Somali militants ‘block UN food aid’
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.
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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.