Far-right groups are behind the most terrorist attacks in the U.S. in 2020. Between January and August, they have been involved in forty-one out of sixty-one “terrorist plots and attacks” (67 percent of all of them). Far-left groups were responsible for twelve (or 20 percent) of all of them.
The United States Army is using drones and planes to support the Taliban fighting with ISIS in the Afghan Kunar province while attacking the Taliban positions in other provinces at the same time. American soldiers rely on intelligence data to perform airstrikes that would benefit the Taliban the most. Such informal cooperation puts the U.S. Army in a peculiar situation: Taliban are fighting ISIS but remain allied with an arch-enemy of America, al-Qaeda. This month, Afghan security forces killed one of the senior al-Qaeda leaders, Muhsin al-Masri, accused by the U.S. authorities of terrorism.
Terrorist attacks conducted by the extremist groups related to ISIS or Al-Qaeda surged in 2020. ISIS is trying to rebuild its position in Africa, two years after the fall of the self-declared Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq. Now, its affiliates are growing in terms of the territory controlled, manpower and firepower, according to the journal published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. ISIS is especially active in West Africa – in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso.