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) Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked armed group, plans to target Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, the country’s intelligence agency warned.
2) U.S. military commanders urged the White House to approve the movement of several hundred troops in Somalia to help deter the growth of Al Qaeda’s most successful local export, Al-Shabaab. The terror group’s has acquired an estimated 5,000-10,000 fighters over the last decade.
3) Terrorists suspected to be members of the Islamic State of West African Province have attacked parts of a primary healthcare facility and parts of a Technical Girls College in Damboa town of Borno State, Nigeria.
4) The governor of Kaduna State in Nigeria revealed that the attack on the train (see last week’s report) was carried out by Boko Haram terrorists in collaboration with some bandits operating in Kaduna.
5) The Minister for National Security of Ghana has stated that Ghana is on high alert against a possible terrorist attack.
6) Sub-Saharan Africa is already on track to surpass its 2021 numbers and potentially account for more than half of global terrorism deaths in the world this year. More concerning, jihadist activity is veering south, which will inevitably shift the threat thought to be contained in the Sahel belt to the Gulf of Guinea coast.
7) Turkey is ready to cooperate and share experience in the field of counterterrorism with Mali and the African continent, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry. Turkey has been seeking to strengthen its presence in Africa. Since 2003, the volume of its trade with the continent has increased from $2 billion to at least $25 billion.
8) The UAE has witnessed a wave of drone and missile attacks from Houthi militants due to its change in strategy regarding the Yemen war. To prevent the group from controlling oil rents, the UAE renewed its involvement in the conflict by backing the Giant’s Brigade, a local Sunni militia, to fight against Houthi advancements.
9) A man with knife attacked the seminary students at Imam Reza shrine in the holy city of Mashhad in northeast Iran, which led to the killing of a seminary student and injuring three seminary students. Taliban condemns the attack and assured has nothing to do with Afghans and Afghanistan.
10) China and Iran have agreed to strengthen “cooperation in counter-terrorism”. “The two countries should remain highly vigilant against the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and other terrorist and extremist forces taking advantage of the situation in Afghanistan to create chaos”.
11) The Biden administration is seriously considering to remove the terrorist designation for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), despite the hardline paramilitary organization is a driving force for religious terrorism throughout the region and the world.
12) Israel’s defense establishment estimates that some 200 Israeli Arabs identify with the Islamic State, 20 of whom they believe might carry out attacks in Israel in the organization’s name (see also last week’s report, ISIS attacks in Israel)
13) Pakistan is working with the Afghan caretaker government and other neighbors to ensure that terrorist groups are no longer allowed to use the territory of one country against another, according to Pakistani Chief of Army.
14) Taking advantage of the political turmoil in Pakistan, there has been an uptick in activity on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, with terrorists in large numbers attempting to infiltrate the border into the Indian side, according to Intelligence reports, that also revealed that the presence of foreign terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir has increased in the first three months of 2022.
15) In a new video, the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, exhorts Indian Muslims to react to the hijab controversy in Karnataka, started when some girl students in a government school in Udupi were stopped from attending class in hijab.
16) The Congress of India lashed out at Al-Qaeda for wading into the hijab controversy in Karnataka and said the banned terrorist organisation has no business to comment about the internal affairs of the country.
17) The Indonesian police’s anti-terror squad has arrested five suspected terrorists in South Tangerang, a satellite town of the capital Jakarta. The suspects believed to be affiliated with a terrorist network of the Indonesian Islamic State (NII).
18) The United States advised its citizens against travelling to Sri Lanka amid the country’s risks of terrorism (and worst financial crisis, and COVID risks). Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, and public areas, the travel advisory said.