Two senior Marine Corps commanders were ordered to take early retirement as a disciplinary measure for failing to provide for adequate security at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province last year, where a Taliban attack killed two US Marines and damaged over $200 million worth of military aircraft. One the commanders, General Gurganus, had […]
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The government claimed it retook a district in Badakhshan from the Taliban; the Taliban claimed they are still in control of the district. Police claimed to have killed 25 Taliban fighters in Helmand and 10 more in Helmand. The Taliban killed two policemen and three civilians in Herant, and a policeman in Balkh.
Al Qaeda in Iraq killed at least 55 Iraqis and wounded more than 150 in a series of coordinated bombings throughout the capital of Baghdad. More than 20 car bombs were detonated in mainly Shia neighborhoods throughout the capital. One blast occurred outside a Sunni mosque.
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Foreign Minister Mouallem told the UN that Syrian “terrorists” are being supplied with chemical weapons, and claimed there are no moderate militants in Syria, where jihadists from 83 countries are allegedly fighting. He likened the terrorism suffered by Syria to the 9/11 attacks. Syria said it would not sit at peace talks with the Syrian […]
The al Furqan Brigades released video of recent shooting attacks against “criminals” and “apostates.” Unidentified gunmen shot and killed at least six security personnel in attacks in the Sinai. A court upheld a one-year sentence for former Prime Minister Hisham Qandil. Security forces allegedly arrested a ‘top jihadist’ operating in the Sinai.
President Peres said Israel would consider joining the chemical weapons ban treaty. Prime Minister Netanyahu urged the US to keep up sanctions against Iran. IDF forces fired on two Palestinians who had approached the border fence with Gaza.
A platoon of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters overran a military headquarters in Mukallah, killing and capturing several Yemeni soldiers. Yemeni special forces retook the base, killing and capturing several AQAP fighters.
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Russia has offered to guard sites in Syria where chemical weapons will be destroyed, but will not allow Syria’s chemical weapons to be transferred to Russia for disposal. Security forces in Dagestan last week killed five alleged militants, including a woman, in a shootout at a house in Derbent; and also killed Kadar insurgency leader […]
Abu Sandheere, a Kenyan al Qaeda operative, is suspected to have planned the Westgate Mall assault, and is thought to have escaped into Somalia. A 20-member Shabaab assassination squad led by Salaad Hassan and Khadar Abdi Abubakar is thought to be at large in Kenya. The number of people missing from the siege has dropped […]
An appeals court upheld the seizure of the house of convicted terrorist Munir Farooqi, who had used the home to recruit fighters for the Taliban in Afghanistan. Farooqi also lost an appeal against his conviction, as did co-defendants Matthew Newton and Israr Malik. Farooqi had fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan and later turned his […]
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In a July report warning of “new and more complex operations in Kenya,” the UN also identified an al Qaeda operative who has been entrusted by Ayman al Zawahiri to train Somalis and other African recruits. The operative, known as “Hassan,” has also reportedly trained Boko Haram fighters.
A unit within the al Furqan Brigades claimed responsibility for recent shooting attacks on Egyptians, including at least one security official. The al Furqan Brigades has previously claimed attacks on ships traveling through the Suez Canal.
Al Qaeda’s branch in the Arabian Peninsula remains both a local and an international threat despite a concerted Yemeni and US military campaign.
Today’s attack in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan is the second by the US in two days. The strike took place in Datta Khel, a known hub of al Qaeda activity.
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The Taliban seized control of the Karan wa Munjan district center in Badakhshan; Afghan security forces claimed to have regained control of the district. A suicide bomber killed four people in an attack outside a security headquarters in Marja in Helmand. Security forces captured a Taliban commander in Herat and 73 fighters in Wardak.
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The Shin Bet announced the arrest of an Iranian intelligence operative sent to operate in Israel by the IRGC Qods Force. Prime Minister Netanyahu said he plans to tell ‘the truth‘ about Iran during his trip to the US. The Navy announced that it will soon receive three new Super Dvora fast patrol boats.
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