Monday (9.18.17)

  • The Pakistani Taliban said it carried out an attack on Sunday that killed five people in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Mohammad Khurassani said the terrorists planted an improvised explosive device “to target security personnel” in the Bajaur Agency area that is part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
  • A car bomb killed one person and injured ten in Kirkuk, an Iraqi oil city where local Kurdish authorities plan to hold a referendum on independence despite opposition from the central government and the region’s non-Kurdish population. An Iraqi interior ministry statement described the attack as “terrorist aggression” and did not link it to the tension caused by the Kurdish plan to hold the vote, on Sept. 25. 
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing on a London tube train on Friday. The group’s Amaq News Agency first released a short statement claiming that a “detachment” carried out the attack. ISIS then released a longer statement saying that “soldiers of the caliphate” had placed “several” bombs and exploded one of them. British police have arrested an 18-year-old and a 21-year-old under Britian’s terrorism laws so far in the investigation.
  • Two women were injured on Friday by an attacker wielding a hammer and shouting Allahu Akbar in the eastern French town of Chalon-sur-Saone in Burgundy, local officials said. Prosecutors said they were treating the incident as a possible terror attack, but also did not rule out the possibility the attacker was deranged.
  • Lebanon’s army said on Friday it had arrested Islamist terrorists who were planning attacks in the country after foreign embassies warned their citizens to avoid public places. Army intelligence “carried out several raids arresting 19 people linked to a cell” belonging to ISIS, the army said in a statement. Security forces were taking extra precautions, it added. The cell which had “planned and prepared to carry out terrorist action” was led by Egyptian Fadi Ibrahim Ahmed, who was based in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, the army said.
  • The US military reportedly killed three al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in a drone strike in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan on the Thursday evening. The US military has stepped up its campaign against AQAP, but has not been forthcoming about its targeting of the group as it has in Somalia.

Tuesday (9.19.17)

  • Jihadists launched an offensive against government-held areas of northwestern Syria near Hama on Tuesday in their biggest attack in the area since March, triggering heavy air strikes on rebel-held areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It said air strikes hit three hospitals, a medical center and premises used by a rescue service in rebel-held Idlib. A Syrian military source denied the report, saying only insurgent convoys and positions had been hit.
  • Suspected suicide bombers killed at least 12 people and injured 26 others on Monday in northeast Nigeria’s state of Borno, epicenter of the Islamist terrorist Boko Haram insurgency, the chairman of the local emergency agency said. The attacks are the latest in a series of bombings in the restive northeast that have killed at least 200 people since June 1.

  • A roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar killed at least six civilians traveling in a car that hit the device, officials said on Monday. “It was a bomb which had recently been planted by the Taliban to target Afghan forces but a civilian car went through it,” said Fazel Bari Baryalai, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
  • A booby-trapped motorbike exploded in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on Monday, killing a child and wounding six other people, the monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Bomb blasts, often claimed by ISIS, have occurred in Qamishli and nearby Hasaka city, both under Kurdish control, but have been rare in the last year.