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- NAGORNO-KARABAKH: The conflict over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh was attracting mercenaries and terrorists from the Middle East, according to the head of Russia’s SVR Foreign Intelligence Service.
- NAGORNO-KARABAKH: Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan says Russia has legitimate right to carry out anti-terrorist campaign in Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone, since the militants of Syrian terrorist groups fighting against Nagorno Karabakh from the Azerbaijani side are a direct threat for Russia (referring to the question that Russia has raised concerns over the reports of deployment of militants from the Middle East, particularly Syria and Libya).
SOURCE: ARMEN PRESS
- NAGORNO-KARABAKH: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned against the deployment of Syria-based foreign terrorists to the areas near Iran’s border for involvement in an ongoing conflict in Nagorno Karabakh.
SOURCE: PUBLIC RADIO OF ARMENIA
- AFGHANISTAN: The Governor of Laghman convoy was targeted by a suicide attacker, leaving eight dead and over 30 injured. The Governor survived the attack. No radical group operating in the country has taken responsibility.
SOURCE: TIMES OF INDIA
- PAKISTAN: Pakistan has said the Indian government was “financing and organising secret mercenary terrorist organisations” based outside Pakistan to conduct attacks inside the country to sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), recalling the attacks carried out at the Chinese consulate, Karachi and the Pakistan Stock Exchange.
SOURCE: PAKISTAN TODAY
- PAKISTAN: India and the US reiterated in a joint statement their call for Pakistan to take irreversible action to ensure its territory isn’t used for terror attacks. They denounced the use of terrorist proxies and strongly condemned cross-border terrorism in all its forms. The joint statement also called for “concerted action” against terrorist networks such as al-Qaeda, Islamic State and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
- PAKISTAN: A bomb blast at a religious seminary in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, near the border with Afghanistan, killed at least seven people. Though the number of incidents in the city, and in Pakistan in general, had fallen over recent years, there has been an increase this year in attacks on the security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is capital. Some of the attacks have been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.
- PAKISTAN: Pakistani militants opposing Belt and Road attacked a convoy escorting staffers of the Oil and Gas Development Co. Ltd. (OGDCL), who had been carrying out a seismic survey to discover gas in Gwadar block. 14 security men were killed. Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar, an alliance of militant ethnic Baloch separatist groups, claimed responsibility for the attack.
SOURCE: ASIA NIKKEI
- SAUDI ARABIA: 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
- 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
- AFGHANISTAN: At least 25 Afghan security force personnel were killed in an ambush blamed on the Taliban, as spiraling violence imperils ongoing peace talks. Despite opening peace talks with the Afghan government, the hardline group have only increased violence in Afghanistan in a bid to wield leverage in the negotiations. The Taliban have so far not commented on the attack.
SOURCE: ALARABIYA NET
- ISRAEL: Israel praises Czech Republic for designating Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The Central European country joins the decisions adopted by parliaments and governments in the E.U. and Latin America.
SOURCE: JNS ORG
- SAHEL: 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
- SUDAN: The United States has removed Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terrorism after the government in Khartoum agreed to pay £250 million in compensation for al-Qaeda attacks on two US embassies in east Africa in 1998. The deal, which means the effective end of sanctions, paves the way for Sudan and Israel to normalise ties.
SOURCE: TIMES OF ISRAEL
- SOMALIA: The United States strongly backed efforts to disrupt the illegal financing methods used by Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist group, which raised more than the $21 million it spent last year on fighters, weapons and intelligence. It´s committed to partnering with other countries and using U.N. sanctions. Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab remains the most active and resilient extremist group in Africa.
SOURCE: AP NEWS
- 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
- EGYPT: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi rejected “any reconciliation” with the Muslim Brotherhood.
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
- MALI: Russia urges to prevent rise of terrorism amid political crisis in Mali. It warned that Terrorist groups active in Mali can benefit from the current period of political instability in the country, after the coup that took place on August 18.
- FRANCE: Al Qaeda-linked extremists have seized on the growing campaign for a boycott of French goods to incite violence against the country’s political leadership. President Emmanuel Macron promised to target Islamism in France, following the beheading of a teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class.
- FRANCE: The French government has raised the national security alert system to its highest level following the attack inside the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice (among other cases of violence). The man suspected of the attack is a 21-year-old Tunisian. No group has yet claimed responsibility.
- ESTONIA: Estonia announced additional sanctions on Hezbollah. US welcomed the decision.
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR