Monthly Archives: February 2011


The ambassador to Russia said the removal of the nuclear fuel rods from Bushehr is unrelated to the Stuxnet virus. The ambassador to Syria said Arab countries could defeat the US if Egypt, Syria, and Iran joined forces.


Police killed two protesters in the town of Sohar who were demanding government reforms. Police fired rubber bullets into the crowd. The Sultan of Oman re-shuffled the cabinet, replacing six ministers yesterday.


The Somali government said 49 civilian were among 115 people killed during heavy fighting in Mogadishu. The African Union claimed 60 Shabaab fighters have been killed. Shabaab threatened to attack Kenya as the country trains Somali forces.


Interim Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced his resignation after three people were killed in anti-government protests. Police attacked and beat protesters in Tunis, the capital.


The UN Security Council imposed travel sanctions on Libya’s top leaders. President Gaddafi’s sons denied reports of fighting in the country. Rebel forces took control of Zawiyah, just 30 miles from Tripoli.

Military denies use of intelligence tactics on senators


The Taliban killed three Afghans in a suicide attack in Faryab and nine civilians in an IED attack in Khost. Security forces killed and captured several Taliban commanders and fighters in Kandahar and Helmand.


Poor neighborhoods in Tripoli have turned against the government. Government troops have withdrawn from the Tajoura district and five people have been reported killed during protests.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Ibrahim al Rubaish, a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, called for Arabs to revolt against the government and establish an Islamic Caliphate. Rubaish also criticized Saudi Arabia for sheltering Tunisia’s deposed president.


The leaders of two major tribes have sided with the opposition and called for the ouster of President Saleh. Five people were killed on Friday during protests in Aden.


Iran’s navy chief said his country was prepared to build a port on the Syrian coast. The air force said it was ready to build its own fighters. The nuclear commission will unload fuel from the Bushehr plant.

Gates warns against more wars like Iraq and Afghanistan


Combat troops to get gay sensitivity training on the Afghan battlefield

US begins withdrawing forces from Kunar’s Pech Valley

The New York Times reports that the US Army has begun withdrawing from combat outposts in the Pech River Valley in Kunar province: The withdrawal from the Pech Valley, a remote region in Kunar Province, formally began on Feb. 15. The military projects that it will last about two months, part of a shift of […]


The US is drawing down forces in the Pech Valley in Kunar. Security forces detained several Taliban and Haqqani Network commanders and fighters in Uruzgan, Kandahar, Helmand, Khost, Paktia, and Khost. Afghan officials claim five hunters were killed in an ISAF airstrike in Kapisa.