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End of Ramadan Sees String of Attacks From Africa to South East Asia

As Ramadan draws to a close today, radical Jihadists throughout the Middle East launched a string of attacks over the weekend. Although the Gulf seemed to be hit hardest, attacks reached South East Asia as well. Let’s break down some of the attacks and who they were attributed to.

Baghdad, Iraq

IS has claimed responsibility for quite possibly one of the most devastating suicide bombings in Iraqi history in the village of Karrada near Baghdad. Most sources are estimating over 200 have died so far after a refrigerator truck full of explosives was detonated. IS also claimed responsibility for a second attack over the weekend in a northern part of Baghdad which took two lives. IS has been losing ground in Iraq as coalition forces move further into Mosul and Fallujah. Security officials believe IS is reacting by launching attacks via sleeper cells. Officials have been trying to crackdown on the insurgency by arresting 40 suspected “terrorists” who they claim where planning more attacks near Baghdad.

Dhaka, Bangladesh 

On Friday in the capitol city of Bangladesh, the Islamic State reportedly took at least 20 people hostage at a cafe. 18 hostages were killed including several Italians, Japanese and one US citizen. Two policemen were also killed along with 6 IS suspects. Considering the deaths and location, this appears to be a targeted attack on foreigners. Government officials deny that this is an IS-related attack but IS claims otherwise.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia saw three attacks over the weekend in the cities of Medina, Jeddah, and Qatif. In Medina, four security guards were killed as an attacker walked towards the Prophets Mosque and detonated explosives. In what appears to be coordinated attacks, two suicide bombs went off at a mosque in Qatif– only moments after the blast in Medina. In Jeddah, a suicide bomber killed two people near the United States consulate.

Pattani, Thailand

Moving into South Eastern Asia, two police officers were wounded at a border checkpoint in Thailand by an apparent car bomb today.  Authorities state they are battling an increasing Islamic insurgency in the region as more than 6,500 people have died in attacks since 2004. Two people were also killed in the province of Yala over the weekend in what appears to be two simultaneous and coordinated attacks.

Puchong, Malaysia 

Individuals claiming to be taking direct orders from IS in Syria launched a grenade into a crowded bar where patrons were watching a sports game. Eight were injured.

Solo, Indonesia 

A suicide bomber died this morning after attempting to ride a motorcycle into police headquarters. The attacker died after detonating explosives but there were no other fatalities. Authorities aren’t completely sure who is behind the attack. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world.

Kenya & Somalia

In Kenya, al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for two bus attacks reportedly killing six people including children. The terror organization also launched in attack at a Mogadishu hotel last week which involved a hostage situation resulting in 14 people being killed. Al-Shabaab claims that by carrying out attacks in the capital city they hope to topple the western-backed puppet government.

Mukalla, Yemen

IS carried out a triple suicide attack near Aden last weekend as they compete for territory with al-Qaeda. Authorities say at least 45 people have died.

Istanbul, Turkey

At least 45 people have died and hundreds injured after the triple suicide attack at Ataturk Airport last week. Officials have arrested over 30 people–mostly foreigners reportedly from the Northern Caucus region. The attack came just about a day after Turkey and Israel announced they were going to repair ties. Turkey has also been seeking to improve ties with Russia.

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Randi Nord
Randi is a journalist in the United States and the co-founder of Geopolitics Alert. She covers U.S. imperialism in the Middle East with a special focus on Yemen.
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2 thoughts on “End of Ramadan Sees String of Attacks From Africa to South East Asia”

  1. My view on this is that the Western media narrative blaming ISIS for attacks all over the world is entirely implausible. A decade ago it was Al Qaeda, but that one wore thin and, indeed, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook revealed it as a charade (just before his death). So Al Qaeda has been rebranded as “ISIS.” What does that mean? A blanket term to cover both the Jihadists fighting in the Middle East and radicalized groups and individuals who commit terrorist attacks in the name of Jihad abroad. The objective is to conjure up an image of a highly organized Islamic army in the Middle East which presents a direct threat to the West, and thereby justifying an ongoing American presence in the region and the astronomical budget this entails.

    So what’s the endgame? In the short term the objective seems to be to control the oil industry in the region, break up the Shia Crescent and isolate Iran. This can only be achieved by removing Assad, one way or another. But after the shambles of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, the US has shied off a full-scale invasion thus far, instigating a proxy war by supporting rebels/terrorists/freedom fighters. In this manner they have forced the Assad government to fight back and thus been able to label him a war criminal amid a conflict which has descended into increasing brutality by both sides. Only slightly more subtle than WOMDs. But they have yet to achieve their aim, and in fact it’s really not going too well for them. As it stands, the government troops are well on top.

    What’s the next step? A full-scale invasion of Syria, perhaps? But as we can all see, and you yourself have shrewdly pointed out, Russia will not allow this. But what if a pretext were to be provided for another NATO member to invade? Let’s just say that I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what these terrorist attacks are all about. What is certain is that the US has already succeeded in instigating ongoing warfare right across the region – Afghanistan 15 years, Iraq 13 years, Libya 5 years, Syria 5 years. This not only provides the pretext for ongoing American military presence but keeps the highly lucrative weapons industry ticking over very nicely as well. I guess that’s the nature of modern imperialism.

  2. The US media blamed ISIS for Orlando. It definitely was not ISIS. It’s widely believed that ISIS was created by the US, inadvertently or otherwise, and known that they’ve been collaborating with at least one other NATO member since. Whether they are actually under the direct control of the US to any degree is something we’ll probably never know for sure, or at least not until the conflict has been consigned to the history books. The reason for the attacks on Ataturk Airport are still unclear. I am not saying they were carried out to provide a pretext for a full-scale invasion of Syria, but that by blaming ISIS for them (and every other attack in the world lately) NATO may simply be appropriating them with that end in mind. The so-called fight against ISIS has got them inside Syrian borders, and now they want to intensify their hitherto lacklustre efforts. Ever heard of the Troan War?

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