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The august 14 London car ramming attack on Parliament illustrates the continuing impact of declining Islamic State’s ideology on disenchanted migrants: Police officers stand at a cordon after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London | Reuters

At 07:37 (local time) on August 14, an individual drove a vehicle at speed towards a security barrier outside Parliament, Westminster, London. Three people were lightly injured and security forces immediately arrested the individual without further violence. The area was closed to the public for several hours while security forces determined that the vehicle posed no further risk and no weapons were inside.

Local sympathizers in Tajikistan pledge allegiance to Islamic State in video

The Islamic State (IS) claimed a car ramming and stabbing attack that resulted in the deaths of four Western tourists in Danghara District, approximately 90 km south of Dushanbe. Meanwhile, Islamic State (IS)-linked Amaq News Agency reported on July 30, that “soldiers of the caliphate” conducted the attack in response to calls to target citizens of coalition countries.

A Congolese soldier from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) stands in front of trucks who are stuck because of mud on the road as he searches with other soldiers for Mai-Mai Yakutumba rebels in Namoya, Maniema Province, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 29, 2018 | REUTERS

After a decade of relative calm, widespread inter-ethnic violence erupted in Djugu Territory of Ituri Province in December 2017. This latest round of ethnic clashes comes after an eight-year conflict between the two groups came to a halt, and has the potential to further spill into the rest of the province as the conflict becomes more protracted.