Event Notice: The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia. TOMORROW, December 5, 2012, 12:15-1:45 PM (NAF).
According to the newly published "Global Terrorism Index," released Tuesday by the U.S.- and Australian-based Institute for Economics and Peace, the number of terrorist attacks per year has more than quadrupled since 9/11, with Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan having been the three most affected nations (Reuters). However, the number of deaths as a result of terrorist attacks peaked in 2007, and has been falling ever since.
An unidentified gunman on a motorcycle shot and wounded an elderly Swedish woman who worked at a church in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday (AP, NYT). And a Pakistani official said Tuesday that police shot a would-be suicide truck bomber in the northwestern town of Bannu, detonating his explosives before he could reach the nearby police station that he appeared to be targeting (AP). The attacker died in the explosion, which also wounded five policemen and three civilians.
Two Afghan Army soldiers and three civilians, including two women, were killed Monday by a motorcycle bomb that appeared to target a passing military vehicle in the southern province of Uruzgan (AFP). Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir said Monday that over 300 Afghan soldiers and police officers are being killed each month this year, an increase over the death toll the forces endured per month last year (NYT).
Afghanistan's Minister of Energy and Water and former mujahideen commander Ismail Khan, reiterated a call he made earlier this year for former anti-Soviet militias to regroup and rearm themselves in preparation for the insecurity he expects will follow the withdrawal of NATO combats troops by the end of 2014 (Reuters).
The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to approve President Barack Obama's nomination to be the next top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford, who would replace Gen. John Allen (AP).
"Very very cheap"
A Pakistani fish seller at a market in London has become an unlikely YouTube sensation with a jingle he thought up to attract customers entitled One Pound Fish (ET). The singer, Mohammad Shahid Nazir, said since his video went viral, "People have come [to the market] from Australia, the US, Canada and all over Europe. They don't come here to work or shop, they come for One Pound Fish man."
-- Jennifer Rowland