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School Massacre a Sign of Taliban's Desperation but also Violent Capability

At least 141 people have been killed in a Pakistani Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar. The attack clearly demonstrates that the Pakistani Taliban remains a deadly and potent threat, despite having been weakened by ongoing military operations and recent infighting.

Islamic State Threat Grows in South Asia at Pakistani Taliban's Expense

Several senior members of the Pakistani Taliban declared on October 10 that they were defecting and proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The move was remarkable because it implied a renunciation of allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Maps and Graphics

  • 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.

  • 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.

Daily News Brief

Iran News Round Up

  • Conference held on negotiations; Defense Minister asserts missiles are off the negotiating table; IRGC Brig. Gen. states media’s mission is to show the people’s steadfastness against the West; Senate torture report exposes hypocrisy of US leaders; Parliament Speaker to visit Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon next week.

Pakistan Security Brief

  • TTP Jamaatul Ahrar spokesperson, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi commander condemn Peshawar school attack; Peshawar school attack mastermind vows to target more schools, civilians; Peshawar school attack a “game-changer,” says Prime Minister’s national security advisor; Army tells ISAF to target TTP chief in Afghanistan; Case registered against Lal Masjid’s chief cleric; Drone strike kills eight militants in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan; Pakistani military airstrikes kill 20 militants, including Uzbek commander, in Khyber Agency; 32 militants killed in clashes with army in Khyber Agency; Security forces kill 12 militants in a raid in Khyber Agency; Security forces kill ten militants in Bajaur Agency; Security forces kill eight militants in a search operation in Balochistan; Rangers kill four TTP militants in a raid in Karachi; Security forces arrest four militants in Quetta; Unknown gunman injures two policemen in Peshawar; Police kill two TTP militants in Gujrat; Prime Minister, army chief resolve to eradicate terrorism; Supreme Court Chief Justice to expedite terrorism-related trials; Parliamentary committee to formulate “national action plan”; Interior Ministry requests counter-terrorism assistance from U.S.; PTI, government optimistic about the resolution of disputes; Army chief approves execution of six terrorists, two terrorists executed; Government detains 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind; India seeks establishment of Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Nagarhar province.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: Ansar al Sharia detonates two SVBIEDs targeting al Houthis in al Hudaydah; unidentified assailants attack Special Security Forces in Aden; AQAP detonate IED targeting military in Hadramawt. Horn of Africa: Kenyan president signs anti-terror bill into law; Finnish authorities sentence four men to jail for financing al Shabaab.