The 2016 Muslim holiday of Ramadan ended Tuesday and will go down as one of the bloodiest in modern history.
Close to 400 people died from a series of Islamic terrorist attacks in nine different countries. Most incidents were linked to Islamic State, which urged its supporters to carry out attacks during the fast.
Some believe ISIS tried to divert attention away from territorial losses and financial struggles by spreading fear around the globe.
“[W]e’ve made, I think, some significant progress along with the coalition partners in Syria and Iraq where most of the ISIS members are resident right now,” CIA Director John Brennan said Wednesday. “ISIS’s ability to continue to propagate its narrative, as well as to incite and carry out these attacks I think we still have a ways to go before we’re able to say that we have made some significant progress against them.”
The first major attack ISIS claimed responsibility for was the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub June 12 in Orlando, Fla. The shooter, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people during the massacre and wounded another 53 before being killed by police. ISIS called Mateen a “soldier of caliphate” when they claimed responsibility the next day. (RELATED: Read This Brief Transcript And Decide For Yourself Why Omar Mateen Killed 49 People In Orlando)
A French jihadi killed a senior French police officer and his partner in Magnanville outside Paris. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, stabbed the officer to death outside his home. He then pledged allegiance to ISIS over a live stream on Facebook. (RELATED: Jihadist Kills Cops While Broadcasting Live Over Facebook)
A suicide car bomb blew up June 21 by a Jordanian army base close to the Syrian border. The attack claimed the lives of seven soldiers, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the country in years. (RELATED: ISIS Infiltrates Refugee Camp To Mount Terror Attack On US Ally)
Attacks in Yemen and Lebanon killed a total of 48 people June 27. Three coordinated bomb attacks in Yemen targeted government forces, taking 43 lives. Eight suicide bombers killed five people in a Christian village in Lebanon the same day.
Three suicide bombers exchanged gun fire with police before blowing themselves up June 28 at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. The attack killed 44 people and injured hundreds. ISIS did not claim responsibility for the attack, in what experts believe is an attempt to implicate Kurdish terrorists. (RELATED: All Three Istanbul Bombers Identified As Foreigners By Turkish Officials)
A grenade attack at a Malaysian nightclub June 28 left eight people injured. The attack was the first ISIS has ever claimed responsibility for in the country.
Ramadan ended with one of the deadliest attacks in years. A truck filled with explosives plowed into a shopping mall in Baghdad July 3. The death toll has steadily risen from early reports of 125 to 292 five days later. (VIDEO: Another Attack Kills Hundreds In Central Baghdad)
The following day, July 4, suicide bombers struck three cities in Saudi Arabia. Four Saudi security officials were killed outside the prophet’s mosque in Medina. The mosque is considered one of the two holiest sites in the Islamic religion and is the place where Prophet Muhammad is buried. A Pakistani suicide bomber struck the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah but failed to hurt a single person. (RELATED: Report: Twins Kill Mother In Saudi Arabia After She Tried To Stop Them From Joining ISIS)
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