Monthly Archives: February 2013

United States

Secretary of State Kerry said the US will send food and medicine, as well as $60 million for basic services such as education and sanitation, directly to the Syrian Opposition Coalition. The US already is providing $50 million in indirect help to the rebels. Some of the new aid will go directly to the Free […]


The military killed eight “militants” in airstrikes in Arakzai. “Gunmen” killed a journalist in North Waziristan. The Taliban bombed four schools in Mohmand.


The Taliban killed eight policemen and two civilians in an IED attack in Kunar. Security forces killed a senior Haqqani Network attack facilitator in Logar.


The Assassination of Iranian Quds Force General Hassan Shateri in Syria


Once a curiosity, captured tanks a growing part of Syrian rebels’ arsenal


Key military players fighting Syria’s civil war


Egypt’s army tiptoes through democracy’s minefield


Qatar’s influence in Egypt runs deeper than its pockets


Turkey’s Foray Into the Fertile Crescent –


After a vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami received a death sentence for war crimes, protesting JI members rioted in numerous areas across the country, attacking police and setting fire to houses and a Hindu temple; over 30 people were killed, including at least three police officers, and more than 300 were wounded. The Islamist party called […]


Talks in Kazakhstan between Iran and six world powers over Iran’s nuclear program ended optimistically. Both sides agreed to hold further talks in March.


Israel, Turkey row over Zionism deepens rift between ex-allies


Iran steps up arrests, torture, executions of dissidents: U.N.


Insurgents killed 22 Iraqis in a series of bombings in predominantly Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad. Prime Minister Maliki warned that the civil war in Syria may spill over into Iraq and Jordan.


Security forces conducted simultaneous raids in the Çorlu district of Tekirdağ and the Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul, arresting 11 suspected members of al Qaeda and confiscating seized 25 kilos of A-4 type plastic explosives, along with guns, USB flash disks, CDs, and remote-controlled explosive mechanisms. Police also seized plans of the US consulate in Istanbul, […]


A court in Puntland sentenced Shabaab emir Sheikh Abu Zubayr (Godane) to death for an assassination in Bosasso. African Union and Somali troops took control of Burhakaba after Shabaab forces fled the town.


In light of recent Palestinian protests, the IDF held a special training session on riot dispersal. The IDF Home Front Command conducted new defensive tests near Eilat focusing on rocket attacks. A preliminary autopsy revealed that a Palestinian prisoner who recently died in an Israeli prison was not tortured or poisoned.


British terror suspects quietly stripped of citizenship… then killed by drones

Palestinian Territories

A Hamas official announced the postponement of reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah. Sources indicate that Hamas, and not Fatah, was responsible for the rocket fired from Gaza into Israel earlier this week. The Palestinian Authority plans to provide $1 million a month to Palestinians in Syria.


The Jihadi Organization, of which Ahmed Ashush is a member, called on Egyptians to boycott the elections due to begin in April. Egypt asked the EU to monitor the elections. President Morsi held talks with leaders of the Sinai. Authorities are searching for 500 Palestinians, many of whom are Hamas members, who recently entered Egypt […]


An Algerian TV station claimed that Abdelhamid Abu Zeid, a top commander of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed along with some 40 fighters three days ago in Mali. Heavy fighting continued around Kidal. France has not yet requested the formation of a UN peacekeeping force in Mali, but asked that the UN […]


Has the Third Palestinian Intifada Already Begun?


Insight: Egypt’s army tiptoes through democracy’s minefield