Monthly Archives: March 2011


Ten people were killed in an IED attack in Charsadda that targeted the head of an Islamist political party allied with the Taliban. Security forces killed eight “militants” in Kurram.


The Obama administration is debating the pace of the drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan. ISAF troops in Kandahar killed two Afghans after opening fire on a car that attempted to ram into the soldiers. Security forces killed and captured several Taliban, HIG, and Haqqani Network commanders and fighters in Kandahar, Zabul, Khost, and Logar.


The Israeli military released a map detailing the location more than 950 bunkers, underground facilities, and storage units for munitions built by Hezbollah since the 2006 war in southern Lebanon. “Many of these terror centers are located near hospitals, private homes and schools,” the IDF said.


Security forces captured an al Qaeda in Iraq leader and three fighters in Mosul, and three insurgents in Al Kut. Insurgents killed a civilian in a Katyusha rocket attack in Diwaniyah.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

In the latest edition of Inspire, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”s English-language magazine, Ibrahim Rubaish, a former Guantanamo detainee, attacked the Saudi government for sheltering former Tunisian President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali. Rubaish also called for the imposition of sharia law in Tunisia.


Police arrested Mohamed Hersi, a Canadian citizen, for attempting to join Shabaab in Somalia and supporting a terrorist group. Hersi was planning to reach Somalia by traveling from London to Egypt.


Shabaab killed a soldier in an IED attack in Luq. Kenya is supporting the creation of a new seni-autonomous zone in southern Somalia; the Somali government is opposed to its creation.


Syria TV accused an Egyptian-American activist currently in custody of attempting to “destabilize Syria.” President Assad claimed the government would draft new anti-terrorism laws as a first step to lifting the emergency laws that have been in effect since 1963.


President Obama approved covert operations in Libya; CIA operatives are currently on the ground. US Defense Secretary Gates said US troops would not operate on the ground. A Vatican official said UN airstrikes in Tripoli killed more than 40 civilians.


An exiled Iranian religious scholar called for debate about the safety of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Hong Kong passed an Iran sanctions law. Iran announced it would invest $60 billion in developing the South Pars gas field over the next five years.


Within Obama’s war cabinet, a looming battle over pace of Afghanistan drawdown


A suicide bomber killed 10 people in an attack on an Islamist party’s rally in Swabi. Pakistani officials claimed to have captured wanted Jemaah Islamiyah leader Umar Patek.


Security forces killed and captured several Taliban and Haqqani Network commanders and fighters in Baghlan, Kunar, Khost, and Logar. The Taliban killed an ISAF soldier in the east. A suicide bomber wounded nine people in Kapisa.


Fifteen people were killed in fighting between Shabaab forces and Somali and African Union troops in Mogadishu. The African Union denied its troops took casualties during Shabaab mortar attacks in Mogadishu.