Eye on Extremism: May 16, 2023

The Times Of Israel: Hamas Gave Sanctuary To Islamic Jihad Leaders During 5-Day Gaza Operation — Report

“Hamas provided hiding places for leaders of Palestinian Islamic Jihad during Israel’s five-day offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to a report Sunday. The terror group’s military wing lent its assistance after Israel began Operation Shield and Arrow with the assassination of three senior PIJ commanders on Tuesday, Channel 12 news reported, without citing sources. Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, did not actively take part in the recent round of violence, effectively helping to keep it limited. In its campaign, Israel eliminated some of PIJ’s senior leadership in a series of airstrikes, while the terror group fired some 1,500 rockets at Israel until an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into effect Saturday night.”

Garowe Online: Kenya Set To Reopen Border Points With Somalia Shut Over Al-Shabaab Raids

“Kenya is set to re-open three border posts with Somalia shut down a few years ago over persistent Al-Shabaab attacks, the country's Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki announced, in what would be a relief for traders across the two nations. For the last twelve years, the border points of Mandera/Belet Hawo [Belethawal, Liboi- Harhar/Dhobley and Kiunga/Ras Kamboni were closed by President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration but his term ended before the conclusion of the talks. Kenya, Kindiki said, is currently leading talks to reserve the decision with the East African nation focusing on the resumption of trade between the two countries and the free movement of people. On Monday, a meeting termed as ‘critical’ will be held between the two countries, Kindiki told The Star. ‘We will be having important engagements on Monday morning with the Somalia delegation with the view of re-opening the three border points between the two countries,’ he said.”

United States 

Daily Mail: Afghan On The FBI's Terror Watchlist Is Arrested At The Southern Border Trying To Illegally Creep Into US With A Group Of Migrants - As Border Agents Slam Joe Biden For Not Extending Title 42

“An Afghan national on the FBI's terror watchlist has been captured trying to sneak into the US at the southern border near San Digeo - as border patrol agents continue to slam Joe Biden for letting Title 42 expire. Multiple officials in the region have confirmed the arrest, as the FBI has begun an investigation on the attempt, where he tried to get in with a group of migrants near the town of Otay Mesa. Border Patrol agents discovered the Afghan national via a fingerprint scan that connected him to a terrorist screening database. The suspect crossed the border just one day before the Biden administration allowed Title 42 to end.”


Ahna News Agency: SDF Announce The Arrest Of ISIS Leader In Hasaka Countryside

“The Media Center of the Syrian Democratic Forces stated that: ‘Our SDF Special Units conducted, last Monday, a meticulously executed security operation, dismantling an ISIS terrorist cell in the town of al-Dashisha, in the southern countryside of Hasaka.’ The operation was supported by air surveillance and ground support by the international coalition forces. As a result, our units successfully apprehended the leader of the ISIS terrorist cell alongside an accompanying suspect. The captured terrorist leader had been actively planning terrorist attacks against our military, security forces, and civilians. His actions posed a severe threat to the security and stability of the region, in addition to facilitating the movement of terrorist cells. He was directly responsible for their activities in the southern region of the Hasaka and the northern region of Deir al-zor.”


Press TV: IRGC Intelligence Forces Bust Terror Network Linked To Daesh-K In Southern Iran

“The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) intelligence forces have disbanded a terror network affiliated with Daesh Khorasan (Daesh-K) in Iran’s southern province of Fars. The IRGC Intelligence Department, in cooperation with Fajr Intelligence Organization of Fars Province, spotted and busted the operational and media network of Daesh-K, an offshoot of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Afghanistan, and captured its main element in the province. The ringleader, who was being monitored by IRGC forces for four years, was in charge of recruiting extremist elements in a number of Iranian provinces, including Tehran. The network has been smashed following a deadly terrorist attack last October on the Shah Cheragh shrine in the southern city of Shiraz, the capital of Fars province. The Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.”

Saudi Arabia

Al Arabiya News: Saudi Man Executed For Forming Terrorist Group To Carry Out Attacks Within Kingdom

“A Saudi national in al-Qassim was executed for forming and orchestrating a terrorist group and for being in contact with other extremist groups in the region with the aim of carrying out attacks within the Kingdom, the Ministry of Interior said. Yasser bin Mohammed al-Asmari was executed on Monday after different courts upheld the sentence and a royal order was issued to carry out the death sentence. The ministry said in a statement that al-Asmari ‘formed a terrorist cell that aimed at carrying out terrorist acts, acts of sabotage within the Kingdom and to attack security personnel.’ He also contacted other terrorist groups to offer support for his cell and ‘offered his allegiance to the leader of a terrorist organization,’ the statement said.”

Middle East

i24 News: Israeli Forces Make Arrests In West Bank, Met With Gunfire By Armed Palestinians

“An exchange of fire between the Israeli military (IDF) and armed Palestinians was reported at the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in Jericho, as the security forces attempted to makes arrests. A few hours later, another clash was reported in the nearby West Bank city of Jenin. The IDF closed in on one particular house, asking two wanted persons to turn themselves in, but were met with a gun fire. Three others were detained for their part in the gunfight, in addition to the original two suspects. One man was reportedly arrested in Jenin.”


Reuters: Islamist Insurgents Kill Three Nigerian, Niger Troops, Wound 12

“Three soldiers from Nigeria and Niger were killed and at least 12 others were injured on Sunday after attacks by Islamist fighters in northeastern Nigeria, two military sources said on Monday. The troops were part of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) made up of forces from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria that are seeking to end an Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands and displaced millions more. A Nigerian military source said that two Nigerian soldiers of the MNJTF were killed when their vehicle set off an improvised explosive device while they were pursuing insurgents in the Arege area in northeastern Borno state, the heartland of the insurgency. Ten troops, including the commanding officer, were injured and another two civilians working with the troops were also wounded, the source added.”

The Sun Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram Member Kills Self With Explosives To Evade Arrest In Kaduna

“A man suspected to be Boko Haram member ended up blowing himself

with explosives to evade arrest in Kaduna city. According to eye witnesses, ‘the family man took his own life using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in an attempt to evade arrest by security agencies on Monday morning at Ibrahim Haske Road,KEKE community ,Kaduna Millennium City.’ ‘We heard gunshots at about 1 am when officials from the Department of State Services (DSS), soldiers, and the police arrived his house.’ ‘When he noticed that he was surrounded, he used explosives to end his life during an exchange of gunfire between him and the security operatives.’ An eyewitness said a gun, AK-47 rifle was found inside the house, with two other IEDs that were later detonated by the Anti-bomb squad of the police.”


Associated Press: German Prosecutors Charge 4 Men Involved In Far-Right Group With Crimes Of Violence

“German authorities have filed charges against four alleged members of a far-right group that aimed to kill left-wing extremists, following an investigation targeting several organizations, prosecutors announced Monday. The four men, identified only as Leon R., Maximilian A., Eric K. and Bastian A., in line with local privacy rules, were charged with crimes including serious bodily harm, resisting and attacking police officers, disturbing the peace and violating Germany’s weapons law. The men were detained in central Germany in April and federal prosecutors filed the charges earlier this month. Prosecutors said the four were leading members of a far-right combat sports group, ‘Knockout 51,’ which held training sessions at the local headquarters of a small far-right party in the eastern city of Eisenach and aimed to indoctrinate young men and train them in street fighting.”


The Kashmir Walla: Militant Conspiracy Case: NIA Raids 13 Locations In Kashmir

“The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday conducted raids at several locations across the Kashmir Valley in a case related to militant conspiracy. According to a statement, the raids were conducted in Anantnag, Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian and Budgam districts, during which incriminating material and documents were also seized. The statement reads that the raids were conducted in the premises’ of sympathizers, hybrid militants and OGWs linked with the newly-formed offshoots and affiliates of several proscribed Pak-backed militant organisations, including Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al-Badr, Al-Qaeda, etc. ‘The raids were part of the ongoing investigations of NIA in the militant conspiracy case, involving the activities of OGWs and cadres in support of various newly-launched outfits, such as The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu & Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH), Jammu & Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers, PAAF, among others.’”

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On June 6, 2021, the Taliban attacked a complex in Ghor province, killing nine and injuring seven. That same day, the Taliban launched similar attacks on the police headquarters in Faryab province, killing 28 security forces, and in Balkh province, killing 19 and injuring 69 others.   

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