- 'Amaq Video Shows Islamic State (IS) West Africa Province Roaming in Captured Baga, Groups Claims Attack Near Monguno
The Islamic State's (IS) 'Amaq News Agency released a video from West Africa Province (ISWAP) showing fighters roaming in the captured town of Baga, while separately, the group claimed another attack in Borno State, near Monguno.
- Addressing Supporters in the West, IS-Linked Media Group Calls to For Attacks During “Christian Holidays”
The Islamic State (IS)-linked al-Battar Media Foundation released an essay calling for supporters in the West to “increase” terrorist attack during holiday celebrations.
- IS’ West Africa Province Releases Photo Report on "Aftermath" of Baga Attack
The Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a photo report on its recently claimed attack on Nigerian soldiers in Baga.
- Syria-based AQ-affiliated Official Abu Julaybib Reportedly Killed
Iyad Nazmi Salih Khalil (AKA Iyad al-Tubaysi, Abu Julaybib al-Urduni), a Syria-based al-Qaeda (AQ)-affiliated militant official, was reportedly killed. Pro-AQ Telegram channels informed on December 28, 2018, that Abu Julaybib was killed in a strike by the Syrian military, but did not indicate the location.
- IS-linked Group Warns that Despite Trump Pullout from Syria, "Flames of War" Will Still Come to America
Remarking on the announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump of pulling out American troops from Syria, an Islamic State (IS)-linked media group warned that despite that act, the "flames of war" will still reach America.
- JNIM Claims "Complex Ambush" of Burkinabe Security Forces Near Mali Border
Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), the Mali-based branch of al-Qaeda (AQ), claimed what it described as a "complex ambush" of Burkinabe security forces near the Mali-Burkina Faso border.
- IS' al-Hayat Identifies 175 Casualties in 58 Attacks in Statistical Breakdown of Ops (December 20-26)
The Islamic State (IS) released the 22nd episode in a video series providing statistical breakdowns of IS operations, covering in this installment the week of December 20-26, 2018.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims Inflicting Dozens of Casualties Among Nigerian Soldiers in Attack in Baga
The Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed inflicting dozens of casualties among Nigerian soldiers in Baga.
- Alleged Group in Saudi Arabia Threatens Locations of "Crusader" Celebrations
An alleged group in Saudi Arabia threatened locations for "Crusader" celebrations and warned Muslims not to approach them.
- AQIM's Uqba bin Nafi Battalion Denies Killing of Fighter in Kef, Criticizes Tunisian PM for "Economic Deterioration" of Country
The Uqba bin Nafi Battalion, the Tunisia-based branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), denied the claim by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed that one of its fighters was killed on Mount Ouergha in Kef governorate, and criticized Chahed and his government for the "economic deterioration" of the country.
- IS Supporter Shares "Mali Province" Video of Fighters in Mali Executing "Traitors"
An Islamic State (IS) supporter shared a video from what he described as "Mali Province," showing fighters brutally executing "traitors" with knives and guns.
- 3 IS-linked Groups Release Joint Video Inciting Arson in West, Portray U.S. Pullout from Syria as American Defeat
Three Islamic State (IS)-linked groups released a joint video inciting lone wolves in the West to carry out arson attacks and portraying the U.S. troop pullout from Syria as American defeat.
- Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind Confirms Death of Deputy Leader and Five Other Fighters in Clash in Pulwama
Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), an al-Qaeda (AQ)-aligned group in Jammu and Kashmir, confirmed in the killing of its deputy leader and five other fighters in a clash with security forces in Pulwama.
- After 2 Month Absence, Shabaab Resumes Resumes Operations in Kenya with Attack in Mandera
With its last attack in Kenya two months ago, the Somalia-based Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement resumed its operations with a strike on Kenyan border guards in Mandera.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims Killing 2 Nigerian Soldiers in Gamboru
In Nigeria's Borno State, West Africa Province of the Islamic State (ISWAP) claimed killing two Nigerian soldiers near the same area it attacked 12 days prior.
- AQAP Claims Bombing Shihr Police Station But Denies Part in Inflicting Casualties Among Civilians
A statement attributed to the Hadramawt division of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed credit for the bombing of the Shihr district police station, but denied that its fighters had a part in inflicting casualties among civilians in the Yemeni governorate.
- IS Claims Credit for 3-Man Suicide Raid at Libyan Foreign Ministry in Tripoli
The Tripoli division of the Islamic State's Libya Province claimed credit for the three-man suicide raid at the Libyan Foreign Ministry in the capital.
- Nigerian Soldiers Attacked by IS' West Africa Province in Same Area Struck One-Week Prior
The Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed an attack on Nigerian soldiers in the same area it struck one-week prior, in Nigeria's Borno State.
- IS Video from Salahuddin Focuses on Suicide Attackers, Attacks Near Tikrit and Inside Samarra
The Salahuddin division of the Islamic State (IS) released a video focusing on two suicide attackers involved in a joint operation on a Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) position to the west of Tikrit, and a raid by fighters on Iraqi military barracks in Samaraa and the execution of a national security intelligence member.
- Christmas and New Year's Eve Threats Escalate as Holidays Approach
Posters displaying threats for attacks in the West and incitement for lone wolves have escalated as Christmas and New Year's Eve approach, with a dozen in a three-day period.
- AQAP Claims 1st Attack on IS Fighters, Bombing and Ambushing Vehicles in al-Bayda'
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed its first attack on Islamic State (IS) fighters in Yemen, bombing a vehicle and ambushing another in the country's al-Bayda' governorate.
- IS Supporters Distribute Call to Kill Families of French Soldiers
Islamic State (IS) supporters distributed a call to kill the families of French soldiers.
- AQ Leader Zawahiri Urges Saudi Muslims Immigrate for Jihad and Strategic Planning, Attack U.S. and Israeli Interests
Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Saudi Muslims to immigrate for jihad and strategic planning in existing battlefields, and called on them to attack American and Israeli interests to bring down Gulf governments.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims Killing 5 Nigerian Soldiers in Clash Near Dikwa
Continuing its high frequency of attacks, the Islamic State's Nigeria-based West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed another operation in Borno State, killing five Nigerian soldiers in a clash near Dikwa.
- ‘Amaq Releases Video of Nigerian Soldier Captured By IS’ West Africa Province
The Islamic State's Nigeria-based division, West Africa Province (ISWAP), has released footage of a captured Nigerian soldier.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims Attacking Nigerian Military Barracks, Ambushing Vehicles in Borno
The Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed two attacks on Nigerian soldiers in Borno, one targeting military barracks in Gajiram, and the other, ambushing soldiers between Dambuwa and Sabongari.
- Shabaab Claims Double Car Bombing, One by Suicide Attacker, at Presidential Palace in Mogadishu
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing and wounding dozens in a double car bombing, one involving a suicide attacker, at the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu.
- Syria-based Jihadi Cleric Muhaysini Sees U.S. Withdrawal from Country a "New Turn" in Syrian Revolution
Abdullah al-Muhaysini, a prominent Saudi cleric and jihadi figure in Syria, discussed the American withdrawal from the country, finding it a "great incidence" and a "new turn" in the Syrian revolution.
- Afghan Taliban Demonstrates Training of Fighters in Manba al-Jihad Video
Through its Manba al-Jihad media unit, the Afghan Taliban released a video demonstrating the training of its fighters. The 22 minute, 15 second, Pashto-language video, entitling, "Jihadi Training," was issued on December 20, 2018.
- As Christmas and New Years's Eve Festivities Draw Close, IS Supporters Raise Fear and Incite with Plethora of Threats
Islamic State (IS) supporters, as individuals and as groups, published a plethora of threats to raise fear among Westerners and incite lone wolves to strike as Christmas and New Year's Eve festivities draw close.
- IS-aligned Spanish Group Releases Incitement Video for Lone-Wolf Attacks During Christmas
An Islamic State (IS)-aligned Spanish group released an incitement video for lone-wolf attacks in America and Europe during Christmas.
- Shabaab Claims 40 Casualties Among Ethiopian Forces in Bombing in Bay Region
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed inflicting 40 casualties among Ethiopian forces in a bombing in Somalia's Bay region, and provided a follow-up to its prior report on clashing with American and Somali forces in Lower Shabelle.
- IS' al-Hayat Identifies 184 Casualties in 76 Attacks in Statistical Breakdown of Ops (December 13-19)
The Islamic State (IS) released the 20th episode in a video series providing statistical breakdowns of IS operations, covering in this installment the week of December 13-19, 2018.
- Shabaab Orders its Fighters to Eliminate "Disease" of IS
The General Command of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement ordered its fighters to eliminate the "disease" of the Islamic State (IS) in Somalia.
- "Flames of War 2" English-Speaking Fighter Allegedly Identified
The Twitter user who posted the video of the purported murderers of the two Scandinavian women in Morocco, also identified the English-speaking fighter who appeared at the end of the Islamic State's (IS) "Flames of War 2" video.
- Video Surfaces of Alleged Murderers of Tourists in Morocco Pledging to IS
A video surfaced of the alleged murderers of two Scandinavian women in Morocco pledging to the Islamic State (IS).
- IS-aligned French Group Promotes Jihad, Suggests Attack on National Assembly
Using cartoons and booklets, an Islamic State (IS)-aligned French group promoted jihad and suggested an attack on the National Assembly.
- Shabaab Reports Engaging in Clash with U.S. and Somali Forces in Lower Shabelle
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, reported its fighters engaging in clashes with American and Somali forces in Lower Shabelle region, and additionally claimed attacks on Somali police and soldiers in Hiran and Mogadishu.
- Boko Releases Video of Molai Village Clash
Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or "Boko Haram," released a video of its clash with Nigerian soldiers in Molai village, located near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
- JNIM Announces its Discontinuing Productions on Foreign Hostages, Alleges No Negotiations for Release Currently Underway
Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) announced that it will discontinue media productions on its foreign hostages and alleged that no negotiations are currently taking place between it and their respective governments.
- 'Amaq Releases Video of IS-Shabaab Clash in Northern Somalia
Two days after claiming its first offensive on the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement in Somalia, the Islamic State (IS), through its 'Amaq News Agency, released footage of the clash.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims Capturing a Nigerian Soldier in a 2nd Attack on the Same Day
After claiming an attack on Nigerian soldiers and capturing one near Monguno, in Nigeria's Borno State, the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) took credit for a second attack in the same area on the same day, and taking another soldier prisoner.
- IS' West Africa Claims Capturing Nigerian Soldier, Killing 3 Others in Attack Near Monguno
The Islamic State's Nigeria-based division, West Africa Province (ISWAP), claimed capturing a Nigerian soldier and killing three others in an attack near Monguno in Borno State.
- Afghan Taliban Reports on 3-Day Meeting Including U.S. Envoy, Reiterates Refusal to Meet Afghan Officials
The Afghan Taliban reported on the first of its three-day meeting in Abu Dhabi regarding "peace and reconstruction of Afghanistan," attended by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilizad and representatives of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, and reiterated its refusal to meet with Afghan government officials.
- IS-linked Group Promotes Lone-Wolf Attacks in Europe in Video Renewing Pledge to IS Leader
As Islamic State (IS) supporters participate in a campaign to reaffirm their commitment to the group, an IS-linked media unit released a video renewing its pledge to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and promoting lone-wolf attacks in the West.
- Ansar al-Furqan Portrays Chabahar Suicide Bombing as Revenge for Killing of Officials
The Balochistan-based Ansar al-Furqan released a video portraying the December 6, 2018, suicide bombing at a Chabahar police headquarters as revenge for the killing of officials.
- Pro-IS Facebook Page Incites Violence During Christmas Holiday
A Facebook page specializing in disseminating Islamic State (IS) and IS-aligned nasheeds (chants) promoting the group, also shared a poster inciting for “lone wolf” attacks on Christmas.
- IS Claims Close to 20 Casualties Among Egyptian Border Guards in Ambush in Central Sinai
The Islamic State (IS) claimed killing and wounding close to 20 Egyptian border guards in an ambush in Central Sinai.
- Boko Haram Publishes Photos of Clash with Nigerian Soldiers in Molai Village and the Aftermath
The Nigeria-based Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or "Boko Haram," published photos of its clash with Nigerian soldiers in Molai village, and the aftermath.
- Shabaab Claims Killing 12 Ethiopian Troops in Bakool, 5 Somali Explosives Experts in Lower Shabelle
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing 12 Ethiopian troops in Bakool region and five Somali explosives experts in Lower Shabelle. The group's Shahada News Agency reported on the two attacks and a third, in Mogadishu, on December 16-17, 2018.
- Afghan Taliban Announces Meeting with Representatives of America, KSA, Pakistan, and UAE
The Afghan Taliban announced that officials from its Political Office will meet with representatives of America as well as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arabic Emirates, but not Afghanistan.
- After Suggesting a Coming Showdown with Shabaab, IS Claims First Attack on the AQ Branch in Somalia
The Islamic State (IS) claimed its first offensive on the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement in Somalia, carrying out a preemptive strike on its fighters in the north of the country and killing 14.
- 'Amaq Video Shows IS Fighters Beheading Tribal Militiamen in Sinai
The Islamic State's (IS) 'Amaq News Agency released a video showing confessions of two tribal militiamen in the al-Barth area, south of Rafah, and Sinai Province fighters beheading them.
- Using Christmas Symbols Like Santa Claus, and Depicting 2 Streets in England, IS-aligned Groups Warn of Attacks
Islamic State (IS)-aligned groups warned of attacks during the holiday season, using Christmas symbols such as Santa Claus on their posters, and showing fighters on two streets in England.
- In 2nd Attack on Same Day, IS' West Africa Province Claims Killing 5 Nigerian Soldiers in Gudumbari
After taking credit for an attack on Nigerian soldiers near Gamboru, in Nigeria's Borno State, the Islamic State's West Africa Province claimed killing five soldiers in Gudumbari on the same day.
- Gaza-based Jaysh al-Islam Praises Lone Wolf Attackers in Jerusalem and West Bank, Incites for Lethal Strikes
The Gaza-based Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) praised lone-wolf attackers in Jerusalem and West Bank and incited for lethal strikes involving explosives, poisoned knives, and vehicles.
- Shabaab Claims Bombing Near Central Bank in Bosaso, Expelling Galmudug Security Forces from Strategic Town
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed a bombing near the central bank in Bosaso, in northern Somalia's Bari region, and expelling the Galmudug Security Force (GSF) from what it described as a "strategic town" in Galguduud.
- IS Video from Anbar Shows Bomb and Artillery Attacks on Iraqi Military, Grisly Execution of Soldier
The Anbar division of the Islamic State (IS) released a video showing 13 bomb and artillery attacks on Iraqi military vehicles and positions, and other operations, including one ending in the grisly execution of a soldier.
- IS' al-Hayat Identifies 170 Casualties in 71 Attacks in Statistical Breakdown of Ops (December 6-12)
The Islamic State (IS) released the 20th episode in a video series providing statistical breakdowns of IS operations, covering in this installment the week of December 6-12, 2018.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims Strike on Nigerian Soldiers Near Gamboru
The Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed an attack on Nigerian soldiers near Gamboru, a town in Nigeria's Borno State.
- IS Supporter Depicts Pope Francis as Group Captive
An Islamic State (IS) supporter depicted Pope Francis as a group captive in a poster dismissing claims that the IS has been destroyed.
- With Approaching Holidays, IS-Aligned Groups Incite for and Warn of Attacks in West
As the Christmas and New Years holidays approach, Islamic State (IS)-aligned group incited for and warned of attacks in the West, some with images of Santa Claus.
- Shabaab Executes Electoral Committee Member Along with 2 Somali Soldiers, Claims Strike on Djiboutian Base
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement announced that it executed an electoral committee member alongside two Somali soldiers for "apostasy," and claimed a strike on a Djiboutian (AMISOM) base in Hiran.
- AQAP Claims 3 Attacks on SBF in Abyan, Sniping Houthi in al-Bayda'
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed three attacks on UAE-backed Security Belt Forces (SBF) in Yemen's Abyan governorate and sniping a Houthi fighter in al-Bayda'.
- IS Claims Dual Suicide Bombing Near Hajin by Algerian and Uyghur Fighters, Bringing Single Day Total to 4 Bombers
The Islamic State (IS) claimed a dual suicide bombing involving Algerian and Uyghur fighters near Hajin, bringing the single day total of bombers in that area to four.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims Killing 3 Nigerian Soldiers in Attack on Barracks in Kukawa
The Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed killing three Nigerian soldiers in an attack on their barracks in Kukawa, a town in Borno state, close to Lake Chad.
- 'Amaq Identifies Strasbourg Gunman as an IS "Soldier"
The Islamic State's (IS) 'Amaq News Agency identified the shooter in Strasbourg, France, as a "soldier" of the group.
- IS Claims Two Suicide Bombings Near Hajin Inflicting 25 Casualties
Amidst the ongoing heated clashes between the Islamic State (IS) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in and around Hajin, a town in Deir al-Zour, the IS claimed inflicting 25 casualties in two suicide bombings.
- IS-aligned Group Releases Spanish-narrated Video Threatening Attacks in Barcelona
An Islamic State (IS)-aligned group released a Spanish-narrated video threatening attacks in Barcelona, using a montage of photos from the IS-claimed attack on Las Ramblas in August 2017 as a reminder.
- ISJK Media Unit Promotes Last Words of Slain Fighter on Maintaining "Mission of Khilafah"
A media unit of the self-described Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) promoted in a video the last words of a slain fighter on maintaining the "mission of Khilafah (Caliphate)".
- AQIM Leader Addresses Yellow Vest Protests in France in Audio, Denies Killing of JNIM's Macina Official
Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), addressed the Yellow Vest protests in France, attributing the cause of the fuel taxes and other issues to French military spending abroad, and denying the killing of the Macina official in Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM).
- 'Amaq Reports IS Attack on Nigerian Army Barracks Near Maiduguri
The Islamic State's (IS) 'Amaq News Agency reported an IS attack on Nigerian army barracks near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno in northeastern Nigeria.
In an Arabic message issued on December 11, 2018, 'Amaq stated:
3 Nigerian soldiers were killed and others were wounded in an attack by Islamic State fighters on barracks in the town of Jakana, near the city of Maiduguri, in northeastern Nigeria two days ago
UPDATE: Shortly after the issuance of the 'Amaq report came the formal communique from the group's West Africa Province (ISWAP).
- Boko Haram Fighters Lecture on Islamic Concept of al-Wala' wal Bara' (Loyalty and Disavowal)
Two fighters from the Nigeria-based Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad, or "Boko Haram," lectured on the Islamic concept of al-Wala' wal Bara' (loyalty and disavowal) in a video.
- Afghan Taliban Claims 23 Casualties Among American Advisors and Afghan Soldiers in Kabul Suicide Bombing
The Afghan Taliban claimed inflicting 23 casualties among American advisors and Afghan soldiers in a suicide bombing in Kabul.
- Former IS-linked Group Confirms Killing of Judge Imprisoned by IS
A former Islamic State (IS)-linked group confirmed that Abu Muhammad al-Masri, the previous judge of the IS' Military Bureau who the IS had imprisoned on charges of dissension and sedition, was killed, though the circumstances are unknown.
- IS Video Shows Attacks on Multiple Axes Against SDF in Deir al-Zour
The Barakah division of the Islamic State (IS) released a video of attacks on multiple axes in Syria's Deir al-Zour governorate against Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and featuring a gory scene of a fighter standing atop a bloody corpse in victory.
- IS' al-Hayat Identifies 197 Casualties in 67 Attacks in Statistical Breakdown of Ops (November 29 - December 5)
The Islamic State (IS) released the 19th episode in a video series providing statistical breakdowns of IS operations, covering in this installment the week of November 29 - December 5, 2018.
- Indian Fighter Promotes Allegiance to IS Despite its Detractors in Risalah 6
An article attributed to an Indian member of Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), and the first to be provided in English as well as Urdu in the "Risalah" newsletter, promotes allegiance to the IS despite its detractors.
- As it Reports Infiltrator Fighter Killing 6 Soldiers, Afghan Taliban Claims 1,106 "Kabul Administration Workers" Joined its Ranks in November 2018
The same day it reported an infiltrator fighter killing six soldiers in Helmand province, the Afghan Taliban claimed that 1,106 "Kabul administration workers" joined its ranks in November 2018 and delivered it weapons and military gear.
- Jihadi Poster Campaign Aimed at Lone Wolves Capitalizing on Paris Unrest Continues
Jihadists persist in publishing posters aimed at inciting lone wolves to capitalize on the Yellow Vest protests in Paris, France, and use the large gatherings and diverted security as an opportunity to attack.
- AQ-aligned Coalition in Syria Showcases Attacks by Sniper Brigade in Video
The al-Qaeda (AQ)-aligned jihadi coalition the 'Incite the Believers' Operations Room released a video showcasing attacks by its "Sniper Brigade" in Syria's Aleppo, Hama, and Latakia governorates.
- Shabaab Claims Killing Somali Military Commanders in Mogadishu, Thwarting U.S. Special Forces Raid in Lower Shabelle
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed killing two Somali military commanders in a bombing in Mogadishu and also thwarting a raid by U.S. Special Forces and Somali soldiers in Lower Shabelle.
- Ansar al-Furqan Claims Suicide Bombing at Iranian Police HQ in Chabahar
Ansar al-Furqan, a Sunni Balochistan-based jihadi group, claimed credit for the suicide bombing an a police headquarters in Chabahar.
- AQIM Denies Killing of its Members in U.S. Airstrike in Libya
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) denied the claim by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) that 11 of its members were killed in an airstrike in southwest Libya, alleging that they were Tuareg people without an "organizational link" to the group and, in turn, urging Tuaregs to seek revenge.
- 2nd Issue of Pro-IS "Liwa' al-Ansar" Newspaper Continue Lone-Wolf Promotion
The editors of the pro-Islamic State (IS) periodical "Liwa' al-Ansar" (Brigade of the Supporters) continued in the second issue their promotion of lone-wolf attacks they introduced in the inaugural edition, featuring an infographic on IS and IS-inspired attacks in the West.
- Former IS-linked Group Confirms Killing of Official But Disputes He Died Alongside Austrian Mohamed Mahmoud
The former Islamic State (IS)-linked group to which Austrian jihadist Mohamed Mahmoud (AKA Abu Usama al-Ghareeb) belonged, announced the killing of an official, but disputed reports that he died alongside Mahmoud and two others in a U.S. airstrike on the IS prison in which they were held.
- Eying French Unrest as Opportunity for Attacks, More IS-aligned Groups Participate in Incitement Campaign
Additional Islamic State (IS)-aligned groups and jihadists participated in the recent campaign to use the French unrest as an opportunity for attacks, publishing posters in Arabic, English, and French to inspire lone wolves.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims 4th Attack in 6 Days, Striking Nigerian Barracks in Mallam Fatori
The Islamic State's Nigeria-based division, West Africa Province (ISWAP), claimed its fourth attack within a period of six days, striking Nigerian army barracks in Mallam Fatori in Borno State.
- HTS Video Promotes its Fighters as "Tempered by Tribulations"
The Syria-based Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) released a short video promoting its fighters as "tempered by tribulations" and willing to sacrifice for their objectives. The 2 minute, 38 second video was produced by the group's Amjad Media Productions, and was issued on December 1, 2018.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims Killing 17 Nigerian Soldiers in Attack in Yobe
Amidst its upward thrust in attack volume in Nigeria and its surroundings, the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed killing 17 Nigerian soldiers in an attack in the country's Yobe State.
- Jihadists Reiterate Call to Capitalize on Civil Unrest in Paris and Mount Attacks
As civil unrest continues in Paris, France, with violent protests for the third consecutive weekend, jihadists reiterated their call to lone wolves to capitalize on the situation and mount attacks.
- IS Claims 7 Casualties Among Explosives Experts in Blast in Mogadishu, Threatens Coming Attacks
The Islamic State (IS) claimed inflicted seven casualties among explosive experts in a bombing in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The group's Somalia Province issued a communique on December 3, 2018, stating that a "security detachment" planted an improvised explosive device (IED) at Bakara market and detonated it as explosives experts attempted to dismantle it.
- 'Amaq Reports 17 Nigerian Soldiers Killed in IS Attack in Buni Gari
The Islamic State's (IS) 'Amaq News Agency reported that 17 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an IS attack in Buni Gari, a town in Nigeria's Yobe State.
- Afghan Taliban Claims Downing U.S. Chinook in Kapisa, Mourns Death of Helmand Official
The Afghan Taliban claimed shooting down a U.S. Chinook helicopter in Kapisa province, killing all of the soldiers onboard, and in a separate message, mourning the death of its "governor" for Helmand in a U.S.
- JNIM Reportedly Rejects Claim that Victims of U.S. Airstrike in Libya were AQIM Members
Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), al-Qaeda's branch in Mali, reportedly rejected the claim by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) that its airstrike in Libya killed 11 al-Qaeda members, alleging instead that the victims were Tuaregs with no connection to the group.
- IS-aligned Group Warns of New Year's Day Attacks in New York City, West
An Islamic State (IS)-aligned group warned of attacks on New Year's Day in New York City and the West in general.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims Taking Control Over Town in Borno, Killing 7 Soldiers and Wounding Dozens
The Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed killing seven Nigerian soldiers and wounding dozens of others in attack in Arege, a town in Nigeria's Borno State, and then taking control over it.
- IS' West Africa Province Claims Inflicting 25 Casualties Among Nigerian Soldiers in Attack Near Gamboru
The Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed inflicting 25 casualties among Nigerian soldiers in an attack near Gamboru, a town in Nigeria's Borno State.
- Afghan Taliban Denies Receiving Weapons from Iran
The Afghan Taliban denied receiving weapons from Iran and elsewhere, assuring supporters that its arms cache consists of war spoils or weapons from Soviet-Afghan war. Group spokesman Muhammad Yusuf issued a statement on November 30, 2018, rejecting allegations by Brian Hook, Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S.
- Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind Gives Security Guidelines to Fighters in Kashmir
Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), an al-Qaeda (AQ)-aligned group in Jammu and Kashmir, gave security guidelines in English and Urdu to fighters in the region, covering safety online and on the ground.