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Gauging the Success of Pakistan’s North Waziristan Operation

The ground phase of the operation in North Waziristan is progressing at a cautious pace, and whether Pakistan has learned from the lessons of its previous military operations and is prepared to do what’s necessary to make its gains in North Waziristan permanent, remains to be seen.

Al Shabaab in East Africa

Multiple crises throughout the world—in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, and now Israel—have pulled attention from growing violence in East Africa. Al Qaeda’s group in Somalia, al Shabaab, now has an operational reach that covers all of the Horn of Africa.

Maps and Graphics

  • Degrading al Qaeda leadership is central to American counterterrorism strategy, but the leaders today are not the same as they were in 2001. Al Qaeda leaders are no longer necessarily connected by formal networks and many operate outside of any formal affiliation to the al Qaeda network.

  • The recent al Qaeda threat is real, though little is known about the exact target of the attack, or where it will occur. A number of factors indicate that the attack initially expected on August 4 may have been planned for August 7. 

Daily News Brief

Iran News Round Up

  • Iranian officials condemn Israeli airstrikes; Rouhani administration released economic policies to spur growth and reduce inflation

Pakistan Security Brief

  • Army chief General Raheel Sharif spends Eid with troops in North Waziristan, says North Waziristan offensive will continue until all militants gone; Unknown gunman attacks home of former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa minister, killing six; Bomb disposal unit defuses two IEDs in Nowshera; Police kill four TTP militants in Karachi; 3,500 policemen and commandos deployed in Rawalpindi; IED damages railway track in Quetta; Militants behead Frontier Corps soldier in Jumrud, Khyber Agency.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: AQAP releases martyrdom video for militants that participated in June 26 attacks in Hadramawt; AQAP militants assassinate Yemeni military officer in Abyan. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab spokesman threatens attacks against AMISOM supply lines; rumored al Shabaab infighting involves al Shabaab leader in Lower Shabelle region; Kenyan police claim arrest of terror suspects in Kenya’s Coast and North Eastern Province.