Weekly Analyst Review

24 November 2021

Bottom Line Up Front

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On 20 November 2021, a video emerged of the rescue of two Mexican Marines that took place on 19 November 2021. It was reported that a group of civilians spotted two people lying on the side of the road while walking along National Polytechnic Avenue. The identities of both men were confirmed by police to be the two Mexican Marines who were kidnapped four days earlier on 15 November 2021, by "Fernando," the son-in-law of Nemesio Oseguera "El Mencho" Vervantes, the leader of the Generación (CJNG). That same day, Mexican authorities arrested Rosalinda González Valencia, who is the wife of "El Mencho" and her arrest is a seen as a significant blow to the morale and financial structure of Mexico’s most notorious drug trafficking organization. Although González is suspected of performing a vital function for the CJNG, her capture is likely to be influenced by an increase in CJNG violence directed at security elements in recent weeks.

Other Developments

TRAC Incident Report:

Suspected Islamic State (IS) Improvised Explosive Device

(IED) Kills At up to Seven Syrian Soldiers in Al-Qusour District, Deir ez-Zor, Syria


Images:  Photographs of the aftermath of the incident

On 22 November 2021, a bomb exploded in the Al-Qusour District of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria. At least four were killed, while some sources claim that as many as seven were killed, with another three to five wounded. All who were killed were Syrian Arab Army soldiers, which is a bit uncommon for IED attacks in Deir ez-Zor, which usually target civilians. The explosion was said to have been caused by friction as engineers from the Syrian Arab Army attempted to clear landmines found in a vehicle. Syrian state media has said that the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was left by Islamic State (IS) elements in this former stronghold. It was unclear whether the IED had previously been placed by the perpetrators in the car (a VBIED), or had been placed in the car to take it to be dismantled. Furthermore, it is currently unclear whether the IED was planted recently or, as some reports suggest, was a remnant of the 2017 offensive, when the Assad regime and his Syrian Arab Army regained control of the city from Islamic State (IS).


Unofficial Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) ‘Proof of Life Video’ Includes UNICEF and Federal Highway Traffic Officer Hostages in Borno, Nigeria

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Images:  Four hostages appear in an ISWA ‘Proof of Life’ video, (Left to right and Top to Bottom)

Mohammed Askira, Zakariya Ajikime, Mohammed Askira, and Yusuf Nasiru

On 22 November 2021, a "proof of life" video emerged from an unofficial media outlet for the Islamic State West Africa (ISWA). The hostages appear to be held in the same location, each appearing in front of the same generic backdrop and each speaking softly, appearing to be reading from a script delivered to them. The UNICEF employee mentions that this is his second time he had been kidnapped by Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), although ISWA has not claimed to have kidnapped a UN employee recently. The video edit does not include the ransom demands and all were kidnapped separately, while traveling on inter-state highways. The UNICEF employee has been identified as Zakaria Ajikime and he was kidnapped on the Maiduguri-Damboa highway. Two other hostages reported they were kidnapped on Buratai-Buni Yadi road. The last hostage, a Federal Highway Traffic Officer, reported he was kidnapped while en route from Kano to Maiduguri.

TRAC Incident Report:

Violent Riots Against Newly Planned Corona Protocols For Unvaccinated, Specifically Against the Dutch Government’s Proposed 2G Policy, Erupted at the Coolsingel, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 


Image:  Images detailing the burning Dutch police car.

On 19 November 2021 at about 8pm local time, hundreds of violent protestors came together at the Coolsingel in Rotterdam. The protest was previously announced on various social media channels as a means garner as many people as possible to collectively gather and object to the implementation of new COVID measures and the proposed 2G policy by the cabinet of the Dutch government. Earlier this month, the Dutch government announced a partial lockdown as daily coronavirus cases surged and subsequently, they discussed the possible implementation of a 2G Corona policy directing that individuals have to be vaccinated or recovered to not be restricted in their everyday life. Members of the anti-vax and COVID-denier communities are heavily opposed to this policy and the protest quickly got out of hand. Some protesters set heavy fireworks alight and threw objects at police officers, even setting one police car on fire, forcing the hand of officers to fire warning shots, as well as two targeted shots that injured two rioters.

On Our Radar:

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TRAC Incident Report: Guided by Ukrainian National Yaroslav Ovsuyk on Telegram, a Teenager Prepared an Armed Assault on a High School in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia


TRAC Incident Report: Three Consecutive Nights of Rioting and Looting in protest of the New Corona Measures Implemented by President Marcon; France sends Police Special Forces to Fight the Civil Unrest, Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles, Caribbean

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TRAC Incident Report: Israel’s Internal Security Agency (Shin Bet) Thwarts Imminent Attacks, Arrest Over 50 Hamas Members, Weaponry Including Suicide Belt Material in Raids Across the West Bank, Palestinian Territories



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