Monthly Archives: February 2010


The Taliban released a tape of Hakeemullah Mehsud, but it did not confirm if he was alive. The head of the TNSM in Malakand surrendered to police. The military said it took control of the Badankot region in Bajaur. The Taliban took credit for the Feb. 27 suicide attack in Karak.


Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani instructed clerics to remain neutral in the upcoming election. Insurgents killed the owner of a liquor store and three customers during an IED blast at the store in western Baghdad and an Iraqi soldier in Mosul. Security forces detained 12 wanted men in Basrah.


Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed that the IAEA “lacks independence” and its decisions “should not be influenced by the US and some (other) countries.” A top commander in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said “Europe will spend the winter in the chill” if Iran chooses.


The Taliban killed 11 civilians in an IED attack in Helmand, four policemen in an IED attack in Khost, and five civilians in Kabul. More than 2,000 Marines and 1,000 Afghan troops will be stationed in Marja. Two senior police officials resigned after the Feb. 26 terror assault in Kabul.


More than 10 top Shabaab officials, including among others Sheikh Hassan Abdullahi al Turki, who recently joined, and Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, held a closed-door meeting in Kismayo. Shabaab has announced it will ban World Food Programme (WFP) operations in Somalia, “generally starting from today,” a statement read. Pirates have freed a Greek-owned cargo […]

Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda released a new videotape of Hammam Khalil al Balawi, the Jordanian double agent who carried out the attack on a US combat outpost and killed seven CIA officials and a Jordanian intelligence officer. Balawi said that he wanted to kill the Jordanian agent for involvement in the deaths of Abu Musab al Zarqawi […]

Al Qaeda

Taliban militants find breathing room in slums of Karachi, Pakistan


Security forces detained five members of Jaish-e-Mohammad, including a Pakistani and four Bangladeshis, during a raid in a market in the capital of Dhaka. The five admitted to plotting attacks in the capital.


A suicide bomber killed three policemen and a civilian in Karak. Security forces killed 25 Taliban fighters in Kohat and Peshawar; one soldier was killed in the fighting. A curfew has been imposed in Dera Ismail Khan after sectarian violence resulted in four deaths.


The Mauritanian authorities have killed three armed men and captured 18 others in a large militarized zone designated by the military as an Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb operating area. The convoy of SUVs and trucks was manned by armed Mauritanian, Malian, and Algerian nationals and was reported to be carrying drugs. The affiliation […]


The government declared a state of emergency in the southern city of Dalea after a policeman was gunned down there two days ago. Sappers have entered Sanaa to defuse IEDs left by Houthi rebels.

Taliban playing nicer?

Are the Taliban really trying to be a kinder, gentler entity? Reuters provides a reminder of the reality of the Taliban: Taliban fighters opened fire, hurled grenades and staged suicide bombings in central Kabul yesterday, killing at least 16 people in defiance of the Western-backed government and a NATO offensive. An Italian diplomat and Indian […]


Switzerland unruffled by Qaddafi™s call for ‘jihad™ in wake of its ban on new minarets