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News articles, special reports, and legal documents related to international terrorist organizations (ITOs) originating in and/or operating in the Middle East. We currently focus on recent, post-9/11, terrorist attacks in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. We cover terrorist groups such as Asbat al-Ansar, Hamas, Izballah, and Jundallah. Please browse the other sections to identify terrorist groups operating across regions.




KABUL AIRPORT ATTACK - Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 26, 2021. Suicide bombing perpetrated by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP) during the evacuation from Afghanistan as coalition forces and civilians were being airlifted at the end of the 20 year long American-led military intervention in the country. Thirteen U.S. service members and at least 180 civilians were killed during the attack..

Satellite images, graphics, and maps show how fatal airport explosion ripped through Kabul. The blast came as the U.S. and other nations were airlifting thousands of people out of Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover of the country. By Ramon Padilla, Janet Loehrke and George Petras, USA Today, August 26, 2021 (Update August 28, 2021): MULTIMEDIA

US troops and Afghans killed in suicide attacks outside Kabul airport. Eighteen US service members were injured in addition to the 13 dead, said Capt. Bill Urban of US Central Command (Centcom). By Ivana Kottasová, Barbara Starr, Kylie Atwood, Nick Paton Walsh, Sam Kiley, Zachary Cohen, Jennifer Hansler and Tim Lister, CNN, August 27, 2021: MULTIMEDIA

U.S. Launches Strike on ISIS-K as Bombing’s Death Toll Soars. The Pentagon said its drone strike appeared to have killed a planner for the terror group, which claimed responsibility for the blast at Kabul’s airport that left more than 170 dead. By Adam Nossiter and Eric Schmitt, The New York Times, August 27, 2021: TEXT | PICTURES


IRAQ - JUNE 6, 2014 - ONGOING: The advance through Iraq of the Islamist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Shams (ISIS, or ISIL, or The Islamic State) continues to cause alarm in Iraq, Syria, and beyond.

See our MIDDLE EAST: A-K section for other recent attacks in the middle east

LAW AND ORDER (Only sample articles, as far too much is reported involving Israel, Palestine, and HAMAS)

Palestinians form new unity government that includes Hamas. The announcement of the transitional government, led by the moderate Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, appears to represent a significant step toward ending a seven-year feud between the Palestinian political factions that separately control the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. By William Booth and Anne Gearan, The Washington Post, : TEXT | VIDEO





Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (AAMS)


Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades distributes leaflet calling for strikes starting on the eve of Yom Kippur. The Fatah-aligned group distributed a leaflet calling for its “units and sleeping cells” to start launching attacks against “the Zionist enemy” beginning on Friday, the eve of Yom Kippur. BY JTA, Times of Israel, September 12, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti urges resistance. He called for a new wave of civil resistance against Israel. BBC News, March 27, 2012: click here | Profile Profile: Marwan Barghouti (June 2, 2011): TEXT

Israeli air strike kills two Palestinians in Gaza. Israeli military officials say one of the two men targeted belonged to the militant Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. BBC News, December 8, 2011: TEXT

Ansar al-Islam (AAI)


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Australia: Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has relisted Ansar al-Islam (AAI) as terrorist groups under the Commonwealth Criminal Code. The Australian, March 9, 2012: TEXT

Terrorists' War in Iraq Continues. According to the SITE Intel Group, AAI used online jihadist forums to claim responsibility for three October 2011 attacks. By Thomas Joscelyn, The Weekly Standard/national Public Radio, October 28, 2011: TEXT

Qaeda-linked commander Fakri Hadi Gari arrested in Iraq. Fakri Hadi Gari was arrested along with the other suspected Ansar Al-Islam (AAI) militants in Iraqi army-led raids in the northern city of Mosul. Middle East Online, August 4, 2009: TEXT

Army of Islam (AOI)


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Designation of Army of Islam. U.S. Department of State, Media Note, Office of the Spokesman Washington, DC, May 19, 2011: TEXT

Israeli air strike kills two Islamist militants in Gaza. The men belonged to the Army of Islam - a radical group which Israel says is affiliated with al-Qaeda. BBC News, November 17, 2010: click here | Israeli Army Confirms Killing Senior Gaza Militant. Xinhua/CriEnglish: TEXT | PICTURE

Asbat al-Ansar


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Lebanon bending under extremist challenge. Asbat al-Ansar had gained notoriety by assassinating four judges in Sidon in June 1999, followed by a rocket-propelled-grenade attack on the Russian Embassy in Beirut in January 2000. By Mahan Abedin, Asia Times, July 4, 2007: TEXT

Militant 'heir' killed in Lebanon. Mohammed Shreidi was the last surviving son of Hisham Shreidi, the founder of the Asbat al-Ansar group. BBC News, February 11, 2004: TEXT



Gama'a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group)


Egypt’s Al-Gama’a Al-Islamiyya denies responsibility for violence. A senior member of the Building and Development Party, the political arm of the Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya, denied the group was responsible for the violence that has erupted in Egypt since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi on July 3. By Mohamed Abdu Hassanein, Asharq Al-Awsat, September 20, 2013: TEXT

Massacre in Luxor (TV). On 17 November 1997, 58 tourists were murdered in Luxor, Egypt. Correspondent joined relatives from three families of victims as they returned to try to find out why and how it happened. BBC Two: Correspondent, December 6, 2002, 2100 GMT: TEXT + TRANSCRIPT

Brazil arrests suspected Egyptian militant. Mohammed Ali al-Mahdi Ibrahim Soliman was arrested on Monday outside his house in the city of Foz de Iguacu. BBC News, April 16, 2002: TEXT | PICTURE

Bin Laden 'behind Luxor massacre. Egypt has told a Swiss delegation it believes Osama bin Laden, financed the 1997 massacre of tourists in Luxor.' BBC News, May 13, 1999: TEXT | PICTURE



HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement)


Shin Bet probe reveals scope of Hamas money laundering through Chinese banks. A Shin Bet security service investigation reveals that China is a central financial channel for funding Hamas activity worldwide. By Chaim Levinson, Haaretz, September 29, 2013: TEXT

Israeli air strike kills Hamas military chief Jabari. Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari and another Hamas official died when the car they were travelling in was hit in Gaza City. By Wyre Davies, BBC News, November 14, 2012 (includes video): TEXT | PICTURE

Palestinian Authority: Hamas using protests to spread anarchy. Spokesman for PA security forces claimed Hamas is working to "export its coup" to the West Bank in order to overthrow Abbas government. By Khaled Abutoameh, Jerusalem Post, September 15, 2012: TEXT

Hamas declines invite to Iran summit, citing Palestinian unity. " order that the participation would not be an introduction to deepening a Palestinian, Arab and Muslim division over the Palestinian cause." Reuters, The Chicago Tribune, August 26, 2012: TEXT

Hizballah (Party of God)


Belarusian, Moldovan Women Reportedly Escape Capture By Syrian Rebels. The women said in the video that they were agents of Lebanon's Shi'ite movement Hizballah and came to Syria posing as journalists. Radio Free Europe, September 17, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

US seizes $150m 'linked to Hezbollah money-laundering.' $150m seized from a bank allegedly linked to a money-laundering scheme of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. BBC News, August 21, 2012: TEXT | PICTURE

Treasury Designates Hizballah Leadership: Actions Target Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah’s Support to the Assad Regime and Hizballah Senior Officials. The U.S. Department of the Treasury today imposed sanctions against Hizballah's leadership in Lebanon (Mustafa Badr Al Din, Talal Hamiyah, and Hasan Nasrallah) further exposing Hizballah’s active support to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as well as its role in terrorist activities. Washington D.C., The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Press Release, March 13, 2012: TEXT

- Executive Order 13224: blocking Terrorist Property and a summary of the Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (Title 31 Part 595 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations), Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations (Title 31 Part 596 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations), and Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations (Title 31 Part 597 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations): PDF

Hizballah in Africa. By Professor Carl Anthony Wege, Institut für Strategie- Politik- Sicherheits- und Wirtschaftsberatung (ISPSW)ISPSW Strategy Series: Focus on Defense and International Security Publications, Issue 197, August 2012: PDF





Bus bombing in Pakistan kills 18. The Taliban leadership in Pakistan distanced itself from the church bombing. But a Taliban-linked Sunni extremist group, Jundallah, said it had carried it out to protest U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani soil. By Haq Nawaz Khan and Tim Craig, Washington Post, September 27, 2013: TEXT | VIDEO

Pakistan suicide bombers attack Christian church. Two suicide bombers rushed the church doors of the historic All Saints Church in the northwestern city of Peshawar. San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Rebel Sunni Group Jundallah Claims Responsibility For Deadly Iran Bombings on July 15. IRNA reported that the first blast occurred at 2120 local time in front of the entrance of Zahedan's main mosque and that the second explosion followed shortly thereafter. By Golnaz Esfandiari, Radio Free Europe, July 15, 2010: TEXT

Iran announces capture of militant group Jundallah's leader. Security forces claim that Abdulmalak Rigi was at an American base a day earlier and that he carried a passport issued by the U.S. By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2010: TEXT

Sunni Jundallah group behind May 28 Iran blast. Al Arabiya Television said Jundallah was behind a blast in a crowded Shi'ite mosque that killed 25 people. Reuters, May 29, 2009: TEXT



Kahane Chai (Kach)


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Israel Votes Ban On jewish Groups Linked to Kahane. Israel today outlawed two radical Jewish groups rooted in the Arab-hating doctrine of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, branding them terrorist organizations on a par with Islamic militants like Hamas. By Clyde Haberman, The New York Times, March 14, 1994: TEXT

Kata'ib Hizballah (KH)


In Baghdad bastion, grieving Shi'ites call for revenge. the government is looking at plans to create a state-backed Shi'ite militia, combining elements from the Asaib al-Haq and Kata'ib Hezbollah, which ceased fighting in Iraq after 2011, as well as members of the former Mehdi army, which Maliki defeated in a U.S.-backed offensive in 2008. By Suadad al-Salhy and Kareem Raheem, Reuters, September 24, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Iranians Dial Up Presence in Syria. Members of two Iraqi militias, Kata'ib Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl al-Haq, said in interviews near Damascus that they have been deployed into Syria in greater numbers over the past year to help stabilize Mr. Assad's rule . By Farnaz Fassihi, Jay Solomon and Sam Dagher, Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2013: TEXT | VIDEO

Kongra-Gel (KGK, formerly Kurdistan Workers' Party, PKK, KADEK)


PKK rebels kidnap contractor in eastern Turkey. the PKK members kidnapped contractor Muhsin Orak and brought him to the forest area in the region. Xinhuanet, October 2, 2013: TEXT

Reforms not aimed at peace: PKK. “It is apparent that the AK Party does not understand the Kurdish problem and is not serious in its approach,” the KCK - the rebels' umbrella political group - said in a statement. by By Jonathon Burch and Gulsen Solaker, Independent Online, October 1, 2013: TEXT

Kurdish PKK rebels 'halt Turkey pull-out. The PKK said the ceasefire it announced in March would remain in force. But it urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government to "take action in line with the project of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan", the jailed PKK commander who negotiated the peace deal. BBC News, September 9, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE



Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Shams/The Levant (ISIS, or ISIL, or Daesh or The Islamic State



AL-RAWDAH MOSQUE ATTACK - Bir al-Abed, Sinai, Egypt, November 24, 2017. Following a powerful explosion at the al-Rawdah mosque, gunmen leapt out of four off-road vehicles to kill people as they fled. About 300 people were killed and over 135 wounded.

How the deadly Egypt mosque attack that killed at least 235 people unfolded. About 1:50 p.m. local time, dozens of militants riding in jeeps detonated at least two bombs inside the Sufi mosque in the North Sinai town of Bir al-Abd. By Daniel Brown, Business Insider, November 24, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | MAP

Egypt mosque attack: Military 'launches air strikes' after at least 235 worshippers killed in Sinai massacre. Hours after the attack, Egypt's military launched air strikes on targets in mountainous areas around Bir al-Abed, security sources and witnesses said. By Magdy Samaan and Raf Sanchez, The Telegraph, November 24, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | VIDEO | MAPS

The terrorist attack against Sufi Muslims in Egypt, explained. ISIS’s affiliate in Sinai, which some experts believe carried out the strike, has targeted Sufis several times over the past year. Vox, November 28, 2017: TEXT

Sinai Carnage Presses Egypt to Seek New Alliance With Tribes. Lacking sufficient counter-insurgency skills, the army began recruiting tribesmen three years ago, hoping their mastery of the Sinai's inhospitable terrain would provide intelligence on the militants and their arms smuggling routes. By By Amina Ismail and Mahmoud Mourad (Reuters), US News report, November 98, 2017: TEXT | PICTURE


KARRADA SHOPPING DISTRICT BOMBING - Baghdad, Iraq, July 3, 2016. Bombing in a busy shopping district in Karrada, claimed by ISIS, killed at least 250 people and injured over 180.

Bombing that killed more than 200 deadliest attack in Baghdad in years. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a string of assaults during Ramadan, a period of fasting and prayer, but also a time when jihadists launch operations against those they regard as their enemies. By Mohammed Tawfeeq, Joe Sterling, Tiffany Ap, and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN, July 4, 2016 , 2016: MULTIMEDIA

Iraqis want crackdown on 'sleeper cells' after huge Baghdad bomb. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Daesh, "has supporters or members everywhere. ...All it takes is for one house to have at least one man and you have a planning base and launch site for attacks of this type." By Saif Hameed and Maher Chmaytelli, Reuters, July 4, 2016: TEXT | VIDEOS

Abadi orders security to stop using ‘magic wands’ to detect explosives. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security services to stop using fake bomb detectors, known as ‘magic wands’,  Rudaw, July 4, 2016: TEXT | PICTURE


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