A Senate report harshly criticized the State Department for its “grievous mistake” of failing to close the US Consulate in Benghazi before the Sept. 11 attack in the face of known security risks. The report also faulted US intelligence agencies for neglecting to “broaden and deepen their focus in Libya and beyond, on nascent violent […]
Afghan Army Deaths on the Rise
In Nigeria, trapped between Islamist radicals and security forces
The government released eight more Afghan Taliban detainees, including former Taliban justice minister Mullah Nooruddin Turabi. The bodies of nine Pakistani Taliban, all shot in the head and chest, were found dumped in North Waziristan. Government technicians briefly unblocked YouTube after work on a system designed to filter out allegedly blasphemous material.
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Iran’s navy claims it has tested the Iranian-manufactured air defense system Raad (“Thunder”) during an exercise near the Strait of Hormuz. Iran also conducted a “cyberwarfare drill” during the same exercise taking place in the Strait of Hormuz as well as in the Gulf of Oman.
Multiple explosions across Iraq targeted government officials, police patrols and members of both the Sunni and Shiite sects. The bombings killed at least 10 people and injured 46 others. Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq survived a purported assassination attempt in Ramadi.
The northeastern Afghan province remains a stronghold for al Qaeda despite the surge in US forces. The US conducted 67 raids against al Qaeda and allied groups in Afghanistan in 2012.