Global Terrorism This Week (GTTW) – October 10-16, 2022

Thought of the week – Enough with the ‘war on terrorism’!

Humans have a nasty tendency to declare war on things. Drugs. Poverty. Teenage pregnancy. The list goes on and on and on…

And, lest we forget, the War on Terrorism that came into vogue after 9/11. Except that, unlike the war on poverty, say, this war actually involved lots of warlike things: soldiers, invasions, occupations, tanks, fighter jets, drones, etc. And, it must be acknowledged, a lot of terrorists were killed during this ‘war’ (alas, so were a lot of civilians).

Normally, however, wars on common nouns rarely end well, or end at all. The government of President Nayib Bukele in El Salvador, for instance, has launched a war on criminal groups since last March and to date has arrested 55,000 (alleged) gang members. It has also trampled severely on human rights in that country. Nor does it look likely that the war will achieve its goals.

Speaking of wars on common nouns, there has been talk of late of legalising cocaine, at least in the US. That nation’s ‘war on drugs’ started in the Nixon years and has not gotten nearly anywhere near its goals of eradicating a number of drugs. Again, a failure. I’m not sure whether calls to make cocaine use ok will fly, but I get the need to consider other solutions.

Which brings us to the war on terrorism. Yes, there have been successes and yes there is a role for the military in counter terrorism, but no it will never terminate terrorism. Which makes me wonder why we still refer to all this in martial terms two decades after 9/11.

Anyone else know why?

We need to see counter terrorism as primarily a law enforcement/security intelligence task at the pointy end, and a civil society duty at earlier stages (like when someone is just getting radicalised). That is what is going to make a difference, even if it is a small one.

This week by the numbers

Countries that suffered attacks; 14 (Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, India, Israel/Palestine, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Yemen)

Casualties (dead/wounded/terrorists killed): 73+/77/72

Ideology of attackers: Islamist/jihadi (95%); Jewish extremism (5%)

Right-wing attacks – 0


  • Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) noted on October 13 the existence of a new Islamist organisation named Jamatul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya consisting of former members of banned militant groups. Some separatist groups in the hill tracts were harbouring the new militant outfit whose members were taking combat and bomb-making training in the hills.  One of the militant groups whose former members formed the new outfit is Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami or HuJI.
  • Two Rohingya camp leaders were killed in a refugee camp Bangladesh on October 15:- authorities blamed members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) for the killings.


Burkina Faso





  • An Israeli soldier was hurt by gunfire near the settlement of Shavei Shomron in the northern West Bank on October 11: an armed Palestinian faction calling itself the ‘Lion’s Den’ claimed responsibility. The group — based in Nablus’s old city — was established in recent months by members of various terror groups. Some of its members were apparently previously affiliated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The soldier was part of a group protecting a settlers’ march in the area.
  • A two-week Shin Bet investigation of four suspects from the West Bank found that they were in contact with a Hamas operative from the Gaza Strip in order to plan and carry out shooting attacks against Israeli targets.
  • A group of Jewish settlers rampaged through a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank on October 13, attacking shops and residents with stones and iron bars. 22 people were struck by stones, and 20 others were beaten up.
  • Israeli forces killed three armed Palestinians in two separate incidents in the West Bank on October 14. Two of the terrorists were linked to Hamas while the third was a member of the Jenin Brigades.


  • Three teachers were reported ‘missing’ following an Al Shabaab (AS) terrorist attack in Mandera County early in the morning on October 12. The terrorist group also destroyed a communication mast in the town of Libehiya with rocket-propelled grenades and other explosives.











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.

2 replies on “Global Terrorism This Week (GTTW) – October 10-16, 2022”

Good evening sir, am Kenyan citizen with over 33 years of military service as a commissioned officer. I have wide experience in peace support operations. I have served among other peacekeeping mission in Somalia as FHQ COO from October 2015-May 2017 and Assist Advisor to head of mission on Somali Transition Plan 2019-2020.

I have an interest in joining your organization as a Consultant on HOA.

Warm regards

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