Monthly Archives: February 2014

United States

US officials say al Qaeda’s leader in Afghanistan, Farouq al-Qahtani al-Qatari, has several hundred fighters and could plan attacks on the US; officials are concerned that the “zero option” will remove US capability to launch strikes against al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan. The US Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, retired after three years in the […]


An Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide bomber killed the head of the Awakening in Haditha and six of his fighters. The ISIS also killed three policemen in Mosul and three civilians in Khalis. Security forces killed 15 ISIS fighters in Ramadi.


Tens of thousands under siege in Yarmouk ‘slowly dying’


The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters as well as with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Hasakah. Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters battled regime forces in Hama, and in Deir Izzour, where the two Islamist groups also clashed with ISIS. In Reef Dimashq near Yabroud, […]


Generations on, Christians fleeing Syria return to Turkey


Twenty-four people are reported to have been killed during clashes between Salafists and Yemeni troops on one side, and Shia Houthi rebels on the other. The fighting took place in Hizm, the provincial capital of Jawf.


Seven rockets fired from Syria hit the Hezbollah-dominated town of Bital; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham claimed to have fired three of them. Syrian military rockets hit near Arsal, killing a boy and a young woman and wounding five others. Salafist leaders in Tripoli are fearing a crackdown by Lebanese authorities after […]


Shaken Kenya Aims to Rebuild Mall and Its Confidence


A senior Shin Bet official said Hamas is trying to stir up violence on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said the IAEA should release its shelved report detailing potential military components of Iran’s nuclear program. The IDF’s Northern Command remained in a heightened state of alert over a potential attack by […]


Unidentified gunmen killed a policeman who was part of the security team guarding the judge in one of Mohammed Morsi’s trials. Security forces reportedly closed all roads leading to Rafah as Palestinians protested on the Gaza side of the Rafah border crossing. At least one person was killed and two injured during clashes in Alexandria.


UK leaves its Helmand project – like its roads, clinics and bridges – unfinished


A state of alert was declared in Benghazi after the storming of the Defence Ministry building in the city two nights ago and protests over deteriorating security. The head of the Benghazi local council threatened to withhold city revenues unless the federal government addresses security concerns. A Misratan militia plans to impose a curfew in […]


No Iran Report With New Bomb Research Information-IAEA


The army intercepted a shipment of 40 missiles, including Katyusha rockets and a number of surface-to-air Strela missiles, that was traveling from Libya toward Illizi. The weapons, which were being shipped by the “Southerners Movement for Justice” terrorist group headed by Abdul Salam Tarmone, were destroyed along with two vehicles.


The military claimed it killed 50 Taliban fighters in Nangarhar over the past five days. The Taliban killed three Turkmen border guards, and an Afghan intelligence officer in Helmand. NATO defense ministers said they are prepared to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.


The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 53 people in bombings in and around Baghdad; 42 of them died in a motorcycle bombing at a market in Baghdad’s Sadr City. Security forces killed seven ISIS “snipers” in Karmah, 10 ISIS fighters near Kirkuk, four jihadists near the Syrian border, and three “gunmen” in […]


Regime forces are preparing to launch a ground assault on Yabroud. In Hasakah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Kurdish YPG forces, kidnapped 15 civilians, and destroyed a Sufi shrine. In Aleppo, ISIS withdrew from Mayer, Jamal, Kafen, and Meneg airport, but kept fighters in Meneg city and Azaz. The Al […]


Security forces reportedly arrested those behind the recent shooting death of a national security officer in Sharkiya. The army spokesman said one militant was killed and 11 others arrested during operations in North Sinai. Authorities arrested seven people suspected of inciting violence on Facebook against security personnel.


A Shabaab suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed car into a restaurant near an intelligence headquarters in Mogadishu, killing at least 12 people, including intelligence officers, and injuring eight others. Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, military spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked group, said the attack was part of Shabaab’s operations in the capital and that such operations […]