Monthly Archives: September 2011

Al Qaeda

Anwar Awlaki took winding path to become ‘Pied Piper of jihadists’


The Afghan government plans to suspend peace talks with the Taliban. Security forces killed and captured several Taliban commanders and fighters in Kapisa, Khost, Kunduz, and Jawzjan. A CH-47 landed after taking ground fire.


Insurgents killed 17 people in a car bombing at a funeral in Hillah. Security forces detained 23 wanted men in Basrah and 16 more in Diyala. Iraq may purchase more F-16 fighters.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

US and Yemeni officials said that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leaders Anwar al Awlaki and Samir Khan, both US citizens, were killed in a Predator strike in Al Jawf province. Five other AQAP operatives are also said to have been killed.


Shabaab forces launched a three-pronged offensive in the town of Dhobley in southern Somalia. Thirteen people, mostly fighters from a pro-government militia, were killed. Kenya has deployed forces to the border.


Police claimed to have arrested a “top commander” for Boko Haram and five fighters. A Christian extremist group known as Akhwat Akwop threatened to retaliate against Boko Haram attacks.

Al Qaeda

Anwar al-Aulaqi, US-born cleric linked to al-Qaeda, reported killed in Yemen