In the backdrop of a surge in geopolitical tensions in the Persian Gulf, hostilities between the US and Iran seems to have recorded a notable uptick. This view is further bolstered by the additional troop deployment by the US in the region which was preceded by deployment of air and naval assets, including aircraft carrier battle group in the region in May.
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.
Heightened security has been observed across Sri Lanka during the days following the Easter bombings across the island which comprised of eight explosions during the early hours of April 21. In the week following the arrest, approximately 70 individuals have been arrested during security raids across the country.
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.
The airstrikes targeting the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a Pakistan backed militant group, preceded the suicide Vehicle borne IED (SVBIED) attack targeting a CRPF convoy on February 14. The attack was immediately claimed by the militant group. Around 44 security personnel were reportedly killed in the attack. It also happens to be a notable incident not only for the high casualties sustained in a single attack but also because of the modus operandi (an SVBIED attack), which remains highly uncommon for this region.