Monthly Archives: March 2010


India is attempting to trace the whereabouts of nearly 100 sailors on seven Indian vessels taken captive by pirates off the Somali coast. Shabaab fighters in the coastal town of Marka claimed that they hit a helicopter with rockets. Kenya denied a Somali request for thousands of troops trained in Kenya to be deployed to […]


The death toll in the March 29 metro suicide attacks rose to 39. Security forces are hunting 21 wanted female Black Widow suicide bombers. Prime Minister Putin vowed that security forces would “drag them [the terrorists] out from the bottom of the sewers into the light of God.”


Prime Minister Maliki will challenge the election result; Iyad Allwai accused Iran of interfering with the result after the Justice and Accountability Commission moved to bar more Baathist candidates. Insurgents killed two civilians in Mosul. Security forces detained four insurgents in Jalawlaa and an al Qaeda leader in Mosul.


Twenty alleged drug traffickers linked to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have been charged with moving cocaine through Mauritania with the aid of the terrorist group. The men were caught along the Mali border after a gun battle with the army. The lead suspect thought to be responsible for the Spanish aid workers’ abductions […]


The Taliban killed five civilians in an IED attack in Herat. Coalition and Afghan forces killed and captured an undisclosed number of Taliban and Haqqani Network fighters in Kandahar, Paktika, Wardak, and Zabul. The US is pushing Canada to keep its combat forces in Afghanistan past the 2011 drawdown date.


Turkey disagreed with the US and EU’s decision to implement new sanctions. A new CIA report said that Iran is capable of producing nuclear weapons. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei urged new steps toward industrializing Iran.


The Israeli man reported to be kidnapped by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is a Mossad agent named Alberto and is currently in police custody. The agent was spying in Hassi Messaoud, and had been aided by four Egyptian executives at Orascom Construction. He was carrying a forged Spanish passport at the time of […]

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

A large quantity of food intended for use by Islamist insurgents operating between Merouana and Batna has been seized by security forces during sweeps of the forest. The security forces bombarded suspected locations of Islamist fighters ahead of the seizure.


Iraq election – Victorious candidates may be purged, boosting Maliki

Global economic challenges to new Iranian sanctions

As Iran’s Minister of Petroleum, Masoud Mirkazemi faces mounting sanctions from the West, a decline in the price of crude oil, and an aging energy infrastructure that threatens Iran’s production levels. In view of these challenges, Mirkazemi is asking foreign investors to supply $200 billion in capital to renovate Iran’s oil, gas, and refining capacities. […]

What ‘anti-Taliban militia’?

Here is a perfect example of what happens when news organizations aren’t familiar with the topics they cover. This AFP article, reprinted in Dawn (whose editors should have known better than to reprint this as is), characterizes the Abdullah Mehsud Group as an “anti-Taliban militia” when the group is anything but: A suicide bomber targeted […]


Security forces killed nine Taliban fighters in Arakzai and detained three Lashkar-e-Jhangvi fighters in the suburbs of Karachi. A suicide bomber killed a member of the Abdullah Mehsud Group. The Lahore High Court ruled that AQ Khan could not discuss nuclear proliferation but said he is a free man.


Security forces detained 22 suspected al Qaeda operatives during raids in the provinces of Aksaray, Manisa, and Ankara. Police discovered documents linking the group to al Qaeda; three firearms were also found.

Nazi scandal engulfs Human Rights Watch