Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Children taken hostage by Pakistani militants Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:23am

A group of militants on Monday took hostage dozens of school children and teachers in the the western Pakistani town of Bannu following a gunfire clash with local police, officials said. About seven terrorists have taken the school children hostage. There about 200 to 250 children, Hamid Nawaz, interior minister, told Agence France-Presse. Full Story

Clashes erupt in renewed Kenya violence Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:24am

Several thousand pro-opposition demonstrators took to the streets on Monday after dozens were killed in ethnic violence over the weekend. Protestors and armed groups clashed in the Rift Valley, and police fired teargas and bullets in the air in the western town of Kisumu. Full Story

China allows U.S. warship to dock in Hong Kong Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:25am

China on Monday allowed a U.S. warship to make a port call in Hong Kong, two months after it turned away a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group and set off a diplomatic dispute between the two countries. The Blue Ridge, the flagship of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, and its 700 crew members were expected to stay in Hong Kong for a few days, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong. Full Story

Bangladesh plans house-to-house bird flu search Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:28am

Bangladeshi authorities are to start house-to-house surveillance in their latest effort to stem a worsening outbreak of bird flu, an official said Monday. The country's emergency government said the spread of avian flu, which has hit half the country, has become "alarming." Full Story

Iraq's Sadrists seek to end cease-fire Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:31am

Influential members of Muqtada al-Sadr's movement have urged the anti-U.S. Shiite cleric not to extend a cease-fire when it expires next month, officials said Monday, a move that could jeopardize recent security gains. The Iraqi Red Crescent organization, meanwhile, gave a higher death toll than Iraqi officials from last week's devastating house explosion in the northern city of Mosul. Full Story

Eight years in jail for French aid workers convicted in Chad Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:40am

French court on Monday sentenced six charity workers to eight years in prison, after they were convicted in Chad of trying to abduct more than 100 children from the border with war-torn Darfur. The founder and five members of French charity Zoe's Ark were sentenced to eight years hard labour in Chad last month on charges of attempted kidnapping, but were later repatriated to France where no such penalty exists. Full Story

Protests as Pakistan's Musharraf meets Brown Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 9:56am

Demonstrators staged noisy protests Monday as Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf held talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, amid criticism over human rights and concern over elections. Some 400 anti-Musharraf protestors including opposition leader Imran Khan and his ex-wife Jemima booed and waved their fists as the Pakistani president arrived for the Downing Street talks, according to an AFP correspondent. Full Story

Most Olympic tickets unsold in China's second lottery Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:08am

About 75 per cent of tickets offered in China's second lottery for this year's Olympic games remained unsold despite a flood of applications, organizers said on Monday. The Beijing organizing committee (BOCOG) said it received more than 4.5 million applications for some 1.8 million tickets but was only able to allocate 450,000 tickets, apparently because most people applied for a similar range of popular events. Full Story

5 convicted over UK's biggest heist Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:58am

Five men were convicted Monday of robbery, kidnapping and firearms charges for carrying out Britain's largest cash robbery: the theft of $100 million from a security company depot two years ago. Gang members dressed as police officers abducted manager Colin Dixon and his family at gunpoint while robbing the depot of Securitas Cash Management Ltd. in Tonbridge, about 30 miles southeast of London, in February 2006. Full Story

Thailand's New Prime Minister Brings Little Hope for Stability Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 3:44pm

With the naming of Samak Sundaravej as prime minister Monday, Thailand has completed a transition from military rule back to democracy. But analysts predict that the bumpy ride is not over for Thai politics: Samak's tenure is likely to be tempestuous and his government fragile. Full Story

U.S. Diplomat to Visit North Korea this Week Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 3:46pm

A U.S. diplomat will visit Pyongyang this week to try to advance a stalled deal under which North Korea promised to disclose all its nuclear programs and eventually abandon them, a U.S. official said on Monday. The U.S. official, who asked not to be named, said Sung Kim, the director of the State Department's Office of Korean Affairs, was expected to make stops in Seoul on Tuesday and in Beijing on Wednesday before visiting Pyongyang on Thursday. Full Story

Indonesia: H5N1 toll hits 100 Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 3:50pm

A 23-year-old Indonesian woman from East Jakarta has died from bird flu, taking the country's death toll to 100, according to a report from Indonesia's bird flu information centre on Monday. The woman died on Sunday and two separate laboratory tests confirmed she contracted H5N1, the report said. Full Story

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Monday, January 28, 2008


Spanish govt moves to ban Basque parties linked to ETA Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 9:24am

The Spanish government has authorized legal proceedings to outlaw two Basque parties close to Batasuna, the political wing of the armed separatist group ETA, Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said Friday. Full Story

Intelligence officer among four killed by Beirut bomb Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 9:32am

A senior intelligence officer investigating killings largely blamed on Syria was slain with three other people in a car bombing in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Friday, officials said. Captain Wissam Eid, 31, a member of the Internal Security Forces (ISF), was among the dead along with his bodyguard, a security official told AFP. Full Story

Sri Lanka fixes dates for elections in war-torn east Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:21am

Sri Lanka has fixed dates to hold local elections in the recently recaptured east for the first time in 14 years, a day after the government unveiled a home grown peace plan aimed at giving more autonomy to war-torn areas. "The elections will be held on 10th of March," said an official at the Department of the Elections Commissioner, asking not to be named in line with policy. Full Story

Koreas hold first talks in new year Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:22am

North and South Korea held working-level military talks Friday, the first dialogue between the two countries this year, as Seoul's conservative president-elect prepared to take office with calls for a tougher stance toward Pyongyang. Full Story

Italian leaders set for crisis talks Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:23am

Italy's president is set to hold talks with political leaders after Romano Prodi, the country's prime minister, stepped down. Giorgio Napolitano said on Friday that he wants to avoid calling snap elections after a no-confidence vote in the senate forced Prodi's government to resign. Full Story

Russia fights threat of imminent terrorist attack Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:25am

A counter-terrorist operation has been launched in parts of the Republic of Ingushetia due to the threat of an imminent large-scale terrorist attack, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Friday. The FSB said it had received information indicating that "terrorists had been preparing a series of attacks on administrative buildings, police and citizens in public places on the territory of Ingushetia." Full Story

N Korea to close its lonely embassy Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:27am

"We have no friends," North Korea's most senior diplomat, Pak Myong-guk, told The Weekend Australian as he prepared to lock the doors of his embassy for the last time. Despite sharing the same Canberra street with the embassies of other sometimes-rogue states such as Iran, Iraq and Libya, Mr Pak said he and his small team of envoys lived anisolated life in the nation's capital. Full Story

Sarkozy sees UN OK on Indian nuke deal Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:47am

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that the U.N. nuclear watchdog and India appear to be within weeks of an agreement on oversight of New Delhi's civilian nuclear program  a deal that is key to a U.S. atomic deal with the South Asian country. The announcement came on the first day of Sarkozy's two-day visit to India aimed at cementing French-Indian diplomatic and political links. Notably absent was Sarkozy's girlfriend, model-singer Carla Bruni, who declined to accompany him, reportedly because they were not yet married. Full Story

Bird Flu Strikes Again in Northern Thailand Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:28am

The H5N1 bird flu virus has re-emerged in a northern Thai province for the first time since March last year, forcing the slaughter of 10,000 chickens, an Agriculture Ministry official said on Thursday. The outbreak occurred on a farm in Nakhon Sawan, 240 km (149 miles) north of Bangkok, where the owner reported 4,085 chickens had died earlier this month, senior Livestock Department official Nirundorn Aungtragoolsuk told Reuters. Full Story

HuJI commander shot dead in J&K Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:29am

JAMMU: The self-styled supreme commander of the banned Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islamia (HuJI) and the alleged mastermind of the UP serial blasts, Bashir Ahmed alias Sabah was on Friday shot dead by police in Kishtawar district. The HuJI chief, who was being tracked by the Jammu and Kashmir police for nearly a month, was killed in an ambush by the commandos of the state police in Cahtru village of Kishtawar district, official sources said. Full Story

Bodies dumped in Northern Sri Lanka Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:29am

Jan 25, Colombo: Police found more than a dozen unidentified bodies of youth dumped in a swamp at Kiriketuwewa on the Horoupathana - Kebithigollawa road in North Central Sri Lanka yesterday, the military said. The victims, some with their hands tied behind their backs were apparently hacked to death, the sources added. Full Story

8 countries ban poultry imports from India due to bird flu Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:31am

NEW DELHI: The bird flu outbreak in West Bengal is now taking a toll on the country's poultry exports. Till January 24, eight countries had officially stopped import of poultry products from India. While UAE, one of India's largest clients, continued its ban on Indian poultry products, imposed following the outbreak in Manipur in July 2007, the countries to have imposed a fresh ban after the West Bengal outbreak are: Oman, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Bhutan, Kuwait and Bahrain. Full Story

Nepal unveils three-phase poll security plan Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 1:01pm

The government in Nepal has unveiled a major security plan to ensure violence-free Constituent Assembly polls on April 10 that could be disrupted by some Madhesi outfits in the Terai region bordering India. Announcing a three-phase security plan at the Singhdurbar Secretariat, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula said at least 1.34 lakh security personnel will be deployed for the polls to form a body to decide a new political system for the country. Full Story

Burma Dissident Aressts Ongoing Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 2:51pm

Amnesty International has said Burma's military government have detained 96 pro-democracy activists since November, when it promised to stop such arrests. The human-rights group said many had been trying to gather evidence of the suppression of last year's protests, in which at least 31 people were killed. Full Story

'Top militant killed' in Kashmir Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 8:23am

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say security forces have killed a top militant involved in a series of explosions across the country. Full Story

Afghan gunmen abduct aid worker Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 9:03am

Gunmen abducted a U.S. female aid worker on Saturday in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, the provincial governor said. Full Story

Police clash with protesters in Russian region Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 9:04am

Russian riot police fired warning shots into the air and beat demonstrators who tried to rally on Saturday against alleged vote-rigging in the Muslim region of Ingushetia, a witness said. Full Story

Afghan official: American woman kidnapped Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 9:26am

Gunmen kidnapped a burqa-clad American aid worker and her driver while they were driving through a residential section of southern Afghanistan's largest city early Saturday, a provincial governor said. Full Story

Nuclear weapons are secure, a top Pakistani official says Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 9:38am

A top official of Pakistan dismissed concerns Saturday over the security of its nuclear program but said there was increased alertness around its nuclear weapons and facilities given the country's recent political turmoil and militant violence. Full Story

Tribal gangs clash in Kenyan town Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1:10pm

Kenyan police battled on Saturday to stop clashes between tribal gangs wielding machetes, spears and bows and arrows that have killed at least 27 people in the western town of Nakuru in three days of bloodshed. Full Story

New U.S. strategy working in east Afghanistan Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1:11pm

Afghan village elder Noor Mohammad stroked his white beard as he listened to a local government chief appeal for help to rebuild the economy of this snow-bound plateau shattered by war and the fight with the Taliban. Full Story

Claim Gadhafi Son Linked to Iraq Attack Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1:12pm

A devastating explosion in northern Iraq was spearheaded by foreign fighters under the sponsorship of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of the Libyan leader, a security chief for Sunni tribesmen who rose up against al-Qaida in Iraq said Saturday. Full Story

Palestinian radical founder dies Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 3:33pm

The founder of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), George Habash, has died in Jordan, associates say. Full Story

Lebanon buries slain officer Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 4:10pm

Lebanon's police chief vowed on Saturday to confront those who "terrorize this nation" at a memorial service for a police intelligence officer killed in a car bomb attack the previous day. Full Story

One policeman killed in Chechnya shootout Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 7:24am

One policeman was killed in a shootout with militants in the Republic of Chechnya in Russia's troubled North Caucasus region, a source in local law-enforcement bodies said on Sunday. Full Story

US claims Al-Qaeda using children as Iraq suicide bombers Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 9:41am

Al-Qaeda is using children as suicide bombers in Iraq, with at least two attacks in the past week committed by 15-year-olds, a US military commander claimed on Sunday. Full Story

Amal protester killed in Beirut clash - sources Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 10:42am

An activist from the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Amal was killed in Beirut on Sunday when the army opened fire to break up a protest against power cuts, two Amal officials said. Full Story

Pakistan 'seizes back key tunnel' Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 10:46am

Pakistani security forces say they have recaptured an important road tunnel which was seized by pro-Taleban militants on Thursday. A battle has raged around the Kohat tunnel since Pakistan launched an operation to reclaim it on Friday. Full Story

20 Gazans caught in Sinai in possession of explosives, surveillance devices Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 1:43pm

Egyptian security forces caught 20 Palestinians in several areas of the Sinai overnight Saturday in possession of explosives and electronic devices which would enable them to listen in to the Egyptian forces' communications networks. Full Story

Egypt tries to control Gaza border chaos Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 1:45pm

Egyptian forces brandishing electrified batons stopped Gaza cars from crossing the breached border Sunday and tightened security at checkpoints to try to confine Palestinians who moved freely into Egypt for a fifth straight day. Full Story

Pakistan's Army Steps Aside From Election Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 2:09pm

Pakistans military chief General Ashfaq Kayani on Sunday appeared to be distancing the countrys influential army from direct involvement in next months parliamentary elections, in an apparent bid to keep the army out of the controversy likely to precede and possibly follow the elections. Full Story

Israel launches air raids on Hamas targets in Gaza Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 6:32pm

Israel launched a double air strike on Hamas targets in the southern Gaza Strip late on Sunday, without causing any injuries, witnesses said. Full Story

US military deaths in Iraq at 3,935 Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:26am

As of Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, at least 3,935 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes eight military civilians. At least 3,200 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. Full Story

UN climate envoy nominated as SKorean prime minister Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:27am

South Korea's incoming president on Monday nominated the United Nations special envoy on climate change as prime minister, his first cabinet appointment. President-elect Lee Myung-Bak said Han Seung-soo was selected because of his wide experience in diplomacy, economics and politics. Full Story

India bird flu disease 'alarming' Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:27am

The bird flu epidemic has spread further in the Indian state of West Bengal with 13 of the state's 19 districts affected, officials say. An outbreak has been reported from Budge Budge, a suburb of the capital, Calcutta, officials say. Full Story

US shift seen to Pakistan, Afghanistan Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:28am

In a shift with profound implications, the Bush administration is attempting to re-energize its terrorism-fighting war efforts in Afghanistan, the original target of a post-Sept. 11 offensive. The U.S. also is refocusing on Pakistan, where a regenerating al-Qaida is posing fresh threats. There is growing recognition that the United States risks further setbacks, if not deepening conflict or even defeat, in Afghanistan, and that success in that country hinges on stopping Pakistan from descending into disorder. Full Story

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Today in History:

January 28, 1987 - LebanonU.S. Bars Travel To LebanonNo information provided.

January 28, 1982 - TurkeyTurkish Consul General KilledThe Turkish consul general to the U.S. was assassinated in Los Angeles by members of a group calling itself the "Justice Commandos for the Armenian Genocide."

January 28, 1961 - RwandaRepublic DayCelebrates the proclamation of the Republic. Also known as Democracy Day.

January 30, 1933 - Germany, Europe (Region-Wide)Nazis Come To Power In GermanyNo information provided.

January 30, 1948 - IndiaMahatma Gandhi AssassinatedNo information provided.

January 30, 1991 - IraqSkirmish at KhafjiIraqi and multi-national force elements had their first ground engagement in the Persian Gulf War.

February 1, (year unknown) - MalaysiaCity Day In Kuala LumpurNo information provided.

February 1, 1943 - Russia6th Army SurrendersGermany's 6th Army surrendered to Soviet forces in Stalingrad.

February 1, 1979 - IranKhomeini Returns From ExileCalled the beginning of the "Ten Days of Dawn," commemorating the ten days of unrest which ended with Khomeini taking power on

February 11 (the "Day of Victory").

February 1, 1984 - IndiaKashmiri Separatist ExecutedMaqbul Butt, a Kashmiri separatist leader, was executed in India.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Nepal rolls back fuel price hike after protests Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 8:32am

Nepal rolled back a steep rise in fuel prices on Wednesday after two days of anti-government protests disrupted life in much of the Himalayan nation ahead of national elections, a spokesman said. The state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), which has a monopoly over oil imports, had increased kerosene, cooking gas and diesel prices by up to 20 percent on Monday to cut its losses and attempt to minimise fuel shortages. Full Story

Greek PM in historic Turkish trip Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 8:42am

Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis arrives in Turkey on Wednesday in the first official visit there by leader of Greece for almost five decades. The landmark three-day visit is being seen by both sides as an important step towards improving relations. Full Story

Police in protest rally over pay Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 8:46am

An estimated 18,500 police officers are marching in central London in a protest over pay. Officers are angry that a 2.5% pay rise has been backdated to only 1 December for officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Full Story

EU to keep Farc on 'terror list' Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 8:50am

The European Union has insisted it will not remove Colombia's Farc rebels from its "terror list", despite recent calls by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. "The answer is no. There is no reason to change our position," said EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana after talks with Colombia's president. Full Story

44 killed in Pakistan militant fighting Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 8:50am

More than 40 people have been killed in fighting between militants and Pakistani security forces near the Afghan border. 1 of 2 clashes began when militants attacked a fort in a lawless tribal region where al-Qaida and Taliban-linked fighters operate. It's the second attack on the fort this month. Full Story
Air Force bombs key rebel base in northern Sri Lanka Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 8:54am

The Sri Lanka air force bombed a key rebel base in the northern part of the country regularly visited by Tamil leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, a defence ministry statement said Wednesday. The rebel holdout known as "X-Ray base" in Kilinochchi, 390 kilometres north-east of the capital, was bombed Wednesday morning and the target was taken accurately, the statement quoted the air force as saying. Full Story

Retired Generals Tell Musharraf to Go Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 8:57am

An influential group of retired officers from Pakistan's powerful military has urged President Pervez Musharraf to immediately step down, saying his resignation would promote democracy and help combat religious militancy. Full Story

Afghan journalist sentenced to death Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 9:16am

An Afghan journalist sentenced to death for distributing an article that allegedly violated Islam is actually being punished for reporting by his brother about abuses by northern warlords, a media group said Wednesday. Full Story

Suicide blast wounds three in Afghan restaurant Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 11:03am

KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide blast at a restaurant wounded three people on Wednesday in the southeastern Afghan town of Khost, a police official said. The bomber died in the blast and the intended target might have been Afghan and foreign military officials who were meeting at a park about 300 meters away from the restaurant, the police official said. Full Story

Sri Lankan Navy plants mines along marine border with India Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 11:59am

Breaking international conventions, Sri Lankan Navy has planted mines along the maritime border with India, a move that could prove to be fatal to Tamil Nadu fishermen, official sources said. According to a fax message received by the Navy office at Rameswaram from their Sri Lankan counterparts, mines had been planted between Nedunthivu and Kachathivu, to prevent LTTE activists from crossing to Indian territorial waters. Full Story

Amr Moussa target of alleged assassination attempt Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:00pm

Sources in Cairo have told the Egyptian press that Lebanese security foiled an assassination attempt on Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, close to the Lebanese-Syrian border Saturday night. Moussa was in Lebanon to mediate between rival political parties to try and resolve the countrys political deadlock. Full Story

Iranian reformists disqualified from upcoming election Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:00pm

Around 3,000 prospective candidates, mostly reformist seeking to disrupt the status quo by bringing about democratic change in the Islamic ruled state, have been disqualified on Wednesday from running in the upcoming parliamentary election, said official party leaders. The mass disqualification of reformists means that the largest rivals, seeking to transform Iran, have been eliminated from the equation. Full Story

Ahmadinejad to make Landmark visit to Iraq - Ministry Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:01pm

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation to visit Baghdad, Iraq's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, a landmark trip that would make him the first leader of Iran to visit the country. Full Story

Israel authorises 2,500 new settler homes in Jerusalem Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:01pm

Israel has authorized the construction of nearly 2,500 new housing units in settlements in annexed east Jerusalem, the city authorities said on Wednesday. The Palestinians slammed the move, saying it was torpedoing peace negotiations that the two sides revived under US stewardship in late November after a seven-year freeze. Full Story

Palestinians Blow Up Border Wall, Flood into Egypt Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:01pm

Palestinian militants blew up part of the wall between Gaza and Egypt on Wednesday, and tens of thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt to stock up on food and fuel in short supply due to an Israeli blockade. Residents of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah said a group of militants, including members of Hamas, set off a series of explosions overnight, demolishing about 200 meters (yards) of the border wall. Hamas denied involvement. Full Story

Iraq's New Law on Ex-Baathists Could Bring Another Purge Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:01pm

Maj. Gen. Hussein al-Awadi, a former official in Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, became the commander of the Iraqi National Police despite a 2003 law barring the party from government. But now, under new legislation promoted as way to return former Baathists to public life, the 56-year-old and thousands like him could be forced out of jobs they have been allowed to hold, according to Iraqi lawmakers and the government agency that oversees ex-Baathists. Full Story

Aoun renews ultimatum, warns of street protests Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:02pm

As the country braces for the opposition's promised escalation on January 27 by taking to the streets in the event the Arab foreign ministers' meeting in Cairo fails to address the Lebanese political crisis effectively, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa has promised to return to Beirut before that date to continue his efforts to reach an agreement between rival factions. Full Story

Pakistan launches offensive against Bhutto assassin Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 1:45pm

Two soldiers were killed Wednesday as hundreds of Pakistani troops launched a major operation against a pro-Taliban commander who has been blamed for the murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said. Full Story

Baidu aims to take on Google and Yahoo in Japan Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 3:51pm

China's top Internet search firm Baidu.com aims to overtake Google and Yahoo Japan with its local search engine in Japan, its executives said on Wednesday. Baidu, which holds a 70 percent market share in China, has revamped its top page (www.baidu.jp) and expanded its Japanese language services to include blog searches in its quest to break into the world's second-largest economy. Full Story

Judge: Islamic cell planned Barcelona attack Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 5:07pm

An Islamic militant cell broken up over the weekend had planned a suicide attack in Barcelona, a Spanish judge said Wednesday. Full Story

Philippines renews truce offer to Maoist rebels Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 8:24am

The Philippines has renewed an offer to communist rebels to accept a ceasefire deal as a step to restarting peace talks on ending a four-decade rebellion, an aide of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said on Thursday. Full Story

Japan resumes refueling mission Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 8:27am

A Japanese warship has set off to the Indian Ocean to help US ships involved in Afghanistan, days after a law allowing the redeployment was passed. Opposition MPs had tried to block the mission, but Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda invoked a rarely-used override power to force through the legislation. Full Story
Thailand detects first bird flu outbreak in over a year Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 8:29amThailand has confirmed a fresh outbreak of avian influenza on a commercial chicken farm in the central province of Nakorn Sawan after almost a year of being bird-flu-free, authorities confirmed Thursday. Authorities promised to complete culling up to 50,000 chickens on four commercial farms in Chumsaeng district, Nakorn Sawan, 220 kilometres north of Bangkok, after laboratory tests confirmed that the recent deaths of 1,000 fowls on one of the farms was due to the H5N1 virus. Full Story

Strikes spreading in Ho Chi Minh City Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 8:33am

Thousands of workers at four factories in Ho Chi Minh City have gone on strike, Vietnamese press reported Thursday, joining 8,000 shoe factory workers who laid down their tools early this week, as inflation concerns sparked labor unrest in the country's largest city. Full Story

Pakistani tanks, choppers kill dozens of militants: army Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 9:02am

Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistani troops backed by tanks and gunships cleared militant hideouts near the Afghan border amid fierce fighting that left eight troops and 40 rebels dead, the army said Thursday. Full Story

UK to unveil terror law proposals Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 9:05am

The British government was set on Thursday to unveil sweeping plans to toughen terrorism laws  measures that will face significant opposition in Parliament. Full Story

Italy PM Prodi in showdown with hostile Senate Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 9:31am

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said Thursday he would take his case to the Senate as he struggles against increasing odds to save his centre-left government from collapse, the ANSA news agency reported. "I told the president (Giorgio Napolitano) that I will go to the Senate at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT)," Prodi, 68, told reporters. Full Story

Pakistani politician among three killed in attack Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 9:38am

Unidentified gunmen killed a politician and his bother in Pakistan's troubled Swat valley on Thursday, police said. Zakir Khan, a leader of the nationalist Awami National Party (ANP), came under attack at Matta town when he was traveling in his car with brother and another colleague, who was also killed in the attack. Full Story

World forum focuses on terrorism Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 10:25am

Fears of world recession briefly took a back seat Thursday at the World Economic Forum, where leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq focused on how to establish security in their volatile regions. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said poverty  especially when paired with illiteracy  was the key breeding ground for suicide bombers. Barham Saleh, deputy prime minister of Iraq, described terrorism in his country as "efforts by extremists to hijack my religion." Full Story

Suicide attack leaves one dead in NW Pakistan Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 11:04am

One person was killed and another injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday. The official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted Assistant Political Agent Jamrud, Rasool Khan as saying that the attacker was apparently targeting the police and Khasadar's check post, set up near Karkhano market at the confluence of Khyber Agency and Peshawar, capital of North West Frontier Province. Full Story

Bomb found on Nawaz Sharif's convoy route Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 11:04am

Pakistani police defused a roadside timebomb just minutes before opposition leader Nawaz Sharif was due to pass the spot in the north-western city of Peshawar, officials said. Former prime minister Sharif was travelling in a convoy to address a lawyers' convention and a political rally in the troubled city near the Afghan border ahead of elections on February 18. Full Story

China lashes out at Dalai Lama, other Olympic critics Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 12:53pm

In a blast of harsh rhetoric, China lashed out Thursday at the Dalai Lama and critics of Beijing's support for Sudan, saying attempts to link political issues to the Beijing Summer Olympics betrayed the spirit of the games. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said China could "definitely not accept" rights groups that say China's support for Sudan's government is prolonging the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Full Story

US general: Afghan air corps needs years of help Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 12:54pm

Afghanistan's fledgling air corps, short on planes and pilots, will be unable to fly combat missions before at least 2013, a U.S. general said on Thursday. "It's not just air frames that we have to acquire," said Air Force Brig. Gen. Jay Lindell, responsible for helping to build and train the Afghan air corps. "It's obviously the training of the pilots in this close air support role." Full Story

U.S. deeply concerned at student death in Iran jail Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 12:59pm

The United States said on Wednesday that it was deeply concerned at the death in prison of a Kurdish Iranian student who had been arrested by the countrys secret police in Sanandaj, western Iran. The United States is deeply concerned about the tragic death under suspicious circumstances of Ebrahim Lotfallahi, an Iranian student of Kurdish descent detained by the Ministry of Intelligence on January 6, said U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack in a press statement. Full Story

Kenyan leaders in first meeting since disputed poll Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 1:00pm

Kenya's feuding leaders shook hands and smiled Thursday after a landmark first meeting brought about by former UN chief Kofi Annan, a month after disputed presidential polls. President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga spoke to reporters as they stood together next to Annan in a symbolic gesture after weeks of violence sparked by the disputed election, in which close to 800 people died. Full Story

US Plans More Training of Pakistani Forces Fighting Islamic Militants Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 1:02pm

U.S. defense and military officials say they want to step up the training of Pakistani forces in the country's fight against a growing insurgency. Central Command, this week proposed U.S. troops help increase Pakistan's military capability in the battle against Islamic extremists, especially in Pakistan's tribal region. Full Story

Singapore holds pair over terror fears Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 2:04pm

Two men have been held in Singapore over terror fears and a third man has had his movements restricted, authorities in the city-state said Thursday. Full Story

Explosion rocks Beirut, 5 dead Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 6:39am

A car bomb exploded in a Christian neighborhood of Beirut on Friday killing at least five people, including a top police official who dealt with terrorist bombings and had previously been targeted, authorities said. Full Story

Reports: FBI suspect detained in Moscow Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 6:56am

Police in Moscow have arrested a suspected crime boss with alleged links to Russia's multibillion dollar gas business who has long been sought by the FBI and Interpol, officials said Friday. Full Story

FBI: Teen arrested for hijack plot Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 6:57am

A teenage passenger from California was arrested in Nashville for plotting to hijack a plane from Los Angeles to Nashville, the FBI said Friday. FBI spokesman George Bolds told The Associated Press the 16-year-old boy was removed from Southwest Airlines Flight 284 Tuesday night by authorities at Nashville International Airport and found with "suspicious" items. Full Story

U.S. says threat against airlines remains high Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 7:19am

The United States is likely to keep a high threat designation for the airline industry because militants still see air travel as a target, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said. Full Story

Islamist rebels attack Somali airfield Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 8:46am

Islamist insurgents briefly seized control of Somalia's biggest military airfield on Friday and looted weapons, witnesses and an Islamist commander said. Full Story

EU eyes signing interim pact with Serbia Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 9:14am

The European Union is considering signing an interim pact on trade and cooperation with Serbia before a February 3 presidential election to try to boost the pro-European incumbent, diplomats said on Friday. The interim agreement would normally enter into force only when the EU signs a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Belgrade and pending its ratification, but the Netherlands and Belgium have so far blocked that signature to demand the arrest of a key fugitive war crimes suspect. Full Story

Courtesy the Terrorism Research Center, Inc.



General Says al-Qaida on the Run in Iraq (AQ: 130 KIA, 370EPW including 40 HVT)

Iraq Targets the Mahdi Army (Finally)

Marines launch rescue effort to save Hadithah girl

MND-B Soldiers detain suspected extremist cell leader (Baghdad)

Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain suspected terrorists in separate raids (Balad)

Coalition targets al-Qaeda in Iraq networks; five killed, 16 detained

Coalition disrupts al-Qaeda in Iraq operating in Diyala, 15 terrorists killed (Baqubah)

MND-C Soldiers find 2 caches in 2 days

Coalition forces target al-Qaeda in Iraq networks, 19 suspected terrorists detained

Coalition forces capture Special Groups leader, criminal network facilitator; detain total of four

NPs detain two suspected extremists (West Rashid)

MND-B Forces seize enemy caches (West Rashid)

Soldiers seize two caches, detain two (Doura)

Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Operations Forces detain 5 terror suspects

MND-North Soldiers liberate 2 from al Qaeda prison during Operation Phantom Phoenix (Baquba)

Night air raid drops 19,000 pounds of bombs, destroys 35 targets in Arab Jabour

Phantom Phoenix: More than 10 targets destroyed during ongoing air strikes in Arab Jabour

Iraqi and U.S. Forces target extremist networks in Baghdad, killing extremist commander

Coalition significantly disrupts al-Qaeda networks: two killed; 18 detained

Coalition Forces resume air assault on al-Qaeda targets (Arab Jabour)

Tips lead to detention of 10 AQI during Operation Phantom Phoenix

Coalition disrupts al-Qaeda networks in central Iraq; one killed, 19 detained

Afghanistan / Pakistan:

Troops continue targeting militant hideouts in Waziristan

Pakistani military attacks rebel stronghold

Forty militants killed in Pakistan tribal area: military

General: Taliban Offensive Is Unlikely (No spring offensive)

1 rebel killed, 9 arrested by Afghan army

Afghan police kill 6 Taliban militants

Seven troops, 37 militants killed in Waziristan clashes

Afghan suicide attacker stumbles, explodes (2 work accidents)

Pakistani Army Seizes 35 Pro-Taliban Militants in Swat Valley

Karzai’s Eagles: The Afghan Air Force flies again

Forces seize explosives and arms in Swat

Eight Taliban fighters killed in Helmand (Taliban commander dead)

Would-be suicide attacker killed; two suspects held

The West:

Padilla, cohorts get 12 to 17 years

A Christmas Gift From al Qaeda (Tracking AQ online)

Serbia: Convicted terrorists get 40-year sentence

Bosnia: Mujahadeen leader Abu Hamza to be expelled

Israel / Levant:

Israeli missile strikes kill two Gaza militants

IDF officer wounded, militant killed in W. Bank

Palestinians break through Egyptian border wall (Is that an apartheid wall too?)

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian PM's adviser for Quds affairs

Palestinian activist killed in border armed clash

IDF troops operating in southern Gaza arrest 20 terror suspects

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood to stop Gaza protests

India / Pakistan:

Four militants killed in J&K

Lashkar-e-Toiba Militant Killed

Former Jaish commander arrested

6 ‘terrorists’ arrested in Pindi, suicide jackets seized

Saudi Peninsula

AQ suspects in Belgians' killing arrested (Yemen)


Mauritania Charges 4 After French Deaths

Police search for Al-Qaeda’s lady in Algeria (Suicide bomber?)

Algeria To Leaflet Against Al-Qaeda In Maghreb

Algerian police kills terrorist, searching for another

Southeast Asia:

Extremist involved in Sipadan kidnap arrested (Philippines)

Sub-leader of Abu Sayyaf arrested in Philippines

Indonesia: Jihad may have ended in Poso

Two ULFA militants killed in police shootout in Assam (Eastern India)

Hat Tip Straight Vermonter

Monday, January 21, 2008


Up to 90 militants killed in Pakistan tribal belt: army
Posted on Friday, January 18, 2008 at 9:10am
Pakistani troops killed up to 90 Islamist militants on Friday after the rebels besieged a military base and ambushed a convoy near the Afghan border, the army said. Troops fought off a "large number" of insurgents who surrounded and attacked the Ladha fort in the troubled tribal region of South Waziristan, killing 50 to 60 of the attackers, the army said in a statement. Full Story

Belgians killed in Yemen attack
Posted on Friday, January 18, 2008 at 11:35am
Two Belgian tourists have been killed after gunmen ambushed their convoy in eastern Yemen, security officials say. Four other Belgians were wounded in the attack, which happened in the province of Hadramut. The attackers are believed to be Islamic militants, the Associated Press quoted unnamed officials as saying. Full Story

Frattini admits threat of EU 'home-grown terrorists'
Posted on Friday, January 18, 2008 at 11:47am
EU security commissioner Franco Frattini has said he shares concerns recently expressed in Washington that Europe could become a platform for terrorist threats against the United States. "We are in a war situation - as in the United States," Mr Frattini told the BBC on Wednesday (16 January), referring to the phenomenon of home-grown terrorism in Europe. "Day after day, we discover cells of terrorists," he added. Full Story

C.I.A. Says Tribal Leader Behind Bhutto's Death
Posted on Friday, January 18, 2008 at 2:50pm
The Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that the assassins who last month killed former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto were directed by Baitullah Mehsud, a Pakistani militant leader, and that some of them had ties to Al Qaeda. Full Story

US Embassy in Algiers receives terror alert
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 7:25am
The US Embassy in Algiers ordered its employees to tightly restrict their movements and urged other Americans in Algeria to do the same, citing indications of possible terrorist attacks. Full Story

Al Qaeda calls for fresh attacks on Pakistani forces, seize control of Islamabad
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 7:26am
Al Qaeda is learned to have called upon its followers to launch fresh attacks on Pakistani forces, saying that "holy war" was compulsory in Pakistan as it was in Afghanistan. Full Story

DHS to Unveil New Disaster Response Plan
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 7:26am
The Bush administration is set to announce an overhaul of the nation's emergency response blueprint Tuesday, streamlining a chain of command that failed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, sources familiar with the plan said yesterday. Full Story

Russia leaves door open for pre-emptive nukes
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 7:54am
Russia's military chief of staff said Saturday that Moscow could use nuclear weapons in preventive strikes in case of a major threat, the latest aggressive remarks from increasingly assertive Russian authorities. Full Story

Police find large explosives cache in southeast Moscow
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 8:07am
Police in southeast Moscow have discovered around 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives stashed in a deserted building, a police spokesman said on Saturday. Full Story

Seven killed in north Iraq Ashura attack - police
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 8:58am
Seven Iraqis returning from a Shi'ite religious event were killed in a rocket attack in northwestern Iraq on Saturday, a senior police officer said. Full Story

Security forces thwart Jihad plan to bomb T.A.-Jerusalem railroad
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 10:18am
Security forces thwarted an Islamic Jihad cell's plan to place a bomb on the railroad tracks leading from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to information made public Thursday. Full Story

Hamas says it has foiled Fatah plot to kill leader
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 2:17pm
A senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip on Saturday accused rival Fatah of plotting to assassinate Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as he prayed and said the would-be suicide bomber had been arrested and had confessed. Full Story

The Great Moqtada Makeover
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 2:23pm
In the West Baghdad neighborhood of Hurriya, 25-year-old Saif Awad was known as "the Assassin." He didn't look like a killer. Handsome and well groomed, Awad made a show of attending prayers and Shiite religious celebrations. Full Story

Polish town leery of US missile defense
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 3:09pm
Among the people living around this disused Polish air base, there is little enthusiasm for the missile interceptor station likely to be built here as part of a U.S. missile defense system. Full Story

Rockets from Gaza plague an Israeli town
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 3:55pm
Worn down by thousands of rockets fired from the nearby Gaza Strip, an estimated one-seventh of the people of this Israeli town have fled. Many more say they would go if they could. The mayor says life here has become "impossible." Full Story

U.S. military: Fewer attacks from Iranian bombs
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 8:56am
The U.S. military said Sunday that attacks in Iraq linked to Iranian explosive devices have fallen off in recent days after a sharp increase earlier in the month, and that the overall flow of weaponry from Iran has dropped. Full Story

Quality of nuclear devices questioned
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 11:42am
Resting atop the Trident II missile, the W88 warhead is among the mainstays of the country's submarine-based nuclear arsenal. For years, however, testing the warhead's components to ensure the weapon produces the intended blast instead of a fizzle has been complicated by a lack of replacement plutonium triggers. Full Story

Pakistan attacks extremist stronghold near Afghanistan
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 11:44am
Pakistani artillery and helicopter gunships pounded militant positions today close to the Afghan border, an extremist stronghold where a rebel leader blamed for the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is believed to be hiding, officials and witnesses said. Full Story

Troops launch assault on Tamil boats
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 11:45am
Sri Lankan soldiers launched an artillery assault on a flotilla of Tamil Tiger rebel boats off the northern coast, and infantry clashes elsewhere killed 36 insurgents and one government soldier, the military said Sunday. Full Story

Teen, 15, held in Bhutto murder
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 11:46am
A 15-year-old stopped near the Afghan border confessed to joining a team of assassins sent to kill Benazir Bhutto, officials said yesterday. The boy fingered an al-Qaeda leader with ties to the Taliban as the mastermind of the plot. Full Story

Suspected Terrorists Detained in Barcelona Were Learning to Make Bombs
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 11:49am
Details emerged Sunday of raids in which Spanish police say they arrested 12 Pakistanis and two Indians who were "learning to build bombs" when police burst into one apartment. Full Story

Yemen detains Qaeda suspects after tourist attack
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 11:51am
Yemen detained dozens of suspected al Qaeda supporters on Sunday, following the killing of two Belgian tourists and their Yemeni drivers in the east of the impoverished country, an official said. Full Story

Mortars fired as new Somali PM arrives in Mogadishu
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 4:00pm
Gunmen fired mortars at the Somali president's house on Sunday, hours after the country's new prime minister arrived in Mogadishu for the first time since he was sworn in last November, a presidential aide said. Full Story

Bomber kills Sunni allies of the U.S.
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 12:01am
A teenager holding a box of candy strode into a gathering of Sunni Arab tribal members near Falluja and detonated an explosive belt, killing four people and wounding nine, members of the Issawi tribe said Sunday. It was the second major bomb attack to strike American allies in Anbar Province in two days. Full Story

British PM calls for radical world reforms to reflect rise of Asia
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 12:02am
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called Monday for the radical reform of world institutions to help meet the new challenges of the 21st century, in particular the rise of India and China. On a two-day visit to New Delhi, Brown told business leaders the changes should be inspired by the post-war "visionaries" who set up the United Nations and other bodies like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Full Story

Scores flee Australian floods: officials
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 12:03am
Surging floodwaters forced scores of people to evacuate their homes in northeastern Australia on Monday, officials said, as farmers described heavy rains as a mixed blessing after years of drought. Worst-hit by the rising waters was the central Queensland town of Emerald, where people left their homes for higher ground as the swollen Nogoa River threatened to inundate parts of the town. Full Story

Hamas asks Egypt to reopen Rafah border
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 12:04am
Hamas has requested that Egypt reopen the Rafah border crossing to allow the passage of much needed assistance and the evacuation of urgent medical cases in light of the Israeli closure of all crossings with Gaza last week. Hamas, which still rules Gaza and has resulted in its isolation, called on Egypt to open the border to allow victims of the current Israeli attacks to receive medical care. Full Story

Venezuelan ammunition reaching rebels
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 12:05am
Venezuelan-made ammunition is regularly reaching Colombia's FARC and ELN guerrillas, Colombian military intelligence officers have told El Nuevo Herald. One of the officers said the evidence available did not indicate whether the ammunition reaching the rebels is ``a consequence of the growing corruption that exists in the Venezuelan military and police forces, or the result of a policy by President Hugo Chavez.'' Full Story

Courtesy Terrorism Research Center, Inc.

Sunday, January 20, 2008



US-Iraqi troops sweep Al Qaeda village haven

Al Qaeda in Iraq's shrinking area of operations
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Turkey bombs rebel targets in northern Iraq

Anbar to revert to Iraqi control in March

American forces nab notorious insurgency chief in Iraq

Coalition forces target al-Qaeda near Hamrin Lake, threeterrorists killed

Al-Qaeda operations in northern Iraq disrupted; two killed, 17 detained

Coalition forces capture criminal element network facilitator

U.S. Special Operations Forces train Iraqi Security Forces

Three IEDS found, destroyed in Adwaniyah

Soldiers capture HVT south of Baghdad

Phantom Phoenix denies enemy sanctuary

Suspected al-Qaeda counterfeiter arrested

Coalition forces target facilitation networks, attack cells; three terrorists killed, nine detained

ISF, MND-N Soldiers kill seven extremists after attack

Operation Phantom Phoenix: U.S. Soldiers find cache, given warheads

Iraqi Police capture suspected terrorists

Coalition forces degrade al-Qaeda networks; three terrorists killed, four detained

Operation Phantom Phoenix: Tip leads MND-North Soldiers to extremist car bomb factory and large cach

Coalition forces detain two suspects, disrupt criminal networks

Coalition forces disrupt al-Qaeda in Iraq operations, 14 suspects detained

Rakkasans uncover VBIED factory

U.S. boosts its use of airstrikes in Iraq

Afghanistan / Pakistan:

Thirty-two militants killed in Pak madrasa blast (Missile or work accident?)

Taliban commander killed in Parachinar, claims official (Maulvi Mansoor )

Mehsud-Wazir tension grows after power cut

Seven troops, 40 Islamic militants killed in South Waziristan

Three Get Life Sentences For Plotting To Kill Musharraf

Pakistan Takes Control of Swat Valley From Militants

Two more Uzbek militants killed in Pakistan clash

Afghan kidnap gang arrested

The West:

Ex-Mich. congressman indicted in terrorist fund-raising conspiracy

Padilla Gets 30 to Life

The Caucasus:

Russian police kill four militants in Chechen capital

Security forces thwart Jihad plan to bomb Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railroad

Israel / Levant:

Lebanon Warrants Issued Against Al-qaida

West Bank: Jihadi leader killed in Israeli raid

India / Pakistan:

Five militants arrested

Nine Lashkar Workers Arrested in Kashmir: Police

Suicide attack suspects being investigated

Lashkar Top Commander Killed in Kashmir Gunfight

Saudi Peninsula

UN Sanctions 3 Kuwaitis for al-Qaida Tie


Mauritanian Officials Interrogate al Qaida-Linked Suspects aboutFrench Tourist Murder

U.S to help Mauritania confront al Qaeda threat

Algerian security forces kill al-Qaeda-inspired suspects east of capital

Southeast Asia:

Hunted Abu Sayyaf guerrilla killed (Philippines)

Italian priests staying despite kidnap threats (Philippines)

Police Hunting Down Suspected Female Al-Qaida Bombers In Southern Philippines

Hat tip to Straight Vermonter

Monday, January 14, 2008




Soldiers Find Front Line at Iraq House

Iraqi Forces arrest hundreds of Saudi Al Qaeda suspects (includes Saudi most wanted)

New group of Sunni leaders is gaining power

U.S. bombs Al Qaida safe havens, tracks down cash-starved operatives fleeing North, South

Iraqi Special Operations Forces, U.S. Special Forces Detain Terrorist Cell Leader

U.S. says 60 killed in offensive against al Qaeda in Iraq

Coalition forces disrupt foreign terrorist facilitation networks, eight detained

Large cache, underground bunker system discovered during Operation Phantom Phoenix

Iraqi National Police foil kidnapping

Operation Phantom Phoenix: Pursuit of al–Qaeda continues

CLCs, ‘Strike’ troops locate caches, mortar rounds

CF, IA work together to clear out al-Qaeda in Iraq

Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces uncover weapons cache

Coalition forces disrupt criminal element networks, armed man killed

Coalition forces targets foreign terrorists, propaganda and IED cells; 13 detained

Tips lead to destruction of booby-trapped houses during Operation Phantom Phoenix

Paratroopers discover rockets thanks to tip

Local Iraqi discovers explosive formed penetrator at major intersection

Coalition forces find prison facility, weapons caches in Diyala; 15 detained

Iraqi Soldiers find weapons cache in Saydiyah during Operation Phantom Phoenix

Coalition forces targets al-Qaeda networks in Baghdad, Mosul; 15 detained

Coalition targets al-Qaeda leadership, media networks; two killed, 11 detained

Coalition forces capture Special Groups facilitator, disrupt criminal networks

Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces Detain IED Specialists in Hillah and Balad

Afghanistan / Pakistan:

3 Taliban killed in clash with Afghan police

23 Pro-Taliban Militants Killed Near Afghan Border

Troops arrest 4 most-wanted militants

Massive crackdown in South Waziristan 50 militants killed in two days

Top Taliban leader killed in Pakistan (Iranian source)

Two Uzbek fighters killed in Waziristan (local tribes fight back)

ANA deliver infant saving mother, child

The West:

Al Qaeda Is Building a White Army of Terror

Ex-Leaders of Islamic Charity Are Convicted

Spain, France reach accord on fighting terrorism

Serbia: Trial begins for 15 Wahabi terrorism suspects

Southeast Asia:

Indonesia's success: using terrorists to fight terrorism

Army to beef-up combatants to slam insurgents (Philippines)

The Caucasus:

Three militants killed in special operation in Makhachkala

Troops kill four militants in grenade attack

Russia puts Beslan activists on trial

Russia forces kill 6 rebels in Dagestan

Police kill two rebels in Dagestan

Israel / Levant:

Egyptian cell plotted Israel attack (14 arrested)

Syrian-Born Qaida Member Arrested in Beirut

Lebanese Army detains Fatah al-Islam member

Israeli airstrike kills 3 Gaza militants

Police arrest five suspected of planning terrorist attacks

India / Pakistan:

Two LET militants killed

3 OGWs arrested

Fugitive Lashkar suspect arrested


Plot to kill Queen Elizabeth foiled (Uganda)

Mauritanians Arrested in Tourist Deaths

Al Qaeda suspects extradited to Mauritania

Hat-tip to Straight Vermonter