Monday (11.6.17)
  • The US military launched its first airstrikes against ISIS’s network in the eastern African country of Somalia earlier today, complementing a decade long air campaign against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in the country. US Africa Command confirmed that it “conducted two separate airstrikes against ISIS, in northeastern Somalia on Nov. 3, killing several terrorists.”
  • Bangladeshi counter-terrorism police said on Monday they had arrested an Islamist terrorist wanted for the 2015 killing of a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism. The terrorist, identified as Abu Siddiq Sohel, 34, a member of the al Qaeda-inspired terrorist group Ansar Ullah Bangla Team, is suspected of taking part in the killing of writer Avijit Roy.
  • Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia al Shabaab shot four men accused of spying on Monday in a public execution which underscored the terrorists’ control of swathes of the country’s southern region even as the government girds up for an offensive against them.
  • Philippine authorities were on the lookout on Monday for a Malaysian who could be the new leader of pro-ISIS groups in Southeast Asia, security chiefs said, following the deaths of several high-profile regional extremists. The army terminated combat operations in southern Marawi two weeks ago after killing what it believed were the last remnants of a rebel alliance that held parts of the lakeside city for five months.
  • Two suicide bombers killed at least five people and wounded more than 20 in an attack on a Shi‘ite mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday, police and medical sources said. It was the first such attack since the central Iraqi government in Baghdad seized Kirkuk last.
  • A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Sunday, killing 15 people and wounding at least 20, residents and a security official said. ISIS terrorists claimed responsibility for the assault, without providing evidence.
  • Philippine security forces on Sunday arrested the Indonesian wife of the slain pro-ISIS terrorist leader who planned and led the attack on Marawi City, authorities said. National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa said bomb-making materials were seized from Minhati Madrais.
  • A suicide car bomb exploded on Saturday in Syria’s eastern city of Deir al-Zor, killing and injuring dozens, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported. The Syrian government on Friday declared victory over ISIS in Deir al-Zor, a big blow to the jihadists as their last stronghold in Syria crumbles.
  •  The brother of a French Islamist who shot dead seven people in 2012 will face an appeal against his acquittal on charges of conspiracy to murder, Paris prosecutors said on Friday. Abdelkader Merah, the brother of Mohamed Merah, who was killed in a police raid on his Toulouse apartment soon after the attacks, was jailed for 20 years on Thursday for associating with terrorists, but cleared on the conspiracy charge.
  •  ISIS has suffered two major defeats along the Euphrates River Valley last week, significantly shrinking territory under its control. The Syrian military said it has taken full control of the city of Deir Ezzor, while the Iraqi military ousted ISIS from the border town of Al Qaim.

Tuesday (11.7.17) 

  • French police arrested nine people and another was arrested in Switzerland in coordinated counter-terrorism swoops that follow a spate of deadly attacks in Europe in recent years. Le Parisien newspaper said it was possible the raids had thwarted an attack.
  • Gunmen disguised as police killed a security guard and opened fire on staff at a private television station in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday and ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Police said at least two people were killed and 20 wounded.
  •  Indian soldiers killed a relative of a top Pakistan-based terrorist group in a gunbattle in southern Kashmir, police said on Tuesday. India has long accused Pakistan of harboring terrorist groups and giving them material support to carry out a 28-year armed revolt in disputed Kashmir.
  • A French military strike on armed terrorists in northern Mali last month killed Malian soldiers who were being held hostage by the Islamist group, the West African nation’s Defence Ministry said on Monday. However, a French source close to the matter said the Malian soldiers were deserters who had joined the terrorist group. 
  • The Afghan Taliban recently promoted its “Special Forces Unit” that purportedly is operating in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman. An Afghan Army special forces commander said the group uses “advanced weaponry, including night vision scopes, 82mm rockets, heavy machine guns and US-made assault rifles.”

Thursday (11.9.17)

  • Singapore said on Thursday it has detained a Singaporean man and a woman for affiliations to radical Islamist groups under the country’s tough security law that allows for detention without trial. The man, 25 year-old Abu Thalha bin Samad, is a member of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), and was educated and trained in JI-linked schools in the region, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement.
  •  Syria’s army declared victory over ISIS on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their project in the region. But the capture of the town ends ISIS’s era of territorial rule over the so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across Iraq and Syria and in which millions suffered under its hardline, repressive strictures.
  •  A suicide bomber killed a senior Pakistani police official on his way to work and two others on Thursday in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said. A spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.
  •  Palestinian man was detained Thursday morning at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Kokhav Ya'akov, situated 15 km north of Jerusalem, after a routine search in the suspect's bag revealed that he had stashed away two knives and a Quran. The man was arrested and taken to an investigation, where he admitted that he had intended to pass the bag on to another man who planned to carry out a terror attack in the area.
  • Likely al Shabaab terrorists detonated a car bomb targeting a government official outside of the Somalia. Somali Immigration department in Mogadishu on Wednesday. Only the official was seriously injured, according to Somali security forces.