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CT News: March 2013

Kenyan separatists deny being behind deadly resort attacK
- 29 March 2013 - A Kenyan separatist movement denied on Friday accusations by the authorities that it was behind a raid in a coastal resort that killed eight people, although it said former members may have been involved...

Officials: Car Bombs Kill 19, Wound 72 in Baghdad
ABC News
- 29 March 2013 - Iraqi officials say four car bombs have struck Shiite mosques in Baghdad, killing at least 19 people and wounding 72....

Former US soldier accused of fighting with al Qaeda group in Syria
NBC News
- 29 March 2013 - A former U.S. soldier has been charged with fighting with an al Qaeda group in Syria after allegedly posting photographs of himself posing with military hardware on the internet, officials said in a statement...

North Korea ‘readies rocket force’ after US stealth flights
BBC News
– 29 March 2013 – North Korea says it has put missile units on stand-by to attack US targets in response to US stealth bomber flights over the Korean peninsula….

Syria rebels seize town on key highway to south: NGO
Al Arabiya
– 29 March 2013 – Syrian rebels have seized a key town on a main highway between Damascus and the south in their latest advance in Daraa province on the border with Jordan, a watchdog said on Friday….

Suicide bomber strikes in Pakistan’s Peshawar
Al Jazeera
– 29 March 2013 – A suicide bomber has targeted a senior Pakistani police commander in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least10 people and wounding 18 others, officials have said….

Taliban Spread Terror in Karachi as the New Gang in Town
New York Times
– 29 March 2013 – This seaside metropolis is no stranger to gangland violence, driven for years by a motley collection of armed groups who battle over money, turf and votes…

US Army Vet Charged With Fighting With Al-Qaida
ABC News
- 28 March 2013 - A U.S. Army veteran is charged with conspiring with an Al-Qaida group to wage war against the Syrian regime....

Cyprus Court Jails Hezbollah Man for Plotting to Attack Israelis
New York Times
- 28 March 2013 - A Cyprus court sentenced a member of Lebanon's Shi'ite Muslim Hezbollah movement to four years in jail on Thursday on charges of plotting to attack Israeli interests on the island....

UN set to pass historic arms trade treaty
Al Jazeera
- 28 March 2013 - The United Nations is nearing agreement on a treaty to regulate the $70bn global conventional arms trade. The world body's 193 member states received the last revision of the draft treaty ahead of the final day of the drafting conference on Thursday....

Top Islamist Accuses Opposition of Sowing Unrest
ABC News
- 28 March 2013 - A leading Islamist politician accused opponents on Thursday of teaming up with remnants of Hosni Mubarak's toppled regime to sow unrest and violence....

Putin orders large-scale military exercises in Black Sea
- 28 March 2013 - President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of large-scale Russian military exercises in the Black Sea region on Thursday, his spokesman said, in a move that may create tensions with Russia's post-Soviet neighbours Ukraine and Georgia...

Bulgaria to present new evidence in Burgas bombing

Times of Israel– 28 March 2013 – Bulgaria will present new evidence pointing to Hezbollah involvement in a bus bombing that killed five Israelis and a local last year,the country’s interim prime minister averred Wednesday, saying the move should help push the European Union to label theIran-backed group a terror organization…

U.S. Sends Stealth Bombers Over South Korea in Practice Run
New York Times
– 28 March 2013 – The U.S. military made a rare announcement that two nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers ran a practice bombing sortie over South Korea on Thursday, underscoring Washington’s commitment to defend its ally amid rising tensions with North Korea….

Why US is engaging directly with al-Qaida fans online
Times of India
– 28 March 2013 – The United States is deliberately sparring with al-Qaida supporters and militants online aiming to shoot down extremist messages and win over hearts and minds…

Chechen commander forms ‘Army of Emigrants,’ integrates Syrian groups
Long War Journal
– 28 March 2013 - A commander from the Russian Caucasus known as Abu Omar al Chechen has formed Jaish al-Muhajireen wa Ansar, or Army of the Emigrants and Helpers, and integrated several Syrian fighting units into the ranks. Abu Omar was the commander of the Muhajireen Brigade…

Syrian Rebels Attack Army Checkpoints in South
ABC News
– 28 March 2013 – Activists say Syrian rebels are attacking army checkpoints in and around a key southern town that is a gateway to Damascus….

Bomb kills three rangers in Thai south as peace talks begin
– 28 March 2013 – Suspected Muslim rebels killed three military rangers in a roadside bomb attack in southern Thailand on Thursday before security officials sat down to talks with rebel groups aimed at ending the bloody insurgency….

Mali secular rebels who oppose Malian military presence in Kidal appoint administrator
Washington Post
– 27 March 2013 – A secular rebel group seeking independence in northern Mali said late Wednesday it has appointed a civil administrator for the region of Kidal, signaling it is retaking control of the government there as French forces battle radical Islamic fighters….

The Afghan ‘green-on-blue’ attacker seen as a hero
BBC News
– 27 March 2013 – An Afghan border policeman who killed two US soldiers in a so-called "green-on-blue" attack in 2011 has been venerated after his death by many in his community.…

Guantanamo hunger strike prompts urgent Red Cross visit
BBC News
- 27 March 2013 - The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is urgently sending a doctor to Guantanamo Bay because of a growing hunger strike among detainees....

Bomb explodes near Acropolis in Athens
Fox News
- 27 March 2013 - Greek police say a bomb has exploded near the Acropolis in central Athens, but it was not immediately clear what the target was and whether anybody has been hurt...

North Korea cuts military hotline with South
BBC News
– 27 March 2013 – North Korea says it is cutting a military hotline with South Korea, amid high tension on the peninsula….

US General Warns of Al-Qaida Threat in Tunisia
ABC News
– 27 March 2013 – The chief of the U.S. Africa Command has warned about al-Qaida attempts to gain a foothold in Tunisia….

Syria: ‘up to 100’ British Muslims fighting in war
– 27 March 2013 – Up to 100 British Muslims are fighting in Syria’s civil war amid fears some could return home to carry out terrorist attacks, senior intelligence chiefs disclosed yesterday…

Rebuff of missile request helps Assad-Syria opposition leader
– 27 March 2013 – International powers' refusal to provide Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas of northern Syria sends a message to President Bashar al-Assad to "do what you want", Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said on Wednesday…

Afghanistan: 52 Taliban members killed in one day
– 27 March 2013 – A blitz of attacks across Afghanistan led to the deaths of 52 armed Taliban members in the past day, the Ministry of Interior said Wednesday…

Officials: Attacks in different parts of Iraq kill 5 people, wound 25
Washington Post
– 27 March 2013 – Iraqi officials say two attacks in different parts of the country have killed five people and wounded 25….

Abu Qatada deportation ruling due
The Guardian
– 27 March 2013 – The court of appeal is due to hand down a ruling on whether the radical preacher Abu Qatada can be forced to leave the UK….

Belgian police kill terror suspect after French tip-off
France 24
– 27 March 2013 – Belgian police on Tuesday killed a man suspected of terrorist links after a motorway chase and shoot-out, acting on a tip-off from French authorities…

China Holds Landing Exercises in Disputed Seas
ABC News
– 27 March 2013 – China's increasingly powerful navy paid a symbolic visit to the country's southernmost territorial claim deep in the South China Sea this week as part of military drills in the disputed Spratly Islands involving amphibious landings and aircraft….

China jails 20 Uighurs in far west Xinjiang on conviction of terrorism, splitting the state
Fox News
– 27 March 2013 – Chinese state media say 20 ethnic Uighurs in the far western region of Xinjiang have been convicted on charges including terrorism and separatism, and given sentences of up to life in prison…

Car bomb hits Syrian capital as rebels press closer
- 26 March 2013 - A car bomb killed at least three people, wounded dozens and blew the windows out of buildings in northeastern Damascus on Tuesday as rebel fighters stepped up attacks in the Syrian capital...

North Korea Calls Hawaii and U.S. Mainland Targets
New York Times
– 26 March 2013 – North Korea’s military said it placed all its missile and artillery units on "the highest alert” on Tuesday, ordering them to be ready to hit South Korea, as well as the United States and its military installations in the Pacific islands of Hawaii and Guam….

British Muslims fighting in Syria could commit terrorist attacks in UK
– 26 March 2013 – British Muslims fighting in Syria’s civil war could return home to carry out terrorist attacks, intelligence chiefs have warned….

Afghan suicide attack kills five police in Jalalabad
BBC News
– 26 March 2013 – Five police officers have been killed in a suicide attack on a police station in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad…

UK steps up counter terrorism measures
Financial Times
– 26 March 2013 – Britain’s security services have stepped up preparations to deal with a possible terrorist attack in the UK using biological weapons, increasing stocks of medical supplies and boosting emergency planning to deal with such an eventuality….

Kidnapped Israeli tourist released in Egypt
Times of Israel
– 26 March 2013 – Arab Israeli tourist Amir Omar Hassan and Norwegian tourist Ingvild Selvik Ask, who were kidnapped by Bedouins in the Sinai peninsula, were released overnight Monday…

French fight in Mali’s hostile desert
BBC News
– 25 March 2013 – They call it "planet Mars." French soldiers have been marching in the Tegharghar mountains of northern Mali for weeks….

Figure in Seattle terror plot escapes life sentence
Seattle Times
– 25 March 2013 – A man who plotted to kill military personnel and workers in Seattle will serve a fraction of the life sentence prosecutors had sought as the result of a plea bargain in a troubled terrorism investigation that involved hundreds of deleted text messages between an informant and his Seattle police handler….

Somali national held aboard Navy ship pleaded guilty, U.S. officials say
Washington Post
- 25 March 2013 - A Somali national in U.S. captivity for nearly three years has pleaded guilty to aiding two terrorist organizations, Justice Department officials announced Monday....

U.S. and South Sign Plan to Counter North
New York Times
- 25 March 2013 - Throwing its weight behind an ally, the United States military said Monday that it had signed an agreement two and a half years in the making to support South Korea in countering North Korean provocations....

Syria rebel commander Riad al-Assad wounded by blast
BBC News
– 25 March 2013 – A senior rebel military commander has been seriously wounded by a bomb blast in eastern Syria, activists say….

Russia, China must be part of Syria chemical arms inquiry: Moscow
– 25 March 2013 - Moscow will insist that Russian and Chinese representatives join a United Nations investigation into allegations that chemical weapons were used in Syria last week….

Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid
New York Times
– 24 March 2013 – With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising….

Al-Qaida Names New North African Chief
Voice of America
– 24 March 2013 – Al-Qaida has named a replacement for a key commander of its North African branch who was killed by Chadian soldiers in northern Mali last month….

Lebanon's PM Najib Mikati to resign 'shortly': state news agency
Al Arabiya
- 22 March 2013 - Lebanon's National news agency reported that Prime Minister Najib Mikati will resign in the next couple of hours.Lebanon’s Cabinet met Friday afternoon to discuss the possible extension of the Internal Security Forces Chief’s term in office amid reports Mikati may step down....

Israel apologizes to Turkey over flotilla deaths
Seattle Times
- 22 March 2013 - Israel's leader has announced the restoration of normal diplomatic relations with Turkey after apologizing for the deaths of nine Turkish activists in a 2009 Israeli naval raid on a Gaza-bound international flotilla....

UN to investigate North Korea human rights abuses
BBC News
- 22 March 2013 - The UN human rights council has set up an inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea for the first time....

Roadside Bomb Kills 9 People in Southwest Pakistan
ABC News
- 22 March 2013 - A bomb hidden in a rickshaw exploded outside a bus terminal near a busy bazar in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least nine people and wounding 40...

Islamic extremist wanted by Germany for calling for terrorist attacks is arrested in Turkey
Washington Post
- 22 March 2013 - An Islamic extremist wanted by Germany for allegedly calling for terrorist attacks on Europe has been arrested in Turkey and Berlin is negotiating his extradition, an official said Friday....

Pilot impersonator got into US Airways cockpit, police say
- 22 March 2013 - A 61-year-old Frenchman was arrested this week after he impersonated a pilot and sat in the cockpit of a US Airways plane before a scheduled flight from Philadelphia International Airport, police say...

Gunmen seize Israeli, European tourists in Egypt's Sinai
- 22 March 2013 - Masked gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula kidnapped two tourists, an Israeli man and a European woman, travelling between two coastal resorts...

Official: ‘Something went down’ in Syria, but it was short of chemical weapons
– 22 March 2013 – The United Nations will investigate claims by the government and rebels that either side used chemical weapons against each other in the Syrian conflict….

Porous borders leave Sabah open to invaders
Al Jazeera
– 22 March 2013 – Dressed as a migrant worker seeking greener pastures, Ali Fauzi crossed into Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah on a fishing boat, dodging maritime patrols with ease under the cover of darkness….

Pakistan Says U.S. Drone Strike Kills 4
New York Times
– 22 March 2013 – Four people have been killed in northwestern Pakistan in an American drone attack on a vehicle…

Israel Closes Gaza Crossing After Rocket Attack
ABC News
– 22 March 2013 – The Israeli military has closed a Gaza border crossing and restricted Palestinian fishermen in the territory after militants fired rockets into Israel during President Obama's visit….

Syria mosque blast: Pro-Assad cleric among dozens dead
BBC News
– 21 March 2013 – One of the most prominent Sunni supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has been killed in a blast at a mosque in the capital, Damascus….

Tunisian salafist announce al-Qaeda support
– 21 March 2013 – Tunisian salafist jihadists announced their allegiance to al-Qaeda this week, accepting the group's invitation to wage a holy war….

Hezbollah Courier Guilty of Role in Cyprus Terror Plot
New York Times
- 21 March 2013 - In a decision that could have significant repercussions for Hezbollah’s operations in Europe, a court in Cyprus on Thursday found a man guilty of participating in a plot to attack Israeli tourists on vacation on the Mediterranean island, part of a conspiracy similar to a deadly bombing last July in Bulgaria....

Mali soldier killed in first Timbuktu suicide bombing
– 21 March 2013 – A Malian soldier died in Timbuktu's first suicide bombing as the city came under assault Wednesday night, after French President Francois Hollande vowed a military operation to drive out radical Islamists from Mali was in its last phase….

Kurd rebel leader orders fighters to cease fighting, leave Turkey
– 21 March 2013 – Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan ordered his fighters on Thursday to cease fire and withdraw from Turkish soil as a step to ending a conflict that has killed 40,000 people, riven the country and battered its economy….

Boko Haram says force will not help free French hostages
– 21 March 2013 – A Nigerian Islamist group warned against the use of force to free a French man and six members of his family kidnapped in Cameroon in a video aired on Thursday….

North Korea warns that U.S. bases in Guam, Japan are within range
– 21 March 2013 – The North Korean military issued a fresh burst of ominous rhetoric Thursday, warning that U.S. bases in Guam and Japan are within its "striking range…”

Deadly car bomb hits Jalozai refugee camp
BBC News
– 21 March 2013 – At least 12 people have been killed and 30 hurt after a car bombing at the Jalozai refugee camp near the Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials say….

Gaza rockets hit southern Israel town cited by Obama
– 21 March 2013 – Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed on Thursday in a southern Israeli border town that U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned in a speech on his arrival in Israel a day earlier…

Anti-Terror Drone Program Weighed for Shift to Pentagon
Bloomberg Businessweek
– 21 March 2013 – The Obama administration is considering whether to transfer more overseas counterterrorism operations to the Defense Department, including a secretive drone program run by the Central Intelligence Agency…

Chemicals Would Be ‘Game Changer’ in Syria, Obama Says
New York Times
– 20 March 2013 – Showing solidarity with Israel’s growing concern about chemical weapons in neighboring Syria, President Obama stated bluntly on Wednesday that if an investigation he had ordered found proof that the Syrian military had used such weapons it would be a "game changer” in American involvement in the civil war there…

Obama: Not Much Difference with Israel on Iran Nuclear Assessment
Voice of America
– 20 March 2013 – U.S. President Barack Obama says there is not much difference between U.S. and Israeli assessments of how close Iran is to potentially developing a nuclear weapon….

American Rapping Jihadist Target of $5M Bounty
ABC News
– 20 March 2013 – Alabama-born jihadist Omar Hammami never could make much of a rapping career in Somalia, but the U.S. government now believes he – or at least information leading to his arrest – is worth a whopping $5 million….

U.S. charges man as al Qaeda operative who plotted against diplomats
- 20 March 2013 - A federal grand jury has indicted a Saudi-born man accused of being an al Qaeda operative who conspired to attack American soldiers in Afghanistan and diplomats in Nigeria...

Chemical weapons used in Syria, Israel alleges
- 20 March 2013 - A senior Israeli official said Wednesday that it is "apparently clear" that chemical weapons were recently used in Syria, and that the alleged attack will be a main topic of conversation with visiting President Barack Obama....

US officials: ‘high probability’ that Syria regime used chemical weapons
– 20 March 2013 – Syria is highly likely to have conducted an attack with chemical weapons against its own people as the regime pushes the country into dark days, leading US politicians have said following an incident in which at least 25 people died….

Al Qaeda claims attacks on Iraq invasion anniversary
– 20 March 2013 – Al Qaeda in Iraq has claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings and suicide attacks that killed around 60 people on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein….

New al Qaeda document sheds light on Europe, U.S. attack plans
– 20 March 2013 – A previously secret document found at Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan sets out a detailed al Qaeda strategy for attacking targets in Europe and the United States….

Fort Hood case judge to hear from terrorism expert
– 20 March 2013 – A judge is to decide if a terrorism consultant will testify at the trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in a deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage….

Obama, Arriving in Israel, Offers Reassurance
New York Times
– 20 March 2013 – President Obama landed here on Wednesday to begin a highly symbolic two-day visit to Israel, the first of his presidency, offering reassurances to a wary Israeli public of the support of its American ally as Israel faces threats from Iran and uncertainty in its roiling neighborhood….

Afghanistan’s Nuristan province ‘at mercy of Taliban’
BBC News
– 20 March 2013 - Mountainous Nuristan is one of the most volatile and inaccessible provinces in Afghanistan, writes the BBC's Bilal Sarwary. It is also one of its most insecure - could other parts of the country go the same way…?

Malaysia Charged 8 Filipinos With Terror Crimes
ABC News
– 20 March 2013 – Malaysian prosecutors charged eight Filipino men with terrorism-related offenses Wednesday following an armed siege in Borneo that killed 71 people….

Al Qaeda in Africa says it beheads French hostage: agency
– 19 March 2013 – Al Qaeda's wing in north Africa said it had beheaded a French hostage in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, Mauritania's ANI news agency reported on Tuesday…

Urban Exploration Helps Terrorism, Counterterrorism Agency Warns
– 19 March 2013 – Some people are into spelunking through the urban ruins and crevasses of unfamiliar cities. The National Counterterrorism Center has a term for these sorts of people: terrorist dupes….

Turkish capital Ankara hit by twin explosions
BBC News
- 19 March 2013 - Two people have been wounded in explosions at Turkey's justice ministry and the headquarters of the governing AK Party, reports say....

Blasts in northeast Nigeria kill three security agents
- 19 March 2013 - An explosion targeting a security patrol outside a bank killed two soldiers and a policeman on Tuesday in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the center of an Islamist insurgency, witnesses and a hospital official said....

Egypt Military Investigating Hamas in New Case
ABC News
- 19 March 2013 - An Egyptian security official says the military is investigating whether the Palestinian group Hamas is linked to a batch of confiscated fabric that could have been used to make counterfeit uniforms....

Syrian rebels ‘use chemical weapon’
BBC News
– 19 March 2013 – Syrian state media says rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad have fired a chemical weapon in the north of the country….

Bombs kill 50 on Iraq invasion anniversary
– 19 March 2013 – A dozen car bombs and suicide blasts tore into Shi'ite districts in Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing more than 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein….

Suspect in Daniel Pearl Killing Is Arrested in Pakistan
New York Times
– 19 March 2013 - Pakistani officials have arrested a senior militant accused of involvement in the 2002 murder of the American journalist Daniel Pearl….

US flies B-52s over South Korea amid North rhetoric
BBC News
– 19 March 2013 – The US is flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea, in what it says is a response to escalating North Korean rhetoric….

France says Syrian air raid "serious violated” Lebanon’s sovereignty
– 18 March 2013 – France on Monday condemned a Syrian air raid into Lebanon, saying President Bashar al-Assad's forces had seriously violated the sovereignty of neighboring Lebanon….

Blasts at bus park in north Nigeria's Kano kill 25
- 18 March 2013 - Five explosions at a bus park in northern Nigeria's main city of Kano killed at least 25 people on Monday in an area where Islamist sect Boko Haram is waging an insurgency against the government...

Under threat, South Koreans mull nuclear weapons
- 18 March 2013 - The barrage of threats from North Korea has sparked talk from within South Korea of the need to develop its own nuclear weapons....

Several attacks kill 9 people in Iraq
Seattle Times
- 18 March 2013 - A suicide attacker drove his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint in central Iraq on Monday, killing five people, and attacks elsewhere in the country killed four other...

US Says Hunger Strike Grows to 21 At Guantanamo
Associated Press
- 18 March 2013 - A Guantanamo Bay prison spokesman says 21 men are on hunger strike in a widening protest at the U.S. base in Cuba...

Syria jets strike Lebanon border
- 18 March 2013 - Syrian air force jets fired four rockets at a remote section of the border with Lebanon on Monday, security sources said, four days after Damascus warned it may strike at Syrian rebels taking refuge across the frontier....

Somalia’s capital Mogadishu hit by deadly car bomb
BBC News
– 18 March 2013 – At least eight people have been killed in a massive car bomb in the centre of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, police have said….

Pakistani Militants Kill 4 in Attack on Court Complex
New York Times
– 18 March 2013 – Militants stormed a court complex in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing 4 people and injuring at least 30 people, including a judge…

Jailed Kurdish rebel leader expected to make ceasefire call
– 18 March 2013 – Kurdish parliamentarians set off by boat on Monday to visit Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan in his island prison where they expected him to summon his fighters to cease fire and leave Turkey to help end a 28-year-old insurgency….

Terror Haven in Mali Feared After French Leave
New York Times
– 17 March 2013 – With France planning to start withdrawing its troops from Mali next month, Western and African officials are increasingly concerned that the African soldiers who will be relied on to continue the campaign against militants linked to Al Qaeda there do not have the training or equipment for the job….

France Is Working to Free Seven Cameroon Hostages, Fabius Says
Bloomberg Businessweek
– 17 March 2013 – France is exercising "discretion and determination” to release seven French hostages kidnapped in northern Cameroon a month ago, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in Yaounde yesterday….

North Korea tells South to leave islands
BBC News
- 16 March 2013 - A North Korean propaganda website has warned of strikes against Southern islands and advised residents to leave...

Syrian general, 20 soldiers defect: opposition
- 16 March 2013 - A brigadier general and about 20 soldiers defected from the Syrian army in two separate incidents on Saturday, activists said, in another sign that the strength of President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces is diminishing....

Car bomb blast kills at least nine in Iraq's Shi'ite south
- 16 March 2013 - A car bomb exploded at a bus terminal in Iraq's predominantly Shi'ite Muslim south on Sunday, killing at least nine people, police said, as the country's delicate sectarian balance comes under growing strain....

FBI able to interview Benghazi suspect held in Libya
- 15 March 2013 - The FBI has been able to interview a man being held in Libya in connection with the investigation into the September attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi...

Syria marks two year anniversary with no end in sight
– 15 March 2013 – Syria's devastating conflict passed two years with no end in sight and David Cameron and Francois Hollande announcing moves to arm rebels…

Afghanistan’s biggest-ever truck bomb defused in Kabul – spy agency
– 15 March 2013 – Security forces in the Afghan capital have defused a truck bomb packed with nearly eight tonnes of explosives, the biggest of its kind discovered in the country, the spy agency said on Friday amid heightened security….

Iran nuclear weapon over a year away, says Obama
BBC News
– 14 March 2013 – US President Barack Obama has told an Israeli television channel it would take Iran "over a year or so" to develop a nuclear weapon….

Pentagon to beef up missile defense in response to North Korean threat, sources say
Fox News
– 14 March 2013 – The Pentagon is beefing up the nation’s missile defense in the wake of provocative nuclear threats from North Korea and is set to deploy 14 additional ground-based interceptors at missile silos in Alaska and California…

Sources: Benghazi suspect detained in Libya
- 14 March 2013 - A man suspected of involvement in the September attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi is being held in Libya, according to two sources who have spoken with CNN....

Tunisia's broadened government begins mission to ease unrest
- 14 March 2013 - Tunisia's new Islamist-led government, broadened to include independents to defuse unrest after the assassination of an opposition leader, began work on Thursday pledging to tackle grave economic woes before elections later this year....

Egyptian media report blames Hamas for 2012 killing of 16 soldiers near Gaza
Washington Post
- 14 March 2013 - A report by a state-owned Egyptian magazine is accusing the Palestinian militant movement Hamas of killing 16 Egyptian soldiers in August 2012...

Pakistanis Linked to CIA Bin Laden Plot Reinstated
ABC News
- 14 March 2013 - A Pakistani court reinstated in their jobs on Thursday 17 health workers who were fired last year for allegedly participating in a CIA scheme to confirm the presence of Osama bin Laden in a town in northwest Pakistan, a defense lawyer said....

U.S.: Islamic Extremists move Between Nigeria, Mali
ABC News
- 14 March 2013 - The United States ambassador to Nigeria has said Islamic extremists continue to move freely from the nation to northern Mali, despite the ongoing French military operation there....

Germany bans three 'anti-democratic' Islamist groups
BBC News
- 14 March 2013 - Authorities in Germany have banned three Islamist groups, accusing them of being "anti-democratic" and seeking to impose sharia law....

Iraqi officials: Bombs, coordinated attacks in central Baghdad kill 22, wound at least 55
Washington Post
- 14 March 2013 - A string of explosions tore through central Baghdad within minutes of each other on Thursday, followed by a coordinated assault by gunmen who raided a government building and battled security forces in the streets...

Israel: Assad Ready to Use Chemical Weapons
Associated Press
- 14 March 2013 - Israel's military intelligence chief says Syria's embattled president, Bashar Assad, is preparing to use chemical weapons...

Britain and France ‘will arm Syrian rebels even without EU support’
– 14 March 2013 – Paris and London will call for moving up the date of the next European Union meeting on the Syria arms embargo, and will decide to arm the rebels if the 27-member EU does not give unanimous agreement, he said….

South Korean prime minister visits border island
BBC News
– 14 March 2013 – South Korea's prime minister has visited an island identified by the North as a potential military target, amid rising tension in the peninsula….

U.S. General Puts Troops on Security Alert After Karzai Remarks
New York Times
– 13 March 2013 – The American commander in Afghanistan quietly told his forces to intensify security measures on Wednesday, issuing a strongly worded warning that a string of anti-American statements by President Hamid Karzai had put Western troops at greater risk of attack…

6 Months Post-Benghazi, Obama Taps New Libya Envoy
New York Times
- 13 March 2013 - President Barack Obama nominated a new ambassador to Libya on Wednesday, filling a post that has been vacant since Chris Stevens was killed in the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack...

Bombing Hits Sports Event In Afghanistan, 7 Killed
- 13 March 2013 - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Afghans watching the traditional sport of buzkashi on Wednesday, killing seven people in the north of the country, officials said....

Islamist inroads in Mali may undo French war on al Qaeda
- 13 March 2013 - Residents who slipped into a non-descript mud-brick house after Islamist fighters fled Mali's desert town of Timbuktu uncovered a trove of arms, ammunition and documents - the workings of the local al Qaeda recruitment office...

Iran, al-Qaeda relationship is showing cracks U.S. officials and analysts say
Washington Post
- 13 March 2013 - Iran’s expulsion of a senior al-Qaeda official appears to signal a crackdown on the terrorist group that has long been granted safe haven within its borders, U.S. officials say...

Militants mistaken from cricket players kill five security staff in India
The Independent
– 13 March 2013 – At least five members of the Indian security forces were killed today when militants attacked a base in Kashmir. Details are still emerging but Indian media said the gunmen had dressed in sports clothes…

Dutch Government Raises Terror Threat Level
ABC News
– 13 March 2013 – The Dutch government raised its terror threat level Wednesday from "limited" to "substantial," saying Dutch citizens are traveling to Syria to fight in the civil war and could return battle-hardened, traumatized and further radicalized….

PKK releases eight Turkish hostages
BBC News
– 13 March 2013 – The Kurdish militant group, the PKK, has released eight Turkish soldiers and officials it has held captive in northern Iraq for up to two years…

Karzai Bets on Vilifying U.S. to Shed His Image as a Lackey
New York Times
– 12 March 2013 – The longest shadow in Afghan politics is cast by a traffic post that used to stand in Ariana Square outside the presidential palace: the Taliban hanged Najibullah, the last president of the Communist government, from it shortly after they marched into Kabul in 1996….

South Korea Disputes North’s Dismissal of Armistice
New York Times
– 12 March 2013 – South Korea said on Tuesday that North Korea cannot unilaterally nullify the 1953 Korean War cease-fire, calling the North’s war threats a psychological ploy to strengthen Kim Jong-un’s leadership at home and force Washington and Seoul to make concessions to the isolated country….

Israeli embassy launches ‘Love Kills Terrorism’ campaign
Ynet News
– 12 March 2013 – The Israeli Embassy in Argentina, together with the designer Javier Basevich launched the campaign "Amor Mata Atentado (love kills terrorism) ahead of the 21st remembrance day of the terrorist attack on the embassy…

Russian forces kill seven suspected militants in Caucasus – report
– 12 March 2013 – Russian security forces killed seven suspected Islamist militants in the restive North Caucasus province of Kabardino-Balkaria on Tuesday…

PM Urges Anti-Terrorism Steps At Japan Nuke Plants
Associated Press
– 12 March 2013 – Japan's prime minister has acknowledged that Japanese nuclear plants need to increase anti-terrorism measures, a major weak spot found in the wake of the Fukushima disasters…

Israel’s Iron Dome: Doubts over success rate
BBC News
– 12 March 2013 – A leading US expert on missile defence has raised doubts about the efficacy of Israel's Iron Dome defence system….

US-born former Army vet known as ‘The American’ fights alongside Al Qaeda
Fox News
– 11 March 2013 – He's a U.S.-trained soldier turned Muslim warrior who moves between America and countries where the winds of the Arab spring blow, fighting alongside jihadists and America-hating terrorists while celebrating his bloody exploits on YouTube videos….

Al Qaeda chief’s kin, other Salafis push for a puritanical Egypt
Los Angeles Times
– 11 March 2013 – The brother of Al Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri is an unflinching man with a graying beard whose aim, as a Salafi, is to impose Islamic law on the divided country that has emerged since the overthrow of secular autocrat Hosni Mubarak two years ago….

‘Superbugs’ aren’t as much of a threat of terrorism: they’re hundreds of times more dangerous than that
– 11 March 2013 – …the risk of terror attacks of different magnitudes displays a power-law pattern: there are lots of little ones, but they get exponentially rarer the bigger they get. His data, taken from Aaron Clauset's study of terrorism in Nato member countries, suggested that attacks that kill 100 or more people should happen about once every five years….

Turkey arrests suspects in deadly Syrian border blast
- 11 March 2013 - Turkish authorities have detained four Syrians and a Turk in connection with a bomb attack at a crossing along the Turkey-Syria border last month, the interior minister said on Monday....

Hague calls reported deaths 'cold-blooded'
- 11 March 2013 - The governments of Britain, Italy and Greece have condemned the reported killing of seven foreign hostages by Ansaru, a splinter group of Boko Haram in Nigeria...

‘US troops killed’ in Afghan attack
BBC News
– 11 March 2013 – Several US and Afghan soldiers have been shot dead by a gunman wearing Afghan uniform, the international military force Isaf says….

North Korea declares 1953 armistice invalid
– 11 March 2013 – The North Korean army has declared invalid the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953, the official newspaper of the country's ruling Workers' Party said Monday….

Officials: Suicide bomber hits police station in northern Iraq
Fox News
– 11 March 2013 – A provincial police officer says a suicide attacker drove his explosives-laden car into a police station in northern Iraq, killing five people and wounding 36…

Irish minister: Hezbollah has just one wing
Daily Star
– 11 March 2013 – It is not a "valid distinction” to differentiate between Hezbollah’s military and political wings, Alan Shatter, Ireland’s minister for defense, justice and equality, said Sunday….

Al-Qaeda claims killing of 48 Syrian soldiers in Iraq
– 11 March 2013 – An al-Qaeda front group claimed responsibility for an attack on a convoy in west Iraq that killed 48 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqi guards, in a statement posted on jihadist forums on Monday…

As North Korea Blusters, South Flirts With Talk of Nuclear Arms
New York Times
– 10 March 2013 – …Now this new sense of vulnerability is causing some influential South Koreans to break a decades-old taboo by openly calling for the South to develop its own nuclear arsenal…

Al Qaeda rebels wanted Mali as base for global attacks: France
- 08 March 2013 - French forces in Mali have discovered tons of weapons stockpiled by al Qaeda-linked fighters who planned to use the country's north as a base for international attacks, France's defense minister said on Friday....

Colombia's ELN guerrillas free two Germans hostage
- 08 March 2013 - Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group on Friday freed two German men that the rebels had held since November, the International Committee of the Red Cross said....

TSA screeners allow fed agent with fake bomb to pass through security at Newark Airport
New York Post
- 08 March 2013 - An undercover TSA inspector with an improvised explosive device stuffed in his pants got past two security screenings at Newark Airport — including a pat-down — and was cleared to get on board a commercial flight, sources told The Post yesterday...

Hazara Shia hounded in Pakistan
Al Jazeera
- 08 March 2013 - In the shadow of the Koh-e-Murdar mountain, in a graveyard nestled in the eastern corner of the Pakistani city of Quetta, the Hazara Shia mourn their dead...

Tunisia Forms New Government, Hopes to End Crisis
ABC News
- 08 March 2013 - Tunisian politicians have formed a new government that they hope will defuse the country's deepest political crisis since it overthrew a decades-long dictatorship and inspired similar uprisings across the Middle East....

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith to be tried in New York
BBC News
- 08 March 2013 - A man described as a spokesman for Osama Bin Laden has been arrested and will be tried in New York City, the US has confirmed....

2 Arrested in French Anti-Terrorism Probe
ABC News
– 08 March 2013 – Two Frenchmen suspected of plotting terrorist attacks, making explosives and extremist activity online were detained Thursday, amid heightened concern about threats to France over its military campaign against al-Qaida-linked fighters in Mali….

Russia won’t tell Assad to go, sees flexibility among his foes
– 08 March 2013 – Russia will "absolutely not" tell Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down to end the civil war and make way for a political transition, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments published on Friday….

New TSA Policy on Knives, Bats Sparks Backlash
New York Times
– 08 March 2013 – Flight attendants, pilots, federal air marshals and even insurance companies are part of a growing backlash to the Transportation Security Administration's new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment like souvenir baseball bats and golf clubs onto planes….

Nigeria’s president rejects Boko Haram amnesty call
BBC News
– 07 March 2013 – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says his government cannot grant an amnesty to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram because it is not known who its members are or what they want….

North Korea says it ends peace pacts with South
BBC News
- 07 March 2013 - North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and the crossing point between the countries....

Al-Qaida spokesman and bin Laden son-in-law captured in Jordan, in US custody
NBC News
- 07 March 2013 - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, who acted as a spokesman for al-Qaida, has been captured in Jordan,Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) announced on Thursday...

Oregon man charged with helping in Pakistan bombing granted bond
- 07 March 2013 - A federal judge on Wednesday granted bond to an Oregon man charged with conspiracy to provide material support to one of three Islamist militants who carried out a 2009 suicide bombing...

North Korea ramps up nuclear rhetoric as UN vote looms
BBC News
– 07 March 2013 - North Korea has ramped up rhetoric ahead of a UN vote on sanctions in response to its nuclear test….

Cyprus trial of Hezbollah member wraps up
Seattle Times
– 07 March 2013 – The trial of a Hezbollah member accused of preparing attacks on Israelis in Cyprus concluded on Thursday with final summations submitted to the court in writing, though the court asked defense and prosecution lawyers to clarify specific parts of their arguments….

U.N. demands Syrian rebels release peacekeepers
– 07 March 2013 – Tension brewed Wednesday between the United Nations and Syrian rebels after about 30 rebels detained 21 U.N. peacekeepers and refused to let them go…

Malaysian Troops Kill 31 Filipinos and Reject Talks
New York Times
– 07 March 2013 – Malaysian security forces killed 31 Filipino gunmen on the island of Borneo, officials said Thursday, and the government rejected calls by the United Nations for an end to the fighting….

Militants From Russia's North Caucasus Join 'Jihad' in Syria

New York Times
- 06 March 2013 - Flanked by almost 20 men with rifles, Omar Abu al-Chechen kneels on a carpet and delivers a rousing speech urging fellow Muslims to support the 'jihad' against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad....

France says Mali operation has killed terror chiefs
- 06 March 2013 - French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that a military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali had killed "terrorist leaders", without clarifying whether he was referring to two al Qaeda commanders reported dead last week...

Portland city worker arrested for alleged terror support
CBS News
- 06 March 2013 - FBI agents in Oregon have arrested a Portland city worker on allegations that he provided support to a suicide bomber who participated in a 2009 attack in Pakistan that killed about 30 people and injured another 300....





UN Agency: Syrian Refugees Figure 1 Million
ABC News
– 06 March 2013 – The number of Syrians who have fled their war-ravaged country and are seeking assistance has now topped the 1 million mark, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, warning that Syria is heading towards a "full-scale disaster….”

Seoul Warns That North Korea’s Leadership Could Be Target
New York Times
– 06 March 2013 – The South Korean military warned on Wednesday that if provoked by North Korea, it would strike the North’s "command leadership,” in a sharp escalation of a war of words between the two Koreas…

Interview: How Al-Qaeda Functions Online
Radio Free Europe
– 06 March 2013 – Almost a decade after their emergence, Al-Qaeda's password-protected online forums continue to remain popular…

U.S. warns Iran of more "isolation” in nuclear dispute
– 06 March 2013 – The United States warned Iran on Wednesday that it faces further international isolation and pressure if it fails to address U.N. nuclear watchdog concerns about its atomic activity…

Taliban Kill 17 Afghan Soldiers in Once-Quiet Region
New York Times
– 06 Mach 2013 – Taliban insurgents killed 17 Afghan National Army soldiers in a single incident in northern Badakshan Province, an area far from insurgent strongholds and one that had been generally quiet until recent months…

Pakistani al Qaeda ‘company’ commander praises Mumbai attacker
Long War Journal
– 06 March 2013 – Asmatullah Muawiya, a Pakistani terrorist who serves as one of several al Qaeda "company" commanders, praised two terrorists who were behind some of the largest attacks in India and who were recently executed...

Kurdish plan to free Turkish captives in days: agency
– 06 March 2013 – A Kurdish rebel commander has said his fighters will release a group of Turkish soldiers and officials within a week as part of a peace process to end a 28-year-old insurgency…

Gunmen kill eight in attacks on Nigerian bank, police station
- 05 March 2013 - Gunmen killed eight people in an attack on a police station and a bank in north-eastern Nigeria, a witness and a security official said on Tuesday, in an area frequently targeted by Islamist militants....

Pilot reports spotting 'drone' over Brooklyn
- 05 March 2013 - Was there a drone flying over Brooklyn Monday afternoon? The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a report from a pilot of an Alitalia passenger jet who says he saw an unmanned aircraft while landing at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York...

Syria crisis: Raqqa governor held by rebels ‘as city falls’
BBC News
– 05 March 2013 – Syrian rebels have captured the governor of the northern province of Raqqa after over-running most its capital city, activists say….

France says 15 militants killed overnight in Mali fighting
– 05 March 2013 – About 15 Islamist militants were killed by French and Chadian troops in fighting overnight in northern Mali's Ametetai valley…

U.N. Security Council set to meet on North Korea
– 05 March 2013 – The U.N. Security Council is expected to meet Tuesday to consider a proposed resolution to authorize more sanctions against North Korea following the secretive regime's controversial nuclear test last month….

U.S. Disavows 2 Drone Strikes Over Pakistan
New York Times
– 04 March 2013 – When news of the two latest drone strikes emerged from Pakistan’s tribal belt in early February, it seemed to be business as usual by the C.I.A….

Twelve pro-army militiamen killed in Yemen – commander
– 04 March 2013 – A suicide bomber killed at least 12 members of a pro-government militia that helped the Yemeni army to drive al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants out of southern strongholds in a U.S.-backed campaign last year…

Miami imam convicted of Taliban-related terrorism charges in federal court
Miami Herald
- 04 March 2013 - A federal jury that deliberated for almost a week found a Miami imam guilty Monday on all four terrorism charges involving his financial support for the Pakistani Taliban, an enemy of the U.S. and Pakistan governments since 9/11...

Soldiers who fled Syria killed as Iraqis send them back
- 04 March 2013 - Gunmen killed at least 40 Syrian soldiers and government employees who were being sent back to Syria by Iraqi authorities on Monday after fleeing a rebel advance, Iraqi officials said...

Londonderry mortars: Bombs 'within minutes' of launch
BBC News
- 04 March 2013 - Four live mortar bombs were intercepted by police in Northern Ireland minutes before being launched, a senior detective has said....

Key Al-Qaida Chief in Mali Likely Killed
ABC News
– 04 March 2013 – France's top military officer said Monday it was "probable" that Abou Zeid, an al-Qaida leader in North Africa, was killed in military operations by French and Chadian forces in northern Mal…

Somalia’s al Shabaab urges Kenyan Muslims to boycott vote
– 04 March 2013 – Somali militants linked to al Qaeda urged Muslims to boycott Kenya's presidential election on Monday and wage jihad against the Kenyan military which sent troops into neighboring Somalia in late 2011 to help crush the rebels….

U.N. Nuclear Official Seeks Access to Iranian Site
New York Times
– 04 March 2013 – The head of the United Nations nuclear regulatory body urged Iran on Monday to permit access by international inspectors to a military site near Tehran to ascertain whether tests have been carried out there on nuclear bomb triggers…

Afghan president lashes out at Pakistan, accuses it of refusing to fight terrorism
Fox News
– 04 March 2013 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai has lashed out once again at his supposed ally, Pakistan, saying that a statement by a Pakistani cleric endorsing suicide bombings in Afghanistan shows the neighboring country is not sincere in efforts to fight terrorism…

Nigeria army 'kills 20 Boko Haram members'
BBC News
- 03 March 2013 - Nigeria's military says it has killed 20 fighters from Islamist group Boko Haram in the north-eastern Borno state...

Bomb kills 28, wounds dozens in Shiite Muslim area of Karachi in southern Pakistan
Washington Post
- 03 March 2013 - A bomb blast killed at least 28 people and wounded dozens of others on Sunday in a neighborhood dominated by Shiite Muslims in the southern city of Karachi, Pakistani officials said...

Syria rebels 'capture most of police academy'
Al Jazeera
- 03 March 2013 - Syrian rebels have seized control of most of a police academy in the northern province of Aleppo in fierce fighting that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds...

Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
New York Times
- 02 March 2013 - An Iranian dhow seized off the Yemeni coast was carrying sophisticated Chinese antiaircraft missiles, a development that could signal an escalation of Iran’s support to its Middle Eastern proxies, alarming other countries in the region and renewing a diplomatic challenge to the United States...

Chad says soldiers in Mali kill al Qaeda's Belmokhtar
- 02 March 2013 - Chadian soldiers in Mali have killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the al Qaeda commander behind a bloody mass hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant in January, Chad's military said on Saturday...

Deadly bombs strike Iraq day after blasts
Al Jazeera
– 01 March 2013 – Explosions in Iraq, including car bombs detonated at a sheep market south of Baghdad, have killed at least eight people and wounded dozens of others, officials have said….

Algeria tests DNA to verify Qaeda chief death
– 01 March 2013 – Algeria has carried out DNA tests to try to confirm the reported death of a senior Al-Qaeda figure in fighting in northeastern Mali…

Judge orders Fort Hood shooter to stand trial in 3 months
– 01 March 2013 – An Army psychiatrist accused of opening fire and killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, will begin trial proceedings in three months, a military judge ruled….

Syria conflict: Suspicions of deeper Hezbollah role grow
BBC News
– 01 March 2013 – The Syrian opposition is heightening the rhetoric against Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia group allied to Bashar al-Assad's embattled regime….

Bomb blast injures 6 in Thailand’s south
ABC News Australia
– 01 March 2013 – Six people have been injured in a bomb blast in southern Thailand, just a day after the government signed a peace talk deal with one of several rebel groups….

Terrorism arrest after Loughborough police raids
BBC News
– 01 March 2013 – A 17-year-old boy from Leicestershire has been charged with offences under the Terrorism Act….

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