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1/4/2014 ICT Database Report: January 2014

ICT Database Team

This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis in Egypt. On January 24, a series of bombs targeted police in Cairo, killing 10 people and wounding 100 others. Explosions targeted Cairo’s police headquarters, a central metro station, the Giza pyramids and a movie theater. Ansar Bait al-Maqdas (Supporters of Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for the attacks. January 2014 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Thailand and Yemen.

This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events in Turkey. On January 14, Turkish security forces raided offices and homes aligned with the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, the largest non-governmental organization that is suspecting of aiding Al-Qaeda. Turkish authorities said that Ibrahim Sen, a senior Al-Qaeda militant who was released from the Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba in 2006, was among those arrested. Sen was handed over to Turkish authorities in 2008 and later sentenced by a Turkish court to six years in prison on terrorism charges. Another detainee was Halis Bayancuk, said to head Al-Qaeda operations in Turkey. January 2013 also saw counter-terrorist efforts in Indonesia, Israel and the West Bank, Lebanon, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Spain Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America and Yemen.


20/2/2014 ICT Database Report: December 2013

ICT Database Team

This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis on events in Russia. On December 29, 18 people were killed and 44 others injured when a suicide bomber attacked the Volgograd-1 train station in southern Russia. A second suicide attack took place the following morning, December 30, at 8:30 local time in the Dzerzhinsky district in Volgograd. The bombing targeted a No. 1233 trolleybus of route 15A, which connects a suburb to Volgograd's downtown area, as it was passing one of the city's markets. The attack killed 16 people, including a child, and injured 41 others. Valiat Dagestan, a militant group linked to Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the attacks. December 2013 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Thailand and Yemen.

This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events in the United States of America. On December 14, Terry Loewen, 58, was arrested in the a culmination of a six-month long FBI sting operation, at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas as he attempted to enter the airport tarmac with what he believed was a 'bomb-laden vehicle'. Loewen, who worked as an avionics technician, had a security access card for the airport. Authorities said that he had studied the airport's layout, took photos of various access points and researched flight schedules in order to determine when there would be the most passengers, and then passed the information to the FBI agent. The agent helped Loewen with the construction of the device, which unknown to Loewen, was inactive. Loewen left a letter dated December 11, 2013 for a family member, describing his intent to carry out a suicide mission. Loewen was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property and attempting to provide support to the terrorist group, Al-Qaeda. December 2013 also saw counter-terrorist efforts in Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt and the UK.
 


2/2/2014 ICT Database Report: November 2013

ICT Database Team

This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis on events in Egypt. On November 17, Mohamed Mabrouk, a senior-ranking Homeland Security officer who was involved in the trial against Mohamed Morsi, was assassinated outside his home in Nasr City. On November 20, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the assassination saying that it was in retaliation for the arrests of women protesting the military takeover. On the same day, in a separate incident, 11 soldiers were killed and 27 others injured when two suicide car bombers drove an explosives-laden car into a convoy of military buses, which were carrying off-duty soldiers traveling between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. November 2013 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iraq, Israel and West Bank, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and United Kingdom.

This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events in Pakistan. On November 1, a suspected US drone attack killed Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, as he was leaving a meeting at a mosque in the Dande Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan. On November 2, the Pakistani Taliban named Khan Sayed Sajna as the new leader of the group. November 2013 also saw counter-terrorist efforts in Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Israel and West Bank, Kenya, Philippines, Russia and the United States.


12/1/2014 ICT Database Report: October 2013

ICT Database Team

This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis on events in China. On 28 October, two tourists were killed and 38 others were injured in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, when a jeep crashed into a bridge in front of the Forbidden City. Authorities suspected that the attempted car bombing was perpetrated by Uighur separatists. Police said the vehicle contained a container for petrol, two knives and what they described as a flag with extremist religious slogans on it. The car's license plate number was registered in Xinjiang Province. Authorities arrested five people in connection with the attack. On 24 November 2013, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened similar attacks in the future. October 2013 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Thailand and Tunisia.

This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events carried out by US Special Forces in Libya and Somalia. On 5 October, US forces launched a raid in Tripoli, Libya, and apprehended Abu Anas al-Libi, a suspected Al-Qaeda operative. He was wanted for his role in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. He faced trial in the United States, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. In a separate but coordinated incident, a team of US Navy Seals carried out a strike targeting Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, a senior Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen commander, at his seaside villa in the southern town of Baraawe, Somalia. October 2013 also saw counter-terrorist efforts in Belgium, France, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Libya, Russia, Somalia, Tunisia, United Kingdom and United States of America.


1/12/2013 ICT Database Report: September 2013

ICT Database Team

This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis on events in Africa, specifically Kenya. On 21 September, 68 people were killed and 200 others were injured when a team of armed Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen militants stormed the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. The multi-storey mall, which was part-owned by an Israeli businessman, housed restaurants, cafes, banks, a large supermarket and a cinema. It was popular with expatriates and wealthy Kenyans. At least 18 foreigners were among the dead, six of them Britons and others of them from France, Canada, The Netherlands, Australia, Peru, India, Ghana, South Africa and China. Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack, stating it was in retaliation for Kenyan military operations in Somalia.September 2013 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia and Yemen
 
This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events in the Middle East, specifically Tunisia. On 9 September, two suspected Ansar al-Sharia militants were killed and two others, Mohammed al-Awadi and Mohamed Aouadiare, both senior leaders of the group, were arrested on the outskirts of Tunis. The killings and arrests were part of a large-scale anti-terrorism operation in a northern suburb of Tunis. According to authorities, the militants were involved in the transfer of weapons from Libya to Tunisia. They added that Mohammed al-Awadi and Mohamed Aouadiare were suspected of involvement in the assassination of opposition legislators Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi. Of the two militants killed, only one –Adel Saidi – was identified. September 2013 also saw counter-terrorist efforts in Ceuta, Egypt, France,India, Israel and West Bank , Kenya, Lebanon, United Kingdom, United States of America and Venezula

3/11/2013 ICT Database Report: August 2013

ICT Database Team

The ICT Database Team is pleased to present a brief overview of the terrorist incidents and counter-terrorist actions that occurred worldwide in August 2013. The incidents covered in this month’s report join the over 34,000 previously-recorded terrorist and counter-terrorist incidents in the ICT database.

This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis on events in the Middle East, specifically Lebanon. On 15 August, a powerful car bomb exploded on a busy shopping street in a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut, killing 16 people and injuring approximately 200 others. The Brigades of Aisha, a previously unknown Sunni Islamist group, claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened more operations against Hezbollah. On 24 August, 47 people were killed and approximately 500 others were injured in a double bombing in Tripoli. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks. On 30 August, two religious clerics were charged in connection with the bombings. Two Syrians, including an army officer, were also charged in absentia for placing the bombs outside mosques. August 2013 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines and Syria.

This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events involving the USA. Intelligence relating to an intercepted secret message between Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wahishi, the head of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), discussing plans for a major terrorist attack in Yemen or North Africa, is reported to have contributed to a decision to temporarily close 21 US embassies in the Middle East and North Africa. Following the shutdown, Canada also closed its embassy in Bangladesh. Similarly, Britain, France and Germany closed their embassies in Yemen. August 2013 was also marked by counter-terrorist incidents in India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen.


15/9/2013 ICT Database Report: July 2013

ICT Database Team

The ICT Database Team is pleased to present the ICT's Incidents Database Periodical Report (IDPR) for the month of July, 2013. The incidents mentioned in this monthly report will be added to over 34,000 previously recorded terrorist and counter-terrorist incidents in our database.

This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis on events in Asia, specifically Pakistan. On 30 July, Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) militants dressed in police uniforms and armed with mortars and grenades raided the central prison in Dera Ismail Khan, freeing approximately 250 inmates. As a result of the attack, 12 people were killed, among them policemen, Shi’ite prisoners, and civilians. One of the Shi’ite victims was decapitated. An additional 15 policemen were wounded. The majority of attackers escaped. Officials blamed a combination of negligence and poor communication among Pakistan's many security agencies; however, others suggested that the attackers may have had some “inside” help. Only about 70 of the 200 prison guards who were meant to be on duty at the time were actually present. Although no high-profile Taliban members were being held at the prison, approximately 30 of the militants freed in the assault were described by the authorities as "hardened" Taliban militants. TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. June 2013 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Bahrain, India, Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan and Thailand.

This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events in the Middle East, specifically Egypt. On 27 July, the Egyptian Army, Navy and Air Force launched Operation Desert Storm against terrorists in the northern Sinai Peninsula, with the aim of eliminating terrorist activity there. Egyptian authorities claim some 500 armed extremists are active in the Sinai. According to authorities, ten militants were killed and 20 were captured during the 48-hour operation, which was a response to the almost daily attacks on security forces. June also saw counter-terrorist efforts in Belgium, Bulgaria, Chechnya, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel and the West Bank, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Yemen.

 


11/8/2013 ICT Database Report: June 2013

ICT Database Team

The ICT Database Team is pleased to present the ICT's Incidents Database Periodical Report (IDPR) for the month of June, 2013. The incidents mentioned in this monthly report will be added to over 34,000 previously recorded terrorist and counter-terrorist incidents in our database.

Terrorist Incidents
This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis on events in the Middle East, and specifically in Iraq. According to the UN, 761 people were killed in militant attacks across Iraq in June – fewer than were killed in May 2013. The 10th of June was one of the worst days of the month, with 70 dead and 114 others injured in a series of attacks in central and northern Iraq. The majority of these attacks – car bombings, shootings and clashes – targeted security forces and police in Mosul, where 36 people were killed and 122 were wounded. June 2013 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan Egypt, Indonesia, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan and Thailand.
  

Counter-Terrorism Action
This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events in the Middle East and Europe. Authorities foiled two terrorist plots, in Iraq and Germany, respectively, involving the abuse of toy airplanes to inflict death and destruction. On 1 June, Iraqi authorities arrested five Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Baghdad on suspicion of plotting to carry out poison gas attacks in the Middle East, Europe and North America using remote-controlled toy airplanes. On 25 June, German authorities dismantled a terrorist cell that intended to attack local sites using remote-controlled model airplanes filled with explosives. Although no official link has been made between the two plots, this new modus operandi constitutes a dangerous innovation in terrorism. June also saw counter-terrorist efforts in Denmark, France, Israel and the West Bank, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Somalia, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Yemen.


9/7/2013 ICT Database Report: May 2013

ICT Database Team

The ICT Database Team is pleased to present the ICT's Incidents Database Periodical Report (IDPR) for the month of May, 2013. The incidents mentioned in this monthly report will be added to over 34,000 previously recorded terrorist and counter-terrorist incidents in our database.

Terrorist Incidents
This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis on events in Europe. The report highlights the 22 May brutal killing of British Soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight by Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo, two Muslim converts. The attack was condemned by world leaders and religious leaders alike. The attackers told stunned passers-by that they were motivated by a desire to avenge the killing of Muslims by the British military. Several days later, a French soldier who was patrolling a commercial district west of Paris was stabbed in the neck by a man of North African origin. The attacker fled the scene. Authorities were investigating whether this was a copycat attack.
In May 2013, terrorist incidents were also recorded in Afghanistan, Bahrain, France, India, Iraq, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Tanzania, Thailand and Turkey.

 

Counter-Terrorism Action
This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events in North Africa. The report highlights the dismantling of a Hezbollah cell in Kano, Nigeria, after police discovered a large cache of weapons in a Hezbollah compound. Authorities claimed that the weapons were intended to be used to attack Israeli and Western targets in Nigeria. They also reported arresting a militant identified as Mustafa Fawaz on 16 May, whose confession led to the arrests of other Hezbollah cell members. A second suspect, Abdullah Tahini, was arrested several days later as he tried to board a flight from Kano to Beirut. On 26 May, Lebanese national Talal Roda was arrested in Kano in connection with the same cell. According to police, a fourth suspect identified as Fauzi Fawad is still at large. During questioning, the suspects all admitted to being members of Hezbollah. 

 

 

In May 2013, counter-terrorist incidents were also recorded in Egypt, France, Indonesia, Israel and the West Bank, the UK, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United States and Yemen. 


8/6/2013 ICT Database Report: April 2013

ICT Database Team

The ICT Database Team is pleased to present the ICT's Incidents Database Periodical Report (IDPR) for the month of April, 2013. The incidents mentioned in this monthly report will be added to over 34,000 previously recorded terrorist and counter-terrorist incidents in our database.

Counter-Terrorism Action
This monthly report has extensive coverage of incidents which took place in Asia, specifically pertaining to events in Nepal. On 13 April, Mohsin Khosravian, an Iranian national carrying a forged Israeli passport, was arrested by Israeli Embassy personnel in Kathmandu, suspected of planning to carry out a series of attacks against Israeli institutions and tourists in Nepal. Authorities in Nepal said they believed that the man entered Nepal on 3 April on a false Israeli passport while concealing his genuine Iranian documents in his luggage. Khosravian, was carrying a tourist map of the neighborhood when he was detained, initially told police he had been looking for a computer shop to repair his laptop. He later admitted travelling from Iran to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, where he had been given the forged passport that named him as "Alexander". Subsequently, he flew to Sri Lanka, and from there to Kathmandu. He claimed that after facing loss in his garment business, he arrived in Nepal intending to go to Europe to seek asylum. He was discovered when his Thai wife and two of his Iranian relatives arrived in Kathmandu from Bangkok, where Mohsin has been residing for five years. Other Asia countries discussed in the report include: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Thailand.

Terrorist Incidents
In the USA, the report highlighted 2013 Boston Marathon bombing attack that killed three people and wounded 264 others, many seriously. The suspects initially escaped. On 18 April, shortly after the FBI released images of the suspects, an MIT police officer identified as Sean Collier, 27, was killed and a civilian was carjacked by the suspects. Police managed to chase the suspects resulting in a firefight in which one of the suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed. The second suspect, Tamerlan’s younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev escaped leading to an unprecedented manhunt in the area of Watertown. On 19 April, following a lockdown of the area, a Watertown resident helped police find the suspect who was hiding in his boat in his back yard. Dzhokhar was arrested and taken to a hospital with injuries to the throat. On 22 April, Dzhokhar was charged while still in the hospital, with use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death.

Other countries covered in the April 2013 IDRP are: Canada, France, Israel and West Bank, Italy, Iraq, Libya, Spain, Somalia, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and Yemen.

 


15/5/2013 ICT Database Report: March 2013

ICT Database Team

The ICT Database Team is pleased to present the ICT's Incidents Database Periodical Report (IDPR) for the month of March, 2013. The incidents mentioned in this monthly report will be added to over 34,000 previously recorded terrorist and counter-terrorist incidents in our database.

Terrorist Incidents
This monthly report has extensive coverage of incidents which took place in the Middle East, specifically pertaining to events in Syria. On 19 March, 31 people were killed, including ten soldiers and 110 others injured in the town of Khan al-Asal in what was suspected to be the first use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. Witnesses said they could smell chlorine after the attack and it was reported that photos of dead farm animals in a yard, and video footage of survivors struggling to breathe supported that chemical weapons had been used in the attack. Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi said that a home-made rocket was fired at a military checkpoint from the vicinity of Al-Bab, a district close to Aleppo that is controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra. However, a senior rebel commander, Qassim Saadeddine, who is also a spokesman for the Higher Military Council in Aleppo, denied this, blaming Assad's forces for the alleged chemical strike. Syria is suspected to possess one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons in the world, allegedly holding supplies of sarin, mustard and VX gases, all banned under international law. Damascus however denies the claims. Immediately following the alleged attack, the Syrian government demanded an international investigation, and the UN Security Council obliged, created a team with the assistance of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). However, the UN team is waiting for permission from Syria to enter the country to investigate the claims. Other Middle East countries discussed in the report include: Israel and the West Bank, Egypt and Iraq.

Counter-Terrorism Action
In Cyprus, the report highlighted that Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, a dual Swedish-Lebanese citizen, was found guilty on 21 March, of participating in a plot to attack Israeli tourists visting Cyprus. Authorities said Yaacoub was trained in the use of weapons and scouted sites in Europe, including a Cypriot airport. He admitted that he was a member of Hizballah and to staking out areas frequented by Israeli tourists, but said he did not know his work was part of a plot to kill Israelis. He was found guilty on five of the eight charges against him, including participation in a criminal organization and in the preparation of a criminal act. The three other counts were conspiracy charges, which the ruling said were already covered under the other charges. Yaacoub will be sentenced at a separate hearing. The charges carry a maximum 10 years in prison and a 50,000-euro fine. This was the first time a European court convicted a suspect of plotting to target Israeli citizens abroad on behalf of Hizballah. US authorities hoped the conviction will encourage the European Union to declare Hizballah a terrorist group, restricting the group's ability to recruit and raise funds within Europe.

Other countries covered in the March 2013 IDPR are: Afghanistan, Belgium, China, Ethiopia, France, India, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Philippines, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.

 


5/4/2013 ICT Database Report: February 2013

ICT Database Team

The ICT Database Team is pleased to present the ICT's Incidents Database Periodical Report (IDPR) for the month of February, 2013. The incidents mentioned in this monthly report will be added to over 34,000 previously recorded terrorist and counter-terrorist incidents in our database.

 

This monthly report has extensive coverage of incidents which took place in the Middle East, specifically pertaining to events in Syria. On 21 February, 83 people were killed and 200 injured, when a car bomb exploded next to the Ba'ath Party offices in Damascus. The majority of the casualties were civilians. Police and witnesses said the explosion occurred at a security checkpoint between the Russian embassy and the Ba'ath Party central headquarters. It was also reported that two mortars were fired at the military headquarters in Damascus shortly after the car bomb detonated and two other bombs exploded in the city. In addition, three bombs exploded in the suburb of Barzeh killing 22 people and injuring 50 others. No group claimed responsibility for the attack but authorities blamed the Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant group who had previously carried out similar attacks. Other Middle East countries discussed in the report include: Bahrain, Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, and Turkey.

In the USA, the report highlighted the involvement of four Somali immigrants who were convicted on 22 February in San Diego, California of conspiring to channel money to Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahedin in Somalia. The men coordinated fundraising efforts and sent approximately $9,000 to the organization between 2007 and 2008. Mohamed Mohamud, 40, used his connections as a popular imam at a mosque in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood to raise money for the group. The other defendants were two San Diego taxi drivers, Basaaly Saeed Moalin, 36, and Issa Doreh, 56, and Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud,37, whose financial transfer business Shidaal Express was used to route the money. Moalin, Doreh and Mohamed Mohamud were convicted of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and several counts of conspiracy. Nasir Mohamud was convicted of conspiracy and money laundering. Sentencing was scheduled for 16 May 2013.

Other countries covered in the February 2013 IDRP are: Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Cameroon, France, India, Malaysia, Mali, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Spain, Somalia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

 


1/3/2013 ICT Database Report: January 2013

ICT Database Team

The following is a summary and analysis of the terrorist attacks and counter-terrorism operations that occurred during the month of January 2013, researched and recorded by the ICT database team. Important events this month included the following:

Afghanistan: Six Taliban suicide bombers attacked the compound of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, killing one commando and wounding 33 civilians in Kabul.
Ten police officers, including the local counter-terrorism chief and the head of traffic police, were killed in a suicide bombing in Kunduz.
Algeria: Al-Qaeda-linked militants took approximately 800 people hostage at the Tigantourine gas facility near In Amanas. This led to a four-day siege by Algerian security forces which resulted in the death of 37 hostages and 29 militants. An unknown group, Signed-in-Blood Battalion under the command of Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for the attack.
Brazil: Joseba Gotzon Visan González, a suspected member of ETA, was arrested in Rio de Janeiro, under a European arrest warrant issued by Spain’s National Court. He was wanted in connected with three ETA terror attacks that took place in 1988.
Ethiopia: Ten people went on trial and were convicted of having ties to Al-Qaeda. The sentences ranged from three years to 20 years, and several of the militants also received large fines.
France: Two people were arrested in Toulouse in connection with the March 2012 attacks that occurred in the city and surrounding areas.
Germany: Emrah Erdogan, 24, was indicted by a court in Berlin on suspicion of being a member of Al-Qaeda and Al-Mujahedeen.
Yusuf Ocak and Maqsood Lodin were convicted of membership in Al-Qaeda. Ocak was sentenced in court in Berlin to nine years in prison and Lodin to six years nine months. The pair met in Pakistan and had been recruited by Al-Qaeda to recruit new members and collect money to fund terror attacks in Europe.
Iraq: A bomb killed 28 Shia Muslim pilgrims and injured 50 others in Musayyib, Iraq. No group claimed responsibility for the attack but authorities blamed Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
A series of attacks occurred in Baghdad and Northern Iraq including a car bomb that exploded in a crowded market in Baghdad, a car bomb that exploded near an army checkpoint, and a suicide bombing during a funeral service at the Sayid al-Shuhada mosque in Tuz Khurmatu.
Finance Minister Rafa al-Essawi escaped an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy west of Baghdad as he left a meeting. His car was not hit but two of his guards were wounded. Following this attack, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives next to MP Ayfan Saadun al-Essawi, killing him and six others near Fallujah.
A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Kirkuk killing 50 people and wounding 180 others.
Israel and West Bank: The Judea Military Court charged Ahmed Moussa, 26, with masterminding a bus bombing in central Tel Aviv on 21 November 2012.
Jack Teitel, an Israeli-American citizen, was convicted in Jerusalem of murdering two Palestinians and two attempted murders.
Six men from Beit Fajar, West Bank were indicted in a military court for carrying out a shooting attack in Gush Etzion in November 2012 and planning further attacks. The suspects were charged with attempting first degree murder and membership to a banned organization.
Mahmoud Abu Kuyder, 25, and Samech Abu Kuyder, 21, were detained on suspicion of preparing a series of terrorist attacks in Israel.
Mali: French forces launched air strikes on the southern fringe of the Sahara desert, in an attempt to prevent Al-Qaeda-linked militants move towards Mali’s capital, Bamako.
Nigeria: The convoy of Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano, was attacked in Kano; he escaped unhurt. No group claimed responsibility for the attack but authorities blamed Boko Haram.
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 18 civilians selling bush meat in Damboa and then in a separate attack killed five other civilians in Kano.
North America: Tahawwur Rana, was sentenced in Chicago, Illinois to 14 years in prison for supporting a terrorist plot in Denmark and providing material support to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). He was acquitted of his role in the Mumbai 2008 terror attacks in India. David Coleman Headley, 52, who was chief witness in Rana’s trial, was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison in Chicago, Illinois for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks in India. He was also involved in the Danish plot. He had faced the death sentence and extradition to Pakistan, India, and Denmark; he did not receive this due to his assisting the authorities in Rana’s case.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 21, a Somali-American man, was convicted of attempting to detonate a bomb during a Thanksgiving holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon on 26 November 2010. He is due to be sentenced in May 2013 and faces life in prison.
Pakistan: Four people were killed and 50 others injured when a motorcycle bomb exploded close to headquarters of the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement Party, which had just finished holding a political rally.
Mullah Nazir and five other militants were killed in a suspected US drone missile attack in South Waziristan.
A series of bombings in Quetta killed approximately 100 people and injured many others. The United Baloch Army claimed responsibility for one of the bombings but the other attacks were unclaimed.
Paraguay: Authorities in Paraguay suspected Wassim el Abd Fadel, 31, who was detained in the Tacumbu prison in Asunciun on human-trafficking, money-laundering and narco-trafficking charges, for using money generated from these crimes to finance Hizballah.
Philippines: Authorities in Kidapawan foiled a bomb attack targeting local police. The bomb contained 60mm mortar rounds wired to a battery and a cell phone and was planted near the gate of the main police station in the city.
Somalia: The French military attempted but failed to rescue Denis Allex, a French intelligence officer held in Bulo Marer by Al-Shabab Al-Mujahedeen since 2009. Following the raid, the militants released a statement saying that Allex had been executed.
Six people were killed, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives amongst a group of security officials outside the Somali Prime Minister's office in Mogadishu.
South Africa: Henry Okah, leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), was convicted in South Africa of 13 charges of terrorism
Syria: Two explosions occurred at the University Of Aleppo killing 83 people and wounding 160 others. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Tunisia: A group of suspected militants were arrested in Medenin and authorities seized a large arms cache including Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
United Kingdom: Abid Naseer, 26, was extradited from the UK to the US where he was wanted in connection with alleged terrorism offenses that included providing material support to Al-Qaeda and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction
Three British men aged 18, 31, and 21, were arrested at separate addresses in east London by counter-terrorism officers investigating the kidnapping of a British photographer in Syria.


28/1/2013 ICT Database Report: December 2012

ICT Database Team

The following is a summary and analysis of the terrorist attacks and counter-terrorism operations that occurred during the month of December 2012, researched and recorded by the ICT database team. Important events this month included the following:

Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide bomber armed with an underwear bomb, attempted but failed to assassinate Afghan Intelligence Chief Asadullah Khalid in Kabul.
Azerbaijan: Four men were sentenced to up to 14 years in jail for plotting to carry out a bomb attack at the Eurovision song contest in Baku.
France: Ten people went on trial in Paris for alleged links to the financing of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. (IMU).
Israel and West Bank: Ashraf Abu Aram, 26, and Muhammad Zeitoun, 26, confessed to plotting a kidnapping with the purpose of negotiating the release of PFLP leader Ahmad Saadat.
Nigeria: Jama'tu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan also known as Ansaru, released a statement claiming responsibility for the kidnapping of French engineer Francis Colump.
Pakistan: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants attacked a military base at Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar, killing nine people and injuring 45 others.
Philippines: Mohd Noor Fikrie Bin Abd Kahar, a suspected JI militant, was fatally shot by police after he was allegedly attempted to plant and detonate an improvised explosive device in Davao.
Somalia: Al-Shabab Al-Mujahedeen released a new statement saying that American fighter Omar Shafik Hammami aka Abu Mansur al-Amriki was no longer a member of their organization.
Syria: The US State Department said the al-Nusra Front for the People of the Levant is an alias for Al-Qaeda in Iraq and designated it as a "foreign terrorist organisation".
Tunisia: Sixteen AQIM militants were arrested near the Algerian border accused of attending a terrorist training camp.
United States of America: Shaker Masri was sentenced in a US court to nearly 10 years in prison for links to Al-Shabab Al-Mujahedeen.


2/1/2013 ICT Database Report: November 2012

ICT Database Team

The following is a summary and analysis of the terrorist attacks and counter-terrorism operations that occurred during the month of November 2012, researched and recorded by the ICT database team. Important events this month included the following:

  • On 1 November, nine people were arrested for allegedly planning to set up a terrorist training camp in the northern Rif Mountains, Morocco.
  • On 6 November, a car bomb exploded at the entrance to an Iraqi army base in Taji, Iraq, killing 31 people and injuring 50 others.
  • On 12 November, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), a superior court in the UK, upheld Abu Qatada's appeal against deportation from the UK to Jordan and released him on restrictive bail conditions. 
  • On 14 November, senior Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari was killed in an IAF missile strike in the Gaza strip. The incident marked the start of Operation Pillar of Defence, which lasted until 21 November. During the operation the IDF targeted more than 1,500 terror sites across the Gaza Strip.
  • On 16 November, Raul Sanchez Fuentes Villota, 46, a suspected member of ETA was arrested in Liverpool, UK. 
  • On 18 November, Mohamed Nuh Aden (Abu Hafsa) head of the assassination division for Al-Shabab Al Mujheden was arrested in in Galkayo, Somalia.
  • On 19 November, four men from California, USA were charged with plotting to kill Americans by joining Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. 
  • On 22 November, 23 people were killed and 62 injured when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. 
  • On 27 November, 29 people were killed and 126 wounded as a result of eight car bombings in Iraq.
  • On 28 November, two car bombs exploded simultaneously in Jaramana, an eastern suburb of Damascus, Syria killing 50 people and injuring 120 others.

 


23/12/2012 Abu Qatada – A Legal Failure?

ICT Database Team

Abu Qatada, born in 1960, is one of the most important ideologues in Al-Qa'eda. He was described by Britain's national security court as a "truly dangerous individual" and by a Spanish judge as "Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe".(Guardian,2012) Based in the United Kingdom, authorities claimed he is an important fundraiser for Al-Qa'eda throughout Europe, as well as an important recruiter for Al-Qa'eda Jihadi training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.(Reuters,2002) Abu Qatada is on a worldwide embargo by the United Nations Security Council Committee 1267 for his alleged affiliation with Al-Qa'eda.(BBC,2012)


29/11/2012 ICT Database Report: October 2012

ICT Database Team

The following is a summary and analysis of the terrorist attacks and counter-terrorism operations that occurred during the month of October 2012, researched and recorded by the ICT database team. Important events this month included the following:

  • On 2 October, Ali Hussein Nassif, a senior Hezbollah militant responsible for the organization’s operations in Syria, was killed near Homs, Syria.
  • On 4 October, Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, announced the arrest of Milad Hatib, 26, accused of spying on behalf of Hezbollah.
  • On 6 October, the Israeli Air Force shot down an unmanned drone after it crossed into southern Israel. Hezbollah claimed responsibility.
  • On 6 October, police in Strasbourg, France fatally shot a man during an anti-terrorism raid in connection with an investigation into a grenade attack against a Jewish grocery store near Paris on 19 September 2012.
  • On 9 October, Taliban gunmen shot Malala Yousafzai, 14, while she was travelling home on a school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Another child was also wounded. Yousafzai had been writing a BBC blog about life under the Taliban since the age of 11.
  • On 17 October, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was arrested in New York, NY by federal authorities on suspicion of attempting to detonate a bomb – a fake supplied by the FBI.
  • On 18 October, a US federal jury convicted Somali national Mahamud Said Omar, 46, of conspiring to recruit young men from Minnesota to join Al-Shabab Al-Mujahedeen.
  • On 19 October, a car bomb exploded in Beirut, Lebanon, killing three people, including Wissam Al-Hassan, a senior intelligence officer, and wounding 110 others.
  • On 21 October, Jordanian authorities said they foiled a major plot by a suspected Al-Qaeda-linked cell to kill diplomats and detonate a series of bombs in Amman, Jordan.
  • On 27 October, militants carried out a series of attacks across central and northern Iraq during the Eid Al-Adha holiday, killing approximately 30 people and wounding 100 others.
  • On 27 October, 11 militants suspected of planning attacks on domestic and foreign targets throughout Indonesia were arrested by Indonesia’s anti-terrorism squad in four provinces.
  • On 28 October, senior ETA militants Izaskun Lesaka, 37, and Joseba Iturbide Ochoteco, 35, were arrested by elite police officers in Macon, France.
  • On 29 October, Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, reported arresting 30 operatives who had attempted to re-establish a Hamas command centre in the West Bank.
 

1/11/2012 ICT Database Report: September 2012

ICT Database Team

The following is a summary and analysis of the terrorist attacks and counter-terrorism operations that occurred during the month of September 2012, researched and recorded by the ICT database team. Important events this month included the following:

  • On 4 September, 25 people were killed and 30 injured in a suicide bombing in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. 
  • On 7 September, the US State Department designated the Haqqani Network a foreign terrorist organization. 
  • On 8 September, the Egyptian military killed 23 militants, arrested 58 suspects and destroyed 31 smuggling tunnels in the Sinai Peninsula. 
  • On 9 September, 108 people were killed and 371 others injured in a series of coordinated bombings and shootings throughout Iraq.
  • On 12 September, authorities arrested a man, 23, accused of terrorism-related offences following raids in six suburbs in Melbourne, Australia.
  • On 13 September, Mehrajuddin Dand, aka Javed, was arrested in Indian Kashmir for his alleged role in the 1999 hijacking of an Indian passenger plane.
  • On 14 September, Amine El-Khalifi, 29, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a suicide bomb at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA. 
  • On 18 September, eight men were arrested in Copenhagen, Denmark and accused of providing financial support to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). 
  • On 21 September, six people were killed and 40 others injured when two bombs exploded near a crowded market in Sai Buri District, Pattani Province, Thailand.
  • On 23 September, an Indonesian anti-terrorist squad arrested 10 suspected militants and seized explosives in Java and Borneo Island.
  • On 24 September, the European Court of Human Rights approved the extradition of five major terrorism suspects, including Abu Hamza, from the UK to the US.

 


18/10/2012 ICT Database Report: July 2012

ICT Database Team

The following is a summary and analysis of the terrorist attacks and counter-terrorism operations that occurred during the month of July 2012, researched and recorded by the ICT database team. Important events this month included the following:

  • On 1 July, 17 people were killed and 60 others injured when armed militants carried out a coordinated attack on two churches in Garissa, Kenya.
  • On 5 July, six people were arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in London, UK.
  • British traffic police discovered a car filled with explosives, leading to a major counter- terrorist operation between 3-5 July, resulting in the arrests of seven people in the UK.
  • On 7 July, a Swedish Lebanese man, 24, was arrested in Limassol, Cyprus on suspicion of collecting information on Israeli flights to Cyprus and bus tours catering to Israeli tourists.
  • On 11 July, six rubber plantation workers were killed and 27 others injured when suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen ambushed a vehicle transporting them to work in Basilan, Philippines.
  • On 12 July, nine police and prison trainee staff were killed and nine others injured by Tehrik-i-Taliban gunmen who attacked a police academy in Lahore, Pakistan.
  • On 14 July, 23 people were killed and 60 wounded when a suicide bomber attacked the wedding reception of the daughter of a prominent politician in Samangan, Afghanistan.
  • On 15 July, armed police in Edinburgh, UK arrested ETA militant Benat Atorrasagasti Ordonez, 36, more than 10 years after he went on the run.
  • On 18 July, six people were killed and 32 others injured when a suspected suicide bomber detonated a bomb on a bus full of Israeli tourists at Burgas Airport, Bulgaria.
  • On 18 July, an explosion in the National Security Building on Rawda Square in Damascus, Syria killed three of President Assad’s senior aides and injured several of his advisors.
  • On 23 July, 113 people were killed and 299 injured in a series of coordinated attacks in Iraq.
  • On 27 July, the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem posted a video online in which it again claimed responsibility for a cross-border attack on 18 June 2012.

 


14/10/2012 ICT Database Report: August 2012

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team. 


20/8/2012 "The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem" A New Player in the Lawless “Wild West” of the Sinai Peninsula?

ICT Database Team

ICT Database Insight: “The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem" A New Player in the Lawless “Wild West” of the Sinai Peninsula?

 


1/8/2012 ICT Database Report: June 2012

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


30/6/2012 ICT Database Report: May 2012

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


29/5/2012 ICT Database Report: April 2012

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


28/5/2012 “With friends like these...” Is Syria seeing a spill over from Iraq?

ICT Database Team

ICT Database Insight: “With friends like these...” Is Syria seeing a spill over from Iraq?


19/4/2012 ICT Database Report: March 2012

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


14/3/2012 ICT Database Report: February 2012

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


14/2/2012 ICT Database Report: January 2012

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


9/2/2012 MOJWA - A splinter group of AQIM

ICT Database Team

ICT Database Insight: MOJWA - A splinter group of AQIM


23/1/2012 ICT Database Report: December 2011

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


11/1/2012 ICT Database Insight: Jihadi Activity in Kazakhstan?

ICT Database Team

ICT Database Insight: Jihadi Activity in Kazakhstan?


22/12/2011 ICT Database Report: November 2011

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


23/11/2011 ICT Database Report: October 2011

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


10/10/2011 ICT Database Report: September 2011

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


21/9/2011 ICT Database Report: August 2011

ICT Database Team

 Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


23/8/2011 ICT Database Report: July 2011

ICT Database Team

 Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


8/7/2011 ICT Database Report: June 2011

ICT Database Team

 Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


14/6/2011 ICT Database Report: March to May 2011

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


15/3/2011 ICT Database Report: February 2011

ICT Database Team

 Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.
 


18/2/2011 ICT Database Report: January 2011

ICT Database Team

Regional activity reports from ICT's Terrorism Database Team.


 
 
 
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