Monday (4.2.18) 

  • A Boko Haram attack in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri killed at least 15 people and wounded 83, a military spokesman said on Monday, in the biggest strike since the government said it was in talks with the Islamist terrorist group. The army spokesman said 13 terrorists had been killed, including seven bombers, adding that the retreating terrorists attacked locals.
  • An Afghan forces air strike on a gathering of Taliban representatives in the northern province of Kunduz on Monday caused numerous casualties, including civilians, officials said. Abdul Hameed Hameedi, a local police official, said the strike in Dasht-i Archi district outside Kunduz city hit a gathering of Taliban fighters preparing an operation, killing 15 and wounding 10.
  • Indian security forces killed at least three civilians and wounded about 70 in restive Kashmir on Sunday when hundreds of people tried to prevent them from carrying out operations against suspected terrorists, police and residents said. At least 17 other people, including 13 suspected terrorists, were killed in gunbattles during the day in southern Kashmir, police officials said, the worst violence in the region this year.
  • Al Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, battled for hours on Sunday with African Union troops after exploding two car bombs outside one of their bases, Somali police, military and the terrorists said. The Ugandan army said in a statement that Ugandan soldiers serving in the AU peacekeeping mission killed 22 al Shabaab terrorists.  A spokesman for al Shabaab said 14 of the group’s fighters and 59 AMISOM troops were killed in the incident.
  • ISIS claimed responsibility on Friday for a suicide car bombing this week in the eastern Libyan town of Ajdabiya, the terrorist group’s news agency Amaq said on Friday. Amaq said 14 troops of General Khalifa Haftar had been killed or wounded. According to medics, six people were killed and nine wounded.
  • A U.S. and a British service member in the U.S.-led coalition battling ISIS were killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria, U.S and British officials said on Friday. They are the first coalition service members to be killed or wounded in an attack this year.
  • The Pentagon said on Thursday that a U.S. military strike in Yemen killed four al Qaeda terrorists, the seventh such strike in the country this month. In a statement, the Pentagon said the strike against Yemen’s al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was carried out near al-Bayda.
  • Suspected al Qaeda terrorists attacked a military checkpoint in southeastern Yemen, killing at least nine soldiers from a local force backed by a member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in the country, an official said on Thursday. The official said that five suspected terrorists also died during the gun attack late on Wednesday outside al-Mukala, the Hadramout provincial capital, against a unit of the Hadrami Elite Forces.
  • Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, has released the latest episode in Hamza bin Laden’s lecture series on the history of Saudi Arabia. The series began in Aug. 2016, when the junior bin Laden called for the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy. Hamza has returned to criticize the Saudi royals several times since then. Hamza uses the occasion to once again warn that the Shiites are expanding throughout the Middle East, including “toward the Two Holy Places,” meaning Saudi Arabia’s holy mosques.

Tuesday (4.3.18)

  1. ISIS on Tuesday claimed responsibility for killing four members of a Christian family in southwestern Pakistan. A statement issued by the group claimed that terrorists belonging to ISIS fired on the group of Christians as they were traveling in the city of Quetta, killing four on Monday. ISIS has affiliates in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, many drawn from existing Islamist terrorist groups.
  2. US forces conducted a strike against al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab, over the weekend. On Apr. 1, US forces killed five Shabaab terrorists and destroyed one vehicle in a central Somali town, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release on Monday. The operation, which occurred in El Burr, is the north-most strike in Somalia this year and has been a regularly contested area by Shabaab.
  3. The US Department of State amended its Foreign Terrorist Organization designation of the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to include Milli Muslim League (MML) and Tehreek-e- Azadi-e Kashmir (TAJK), which were identified as LeT fronts. Additionally, the Treasury Department added seven members of MML’s leadership council to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.
  4. Al Shabaab terrorists launched five simultaneous attacks on Somali National Army (SNA) and African Union Mission in Somalia outposts in Lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia on April 1. AMISOM officials stated that terrorists killed four AMISOM soldiers but said AMISOM forces still repelled all of the attacks, killing about 30 al Shabaab terrorists.

Thursday (4.5.18)

  • French and Malian troops killed about 30 Islamist terrorists during a gunbattle in a region near the border with Niger, where ISIS is known to be active, the French army said on Thursday. West Africa’s arid Sahel region has seen a rise in violence by terrorist groups, some with links to al Qaeda and ISIS, that is drawing an increasingly aggressive response from countries including France and the United States.
  • President Donald Trump agreed in a National Security Council meeting this week to keep U.S. troops in Syria a little longer to defeat ISIS but wants them out relatively soon, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. The President wants to ensure ISIS is defeated but wants other countries in the region and the United Nations to step up and help provide stability in Syria, the official said.
  • Israeli security forces last month stopped a potential attack by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group against an Israeli naval vessel. Israel’s security service, Shin Bet, said on Wednesday that the planned attack was thwarted on March 12 when Israel’s navy stopped a Palestinian boat that had gone beyond the designated Gaza fishing zone. The navy arrested 10 people, including Amin Saadi Muhammad Jumma’a, a suspected member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
  • The al Houthi movement attacked a Saudi oil tanker with a surface -to-ship missile off the coast of al Hudaydah port, western Yemen on April 3. The al Houthi movement claimed that the attack was in response to a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed 12 civilians in Hali district, east of al Hudaydah Port in western Yemen on April 2. The White House called on the al Houthi movement to cease escalating the Yemen conflict.

Friday (4.6.18)

  1. On Thursday, the French military confirmed its forces took part in a large-scale joint operation on April 1 against ISIS-loyal terrorists in northern Mali, close to the border with Niger. The following gunfight left at least 30 jihadists dead, according to the French spokesman.
  2. U.S. military policy toward fighting ISIS terrorists in Syria remains the same following discussions with President Donald Trump this week, and the military has not been given a timeline for withdrawing troops, the Pentagon said on Thursday. President Trump had signaled his desire to get U.S. forces out of Syria in a speech last week, and officials said he had privately been pressing for an early withdrawal in talks with his national security aides.
  3. The U.N. mission in Mali says at least two peacekeepers have been killed and 10 others wounded by an attack in northern Mali. Mission spokesman Olivier Salgado says the deaths happened Thursday night when several mortar rounds struck a peacekeeper camp. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though a number of Islamic extremist groups are known to be active in the area.
  4. The Taliban has closed at least 30 schools in an area under its control south of Kabul after a local militant commander was killed by government forces, Afghan officials say. Afghan media earlier reported that Mualvi Mohammad, a Taliban commander, was killed in the Afghan National Army operation in the area late on March 30.
  5. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed a March 28 attack against Emirati-backed Hadhrami Elite Forces on Wednesday. AQAP terrorists ambushed Hadhrami Elite Forces and killed ten soldiers near the al Aqiq checkpoint in Hajar district, Hadramawt governorate, eastern Yemen on March 28.