Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
- The group claiming responsibility for a suicide bomb that killed 12 near Kabul, Afghanistan, including nine foreigners, said the attack was revenge for the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims.
- Other protests throughout Asia and the Middle East were carried out in response to the film in multiple cities in Pakistan, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Azerbaijan–and as far as Britain and Australia.
- NATO has ordered a suspension of certain joint patrols in Afghanistan in an effort to curb “green on blue” insider attacks.
- The Nigerian military claims to have killed two high-ranking members of Boko Haram, the sect accused of killing over 1400 in the insurgency in Northern and Central Nigeria.
- The commander of Iran’s elite Quds forces has confirmed that some members of the Quds Forces are in Syria assisting the regime of President Al-Assad, but they are not involved in a military way.
- Pakistan has blocked YouTube because of the anti-Islam film. Foreign Policy has a piece detailing First Amendment protection in the United States, and why President Obama couldn’t block the film, even if he wanted to.
- ECOWAS is gearing up for a tough fight in Mali against Islamist militants in the north of the country.
- The UN has urged Libya to institute a transitional justice strategy to rebuild and reshape a country influenced by decades of dictatorial rule under Muammar Gaddafi.
- After the recent meeting with President Morsy of Egypt, Foreign Policy showcases Sudan’s President, Omar Al-Bashir, as the most mobile accused war criminal in the world.