| MIDDLE EAST:
- At least 35 people were killed and dozens injured in a suicide attack that struck a crowded market in Sadr City, a suburb of Baghdad, on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. This is the bloodiest attack in Baghdad in the last six months.
Source: Asia News
- US President Joe Biden said the US military’s combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year, setting out a more precise timeline for American forces to formally step back in their fight against the Islamic State organisation in Iraq.
Source: The Sidney Morning Herald
- Iraq and Syria have vowed “to join hands together” in the fight against terrorism. Both countries have successfully repelled the Islamic State (Isis) jihadist group, which at its peak controlled vast swathes of territory in the two countries.
Source: Morning Star Online
- The U.S. administration will keep 900 troops in Syria and will continue supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the Islamic State (ISIS), not expecting “any changes for the time being regarding the mission and the presence in Syria.”
Source: Syrian Observer
- The terrorist PKK/YPG is supplying oil and gas to the Assad regime, in defiance of international sanctions. The terror group annually makes $120 million in profits by selling around 6 million barrels of oil to the Assad regime.
Source: Anadolu Agency
| SOUTH ASIA:
- Chinese Foreign Minister called on Afghanistan’s Taliban to “completely” cut ties with all terrorist forces, including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM the Uyghur Muslim militant group from Xinjiang), to help restore regional stability. ETIM had “directly threatened China’s national security and territory integrity”.
- The United Nations is warning that the threat from terror groups such as Daesh and al Qaeda is expanding in many places in Afghanistan where the security situation remains fragile with uncertainty surrounding the peace process and a risk of further deterioration.
Source: BAKHTAR NEWS AGENCY
- The defense ministers of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) highlight the need to counter the growing activity of terrorists after the pullout of foreign military contingents from Afghanistan.
- The Russian military warned that ISIS terrorists have been transferred to Afghanistan from Syria, Libya, and other countries. Moscow has repeatedly cited information that makes it possible to draw conclusions about the United States’ interaction with ISIL in Afghanistan.
Source: Mehr News
- Russia said it was beefing up the combat capabilities of its military base in Tajikistan and training local soldiers, as Moscow warned that Islamic State militants were moving into neighbouring Afghanistan.
- The recent shuttle bus blast in Pakistan which killed nine Chinese and four Pakistanis was confirmed to be a terrorist attack. Balochistan terrorists and the Pakistani Taliban were possible sponsors of the attack. Pakistani Taliban opposed the government out of religious reasons, and targeted cooperation projects with China that Pakistani government has been promoting.
Source: Global Times
- A UN report had pointed out a cross-border terrorist threat posed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to Pakistan owing to its reunification and strengthening in Afghanistan. The report also notes that the “TTP has increased its financial resources from extortion, smuggling and taxes”.
Source: Daily Times
- India and the US stand united in addressing the scourge of terrorism, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in a veiled jibe at Pakistan and China. He said the two sides are together in opposing terrorist safe havens, countering terror-financing and strengthening cooperation against terrorist threats from groups.
Source: The Week
- The number of terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir has reduced during 2021 by 32 percent in comparison with the corresponding period up to June, 2020, said Union minister of state for home affairs. These incidents witnessed a reduction of 59 percent in 2020 in comparison with 2019.
Source: Times of India
- Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has recently undertaken a number of legislative initiatives that target Islamist groups and movements, which are active within the country.
Source: New Europe
| AFRICA (*):
- The US military conducted an air strike in Somalia against Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabab extremists. The strike was the second carried out by the US military in Somalia in a week and the second under US President Joe Biden.
Source: The National News
- Mozambique has lodged an official request for military intervention from neighboring countries to help quell a jihadist insurgency in the gas-rich north. Southern African countries agreed late last month to deploy forces to Mozambique‘s Cabo Delgado province, where insurgents have been wreaking havoc since 2017.
Source: The Defense Post
- While some Western-backed efforts to stem the spread of “Islamic State” operations in the Sahel and central Africa have lost steam, the European Union, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and regional neighbors are gearing up to defend the resource-rich region of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique from jihadis.
- Niger’s President said his country needed technological assistance from its European partners to fight jihadis. He complained of swaths of territory in Mali and Niger being taken over by the so-called “Islamic State” and its affiliates.
(*) Africa became the region hardest hit by terrorism in the first half of 2021 as the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups and their affiliates spread their influence, boasting gains in supporters and territory and inflicting the greatest casualties, U.N. experts said in a new report. Several of the most successful affiliates of the Islamic State are in its central and west Africa province, and several of al-Qaida’s are in Somalia and the Sahel region.
Source: AP News
| NORTH AMERICA:
- Al Qaeda is encouraging lone wolf operatives to attack American targets in their first public media campaign in more than four years.
Source: ABC7 Chicago
- US lawmakers introduce resolution urging EU to fully designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Currently, the EU only includes Hezbollah’s military wing – and not its political wing – on its list of sanctioned terrorist organizations.
Source: Israel National News
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