Daily News Briefs

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

  1. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - April 17, 2014

    Yemen: unidentified gunmen kidnap Yemeni soldier in Shabwah governorate. Horn of Africa: IED attached to solar-powered streetlight detonates in Mogadishu; unidentified assailants attack security checkpoint in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Somaliland forces withdraw from disputed town in Sool region; additional Ugandan forces deploy to Mogadishu.

  2. Pakistan Security Brief

    Pakistan Security Brief - April 17, 2014

    TTP announces it will not extend ceasefire, but remains committed to peace talks with the government; Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: talks with TTP to continue despite absence of ceasefire agreement; TTP negotiating committee will try to convince TTP to extend ceasefire; Head of TTP negotiating committee calls on government, TTP to show restraint; Prime Minister will visit Iran next month; Gunmen in Swat district kill peace committee member; Pakistan’s economic growth slows from 5 to 3.2 percent in second quarter; Army to take over security for polio teams in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

  3. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - April 16, 2014

    Defense Minister rejects the inclusion of ballistic missiles program in the nuclear talks; Senior official says Ukraine crisis is "blessing" for further dividing US and Russia/China

  4. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - April 16, 2014

    Yemen: Yemeni Ministry of Interior issues decree to combat arms proliferation; AQAP video features Nasser al Wahayshi and Sana’a prison escapees; New Zealand official identifies U.S. drone strike victims in Yemen. Horn of Africa: Ugandan court alleges two UPDF officers trained al Shabaab militants in Mogadishu; Puntland government threatens firm response after Somaliland forces seize disputed town; unidentified gunmen kill two JIA officials in Lower Jubba region.

  5. Pakistan Security Brief

    Pakistan Security Brief - April 16, 2014

    TTP reportedly calls on Mullah Omar to resolve infighting in South Waziristan agency; Mullah Omar wants an end to TTP infighting before Taliban launches spring offensive in Afghanistan; Helicopters fire on militants in North Waziristan agency and Frontier Region Peshawar; Gunmen kill two Punjabis in Quetta; Militants blow up gas pipeline in Sindh; Lashkar-e-Islam threatens Shia neighborhood in Peshawar.

  6. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - April 15, 2014

    Khamenei’s website publishes 6 specific red lines on the nuclear negotiations; IRGC Quds Force Deputy Commander discusses nuclear negotiations and Iranian support for militants in Gaza

  7. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - April 15, 2014

    Yemen: AQAP militants clash with Yemeni anti-smuggling forces in Aden; AQAP posts biography of deceased Saudi preacher to Twitter; Constitution Drafting Committee sets date for new constitution; Yemeni forces diffuse IED in al Dhaleh; suspected AQAP militants assassinate deputy director of al Bayda; al Houthis clash with other tribes in Ibb; 37th Armored Brigade colonel survives assassination attempt in Hadramawt. Horn of Africa: al Shabaab militants attack AMISOM military base in Lower Shabelle region; unidentified gunmen kill JIA official in Lower Jubba region; al Shabaab spokesman condemns Kenyan security crackdown on ethnic Somalis.

  8. Pakistan Security Brief

    Pakistan Security Brief - April 15, 2014

    Afghan Taliban spokesman denies reports Mullah Omar distributed pamphlets encouraging feuding TTP factions to resolve their differences; Spokesman for Commander Sheheryar faction of the TTP accuses Khan Said Sajna of power grab in South Waziristan; Documentary claims U.S. Air Force has participated in CIA drone strikes in Pakistan; Orakzai Freedom Movement claims to release all but 10 people kidnapped from Tirah Valley; IED targeting security forces vehicle on way to Miram Shah injures one; Gas pipelines blown up in Sindh and Balochistan; Finance Minister Ishaq Dar seeks “national consensus” on what to do regarding TTP if peace talks fail; 6.7$ billion IMF loan to be repaid through increased tax collection.

  9. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - April 14, 2014

    Nuclear agency chief says Iran needs 50,000 centrifuges to meet fuel requirements for Bushehr reactor; IRGC commander urges defense against “soft war”

  10. Pakistan Security Brief

    Pakistan Security Brief - April 14, 2014

    TTP shura meets to discuss peace talks, ceasefire, and TTP infighting; Government will consult with army on release of TTP prisoners; Prime Minister approves release of 12 TTP prisoners; Feuding TTP factions reportedly agree to ceasefire, clashes between them kill 6-10; Pakistan to send delegation to Russia next week; Militants kidnap up to 100 in Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency; TTP may use Islamic seminaries to launch attacks against Islamabad if talks fail; Attacks on trains have spiked in last four years; Two policemen and two militants killed in Indian Kashmir; Unknown militants kill five in Darra Adam Khel; Militants fire rockets at NATO convoy in Jamrud, Khyber agency; Militants kill two Shia Hazaras in Quetta; 186 Elite Force Commandos arrive in Islamabad to increase security in the federal capital.