Monthly Archives: February 2009

Pakistan

The military said the Taliban has ‘lost’ in Bajaur and Mohmand. Sufi Mohammed has demanded the establishment of sharia courts by mid-March, while the government has reversed its decision to distribute weapons there. Three aides of Baitullah Mehsud have been detained in Karachi.


Thai Defense minister hopeful for continued arrests of RKK insurgents in southern provinces


Kuwait

Security forces detained a man who said he was part of a new terrorist cell called the New Jihad Group. The group is purportedly backed by a prominent Saudi religious figure and sent 21 Bedouin men to fight in Afghanistan.


Iran

A street in Tehran was named after Imad Mugniyah, Hezbollah’s former military commander who was assassinated in Syria in 2008. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iraqi President Jalal Talabani that the US is ‘preparing the ground for a long and permanent presence in Iraq.’



Afghanistan

President Karzai has called for elections to be held on April 21 after the Independent Election Commission moved the date back to August. The interior minister estimated the Taliban to have between 10,000 to 15,000 fighters.



Iraq

Three al Qaeda leaders, including the oil minister for the Islamic State of Iraq, were detained in Baqubah. Iraqi forces detained 51 insurgents in Baghdad, five in Dhi Qhar, and two al Qaeda fighters in Mosul. A police chief was was killed and 10 Iraqis were wounded in a bombing in Baghdad.