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  • AFGHANISTAN: Trump to Order Further Drawdown of Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. NATO warns against the pullout, saying “Afghanistan risks becoming once again a platform for international terrorists to plan and organize attacks on our homelands. ISIS could rebuild in Afghanistan the terror caliphate it lost in Syria and Iraq.” Al Qaeda will now be given time and space to regroup in Afghanistan for the next attack.

SOURCES: POLITICO PJ MEDIA

 

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  • SAUDI ARABIA: Bombing against a gathering of Western diplomats (see GNN Terrorism November) was claimed by the Islamic State. The attacks, which underscore Muslim fury over French satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, come as Saudi Arabia prepares for the G20 leaders’ summit later this month — the first to be hosted by an Arab nation.

SOURCE: FRANCE 24

 

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  • AUSTRIA: ISIS claimed responsibility for deadly shooting rampage in Vienna (see also GGN November), but provided no evidence to back up its claims. ISIS recently asked its followers to carry out attacks in Europe.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: The attack in Kabul University (see GGN November 2020) was the second attack on an educational institution in the capital in just over a week. Both have been claimed by Islamic State. Some Afghan government officials have accused the Taliban of involvement (the Taliban are holding talks with the aim of brokering a peace deal).

SOURCE: SKY NEWS

 

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  • IRAQ: Security experts and strategists said that ISIS was trying to regain power in Iraq, trying to expand its operations. Meanwhile, the Iraqi security forces launched a military operation to pursue ISIS cells in various areas to the west of the country, including Kanous Island, one of ISIS’ strongholds.

SOURCE: ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

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  • Daesh has urged its followers to target Saudi Arabia’s oil pipelines and factories in a statement denouncing Riyadh of being complicit in the normalisation of relations between the UAE and Bahrain, and Israel through the so-called Abraham Accords, seen by Daesh as a betrayal of Islam.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

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  • Islamic State and groups linked to it are seeking to recoup ground in the Sahel, exploiting the crisis those governments are facing with combating the coronavirus while having to cope with the impact of collapsed oil prices. In the Sahel, ISIL is believed to be expanding its bases in parts of Mali, Mauritania, Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and even Algeria. Recently number of these countries appealed to the UN for international assistance.

SOURCE: INSIDE ARABIA

 

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  • MOZAMBIQUE: A growing Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique entered its fourth year this week, with experts saying there is no end in sight. Since the first attack in 2017 by al-Shabab (considered the Mozambique affiliate of Islamic State) in the province of Cabo Delgado, rich in gas resources, militants have taken control of territory in the northern province, including a strategic port. More than 2,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict, with at least 600 attacks across the restive province.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS

 

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  • “The main narrative of Al-Naba (an official weekly newspaper issued by ISIS’s Central Media Office) during the coronavirus is to increase attacks against Western groups on Western soil and also to focus on Western targets in the Middle East, to exploit the fact that Middle Eastern governments aren’t able to control the situation because they invest a lot of effort and money in coping with the coronavirus,” analysts warned, adding that also “Al-Qaida is a growing threat to the West and to the international community, especially in the Middle East

SOURCE: JESURALEM POST

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: Daesh’s Afghanistan wing – the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) – and al-Qaeda have been making efforts to establish a caliphate in Afghanistan’s northeastern Badakhshan, a strategic province as it borders Pakistan, China and Tajikistan. Since its inception in 2014-15, the ISKP has been expanding in size and been receiving a direct influx of fighters and patronage from Syria. Additionally, many Afghan Taliban who opposed the idea of negotiations with the United States have also joined ISKP.

SOURCE: TRIBUNE

 

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