Monthly Archives: March 2014


Converging Interests May Lead to Cooperation Between Israel and Gulf States

United States

Russia’s foreign minister said Secretary of State Kerry recently confirmed to him personally that the US is still opposed to providing antiaircraft weapons to rebels fighting the Assad regime in Syria. A Senate Intelligence Committee report disputed the CIA’s contention that “enhanced interrogation techniques” provided key information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.


Iraq: Arrests rise as government attempts to block insurgents’ access to Baghdad


Regime forces recaptured a strategic hilltop in Latakia during fighting with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front, and Syria’s information minister accused Turkey of helping foreign fighters enter the province. An observer group claimed that over 1,000 fighters have been killed in Latakia since March 21. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic […]


Turkish border province punishes Erdogan on Syria in polls


The army dismantled a car bomb in Wadi Hmayyed near Arsal. Unknown perpetrators blew up a large building under construction in Akkar, reviving sectarian tensions. Warrants were issued for 200 suspects linked to violence and crime in Tripoli; among those sought are militia leaders in both the Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen and the Sunni […]


A retired military officer was shot dead by gunmen in Ismailia. Two policemen were arrested for allegedly making contact with jihadists and providing them with information on the positions of security personnel. A bomb was found next to a power station in el Arish, while gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying journalists in North […]


Police said two suspects arrested on March 11 with a car bomb near a Mombasa mall were in contact with Shabaab militants in Somalia linked to the Westgate Mall attack. Security forces said two terrorists killed in a March 28 shootout in Likoni were Shabaab returnees involved in a “holy war” in retaliation for Kenya’s […]

Turkey’s ISIS problem

Recent attacks in Nigde have raised concerns in Turkey over extremism in Syria. Tensions have been high between the Turkish military and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham since the tomb of Suleyman Shah, a small Turkish territory in Syria, fell under the threat of an ISIS attack.


Regime forces launched an offensive to retake Kasab in Latakia from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front. At least 50 fighters from the Al Nusrah Front and rebels were killed in recent clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Hasakah. Rebels reportedly killed over 20 regime soldiers in two […]


Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters killed two members of the Popular Resistance Committees in an ambush on a road north of Zinjibar in Abyan province. The Popular Resistance Committees is a tribal militia that helps the government fight AQAP.


Islamist militants killed one soldier and wounded three other security personnel in a shooting attack in North Sinai. The Foreign Ministry said 439 security personnel and 57 civilians have been killed in militant attacks since July 2013. Seven suspected terrorists were referred to trial for their involvement in attacks, including one outside a church near […]


Suspected Boko Haram detainees overpowered guards at a prison in Abuja near the Presidential villa; 21 people were reportedly killed during the jailbreak, including at least one guard. About 20 of the detainees are said to have been rearrested. The governor of Adamawa state blamed President Jonathan for failing to suppress the Boko Haram insurgency. […]

Central African Republic

Chadian troops driving into Bangui to evacuate Muslims opened fire on civilians, killing at least 10 and wounding about 30. The Christian anti-balaka militia has accused Chad of siding with the Muslims and Seleka rebels in the conflict, in which thousands of Muslims and Christians have been killed. On March 27, a grenade attack on […]