Security forces detained 28 al Qaeda and Taliban facilitators as well as 116 Afghans during the security operation in Khyber. “There was no resistance at all from the Taliban side as they seem to have gone underground,” local residents said. The Taliban murdered a “US spy” in North Waziristan.
Pakistani helicopters attack militants in Khyber | Reuters
Israel rejected calls for a ceasefire and said it would push ahead until its goals were met. More than 60 rockets have been launched into southern Israel. Israel bombed a Gaza mosque that doubled as a weapons storage site.
Judge Denies Release For 2 at Guantanamo
Coalition forces killed six Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan. Afghan forces killed an IED cell member and destroyed three bomb-making compounds in Kandahar province. A Coalition soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan.
US vacates Baghdad palace ahead of handover
Iraqi forces detained the leader of a Shia cult and 18 wanted men in Basrah, and two al Qaeda leaders in Diyala. One US soldier was killed in Balad and another was killed in Baghdad. Two Iraqi soldiers were killed in Diyala and five civilians were killed in two attacks in Mosul.
Zarar Shah admits role in Mumbai attacks; Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi is caught on tape communicating with Mumbai attackers.
Eight alleged Islamic militants held in Iraq: police
Lashkar-e-Taiba plotting to target Indian warship: US intelligence
Suspect dead, four wounded in Philippines bomb blasts: military
Israel considers Gaza 48-hour ‘humanitarian ceasefire’
Pakistani Islamist admits Mumbai link
Pakistan closed the Khyber Pass and launched an operation west of Peshawar. The Taliban torched tribal leaders’ homes in Bajaur and murdered an ANP leader in Swat. Swat Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah said female education is prohibited in Islam.
Indonesian Group To Recruit Fighters For Gaza
Pakistani security officials said that Zarar Shah, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, admitted to his involvement in the Mumbai attack during interrogation. Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the banned front group for the Lashkar, said it would continue its charitable work despite the so-called government crackdown. The Punjab provincial government said it was prepared to appoint a supervisor for Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s […]
India wants to launch air strikes inside Pakistan: McCain
US plans alternate supply routes to Afghanistan
Iraq and UK agree to let troops stay until July
Drone attacks remain major Pak concern
India moves troops toward shared border: Pakistan
Coalition forces detained eight Haqqani network fighters in Paktia province. A policeman in Herat was arrested for helping the Taliban; 12 others defected. Bulgaria may increase the number of troops in country; 460 Bulgarian soldiers are currently stationed in Afghanistan. China offered Afghanistan $11 million in additional aid.
Seventy-six percent of the Sons of Iraq members will be under Iraqi government responsibility by New Year™s Day. Iraqi forces detained five insurgents in northern Iraq. Police detained five wanted men during raids in Dhi Qhar province. Four policemen were wounded in a bombing in Mosul.
Move Against Taliban Shuts US Supply Line
The Utility of Force in Gaza
Two soldiers were killed in an ambush by insurgents in Narathiwat province. One soldier and two civilians were killed in separate attacks in Pattani province. Seven soldiers were wounded in a bombing as they were guarding a rail line in Yala province.
Prime Minister Olmert said airstrikes and blockades are the “first stage” in the Gaza operation; Defense Minister Barak said the operation will intensify. Israeli defense officials have recommended a 48-hour ceasefire with Hamas. Hamas has launched 17 rockets into southern Israel.
ANALYSIS / Hamas is hoping for an IDF ground operation in Gaza
Pakistan urges India to stand down troops