GGN Jihadism selects, analyzes and synthesizes weekly the most relevant news about jihadist terrorism, presenting them in few pages, in an organized way, without inaccurate, inconsistent and confusing data, so that the reader can, after a quick reading, detect perspectives and trends.
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1) A “wave of jihadist terrorism” leaves 11 Israelis dead in 3 attacks over 8 days:
- Last Tuesday, five people were killed in a shooting near Tel Aviv, by a man who had been previously arrested for supporting ISIS.
- On Sunday, ISIS operatives killed two people in a shooting attack in the Israeli city of Hadera, some 31 miles north of Tel Aviv. The attack coincided with a landmark regional summit in Israel’s Negev desert, where United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, Israel and the United States met to discuss security issues.
- Last week, four Israelis were killed in ISIS-inspired attack in the southern city of Be’er Sheva, near a shopping mall, in Southern Israel. The killing followed the creation of an armed Jewish group that the Arab community wants shut down.
- ISIS claimed responsibility for both the attack in Be’er Sheva and Hadera. ISIS had not claimed responsibility for an attack in Israel since 2017.
- Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, praised the shooting as a “heroic operation”.
- After the attacks, Israeli police were placed on the highest alert level.
- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned against exploiting this condemned incident to carry out attacks and reactions against our Palestinian people.
- Signaling warming ties, Turkey condemns attack by ISIS Supporters in Israel.
2) Terrorists attacked a Kaduna-bound train in Northern Nigeria. They planted explosives on the train track and immobilised it before firing gunshots at passengers as they tried to open the doors. Over 970 people were aboard the train. Nine passengers were confirmed dead and 26 injured. Kaduna has become the worst hit in the North West region considering the spate of heinous attacks by terrorists in the last month.
3) A military convoy carrying logistics for the US-led coalition against the Daesh/ISIS terror group came under attack in southern Iraq. Recent months saw a spate of attacks targeting US-led coalition convoys in central and southern Iraq.
4) Canada is extending its military mission in Iraq and the Middle East for another year.
5) Recent developments indicate that ISIS has not been fully eliminated from Syria, and continues launching military operations and counter-attacks, although the Counter-ISIS International Coalition command and the leaders of Syria Democratic Forces announced the elimination of the group in March 2019. ISIS cells are still able to exploit opportunities to create a security vacuum and carry out assassinations.
6) At least six security personnel were killed and 22 others injured in a terrorist attack on a security headquarter located inside a fort in northwest Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
7) The Islamic State released a video claiming that 3 different groups of IS fighters pledged jihad in India in the name of the IS caliph. The video has been released on Telegram from Pakistan.
8) Islamic militant groups in Pakistan are stronger than ever and independent of their political and military patrons, according to International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS). Pakistan has “continued to serve as a safe haven for certain regionally-focused terrorist groups,” and has “allowed groups targeting Afghanistan … as well as groups targeting India.
9) Iran says is seriously concerned over Daesh terror group recruiting inside Afghanistan as well as in some regional countries. Also said Daesh is training its operatives and seeks to further expand toward the northern areas of Afghanistan.
10) Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested ten terrorists involved in financing the so-called ” Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) ” terrorist organization linked to “Jabhat al-Nusra” in a number of Russian regions.
11) Russia is worried about the possibility of Islamist militants infiltrating the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, which Russia views as its southern defensive buffer. “The plans of the Islamic State and its supporters to destabilize Central Asian states and export instability to Russia are of particular concern”. “The build-up of detachments of Jamaat Ansarullah and the Islamic Movement Uzbekistan around the Afghan-Tajik and Afghan-Uzbek borders are an alarming sign.”
12) The United States Government added 6 Nigerians to a list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons due to their financial, material and technology support of the terrorist group, Boko Haram. The action follows the United Arab Emirates’ prosecutions, convictions, and designations of these individuals for supporting terrorism.
13) The Copenhagen Court found two 23-year-old men guilty of attempted terrorism. The court placed emphasis on the discovery of numerous effects that are used to make bombs and the men’s movements on social media and the internet – which linked them to Islamic State.