Monday (8.14.17)

  • Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the 17th edition of its Inspire magazine, in which the group calls on supporters to strike trains in the US and Europe. The editors direct to target the train from “either inside or from outside,” or target “the rail itself so as to derail the train,” or assault train stations, which “are always crowded and cause major interruption towards the transportation system.”
  • Fighting between government-backed separatist rebels and pro-ISIS terrorists have killed at least 25 people in the southern Philippines, the army said on Monday, as the military battles to restore order on the troubled island of Mindanao.
  • A suspected ISIS terrorist stabbed a Turkish police officer to death while being taken to the Istanbul police headquarters, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. The man, suspected of preparing a bomb attack, had been detained in an operation by anti-terrorism police.
  • A former Somali terrorist leader, Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, has defected to the government, a military official said on Sunday, severing ties with Islamist group al Shabaab. Al Shabaab fell out with its former spokesman and deputy leader Robow in 2013 and he has been laying low in the jungles with his forces since then. The Islamists have launched multiple attacks to try to kill or capture him.
  • Suspected Islamist terrorists killed at least 18 people and wounded several during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital Sunday night, but security forces shot dead both attackers and freed people trapped inside the building.
  • The Afghan Taliban and ISIS attacked a village in the northern province of Sar-e Pul in Afghanistan last week, killing between 50-60 people, a leading Afghan human rights group said on Friday.
  • US Africa Command (AFRICOM) launched two “kinetic strikes” against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia and East Africa, on Friday. The US military has now targeted Shabaab in three separate operations over the past two weeks. AFRICOM did not provide the targets of the two strikes or announce if any Shabaab leaders or fighters, or civilians, were killed or wounded in the operation.
  • The US military killed the leader of ISIS’s Khorasan province for Kunar in an air strike on Aug. 10. The commander, known as Abdul Rahman, was a “primary candidate” to take control of Khorasan province after the US took out previous emir Abu Sayed last month, according to US Forces Afghanistan.

Tuesday (8.15.17)

  • The Afghan Taliban has again retaken control of the district of Ghormach in Faryab province. The remote district has changed hands twice in less than two years.
  • Indonesian police on Tuesday arrested five suspected Islamist terrorists and seized chemicals near the capital, Jakarta, that they said were being used to make bombs for attacks on the presidential palace at the end of August.
  • Iraqi forces are carrying out air strikes on Tal Afar, a town held by ISIS west of Mosul, in preparation for a ground assault, an Iraqi military spokesman said on Tuesday.
  • A roadside bomb killed eight soldiers in a remote district in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, a government official said on Tuesday, the second attack within days in the troubled region. The separatist Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) group claimed responsibility for the bombing in phone calls made to media in Quetta.
  • Three Afghan aid workers employed by Catholic Relief Services were gunned down and killed in central Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday. The attack happened on Monday near the capital city of Ghor province, an area once relatively peaceful but now home to active Taliban and ISIS terrorists.
  • A car plowed into the outdoor terrace of a pizzeria in the small town of Sept-Sorts east of Paris on Monday, killing a 12-year-old girl and seriously injuring several other people.
  • An Oklahoma man angry with the government has been arrested by the FBI on charges that he tried to blow up an Oklahoma City bank building with a van he thought was packed with explosives, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

Wednesday (8.16.17) 

  • The Taliban has published an “open letter” to President Donald Trump, urging him to “adopt the strategy of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan instead of a troops increase.” But readers should keep in mind that the new letter is propaganda and should be read as such. The letter is laced with erroneous and self-serving statements.
  • Seven Iraqi soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a suicide attacker tried to infiltrate a security headquarters near the northern city of Baiji where ISIS is entrenched in nearby mountain areas, security sources said.
  • A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and killed 27 others at a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, two local officials said, in an attack bearing the hallmark of Boko Haram terrorists. Two more suicide bombers detonated their devices at the gates to a nearby refugee camp, wounding many people, an emergency services official said.
  • Suspected Somali Islamist terrorists killed five police officers in an ambush in northeastern Kenya on Tuesday, according to police sources, the latest in a string of deadly attacks. Somalia's al Shabaab terrorists have claimed a series of cross-border attacks in recent months in what they say are retaliation for Kenyan security forces operating in Somalia.