Global Terrorism News August 2020

The most relevant news related to global terrorism in a synthetic and organized way, allowing to detect perspectives and trends in just a few minutes.

August 2020

Just the essential


PERSPECTIVES/TRENDS:

  • PHILIPPINES: Continued skirmishes between the Philippines government and Islamic State-affiliated terrorist groups in the months since the COVID-19 pandemic suggest that the terror threat in the country has not receded. The latest twin bombing in Jolo city on August 24 is yet more proof. There are ongoing terror attacks and extremist ideological activities in South Mindanao.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

PERSPECTIVES/TRENDS:

  • NIGERIA: Boko Haram is extending its reach from north-east Nigeria into the country’s north-west. It is taking advantage of old and new local conflicts and insecurities to further embed itself in the area through violent extremism.

SOURCE: ALL AFRICA 

PERSPECTIVES/TRENDS:

  • INDIA: Islamic State’s persisting interest in India despite its failures indicates that it is not willing to abandon its hopes for Indian Muslims. IS’s Indian branch alongside its Pakistani branch will likely be feeder organizations for its central presence in Afghanistan. As such, it can be expected that the group will keep chipping away at Indian Muslims.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

PERSPECTIVES/TRENDS:

  • AFGHANISTAN: Even as the Taliban move toward peace talks with the Afghan government, a new reign of terror orchestrated by the Islamic State’s regional affiliate -ISKP- is taking shape in Afghanistan. ISKP is an emerging threat that represents itself as a replacement for the Taliban. With their fighters coming from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan as well, ISKP has the capacity to destabilize Central Asia once it gets a firm foothold in Afghanistan. This remains one of the major concerns of Russia and Iran, with interests in the region.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT 


ASSAULTS/ATTACKS:

  • AFGHANISTAN: an Islamic State suicide bomber drove a car laden with explosives up to a prison detonating the bomb, and then the IS militants opened fire, achieving that some of the 1,500 prisoners, much of them believed to be IS members, escaped.  The Islamic State in Khorasan Province claimed responsibility for the attack.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT                   

ASSAULTS/ATTACKS:

  • AFGHANISTAN: Several attacks occurred across Afghanistan, including a Taliban truck bombing that targeted a military base used by Afghan commandos. At least 12 people have been killed.

SOURCE: CENTRAL ASIA NEWS

ASSAULTS/ATTACKS:

  • SOMALIA: Five Islamic extremists stormed the Elite Hotel (often frequented by politicians, journalists, civil society activists) in the Lido beach area of Mogadishu. Ten people were dead and five militants were killed, after Somalia’s security forces have put an end to the attack. Somalia’s homegrown Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, who are allied to al-Qaida, have claimed responsibility for the attack.

SOURCE: DW

ASSAULTS/ATTACKS:

  • SOMALIA: a suicide bomber blew himself in a bar close to Mogadishu port. At least two people died. The restaurant is popular with security officers and government officials who work in the nearby area, regularly targeted by Islamist militants. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

SOURCE: AFRICA NEWS  

ASSAULTS/ATTACKS:

  • NIGER: A group of six Frenchmen and two locals were massacred by a terrorist group in Koure, where Niger has a giraffe reserve. The identities of the perpetrators are still under speculation. Terrorist groups such as Boko Haram operate in the area.

SOURCE: AFRICA NEWS 

ASSAULTS/ATTACKS:

  • GERMANY: A 30-year-old Iraqi has caused a series of motorway crashes in Berlin, injuring six people, in what German prosecutors described as a deliberate act motivated by Islamic extremism.

SOURCE: TIMES OF ISRAEL

ASSAULTS/ATTACKS:

  • PHILIPPINES: Two bombs exploded in a southern Philippines town. The first blast was a homemade bomb on a parked motorcycle. The second blast was carried out by a female suicide attacker. A third, unexploded bomb was reportedly found in a public market. The combined explosions killed seven soldiers, six civilians and one police officer. The attacks are suspected to have been masterminded by Abu Sayyaf terrorist group.

SOURCE: DW


ALERTS:

  • ENGLAND: Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism chief urged Londoners to be on the alert for potential extremists as he warned a new attack on the capital is likely as the country emerges from lockdown. He added that the danger came from both lone jihadis and terrorists radicalised here, as well as others directed or inspired by Islamic State supporters overseas.

SOURCE: STANDARD CO


WARNINGS:

  • NIGERIA: United States has warned that ISIS and al-Qaida are penetrating Northwest and looking to expand further south into the littoral areas of Nigeria. Since it began about ten years ago, violent extremism has been largely confined to the north-eastern states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa. Its move southwards could see states like Kano, Katsina, and Kaduna, at risk of terrorist attacks.

SOURCE: ALL AFRICA 


MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT:

  • SYRIA: Elements of the Islamic State group are working to rebuild in western Syria, where the U.S. has little presence, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East warned.

SOURCE: EURONEWS

MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT:

  • IRAQ: US-led coalition troops fighting the Islamic State militant group in Iraq have withdrawn from a military base north of Baghdad. It is the eighth military facility handed over by the US to Iraq in the past months.

SOURCE: DW


CONFLICT IN SOUTH ASIA:

  • AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan government said it would not release the last 320 Taliban prisoners it is holding until the insurgents free more captured soldiers, defying a traditional council held last week and further delaying intra-Afghan talks sought by the United States.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

CONFLICT IN SOUTH ASIA:

  • PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), is training terror groups in Myanmar. It shows that Islamabad continues to harbour and support terror and carry out attacks in countries, including Afghanistan and India, in a bid to create instability in the region.

SOURCE: CENTRALASIA TIMES

CONFLICT IN SOUTH ASIA:

  • The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has announced that the organization’s two major splinter groups, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Hizbul Ahrar (that have a strong presence in provinces of Afghanistan) have joined its ranks again. The reintegration offers TTP a strong sanctuary in Afghanistan, in the Afghan peace process.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT


CONFLICTS IN AFRICA:

  • MOZAMBIQUE: ISIL-linked fighters captured a heavily defended port in the far northern Mozambique town of Mocimboa da Praia, close to the site of natural gas projects, near the projects being developed by oil majors like France’s Total.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AFRICA NEWS

CONFLICTS IN AFRICA:

  • NIGERIA: Jihadists linked to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), an offshoot of Boko Haram, have taken hundreds of hostages in a town in northeast Nigeria.

SOURCE: FRANCE 24

CONFLICTS IN AFRICA:

  • MALI: Tuesday’s stunning coup in Mali -in which mutinous soldiers arrested the country’s president- has opened a power vacuum injecting instability into the heart of the fight against the world’s fastest-growing Islamist insurgency, that have complicated the situation by sparking conflict between ethnic groups in the countryside.

SOURCE: WASHINGTON POST