Global Terrorism This Week – September 12-18, 2022

A summary of terrorism news from around the globe for the week of September 12-18; again dominated by jihadi violence (and not a SINGLE RWE attack anywhere)

Weekly thought – overuse of the ‘T’ word

As the ‘war on terrorism’ enters its third decade – has it really been THAT long? – we continue to see the expanding use of what I have to come to refer to as the ‘T’ word. In some cases it is the right term to use; in others not so much. Let’s look at the latter cases.

None of this is helpful. We as consumers of information need to remind our commentators and heads of state that the use of the word terrorism must be limited to those planning serious acts of violence in the furtherance of a political, religious or ideological aim. Anything less than that should be seen as other (i.e. non-terrorist) forms of violence or protest (non violent).

Calling too many things terrorism is simply bad analysis and bad politics.

This week by the numbers

  • Countries which suffered attacks: 9 (Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Israel/Palestine, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Yemen
  • Approximate number of casualties (dead/wounded/terrorists killed): 40/14/168
  • Ideology of attackers: Islamist (92%), nationalist (8%)
  • Attacks/casualties tied to RWE: 0


  • The Taliban claimed on September 14 that its forces had killed 40 members of the National Resistance Front (NRF), including four commanders, in the northern Afghanistan province of Panjshir.
  • According to a news item on September 15, the  Taliban summarily executed members of a resistance group fighting against their harsh rule in Afghanistan. A video filmed and shared on the terrorists’ group chats shows a group of five blindfolded fighters who have their hands tied behind them before they are executed by cheering members of the Taliban. In a move that echoes ISIS’s social media strategy, Taliban shared their battlefield atrocities to spread fear among their enemies.  
  • A suicide bomber killed one person and wounded three in the provincial capital of Takhar province in NE Afghanistan on September 17


  • Sydney terrorist leader Hamdi Alqudsi was found guilty on September 15 of planning attacks in Australia in 2014. Alqudsi was the leader of a terrorist group called the ‘Shura’ from August to December 2014 and his plans included attacks on the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Garden Island Naval Base in the Sydney suburb of Woolloomooloo, a courthouse and the Australian Federal Police.

Burkina Faso




  • Kenyan police detonated a bomb in Mandera County on September 17 amid fears of more attacks. The police narrowly escaped an attack after stumbling on an explosive device set by Al Shabaab (AS) on the roadside: locals had tipped off police that there were suspicious men who had been spotted in the area digging the site.




  • A roadside bomb claimed by the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – TTP) killed eight people, including the former head of a pro-government militia, in northwestern Swat valley on September 14.



  • Gunmen killed three soldiers in an ambush in the southern Philippines on September 15 in violence that coincided with the president’s visit to the region to pledge support for a 2014 peace deal with Muslim rebels that has eased decades of fighting. The attackers were from a band of outlaws that are separate from the Abu Sayyaf Group, a small but violent Muslim militant group that still has a presence in Basilan despite years of battle setbacks




United Kingdom


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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