• A terror plot targeting downtown Cleveland on July 4 was foiled and an individual allegedly involved in the plot is in custody, officials said Monday. The Cleveland Division of the FBI said in a news release that an individual has been charged with attempted material support of a foreign terrorist organization for allegedly planning an Independence Day attack.
  • On Sunday, a suicide car bombing was directed at patrolling French troops in the northern Malian city of Gao. Two civilians were killed, while dozens, including several French troops, were wounded in the blast. No group has yet to claim responsibility for the suicide bombing, however, both al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara are known to operate in this area.
  • An explosion hit the center of the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least 20 people, including several members of the small Sikh minority, provincial government officials said. ISIS claimed the attack in a statement via its online Amaq news agency, but provided no evidence for the claim.
  • An attack on a military patrol in northern Mali on Sunday killed four civilians and wounded 31 others, including four French soldiers, Mali’s government and the French army said. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Unidentified gunmen beheaded three men and torched a boys’ school in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan late on Saturday, in an attack officials blamed on ISIS. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came after warnings from ISIS last month of attacks on schools in Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, where the terrorists have established their main stronghold.
  • The headquarters of the G5 Sahel force, a coalition of Sahelien states sent to combat the growing insurgency in central Mali, was subjected to a complex assault on Friday. At least six people were killed in the attack, which has so far yet to be claimed by any group. 
  • Katibat Salahadin, a sub-unit within the larger Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), recently filmed itself clashing in Mali’s northern Menaka region with members from the pro-Mali Tuareg alliance of the Imghad and Allies Self Defense Movement (GATIA) and the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA). ISGS has claimed several attacks in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso since 2016.
  • Al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) released a statement on Monday claiming responsibility for Sunday’s suicide bombing inside the northern Malian city of Gao. At least eight French troops were wounded, while two civilians lost their lives in the explosion.
  • Seven people were wounded by a roadside bomb in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday, the police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al Shabaab, carries out frequent bombings in their bid to topple the western-backed government.
  • Israeli lawmakers hailed Monday’s approval of a law freezing funds for the Palestinian Authority over its payments to convicted terrorists and their families. The bill says that welfare payments paid out by the PA to Palestinian prisoners and their relatives, as well as the families of slain attackers, must be deducted from tax revenues Israel transfers annually to the administrative body. The withheld money would instead go into a fund designated to help victims of terror attacks.
  • Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have continued to attack ISIS targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported on Monday. Between June 25-July 1, coalition military forces conducted 29 strikes, consisting of 39 engagements, in Iraq and Syria.