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- SAUDI ARABIA: A bomb blast hit a World War I commemoration ceremony attended by Western diplomats in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah, injuring at least two people, the second attack in two weeks targeting foreign missions in the kingdom. There was no official word on the perpetrator’s identity or motive, but the attack appeared to target French diplomats and military officials in attendance.
SOURCE: WALL STREET JOURNAL
- 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
- SAUDI ARABIA/ IRAQ: Saudi Arabia and Iraq agreed to continue joint cooperation in confronting terrorism.
SOURCE: ASHARQ AL AWSAT
- IRAQ: US embassy in Baghdad targeted by rockets after announcement of troop withdrawal. It has not yet been identified who or which group fired the rockets, but it is highly suspected of the Iran-backed Shia militias under the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
- ISRAEL: The Israeli army went on high alert over a possible escalation with the Gaza Strip sparked by the one-year anniversary of the killing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Atta. The Israeli fears of an escalation came despite the existence of a truce sponsored by Qatar in Gaza. Israel says the ceasefire agreement is fragile.
SOURCE: ASHARQ AL-AWSAT
- CHINA: China condemns U.S decision to drop the al-Qaeda-affiliated East Turkestan Islamic Movement (an Islamic extremist organization founded by Uyghur jihadists in Western China) from its list of terrorist organizations, as the ETIM has been engaged in terrorist and violent activities seriously threatening the security and stability of China.
- AFGHANISTAN: At least 19 people were killed and 22 wounded when militants stormed Afghanistan’s biggest university in an attack that ended only after hours of fighting with security forces. The attack started when government officials were arriving for the opening of an Iranian book fair organised at the campus.
- 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
- AFGHANISTAN: Violent attacks in Afghanistan have surged by 50 percent over recent months, even as the Kabul government and the Taliban launched unprecedented peace talks in September. Taliban launched devastating attacks on provincial capitals and security installations, with fears the violence may jeopardise negotiations.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA
- 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.
- PAKISTAN: The resurgence of religious-cum-sectarian attacks in Pakistan has been taking place exactly as the CPEC has been revived in the country. Baloch militant groups have been carrying out attacks in Gwadar – the heart of the CPEC – and elsewhere in the country in order to show their opposition. The Chinese, with heavy investments in Pakistan, are concerned about the security situation. Militant groups have carried out attacks against Chinese workers and installations in the past.
SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT
- PAKISTAN: Pakistan claimed to have evidence of India aiding “terrorist” activities from Afghan soil, targeting Chinese interests in its southern province of Balochistan. Said they had obtained documents that showed India’s intelligence agencies had met with and funded members of the Pakistani Taliban and insurgents from Balochistan. New Delhi and Kabul have rejected the allegations.
- PAKISTAN: China reaffirmed its support to Pakistan in fighting terrorist forces and stressed that any scheme to sabotage the building of an economic corridor linking the two countries will not succeed. Pakistani Foreign Minister said Indian intelligence agents were targeting development projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
- AUSTRIA: An attacker later identified as an Islamist extremist opened fire on a crowd in Vienna’s nightlife district. Five people died.
SOURCE: THE HILL
- 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
- SOMALIA: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant near a police academy in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Six people died. Al Qaeda-allied Islamist group al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in Somalia as part of its campaign to topple the central government.
- SOMALIA: Pentagon plan calls for pulling all troops from Somalia, but will remain in neighboring Djibouti, where the military has a major hub that supports drone strikes in Somalia and other missions in Africa.
SOURCE: STARS AND STRIPES
- MOZAMBIQUE: Attacks by armed groups, including the killing of civilians in different parts of northern Cabo Delgado province have increased over the last few weeks. Dozens of people have reportedly died.
SOURCE: OHCHR ORG
- SUDAN: US special envoy to Sudan met with member of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council to discussed removing Khartoum from the state sponsor of terrorism list.
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR