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Pakistan's March Madness: The Opposition Attempts to Topple the Government

Although events in Pakistan sometimes have a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it feeling to them, today’s protests have been months in the making and have implications for the future of Pakistan’s civil-military relations, democratic development and relations with the U.S. and India.

Warning: AQAP's Looming Threat in Yemen

The horrific images and story of 14 murdered soldiers that came out of Yemen on August 8 pale in comparison to those coming from Iraq and Syria. Yet they may presage the emergence of a renewed threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) that the U.S and Yemen are ill-prepared to handle.

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

  • Assailant fire on Imran Khan’s vehicle, unknown men pelt PTI workers with rocks; reports estimate 15,000 to 20,000 PTI supporters have joined march; PTI granted permission for sit-in in Islamabad; Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says he will not resign; government bans protesters from breaching Red Zone; TTP militants attack military airbases in Quetta; Al Qaeda says it wishes to exchange kidnapped U.S. citizen for al Qaeda members held by U.S.; Maulvi Halim Khan to replace Haifz Gul Bahadur as top North Waziristan Taliban commander; U.S., U.K. and some European countries issue travel warnings for Pakistan; Unidentified gunmen kills guard in Swat; Unidentified gunmen kidnap eleven civilians traveling to Hangu; Security forces personnel kill four militants near Fort Slope, Khyber Agency; IDPs protest for right to return to North Waziristan; Pakistan Navy assumes command of naval counter-terrorism coalition force.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: Yemeni Special Forces battalion arrives in Hadramawt; Yemeni military clashes with suspected AQAP cell in Hadramawt; Abdul Malik al Houthi issues statement regarding ongoing protests in Sana’a; Yemeni security raids terrorist cell in Hadramawt; al Houthi militants attack military personnel in al Jawf. Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab-affiliated militants attack Kenyan police camp in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Somali security forces conduct security operations in Mogadishu.