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Terrorism most important affairs according to the media, second fortnight July 2021

| MIDDLE EAST:

IRAQ

  • 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/SYRIA

  • 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

SYRIA

  • 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:

AFGHANISTAN

  • 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”.

Source: Caixing

  • 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.

Source: TASS

  • 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

TAJIKISTAN

  • 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.

Source: Reuters

PAKISTAN

  • 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

  • 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

INDIA/PAKISTAN

  • 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


| EUROPE:

AUSTRIA

  • 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 (*):

SOMALIA

  • 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

  • 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.

Source: DW

NIGER

  • 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.

Source: DW

(*) 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:

UNITED STATES

  • 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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Terrorism most important affairs according to the media, first fortnight July 2021

| SOUTH ASIA:

AFGHANISTAN

  • The U.S. military left Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield, the epicenter of its war to oust the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaida perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Source: Global News

  • Islamic State militants are building up their forces in northern Afghanistan as US and NATO troops leave the country.

Source: Jerusalem Post

  • The Taliban has captured more territory in Afghanistan from fleeing Afghan forces. The Taliban now control roughly a third of all 421 districts in Afghanistan.

Source: Euronews

  • The Taliban warned that if Turkey extends its military presence in Afghanistan the Islamist group will view Turkish troops as “occupiers” and wage “jihad” against them.

Source: VOA NEWS

  • Pakistani President Arif Alvi has accused India of using Afghan soil to cause terrorism in his country by providing training and funding to militants.

Source: Sputnik

PAKISTAN

  • At least 9 Chinese nationals killed in bus blast near dam project.

Source: The Week

  • Pakistan agreed with Turkey to further enhance military-to-military ties, particularly in counter-terrorism domains.

Source: Pak Tribune


| CENTRAL ASIA:

TAJIKISTAN

  • Russia will provide any necessary assistance to Tajikistan under its commitments in the CSTO in the event of mounting terrorist threats from Afghanistan.

Source: Tass


| EUROPE:

RUSSIA

  • Russia’s federal security service FSB has prevented terrorist attacks that were being plotted by members of the Islamic State.

Source: TASS

TURKEY

  • Turkey will be increasing pressure on international partners over the YPG/PKK terrorist group (which continues its logistical and financial cooperation with Daesh in Syria).

Source: Daily Sabah


| MIDDLE EAST:

SYRIA

  • Iran, Russia, and Turkey announced that they will continue their cooperation until the complete eradication of the ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria.

Source: IRNA

SYRIA/IRAQ

  • The Islamic State is trying to take advantage of deteriorating economic conditions in Iraq and Syria to reconstitute presence in areas hardest hit by the economic downturn.

Source: Shafaq.com


| AFRICA:

SAHEL

  • France announced that Sahel military Force will end in early 2022.

Source: The Defense Post

MOZAMBIQUE

  • The EU will open a training mission in Mozambique to train local forces in counter-terrorism operation.

Source: Anadolu Agency

SOMALIA

  • Al -Shabaab claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing in Mogadishu at a packed restaurant near Somalia’s National Intelligence Agency.

Source: Long War Journal

  • Biden administration pauses airstrikes against Al-Shabaab militants as it weighs national-security priorities and grapples with Trump’s withdrawal.

Source: Wall Street Journal

EGYPT

  • Egypt’s parliament approved legal amendments expanding the government’s ability to sack civil servants with suspected links to terrorist groups without prior disciplinary action.

Source: The New Arab


| ASIA PACIFIC:

HONG KONG

  • Hong Kong police have arrested nine people on suspicion of terrorist activities, the latest to be targeted under a sweeping national security law Beijing imposed.

Source: TRT


| LATIN AMERICA:

COLOMBIA

  • FARC dissidents and the ELN continue with the intention of financing violent actions.

Source: Colombia reports


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Taliban Threaten Turkish Troops with ‘Jihad’ if They Stay in Afghanistan | Source: Voa News

An Afghan security forces personnel stands guard along a road amid ongoing fighting with Taliban fighters in the western city of Qala-i- Naw, the capital of Badghis province, July 8, 2021.

The Taliban warned Tuesday that if Turkey extends its military presence in Afghanistan the Islamist group will view Turkish troops as “occupiers” and wage “jihad” against them. The United States has asked Turkey to secure Kabul’s airport after all American and NATO allied troops withdraw from the country by the end of next month.

Source: Voa News


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U.S. Slows Anti-Terrorist Campaign in Somalia as It Considers New Policy | Source: Wall Street Journal

Biden administration pauses airstrikes against al-Shabaab militants as it weighs national-security priorities and grapples with Trump’s withdrawal.

Source: Wall Street Journal


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Egypt passes law expanding government’s right to sack civil servants suspected of ‘links to terrorism’ | Source: The New Arab

Egypt’s parliament approved legal amendments expanding the government’s ability to sack civil servants with suspected links to terrorist groups without prior disciplinary action. The move was described by state media as a major step in a campaign to “purify” government bodies of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt classifies as a terrorist group.

Source: The New Arab


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EU to open military training mission in Mozambique | Source: Anadolu Agency

The EU will open a training mission in Mozambique to train local forces in counter-terrorism operation. An armed group locally known as al-Shabaab has wreaked havoc in northern Mozambique since late 2017. The fighting has brought a $20 billion natural gas project led by oil giant Total to a grinding halt. The northern province is rich in natural gas.

Source: Anadolu Agency


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Colombia recycles terrorist conspiracy theory ahead of new protests | Source: Colombia reports

Defense Minister Diego Molano

Some intelligence indicates that FARC dissidents and the ELN continue with the intention of financing violent actions. They coined the same conspiracy during previous protests that started on April 28 after which armed civilians and the security forces subjected Colombia’s third largest city to multiple terror campaigns.

Source: Colombia reports


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Iran, Russia, Turkey to cooperate to eradicate terrorism in Syria | Source: IRNA

Iran, Russia, and Turkey announced in a joint statement that they will continue their cooperation until the complete eradication of the ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria.

Source: IRNA


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Putin ready to help Tajiks against the Taliban | Source: Asia News

Russia is ready to help Tajikistan against the Afghan Taliban, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. The Kremlin offered its support in the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), which in addition to the Russian Federation includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan itself.

Source: Asia News


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Hong Kong police arrest nine people suspected of terrorist activity | Source: TRT

Hong Kong police have arrested nine people on suspicion of terrorist activities, the latest to be targeted under a sweeping national security law Beijing imposed on the financial hub last year. They seized triacetone triperoxide (TATP, in attacks by extremists in Israel and London) in a hostel room to deploy at a cross-harbour tunnel, railways, court rooms and rubbish bins.

Source: TRT


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