police and residents said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. However, Al Shabaab has been frequently carrying out attacks in the country.
  • A suicide attack on a Shi'ite mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat killed more than 29 people and wounded more than 64 on Tuesday, officials said. Abdulhai Walizada, a local police spokesman, said there appeared to be more than one attacker, with witnesses describing a suicide bomber who detonated explosives and at least one other, a gunman who threw grenades at worshippers.
  • A migrant, who was a Palestinian asylum seeker, killed one person and injured six others in a knife attack in a Hamburg supermarket over the weekend. Officials now say he was a radicalized Islamist known to German security agencies, but also believed to have psychological problems

Thursday (8.3.17) 

  • Australian police on Thursday charged two men with planning a terrorist act, over their role in a foiled "Islamic-inspired" plot to bring down an airplane. The men were among four arrested last weekend in counter-terror raids across Australia's biggest city of Sydney.
  • South African Stephen McGowan, who was kidnapped by al Qaeda from the Mali tourist town of Timbuktu in 2011, has been released and is back home, foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Thursday. McGowan, who had been touring Mali on motorbikes with a German, a Swede and a Dutch national, was undergoing medical tests but had no major injuries, Nkoana-Mashabane told a news conference. No ransom was paid, she added.
  • Al Shabaab terrorists attacked a remote police outpost in northern Kenya on Thursday and killed an officer days before national elections, police said. The attackers hit two vehicles when they fired rocket propelled grenades at the camp in Lafey village near the border with Somalia before police repulsed the attack, said Joseph Boinnet, inspector general of police.
  • Two attackers detonated a car bomb in southern Yemen on Wednesday, killing themselves and five soldiers and injuring several others, residents and a local security official said. The local official added, without elaborating, that he suspected the attackers were affiliated with al Qaeda.
  • An Ohio man who professed support for ISIS was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for soliciting the murder of U.S. military personnel, federal prosecutors said. Terrence McNeil, 24, of Akron, Ohio, had pleaded guilty in April to five counts of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and five counts of making threatening interstate communications.
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a Shi'ite mosque in Afghanistan that killed and wounded dozens of people on Tuesday, the group's official agency AMAQ said on Wednesday.
  • A suicide bomb attack killed two American troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday as they were traveling in a convoy near the airport in the southern city of Kandahar, the U.S. military said, in a strike claimed by the Taliban insurgency.

Friday (8.4.17)

  • More details have come out about the foiled terror plot in Australia. Police said on Friday that an Australian man sent his unsuspecting brother to Sydney airport to catch an Etihad Airways flight carrying a home-made bomb disguised as a meat-mincer built at the direction of a senior ISIS commander. Police said two men, who have been charged with terror-related offences, also planned to build a device to release poisonous gas in a public area.
  • Somalia's terrorist Islamist group al Shabaab seized a town in the south of the country early on Friday after it was abandoned by the military and African Union-mandated (AMISOM) peacekeepers, residents said. It was not immediately clear why the military and AMISOM had withdrawn from the town.
  • The United States said on Friday it took part in a July 30 raid that Somalia's government has already said killed a senior member of an al Shabaab network, which Mogadishu blames for several Islamist bombings. It is the second such raid in the last two months that has killed senior members of al Shabaab.
  • ISIS is still committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq after three years but the world is failing in its duty to punish the crime, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Thursday. Nearly 3,000 Yazidi women and children remain in ISIS captivity.
  • A Georgian soldier from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission was killed and six personnel were wounded in Afghanistan on Thursday after a suicide bomber attacked their convoy in Kabul province, a coalition statement said. In addition, two Afghan civilians were killed and seven wounded in the attack.
  • Yemeni troops, backed by the United States and the United Arab Emirates, conducted raids against the local affiliate of al Qaeda in Shabwa province on Thursday, the Emirati state news agency WAM said. WAM did not say what kind of support the UAE and U.S. militaries had provided or give details on the outcome of the raids.
  • The Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), al Qaeda’s branch in West Africa, has claimed several attacks on French forces in northern Mali in recent weeks. In addition to the claims on French troops, JNIM has also claimed several other attacks in recent weeks across Mali.