Monday (10.30.17)

  • The Afghan Taliban said on Monday that Kevin King, one of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan who were kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul last year, is seriously ill and needs urgent medical attention. King and his Australian colleague Timothy Weeks were kidnapped in August 2016 as they were returning to their compound in the Afghan capital.
  • Turkish police detained 143 people over suspected links to ISIS in anti-terror operations in eight cities over the weekend, the state-run Anadolu Agency said on Sunday.
  • Suspected Boko Haram terrorists killed at least 10 villagers in northern Cameroon on Sunday night in what army and local officials said was revenge for attacks by Cameroon’s army. Cameroon’s semi-arid Far North region has been a target of Boko Haram suicide bombings and raids for eight years as the Islamist insurgency spilled over the border from Nigeria.
  • On Saturday, several people were killed and dozens injured in a trio of coordinated suicide bombings, which included subsequent suicide assaults on a hotel frequented by Somali politicians. A second suicide bomber targeted security forces responding to the incident, while a third suicide bombing occurred when an attacker detonated his explosive vest inside the hotel. In total, at least 23 people have been killed while more than 30 have been injured. Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia al Shabaab claimed credit for the attacks.
  • Greek police said on Saturday they arrested a man they believe was involved in mailing parcel and letter bombs to targets including ex-Greek prime minister Lucas Papademos and former German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Police searched the suspect’s apartment in Athens and found two pistols, bullets, a timing device and explosive materials in travel bags, a police official said.
  • A Brooklyn man was sentenced on Friday to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS. Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William Kuntz in the federal court in Brooklyn.
  • Terrorists attacked a Bahraini police bus near the Jidhafs area outside the capital Manama, killing one policeman and wounding eight others, the interior ministry said on Friday. The incident was the latest in a series of attacks targeting policemen in the country where the U.S. Fifth Fleet is based.
  • Last week, al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) released several claims of responsibility for a series of assaults across Mali. Many of these occurred in southern and central Mali, while others took place in the northern region of Kidal. The Malian military confirmed each attack as taking place, confirming several casualties. This includes one killed and two wounded in the assault in Ouan, while two others were wounded in the landmine blast.

Tuesday (10.31.17)

  • Philippine troops on Tuesday killed a pro-ISIS gunman in the southern city of Marawi, a military official said, eight days after the government declared the end of hostilities. Soldiers have focused on securing Marawi against surviving terrorist fighters since ending five months of operations against ISIS-inspired terrorists.
  • Indonesian counter-terrorism police killed two terrorists suspected of having links with a pro-ISIS network in a shootout on the eastern island of Sumbawa, officials said on Tuesday. Authorities in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population are trying to stamp out the spread of radical Islamist ideologies.
  • A large explosion hit the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, in an area housing foreign embassies and government departments, causing numerous casualties. Reporters counted eight people who appeared to have been killed, besides several wounded at the scene, which was shrouded in smoke from the explosion. All the casualties appeared to be Afghan civilians.
  • German police arrested a 19-year-old Syrian suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated bomb attack in Germany with the aim of killing as many people as possible, the federal prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday. The man, whose name was given as Yamen A., was arrested in the early hours in the northeastern town of Schwerin.
  • U.S. forces have captured a terrorist who is believed to have played a role in a 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, U.S. officials said on Monday.
  • Seven Palestinian terrorists were killed on Monday when Israel blew up what it said was a tunnel being dug underneath the Gaza Strip border. A source for the Islamic Jihad terrorist group said the head of the faction’s armed wing in central Gaza was killed along with a senior associate and other gunmen. It vowed revenge saying “all options are open for response.”
  • The United States has promised up to $60 million to support the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel) Joint Force’s counter-terrorism efforts, the State Department said on Monday. The force - which will eventually comprise nearly 5,000 troops units from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania - is meant to counter a growing jihadist threat in West Africa’s arid Sahel region that includes groups linked to Al Qaeda and ISIS.
  • Hundreds of Taliban fighters in the western province of Farah paraded their vehicles and then stood in formation for a lengthy period of time, without fear of being targeted by Afghan or Coalition forces, to listen to an official give a speech recently. The Taliban continues to be able to operate openly in nearly all areas of the country.

Wednesday (11.1.17)

  • A pilot with the Bangladesh national carrier Bangladesh Biman was arrested on Wednesday suspected of terrorism offences, including plotting to keep passengers hostage and flying a plane into the houses of top government leaders, police said.
  • An Uzbek immigrant killed eight people in New York City by driving a rental truck down a riverfront bike path on Tuesday. The Halloween Day attack had all the hallmarks of terrorism, authorities said. The suspect, who was shot by police and arrested moments after the rampage on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, left a note saying he carried out the attack in the name of ISIS.
  • Five Malian soldiers and one civilian were killed in central Mali on Tuesday during an ambush on a convoy of the president of the High Court of Justice, the defense ministry said in a statement. It was not clear who was responsible for the attack, but the high level target and army deaths point to the deteriorating security situation in Mali due to the growing reach of jihadist groups in the country.
  • A Bahraini court sentenced 10 men to life imprisonment and revoked their citizenship on charges of forming a terrorist cell and plotting attacks, the Bahraini Public Prosecution said on Tuesday. The men were accused of receiving training in military camps in Iran and Iraq in the use of arms and bombs to carry out terrorist attacks in Bahrain, the prosecution said in a statement.
  • Egypt’s air force killed a large number of terrorists responsible for a deadly attack on a police convoy 10 days ago, the military said on Tuesday following an air raid on their base. The raid, the second in a week targeting terrorists behind the Oct. 21 attack, was coordinated with police and based on intelligence about the location of their hideout, a military statement said.
  • The Taliban has increased the amount of territory it has influence over or controls in Afghanistan in the past six months, a U.S. watchdog agency reported on Tuesday. As of August, 13 percent of the 407 districts in Afghanistan were under Taliban control or influence, compared with 11 percent in February, according to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Thursday (11.2.17)

  • A Libyan armed group holding the brother of a suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a pop concert in the English city of Manchester will not grant a British extradition request, its spokesman said on Thursday. Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton born to Libyan parents, blew himself up at the end of a show by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the deadliest militant attack in Britain for 12 years.
  • A suspected Islamist terrorist wounded two policemen with a knife near the parliament in Tunis on Wednesday and was later arrested, Tunisia’s Interior Ministry said. It was a rare incident in a country that has improved security since deadly attacks in 2015.
  • Niger has asked the United States to start using armed drones against jihadist groups operating on the Mali border, raising the stakes in a counter-insurgency campaign jolted by a deadly ambush of allied U.S.-Nigerien forces. What began as a small U.S. training operation has expanded to an 800-strong force in the country.
  • A former resident of Brooklyn, New York, has been brought to the United States to face charges that he traveled to the Middle East to work as a recruiter for ISIS, according to a filing on Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court. Mirsad Kandic, who was arrested in Bosnia earlier this year, was extradited on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty at a court hearing in Brooklyn on Wednesday. He remains in custody.
  • A second Uzbek man wanted for questioning in the investigation of Tuesday’s fatal truck attack in New York City has been located, an FBI official said on Wednesday. Sayfullo Saipov, who is accused of plowing a truck down a New York City bike path, killing eight people, told investigators he had been inspired by watching ISIS videos and began planning the attack a year ago.
  • At least 15 people were killed and 27 wounded when fuel tankers exploded in the town of Charikar, northwest of the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, destroying a nearby bus, residents and officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Friday (11.3.17) 

  • ISIS has claimed responsibility, without giving evidence, for a truck attack in New York City earlier this week that killed eight people, the deadliest act of suspected terrorism to strike the city since Sept. 11, 2001. Five Argentine tourists, a Belgian woman, a New Yorker and a New Jersey man were killed in Tuesday’s attack.
  • A terrorist group called Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility for an attack in Egypt’s Western Desert that killed several policemen last month, it said in a statement on Friday. Three security sources said at the time that at least 52 police officers were killed when their patrol came under attack. The interior ministry rebutted that claim the next day, saying only 16 policemen had been killed.
  • A policeman and a terrorist from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were killed in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Friday, the local governor’s office said. The PKK, which is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union, has led a three-decade armed insurgency against the Turkish state.
  • The Syrian government declared victory over ISIS in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Friday. The army, backed by Russian bombers, Iran and Shi‘ite militias, is advancing toward the last significant town held by ISIS in Syria, Albu Kamal. A rival offensive by Kurdish and Arab militias supported by a U.S.-led coalition with air strikes and special forces, is pressing ISIS on the eastern bank.
  • India is “disappointed” by China’s decision to again block its request at the United Nations to blacklist the head of a Pakistan-based terrorist group, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday. India, backed by the United States, has been trying to get Maulana Masood Azhar on a U.N. list of groups with ties to Al Qaeda.
  • A long-awaited multi-national military force in Africa’s Sahel region has begun operations to counter Islamist terrorists, participants in the joint effort said on Thursday. The G5 Sahel force, backed by France and the United States, launched its campaign on Oct. 28 amid growing unrest in the desert reaches of the Sahel, where jihadists such as al Qaeda and ISIS-affiliated groups roam undetected, often across long, porous borders.