Monday (11.27.17)

  • Nigeria’s military has repelled an attempt by suspected Boko Haram terrorists to seize the northeastern town of Magumeri, a spokesman said on Sunday, a day after the attack. Three soldiers were killed and six others wounded while fighting the terrorists.
  • Gunmen who attacked a mosque on Friday in Egypt’s North Sinai carried an ISIS flag as they opened fire through doorways and windows, killing more than 300 worshippers, including two dozen children, officials said on Saturday. No group has claimed responsibility, but Egyptian forces are battling a stubborn branch of ISIS in the region.
  • A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed a top Pakistani police officer and one of his guards on Friday in the city of Peshawar, police said. No group claimed responsibility.
  • A 17-year-old Danish girl who offered to fight for ISIS was found guilty on Friday of planning bomb attacks at two schools, one of them Jewish, state broadcaster DR reported. The girl was arrested at her home in January last year, when she was aged 15, and charged with planning the attacks after acquiring chemicals for making bombs.
  • Four United Nations peacekeepers and a Malian soldier were killed and 21 people were wounded in two separate attacks by unknown assailants in Mali on Friday, the U.N. mission there said. Regional armies, U.N. forces and French and U.S. soldiers are struggling to halt the growing influence of Islamist terrorists, some with links to al Qaeda and ISIS, in West Africa’s Sahel region.
  • A rocket attack on an Afghan religious school killed about 20 Taliban terrorists exchanging fire with security forces, officials said on Friday, adding that no children were among the victims.
  • ISIS beheaded 15 of its own fighters due to infighting in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said, while a separate suicide attack on Thursday tore into a crowd in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, killing at least eight.
  • US forces killed more than 100 al Shabaab terrorists in an airstrike conducted 125 miles northwest of Mogadishu, Somalia on Tuesday. The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release described the location as a “Shabaab camp.”
  • The US Treasury Department designated an Iranian network that has procured “advanced equipment and materials to print counterfeit Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars” for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Qods Force. The Qods Force is designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, an authority that targets terrorist funding, which was applied to the IRGC in its entirety last month.
  • The United States conducted two strikes against ISIS in central Libya, its southernmost strikes to date in the Libyan air campaign. On Nov. 17 and 19, US forces conducted a strike against ISIS terrorists in Fuqaha, approximately 500 km south of Sirte. A press release issued by US Africa Command did not specify casualties.

Tuesday (11.28.17)

  • Egyptian security forces have killed 11 suspected terrorists in a shootout near the Sinai, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, just days after more than 300 people were killed in an attack on a mosque in North Sinai. It said the area was being used by terrorists to train and store weapons and logistical equipment for attacks in North Sinai.
  • Two attackers shot several civilians on Monday in the Nahrawan area southeast of Baghdad before one blew himself up and the other was killed by security forces, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said, without providing official casualty figures. Local media reported at least 17 people were killed and 28 wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Australian police have arrested a man they allege was planning to carry out a terror attack during New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne. Ali Khalif Shire Ali, 20, will be charged with terrorism offenses that carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, authorities said.
  • US forces launched an airstrike against ISIS in Somalia on Monday, killing one fighter. AFRICOM did not provide a more detailed location than “northeastern Somalia,” in its press release, which likely refers to Puntland, a semi-autonomous region which borders the strategically-significant Gulf of Aden. ISIS is known to have operated a training camp there.
  • A British teenager was found guilty on Monday of planning to drive a car into a crowd in the Welsh capital Cardiff, with a Justin Bieber concert and a shopping center among the list of possible targets for his ISIS-inspired attack. The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wrote a “martyrdom letter” in which he said he was “a soldier of ISIS”.

Wednesday (11.29.17)

  • ISIS claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack outside the offices of the Yemeni finance ministry in the southern port city of Aden, the group’s news agency Amaq said on Wednesday. Hospital officials said at least two people were killed in the explosion.
  • A Florida man was sentenced by a U.S. judge on Tuesday to 25 years in prison for trying to blow up a synagogue in the state during a Jewish holiday last year, court officials said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation began watching Medina, who had converted to Islam, after he began expressing anti-Semitic views and a wish to attack a synagogue in 2016.
  • A roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed at least eight civilians including three women and a child in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province on Tuesday, a local official said. The southern province of Kandahar has long been a Taliban stronghold.
  • Al Shabaab ambushed civilian and military convoys near the Somali-Kenyan border on Tuesday. Al Shabaab ambushed five passenger buses with Kenyan police escorts along Garsen-Lamu highway, Lamu county, southeastern Kenya, injuring two officers. 
  • The man accused of New York's deadliest terror attack since 9/11 pleaded not guilty to 22 federal counts on Tuesday. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, is charged with killing eight people and injuring a dozen others by driving a pickup truck down a bicycle path near the World Trade Center on Halloween.
  • A former ISIS terrorist suspected of masterminding a deadly attack on Istanbul airport in 2016 is believed to have been killed during a special operation in ex-Soviet Georgia last week, three sources familiar with the case said. One Georgian special forces serviceman and three members of the armed group, which was suspected of terrorism, were killed in the operation.

Thursday (11.30.17)

  • A Somali committee said on Thursday that the death toll from twin bomb blasts in Mogadishu in October had risen from 358 to more than 500. In the incidents on Oct. 14, a truck bomb exploded outside a busy hotel at the K5 intersection lined with government offices, restaurants and kiosks. A second blast struck Medina district two hours later.
  • Israeli tanks and aircraft struck terrorist positions in the Gaza Strip on Thursday soon after Palestinian terrorists fired mortar shells at an Israeli military post close to the territory, the Israeli army said. No casualties were reported initially on either side.
  • A suspected U.S. drone strike on Thursday targeted a hideout of the Haqqani terrorist network along Pakistan’s mountainous border with Afghanistan, killing four people, officials said. If confirmed, it would be the fourth such U.S. strike inside Pakistan since President Donald Trump took office in January.
  • At least 800 civilians have been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria by the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS since the campaign began in 2014, according to a report released by the coalition on Thursday. It was still assessing 695 reports of civilian casualties from strikes it carried out in Iraq and in Syria. The coalition, battling to defeat ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria, says it goes to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties.
  • Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on worshippers at the entrance of a Shi‘ite Muslim mosque in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on Wednesday, killing an intelligence officer at the scene, police said. No group immediately claimed responsibility.
  • The Taliban currently controls more than 20 percent of the schools in Herat, and the chairman of the western Afghanistan province’s education department is “happy” with the result. The chairman said his department is unable to administer schools in the districts of Adraskan, Ghoryan, Koshki Kohna, Obe, and Shindand “due to the high level of security threats.”