• On Monday, a motorcycle suicide bomber killed at least eight people near a gathering of Muslim clerics in the Afghan capital after they had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings, officials said, in the latest in a series of attacks to hit Kabul. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Several Pashtun ethnic rights activists were killed and at least 25 were wounded in a Pakistan tribal region on Sunday, when Taliban terrorists attacked their gathering and security forces opened fire on protesters during disturbances that followed. The violence took place in Wana, the main administrative center for South Waziristan, one of the most volatile of the tribal lands on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
  • Gaza terrorists fired rockets at Israel on Saturday drawing retaliatory Israeli air strikes on Hamas sites, the Israeli military said, a few days after the area’s most intense fighting in years. Residents in Gaza said Israeli aircraft struck at least three sites belonging to Hamas, the terrorist group which controls the enclave.
  • Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab, has retaken a small town in the center of the country after it was abandoned by government troops, residents said on Saturday. The military said the terrorists were not in full control. and that soldiers had been withdrawn for strategic reasons.
  • Malaysia has detained 15 suspected Islamist terrorists including a teenager and a housewife accused of plotting separate “lone wolf” attacks on places of worship around the capital, Kuala Lumpur, police said on Friday.
  • US forces conducted an air strike 30 miles southwest of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital on Thursday. The strike killed 12 of al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab, terrorists, according to a US Forces Africa Command press release. The US has now conducted a total of 15 strikes in Somalia in 2018, all of which have targeted Shabaab.
  • The Taliban is operating in all regions of Afghanistan and casualties among Afghan police have increased, according to the Afghan Ministry of Interior. “This year the activities of the enemy has increased compared to previous years. The number of our operations also indicates that this year the number of casualties unfortunately has also increased,” spokesman Najib Danish said.
  • The Taliban again stated that it refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which it has said numerous times is illegitimate, and will not conduct peace talks while coalition forces are occupying the country. The Taliban has consistently held this position over the years, and its actions have matched its words.
  • The Imghad and Allies Self Defense Movement (GATIA) and the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA), two allied pro-Mali Tuareg groups, announced on Tuesday its fighters clashed several times over the weekend with terrorists loyal to ISIS, led by Abu Walid al Sahrawi in northern Mali. The alliance reportedly lost three of its fighters, while three others were wounded. However, at least six ISGS fighters were reportedly killed and many others were captured by the alliance.
  • Three suicide bombers killed 10 people at a mosque in Niger’s southeastern city of Diffa who had gathered after breaking the Ramadan fast, an army spokesman said on Tuesday. The area around Diffa, close to Lake Chad and the borders with Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon, is a stronghold for two factions of terrorist group Boko Haram.
  • A suicide bomber struck a gathering of the Afghan Ulema Council (AUC) in Kabul on Monday. Both the Taliban and ISIS oppose the government-aligned AUC’s rulings, but only the latter has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned Monday’s suicide bomb attack outside a peace tent gathering of Muslim clerics in Kabul and backed their fatwa against suicide attacks, saying they violated the tenets of Islam. The bomb killed 14 people, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
  • Five police officers were killed in eastern Kenya on Wednesday when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device suspected to have been planted by al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab, an official said. The terrorists frequently launch attacks in neighboring Kenya to pressure it to withdraw its troops which form part of the peacekeeping force.
  • Two lawmakers from Somalia’s semi-autonomous Hirshabelle state were killed on Tuesday along with several of their bodyguards in an ambush near the Somali capital Mogadishu claimed by al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab. Last month the group killed another lawmaker from Hirshabelle state, also in an attack outside Mogadishu.
  • Six men wielding machetes have killed at least seven people and injured four others in northern Mozambique near an area where Islamist attacks have been reported, police said on Tuesday. Mozambique has not been a focal point for Islamist terrorist activity in the past, and police have been reluctant to ascribe the attacks to Islamists.
  • A teenager in Britain has been found guilty of preparing an attack on the British Museum as part of the country's first all-female terror cell linked to ISIS, police and prosecutors said. Londoner Safaa Boular, 18, plotted the grenade and gun attack in her home town after the authorities intervened to stop her from travelling to Syria to marry an ISIS fighter she had met online.
  • In a strike over the weekend, the US killed 27 of al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab terrorists, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release yesterday. The strike took place 26 miles southwest of Bosasso, a major seaport and provincial capital in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region. It is the northern-most strike conducted against Shabaab in the past decade.
  • Singapore refused entry to an Australian man charged under his country’s terrorism laws over his past activities, authorities said on Thursday, days before the Southeast Asian nation hosts a historic summit of U.S. and North Korean leaders. Others denied entry to Singapore include two Muslim preachers banned last year, with authorities saying their views bred intolerance and were a risk to social harmony.
  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month, but excluding other terrorist groups, such as ISIS. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the unconditional ceasefire, and he called on the terrorists to lay down their arms and negotiate a peace deal.
  • A failed Uzbek asylum seeker was jailed for life in Sweden on Thursday for killing five people when he slammed a stolen truck into shoppers on a busy street in Stockholm in April 2017. Rakhmat Akilov was also convicted of the attempted murder of 119 other people who were at the scene of the attack.
  • The U.S. military has decided to release an American man who has been held for months as a suspected ISIS fighter at a secret location in Iraq, court documents showed Wednesday, and plans to set him free in Syria. The prisoner’s fate over nine months of detention without trial reignited debate about how to deal with suspected terrorists captured on the battlefield.
  • The United States killed four ISIS terrorists in a strike near Bani Walid, Libya on Wednesday, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release. The US has conducted three counterterrorism strikes in Libya in 2018.
  • Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said on Friday that two terrorists who plotted an attack in Russia’s volatile Caucasus region of Ingushetia were killed. No further details were given.
  • The United States intends to step up military operations against ISIS in eastern Afghanistan during a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Friday. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced the first unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month.
  • Afghan security forces killed 10 Taliban terrorists as a ceasefire announced by the president took effect, an official said on Friday, and security forces said they would respond if attacked. The 10 included five Pakistanis killed in the clash in the eastern province of Nangarhar, the official said, adding, “We finished the operation and will now follow the ceasefire plan.”
  • Four people were killed and five wounded by unidentified gunmen in a lawmaker’s Nangarhar home in Afghanistan on Friday. The lawmaker was not at home at the time.
  • Austria’s right-wing government plans to shut seven mosques and could expel dozens of imams in what it said was “just the beginning” of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups. The moves follow a “law on Islam”, passed in 2015, which banned foreign funding of religious groups.