The army chief of staff and President of Amhara Region were assassinated on June 22. The government claims an Amhara nationalist was behind it.
The Islamic State published a claim of responsibility for an attack in Mocimboa da Praia district, Cabo Delgado Province, likely in an effort to portray their global reach and operational resilience despite losses in the Middle East.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, openly appeared in a video for the first time in almost five years. The main objective of the video is to showcase to followers that al-Baghdadi is alive and still in command of the organization, and to rally his followers to increase their rate of activities.
Amendments to 14 articles within Egypt’s 2014 constitution were approved in a nationwide referendum, which was held between April 19-22. This development is highly notable as it will extend President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s presidential term from four to six years as well as allow him to seek re-election for a third term. This will allow the president to further entrench himself within the country’s political apparatus.
At least 310 people were killed and hundreds injured in multiple suicide bombings that occurred in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa on April 21. The attacks appear to be carried out by radicalized locals, with possible transnational jihadist links.
The security situation in Libya is likely to significantly deteriorate over the coming months. As the LNA’s operation becomes protracted, as a result of strong defensive measures adopted by GNA-linked forces, it will be compelled to divert troops from other parts of Libya, allowing IS to increase its activity.