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The following is a summary and analysis of the terrorist attacks and counter-terrorism operations that occurred during November 2013, as researched and recorded by the ICT Database Team. Among the most important events occurring this November:
- On November 1, Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was killed in a suspected US drone attack as he was leaving a meeting at a mosque in the Dande Darpa Khel village of North Waziristan, Pakistan. Five other Taliban militants were also killed and two others were wounded. On November 2, the Pakistani Taliban named Khan Sayed Sajna as its new leader.
- On November 16, 10 people were killed and 20 others injured in a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. The attacker exploded approximately 100 meters from a large tent where Afghan tribal elders and civil leaders were due to meet for a national assembly, known as Loya Jirga. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
- On November 18, Israeli authorities admitted that they had secretly detained Samar Halmi Abdel Latif al-Barq, an Al-Qaeda biological weapons expert, since his arrest in July 2010. Al-Barq was accused of planning attacks on Jews and Israelis in Jordan and had also planned to teach Palestinian terrorists how to manufacture poisons. Despite al-Barq’s appeal to the Supreme Court to be released, the court denied his request.
- On November 19, a double suicide bombing that targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 160 others. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
- On November 20, 11 soldiers were killed and 27 injured when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into a convoy of military buses, which were carrying off-duty soldiers traveling between the border town of Rafah and el-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. No group claimed responsibility for the attack but authorities blamed Al-Qaeda linked groups. Several days later, in a separate incident, Egyptian security forces killed Mohamed Hussein Muhareb, leader of Takfir wal-Hijra, a long-standing Al-Qaeda-linked group based inthe Sinai Peninsula. Authorities said that he was personally sought in connection with killing of 25 police recruits in August 2013.
- On November 27, 15 armed men suspected of being members of the militant group, At-Takfir Wal-Hijra, were arrested in Moscow, Russia. The suspect’s identities were not released to the public but police said that all of those detained were from Russia’s southern provinces of Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia and Kalmitiya, or from the neighboring countries of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
IHLS – Israel Homeland Security
Click here for the full ICT Database Report – November 2013, in PDF format.