Monthly Archives: August 2013


US drones killed Kaid al Dhahab, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s emir in the central province of Baydah, and two fighters in a strike on a vehicle. AQAP attempted to attack police forces in Jaar in Abyan province.


A top aide to President Vladimir Putin said that “[f]or the moment, Russia is working actively to avoid any kind of scenario involving force,” in response to reports of an imminent US strike on Assad regime targets in Syria. Russia is continuing to supply the regime with weapons. Experts say the deployment of two Russian […]


The Interior Ministry disclosed that the al Qaeda-linked Ansar al Sharia is planning to assassinate 19 prominent Tunisians, including National Constituent Assembly Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar and Republican Party Secretary-General Maya Jribi. Officials stated that the group is a terrorist organization connected to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the “Okba Ibn Nafaa” terrorist […]


Syria army defectors say US strikes could kill Assad opponents


Syria chemical weapons attack blamed on Assad, but where’s the evidence?


President Hollande said he supports “firm” punitive action against the Assad regime in Syria over the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack, and that France’s position had not changed despite the recent British vote against an intervention. He said the attack could come by Aug. 4, when the French parliament debates the issue. He said he […]


Eyewitness: Sinai attackers used ambulance car bomb

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Secretary of State Kerry spoke about the planned US-led military intervention in Syria, stating that “clear” and “compelling” intelligence shows Assad forces perpetrated a chemical attack in Damascus on Aug. 21 that killed at least 1,429 Syrians. An unclassified intelligence report was released today, but none of the actual evidence has been released. President Obama […]


Exclusive: Syrian army moves Scud missiles to avoid strike

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US officials said the Obama administration is prepared to move ahead with unilateral limited strikes against the Assad regime in Syria, even without backing from allies such as Britain or endorsement by a UN resolution. Officials claim intelligence shows that forces loyal to Assad conducted the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Damascus; they also say […]


In an operation facilitated by Nepal, last night Indian authorities arrested Yasin Bhatkal, a most-wanted terror suspect and alleged founder of the Indian Mujahideen, in the city of Pokhara, where he was living as a practitioner of traditional medicine. The operation also netted Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, another member of the Indian Mujahideen. The US […]


China urges no UN action on Syria before probe completed


US consults oil experts as it weighs action against Syria


U.S. military officers have deep doubts about impact, wisdom of a U.S. strike on Syria


The Taliban killed 15 security officials, including a police chief and the deputy intelligence chief during an ambush in Farah. Security officials claimed that 32 Taliban fighters have been killed during operations throughout Afghanistan. The Interior Ministry wants the government to execute captured would-be suicide bombers.


Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 23 people in a series of bombings and attacks in Baghdad, Mosul, and Samarra. Security forces captured a senior al Qaeda leader in Mosul and dismantled a bomb factory in Yusufiyyah and detained four al Qaeda fighters there.

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‘Black budget’ summary details US spy network’s successes, failures and objectives


Syrians in Damascus and elsewhere are preparing for a possible US strike. UN weapons inspectors spent a third day investigating the Aug. 21 chemical attack; they plan to complete work in Syria on Friday. President Assad vowed that Syria would “defend itself against any aggression.” A US naval destroyer moved closer to Syria amid talk […]