Category Archives: Recent Friction Points

6 March 2017, ELN violence hinders/halts operations of three major companies in Colombia

As of 6 March 2017, three major corporations in Colombia – Gran Colombia Gold, Occidental Petroleum, and Ecopetrol – have either canceled or put on hold their operations due to attacks by the insurgent group, Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN, … Continue reading

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27 February 2017, Indonesian police shut down Bandung terror attack

The Jakarta Globe reports that at 9:00 am on 27 February in Bandung, West Java, a terrorist detonated a bomb next to a park (Pandawa Park,) injuring no one. As a pack of school kids chased him shouting, “terrorist!,” the … Continue reading

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31 January 2017, Indonesia – ISIS to attempt more violence in 2017 in the face of effective Indonesian counterterrorism operations, with Jay Heisler

In the final months of 2016, there was a flurry of ISIS-related activity in Indonesia, including, but not limited to, the following: On 28 August in Medan, Sumatra, a man burst into a Catholic church and stabbed a priest who … Continue reading

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28 November 2016, Bombing attempt on US embassy, Philippines, with Jay Heisler

On 28 November 2016 a bomb in a trash bin was found outside the US Embassy in Manila in the Philippines, reports the New York Times. The bomb was comprised of an 81mm mortar connected to a mobile phone. An … Continue reading

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8 November 2016, Kurdistan Workers’ Party actions in London might signal wider conflict, by Jay Heisler

On 8 November, a Turkish mosque in London run by the Turkish Government’s Presidency of Religious Affairs was attacked with windows broken and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) graffiti spray painted on the walls, reports the news outlet Tellmama. The attack … Continue reading

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16 November 2016, In-depth analysis of Rohingya insurgency in Myanmar by Michelle Dozier

The Global New Light of Myanmar, a Myanmar government newspaper, reported that on 9 October between 1:00 am – 5:45 am, an estimated 90 insurgents killed nine border guard police officers during coordinated raids on three sites* in Rakhine State … Continue reading

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19 September 2016, ISIS-motivated bomber hits in NYC, New Jersey, stabbing in Minnesota claimed by ISIS

Attack 1 Reuters reports that at 9:30 am on 17 September an explosive device detonated in Seaside Park, New Jersey. The device was hidden in a trashcan near the starting line of a Marine Corp charity race along the beach … Continue reading

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2 September 2016, ISIS attacks Davao, Philippines – a new front is opened

At around 10:30 pm on Friday, 2 September, an explosive device detonated at a night market in Davao city, the Philippines, killing 14 and wounding 68, say multiple reports (The Telegraph, The Independent, and CNN.) The latest from police says … Continue reading

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12 August 2016, 24 bombs in 7 provinces in Thailand

Between 10-14 August, terrorists deployed 24 bombs in seven mid-south provinces in Thailand. Fifteen bombs exploded, and another nine failed to detonate. At least six devices were the incendiary type (fire bombs), and the others were apparently the conventional type … Continue reading

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25 July 2016, American Enterprise Institute’s Michael Rubin analyzes the coup in Turkey

Here, AEI’s Michael Rubin puts forth an even handed and thoughtful analysis of the coup in Turkey. Rubin’s piece, titled, “What happened in Turkey? And what comes next?,” suggests several possibilities regarding who was behind the coup: “…Erdoğan (Turkish President Recep Tayyip … Continue reading

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