Monday (3.19.18) A bomb planted on a motorbike exploded in Afghanistan on Monday outside a political rally being held by a veteran Taliban commander who made peace with the government last year, killing three people and wounding eight, officials said. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.
- A terrorist blew himself up as Tunisian security forces surrounded him and another fighter in a house near the Libyan border on Monday, the interior ministry said. Forces then shot the second man, officials added. Tunisia has been on high alert since 2015, when ISIS gunmen killed dozens of tourists in the resort city of Sousse.
- A bomb blast in a four-floor building in the town of Afrin in northwest Syria killed seven civilians and four Free Syrian Army members overnight, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday. Anadolu said the bomb, which it described as planted by terrorists, exploded as the Syrian fighters conducted a search.
- An Israeli security guard died of wounds he suffered in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday carried out by an assailant identified by Israel as a Palestinian. The assailant was shot and killed by police at the scene, a police spokesman said.
- Israeli forces on Sunday knocked out a tunnel in the Gaza Strip dug by Hamas terrorists to mount cross-border attacks, the military said. The tunnel had been cut off during the 2014 Gaza war and Hamas had tried to put it back into operation, a military spokesman said.
- A court in Bangladesh sentenced seven terrorists to death on Sunday after finding them guilty of killing a shrine worker in 2015, court officials said. The convicted men were members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh group, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhowmik told reporters.
- Australia signed an agreement on Saturday with Southeast Asian nations including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines promising to share intelligence to combat terrorism. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the signing of the memorandum of understanding in which Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to share intelligence, co-operate on lawmaking and counter extremism on social media.
- A Taliban car bomb killed at least three people and wounded two in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent attack on a foreign contractor company that came despite a further tightening in security across the city, officials said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said all those killed and wounded in the explosion were civilians, with no casualties among the contractors.
- A Palestinian motorist rammed and killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded two others in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the Israeli military said. The Islamist terrorist group Hamas welcomed the ramming attack but did not claim responsibility for it.
- Nigerian security forces were warned about the presence of Boko Haram terrorists near the town of Dapchi, but failed to respond, allowing terrorists to kidnap 110 schoolgirls almost unharrassed, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. One month after the abductions, there has been little sign of the fate of the 110 schoolgirls.
- Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained more than 100 suspected Kurdish terrorists on suspicion of planning illegal demonstrations or plotting attacks for the Newroz spring festival, police, state media, and a security source said. The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Turkey and the European Union. However, the United Nations called on Turkey on Tuesday to end the state of emergency in place since July 2016 that it said had led to widespread human rights violations including the arrest of 160,000 people.
- India said on Tuesday that 39 Indians, who were kidnapped by ISIS terrorists in Iraq in 2014, had been confirmed dead after their bodies were found and DNA samples matched. The government had maintained for years that it believed the men were alive and it was trying to secure their release.
- Canada will send six helicopters and 250 support troops to join a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali this year, officials said on Monday, ending two years of deliberations that had upset allies. Canada plans to deploy two Chinook transport helicopters and four Griffon attack helicopters to provide armed escort and protection in the fight against Islamist terrorists in the violence-torn West African nation.
- ISIS terrorists holding a small district in Damascus have gained some ground after driving out Syrian army units that moved into a neighboring area that rebels abandoned last week, a war monitor said. In fighting that lasted 24 hours, the terrorist group killed 36 Syrian soldiers, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Syrian army could not immediately be reached for comment.
- Singapore passed a law on Wednesday making it possible to ban photographs or videos of terror attack sites or communicating information about security operations amid criticism from rights groups that the move could curb press freedoms. Groups that advocate press freedom have expressed concern that the law gives the government the power to restrict what can be reported, but the home affairs ministry has stated that information leaks to terrorists could risk the lives of security officers and those caught up in an attack.
- An air strike by Turkish warplanes “neutralized” at least 12 terrorists of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the military said on Twitter on Wednesday. The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, and Turkey.
- A suicide bomber blew himself up near a Shi’ite shrine in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens, officials said, as the Afghan capital celebrated the Nawruz holiday marking the start of the Persian new year. ISIS, which has claimed several previous attacks on Shi’ite targets, claimed responsibility, its Amaq news agency said.
- Islamist terrorists drove scores of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls back into the town where they had been captured a month ago and abruptly set them free on Wednesday. The captors gave no reason for their release, but Nigeria denied that a ransom had been paid. Several of the girls said some of their friends had died in captivity and one was still being held.
- A Pentagon spokesman said that the US military will not conduct hot pursuit of Taliban and allied jihadist fighters from Afghanistan into Pakistan. Additionally, the spokesman said that the military would be fine if the Taliban was operating on the Pakistani side of the border. The US military has in rare cases pursued Taliban fighters as they crossed the border into Pakistan after battling US forces in Afghanistan, but Pakistan has responded furiously to such incursions.
- The Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), al Qaeda’s branch in Western Africa and the Sahel, released a new video on Wednesday highlighting its activities across the region. Multiple training camps and military raids were showcased in the group’s high-level production.
- US forces attacked al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia southwest of Mogadishu on Monday, US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced. The strike took place near Mubaarak, al Shabaab-held village just 40 miles southwest of the capital city. The strike killed two Shabaab terrorists and wounded an additional three more, according to the AFRICOM statement released on Wednesday.
- Five Indian soldiers and five suspected terrorists were killed in a gun battle near the de facto border between India and Pakistan in the disputed region of Kashmir on Wednesday, a senior police official said. India accuses Pakistan of training and arming terrorists and helping them infiltrate across the Line of Control that divides Kashmir. Pakistan denies those allegations.
- The United Nations has strongly condemned the deadly attack near a university in Afghanistan's capital Kabul that killed at least 33 people and injured 65 others as Afghans gathered to celebrate the Persian new year Nowruz. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has underscored the need to hold perpetrators and financiers of these "reprehensible" acts accountable, a day after the ISIS-claimed attack targeted "a gathering of Shiites celebrating Nowruz."
- Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to ISIS or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, according to reports. The mass incarceration and speed of guilty verdicts raise concerns over potential miscarriages of justice — and worries that jailed terrorists are recruiting within the general prison population to build new extremist networks.
- At least one person was killed when a man took hostages in a supermarket in the southwestern French town of Trebes on Friday, the mayor said. The station reported that the hostage-taker has claimed allegiance to ISIS.
- A prominent Kosovo imam was acquitted on Friday of charges that he had encouraged Kosovars to join radical Islamic groups in Syria and Iraq. Shefqet Krasniqi, the imam of the Grand Mosque of Pristina, was arrested in 2014. Around 300 Kosovars have gone to Syria and Iraq since 2012 to fight with ISIS.
- The State Department announced on Thursday that Joe Asperman, a French national, has been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. State says that Asperman works as “a senior chemical weapons expert for ISIS” and “oversaw chemical operations production within Syria for ISIS and the deployment of these chemical weapons at the battlefront.”
- The State Department added Uzbek jihadist group Katibat Imam al Bukhari (KIB) to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorist organizations on Thursday. State labeled KIB is the “largest Uzbek fighting force in Syria.” KIB has joined several al Qaeda-led offensives in Syria since 2015.
- At least 14 people were killed in an explosion outside a busy hotel in Somalia’s capital on Thursday that was followed by gunfire, police and rescue services said. Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab, claimed responsibility. The group carries out frequent bombings and other attacks in Mogadishu in a campaign to topple Somalia’s Western-backed federal government.
- Qatar said on Thursday it had placed 28 people and entities on a terrorism list, including several Qatari nationals already blacklisted by rival Arab states who accuse Doha of supporting terrorists. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed travel, diplomatic and trade sanctions on Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of financing terrorism, meddling in the affairs of Arab states and cozying up to their arch-rival Iran.
- ISIS’s Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for a small-scale attack in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, on Mar. 20. The so-called caliphate’s propaganda arm then released a short video of a jihadist swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi before the attack.