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) The Islamic State group is moving to solidify support for its new leader -Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi- sharing photos on social media showing fighters uniting behind his rule.
2) In the southwestern Tillaberi region of Niger, near Burkina Faso, a terrorist attack by heavily armed men traveling on motorcycles and in a vehicle killed 19 people traveling in a bus, including two police officers.
3) Tunisia had taken down a Daesh/ISIS terrorist cell in the country’s southeastern province of Tataouine, who had planned to manufacture explosives to be used in carrying out attacks. Tunisia has witnessed a spate of terror attacks since 2011, mainly targeting security personnel and foreign tourists.
4) Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations arrested five pro-ISIS extremists in separate simultaneous security operations in several cities and towns. The suspects were targeting security and military sites, as well as government headquarters and planning to murder government members, according to a statement.
5) In Kashmir, Police have busted a terror module by arresting six terrorist associates linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was revealed that these arrested terrorist associates were involved in providing logistics, shelter, managing and transferring terror finance and motivating youth to act as hybrid terrorists.
6) Islamic State Khurasan Province, the Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch, has recently ramped up the production, translation, and dissemination of propaganda directed at Uzbek, Tajik, and Kyrgyz speakers in the region. This push comes as part of an information campaign to delegitimize Kabul’s new Taliban government.
7) Intelligence from the U.S. and other countries estimate that IS-Khorasan and ISIS-K, nearly doubled in size to more than 4,000 fighters during the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan last year. The group prioritized retaking territory and now controls some limited areas in eastern Afghanistan, more than six months after the U.S. pulled its last troops from Afghanistan.
8) Experts estimate the growing influence of Pakistan’s Inter-Service-Intelligence Directorate (ISI) on the Taliban can be harmful to India, considering the Haqqani faction, the best armed and trained Taliban faction, led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, deputy leader of the Taliban, has already lead several attacks on Indian assets and Indians residing in Afghanistan. According experts, the Haqqani faction may use their power and assert anti-Indian propaganda.
9) U.S. troops’ exit from Afghanistan and Somalia has limited the United States’ ability to conduct counterterrorism operations against groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, according to the American generals in charge of the Middle East and Africa. For now, it appears that the United States is largely in a mode of watching and waiting.
10) In Africa, the United States is working with its partners, including South Africa, to dismantle ISIS financial support networks on the continent. ISIS members and associates in South Africa are playing a role in facilitating the transfer of funds from the top of the ISIS hierarchy to branches across Africa.
11) France and its partners are pulling military resources out of Mali, raising questions about how best to address persistent terrorist threats and growing Russian footprints in the surrounding regions.
12) Islamic State group militants were plotting to kill the French president during a visit to Beirut in 2020 (Macron flew to Beirut only days after the massive port explosion on 4 August). The IS militants were planning on also killing Lebanese politicians, including former Prime Minister and head of the Future Movement, Saad Hariri, as well as head of the Free Patriotic Movement and MP Gebran Bassil, which has close ties with Iran-backed Hezbollah.
13) Saudi Arabia announces executions of 81 Islamic State, Al-Qaeda Members convicted of terrorism and capital crimes, targeting residents in the Kingdom and traveling to regional conflict zones to join terrorist organizations
14) Hezbollah condemns mass execution by ‘Terrorist Saudi Regime’, lashing out at Riyadh’s “awful sectarian discrimination.”