Tag Archives: terrorism

Iraq: Dozens dead in Baghdad suicide attacks

Source: CBS News

“Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a busy street market in central Baghdad on Monday, in back-to-back explosions that killed at least 38 people, Iraqi health and police officials said. The attackers struck during rush hour in the city’s Tayran Square, which is usually crowded by laborers seeking work. The twin explosions also wounded at least 105 people, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media. … No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but it bore all the hallmarks of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has claimed many such attacks in the past.” (01/15/18)


Trump is wrong. Green card immigrants aren’t a terrorist threat

Source: Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

“From 1975 through 2017, 16 people have been murdered in attacks on U.S. soil by terrorists who entered on a green card. My estimate is that such terrorists, including those in the family-sponsored category that this administration wants to cut, are responsible for 0.4 percent of all deaths in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 1975. The odds of dying in a terrorist attack committed by an immigrant who entered on a green card during that time are about one in 723 million per year. This number even exaggerates the danger to American citizens and legal immigrants. If you do not include the deaths of the six out of eight people murdered by [Sayfullo] Saipov on Halloween who were Argentinian tourists, the danger to American citizens decreases even further, to about one in 1.2 billion a year.” (01/09/18)


Afghanistan: Kabul protest hit by deadly bomb attack

Source: Guardian [UK]

“A suicide attacker blew himself up near a crowd of police and protesters in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 25 others, in the latest deadly violence to bring carnage to the Afghan capital. … A security source who spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity said 20 people had been killed and 20 wounded in the attack, but the higher death toll could not be immediately confirmed. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which happened during a protest following the death of a shopkeeper during a police operation targeting alcohol and bootleggers, an unnamed official said.” (01/04/18)


Afghanistan: Explosives-rigged rickshaw blast kills 17 at funeral

Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“A bombing targeted the funeral of a local official in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 17 people, officials said. Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a rickshaw rigged with explosives went off among people gathered in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, to mourn a former district chief. He said around 13 other people were wounded. Habibi said initial reports were that a suicide bomber was behind the attack, but that authorities now believe it was a remotely detonated explosion.” (12/31/17)


Egypt: Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, Christian-owned shop

Source: Reuters

“A gunman killed at least 11 people on Friday in attacks on a Coptic Orthodox church and a Christian-owned shop near Cairo before he was wounded and arrested, the Egyptian interior ministry and church officials said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, in a statement carried out by its Amaq news agency, though it provided no evidence for the claim. Police have stepped up security measures around churches ahead of Coptic Christmas celebrations on Jan. 7, deploying officers outside Christian places of worship and setting up metal detectors at some of the bigger churches.” (12/29/17)


Russia: Supermarket explosion injures at least 13

Source: NBC News

“The explosion at a supermarket in Russia’s second-largest city was a terrorist attack, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. At least 13 people were injured Wednesday night when an improvised explosive device went off at a storage area for customers’ bags at the supermarket in St. Petersburg. Investigators said the device contained 7 ounces of explosives and was rigged with shrapnel to cause more damage. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.” (12/28/17)


Security theater: Heimatsicherheitsdienst says Pennsylvania police shootings were “terror attack”

Source: CNN

“The Department of Homeland Security is calling a series of shootings targeting law enforcement in Pennsylvania a ‘terror attack.’ Authorities said Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, was shot and killed by police Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after he fired several times at law enforcement officers throughout the city. The string of shootings began just steps from the state’s Capitol building when El-Mofty fired several times at a Capitol Police officer and then, shot and injured at a state trooper. Later, he used two handguns to open fire at several officers who then returned fire and killed him, according to a statement from the Dauphin County district attorney’s office.” [editor’s note: “Terrorism” consists of attacks on civilian non-combatants to create a climate of terror that lends itself to achieving a political objective. Police are the opposite of civilians and the opposite of non-combatants. So whatever else this may have been, it wasn’t a “terror attack” – TLK] (12/24/17)


Pakistan: Suicide bombers attack church, killing nine

Source: Chicago Tribune

“Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistani on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country’s Islamic State group affiliate. Hundreds of worshippers were attending services ahead of Christmas when the bombers appeared in the city of Quetta and clashed with security forces. One assailant was killed at the church entrance. The other made it inside, said Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province. … The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the attack on their Aamaq news agency, saying two ‘plungers’ from their group had stormed the church, without providing further details.” (12/17/17)


Russia: Kremlin says US tip-off helped halt terrorist attack

Source: Reuters

“Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city of St Petersburg, the Kremlin said. Information provided by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) allowed Russian law-enforcement agencies to arrest the would-be attackers before they could carry out their plan, the Kremlin said in a statement posted on its Internet site. A senior Trump administration official confirmed Trump and Putin had spoken on Sunday. However, there was no immediate confirmation from U.S. authorities that they had shared the intelligence with Russian officials.” (12/17/17)


The ever-expanding war on terror

Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“In an effort to further tighten the screws on North Korea in what is likely to be another failed U.S. attempt to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear program, President Trump put that country back on its list of countries sponsoring terrorism. North Korea will join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list. In response, North Korea has conducted another ballistic missile test. Originally, some justification existed for putting North Korea on this list in 1988. In 1987, according to a North Korean agent, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un’s father and predecessor as North Korean leader, directed that a bomb be placed on a South Korean passenger jet, which resulted in the deaths of 115 civilians. Although for years after that incident, North Korea remained a quirky, despotic country trying to get nuclear weapons, it did not commit any acts that objectively could be called terrorism, if that term is used to describe deliberate attacks on civilians to attempt to scare them into pressuring their government for changes in policy.” (12/11/17)