Monday (10.2.17)

  • Two suicide bombers attacked a police station in the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, killing a number of civilians and policemen, state television said, citing the interior ministry. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
  • ISIS terrorists set fire to three oil wells near Hawija, west of the oil city of Kirkuk, one of two areas of Iraq still under their control, military and oil officials said on Monday. Iraqi security forces were using bulldozers to control the fires started by the terrorists in the early hours of Saturday to slow the advance of U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Shi‘ite militia groups toward Hawija town, military officials said.
  • An air strike carried out by an unidentified warplane killed seven Hezbollah terrorists in eastern Syria, three sources familiar with the incident said on Monday. The identity of the warplane was not confirmed, but the sources did not rule out the possibility that it was Russian “friendly fire”. The sources did not say when the air strike happened.
  • A man shouting “Allahu Akbar” stabbed two women to death at the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, France on Sunday. Security forces quickly shot and killed the terrorist. Not long after, ISIS’s Amaq News Agency released a statement claiming that one of its “soldiers” had carried out the assault in response to calls to target nations participating in the coalition.
  • A Somali refugee who had been on a watch list over extremist views faced five counts of attempted murder and terror charges on Sunday after Canadian police said he stabbed a police officer and ran down four pedestrians with a car in Edmonton, Alberta. The suspect, a 30-year-old man whom police did not identify, had been investigated two years ago for promoting extremist ideology but was not deemed a threat, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.
  • An American citizen was found guilty by jurors in Brooklyn federal court on Friday of supporting the terrorist group al Qaeda and helping to prepare a 2009 car bomb attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, 31, was convicted of charges that included conspiring to murder Americans and use a weapon of mass destruction, and supporting a foreign terrorist organization.
  • The US-led coalition announced that “three senior and highly skilled ISIS officials” were killed in airstrikes near Mayadin, Syria between Sept. 12 and 14. All three were “drone experts” responsible for weaponizing small drones, which ISIS has deployed throughout Iraq and Syria.

Tuesday (10.3.17)

  • French counter-terrorism investigators questioned five people on Tuesday after police over the weekend found what appeared to be a ready-to-detonate bomb at an apartment building in one of Paris’s poshest neighborhoods. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said one of those arrested was on an intelligence services list of “radicalized” persons - a list that includes the names of potential Islamist terrorists.
  • Belgium took steps to expel a Saudi imam who preaches at the country’s biggest mosque for spreading extremist ideology, the immigration minister said on Tuesday. The imam’s residence permit was withdrawn as a prelude to expelling him. He had lodged an appeal against that decision which, if it failed, would oblige him to leave the country.
  • Indian police on Tuesday killed three suspected terrorists in army uniforms after they infiltrated a security camp beside the main airport in the disputed region of Kashmir, officials said. One Indian security official was killed and three wounded in a gun fight that followed. Pakistani jihadist group Jaish-e-Mohammad has taken responsibility for the attack, Kashmir police chief Muneer Khan said.
  • ISIS said three of its fighters carried out an attack on a Damascus police station on Monday in which 17 people were reportedly killed. In a statement distributed on an ISIS channel via the Telegram messaging service on Tuesday, the terrorist group said two of the fighters fired shots in the station before blowing themselves up. The third blew himself up later as “reinforcements” arrived.
  • ISIS claimed responsibility for a shooting in which a 64-year-old American man killed at least 58 people and wounded at least 515 in Las Vegas, but U.S. officials said there was no evidence linking the gunman to any international terrorist group. In its claim, ISIS said the gunman had converted to Islam a few months ago, according to the group’s news agency, Amaq.
  • Five Bahraini policemen were lightly injured in a “terrorist explosion” outside the capital Manama on Monday, the state news agency reported. The agency said the blast occurred in the village of Daih on Budaiya road while the policemen were guarding a procession by Shi‘ite Muslims marking the annual Ashura festival, which commemorates the death of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein some 1400 years ago.
  • The Egyptian terrorist group, Hasm, claimed responsibility on Sunday for its attack against Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo a day earlier, noting that it was a response to Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar’s military has sent more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh since August. 

Wednesday (10.4.17)

  • At least three people were killed and more than 20 wounded in an attack on Wednesday at a court in the Libyan city of Misrata, a witness said. ISIS has claimed the attack.
  • Iraqi forces launched a final assault on Wednesday to capture the town of Hawija, one of two pockets of territory in Iraq still under ISIS control, the country’s military said in a statement. The offensive on Hawija is being carried out by U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops and Iranian-trained and armed Shi‘ite paramilitary groups known as Popular Mobilisation.
  • France’s parliament adopted an anti-terrorism bill on Tuesday that will bolster police surveillance powers and make it easier to close mosques suspected of preaching hatred, but rights groups warned it would lead to civil freedoms being infringed. More than 240 people have been killed in France in attacks since 2015 by terrorists who pledged allegiance to, or were inspired by, ISIS.
  • ISIS released a video on Tuesday that it said showed two Russian soldiers captured by its fighters in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, where Russia has been backing the Syrian military against the terrorists. But the Russian Defence Ministry denied their soldiers had been captured.

Thursday (10.5.17)

  • On Thursday, a joint US-Nigerien patrol near the Malian border came under fire by suspected jihadists emanating from Mali. According to reports, at least three US Special Forces soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in the ambush. The region the ambush took place in has long been home to many terrorist elements which conduct operations on both sides of the border, but it is not immediately clear who is responsible for the ambush.
  • Australian police will create a national photo database using existing identification records held by state authorities to identify terror suspects, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday, fanning privacy concerns among rights groups. Turnbull said the database was intended to accelerate the process of identifying potential terror suspects, replacing a time-consuming system that could take up to a week when national authorities requested information from their state counterparts.
  • Iraqi forces have captured ISIS’s last stronghold in northern Iraq, the military said on Thursday, leaving the terrorist group holed up in pockets of land by the Syrian border, across which its self-proclaimed “caliphate” once stretched. The town of Hawija and the surrounding areas were captured in an offensive carried out by U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops and Iranian-trained and armed Shi‘ite paramilitary groups known as Popular Mobilisation.
  • During a hearing on Wednesday, in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff said that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) continues to support terrorist groups. Despite this announcement, Dunford and Secretary of Defense James Mattis remain hopeful that the US can rein in the rogue nation.

Friday (10.6.17)

  • Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it had dismantled an ISIS cell in the capital Riyadh, in connection with a plot to launch a suicide attack on the defense ministry. Two terrorists were killed and five others arrested in raids on three locations on Wednesday, an official source in the newly-created Presidency of State Security said in a statement on state-run television.
  • A suicide bombing at a shrine in southwest Pakistan killed 18 people and wounded more than 30 on Thursday in the latest sectarian attack in Baluchistan province, authorities said. Minority Islamic groups in the province are routinely attacked by terrorists including ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for several bombings.
  • A man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of trying to carry explosives onto a plane in western Sweden, police said. The man was stopped as he tried to get onto a flight to another European Union state at Gothenburg’s Landvetter airport on Thursday morning, police spokesman Peter Adlersson said.
  • In a new video released by the Taliban, the group assembled a large number of fighters and vehicles in Nimruz province in southwestern Afghanistan and paraded them in broad daylight. As with previous propaganda videos, the Taliban demonstrated that it can organize its forces for assaults on bases and district centers and execute attacks over extended periods of time, or parade its troops in the open, without fear of being targeted from the air by Afghan or Coalition forces.