Monday (11.20.17)

  • Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism. The man has been identified as Mojammel Hossain, the head of the intelligence wing of the al Qaeda-inspired terrorist group Ansar Ullah Bangla Team.
  • Afghan and foreign special forces raided a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province on Sunday and rescued at least 30 people, according to army and provincial officials. Twenty of the people had been arrested by the Taliban in connection with helping the government or were family members of Afghan army and police.
  • Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under ISIS control, signaling the collapse of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
  • An ISIS car bomb killed 20 people and injured 30 others at a site where displaced families are located in eastern Syria near the city of Deir al-Zor, Syria’s SANA state news agency reported on Friday.
  • The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Friday that the U.S. has over 500 troops deployed to Somalia to advise and train Somali forces. The U.S. also nearly doubled the number airstrikes targeting al Shabaab and ISIS in Somalia in 2017 compared to 2016, including over 15 airstrikes since August 2017.

Tuesday (11.21.17)

  • The US military and Afghan Air Force hit a Taliban command and control center and seven “drug labs” in what the Coalition described as “previously untargeted safe havens in south and southwest” Afghanistan. With a shift in strategy, strikes such as these will become the new normal, the top US commander in Afghanistan said.
  • At least 20 people were killed and 40 wounded when a suicide bomber set off a truck bomb near a crowded marketplace in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu, police and medical sources said on Tuesday. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suicide bombings are a trademark of ISIS.
  • A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, the biggest attack this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.
  • German police on Tuesday detained six Syrians suspected of planning an attack using weapons or explosives on behalf of ISIS, prosecutors said. It is the second time this month that Syrians have been arrested on suspicion of planning terrorist violence.
  • President Donald Trump put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Monday, a designation that allows the United States to impose more sanctions. The United States has designated only three other countries - Iran, Sudan and Syria - as state sponsors of terrorism.
  • A reported U.S. airstrike killed three suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorists in a training camp in Yakla village, al Bayda governorate, central Yemen on November 19.