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.
Turkey did not invite India on Afghan meet to appease Pak
Laughter in Rome, denials in Berlin: the world reacts to massive diplomatic leak
After thwarted attack, question is ‘Why Portland?’
Suspect in Oregon bomb plot is called confused
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 […]
Analysis: Karachi’s political turbulence fuels Muslim militancy
Leaked US cables expose tensions with China
Oregon Muslim leaders fear retribution after plot
Pakistan confirms Wikileaks claim of US nuclear appeals
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 […]
A man wearing an Afghan Border Police uniform killed six ISAF soldiers during a training exercise in the east.
The case for chasing al-Awlaki
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.
Nuclear watchdog group struggles to keep up
WikiLeaks’s release of documents shows struggle to relocate Guantanamo detainees
Iran fortifies its arsenal with the aid of North Korea
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.
West’s war in Afghanistan is failing, says ICG
NATO Afghan exit could mean civil war, Kandaharis say
Cables shine light into secret diplomatic channels
Confronting the terror warning: Merkel’s government squabbles over data retention
US Military – Chairman discusses Afghanistan, threats from Iran, Yemen
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.
Hezbollah: Evidence held by Hariri court worthless