Monday (6.19.17)

  • Italy on Monday arrested a 29-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker for supplying news and materials in support of ISIS and who said those who do not believe in Islam "should have their throats cut." The man sought to convince other asylum seekers living in a state-funded shelter in the southern city of Crotone to "perpetrate acts of violence with terrorist objectives", the police said.
  • A van plowed into worshippers near a London mosque on Monday, injuring 10 people in what Prime Minister Theresa May said was a sickening, terrorist attack on Muslims. Shortly after midnight, the vehicle swerved into a group of people leaving prayers at the Muslim Welfare House and the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, one of the biggest in the country. The driver, a 48-year-old white man, was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived.
  • Unidentified gunmen killed four guests at a Mali luxury resort popular with Western expatriates just outside the capital Bamako, and one other guest is still missing, a security source at the scene said on Monday. Security Minister Salif Traore said that "five terrorists were killed" in operations that continued throughout the night.
  • Five female suicide bombers killed 12 people and wounded 11 in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, birthplace of the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency, police said on Monday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. But the use of female suicide bombers in public places is a tactic used by Boko Haram, which has focused on Borno during its eight-year-old insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate.
  • At least six police were killed and dozens of people wounded when as many as six gunmen and a suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday morning, officials said. The attack was claimed by the Taliban.
  • Three women were killed and nine wounded after an explosive device detonated in a restroom in a busy upscale shopping center in Colombia's capital on Saturday. President Juan Manuel Santos denounced the attack and promised to bring those responsible to justice. "We won't let terrorism frighten us," Santos said from inside the shopping center.
  • The Russian defense ministry said on Saturday it had killed two ISIS field commanders, named as Abu Omar al-Beljiki and Abu Yassin al-Masri, in air strikes near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor. The statement came a day after Russia alleged it may have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike last month.
  • An Afghan solider opened fire on US troops Saturday at a military base in Balkh province and wounded seven American soldiers. Saturday’s insider attack, also known as green-on-blue attack, is the second of its kind in the last week, and the third reported so far this year.
  • British police said officers guarding one of the gates to the Westminster parliament in central London had fired a stun gun at a man who reached for a knife when they approached him on Friday but it was not initially being considered a terrorist incident.
  • Israeli security forces shot dead three Palestinians who carried out shooting and stabbing attacks in which an Israeli border policewoman was killed in Jerusalem on Friday, police said.ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.
  • A suspected U.S. drone strike killed two men believed to be al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen late on Friday, residents and local sources said.
  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated an ISIS “facilitator, recruiter, and fighter” named Fared Saal as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) on Friday. The designation detailed Saal’s work to recruit potential ISIS members and facilitate their travel to Syria by providing them with specific contacts to reach out to once they arrived in Istanbul.  

Tuesday (6.20.17) 

  • At least 10 people were killed on Tuesday in a car bomb attack on a government building in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that was claimed by al-Qaeda’s Somali affiliate al-Shabaab, a government official said.
  • Egyptian jets bombed a gathering site of Sinai-based Islamist terrorists, killing 12 and destroying several four-wheel-drive vehicles, the military said. The military said that the air strikes "resulted in the killing of 12 highly dangerous ... leaders of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis,” the terrorist group that pledged allegiance to ISIS. It did not say when the aerial bombing took place.
  • Philippine aircraft and troops launched a renewed push against Islamist terrorists in a southern city on Tuesday, and a military spokesman said the aim was to clear the area by the weekend Eid festival, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month Ramadan. Fighting in Marawi City has entered a fifth week, and nearly 350 people have been killed, according to an official count.
  • Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan opened fire on a vehicle taking Afghan guards to work at a U.S. military base killing six of them, the U.S. military said. Afghan officials said eight guards were killed and two wounded.
  • Singapore said it had detained an auxiliary police officer for attempting to undertake armed Islamist violence overseas, and it also banned nine publications by a preacher for containing extremist religious views. The city-state has increased its level of surveillance for Islamist radicalism as concern grows about the spread of ISIS in the region.
  • Pakistani terrorists riding motorcycles killed two naval officers in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan near the site of a major Chinese-funded project police officials said on Tuesday. A spokesman for the Baluch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • A car bomber blew himself up overnight in a failed attack near a security checkpoint outside the Libyan oil port of Es Sider, a security source and a witness said. Security officials did not say who they thought was behind the attempted attack, which took place a few kilometers from the oil port and caused no material damage.
  • An Iraqi journalist was killed and three French reporters were wounded after a mine exploded in Mosul, where they were covering an advance by Iraqi forces against ISIS militants on Monday.
  • A man deliberately rammed a car carrying weapons and explosives into a police van as it drove in a convoy down Paris's Champs Elysees Avenue on Monday, officials said. The man, who was on a secret service list of people linked to radical Islam, died in the incident and the Paris prosecutor's counter-terrorism unit said it had opened an investigation.
  • On Sunday, Iranian outlets reported that their country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF) fired several missiles against “Takfiri terrorists” in the Syrian governorate of Deir ez-Zor. The strikes were reportedly retaliatory in nature, in response to the ISIS’ twin terrorist attacks in Tehran earlier in June.

Wednesday (6.21.17)

  • US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed Wednesday that ISIS’ Turki al-Bin’ali was killed in a May 31 airstrike in Mayadin, Syria. As ISIS’ “chief cleric,” al-Bin’ali played a “central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world,” according to CENTCOM.
  • A suitcase bomb packed with nails and gas bottles could have caused heavy casualties, Belgium's prime minister said on Wednesday, a day after a soldier shot dead a Moroccan national attempting an attack on Brussels' Central Station. A counter-terrorism prosecutor named the dead man only by his initials, O.Z. He was a 36-year-old Moroccan citizen who lived in the Brussels borough of Molenbeek and had not been suspected of terrorist links.
  • The Philippine military said Islamist terrorists fled from a primary school in the south on Wednesday, leaving behind 31 hostages unharmed, including 12 children, after a day-long gunbattle with troops.
  • Dutch police arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of distributing propaganda for ISIS, the national prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. The suspect was detained last Thursday in the central city of Utrecht on suspicion of spreading violent videos and possibly instructing others on how to make explosives.
  • Suspected Boko Haram terrorists killed two people and wounded six others in an ambush on a police convoy in northeast Nigeria's Borno state on Tuesday, a police spokesman said. The raid was the latest in a spate of attacks in the state, birthplace of the insurgency, over the last two weeks.

 Thursday (6.22.17)

  •  A car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but terrorist groups, including the Taliban, have in the past targeted banks where police, soldiers and other government employees collect their pay.
  • The Iraqi government announced today that the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul has been destroyed. US Central Command (CENTCOM) subsequently released a statement accusing ISIS of demolishing the holy site. The demolition of Al-Nuri is a milestone in the war against Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s so-called caliphate. Baghdadi delivered his first sermon as “Caliph Ibrahim” from the pulpit at Al-Nuri on July 4, 2014.
  • Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday there was high degree of certainty that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead. Moscow said last week its forces may have killed the secretive ISIS leader, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials were skeptical.
  • A car bomb targeting a police station killed at least four people in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, police said. The incident took place at Waberi police station, near Maka al Mukaram road, which is the busiest street in Mogadishu. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
  • The Taliban took control of a district center in the northern Afghan province of Jawzjan over the past 24 hours. The governor of Darzab, the district that fell to the Taliban, confirmed that Taliban fighters overran the district just one day after ISIS fighters attacked the administrative complex. Official reports of casualties during the fighting have not been disclosed. The Taliban said that 17 police and local militia fighters and three Taliban fighters were killed.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday it was investigating the stabbing of a police officer inside the main terminal of a small airport in Flint, Michigan as an act of terrorism. The U.S. Department of Justice identified the suspect as Amor M. Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, Canada. According to a criminal complaint, Ftouhi yelled in Arabic "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville of the airport's Department of Public Safety.

 Friday (6.23.17)

  • A suicide car bomber killed at least 11 people, including four police officers, in an attack near a checkpoint in the volatile southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday, officials said. Jamaat ur Ahrar, a branch of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in a message sent by spokesman Asad Mansur.
  • Attackers shot and killed three people in a raid on a commercial bank in northeast Kenya on Friday, police said, while Kenya Red Cross said an improvised explosive device had also been detonated on a road in the same town but no injuries had been reported. In the past, Mandera has been the scene of frequent attacks, which have killed dozens of civilians and security personnel and al Qaeda’s affiliate, al-Shabaab have taken responsibility for most of them.
  • Russian naval vessels launched missile strikes on ISIS targets in Syria's Hama province, destroying command points and weapon and ammunition stores, RIA news agency cited the Russian defense ministry as saying on Friday.
  • The likelihood that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted the head of the defense committee in Russia's upper parliamentary house as saying on Friday. But armed groups fighting in the region and U.S. officials say they have no evidence that Baghdadi was killed, and many regional officials have said they are skeptical about the information from Moscow.
  • The Taliban warned on Friday against sending more Western troops to Afghanistan, while pledging that it sought only independence under Islamic rule and rejecting concerns it would harbor foreign terrorists. In a statement marking Eid al-Fitr, the festival at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada combined defiant calls for the United States to get out of Afghanistan with more conciliatory messages.
  • Australia agreed on Friday to send two surveillance planes to help the Philippines tackle Islamist rebels, as jets and artillery pounded the fighters’ positions in a southern town held for more than a month by ISIS loyalists. The Philippines accepted the offer of two AP-3C Orion aircraft for reconnaissance to pinpoint locations of Maute group fighters holed up for a fifth week in Marawi, a town the rebels have declared as their own Islamic territory.
  • A man suspected of driving a van at Muslim worshippers leaving a London mosque has been charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder, British police said on Friday. Darren Osborne, 47, is accused of plowing the rented vehicle into the group in Finsbury Park in the early hours of Monday morning. One man died at the scene and another 11 were injured.
  • A French jihadist who threw a grenade at a Jewish store in 2012 was sentenced overnight to 28 years in prison by a court which also sent several others to jail after the dismantling of an Islamist cell which had planned other attacks.
  • US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on Thursday that a provincial leader for al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen was killed in an airstrike on June 16. According to CENTCOM, Abu Khattab al Awlaqi  “was a senior leader responsible for planning and conducting terrorist attacks against civilians” and “had significant influence throughout AQAP’s terrorist stronghold” in Shabwah.
  • The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack that targeted a bank in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand, on Thursday. Dozens of Afghans were killed and wounded in the deadly attack.
  • U.S. prosecutors on Thursday charged a Bronx, New York, man with attempting to travel to Syria in order to fight for ISIS. Saddam Mohamed Raishani, 30, was arrested at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after trying to board a flight to Istanbul via Lisbon, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said. Raishani is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.