Monthly Archives: May 2013


Pakistan – Christian representatives seek ‘mass asylum’ in US, EU, Canada and Australia

United States

The State Department published its Country Reports on Terrorism 2012; the report notes Iran’s resurgent role in worldwide terrorism. The former top commander of US forces in Afghanistan called on the Obama administration to announce post-2014 troop levels in Afghanistan. Sami Samir Hassoun, 25, a Lebanese immigrant, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for […]


Twenty Taliban fighters and three soldiers were killed during fighting in Arakzai. The Taliban killed a member of a police committee in Peshawar, and killed a security official and bombed a girls’ school in Bannu.


The Taliban denied that its fighters attacked a Red Cross office in Jalalabad with suicide four bombers. The Red Cross has suspended work in Afghanistan. Members of an anti-Taliban uprising in Ghazni claimed their group killed 25 enemy fighters. Afghan forces killed seven Taliban fighters in Logar.


The UN’s special representative to Iraq said that “systemic violence is ready to explode at any moment ….” In May, more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in a series of attacks against both Sunnis and Shiites throughout the country. The month of April was the deadliest in Iraq in over five years, with more than […]


The UN added the Al Nusrah Front to its list of global terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia has prevailed over Qatar in assuming sponsorship and supervision of the Syrian opposition. Syrian state media claimed that Ali Al-Manasfi, of London, was killed in an ambush by Syrian government forces in Idlib. Al-Manasfi was said to be traveling […]


Turkish media reported that 12 members of the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front were captured in Adana, along with a total of two kilos (4,5 lb) of sarin gas; some reports claimed the suspects were planning to attack targets in Turkey, including Incirlik Air Base, but another said they were transporting chemical weapons to Syria. […]


Shabaab forces attacked an Ethiopian and Somali base in El Berde, the only town in Bakool under government control. Shabaab claimed to have killed six Ugandan troops in Balidogle. A senior government official was gunned down in the former Shabaab stronghold of Jowhar.

United Kingdom

An east London man, Abu Nusaybah a.k.a. Ibrahim Abdullah-Hassan, was charged with three terrorism offenses related to the publication of extremist literature. Hassan was arrested on May 24 immediately after giving an interview about his relationship with Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo.


Security forces killed three Taliban fighters in Kunduz while attempting to capture a Taliban commander involved in making suicide vests. The Taliban killed an ISAF soldier in the east. A US soldier who murdered 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar in 2012 will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.


In Jordan, informal militias form to guard against potential Syrian attacks

United States

The father of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot by the FBI on May 22, called, along with CAIR, for an investigation into his son’s death. Todashev was being questioned by the FBI about links to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev when he was shot; his father accused the FBI of killing Todashev to shut […]


Insurgents killed 33 Iraqis in a series of attacks in Baghdad, Mosul, and Tal Afar. Three attacks were executed by suicide bombers; the governor of Anbar escaped one of those attacks. The tribes in Anbar said al Qaeda is “a malicious attempt to undermine national unity between Sunni and Shia Iraqis.”


Authorities arrested two people in connection with the kidnapping of seven security personnel in the Sinai. The Armed Forces said that “manhunt operations against criminal elements” in the Sinai will continue. Al Azhar plans to start a TV channel to counter extremist channels.


Security forces arrested three Lebanese Hezbollah members over the past two weeks. The Hezbollah operatives stored weapons and planned attacks against Western and Israeli targets. The military claimed Boko Haram is in “disarray.”