The Roundup for April 18, 2008

KILLED OR CAPTURED - A chart showing senior al-Qaida leaders recently killed or captured and several pages of a letter found by coalition forces on the body of a terrorist were released in Baghdad, Iraq, during a media briefing by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman.

Suspects in Maupin's Death Get Death Sentence

Airstrike kills 4 in Basra, 2 die in Sadr City clashes

Turkey: Army strikes militants in northern Iraq

Intercepted al-Qaida Letter Reveals Tactics, Strategy (53 AQI leaders killed or captured this month)

Iraqi Army finds weapons cache in vehicle (Haw al-Askery)

Iraqi Army discovers IED materials during clearing operations (Mahmudiyah)

Iraqi Army takes lead in Marne Piledriver

Sons of Iraq lead MND-C Soldiers to weapons cache (Tameem)

One terrorist killed, five suspects detained in Mosul

One suspected terrorist detained in joint operation; local SOI groups reject AQI

13 al-Qaeda suspects detained

Coalition UAV engages RPG team, kills four criminals (Basra)

Iraqi Security Forces detain 2 wanted criminal leaders, 10 others in Basrah

MND-B Soldiers seize rockets, weapons cache (Baghdad)

Rocket cache found by MND-C Soldiers, Iraqi Security Forces (Baghdad)

Two key suspects detained in Seddah

Coalition forces detain 18 suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorists

Iraqi DBE discover anti-tank mines after attack from dismounted insurgents

Coalition detains alleged AQI leader, three other suspects in Mosul

MND-B Soldiers seize munitions in Rashid

SOI repel checkpoint attack, kill 2 AQI near Balad

One terrorist killed, 14 detained in operations targeting AQI leaders

MND-B Soldiers defend themselves, kill 6 criminals (Eastern Baghdad)

Operation Charge of Knights continues progress in Basrah

Afghanistan / Pakistan:

Afghan villagers save school, clinic from insurgents (Gotta read this!)

Infamous Taliban Leader (Mullah Ismail) Killed In Pakistan

(UK) Army has killed 7,000 Taliban

Key Taliban commander offers surrender

Key Taliban commander arrested by Afghan police

Suspected weapons facilitators detained in Helmand province

Insurgents on motorcycles killed in Zabul

Afghan, Coalition forces destroy IED-making compound in Oruzgan

ANA, CF continue to neutralize Taliban insurgents

Joint forces detain Haqqani network commander

Detained IED facilitators identified (Sheik Soup, LOL!)

Pakistan nabs 3 militants linked to killings of 7 charity workers

Two Taliban militants arrested in Punjab

Canadian Tanks Stomp Taliban

The West:

Quebec's Muslim Moderates Fight Back

New Charges Filed Against Former USF Students

(UK) Six guilty of terrorism support

India / Pakistan:

Militant hideout busted in J-K

Lashkar Top Gun Killed in Kashmir Gunfight

Israel / Levant:

Head of Islamic Jihad in Qabatya Killed by IDF Forces

Three Israeli soldiers, four militants killed in Gaza raids

Four Hamas militants killed in eastern Gaza (Senior member captured)

U.N. Security Council Calls on Hezbollah to Disarm

Israel imposes full closure of Palestinian territories

Israeli troop kills Quds brigades activists in Jenin


Mauritania Uncovers ‘Terror Cell’

Mauritania police arrest third suspect in French tourist killings

Algerian Troops Stop AQM Summit Meeting

Algeria forces kill 10 rebel bomb plotters

Southeast Asia:

Indonesia: Police arrest two alleged Jemaah Islamiyah members (Major catch)

The Caucasus / Former Soviet Republics:

Six suspected Islamic extremists arrested in Bashkortostan

Attackers killed in shootout with police in Chechnya


Today's Roundup

SECURITY DUTY - U.S. Army Spc. Rebecca Buck secures the perimeter of an Iraqi police station in Tarmiya Province, Iraq, March 30, 2008. Buck is a medic with 25th Infantry Division's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. William Greer

Battles kill 13 in Sadr City, blockade eased

Special Forces destroy al-Qaida camp cache

Aide to radical Iraqi cleric shot dead

Unmanned Drone Kills 6 Iraqi Insurgents

MND-C Soldiers aid residents, remove weapons cache (Baghdad)

Local cooperation brings in multiple suspects (Jisr Diyala)

Coalition Forces capture suspected Special Groups criminal

Five wanted individuals, 20 other suspects detained

Coalition forces return fire after complex attack in Sadr City

Significant caches found North of Habbaniyah

Iraqi Border Patrol discovers large mines cache in Diyala Province

National Police, MND-C Soldiers, capture key criminal

Third cache discovered within seven days

UAV destroys mortar position, kills 6

MND-C Soldiers find weapons cache in Janabi

Iraqi Army soldiers find weapons caches, detain 2 in separate operations

MND-B Soldiers seize weapons cache

ISF capture two al-Qaeda in Iraq IED cell members, one insurgent cell leader in separate operations

MND-B Air Weapons Teams engage criminals

Two AQI terrorists killed, nine detained in central, northern Iraq

MND-B Soldiers seize weapons cache

MND-B Soldiers kill 13 criminals

Iraqi Police, Iraqi Army discover large cache in Husayniyah

MND-B Soldiers detain suspected EFP cell leader, seize cache

Iraqi Army soldiers uncover weapons caches near Arab Jassim, PB Warrior Keep

ISF, SOI discover 11 weapons caches in northern Iraq

Six detained in Coalition operations

IED weapons making facility destroyed in Diyala

UAV kills 2 criminals

Iraqi Army soldiers discover hundreds of mortar rounds

Afghanistan / Pakistan:

Al-Qaeda leader dead, says US intelligence (Abu Obaidah al-Masri)

Rumors of Hekmatyar's Death in Nuristan Fighting

Coalition airstrike targeted Hekmatyar loyalists (Earlier story)

US commander: 'Significant' reduction in Taliban, al-Qaida operations

Pak army swings into action as Taliban re-emerges in Swat

7 Taliban, 1 Afghan Police Killed

Afghan clashes claim 24 Taliban

Suspected IED facilitators, militant sub-commander detained

Weapons cache discovered, destroyed in Helmand

The West:

UK terror plot: Sabeel Ahmed gets 18-month term

Britain monitoring 30 terror plots: Home Secretary

Tunisian arrested for terror links in Italy

Southeast Asia:

(Scared to lead!) Militant Declines Abu Sayyaf Leadership

Philippine police raid on JI lair yields bomb-making materials

Philippines deports suspected al-Qaeda members (sorry, no GTMO for you)

15 militants surrender in Tripura

N. Delhi hands over list of 117 camps of Indian insurgents on Bangladesh

24 suspects detained in Narathiwat sweep (Thailand)

Israel / Levant:

Israeli Airstrike Kills 2 in Gaza

Tank-armed Israeli troops carry out incursion in central Gaza

Two Palestinians on night watch mission in Gaza killed in air strike

Syria: President's brother-in-law 'accused of US-backed coup'

India / Pakistan:

Five Hizbul Mujahideen rebels killed in Kashmir

Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed in Doda District

Hizbul Militant Arrested

Four Militants Killed in Factional Clash (Red on Red)

Two Al-Badar Militants Arrested in Kashmir

Jihad Loses its Pull in Kashmir


French commandos swoop after pirates free hostages

Al-Qaida-linked mastermind of French killings arrested (Mauritania)

Two militants arrested by Algerian security

AQ in Algeria: Old, Sick, Quitting

The Caucasus:

Almost 200 militants killed in North Caucasus in 2007

Law enforcers destroy 14 terrorist bases in Chechnya in March


Today's Roundup

ROOFTOP SECURITY - U.S. Army Pfc. Paul Mandrell watches for possible enemy activity from the roof of Joint Security Station Oubaidy near Sadr City, Iraq, after a series of attacks. He is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey

Iraq: Map

Iraq's Sadr to disband Mehdi Army if clerics order

Shiite militants killed, abducted students freed in Iraq

US and Iraqi forces take the battle to Moqtada al-Sadr's doorstep (22 get virgins)

Suspected Qaeda hideout found on Iraq island

ISF recover weapons cache, kill 10 in separate operations in Basra

Aircraft drops bomb on criminal mortar site (Baghdad)

AWT destroys rocket-launch rails (Baghdad)

Coalition forces detain four suspected Special Groups criminals

Coalition forces kill three terrorists, including one targeting SOI groups

Coalition Forces kill criminal, destroy vehicle used in rocket attack (Baghdad)

ISF capture criminal element leader, suspected AQI terrorist in separate operations

ISF detain one suspected criminal element leader, five others in separate operations

Iraqi Army finds second cache in Shakariyah

Criminal killed in foiled assassination attempt

ISF find largest EFP cache to date in MND-C

MND-B aerial weapons team kills 9 criminals

One terrorist killed, 22 detained in Coalition operations

One terrorist killed, three detained in Coalition operations

Iraqi Security Forces rescue 42 kidnapped students (Mosul)

US air strike kills nine in Sadr City

Afghanistan / Pakistan / Central Asia: Map

Top Taliban militant arrested, 15 killed in Afghan raids

"Heavy casualties" among insurgents (Hunting Hekmatyar in Nuristan)

ANSF, Coalition inflict significant insurgent losses (more on Nuristan fight)

‘Americans to attack Fata if Musharraf steps down’

3 suspected Afghan militants arrested in Mingora Pakistan

Militant killed in Mand shootout (Pakistan)

Ten Taliban 'cornered and killed' (Uruzgan)

Eight ‘suicide bombers’ arrested

Suspected militants detained during Khowst Province operation

Two Hizb ut-Tahrir members sentenced to 8 years in prison in Tajikistan

The West:

Pentagon Hopes that Network Science Can Aid War on Terror

Counter- terrorism police seize large cache of illegal weapons in Austria

India / Pakistan: Map

Laser light on terror war (neat stuff)

T op Hizbul militant shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir

Indian police seize explosives

Five suspected SIMI activists held (Over 25 busted now)

Released militants seek rehabilitation

Israel / Levant: Map

Hunt on for suspected terror duo (Egypt-Tourists targeted)

Israeli missile kills Palestinian militant in Gaza: medics

45 al-Qaeda members detained in Istanbul over terror plot

Saudi Peninsula Map

Yemen arrests most wanted al-Qaeda terrorist

Africa: Map

Mauritanian police raid house after clashes with extremists

Mauritania security forces find bomb-making facility after shootout

Algeria: A new counterterrorism unit ready to fight Al-Qaeda

France expels two Algerians

22 jailed for planning attacks (Morocco)

France prepares SWAT team for seized ship

Libya, France to join US naval exercises (wow, times change)

Morocco's Qaeda branch chief remanded in custody

Somalia: Deadly Explosions Rock Cities As Ethiopian Troops Advance

Southeast Asia: Map

RKK rebel camp destroyed by Pattani authorities (Thailand)

Abu Sayyaf Bomb Expert Killed


Today's Roundup

ZODIAC PATROL - U.S. Marines carry Zodiac boats into the Euphrates River below the Haditha Dam in Iraq to conduct security patrols with Provisional Security Forces. The Marines are assigned to Company W, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Hil

Iraqi PM wins support from Kurds & Sunnis

Battling Qaeda, one town at a time

700 killed in Sadrist battles

Our Guys Kicking Ass on YouTube

Al-Qaeda weapons cache doscovered in Samarra

IP detains 2 launching Iranian-made rockets

Coalition forces conduct airstrike in Basra, one criminal killed

Two terrorists killed West of Samarra

Iraqi Security Forces discover weapons caches, detain key suspect in separate operations

MND-C Soldiers discover weapons cache

Iraqi Army Soldiers find caches near Shakeriyah

Bravery under fire: Remembering Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith 5 years after earning the Medal of Honor

Two terrorists killed, 16 suspects detained as Coalition forces target al-Qaeda in Iraq

Three terrorists killed, including would-be suicide bomber

Coalition forces conduct airstrike in al-Halaf, six criminals killed

ISF kill 7 criminal members, detain 16 in 3 separate operations in Basra

Afghanistan / Pakistan:

Wazirs block foreign militants' return to Wana

Arrest warrant for Baitullah Mehsud, 3 others issued

Pakistan arrests four Turkish al Qaeda suspects

Georgia plans to send 200 troops to Afghanistan

U.S. will send more troops to Afghanistan regardless of Iraq situation: Gates

Close aide of Maulana Fazlullah along with six other militants netted

Two militant commanders surrender in Swat

Taliban commander slain

The West:

Belgian police raid suspected PKK offices

German police investigated for training Libyans

UK Jet plot suspects recorded martyr videos

The Press Botches Basra (MSM gets called out)

British target prisons as terror incubators

NJ Lawyer goes after the funding for international terrorism

Saudi Peninsula

Saudi Mufti Calls for Moderation in Islam

Israel / Levant:

Israeli Forces arrest Palestinian militants

Army shells Gaza; one resident killed, his nephew injured

Turkish court charges 24 suspected al-Qaeda militants

Egypt detains 30 from Brotherhood as vote nears

Egypt arrests 10 more Muslim Brothers ahead of elections

India / Pakistan:

Sabauddin admits he masterminded attack

Eight suspected bombers held

8 die in shootout between militants, security forces

NWFP govt offers reward package for arrest of militants

Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants surrendered in J-K


The indoctrination process of suicide-bombers by AQIM

Anti-terrorism experts meet in Algiers to discuss co-operation


Today's Roundup

U.S. Army Pfc. Angel Marrero, assigned to 2nd Platoon, Bravo Battery, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, conducts a patrol in Karadah, Iraq.
DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

US forces capture leader of Iranian-backed armed rebel network in Iraq

Tension Between Muqtada Al-Sadr, Iranians (popcorn time)

Iraqi military continues operations in Basrah

Iraq's Benchmarks (Harry Reid is deeply saddened)

U.S. troops make progress in Iraq's Diyala province

Al-Qaida's strategic failure in Iraq (Good read)

ISF, advised by U.S. Special Forces, detain 1 suspected insurgent, discover cache in separate ops

Iraqi citizen tip leads to large cache discovery

Sons of Iraq discover, turn in large cache

Coalition forces conduct airstrike in Basra, two criminals killed

Coalition forces detain suspected Special Groups criminal

Four terrorists killed, six suspects detained in Coalition operations

Informant leads Soldiers to multiple caches (Kutimiyah)

VBIED attack near Mosul kills 5, wounds 19

1-15 Inf. Regt. operation snatches key suspect (Salman Pak)

MND-B soldiers kill bomb emplacer

MND-B Soldiers seize munitions cache (Baghdad)

Citizen’s tip leads Iraqi Army to EFP cache (Mahmudiyah)

AQI financial leader captured in Salman Pak

Coalition forces detain 12 suspected terrorists

15 caches, IED factory discovered in northern Iraq

Iraqi Army Soldiers, U.S. Special Forces conduct combined operation in Makhiat

Iraqi Special Operations Forces kill 14 criminals in Basra

Iraqi Security Forces, detain two suspects in separate operations (Balad)

SOI prevent suicide attack

INP arrest 3, uncover weapons cache

Hillah Special Weapons and Tactics unit detain 20 suspected smugglers in Basra

Sons of Iraq turn over suicide belt to MND-C Soldiers (North Babil)

Iraqi Army Brigade unilateral operation nets al-Qaeda in Iraq, sizeable cache

Five wanted individuals, six others detained in Coalition operations

Afghanistan / Pakistan / Central Asia:

Uzbek president offers NATO a transit corridor to Afghanistan

Airstrike kills 3 in Afghanistan; Grunts kill several more

France Sends Troops to Afghanistan, Eases NATO Strain (why elections matter)

Taliban commander Mullah Naqibullah arrested for the third time

Afghan forces arrest over a dozen suspected insurgents

Weapons facilitation operations disrupted in Helmand Province

The West:

US charges embassy bomb suspect (Ghailani)

Case can proceed against suspect in Orlando International Airport bomb parts incident

"Up to 18" could have joined UK suicide bomb plot

Top court won't hear challenge to terrorism law (Canada)

'The Trainer' begins terror trial testimony

Jihad Comes to Wall Street

Leaders' Statements Illustrate CAIR's Extremism, Anti-Semitism

The Caucasus:

Police detain Chechen 'executioner' of Russian soldiers

Gang leader involved in terrorist acts in Chechnya detained


Malian government signs cease-fire with rebels day after military attack (see story below)

Mali helicopters strike Tuareg rebels, several dead

Morocco's Qaeda branch chief remanded in custody

An assassination plot against Algerian PM Belkhadem foiled

Israel / Levant:

IDF intercepts truck carrying dangerous chemical substances in West Bank

Hamas leader Mashaal: We accept state on '67 borders

45 Al-Qaida suspects arrested in Turkey

Egypt: Government threatens to arrest more militants

Turkish troops kill 7 PKK militants in Sirnak

IDF kills two militants in Gaza raid

IDF kills three Islamic Jihad militants in central Gaza

India / Pakistan:

India 'decapitates' jihadi group (SIMI)

Five more SIMI activists arrested in Madhya Pradesh

Police bust SIMI terror camp in Madhya Pradesh

Top Hizbul leader arrested in J&K

Top commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen killed in Indian-administered Kashmir

Hizb ‘master-blaster’ held

Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman arrested

Saudi Peninsula

Yemen Mobilizes Military to Quell Riots

Southeast Asia:

Abu Sayyaf cleric arrested in Sulu (Philippines)