Global Terrorism This Week (GTTW) – August 29 to September 4, 2022

Global Terrorism This Week (GTTW) – August 29 – September 4, 2022: Islamist terrorism reigns again!

Weekly thought – the neverending story of ISIS terrorists

It has been approximately three years since ISIS – Islamic State – was allegedly ‘defeated’ in the northern parts of Iraq and Syria. The terrorist group had formed its so-called ‘Caliphate’ in 2014 and went on to become the world’s biggest, and most brutal bunch of jihadis. Nothing was beneath these violent ‘warriors’: mass rape, forced marriages (‘sex slaves‘), throwing people alive off buildings, burning them alive and drowning them in cages. Their actions almost made some wish Al Qaeda (AQ) had never gone away.

Except that the ‘defeat’ was not as sold. Not only is ISIS still active in the same areas where it had once established a functioning state, but has also become the world’s largest terrorist confederation as measured by ‘branches’ (‘wilayat’) and those ‘inspired’ by it. As of the time of writing neither aspect – the leftovers of the Caliphate in the Middle East nor the copycats on at least two continents (Africa and Asia) – are showing any signs of going away.

Whether it is ISIS in Afghanistan (ISK), ISIS in India, ISIS in the Sinai, or the trio of African subsidiaries – Islamic State Western (Nigeria et al), Central (DRC, Mozambique) and Eastern (what the group in Somalia is sometimes called) African Provinces – there is little doubt that this gathering of terrorists is still very much with us.

Not that I want to give ex-US President Donald Trump any more attention than he has already undeservedly received, but it is important for those of us who write about terrorism to remember that terrorist groups are rarely ‘100% defeated‘ (Trump: 2019). It doesn’t usually work that way.

This week by the numbers

  • Countries which experienced actual attacks: 6 (Afghanistan, Colombia, DRC, Israel, Mozambique, Nigeria and Somalia)
  • Victims (dead/wounded): 137 dead 28 wounded (including terrorists)
  • Ideology of terrorists: majority Islamist extremist (jihadis)
  • Single greatest attack: DRC’s jihadi ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) killed at least 40 between August 25 and 29.


Burkina Faso


  • At least seven police officers were killed in an explosives attack in western Colombia on September 2, the deadliest attack on security forces since President Petro took office promising to end the country’s nearly 60-year conflict. The men were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling was hit by explosives. Petro did not name the suspected perpetrators of the attack although so-called dissidents from the now-demobilised FARC rebel movement are known to operate in the area, according to security sources. The ELN (Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional – National Liberation Army) is another possible perpetrator.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)








  • The Philippines Armed Forces have reduced their troop presence in Sulu after threats from extremist groups like the ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has gone down. Major General Patrimonio was quoted as saying “the threat level in Sulu has gone down radically. We are sustaining this momentum through focused operations and so far, the communities continue to experience a better security climate.”





  • A Turkish court on September 3 ordered the pre-trial jailing of pro-Kurdish HDP member of parliament Semra Guzel on a terrorism charge.
  • Turkish police stated on September 4 that they had detained a Kurdistan Workers Party terrorist who received training at a notorious camp in Greece and had been planning to carry out armed and bomb attacks in large cities. Greece, which has denied the charges, has long been accused of being a favorite hideout for terrorists from the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C) and PKK. .

United Kingdom


  • Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – AQAP) released a video on September 3 showing a United Nations (UN) worker who was abducted in the war-torn country more than six months ago. According to a UN spokesperson five UN staff members were kidnapped in Yemen’s southern Abyan province in February while returning to the port city of Aden “after having completed a field mission.” Akam Sofyol Anam, a Bangladeshi citizen, asked the UN to meet the demands of his captors as he was facing “serious health trouble”, including heart problems, and needed “immediate medical support and hospitalisation”.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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