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Summary of Terrorist Incidents and CT Operations: July 2015

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The ICT Database Team is pleased to present a brief overview of the terrorist incidents and counter-terrorist actions that occurred worldwide in July 2015. The incidents covered in this month’s report join the over 35,000 previously-recorded terrorist and counter-terrorist incidents in the ICT database.

This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis in the Middle East specifically in the West Bank.  On July 31, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a Palestinian family home in Duma, in the West Bank killing infant Ali Dawabsha and seriously injuring his parents and brother, 5.

The child’s father, Saad Dawabsha died of his wounds in hospital several days later and his mother, Riham Dawabsha, 26, also later succumbed to her injuries.  His brother was the sole survivor of the attack.

Authorities said an adjacent unoccupied house was also set alight and Hebrew ‘price tag’ graffiti was sprayed on the walls another house in the village.  Israeli authorities said dozens of suspects were arrested and three were detained under administrative detention orders.  The identities of the perpetrators were not made public, however, the Israeli government said they have been identified and will be brought to justice. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

July 2015 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cameroon, Chad, China, Egypt, Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen.

This month’s report covers counter- terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis in the Middle-East specifically Syria. On July 8, a US-Led airstrike reportedly killed Muhsin al-Fadhli the leader of the Khorasan Group, as he travelled in a convoy near Sarmada in Syria. 

US authorities made the announcement on July 21, saying that Al-Fadhli was directly responsible for terrorist attacks which included an armed assault on the French ship MV Limburg and the killing of US Marines on Faylaka Island in Kuwait, both in October 2002.  The US State Department had previously placed a US $7 million bounty on al-Fadlhi’s head as a reward for any information that would lead to his capture or death.  

July 2015 was also marked by counter-terrorist incidents in: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Israel and the West Bank, North America, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sweden, UK and Yemen.

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