Monthly Archives: June 2010


Ten people were killed and 15 more were wounded in heavy fighting between Shabaab and government forces in the capital of Mogadishu. Shabaab claimed it defeated government forces in northern Mogadishu.

Initial security impressions: Musa Qala and surroundings

The view from the back of a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter, en route from Camp Leatherneck to Delaram. Photo by Bill Ardolino for LWJ. I’m currently embedded with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, in Musa Qala, Helmand province, Afghanistan. After traveling through JFK, Frankfurt, Kabul, Camp Leatherneck, and Delaram, I’ve finally settled in. Several pieces […]


A roadside bomb planted by Islamists has injured one civilian in Tala Mimoune, north of Tizi-Ouzou, where seven al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terrorists were killed earlier this month. The bomb was suspected of targeting a military convoy traveling in Mizrana.


Congress may block $3.9 billion in aid due to corruption. The US military claimed more than 150 Taliban and foreign fighters were killed in an air assault in Kunar. Security forces killed a Taliban commander and detained several more during raids in Kandahar, Helmand, and Paktika. The Taliban killed six security guards and five civilians […]


A court convicted blogger Mohammed Jibril Abdurahman for prior knowledge of the July 2009 suicide bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta. Abdurrahman, who calls himself the “Prince of Jihad” and was sentenced to five years in prison, emailed his brother in Saudi Arabia to tell his brother about an operation that […]


Officials said that new gasoline sanctions pose no risk to Iran. The Russian foreign minister said the CIA’s assessment of Iran’s nuclear capabilities of Iran is not new. The US Joint Chiefs of Staff said Iran will continue to pursue nuclear weapons despite new sanctions.


The Taliban killed four soldiers in an ambush in Bajaur; three Taliban fighters were killed in the clash. Detained Taliban fighters in Swat will be tried in a sharia court. Five Pakistani-Americans convicted of terrorist activities will appeal their convictions.


Insurgents killed two policemen in an IEd attack Baghdad. Security forces detained 10 Qaeda operatives in central and northern Iraq, and 10 wanted men in Kirkuk and Ninewa.


Police arrested five people suspected of carrying out the bombing near a police station in Bugojno that killed five people. Among those arrested was Haris Causevic, a member of the Islamic Wahabi Islamist movement.


Government troops clashed over the collection of ‘taxes’ at a checkpoint between Mogadishu and Afgoi. A civilian was killed in mortar fire exchanges in Mogadishu. Pirates hijacked a chemical tanker and took 19 Chinese sailors captive.


Coalition and Afghan forces killed eight Taliban fighters in Kandahar but locals claimed they were all civilians. Security forces also captured a Haqqani Network commander in Khost, a Taliban commander in Herat, and a Taliban facilitator in Logar. The Taliban killed eight civilians in an IED attack in Ghazni.

Bill Ardolino reports from Afghanistan

The Long War Journal is pleased to announce that Bill Ardolino is currently embedded with the US Marines in Musa Qala in Helmand province, Afghanistan. An excellent observer and reporter, Bill has reported for us previously from Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006 and 2007; and from Baghdad in 2008. In Helmand, Bill will be assessing the […]