Monday (10.23.17) 

  • Omar Khalid Khurasani, the emir of the Pakistani Taliban faction known as Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), issued a statement on Sunday just days after the group’s spokesman told Agence France-Presse he was killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan. The US military did not confirm Khurasani’s death. Khurasani, who is closely linked to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, has been hunted by the US for more than a decade.
  • U.S.-backed militias said they captured Syria’s largest oil field on Sunday, pressing their assault against ISIS in the east of the country. ISIS has lost vast territory across Syria, and has now come under attack in its last footholds in a strip of the Euphrates valley and the desert in Deir al-Zor.
  • A roadside bomb killed at least seven people on Sunday - mostly women farmers - in an area outside the Somali capital dominated by Islamist terrorists. The area of the bombing is close to areas held by al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab. In addition, a car bomb exploded outside the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday killing the driver, police said, and a witness said there were at least two bodies.
  • A suicide bomber killed 13 other people in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday, a police official said, the deadliest attack in over a month as the conflict with Boko Haram stretches into its ninth year.
  • The Taliban killed 15 Afghan army cadets in a suicide attack that targeted their bus outside of a training center in the capital of Kabul on Saturday. The suicide attack was the latest in a series of bombings and assaults by the Taliban and rival ISIS that have killed scores of Afghan soldiers, policemen, and civilians over the past week.
  • Gunmen on pick-up trucks and motorcycles coming from Mali killed 13 French police and wounded five more in an attack on their base in western Niger, security sources said on Saturday. The village is a few dozen kilometers (miles) from where terrorists killed four U.S. soldiers in an ambush on Oct. 4 that has thrown a spotlight on a U.S. counter-terrorism mission in Niger.
  • Egypt’s security forces suffered one of their heaviest attacks after terrorists firing rockets and detonating explosives hit a police operation on Friday in the western desert. Three security sources said at least 52 police officers and conscripts had been killed in gun battles, but Egyptian authorities said only 16 men had died.
  • The United States must step up its support for a planned African force to fight Islamist terrorists in West Africa or it could fail, leaving French troops to carry the burden alone, France’s defense minister said on Friday. France intervened in Mali to ward off an offensive by Islamist terrorists that began in 2012, and 4,000 of its troops remain in the region.
  • Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but a statement from the group did not provide evidence to support its claim.
  • Three police officers were killed and eight others injured in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected terrorists hideout in Giza, southwest of the Egyptian capital, two security sources said on Friday. The sources said authorities were following a lead to an apartment thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the capital targeting judges and policemen since last year.

Tuesday (10.24.17)

  • Egyptian security forces have arrested 12 suspected members of the Islamist terrorist Hasm Movement, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. A ministry statement said police also confiscated a number of weapons and explosive devices. Hasm is a group that emerged last year and has claimed several attacks on security forces, including the fatal shooting of a policeman and injuries to three others in the province.
  • Moroccan authorities said on Monday they had arrested six suspected ISIS terrorists who had been planning attacks. The arrested belonged to a group linked to ISIS that was dismantled this month which had been active in eight towns and cities and which had planned terrorist operations, an official statement said.
  • The Egyptian military said on Monday its air force hit eight four-wheel-drive vehicles carrying arms and explosives at Egypt’s western border with Libya, killing the terrorists on board. A military statement gave no details of the number of fatalities or about which terrorist group it suspected was transporting the arms.
  • Suspected al Qaeda terrorists attacked a military checkpoint in the southern Yemen province of Abyan on Monday, killing four soldiers and wounding 10, a military official said. Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), later claimed responsibility for the attack in a message on its Telegram channel.
  • Australia on Tuesday announced the expansion of its security support to the Philippines, which will involve training in urban counter-terrorism, to fight the rise and spread of Islamist terrorism in the region. The announcement follows the end of the 154-day battle for Marawi city which stunned the Philippine’s military inexperienced in urban combat.

Wednesday (10.25.17)

  • Iraqi forces are about to launch an offensive to recapture the last patch of Iraqi territory still in the hands of ISIS, the military said on Wednesday. ISIS’s self-declared cross-border caliphate effectively collapsed in July, when U.S.-backed Iraqi forces captured Mosul, the group’s de facto capital in Iraq, in a grueling battle which lasted nine months. 
  • Indonesian authorities arrested nine men suspected of having links to a terrorist network loyal to ISIS and planning a series of attacks on police posts, said a police spokesman. Counter-terrorism police have grappled with a recent resurgence in homegrown radicalism in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, inspired by extremist group ISIS.
  • Suspected Islamist terrorists attacked a military checkpoint in northeastern Libya on Wednesday, killing one soldier, residents and officials said. The jihadists have been trying to regroup from desert bases since losing their former stronghold of Sirte, about 390 km west of Ajdabiya, last December.
  • The U.S. government has broadened an interpretation of which citizens can be subject to physical or digital surveillance to include “homegrown violent extremists,” according to official documents. It was not clear what practical effect the expanded definition might have on how the U.S. government gathers intelligence.
  • The US Army team that was ambushed in Niger was gathering intelligence on a terrorist leader operating in the area before it was attacked, three military officials said on Tuesday. Four US and five Nigerien soldiers were killed and two Americans were wounded in the October 4 attack.

Thursday (10.26.17)

  • The French military has targeted Islamist terrorists in northern Mali near the border with Algeria and took 15 terrorists “out of action”, an armed forces spokesman said on Thursday. It was not immediately clear if the operation had any connection to the pursuit of assailants who killed four U.S. soldiers in an ambush on Oct. 4 in western Niger, about 400 kilometers to the south.
  • A Ukrainian lawmaker wounded in an explosion in Kiev that killed two people blamed Russia on Thursday for the blast while investigators said they were considering various motives for what they called an act of terrorism. Ihor Mosiychuk, a member of the populist opposition Radical Party, was hospitalized but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, while his bodyguard and a passerby were killed. Two others were wounded.
  • The US Treasury Department announced on Wednesday that sanctions have been imposed on eight jihadists who work for ISIS’s branch in Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), or both. The designations are likely part of a stepped-up campaign against ISIS’s presence in Yemen, as the US military claims to have killed “dozens” of the group’s members in airstrikes earlier this month. 
  • Seven suspected al Qaeda terrorists were killed by a drone strike in central Yemen on Wednesday, residents and local officials said. The strikes hit two cars carrying armed individuals in al-Bayda province, the sources said. U.S. forces have repeatedly launched drone and air strikes against Yemen’s al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
  • Suspected Boko Haram terrorists killed eight soldiers and one civilian in an attack in Nigeria’s northeast, a police official said on Wednesday. The attack in Yobe state on Tuesday evening also left five civilians injured.
  • Three people died in Somalia on Wednesday in different attacks, one of which targeted a patrol of peacekeepers near the country’s capital, Mogadishu, officials said. A counter-attack by AMISOM killed four al Shabaab terrorists.

Friday (10.27.17)

  • Egyptian security forces killed 13 terrorists during a raid on a farm hideout in the western desert region on Friday, a week after a deadly attack on a police convoy, authorities said. An Interior Ministry statement gave no details on the terrorists, but Egyptian forces have been battling several armed Islamist groups, mostly focused on an entrenched ISIS affiliate that has killed hundreds of police officers and troops in the northern Sinai Peninsula since 2013.
  • At least six people were wounded on Friday when a bomb went off along railway tracks in southwestern Pakistan, halting train service in the region, security and railways officials said. The train was traveling from Baluchistan’s capital of Quetta to the eastern metropolis of Lahore when a blast on the main railway track damaged one of its cars.
  • On Thursday, Iraqi forces backed by Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) launched an offensive in the Zummar district of northern Ninewa governorate at the same time they launched an offensive on ISIS positions near the border town of al Qaim. Reliable casualty counts have not been given yet, but fierce fighting and shelling has been reported by both sides.
  • Three United Nations soldiers from Chad were killed and two others wounded by an explosive device as they were escorting a convoy in northern Mali on Thursday, the peacekeeping mission in the West African nation said. More than 80 members of the UN mission, known as MINUSMA, have been killed since 2013 in attacks by terrorist groups active in the country’s north and center, making it the world’s deadliest peacekeeping operation.
  • Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab, publicly stoned a woman to death in a town in the south for cheating on her husband, an official said. Al Shabaab, which has been waging a war for years to topple the Horn of Africa country’s western-backed government, seeks to bring in rule based on its strict interpretation of sharia law.