Monday (12.18.17)
  • The Israeli military said it attacked a Hamas training compound in Gaza on Monday in response to rocket strikes from the Palestinian enclave, which have surged since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec 6. Terrorists in Gaza, territory controlled by the Hamas terrorist group, have launched more than a dozen rockets into southern Israel over the last two weeks, the most intensive attacks since a seven-week-long Gaza war in 2014.
  • ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack near a training facility of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency in the capital, Kabul, on Monday as gunmen exchanged fire with security forces. Details of the attack remained unclear after a group of armed men seized a building under construction in a heavily populated area of the city.
  • A prominent Chechen commander in Syria, Salahuddin Shishani, has been killed in the Hama countryside of northwestern Syria on Sunday. Salahuddin was the emir of a small jihadist outfit comprised of North Caucasians and native Syrians, Jaysh Usrah. The exact nature of his purported death has yet to be confirmed; however, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that he was killed by a Russian airstrike.
  • Four people were killed when a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aid convoy was ambushed in northeast Nigeria, a WFP spokeswoman said on Sunday, in the latest attack in the region as the conflict with Boko Haram nears its ninth year. Attacks on aid workers are relatively rare in the conflict with the Islamist terrorists, compared with assaults on the military and civilians in Nigeria’s northeast.
  • Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by ISIS in the country. Police guards stationed at the church entrance and on its roof killed one of the bombers but the second attacker detonated his explosives-filled vest outside its prayer hall just after Sunday services began in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province.
  • U.S. intelligence agencies provided advanced warning to Russia about a major terrorist plot in St. Petersburg, allowing Moscow to thwart an attack that could have killed “large numbers of people,” the White House said on Sunday. The tip-off resulted in the detention of seven alleged supporters of ISIS in St. Petersburg last week. Russia’s Federal Security Service said on Friday that ISIS had planned attacks in public places on Dec. 16 and weapons and explosives were found when the suspects were searched.
  • European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the EU said in a statement. The agreed measures will end anonymous transactions on virtual currency platforms and with pre-paid payment cards, which investigators said could have been used to fund attacks by terrorists.

Tuesday (12.19.17)

  • U.S. prosecutors were due on Tuesday to ask a judge to impose a life sentence on a Massachusetts man found guilty of conspiring to support ISIS in a 2015 plot to attack police and behead a blogger who organized a “Draw Mohammed” contest. David Wright, 28, was found guilty in October of five criminal charges for planning with his uncle and a friend to travel to New York to attempt to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller.
  • An army bomb disposal team was sent to a house in northern England after police arrested four men on Tuesday on suspicion of planning acts of terrorism. Three men, aged 22, 36 and 41, were held after raids at their homes in Sheffield and a 31-year-old was detained at an address in nearby Chesterfield. There were no details about what the men were suspected of planning. They are being questioned on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
  • A German court sentenced a 27-year-old German supporter of ISIS to three years and three months in prison on Monday for plotting to lure police or soldiers into a trap and kill them with a home-made bomb. An inquiry found two videos of the accused pledging allegiance to ISIS’s leader. However, the court ruled on Monday that there was no evidence that the man had a personal connection with the terrorist group or that he was financially supported by ISIS.
  • Egyptian security forces on Monday killed five suspected terrorists and arrested 10 others in raids in the north of the country, the interior ministry said in a statement. The suspects had planned attacks against public infrastructure and Christians and had links with terrorists in North Sinai, it said. The raids took place in Alexandria and Qalyubiya provinces.
  • US forces conducted a strike against al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia al Shabaab on Friday Dec. 15, approximately 30 miles northwest of Kismayo, Somalia. The attack killed eight Shabaab fighters and destroyed one vehicle, according to the AFRICOM press release.

Wednesday (12.20.17) 

  • A British man accused of posting a picture of four-year-old Prince George and the address of his London school as part of a series of possible targets for Islamist terrorists will face trial on April 30, a London court said on Wednesday. Husnain Rashid, 31, is accused of posting information on the Telegram messaging service to encourage jihadis to carry out attacks, along with information to help them with possible targets such as sports venues.
  • Two Kosovo men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to planning attacks at a World Cup soccer match in Albania against the visiting Israel team last year. Kosovo police arrested 19 people in November 2016 on suspicion that they had links with ISIS and were planning attacks in Kosovo and neighboring Albania. Nine of them were charged. Sentences were not announced.
  • ISIS has claimed an attack on an Egyptian military airport that killed one officer and wounded two near the town of Arish in North Sinai on Tuesday, the group’s Amaq news agency said in a statement. Security sources meanwhile said an army officer and five terrorists had been killed in clashes as security forces carried out arrest raids near the Arish air base on Wednesday.
  • On Tuesday, Houthi terrorists fired a short-range ballistic missile at Riyadh’s Yammamah royal palace, where the Saudi king was due to speak. The Houthis claim the missile used was a Burkan-2H, which recent evidence suggests is Iranian-supplied. The Saudi-led coalition confirmed the strike, but stated that it was intercepted and did not result in casualties.
  • Kenyan police raided an Islamic school on Tuesday, arresting two teachers and taking around 100 children into protective custody in what police described as a counter-terrorism operation involving foreign law-enforcement agencies. Police described the school in Likoni, south of the port city of Mombasa, as a center for indoctrinating young men and children with terrorist extremist ideology.

Thursday (12.21.18)

  • An Australian man of Afghan descent with a history of mental health issues drove a car into Christmas shoppers in the city of Melbourne on Thursday, injuring 19 people, but police said they did not believe the attack was terror-related. Four of the injured were in critical condition, including a pre-school aged boy who suffered a head injury. Police also detained a 24-year-old man at the scene who was filming the incident and had a bag with knifes.
  • German police arrested a 29-year-old man they said was an active member of ISIS who was plotting a truck attack on an ice rink. In 2015, the suspect traveled to Iraq to fight for ISIS, receiving weapons training and working as a scout seeking potential attack targets in the city of Erbil, police said. He returned to Germany the following year.
  • A New York City resident who pleaded guilty to conspiring to support ISIS was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday, U.S. prosecutors said. Akhror Saidakhmetov, a 22-year-old citizen of Kazakhstan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William Kuntz in Brooklyn, according to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde. Prosecutors said Saidakhmetov tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS.
  • A Virginia man who authorities say wanted to carry out a terrorist attack and tried to fund ISIS has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Lionel Williams was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Norfolk. He had pleaded guilty in August to terrorism charges.
  • Both al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia al Shabaab and ISIS claimed to raid a Somali National Army (SNA) checkpoint in southern Somalia on December 19. Al Shabaab claimed that attack first. Al Shabaab conducts frequent attacks in Afgoi and the surrounding regions.