Category Archives: Recent Friction Points

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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7 July 2016, After multiple attempts, ISIS finally carries out attack in Malaysia

ISIS was finally able to carry out a successful attack in Malaysia on 28 June 2016. At 2:15 am, two ISIS agents threw a grenade at the Movida Kitchen+Terrace @ Changkat in Kuala Lumpur, injuring eight people who were on the front … Continue reading

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3 July 2016, ISIS attacks restaurant in Bangladesh, murder hostages on the heels of multiple, global attacks

At 8:45 pm on 1 July in Dhaka, Bangladesh, reports CNN, eight or nine ISIS terrorists raided the Holey Artisan Bakery, initially killing several people and then taking more than 20 hostages. An eyewitness told the press that the attackers … Continue reading

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22 March 2016, More religious murders, arrests in Bangladesh, Islamists radicals the main suspects

The Daily Mail reports that on 22 March, suspected Islamist militants in Kurigram town ambushed and hacked to death 68-year-old Hossain Ali, a Christian convert since 1999. Ali was on his regular morning walk down a busy street when two … Continue reading

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10 February 2016, Bomb in Cameroon, Boko Haram suspected

AfricaNews.com reports that two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives at a funeral in Nguetchéwé in northern Cameroon on 10 February. The blasts killed eight and wounded 45. Using northern Nigeria as its base, Boko Haram seeks to establish a … Continue reading

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14 January 2016, ISIS attacks Jakarta, Indonesia – police rapidly deploy

On 14 January, four ISIS fighters attacked several targets in Jakarta, reports CNN. The attackers concentrated their efforts in the area of the intersection of Thamrin Street and Jalan K.H. Wahid Hasyim Street, an upscale shopping, eating, business, and hotel … Continue reading

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12 January 2016, ISIS attacks Istanbul, Turkey

The government of Turkey has blamed ISIS for a 12 January suicide bombing in Istanbul, reports the BBC. The attack happened in the center of a tourist area near the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet Square at 10:20 am, killing 11 … Continue reading

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25 December 2015, Bagmara town, Bangladesh heats up with Islamist violence

  On 25 December, The Tribune (of India) reports that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a mosque in Bagmara town, 250 km northwest of Dhaka, wounding 10. The bomber had the device hidden under his clothes. The targeted mosque belongs … Continue reading

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