On October 27, the US President announced killing of the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in the north western Syrian province of Idlib in an intelligence driven security operation.
Reports from August 27 announced the arrest of Jamaat ul Mujahideen (JMB) cadre, Ejaz Ahmad alias Taufique Raza by the Kolkata Special Task Force (STF) from Bihar’s Gaya district on August 26. While arrests of the members of this Bangladesh based militant group have become a common feature, the latest announcement remains highly notable given the fact that Ejaz was one of the senior most members of the India affiliate- Jamaat ul Mujahideen India (JMI). The JMI was announced by the JMB in February 2018.
Pro-IS media released a video calling for 'war of attrition' across 'Wilayah' on June 4 reiterating Baghdadi's Call for action to sustain the jihadi group’s operational momentum. While the jihadi group seems to be on an operational path of that of its predecessor, Al Qaeda, there continue to remain some glaring differences in the ‘War of Attrition’ launched by the two groups.
On April 29, the media wing of the trans-national Sunni jihadi militant group, Islamic State (IS) released a video of its ‘Caliph’, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi under the title, ‘In the Hospitality of Amirul- Muiminin’.
A targeted attack took place on 14 bus passengers travelling from Karachi to Gwadar in the south of Pakistan’s Balochistan province during the early morning hours of April 18.
A Suicide Vehicle borne IED (SVBIED) targeted a CRPF convoy traveling from Jammu to Srinagar on February 14. At least 44 troopers were killed in this attack which was subsequently claimed by the Pakistan backed regional militant group- Jaish e Mohammad (JeM). The assailant was reportedly a young Kashmiri local and was supposedly disenfranchised by the perceived excesses of the Indian security personnel deployed in the valley.