Daily News Briefs

Daily data on security, political, and economic trends in Critical Threats' focus areas.

  1. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - November 25, 2014

    President Rouhani states centrifuges will continue to spin; Parliament Speaker says extending nuclear negotiations is “wise”; Foreign Ministry calls for closer Tehran-Ankara cooperation on Syria; Supreme Leader’s senior advisor reiterates Iran’s pledge to support Palestine; Central Bank receives $2.8 billion in frozen assets

  2. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - November 25, 2014

    Yemen: Yemeni forces free American and Yemeni hostages; Ansar al Shariah and tribes attack al Houthis in Tha’alib Mountains; Ansar al Shariah plants IED targeting military in Abyan. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militant fighters reportedly join up with AQAP in the Yemen; al Shabaab releases last speech from the group’s former leader; Somali speaker of parliament postpones all parliamentary sessions amidst ongoing dispute between the Somali president and prime Minister.

  3. Pakistan Security Brief

    Pakistan Security Brief - November 25, 2014

    Drone strike kills five militants in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, TTP chief escapes attack; Pakistani airstrikes kill 19 militants in Datta Khel, North Waziristan; Police arrest TTP militant in Islamabad; LI commander beheaded in Khyber Agency; Punjab government warns of second attack on Wagah border; Defense Minister says Pakistan desires peace with India; Indian Prime Minister to tell Pakistani counterpart to refrain from internationalizing Kashmir dispute, claims report; 70 percent voter turn-out in Indian-administered Kashmir polls.

  4. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - November 24, 2014

    IRGC Commander says US “surrender” to regime’s will is apparent; Senior official criticizes President Obama on sanctions timeline; Quds Force Commander reportedly helps lead major operation in Iraq; President Rouhani speaks with Russian counterpart; Nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 extended until July 1, 2015

  5. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - November 24, 2014

    Yemen: Southern Movement states intent to erect checkpoints along north-south border; roadside IEDs target al Qayfa tribal leader in al Bayda; Minister of Defense announces integration of al Houthis into military. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants hijack bus and execute civilians in Kenya’s North Eastern; Kenyan defense forces kill dozens of al Shabaab militants in response to al Shabaab attack; Somali Parliament compromises second attempt at vote of no confidence in the Somali prime minister.

  6. Pakistan Security Brief

    Pakistan Security Brief - November 24, 2014

    Ex-Guantanamo detainee recruiting for IS in South Asia; PAF kills 22 militants in airstrikes in Kyber Agency; Anti-Taliban militia and LI militants clash, killing three and injuring four in Khyber Agency; Militants kill anti-Taliban militia member in Khyber Agency ;Afghans say Haqqani Network behind suicide bombing in Paktika, Afghanistan; TTP Jamatul Ahrar militants attack MQM rally in Karachi; TTP faction kills ANP leader in Karachi; Bomb kills one near Pakistan-Iran border crossing; Bomb kills two security personnel in Peshawar; Court acquits TNSM leader in two terrorism cases; TTP Jamatul Ahrar militants injure polio worker in Charsadda district; Dutch police arrest Pakistani al Qaeda suspect for extradition to U.S.; Bomb injures two in Quetta; Prime Minister Sharif meets ISI chief in Islamabad; Army chief meets CIA officials, visits U.S. Military National Training Center in California; President Obama telephones Prime Minister Sharif; Foreign office protests against fresh ceasefire violations; India not ruling out meeting with Prime Minister Sharif at SAARC summit; Russia to assist Pakistan in combatting terrorism, narcotics trafficking; U.S.-Pakistan relations improving, says national security advisor; Pakistan has world’s fastest growing nuclear program, claims think tank; Repatriation of IDPs from North Waziristan to begin soon; Prime Minister Sharif’s address to the nation cancelled.

  7. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - November 21, 2014

    IRGC Deputy Commander echoes the Supreme Leader’s assertion that the US created ISIL; Deputy Foreign Minister highlights regime’s regional influence; Foreign Minister Zarif, EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton, and Secretary of State Kerry hold trilateral talks in Vienna

  8. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - November 21, 2014

    Yemen: AQAP renews pledge of allegiance to al Qaeda leader and Mullah Omar; AQAP vows more attacks on al Houthis; militants kill one soldier at military checkpoint in Ma’rib. Horn of Africa: Somali Federal Parliament to hold voting session next week on the motion of no confidence in prime minister; unidentified assailants attack power plant in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

  9. Pakistan Security Brief

    Pakistan Security Brief - November 21, 2014

    British jihadist, a former Taliban member, joins IS; Drone strike kills six, injures three in Datta Khel, North Waziristan Agency; LI leader flees to Afghanistan while resistance increases in Khyber following Jamatul Ahrar support; TTP Jamatul Ahrar IED attack kills two security personnel in Peshawar; Afghan Taliban rejects NDS statement that Mullah Omar might be dead; IED blast injures two FC personnel near Quetta; Police kill militant in Dera Ismail Khan district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Indian forces kill three suspects in Indian-administered Kashmir; High-profile prisoners to be shifted to Mardan prison; Pakistani national security adviser telephones Afghan counterpart to clarify remarks; Former Afghan President declares no need foreign troops’ presence in Afghanistan; Eavesdropping on Pakistani officials led to espionage probe against former U.S. diplomat; Other senior officials charged in Musharraf treason case; No timeframe for return of IDPs to North Waziristan Agency; Chinese firms to invest $45.6 billion in energy, infrastructure projects in Pakistan.

  10. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - November 20, 2014

    Yemen: Yemeni Special Security Forces protest in military base in Sana’a; IED targets al Houthi patrol in al Bayda; Yemeni military bombs AQAP sites in al Bayda; unidentified assailants loot Yemeni bank vehicle in Hadramawt. Horn of Africa: Parliament asserts that the Somali Federal Government can resolve the ongoing political dispute internally amidst mounting pressure from the international community.