Monday (9.25.17)

  • Iraq on Monday executed 42 Sunni Muslim terrorists convicted on terrorism charges ranging from killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs. The biggest mass execution this year in Iraq came after Sunni suicide attacks killed at least 60 people near the southern city of Nassiriya, a Shi‘ite area, on Sept. 14, prompting Shi‘ite demands for tougher judicial action.
  • British police made a new arrest on Monday in their investigation into a bomb attack on a London underground train earlier this month. The man, 20, was detained at a house in the Welsh capital Cardiff by counter-terrorism officers, London police said. He is the seventh man to have been arrested over the attack at Parsons Green station in London on Sept. 15 which injured 30 people.
  • Three United Nations soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy in northern Mali on Sunday, the West African country’s peacekeeping mission and Bangladesh’s military said. Attacks on peacekeepers in Mali, where Islamist groups continue to operate in the vast desert in the north of the country, have made the U.N. mission there, MINUSMA, the organization’s deadliest.
  • A car bomber attacked a Danish convoy belonging to the NATO-led military mission in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, wounding a number of civilians but leaving international forces unharmed, security officials said. A Danish military spokesman said some civilians may have been killed but Afghan officials reported no fatalities. Security officials say five civilians had been wounded while the interior ministry put the figure at three.
  • American forces launched “six precision airstrikes” on an ISIS camp in Libya on Friday, according to US Africa Command (AFRICOM). The bombings reportedly killed 17 jihadists and destroyed three vehicles at a “desert camp.” The airstrikes are the first by the US government in Libya since January.

 Tuesday (9.26.17)

  • A lone wolf Palestinian terrorist gunned down three Israeli security officers Tuesday at the entrance to a settlement outside Jerusalem, Israeli officials said. Gaza's Hamas ruling party praised the attack but stopped short of taking responsibility for it.
  • Al Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, assassinated Somali Major General Abdullah Qarrah and his bodyguard in Mogadishu, Somalia on Monday, according to their social media account. Maj. Gen. Qarrah served as deputy commander of logistics for the Somali National Army (SNA).
  • Police searched eight houses in and around Brussels on Monday and detained one suspect in investigations into people who had joined terrorists in Syria in 2014, prosecutors said. The prosecutors said one person had been detained for questioning and a judge would decide on Tuesday whether he would be charged. They did not give any further details on the investigations.
  • Al Qaeda’s Group of Support for Muslims and Islam (JNIM) returned to social media on Saturday and issued a claim of responsibility and also a video for last week’s multi-pronged attack against UN forces in the northern Malian city of Kidal. The statement reads that forces from JNIM launched an attack on “the gates of the criminal MINUSMA forces in the city of Kidal.” It continues by saying that this battle resulted in one UN armored vehicle being burned and one peacekeeper wounded.
  • The Taliban has retaken control of the district of Kohistan in the northwestern province of Faryab in Afghanistan over the weekend. The district has changed hands twice during the past several months. Mujahid’s claim of control of Kohistan was confirmed by Afghan officials from the area.

Wednesday (9/2717)

  • ISIS claimed responsibility for several explosions that targeted the area in and around Kabul airport on Wednesday hours after U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital, the group’s AMAQ news agency said. There were no reports of casualties or damage and Mattis was not near the airport when the rockets hit.
  • ISIS terrorists holed up west of Baghdad launched their biggest attack on Iraqi troops in months on Wednesday, security sources said, killing at least seven soldiers before being forced to retreat. Bolstered by reinforcements, Iraqi forces killed 16 terrorists, state TV said, citing military commanders. Warplanes chased those who fled, it said.
  • An Iraqi man preacher accused of recruiting fighters for ISIS in Syria and Iraq, including two believed to have killed more than 150 Iraqi soldiers in suicide bombings, went on trial in a German court on Wednesday. Four alleged members of the Islamist network he had set up also stood trial.
  • British police said on Tuesday they had released three men who were arrested in connection with the bomb attack on a London underground train earlier this month. Six people have now been released out of the seven arrested during the investigation into the Sept. 15 attack at Parsons Green station in West London, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement. The one person who remains in custody is 18-year-old Ahmed Hassan, arrested in Dover, Kent, a day after the incident.

Thursday (9.28.17) 

  •     Egypt said on Thursday its air force had hit 10 four-wheel-drive vehicles carrying arms, ammunition and contraband at Egypt’s western borders with Libya. Egyptian security forces have been battling an insurgency by ISIS that was until recently concentrated in the Sinai Peninsula but has extended to other parts of the country.
  • Israel said on Thursday it had thwarted a plan by two Israeli Arabs with ISIS sympathies to mount an attack at a contested Jerusalem holy site where a July gun ambush set off a wave of violence. The Shin Bet security service described the suspects, aged 26 and 16, as residents of the same Israeli Arab town as three gunmen who on July 14 killed two police guards at a gate to Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

  • At least 12 Afghan police were killed and four wounded when a Humvee packed with explosives drove into their checkpoint in the southern province of Kandahar late on Wednesday, a government official said. Abdul Bari Baryalai, a spokesman for the provincial government, said the attack took place in Maruf district, bordering Pakistan.
  • Two paramilitary police officers were killed and two others wounded in Burkina Faso when a convoy carrying fuel to the Inata gold mine hit a landmine, Avocet Mining Plc and the government said on Wednesday. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the incident although security analysts have attributed other recent attacks to a new local jihadist group known as Ansaroul Islam.
  • After an attack on Kabul’s airport during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday, terrorists holed up in a nearby house battled security forces for much of the day. U.S. forces conducted an air strike supporting an Afghan special police unit fighting the attackers but suffered a “missile malfunction”, causing several casualties, the U.S.-led NATO mission there said. It gave no further details.
  • This week, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Corps (IRGC) promoted more Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) strikes, allegedly on ISIS positions in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border. The video widely circulated in Iranian media had Arabic captioning, which likely indicated it was meant to reach a wider audience beyond Iran.
  • Three United Nations soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy in northern Mali on Sunday, the West African country’s peacekeeping mission and Bangladesh’s military said. Attacks on peacekeepers in Mali, where Islamist groups continue to operate in the vast desert in the north of the country, have made the U.N. mission there, MINUSMA, the organization’s deadliest.