Monthly Archives: August 2010


Libya freed 37 Islamist prisoners as part of “national reconciliation and social peace.” One of those released, Sofiane Ibrahim Gammu, spent six years at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for serving as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard.


Eight “militants” were killed in a Pakistani airstrike in Khyber and three more were killed in a shootout in Swat. Five Lashkar-e-Islam fighters were killed near Darra Adam Khel. The Taliban torched three NATO fuel tankers in Mastung and Khuzdar.

ISAF continues to hunt IMU commanders in Kunduz

ISAF is definitely hot on the tail of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan commanders who are operating in Kunduz. From an ISAF press release today: Afghan and coalition security forces detained two insurgents in Kunduz province Monday in their continued pursuit of an Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist connected to several insurgent groups in the area including the […]


Twenty-three people were killed in attacks in Mogadishu; nine of those were killed in an IED attack on a minivan near a base manned by Burundian troops. Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces said it would deploy 10,000 troops to Somalia if the United States provides financial assistance.


The Taliban killed five ISAF soldiers in separate IED attacks in the south and east, and three government employees in Kabul. Afghan and Coalition forces killed and captured several Taliban fighters and commanders in Kandahar, Khost, Ghazni, Kunar, and Kunduz.

Al Qaeda leader in Yemen tries to woo Saudi soldiers

Said Ali al ShihriSaid al Shihri, an ex-Gitmo detainee who is one of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s most senior leaders, issued an audiotape earlier this month seeking the support of Saudi soldiers and security officers. Al Shihri’s tape echoes the messaging of al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who has sought to convince Muslim soldiers to serve al Qaeda.


The US has officially transferred security to the Iraqi government. Three terrorists were killed in a premature detonation in Fallujah. Security forces killed a suicide bomber in Tal Afar and a Mahdi Army fighter in Baghdad, and detained 22 gunmen in Bayji, 15 wanted men in Basrah, an Islamic State of Iraq leader and three […]

Update on Predator strikes in Pakistan

Alexander Mayer and I are a little overdue for an update on the latest trends on the Predator/Reaper strikes in Pakistan, but in the interim, my friend Anirudh Bhattacharyya at the Hindustan Times has a very good article rounding up the latest. Anirudh did interview me for the article. From the Hindustan Times: The latest […]


Ali Akbar Salehi announced that Tehran will produce medical reactor fuel by next year. Iran’s foreign minister said a partial withdrawal of US troops from Iraq is “unacceptable.” Fidel Castro announced a plan to stop an Israel-Iran nuclear war.


Spanish authorities arrested a Moroccan national for links to al Qaeda. Faical Errai ran a jihadist website, raised funds, and recruited fighters for terror groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Chechnya. Spanish authorities have warned that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb cell, is hiring mercenaries to kidnap more Westerners in the Sahara/Sahel.


Algerian security forces arrested five men for forming a terror cell in Sidi Khaled in Biskra province. The men will be presented and charged for providing support for Islamist fighters in the region. A roadside bomb wounded an Algerian soldier near Bejaia.

‘Dry run’ terror plot discovered on US-bound flight to Amsterdam

Pictures of the two suspected terrorists, from ABC News. Two Michigan men were detained in Amsterdam after arriving from Chicago and charged with “preparation of a terrorist attack.” Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi and Hezam al Murisi raised eyebrows when officials found a knife, a box cutter, and a cell phone taped to a Pepto […]

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Two men were questioned and charged with “preparation of a terrorist attack” by Dutch authorities after arriving in Amsterdam from Chicago. The men, Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi and Hezam al Murisi from Michigan, alarmed authorities for their suspicious luggage, including a cell phone taped to a bottle, a knife, and a box cutter.

United States

Two men on United flight from Chicago arrested in Amersterdam on charges of ‘preparation of a terrorist attack’


Seven Libyans have been arrested by Algerian security forces for attempting to join al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The seven suspects are being sent to Algiers for possible extradition to Libya. A Libyan security delegation is reported to be coming to Algiers to identify the suspects.