Monthly Archives: October 2013


Prime Minister Sharif said talks with the Pakistani Taliban have begun. Video filmed in August emerged of two young Czech women kidnapped by militants in Pakistan. Their captors have called for the release of “Lady al Qaeda” Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence in the US. Police arrested 18 members of a […]


Israeli warplanes reportedly struck Russian-made regime missiles in Latakia and a military base in Damascus; Lebanon claimed its airspace was violated. In Aleppo, regime forces took control of al Safira, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with a rebel battalion and stormed a school. Abu Hamza, the leader and founder of […]


Five car bombs north of Baghdad killed 19 people and wounded scores more; police blamed al Qaeda. The bodies of three women who had been blindfolded and shot in the head were found in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad. Car bombs in Baqouba killed five people. Gunmen targeting a patrol in Mosul killed a soldier […]


An IDF official played down reports that an intifada was in the offing. Senior Israeli officials recently partook in discussions with officials from regional states about potential involvement in a conference advocating a nuclear-free Middle East. Authorities arrested three senior Hamas members in the West Bank. The Israeli Air Force struck targets near Damascus and […]


Muslim Brotherhood supporters called for daily protests in the lead-up to the trial of former president Morsi. His detention was extended for 15 days due to a pending investigation related to espionage charges. Authorities arrested 36 “terrorist elements” during security sweeps in the Sinai.


The Minister of State resigned his position, citing dissatisfaction with the government’s efforts to maintain security. Authorities arrested seven government soldiers and officers in Al Baydah on suspicion of links to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A recent video purportedly released by AQAP claimed partial control over the Al Baydah governorate. AQAP denied issuing […]


Exclusive: Syria Tries To Hold On To Its Chemical Weapons Factories


Daughters Of Jailed Iranian Opposition Leader Say Guards Beat Them


The Kenyan Defense Forces claimed to have bombed a Shabaab training camp in Dinsoor that was allegedly used by the Westgate Mall attackers. A Shabaab spokesperson denied that any of its camps had been struck. Shabaab released a video yesterday showing an attack on military defenses in Afdamow. A top UN official called for a […]


Authorities arrested five members of Ansar al Sharia suspected of plotting the recent bombing at a hotel in Sousse and attempted bombing in Monastir. Military forces launched an offensive against terrorists in the Sidi Bouzid region.


The military claimed to have destroyed terrorist camps in Borno state and seized several vehicles used by Boko Haram. A captured Boko Haram member said the group had doctors, mechanics, welders, carpenters, professional drivers, “butchers, security experts, gun instructors and so on,” in its ranks, and that members from Chad, Cameroon, and Niger participate in […]


Haytham Rahmeh, the Syrian-born former leader of a Stockholm mosque, is said to have smuggled large quantities of weapons to Syrian rebels for the past 18 months. Rahmeh reportedly purchased the weapons primarily in Libya, but also in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with the help of a group named the Commission for Civilian Protection transported […]


Q. & A.: Philip Potter on the Growing Risk of Terrorism in China


Hundreds of Syrian refugees ‘denied entry into Jordan’


Attacks on Christians by Islamic militants rise in Egypt


Ayatollah’s illness raises fear of power struggle


The father of two Norwegian-Somali girls who had gone to Syria for jihad said they are being held in Syria against their will. He also said Free Syrian Army rebels have offered to help find them.


Two Afghan soldiers and a Taliban fighter were killed during clashes in Sar-i-Pul. Security forces captured a suicide bomber in Kandahar. Members of the High Peace Council claimed they would meet with former Taliban deputy Mullah Baradar in Pakistan.