Monthly Archives: August 2013

France

Obama asks Congress to approve military strike against Syria


Afghanistan

The Taliban killed five people in a suicide attack in Kandahar, 12 people in an IED attack in Helmand, seven more in another roadside bombing in Parwan, and an ISAF soldier in the east. Security forces killed 16 Taliban fighters and detained 10 more in Wardak.


Syria

Fighters from the Sharia Court of Aleppo clashed with the rebel Saddam Hussein battalion. The Sharia Court executed at least one person in the past two days. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant released 20 Syrian Kurds after torturing them; at least 50 more Kurdish civilians are still held captive . […]


Top jihadist reportedly arrested in Sinai

A day after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant called on Egyptians to wage “jihad” against the army, a top jihadist wanted in connection with the recent killing of over 20 policemen in the Sinai was arrested.


Iraq

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant killed 12 people and wounded 20 more in a car bombing in Ramadi. Another civilian was killed in a bombing in Madeen. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant denounced the Muslim Brotherhood for pursuing democracy in Egypt.


Egypt

Suicide Bombing Shakes Sinai Amid Security Crackdown



Syria

The White House walk-and-talk that changed Obama’s mind on Syria




Egypt

The Egyptian army announced the arrest of dozens of “takfirists” and “criminal elements” in the Sinai. One of those arrested in the Sinai, Adel Mohammed (Adel Habara), is said to be a top militant wanted in connection with the recent killing of over 20 policemen. A police officer on patrol in the Sinai was reportedly […]


Lebanon

The army arrested Lebanese nationals Youssef Mohammed al-Fleity and Omar Abdul Mawla al-Atrash, who are suspected of involvement in an Aug. 22 rocket attack on northern Israel. Two Saudi nationals who were arrested and interrogated by Hezbollah in Beirut have been released after the Saudi ambassador interceded for them. Security is being stepped up around […]



Somalia

Ten people were killed after Shabaab ambushed government forces in the Bakool area. Shabaab killed an intelligence official in the capital. Security forces detained 27 suspected Shabaab fighters during raids in Mogadishu.


Nigeria

Boko Haram killed 24 members of a vigilante militia in an ambush in Monguno. Boko Haram fighters attacked the militia, numbering more than 100 members, as it attempted to raid a camp and detained the Islamist fighters.


Syria

F.B.I. Sharpens Scrutiny of Syrians in U.S. for Signs of Retaliation



Libya

Prime Minister Zeidan said that about 50,000 people are needed for a new intelligence agency. Authorities denied rumors that police in the eastern city of Marj had clashed on Aug. 25 with Islamist fighters from a 15-vehicle convoy bearing al Qaeda flags. Egypt’s interim prime minister asked Libya to step up prevention of arms smuggling […]


United States

President Obama said he believes the US should intervene militarily in Syria, but stated that he will seek Congressional authorization after debate. Lawmakers return to Congress on Sept. 9. Administration officials are briefing Congressmen in an effort to build support for the planned military intervention. US allies Saudi Arabia, Israel, South Korea, and Turkey have […]




Syria

US casts action in Syria as moral imperative but sets no timetable


Afghanistan

The Taliban killed a district governor and 19 civilians in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Kunduz, and killed five children in a bombing in Baghlan. The Interior Ministry claimed that 57 Taliban fighters were killed during operations throughout the country.



Syria

NATO said it does not plan to intervene in Syria. The ICRC warned that the proposed Western military intervention will “likely trigger more displacement and add to humanitarian needs” in a situation that is already desperate. The UN said inspectors will leave on Aug. 31 but will not have immediate results, and will return later […]


Iraq

Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 11 people in a pair of car bombings in Tuz Khurmatu. Security forces captured a senior al Qaeda commander in Salman who escaped from a prison in Tikrit last year. Iraqis in Khalis refuse to bury slain al Qaeda fighters.


Egypt

Security forces arrested eight Muslim Brotherhood members wanted in connection with recent attacks in the Sinai. Supporters of former president Morsi held protests in Cairo; turnout was said to be low. Despite the low turnout, at least six people were reportedly killed in clashes.


Syria

US military officers have deep doubts about impact, wisdom of a US strike on Syria


Turkey

Prime Minister Erdogan said the goal for any military intervention in Syria should be regime change. “A limited operation cannot be satisfactory to us,” he said. Foreign Minister Davuto─člu said the Assad regime was responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Damascus and cited a Turkish intelligence report.


Lebanon

The UK urged its citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon. A group of Kuwaitis is being evacuated from Lebanon. A court charged five people, including a Syrian intelligence officer and two Lebanese sheikhs, with operating a terrorist cell in the north that targeted religious institutions and leaders. The cell is tied to recent mosque bombings […]