Monthly Archives: March 2010


Police are on high alert in Maiduguri in the state of Borno after suspected Boko Haram members sent text messages threatening an attack. Authorities are watching the movement of suspicious people in the Nigerian states bordering Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.

Taliban reading the papers, offering wish list?

The latest statement/commentary on the Taliban’s Voice of Jihad English-language web site [click here for copy at] shows that the Taliban info-machine is reading the papers. In painting the US as the bully in the neighborhood, not just in Afghanistan, the Taliban draw the eye to current news stories such as concerns about how […]


Six Frontier Corps troops and more than 20 Taliban fighters were killed after the Taliban attacked an outpost in Khyber. Maulvi Noor Jamal, the Taliban leader in Kurram, survived an IED attack in Arakzai; four Taliban fighters were killed. The Taliban bombed a school in Arakzai.


The government appointed a Shabaab sympathizer as envoy to the US. Shabaab reportedly sent 2,000 fighters with armored vehicles to the central town of Dhusamareb, where the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a has imposed a curfew. At least 16 people were killed in clashes between rival clans in central Somalia. Pirates hijacked an Indian […]


Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the March 29 double suicide attack at subway stations in Moscow that killed 39 people. Umarov claimed the suicide attacks were revenge for a February raid by the FSB and said more attacks inside Russia should be expected.


A pair of suicide bombers killed 13 people, including nine policemen, in an attack in the city of Kizlyar in Dagestan. The second bomber detonated as rescue operations for the first blast were under way. The chief of police of Kizlyar was among those killed.


A suicide bomber killed 13 Afghans at a market in Lashkar Gah in Helmand. Police killed two Taliban fighters and captured two more in Herat. Afghan and Coalition forces detained a Haqqani Network commander and a fighter in Khost and Paktika. Admiral Mullen said he was “advised last night about a significant shipment of weapons […]


An Iranian nuclear scientist defected to the US and has provided intelligence to the CIA. President Obama demanded a new sanctions deadline of “weeks, not months” for Iran. A US official said that “Iran is not leaving China much room to stand on.”

Short and sharp from the Taliban on Obama’s visit

The latest commentary from the Taliban’s Voice of Jihad English site (PDF via here) is pretty biting – here it is in its entirety [emphasis mine]: By making a 6-hour unannounced trip to Afghanistan last night, Obama proved that his military strategy and surge of 30,000 troops, his morale-boosting propaganda, all have failed to […]


A spokesman for the radical Islamist group Boko Haram threatened to attack the US and the West. “Islam doesn’t recognize international boundaries, we will carry out our operations anywhere in the world if we can have the chance,” Musa Tanko told AFP. He also said the US “is the number one target.”


A US strike in North Waziristan killed six Haqqani Network fighters. Pakistani strikes in Arakzai killed 36 Taliban fighters. The Taliban torched two schools in Dir. Iranian agents freed a diplomat kidnapped in Peshawar in 2008. The UN delayed the release of the report on the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.