Monthly Archives: April 2010


Catch and release: Pakistan has reportedly set free another top Taliban leader. Why does this keep happening?


The US is planning to soften sanctions on Iran. President Ahmedinejad will speak at the IAEA’s conference on the NPT. Tehran’s police chief said law enforcement will crack down on suntanned women.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has released the Algerian driver of the French national kidnapped in the Inabagharit region of northern Niger. He was taken taken into Mali, where he was blindfolded and beaten until AQIM fighters decided to release him in the desert. The Algerian government revealed that it would have refused to […]


Moroccan authorities have identified a Moroccan-born French national as being the leader of an al Qaeda-linked cell that was dismantled in Casablanca, Berrechid, and Kenitra. The French national, identified as Ahmed Sahnouni, is suspected of leading the cell from France. Authorities previously named Youssef Toubaie, a Moroccan national, as leader of the group after the […]

Taliban ♥ top jihadi forum

We keep hearing that the Taliban is merely a nationalist insurgency seeking only to reinstall itself in power in Afghanistan, it is looking to shrug off al Qaeda, and it has little interest in the greater international jihad. Past statements by senior Taliban and al Qaeda leaders prove that is false. As should this Taliban […]


Four Taliban fighters and two soldiers were killed in a clash in North Waziristan. A suicide bomber killed four policemen in Peshawar. The military killed seven Taliban fighters in Arakzai. A Harakat-ul-Mujahideen operative behind an attack on the US consulate in Karachi has been detained.


Fourteen people were killed during clashes between Somali forces and Shabaab in the capital of Mogadishu. Hundreds of Somali soldiers have deserted and joined the Islamist insurgency after not being paid their salaries, which are funded by the US.

Hakeemullah Mehsud ‘is alive’: ISI official

Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan commander Hakeemullah Mehsud, in 2008. The Guardian interviewed a senior ISI official who claimed that Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, is alive. From The Guardian: The Taliban leader in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, survived an American drone strike in January and is alive […]


Insurgents killed five Iraqis in car bombings in Baghdad and and a US soldier in an IED attack in Diyala. Security forces detained 18 wanted men in Basrah and five more in Mosul.

Life as an AQI footsoldier

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting has published some interesting testimony from an ostensibly reformed nationalist footsoldier for Al Qaeda in Iraq. While it’s quite possible that this man is putting his best spin on things to distance himself from his unpopular former employer, much of it echoes my research for a project documenting […]


A court convicted 26 men of plotting to attack tourist sites in Egypt and supporting Hezbollah. The men, who were from Egypt, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, and Sudan, received jail terms from several months to life in prison. Four were convicted in absentia.

United Arab Emirates

A court convicted five Emiratis and an Afghan of funneling money to the Taliban in Afghanistan. The six men received sentences of three to four years in jail. The men claimed they were coerced into signing confessions.

US – Lynn details approach to changes in warfare


The Taliban killed 15 civilians in suicide and IED attacks in Khost and Kandahar, and assassinated a tribal leader in Kandahar. Eleven Taliban fighters and a policeman were killed in clashes in Baghlan and Khost. Coalition and Afghan forces detained “several” Taliban fighters in Helmand and Ghazni.


Israeli Ambassador to US Oren hinted that a strike on Iran is on the table. Desmond Tutu called for Tehran to release US hikers from captivity. Opposition leaders in Iran called for protests on June 12 to commemorate the 2009 election.