Global Terrorism News September 2020

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September 2020

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NORTH AMERICA

  • UNITED STATES: Two American supporters of ISIS living in Texas and South Carolina were arrested for conspiring with a terrorist organization to plan “Netflix worthy” attacks on Trump Tower, the New York Stock Exchange and federal buildings, according to the FBI.

SOURCE: THE INDEPENDENT


EUROPE

  • NORTHERN IRELAND:: The New IRA, a dissident Irish republican group in Northern Ireland, could have ties to Hezbollah and other militant groups in the Middle East, according to intelligence gathered by the UK security services. The Middle Eastern groups may be providing the New IRA with both funds and weapons.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

EUROPE

  • SERBIA: Serbia announced that is going to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. It will limit their ability to operate in Europe, according to U.S., that urged all countries in Europe to take whatever action they can to prevent Hezbollah operatives, recruiters, and financiers from operating on their territories.

SOURCE: THE POCHTIMES

EUROPE

  • US official has accused Lebanon’s Hezbollah of stockpiling ammonium nitrate at sites in multiple European countries amid a push to get the European Union to designate the organization’s political wing as a terrorist group. The Trump administration is engaged in what it calls a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran and the militias and organizations it supports abroad.

SOURCE: AL MONITOR

EUROPE

  • FRANCE: The threat of terrorist attacks “remains extremely high in the country,” according to the interior minister. 

SOURCE: DW

EUROPE

  • FRANCE: Two employees of the Premieres Lignes news production agency were attacked in Paris by a knife-wielding man near the former address of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical newspaper whose staff was massacred in a 2015 attack by Islamist militants (the 14 alleged accomplices in that attack are currently on trial). The attack is being treated as an act of Islamist terrorism by French authorities.

SOURCE: RT

EUROPE

  • TURKEY: Turkish police have arrested Mahmut Ozden, the top Islamic State commander in the country. He had been constantly receiving orders from both Iraq and Syria to carry out an attack in Turkey, according to local security forces. IS officially announced its presence in Turkey in 2019 and has conducted numerous attacks in the country.

SOURCE: BBC

EUROPE

  • NORTH MACEDONIA:Police have arrested three men on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in the country. The suspects had previously been convicted of participation in the Islamic State militant group.

SOURCE: EURONEWS


EURASIA

  • ARMENIA: Armenia has been relocating Kurdistan Working Party (PKK, classified by all Western countries as a terrorist organisation) terrorists from Syria and Iraq to the occupied territories of Nagorno-Karabakh to prepare for future hostilities and train Armenian militias. The dangerous action of Armenia risks to further destabilize the region, which has a strategic importance for Azerbaijan and Europe, as it provides energy and transport links to Georgia, Turkey and Europe for the Azerbaijani oil and gas.

SOURCE: EUREPORTER


MIDDLE EAST

  • SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia arrested 10 members of a “terrorist cell”, some of whom underwent military and explosives training at Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) camps in Iran. Relations between Riyadh and Tehran have been tense for several years as Iranian multiplied its hostile activities in the Gulf region, both directly and via proxies. Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran of being behind attacks on Saudi oil targets.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

MIDDLE EAST

  • SYRIA:  The Islamic State operations against Syrian regime and pro-Iranian targets have recently intensified, causing additional losses, despite the military operations of Russia. The United States is the main beneficiary of [IS attacks], using them as a pretext to justify its presence in eastern Syria.

SOURCE: AL MONITOR

MIDDLE EAST

  • LEBANON: Security forces arrest members of a terrorist cell linked to the Islamic State that was in the process of carrying out security activities inside Lebanon. ISIS has been damaged to the point that it does not hold any territory in Syria or Iraq any more. But its fighters still operate in some parts of Syria and Iraq, mostly in the vast uncontrolled border areas.

SOURCE: SOHR

MIDDLE EAST

  • IRAQ: United States has decided to reduce troop in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during September. They assured that Iraq local forces alone can prevent the Islamic State from returning. Trump is also set to announce further troop withdrawals from Afghanistan in the coming days, in accordance with a bilateral agreement signed with the Taliban.

SOURCE: DW

MIDDLE EAST

  • IRAQ: Three Western diplomatic or military installations have reportedly been targeted in Iraq in separate attacks in the span of 24 hours. No group has claimed responsibility, but they are the latest in a series of explosions that hit US occupation forces amid anti-American sentiment in the country. The Iraqi-US relations have witnessed rising tension since January 3 when a US drone assassinate -in Iraq– the former commander of the Quds Force of Iran General Soleimani.

SOURCE: ABNA24

MIDDLE EAST

  • Turkey and Iran agreed to take joint operations against PKK and PJAK — Iran-based offshoot of the PKK terror group — as well as other terrorist organizations.

SOURCE: YENISAFAK NEWS


SOUTH ASIA

  • INDIA: India’s internal security service arrested nine operatives (all Indian citizens, Muslim immigrants who lived in the past in Pakistan) from Al-Qaeda who were preparing to carry out attacks on infrastructure and officers of the Indian Navy. They were getting instructions from a Pakistan-based terror cell, according to the Indian security service.   Al-Qaeda is operating on a wide scale in India and is trying to establish terror cells inside the country.

SOURCE: ISRAEL DEFENSE

SOUTH ASIA

  • PAKISTAN: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, a strong ally of al-Qaeda) recent reunification of various breakaway factions –Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Hizb ul-Ahrar, Hakeemullah Mehsud group and a faction of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi– will pose threats to projects linked to China’s Belt and Road Initiative in northwestern Pakistan and create internal security issues in the region, according to analysts. The TTP often target Chinese projects as retaliation for mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims by the Chinese government.

SOURCE: CENTRAL ASIA NEWS

SOUTH ASIA

  • PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s security forces have carried out intensive counterterrorism campaigns across the country, to clear the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Although the Afghan peace deal between the Taliban and the US continues to hold despite the many challenges facing it, the threat to its survival from Iran and its proxies, such as the Fatemiyoun Brigade, cannot be ignored or underestimated. As robust, deep-rooted sectarian networks continue to exist in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a dark cloud hangs over the future of both countries.

SOURCE: ARAB NEWS

SOUTH ASIA

  • PAKISTAN: The United States and India underlined the urgent need for Pakistan to take immediate, sustained and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorist attacks. China came to defence of Pakistan, saying the country has made “tremendous sacrifice” in fighting terrorism.

SOURCE: TIMES OF INDIA

SOUTH ASIA

  • PAKISTAN: Militants have stepped up attacks on security forces in northwest Pakistan raising fears of a revival of their insurgency and a return of lawlessness as brighter prospects for peace in Afghanistan herald shifting Islamist alliances.

SOURCE: REUTERS

SOUTH ASIA

  • AFGHANISTAN: A bomb target Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh in the Taimani area of Kabul. It has left at least 10 people dead. No group has claimed responsibility, but Saleh is known for his anti-Taliban stance.

SOURCE: DW

SOUTH ASIA

  • AFGHANISTAN: Taliban fighters have launched 368 terrorist attacks in various parts of 22 provinces of the country during the last week, as a result 49 civilians lost their lives.

SOURCE: BAKHTAR NEWS

SOUTH ASIA

  • AFGHANISTAN: China is concerned about terror groups like Taliban coming to power in Afghanistan. It will mean a “fundamentalist Islamist theocracy” in control over a strategic territory with China having limited controls over the developments. China´s primary concern regarding terrorism in Afghanistan is about the security of Xinjiang Province (which is home to the Uyghur Muslims), directly relevant for Beijing’s ‘March West’ strategy which includes the Belt and Road Initiative and related projects in Central Asian countries.

SOURCE: CENTRAL ASIA NEWS

SOUTH ASIA

  • AFGHANISTAN: The European Union will extend its Border Management Program in Central Asia (BOMCA, which has been assisting Central Asia in countering terrorism) to Afghanistan.

SOURCE: ASTANA TIMES

SOUTH ASIA

  • 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


AFRICA

  • NIGERIA: At least 1,165 people were killed in violent attacks in the Northwestern region of Nigeria between January and August this year. No fewer than 113 people were also kidnapped in the region in the last eight months.

SOURCE: PREMIUM TIME NG

AFRICA

  • MOROCCO: The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation dismantled a terrorist cell with suspected links to ISIS, and foiled its imminent plots. The head of the terrorist cell had planned to carry out terrorist operations targeting several facilities and sensitive sites, using explosive devices and belts.

SOURCE: AAWSAT

AFRICA

  • SOMALIA: A suicide bomber walked into a Mogadishu restaurant and blew himself up. Three people were killed. There was no immediate claim for the attack.

SOURCE: GLOBAL TIMES

AFRICA

  • KENIA: U.S military plan to carry out armed drone strikes targeting Al Shabaab fighters in portions of Kenya, potentially expanding the war zone across the border from their sanctuaries in Somalia.

SOURCE: STRANDARD MEDIA

AFRICA

  • TUNISIA: An attack occurred on Tunisian National Guard officers in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse when perpetrators rammed their vehicle into security officers and attacked them with knives. It left one security officer dead. The Islamic State claimed the attack.

SOURCE: DAILY SABAH

AFRICA

  • AFRICA: The Salafi-jihadi movement is already expanding and deepening its presence across Africa, and negative trendlines in key African regions will likely create new opportunities for this spread, according to analysts, that warn that the US is far from prepared for this likely scenario, and that will create opportunities for great-power rivals. Russia and China could use the growing Salafi-jihadi movement in Africa to intervene (in ways that will fuel the Salafi-jihadi trend rather than arrest it).

SOURCE: AEI