The horrific events at the Bardo Museum in Tunis are a reminder of the growing threat from terrorists and insurgents in the once peaceful country of Tunisia. The Tunisian military is engaged in “open warfare” in certain areas of the country, with serious casualties suffered in complex and sophisticated attacks by insurgents. Many of these are members of the ‘Uqba bin Nafi Brigades – a militant group generally associated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) – but there are other terrorist groups more closely linked to the Islamic State (IS).
A few weeks ago, documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed Usama Bin Ladin were released to the public for the first time. While only a tiny fraction of the total number captured in Abbottabad, the newly available documents offer a rare opportunity to reexamine a series of assumptions and conclusions about al-Qaeda (AQ), Bin Laden, and the U.S. war with AQ.
The Islamic State (IS) claimed credit for the raid on the Bardo Museum in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, and warned that the attack is the "first drop of the rain." The group identified the attackers as Abu Zakaria al-Tunisi and Abu Anas al-Tunisi.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) offshoot Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed credit for suicide bombings on two churches in Lahore, Pakistan. Ehsanullah Ehsan, the group’s spokesman, tweeted the claim on March 15 and stated that it had been carried out by the group’s “Aafia Siddique Brigade.”
The recent Islamic State (IS) suicide bombing in Ramadi, Iraq by "Abu Abdullah al-Australi," the alias of Australian teenager Jake Bilardi, has brought shock to Australia and other Western countries. However, news of Bilardi's suicide mission may be less surprising considering the past year of Western-aimed propaganda from IS—much of which specifically directed at Australia.