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CIB Weekly Intelligence Brief | Vol. 01 | Iss. 01 | 18 October 2017

Volume 1 | Issue 1 October 18, 2017

WEEKLY INTELLIGENCE BRIEF

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AMERICAN AND NIGERIEN TROOPS

KILLED AT NIGER AND MALI BORDER

Allison Reilly, Head, Africa Desk | October 11, 2017

On October 4, four US soldiers and four Nigerien soldiers were

killed in an ambush near the Mali border. It is unclear as to who

is responsible for the attack, but militant groups Al-Qaeda in the

Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Boko Haram are active in the region.

The United States Africa Command released a statement that reports

two additional US soldiers in stable condition after sustaining injuries

during the attack.

The US soldiers were the first Americans killed in Niger from an attack

since the beginning of the US Africa Command deployment, according

to The New York Times.

BBC reports that the US Special Forces soldiers and Niger’s counterterrorism

unit were conducting a training mission when they came under

hostile fire.

While US President Donald Trump has not released an official statement,

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that the

President was briefed about the attack.

The Nigerien and US military personnel continue to monitor the country

and take measures to prevent the operations of AQIM and Boko

Haram in the area.

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AL-QAEDA RECRUITER

ARRESTED IN INDIA

Jake Lewis, Member, Africa Desk

September 27, 2017

Samiun Rahman, a British national, was

arrested by authorities in New Delhi, India,

on September 17, reportedly while trying

to recruit new members for al-Qaeda.

The Hindu newspaper reports that Rahman

was radicalized in 2012, was recruited by

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and

fought alongside Jabhat al-Nursa. According

to Daily News and Analysis, Rahman

had been arrested in Bangladesh in 2014 for

terrorism-related activities and released in

2017. In July of this year, Rahman relocated

to India to set up militant bases in

Mizoram and Manipur, according to India

Today. The Times of India states that Rahman

was tasked with recruiting Rohingya

Muslims in hopes waging attacks on India

and Myanmar. With Al-Qaeda speaking

openly about the current situation involving

Myanmar and Rohingya Muslims, it is

likely that more recruiting attempts will be

made to capitalize on the influx of Rohingya

refugees fleeing Myanmar.

USE OF ENCRYPTION

BY TERRORISTS, CRIM-

INALS, GROWING

Eric Winter, Head, Cyber Desk

October 11, 2017

FBI Director Christopher Wray gave his

first testimony before a senate committee

and said the two biggest concerns

are the “growing danger of drone and

cyber terror”, with cyber encryption capabilities

increasing.

In the first 10 months of the year the FBI

was unable to access the content of more

than 6,000 mobile devices according to Director

Wray’s testimony. FBI used “appropriate

and available technical tools”, he

said, and had legal authority to conduct

searches of the mobile devices. These

were devices that are usually easily accessed

by the FBI. I believe that ISIS and

other terrorist organizations’ cyber capabilities

will continue to increase, along with

their encryption techniques. Director Wray

stressed that the FBI will adapt to and overcome

the increasing technological sophistication

of terrorist and cyber-criminals.

PHILIPPINE-BASED ISIS MEMBERS

PLOTTED ATTACK ON NEW YORK

Fabio Molano, Member, Asia Desk | October 11, 2017

An undercover FBI agent in the Philippines intercepted money

and messages from members of the Islamic State detailing plans

to bomb Times Square and multiple subway stations in New York.

Three conspirators were arrested in three different countries.

ISIS leadership in Syria has direct lines of contact with ISIS militants

in the Philippines and have been funding them with thousands of dollars

according to a report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict.

According to Newsweek, Russell Salic, a Philippine citizen, was arrested

for his involvement in funding the plot with hundreds of dollars

that were used to purchase explosive material.

The Daily Caller reports the Salic refused to name other conspirators,

however two more have been arrested in connection, Abdulrahman El

Bahnasawy, a Pakistani-American, and Talha Haroon, a Canadian.

According to CNN, the US is seeking to extradite Salic and Haroon

from the Philippines and Pakistan.

The Philippine National Bureau of Investigation is currently working to

identify and apprehend other conspirators but only these three men

have been arrested and charged as of 10/10/17.

CUBAN-US RELATIONS CONTINUE TO

DETERIORATE AFTER SONIC ATTACKS

Joseph Cain, Member, Americas Desk | October 10, 2017

In a speech delivered on October 9, Miguel Diaz-Canel, First Vice

President of Cuba, rejected United States President Donald Trump’s

demand for “democracy and capitalism” in Cuba, saying that the

island country will never trust imperialistic motives. The speech

was comes after the recent alleged sonic attacks on US embassy

staffers.

Time reports that since November 2016 at least 22 American embassy

staffers have been targeted in unexplained attacks in Havana.

The US State Department responded on September 29 by pulling all

non-essential staffers until Cuba takes proper measures to ensure

safety.

On October 3, the US announced that 15 Cuban diplomats would be

expelled from America but not deemed persona non-grata.

US Senator Patrick Leahy commented on the American response stating,

"whoever is doing this obviously is trying to disrupt the normalization

process between the US and Cuba."

The comments by Diaz-Canel, who is the most likely to succeed Raul

Castro as leader of Cuba, mark a stark turn in US Cuba relations that

seemed to be improving until the time of the attacks.

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