Monthly Archives: October 2012


A Dramatic Change of Iran’s Image in the Arab World


Sudan’s Iran Alliance Under Scrutiny


Sudan: the new battlefield in Iran and Israel’s covert conflict


Growing Influence of Religion Sparks Fears across Egypt


The Taliban killed eight civilians in an IED attack in Helmand. Two Taliban fighters in Baghlan died in a premature detonation while planting an IED. Security forces killed five Taliban fighters in Faryab. The head of the Independent Election Commission said the Taliban can run for president.


“Gunmen” killed two government workers in Baghdad and two construction workers in Mosul. Security forces arrested four members of a weapons smuggling cell in Thi Qhar.


Government forces continued intensive air bombardments across the country. Rebels countered by attacking air and artillery bases. Rebels formed a brigade of Palestinians in Damascus to fight Palestinians allied with the government. Over 36,000 Syrians have been killed in the past 19 months.


Israel has concluded that Iran has pulled back from building a nuclear weapon. By converting some of its enriched uranium to civilian use, Iran has delayed building a bomb by 8 to 10 months.


A pipeline transporting liquefied natural gas to the Balhaf terminal was bombed. Yemen’s former ambassador to Syria said that country was used as a conduit for Iran to foment unrest in Yemen.


Shabaab killed four people in a hand grenade attack in Kismayo, and claimed it killed 38 Ethiopian soldiers in an IED attack in Owdinle. Three people were killed as Shabaab and government forces clashed near Baidoa.


One person was killed and three more were wounded after police clashed with Salafists in Tunis. The Salafists were rioting over the arrest of one of their own who is accused of attacking the head of a suburb’s public security brigade.


German police arrested Fouad Charouali, a French national wanted for his role in the 2003 Casablanca bombings, at an airport in Munich as he was traveling with his family from Paris to Dubai. France had sentenced him to eight years in prison in 2007. His arrest came after Moroccan authorities issued an international arrest warrant; […]

United Kingdom

The Supreme Court rejected a bid by suspected al Qaeda operative Yunus Rahmatullah to force the UK to secure his release from Bagram prison, where he has been held since 2004. His lawyers contend his detention violated the Geneva Conventions.

Video reportedly shows key suspect from Benghazi attack

Muhammad-Jamal-al-Kashef.jpgAn Egyptian media organization has posted a video purportedly showing Muhammad Jamal al Kashef, who is one of the main suspects in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Jamal has longstanding ties to Ayman al Zawahiri and his younger brother, Mohammed al Zawahiri.


An Afghan policeman killed two British soldiers in an insider attack in Helmand; the policeman escaped. The head of the provincial council for Uruzgan dodged an assassination attempt.


AL Qaeda in Iraq assassinated a tribal leader who opposed the group in Haditha. Security forces killed an al Qaeda leader in Mosul. The Ministry of Defense said it is creating a counterterrorism studies center in Anbar.


Abdul Malik al Houthi, the leader of the separatist Houthis in northern Yemen, denounced the Oct. 28 airstrike by US drones in Saada that killed four al Qaeda fighters. He also accused the Yemeni government of providing cover for the US strikes.


Israeli jets bomb Sudan missile site in dry run for Iran attack


Jordan’s jihadists drawn to Syria conflict