Monthly Archives: November 2010


A Kyrgyzstan special operations team killed four suspected members of a banned Islamist group during a raid in Osh. Three of the men, thought to belong to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan or the Hizb-ut-Tahir, were shot, and the fourth detonated a hand grenade, killing himself.


Twenty-five people, mostly civilians, were reported killed in clashes and mortar exchanges between Shabaab and African Union and Somali troops in Mogadishu over the weekend. The president of Uganda made a surprise visit to Mogadishu.


The WikiLeaks documents confirmed that the US military is secretly carrying out airstrikes inside Yemen. The prime minister joked to General Petraeus that President Saleh lied to Yemen’s parliament about the strikes.


Laughter in Rome, denials in Berlin: the world reacts to massive diplomatic leak

Lawfare and Predator strikes

A Pakistani tribesman from the al Qaeda haven of Mir Ali in North Waziristan is threatening to sue the US government if he is not paid for what he claims is the wrongful death of his brother and son in a US Predator strike on Dec. 31, 2009. From The Associated Press: A Pakistani man […]

Al Qaeda

Analysis: Karachi’s political turbulence fuels Muslim militancy


Two car bombings in Tehran killed one Iranian nuclear scientist and injured another; Iran claimed the attacks were planned by US and Israel. The new Wikileaks release contains sensitive information on how Iran’s neighbors view its nuclear program. Iran’s ambassador to Russia claimed that Tehran does not need to buy North Korean missiles to defend […]

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

In a statement released on jihadist forums, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed it carried out last week’s suicide attack against Shia Houthi rebels during a procession in northern Yemen. Seventeen people were killed in the suicide attack.


WikiLeaks’s release of documents shows struggle to relocate Guantanamo detainees


Iran fortifies its arsenal with the aid of North Korea

Suicide bombers begin to target central Afghan province

Map of Afghanistan’s provinces. Click map to view larger image. This report from Xinhua on a suicide attack in Afghanistan is pretty mundane except for one detail: the location, in the central province of Ghor. From Xinhua: A suicide bomber who attempting to target security forces in western Ghor province was killed in his blast […]


The Taliban killed a provincial official and three civilians in Logar, and a civilian in Takhar. A suicide bomber killed only himself in Ghor. Security forces killed and captured several Taliban and Haqqani Network leaders and fighters in Helmand, Khost, Paktia, and Zabul.

Al Qaeda

Confronting the terror warning: Merkel’s government squabbles over data retention


The Islamic Caucasus Emirate is considering making Arabic or “Ottoman” (Turkish) the official language in areas it administers. Insurgents killed a policeman during a shootout and bombing in the Kizlyarsky district of Dagestan.


Taliban impostor warnings ignored by Afghan leaders, says former Afghan spy chief


Ten people were killed during fighting between Shabaab and Somali and African Union troops in the Bakara Market in Mogadishu. Shabaab recruited and trained 150 women in Kismayo to serve as soldiers.