U.S. intel says that Osama bin Laden’s son and potential leader of al-Qaeda, Hazma bin Laden, is dead. In February the State Dept. offered up to $1M for information regarding the location of Hazma bin Laden.
The Taliban is signaling optimism in its peace talks with the U.S. Taliban negotiators are now saying that they believe an agreement can be reached in their next round of talks beginning this week.
An insider attack by an Afghan soldier killed two U.S. service members. 14 American troops have now been killed in Afghanistan in 2019. Peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban continue in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia says one person has been killed and seven wounded in an attack allegedly carried out by the Houthi Yemeni rebels on the kingdom’s Abha airport on Sunday. The attack comes less that two weeks after the same airport was attacked by a Houthi cruise missile, injuring at least 26 of the passengers inside.
The family of Brian Clyde—the man suspected of trying to shoot up a federal building in Dallas last Monday—have confirmed that the 22-year-old previously spent time at a mental institution, but was still able to get his hands on a rifle. Clyde was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with federal officers Monday, while no one else was hurt.
New Zealand’s strict response to the mosque attacks in Christchurch has continued with the jailing of a man who shared a video of the shooting and asked for a “kill count” to be added to the footage. Philip Arps, 44, sent the video to 30 people, and intended to share a modified version of it—complete with crosshairs and a kill count—to more people.
A Tennessee sheriff’s detective gave a church sermon calling for the government to arrest and “speedily” execute LGBT people. Fritts referenced his law enforcement career multiple times during the sermon telling his congregation “such arrests and executions should be carried out by our government, not Christians … unless you’re a policeman.” Truly terrifying.
Mustafa al-Imam was found guilty on two charges, “conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists and maliciously destroying and property at the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi.” As the jury is still undecided on the murder charges, the DC District Court federal judge has sent them back to deliberate.
8 people were killed and 12 injured after a suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan. There have been no claims of the attack by the active terrorist groups in the region, which include the Islamic State and the Taliban.
The Valediction Memorial at Prague’s main railway station – representing trains used to transport 669 children from the Czech capital to Britain – has been damaged in an apparently “carefully planned attack.” The vandalism appeared to be aimed at disfiguring the shrine’s most evocative feature, a train window engraved with handprints depicting adults and children forced to bid farewell in heartbreaking circumstances.
After years of Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte moving closer to Beijing, Filipino struggles with controlling terrorism and the demand for more U.S. counterterrorism aid may bring the U.S. and Philippines closer together.
Eight police officers and five militants were killed during the clash. The attack occurred right before the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marked by morning prayers.
Iraqi law allows for the death penalty to be pursued against anyone who joins a terrorist organization, even if they do not pick up a weapon. This law has allowed Iraq to sentence 11 French nationals to death for their work with ISIS.
Chris Maier of the Pentagon says that there has been a “measurable decrease” in the number of U.S. forces in Syria. The U.S. appears to be keeping some of its forces in Syria as other coalition partners move more troops in.
A Dutch photographer held hostage by Islamic State-linked militants in the Philippines since 2012 was killed on Friday by his captors when he tried to escape during a firefight. The Abu Sayyaf, a small but violent group in the Muslim south of the largely Catholic Philippines, has been known for extortion, kidnappings, beheadings and bombings, and has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
At least five people were killed and 18 injured after a series of six explosions went off in Kirkuk, Iraq. While no group has claimed responsibility for the explosions, ISIS is active in the area.
During his confession with police, Mohamed Hichem M admitted that he committed the act of terror for ISIS and previously pledged allegiance to the terrorist group.
“Assange is not a journalist. He is a spy. The fact that he gave stolen U.S. intelligence to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, China, Iran and other adversaries via a website rather than dead-drops is irrelevant. He engaged in espionage against the United States. And he has no remorse for the harm he has caused. He once called the innocent people hurt by his disclosures ‘collateral damage’ and admitted WikiLeaks might get ‘blood on our hands.’ Sorry, he does not get to aid and abet our enemies, put countless lives at risk and then hide behind the First Amendment. The Justice Department is right to indict him for his crimes.”
Three Frenchmen were sentenced to death by an Iraqi court after the court found them guilty of joining the Islamic State.These three men are the first French nationals to receive the death penalty in Iraq for their decision to join the Islamic State.
French President Emmanuel Macron described the explosion in Lyon as an “attack”. The bomb is described as a package that was filled screws, nuts, and bolts and was placed by a masked cyclist. At least 8 people are injured.
A New Jersey man who threatened to shoot everyone at a “pro-Israel” rally and to bomb Trump Tower was arrested on charges relating to his attempt to provide support to Hamas.
American John Walker Lindh has served 17 years in prison for his work in the Taliban and is set to be released from prison for three years of supervised release. Lindh joined the Taliban before 9/11 but remained in the group after the attacks and after knowing that it was Osama bin Laden that ordered the attacks.
While the Islamic State may have been defeated militarily in Iraq, one of its branches of fighters in Afghanistan continues to grow. Unclassified intelligence suggests that the IS-Khorasan group in Afghanistan has as many as 5,000 members.
A roadside bomb injured at least 17 people on Sunday when it detonated next to a bus of tourists, close to the Giza pyramids in Cairo. An “unknown device” exploded close to the bus, and struck a nearby car, carrying four Egyptian citizens.
The brawl erupted when five militants, armed with makeshift knives and other weapons, killed three guards and five prisoners inside the facility that holds some 1,500 prisoners affiliated with ISIS. After the security forces at the prison intervened to restore order, 24 more prisoners were killed.
The U.S. says it supports an international effort spearheaded by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron to find ways to stop social media from spreading hate — but won’t take part in it. Signing onto the effort are the UK, Japan, Australia, Italy, India, Germany, and Spain, along with tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube. The White House suggested it has concerns about First Amendment violations.
Sri Lanka has blocked Facebook and WhatsApp after an eruption of retaliatory attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the wake of the Easter bombings by Islamist militants. “The attack continued for nearly two hours and they attacked one house also in the village. There were hundreds of attackers,” a resident of the Muslim-majority town of Kiniyama told reporters.
Gunmen stormed a hotel in China-operated Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, Pakistan. The nationalist terrorist Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) is claiming responsibility for the attack.
A U.S.-led airstrike against an ISIS-Somalia camp in the Golis mountains has killed 13 terrorists. The U.S. currently believes that no civilians were killed in the strike.
Twitter is making progress on tackling online terrorism content on its platform as it suspended over 166,000 accounts in the second half of last year. Together with other large tech companies, Twitter is under pressure from regulators and governments all over the world to remove extremist content more rapidly or face more heavy-handed legislation.
A bomb targeting Pakistani police outside a major shrine in the city of Lahore on Wednesday killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 20, officials said. The blast went off near the Data Darbar, one of the largest Muslim shrines in South Asia, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year.
Abdirizak Wehelie was arrested by federal authorities on charges of making false statements after he altered transcripts of calls in which he was caught speaking with terrorist suspects. Wehelie, who has a son in prison on terrorism-related charges, was previously an FBI translator.
Muslim community leaders say the mastermind of the Sri Lanka Easter suicide attacks used Facebook to publicly call for the death of non-Muslims, and worked for months in private chatrooms to persuade six young men to sacrifice themselves for that cause. He also used social media to inspire wealthy brothers Ilham and Inshaf Ibrahim to bankroll his assault.
“Small, simple steps can help stem the rising tide of white nationalist terrorism, but one thing above all could dramatically reduce domestic extremism: leadership. Offering ‘thoughts and prayers’ via tweets accomplishes nothing. Elected leaders must acknowledge white nationalist terrorism now, publicly refute the divisive ideology, and affirm their commitment to protect all Americans against threats foreign and domestic.”
Infamous Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi made his first appearance in an ISIS video in five years. As speculation grows behind the reason for his reappearance, many believe that he is attempting to assure supporters that the caliphate is not dead, despite heavy losses over the last few months. Others believe that he is signaling to lone-wolf attackers to work autonomously as the communication and structure of ISIS break down.
“America is unique in world history. Never before was a country founded on the ideals that all people are created in God’s image and that all people deserve freedom and liberty. We fought a war to make that promise real. And I believe we can make it real again. That is what I pledge to do with my borrowed time.”
The students were charged with conspiracy to commit murder on Friday for allegedly scheming to kill students and parents at South Cumberland Elementary School before killing themselves. A school resource officer heard about a rumor about a “hit list” relating to a future school shooting, and was able to alert the authorities on time.
At least one suicide bomber in the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka trained with Islamic State in Syria, reflecting the extremist group’s continued reach even after the collapse of its self-declared caliphate. As many as four of the bombers are being investigated for travels to Turkey, Syria or Iraq, where they learned bomb-making and communications skills and were sent home to Sri Lanka to start local operations.
Mark Domingo, an Army veteran and convert to Islam, had planned a terror attack in Long Beach, Calif., that would have targeted a white supremacist rally in the area in retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack. Domingo was arrested by federal authorities before any attack took place. A supporter of violent jihad, Domingo spoke about becoming a martyr and of pledging allegiance to ISIS if it established a presence in the U.S.
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was wounded during the shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue outside of San Diego. Despite losing a finger in the attack, Goldstein said, “We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall. We will not let anyone or anything take us down. We need to battle darkness with light…” The attack left one dead and four wounded.