Afghanistan – At the beginning of the month, the Taliban attacked a NATO transport logistic company in Kabul. There was an unconfirmed report that the target may have been a company known as Supreme. Although the Taliban is entering peace negotiations, they are still continuing their high profile targeting and attacks in the capital. At the end of April the Taliban did state that they were to step up attacks against foreign invaders and that included Coalition personnel operating under the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). They also warned other Afghans to stay away from such locations as they were to use suicide attacks and insider attacks against such locations.
India – Maoist insurgents have killed seven policemen in Amrapara in Jharkhand. It was reported that approximately 100 heavily armed Maoists ambushed a cavalcade and shelled the vehicles as they passed and ensured all were killed. The report also mentioned that weapons were fired from both sides of the road and the attackers disappeared after the attack. The police were caught off their guard and did not have a chance to aim and fire their weapons to defend themselves. Security for the movement of vehicles and personnel must be kept on the need to know basis as it is obvious that the Maoists have informers. Attacks of this nature are likely to continue.
In another report, the security services had said that the Maoists are training to shoot down helicopters that are being used in counter-insurgency operations. The documents had been found and were in a different language but clear enough to glean their intentions. With Maoists already showing strength with ambushes, shootings, and the use of land mines this would be another addition to their armoury to fight the Indian government soldiers. This goes along with other reports that the terrorist group have formed a special group in the West Bengal-Jharkhand-Bihar-Chhattisgarh corridor whose task is to assassinate political leaders and senior policemen.
Russia – Doku Umarov, a Chechen rebel, has called on his fighters to do all in their power to stop the Winter Olympics being held in Russia from February 7-23, 2014. Umarov is Russia’s most wanted terrorist; he was responsible for the 2010 Moscow Metro bombings and the 2011 Domodedovo International Airport bombing and was added to the United Nations Security Council al-Qaeda and Taliban sanctions Committee on March 10, 2011 for the list of individuals allegedly associated to al-Qaeda. Terrorist groups that maybe involved in acts meant to destroy the games are:
Ø Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade (IIRB) Nationalist/Separatist, Religious ideology
Ø Special Purpose Islamic Regiment (SPIR) Nationalist/Separatist, Religious ideology
Ø Riyadus-Salikhin Reconnaissance and Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs (RSRSBCM) later known as the Islamic Brigade of Shaheeds, Nationalist/Separatist, Religious ideology
These groups have carried out a number of horrific terrorist attacks in the past and it is possible that this may occur again prior to the commencement of the Olympic Winter Games.
Paul Ashley is the Senior Counter-Terrorist Analyst