Spanish Terrorist Attacks: Latest
Following the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils Thursday 17th August where 14 people were killed when vehicles were driven into people, it is believed that the male, Younes Abouyaaqoub, who drove the van into the crowds in Las Ramblas, Barcelona has entered France. As a result the hunt for Abouyaaqoub has been extended to other European countries. It is suspected that Abouyaaqoub hijacked a car that was later found close the Spanish/French border abandoned with the driver, Pau Perez found stabbed to death in the vehicle.
On Wednesday 16th August 2017, there was an explosion in Ripoll killing three people injuring the only survivor of the blast, Mohamed Chemlal. The Spanish police have linked this explosion to Thursday’s attacks. Mohamed Chemlal is suspected to be a bomb maker and is currently under arrest being interviewed by the police. If those involved in the attacks had improvised explosive devices available to them in the attacks there is no doubting more people would have been killed.
Although Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attacks, it is more likely that those carrying out the attacks were inspired by Islamic State rather than acting under direct orders from the group. It is suspected that Imam Es Satty was behind the radicalisation of the attackers to Islamic State’s narrative.
Australian Bomb Plot
In relation to the Australian bomb plot where it was planned for an improvised explosive device (IED) to be taken into the cabin area of an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to the UAE that was foiled by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on the 15th July 2017, the Lebanese Interior Minister has revealed that four Lebanese-Australians are allegedly behind the plan, with one being held in Lebanon and two in Australia. Again Islamic State are believed to be behind the plot as the AFP revealed a senior member of Islamic State gave the suspects instructions to carry out the attack along with parts for the IED being sent to the suspects via international cargo form Turkey along with instructions on how to build the bomb. The hearing for the two suspects in Australia has been adjourned to the 14th November.
Iraq army makes advances on Tal Afar as Islamic State lose control of More territory
The Iraqi Army says it has taken a number of villages on the outskirts of the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar from Islamic State control. Tal Afar is the only major city Islamic sate still control in Iraq and this action is part of the Iraqi Army’s plan to liberate the city. Tal Afar has a large population of Yazidis, who following Islamic state’s pogrom against the in 2-014/15, it is believed those Yazidis who survived are Islamic Sate slaves. As such the Iraqi Army are being encouraged to liberate the city as soon as possible.