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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

  • Airstrikes destroy six militant hideouts, kill 13 suspected militants in Shawal Valley and Datta Khel, North Waziristan; USAID to give $9.3 million more to IDPs; Gunmen fire on, wound Badbher area police officer; roadside explosion in Mohmand injures two pedestrians; Unknown militants attack NATO container truck in Khyber; Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi briefs American Deputy Secretary of State Burns on Operation Zarb-e-Azb; Indian troops shoot Pakistani civilian near working border in Shakargarh sector; Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan set August 25 in Islamabad as date for new dialogue process; Qatar turns down Pakistani government’s offer to take part in LNG supply tender.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: AQAP releases biography for slain fighter; AQAP militants kill Yemeni soldier in Hadramawt; suspected AQAP militants attack Yemeni military checkpoint in al Bayda; al Houthi rebels gain control of military checkpoint in Sana’a. Horn of Africa: AMISOM conducts operations against al Shabaab in Gedo and Middle Jubba regions; AMISOM announces killing of two senior al Shabaab officials; al Shabaab militants attack Somali security forces in Mogadishu and Lower Jubba region; unidentified gunmen kill German tourist in Mombasa.