Monday (5.15.17) 

  • Violent clashes broke out between Syrian regime forces and ISIS fighters near al-Majbal checkpoint, in the eastern countryside of Hama, where the terrorists manages to capture the checkpoint in the early hours of Monday morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
  • Pakistani police killed four Islamic terrorists in a shootout in a central district on Monday, according to an official with the country's counterterrorism department. The militants were killed when the police returned fire in a raid in the Khanewal district, said Chaudhry Mohammad Saleem. He said the fighters were from Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban. The faction has also expressed support for ISIS but has not pledged allegiance to it. Hand grenades, assault rifles and a cache of explosives were seized in the raid, Saleem said, adding that three other suspects managed to escape from the scene.
  • U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by ISIS fighters on Sunday as the battle for the city approaches an end after seven months of gruelling urban combat. The terrorists have now been dislodged from all but a handful of districts in the western half of Mosul including the Old City, where ISIS is expected to make its last stand, taking advantage of narrow streets and its dense population. Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul said the area controlled by ISIS was no more than 9 percent of west Mosul, which is bisected by the River Tigris.
  • A man purporting to be a Boko Haram fighter said the Islamist militant group plans to bomb Nigeria's capital, Abuja, in a video seen by Reuters on Saturday. "More bombs attacks are on the way, including Abuja that you feel is secured," said the man in the video. The man spoke in the Hausa language widely used in northern Nigeria and held a rifle while flanked by four other armed men.
  • Hamza bin Laden, the son of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, has released a new message offering “advice” for “martyrdom seekers in the West.” Hamza encourages followers to lash out on their own, but only after carefully preparing their attack so they “may inflict damage far beyond anything the enemy has ever imagined.” As Sahab, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, released the junior bin Laden’s message less one week after a similar appeal was issued by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Qasim al Raymi.

Tuesday (5.16.17)

  • Afghan security forces have regained control of a district center close to the northern city of Kunduz that fell to Taliban insurgents earlier this month, officials said on Tuesday. A statement from the interior ministry said security forces had launched their operation to retake Qala-i-Zal, a district to the northwest of Kunduz, on Tuesday morning and had secured the district governor's office, police headquarters and other areas.
  • A 17-year-old Danish girl who offered to fight for ISIS was found guilty on Tuesday of planning bomb attacks at two schools, one of them Jewish, court documents showed. The girl was arrested at her home in January last year, when she was aged 15, and charged with planning the attacks after acquiring chemicals for making bombs, police said. Police who searched the residence found a handwritten note with the words "Allahu Akbar!" (God is greatest), a date, and the address of the Jewish school in Copenhagen. A second note was marked "bomb attack on the infidels" and gave the address of her own school near Holbaek, a town west of the capital.
  • An Afghan official says a rocket fired by the Taliban has killed two people in the country's east. The governor of Kunar province, Waheedullah Kalimzai, says the projectile was fired on Tuesday. He says it struck a market in the provincial capital, Asad Abad, killing two employees of the department of communications.
  • An RAF Reaper drone interrupted a public execution by ISIS last week after opening fire on the terrorists and driving them off, UK the Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday. The remote-controlled aircraft disrupted the display in a Syrian town by killing a sentry with a Hellfire missile. The Reaper was flying an armed reconnaissance mission when it spotted a group of fighters ISIS in a main street in the town of Abu Kamal.
  • Two car bombs killed at least six people and wounded several others in Syria's sprawling Rukban refugee camp near the border with Jordan late on Monday, a rebel official and a resident said, in an attack claimed by ISIS. One explosion was near a restaurant and the second targeted the camp's market nearby.
  • The Syrian army aided by Iranian-backed militias was moving troops to a desert region near its border with Iraq and Jordan just as U.S. backed rebels are consolidating control in an area from which ISIS fighters had recently pulled out, rebel sources and commanders said on Monday.

Wednesday (5.17.17)

  • ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an Afghan state television station on Wednesday that killed at least six people as well as the attackers and wounded 24 others. The attack, in the eastern city of Jalalabad, was the latest in a series on Afghan journalists and media in recent years. It came just over a week after it was confirmed that the leader of ISIS in Afghanistan had been killed in a U.S. drone strike. ISIS in Afghanistan, has established a stronghold in Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan, of which Jalalabad is capital, where it fights both the Taliban and Afghan government forces.
  • Three soldiers died when a car bomb exploded while they were trying to defuse it on Wednesday in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and the terrorist group al Shabaab said. The men were dismantling part of the car when the device went off. "First two soldiers died and another was injured. The third soldier died of the blast wounds minutes later," said police major Mohamed Hussein. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab claimed responsibility but gave different details saying "five mine experts including security officials and foreigners died in the Mogadishu blast," according to its military affairs spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab.
  • Three female suicide bombers killed two people and injured six others in an attack on a village in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, a police spokesman said on Tuesday. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack but it bears the hallmarks of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, whose heartland is Borno and which often uses women for suicide attacks. Borno state police spokesman Victor Isuku said the bombers detonated their explosives on Monday night in Mandarari Ward, Konduga Local Government Area, some 22 miles from state capital Maiduguri, at about 9:30 p.m.  Although Nigeria's army has pushed out Boko Haram from most of a swathe of land in the north that it controlled at the start of 2015, suicide attacks and gun raids in some parts of Borno have increased since the end of the rainy season late last year.
  • Gunmen from Somalia's al Shabaab terrorist group burst into a government official's house in northeast Kenya and shot him dead late on Monday, police and the group said. Four attackers in military fatigues killed Dekow Abbey Sirat in Mandera county, a territory near Somalia's border that has seen a string of al Shabaab raids in recent years. A number of his bodyguards also died in the attack, the terrorists said.

 Thursday (5.18.17) 

  •  ISIS attacked a village near the main road between Aleppo and Homs on Thursday, killing many residents. The terrorists said on a social media feed it had captured the village of Aqarib al-Safi, but the government-run SANA news agency reported that the attack had been repulsed. SANA said ISIS fighters had killed 20 people in the village before the army and allied militia drove them away.
  • Somalia's al Shabaab publicly cut off the right hands of two men on Thursday after a sharia court convicted them of breaking into a shop and stealing about $500, the al Qaeda-linked group said. The two men had confessed to the theft in Tiyeglow district of the southern Bakool region and were ordered to refund the money.
  • ISIS fighters are planting bombs near front doors in Mosul to prevent civilians leaving, a federal police commander and witnesses said on Wednesday, as Iraqi forces make their final push against the jihadists after seven months of fighting. Trapped in a shrinking area of the city, the terrorists are increasingly using the several hundred thousand civilians under their control as human shields to avoid being targeted or perhaps tarnish what Iraqi leaders describe as imminent victory. Backed by a U.S.-led coalition, Iraqi forces have made rapid gains since opening a new front in northwest Mosul this month and have now dislodged Islamic State from all but about 5 square miles of the city.
  • British police said they had arrested four men on Wednesday on suspicion of preparing terrorism acts in the United Kingdom. London police said officers from its Counter Terrorism Command had detained the four men, aged 18, 24, 25 and 27, at their homes in the east of the British capital. "These arrests were pre-planned as part of an ongoing investigation by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command and (the domestic spy agency) MI5," police said in a statement. "The arrests are linked to activity in the UK."
  • A team of several jihadists raided the offices of the National Radio Television of Afghanistan (RTA) in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, earlier today. The assault was quickly claimed online by the ISIS through its Amaq News Agency. Citing local officials, TOLOnews reported there were “five attackers in total,” one of whom blew himself up. Three others were killed in a firefight and “the fifth was arrested.” The siege lasted approximately three to four hours and initial casualty reports indicate that at least six civilians were killed and two dozen others wounded.
  • The Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), al Qaeda’s branch in West Africa, has claimed a mortar barrage on UN peacekeeping forces in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu. Four peacekeepers were wounded, while three Malian soldiers were also wounded in a near simultaneous barrage. Monday’s barrage came just a week after a similar attack left one peacekeeper dead and around a dozen others wounded in the same camp. Last week, one Liberian peacekeeper was killed and nine others wounded after JNIM launched mortars into the camp.

Friday (5.19.17)

  • A suspected roadside bomb killed as many as 11 people from the same family on their way to a wedding in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, an official said. Five women, five children and a man in a vehicle were killed and one woman and two men were wounded in the blast in Logar province, just south of the capital of Kabul, said Mohammad Halim Fedayee, the provincial governor. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the United Nations has criticized groups like the Taliban for using roadside bombs that often strike civilians.
  • ISIS attacked villages near the only useable road that links the government-controlled cities of Aleppo and Homs on Thursday, killing many residents. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said 52 people, civilians and fighters on both sides, had been killed and dozens injured. At least 25 were civilians, including five children, and three of them died in execution-style killings. The Observatory said government forces and their allies took back Aqarib al-Safi and nearby positions after heavy clashes, reversing the gains ISIS made on Thursday.
  • Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda's branch in Somalia, has released a video of a Kenyan soldier who was captured during a Jan. 15, 2016 raid on an AMISOM base in El Adde. The UN found that approximately 150 Kenyan soldiers were killed in the attack and another 11 were taken hostage. The jihadists' attack in El Adde was "the largest military defeat in Kenyan history," according to the UN. One of those Kenyan soldiers, Alfred Danyi Kilasi appeared in a Shabaab video released online early Thursday – more than 16 months after he was taken captive. The video, along with an English transcript, was produced by Al-Kataib Foundation for Media, Shabaab’s propaganda arm. In the video al-Shabaab Shabaab has Kilasi criticize his own government and plead with the Kenyan people to intercede on his behalf.
  • Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries captured an air base from ISIS fighters on Thursday, gaining a strategic foothold in the western desert as they push toward the Syrian border. While regular Iraqi security forces engage in grueling urban combat inside Mosul, the paramilitaries have been advancing against ISIS through thinly populated terrain to the southwest. Last week, the paramilitary groups, known collectively as Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), or Hashid Shaabi, launched an offensive to retake the Qairawan district, around 95 km west of Mosul. The Sahl Sinjar airbase is around 65 km east of the Syrian border.
  • Two German nationalists plotted a nail bomb and petrol bomb attack on Muslims and asylum seekers, German prosecutors said on Thursday when they charged the men with terrorism and being part of an organized cell. The pair, Daniel A., 41, and Marcel L., 29, were also charged with explosives and firearms offences in connection with their activities in a far-right group, which went by the English name of the Oldschool Society (OSS).
  • Afghan security forces claimed to have beaten back a Taliban assault on several districts in the remote northeastern province of Kunar, while the Taliban said it launched “a full-scale operation” that was successful. The Taliban began its assault on the districts on Monday evening. The Afghan military claimed it killed 22 Taliban fighters and wounded five more, while suffering no casualties of its own and said it had repelled the jihadists’ attacks on “security posts located in Shegal, Watapur, Chapadara, Marwara district and several other areas.” Meanwhile, in a statement released on Voice of Jihad, the Taliban boasted that it killed “as many as 22 puppets,” or Afghan security personnel, and wounded “a large number of them” during “a full-scale operation in eastern Kunar province.” The Taliban claimed that five of its fighters were killed and three more were wounded. According to the Taliban, it targeted “military units, bases as well as government facilities in the provincial capital of Kunar province and other districts.”