Monday (1.8.18)

  • Jordan said on Monday it had foiled an ISIS plot that included plans for a series of attacks last November on security installations, shopping malls and moderate religious figures, state media reported. State news agency Petra said the country’s intelligence department had arrested 17 members of the cell and confiscated weapons and explosives that the terrorist group had planned to use in several operations.
  • Israel's Security Agency, the Shin Bet, revealed on Monday that it arrested two female citizens accused of collaborating with ISIS in order to carry out a deadly terror attack inside Israel. According to a statement released by the agency, the two 19-year-old Israeli citizens, who live in the Beduin village of Lakia, are accused of planning a terror attack against Israeli Jews, including one during New Year’s celebration.
  • The United States said on Thursday it was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network terrorist groups. The U.S. State Department announced the decision, saying it reflected the Trump administration’s frustration that Pakistan has not done more against the two groups that Washington says use sanctuaries in Pakistan to launch attacks in neighboring Afghanistan that have killed U.S., Afghan and other forces.
  • A suicide bomber in the Afghan capital caused dozens of casualties on Thursday after blowing himself up close to a group of security personnel who were carrying out an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol dealing, officials said. ISIS, which has claimed a series of attacks in Kabul over the past two years, issued a statement on its Amaq news agency saying it was responsible.
  • Somali National Army (SNA) forces killed 11 al Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, terrorists near Awdheegle town in Lower Shabelle region on Thursday. The attack killed al Shabaab’s deputy commander for Lower Shabelle region, Mohammed Abu Abdalla. The group was reportedly planning an attack on SNA bases on the outskirts of Mogadishu.
  • The State Department has added three commanders from al Qaeda’s branches in Yemen, Somalia, and North Africa to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. One of the jihadists is responsible for planning the Mar. 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, according to the State Department. Another serves as al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia al Shabaab’s deputy emir. State listed the three al Qaeda figures as Wanas al-Faqih from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abukar Ali Adan from Shabaab, and Muhammad Al Ghazali from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Thursday (1.11.18)

  • The U.S. Justice Department has set up a team to investigate individuals and organizations providing support to Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Islamist group in Lebanon that the U.S. has branded a terrorist organization, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday. Republicans have criticized former President Barack Obama following a December Politico report that the Obama administration hindered a Drug Enforcement Administration program targeting Hezbollah’s trafficking operations during its negotiation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
  • A suspected ISIS terrorist driving a car laden with explosives surrendered to Libyan security forces at a checkpoint on Thursday rather than go ahead with an attack in the city of Misrata, a security official said. The Misratan counter-terrorism official, who asked not to be named for security reasons, said he had surrendered at a checkpoint near Abu Grain town, but it was not immediately clear why he had handed himself in.
  • The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub in the name of ISIS in December was indicted on U.S. terrorism charges by a grand jury on Wednesday. Akayed Ullah, 27, faces charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan. He faces life in prison if convicted.
  • Al Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia,  terrorists attempted to assassinate two government officials with IEDs in Mogadishu on Wednesday. Terrorists detonated an IED attached to the car of a Mogadishu security official in Taleh area, Hodan district, Mogadishu. The blast injured two civilians outside the vehicle. Al Shabaab terrorists also detonated an IED targeting the deputy chairman of Mogadishu’s Heliwa district, but he survived the blast.

Friday (1.12.17)

  • Counter-terrorism officers have arrested a woman at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of plotting an attack. The 27-year-old had just arrived on a flight from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, when she was detained on Friday. She is being held on suspicion of preparing a terrorist act under section 5 of the Terrorist Act 2006.
  • Russia’s defense ministry said on Friday it had found and killed the group of terrorists which attacked its air base in Syria in December, Russian news agencies reported. Two Russian service personnel were killed in a mortar attack on Russia’s Hmeimim base in western Syria on Dec. 31.
  • The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting an ISIS-inspired suicide bomb attack on a busy New York City commuter hub in December pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal terrorism charges. The charges against Ullah include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system. Ullah faces life in prison if convicted.
  • A German believed to have been an associate of Osama bin Laden and convicted for his part in an attack on a synagogue in Tunisia in 2002 attacked four prison guards on Thursday weeks before being eligible for extradition to the United States. Christian Ganczarski, a German convert to Islam who spent time in Afghanistan and is believed to have been an adviser to former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, was arrested in France in 2003.
  • Two Palestinian youths were shot dead by Israeli troops during clashes on Thursday in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian medical sources and witnesses said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said troops searching the area for the suspects in the killing of an Israeli settler who was shot dead earlier this week, had come under attack from “a massive barrage of rocks” and that troops had fired at the main instigator. She said the military was aware of a Palestinian fatality.