Monday (3.26.18)

  • A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint near Somalia’s parliament and interior ministry in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, and the city’s ambulance service said three people had been killed. Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab claimed responsibility.
  • Nigeria’s government is in talks with Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram about a possible ceasefire with the ultimate aim of securing a permanent cessation of hostilities, the country’s information minister said on Sunday. President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has repeatedly said it is willing to hold talks with the group.
  • A suicide attack near a Shi’ite mosque in the Western Afghan city of Herat killed at least one person and wounded eight others, police and health officials said on Sunday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Two policemen were killed in the Egyptian city of Alexandria in a bomb attack on Saturday that targeted the local security chief two days before a presidential election. Five other people were wounded by the bomb, which was left under a car and blew up as police Major General Mostafa al-Nemr drove past, the Interior Ministry said. Egypt’s police killed six terrorist on Sunday in response.
  • U.S. forces said they had killed “two terrorists” in an air strike in southwestern Libya on Saturday as part of efforts to deny terrorists a safe haven in the country’s vast desert. The strike hit on the outskirts of the city of Ubari and was carried out in coordination with the internationally recognized Government of National Accord in Tripoli, the U.S. Africa Command said in a statement.
  • French authorities have ended a hostage crisis that began on Friday when an armed man held up a supermarket in Trèbes. The French government has identified the assailant as Redouane Lakdim, who had a criminal past and may have traveled to Syria. The attacker reportedly killed at least three people during the course of the day’s events, and ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the slayings. Police have arrested two people in connection with the attack, a judicial source said on Saturday.
  • Malaysian police have arrested seven men with links to ISIS who were planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship and other targets, authorities said on Saturday. The Muslim-majority country has been on high alert since gunmen allied with ISIS carried out a series of attacks in Jakarta, the capital of neighboring Indonesia, in January 2016.
  • A car bomb killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more who had gathered to watch a wrestling match in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.
  • Saudi Arabia has made little progress in removing textbook content that promotes violence and hatred towards religious minorities and others, a U.S. government watchdog said, encouraging Riyadh to take the issue more seriously. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has promised to promote a more moderate form of Islam under plans to modernize the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.
  • In a recent interview with the Lebanese publication Al Akhbar, Abdel Malek al Houthi, the leader of Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist group, again promised his forces would fight alongside Hezbollah in a future conflict with Israel in Lebanon. This is not the first time al Houthi has made this promise with the most recent being last summer.

Tuesday (3.27.18)

  • Uzbekistan offered on Tuesday to host peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, a move that could make Tashkent a player in settling the decades-long conflict in the neighboring country. The former Soviet republic is seeking to raise its international profile as part of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s campaign to open up the nation of 32 million and attract foreign investment after decades of isolation and economic stagnation.
  • The Israeli military said on Tuesday it has caught three Palestinians from Gaza who sneaked into Israel carrying grenades. The infiltration comes days before Palestinians are planning mass protests in Gaza along its border with Israel. Gaza’s Hamas rulers are urging residents to gather near the fence and march toward Israeli positions.
  • Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab, detonated multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) targeting Somali security forces in Mogadishu on March 25 and 26. Al Shabaab suicide bombers killed at least six people and injured several others with two separate suicide vehicle-borne IEDs (SVBIEDs) in Mogadishu on March 25, along with other smaller attacks on the 26th.
  • Indian officials accused the Pakistani-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group of attacking a joint group of Indian Army personnel and local policemen in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir last week. The fighting, which took place in the northern Kupwara district and lasted for two days, resulted in the deaths of three Indian Army personnel, two policemen, and five LeT terrorists.
  • After the US State Department designated the Uzbek jihadist faction Katibat Imam al Bukhari (KIB) as a global terrorist organization last week, several jihadi figures and groups, including KIB itself, released statements denouncing the move. The group claims it “does not have ideological or intellectual ties with any faction internationally enlisted.” However, this claim is false as Al Qaeda figures have been prominently featured in KIB videos.

Wednesday (3.28.18)

  • Italian anti-terrorism police said on Wednesday they had arrested an Italian citizen of Moroccan origin on suspicion of supporting ISIS and were investigating his accomplices. It was the latest in a series of arrests this month involving suspected supporters of Islamist terrorism and came as Italy steps up the number of foreigners it expels.
  • President Emmanuel Macron led national tributes on Wednesday to the gendarme who switched places with a woman hostage during an attack on a supermarket in southern France last week and was killed by the Islamist gunman. Colonel Arnaud Beltrame’s heroism has helped reassure a nation left shaken and in mourning after Moroccan-born Radouane Lakdim’s killing spree, an attack that rekindled a debate over how France deals with terrorists.
  • A British supporter of ISIS who tried to recruit over 100 children into an “army” of jihadists to carry out a wave of attacks across London was jailed for a minimum of 25 years on Tuesday. Umar Haque, 25, showed the children beheading videos and other violent terrorist propaganda, forced them to re-enact deadly attacks on the British capital and made them role-play attacking police officers.
  • As many as 26 terrorists have been killed in the last 24 hours by the Afghan air forces and ground operations, Afghanistan's defence ministry said. The Taliban and other terrorist groups are yet to react to the latest development.
  • A German national who was trying to cross into Syria from Turkey has been arrested by Turkish authorities over alleged links to Kurdish terrorists, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. In a report citing security officials on Tuesday, Anadolu said Patrick Kraicker, 28, was detained on March 14 in the Silopi district of the southeastern province of Sirnak.

Thursday (3.29.18)

  • Italian police on Thursday arrested five Tunisians as part of what they said was a major operation against suspected supporters of Islamist terrorism in central and southern Italy. The five Tunisians detained are suspected of being part of a network connected to Anis Amri, the Tunisian who killed 12 people when he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in December 2016, judicial sources said.
  • French police arrested a man suspected of driving a stolen car at a group of soldiers jogging outside their base in the foothills of the Alps on Thursday, a police source said. A source close to the investigation said the driver’s motivations remained unclear but that the incident was being taken seriously.
  • 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.
  • Unidentified gunmen killed one person and wounded at least two others late on Wednesday in an attack on a hotel in the central Mali town of Bandiagara regularly frequented by United Nations staff and humanitarian workers, witnesses said. One attacker was also killed.
  • Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired several missiles into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The attack came on the eve of the third anniversary of Operation Decisive Storm, when a coalition of states – led by Saudi Arabia – commenced military operations against the Houthis. But the launch also took place as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is touring the United States, sending a strong political signal about Houthi resolve to continue the war.
  • The US military killed Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking al Qaeda leader in Libya, in an airstrike last weekend. The strike took place in the southwestern corner of Libya which borders Algerian, Niger, and Chad. Dawud’s role “provided critical logistics support, funding and weapons to AQIM, enabling the terrorist group to threaten and attack US and Western interests in the region,” as per AFRICOM.