Monthly Archives: December 2014


Banser, the security branch of Nahdlatul Ulama, the country’s largest Muslim organization, has established a special unit, Densus 99 Asmaul Husna, to monitor the activities of the Islamic State in Indonesia. The head of Banser said extremist activity had been detected in Lamongan, Banyuwangi, Malang, and Kediri in East Java. President Widodo has asked Nahdlatul […]


Kurdish Sinjar offensive too late for some Yazidis

United States

The US formally ended the 13-year International Security Assistance Force combat mission in Afghanistan, marking the event with a ceremony in Kabul. Some 13,000 Coalition troops will remain in Afghanistan for NATO’s Resolute Support training mission. The US and partner nations carried out five airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and eight against the […]

United Kingdom

End of an era as British palace sentries fall back in face of mounting fears of ‘lone wolf’ terrorist attacks


An improvised explosive device filled with shrapnel detonated in downtown Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), killing a woman and wounding three other people. Authorities stepped up security in Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, and Mumbai. India banned the Islamic State on Dec. 16, three days after arresting Mehdi Masoor Biswas in Bengaluru for running a prominent Islamic State website.


Islamic State executed nearly 2,000 people in six months: monitor


Police arrested six people yesterday at the airport in Jakarta, including a couple and their child, as they attempted to fly to the Middle East to join the Islamic State. Following their arrest, counterterrorism police arrested the man who recruited them, identified as M.A., in a house in Cibubur, East Jakarta. The counterterrorism chief has […]


Girls tried to commit suicide: Former ISIS captive


Islamic State tests Jordan defenses with clashes along borders with Iraq, Syria

United States

The US and partner nations carried out six airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and six more in Iraq. President Obama claimed that Afghanistan will no longer be a source of terrorist attacks.


Iran’s army testing suicide drone to be used as ‘mobile bomb’


There’s a raging Islamic insurgency in Thailand’s strangest party town


The CIA has reportedly asked Turkey for the second time to track down the sources of Islamic State videos being posted from Turkey; so far the government has taken no action in response. A lawmaker asked Parliament about a recent report alleging that Turkey has sent some 2,000 trucks of weaponry to Syria between September […]


Sentences were handed down on Dec. 23 against 57 men accused of engaging in the October 2005 attacks on police and government facilities in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria. Five received life sentences, including former Guantanamo detainee Rasul Kudayev.

United States

CENTCOM reported that since Dec. 24, the US and partner nations have conducted at least 26 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and 22 in Iraq. The US military said the Islamic State did not down a Jordanian plane, as it had claimed, but that the plane crashed for other reasons.


Iraq seeks Turkish support in fight against ISIS


The Army killed three militants near Arsal, including one member of the Al Nusrah Front, as they tried to infiltrate from Syria. Judicial authorities released Baraa al Hujeiri, a son of Sheikh Mustafa al Hujeiri a.k.a. Abu Taqiyeh, an alleged Al Nusrah Front member. Two suspected terrorists were arrested in Arsal yesterday. For security reasons, […]

Boko Haram

ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism