• ISIS terrorists have beheaded three brothers, all working in the medical profession, in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, an official said on Monday. The eldest brother Nisar Tareliwal, 27, was a doctor at a private clinic, the middle brother Nayeem, 24, was working as a vaccine campaigner and the youngest Abdul Wahab, 19, was a medical student.
  • A Belgian court sentenced Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam and a co-accused to 20 years in prison on Monday for trying to kill police during a shootout in Brussels in 2016. Abdeslam is in a French prison awaiting trial for his role in the ISIS attacks in Paris in November 2015 in which 130 people were killed.
  • An Iraqi air strike in Syria on April 19 has killed 36 ISIS terrorists, including some of the group’s leaders in Syria, an Iraqi military spokesman said on Sunday. Iraqi warplanes had attacked an ISIS explosives factory and other positions inside Syria on Thursday, a rare air assault across the border.
  • A suicide bomber struck a voter registration office in Kabul on Sunday. More than 50 people were killed, including women and children, while over 100 others were injured in the bombing, according to the Afghan government. ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. 
  • Two people from the ethnic Hazara community were shot dead in a sectarian attack in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, where targeted killings of minorities have continued despite improvements in overall security. No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack.
  • Russia said on Saturday it had killed nine terrorists who had been plotting a terrorist act in the volatile Dagestan region in the south of the country. Separately, Russia’s Federal Security Service said on its website it had killed an ISIS terrorist in the neighboring Stavropol region, who had planned an attack on the regional government buildings.
  • Last Saturday, the Timbuktu airport – home base of several forces operating in Mali – was targeted in a complex terrorist attack. Al Qaeda’s branch in Mali, the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), claimed credit for the attack earlier on Friday. One UN peacekeeper was killed, while the French military reported at least 15 terrorists were killed. Again on Sunday, homemade rockets attacked the same U.N. and French military bases, France’s army said. No one was hurt this time around as the two or three rockets exploded outside the U.N. “Super Camp” in Timbuktu and a nearby French base.
  • A driver deliberately plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly mile-long stretch of sidewalk thronged with pedestrians, police said. Investigators are examining terrorism as the likely motive behind the attack.
  • Facebook Inc said on Monday that it removed or put a warning label on 1.9 million pieces of extremist content related to ISIS or al-Qaeda in the first three months of the year, or about double the amount from the previous quarter. Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, also published its internal definition of “terrorism” for the first time, as part of an effort to be more open about internal company operations.
  • Indonesia is investigating reports from ISIS supporters that the most senior Southeast Asian commander of the terrorist group was killed by U.S. air strikes in eastern Syria last week, counter-terrorism officials said. Online messages from ISIS propagandists say Bahrumsyah, an Indonesian national, died after U.S. air strikes hit Hajin, north of the Syrian city of Abu Kamal, last Tuesday.
  • A reported U.S. airstrike killed two al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorists in Bayhan district, western Shabwah governorate, eastern Yemen on April 22. Sources also reported that an al Houthi landmine caused the deaths of the AQAP terrorists, not a U.S. airstrike.
  • ISIS’s Al-Furqan Media released a lengthy speech from its spokesman, Abu al-Hasan al-Muhajir, on Apr. 22. In the 49-minute message, titled “So Follow Their Guidance,” al-Muhajir summarizes his organization’s war against its many enemies, both in the region and abroad. Far from conceding defeat, he says the fight continues.
  • The Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive on Wednesday, dismissing an offer for peace talks by President Ashraf Ghani but pledging to focus on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The Taliban, in their statement on Wednesday, dismissed the peace overtures as a “conspiracy”.
  • Three suicide bombers attacked Pakistani police and paramilitary soldiers in the southwestern city of Quetta on Tuesday, killing six police and wounding 15 members of the security forces, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.
  • The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations on Tuesday told leading tech and social media companies to ramp up efforts to combat the spread of extremism, a top Canadian official said. G7 security ministers raised their concerns during a Toronto meeting with Facebook, Twitter Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Microsoft Corp, said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
  • In a video released by the Taliban on Tuesday promoting its “Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour Camp” in Baghlan province, terrorists were once again marching through a town and driving in the desert in broad daylight, without fear of reprisal from Afghan and Coalition forces. The video highlighted the worsening security situation in the Afghan north, including Baghlan, where 12 of the province’s 14 districts are contested and one is controlled by the Taliban.
  • Twin explosions in the center of the Afghan capital of Kabul wounded at least three people on Wednesday, officials said, amid conflicting reports about the cause of the blast. The explosion came on the day Islamist Taliban terrorists announced the start of their annual spring offensive.
  • A classified Pentagon report attributes the deaths of four U.S. soldiers -- who were ambushed during an operation in Niger in October -- to a list of military shortcomings, including complacency and a lack of training. During the mission in October, the team was redirected to assist in a search for Doundou Chefou, a terrorist suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of an American aid worker and were later attacked by ISIS terrorists.
  • Somali authorities arrested an ISIS terrorist in Mogadishu on April 24. The terrorist, Jama Hussein Hassan, possessed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the time of his arrest. Hassan confessed his involvement in multiple assassinations of security personnel.
  • Hadi government forces began an operation to seize parts of Taiz city in Yemen under control of militias and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), according to local sources. Hadi government forces killed local AQAP leader Abu Khalid al Sana’ani during clashes between AQAP terrorists and Hadi government forces on April 23.
  • At least four people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern Nigeria late on Thursday, the national emergency agency said, the second such clash in Maiduguri city in a month. Five suicide bombers were also killed in the attack, which Nigeria’s military said had been repelled by troops.
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that he expected a “re-energized” effort against ISIS in eastern Syria in the coming days. U.S. officials have said that in recent days they have seen fighters from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria dominated by the Kurdish YPG, returning to the middle Euphrates River Valley to fight against ISIS.
  • Italian police have arrested an immigrant from Gambia suspected of planning an attack on behalf of ISIS, a prosecutor said on Thursday. Prosecutor Giovanni Melillo said investigators had found a video of Touray swearing allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
  • Prominent figures in the network led by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have eulogized Saleh al Sammad, the Houthi (Ansar Allah) movement’s political leader, who was slain in an April 19 airstrike launched by Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni city of Hudayah. Shortly after the announcement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry released a statement condemning the killing of Sammad.