ONS: 18 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 18, 2011


  • AFRICA: Al-Shabab threatened to launch terrorist attacks in Kenya
  • AMERICAS: Colombian spy agency implicated in murder plot
  • ASIA: Cross-border attacks into Afghanistan from Pakistan reported to be on the rise
  • EUROPE: NATO convoy turned back from roadblock in Kosovo
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni opposition and loyalist troops intensified clashes in Sanaa
  • TECHNOLOGY: DHS said hacker group “Anonymous” wants to target US infrastructure  


  • Israel: Gilad Shalit, Palestinian detainees freed
    • Hamas released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for the release of over 1,000 Palestinian detainees.
    • Israeli authorities started transferring the first group of 477 of Palestinian prisoners into Egypt; from there they will return to Gaza, the West Bank, or neighboring countries that have agreed to take them.
    • Coverage: NYT, Al Jazeera


  • Region: Al-Shabab threatened to carry out attacks in Kenya unless troops were withdrawn. (BBC)
  • Liberia: Former rebel leader Prince Johnson backed President Johnson-Sirleaf in run-off elections. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Opposition forces launched an offensive on the center of Sirte. (AP)
  • Uganda: Influential opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested, triggering protests in Kampala. (Reuters)


  • Central America: At least 80 people were killed by landslides and flooding caused by heavy rain. (AP)
  • Colombia: Reports implicated the Colombian security service of involvement in a plot to kill a former senator. (Miami Herald)
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro sharply criticized US handling of the “Cuban Five” espionage case. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Federal police killed 22 suspected Zetas cartel gunmen in San Carlos, near the US border. (AFP)


  • Region: US officials stated that cross-border attacks into Afghanistan from Pakistan were on the rise.  (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Interior Minister Malik stated that negotiations would only begin if the Taliban disarmed. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Five soldiers were killed and six wounded in a clash with MILF insurgents on Basilan island. (AFP)


  • Kosovo: NATO ordered a group of ethnic Serbs to take down barricades they had constructed along a disputed border crossing. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The military reported it had successfully tested a new anti-missile radar system. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: A planned trip by PM Yanukovych to Brussels to meet with EU leaders was cancelled, due to questions over the jailing of former PM Tymoshenko. (AP)


  • Iran: The CSIS issued a report stating Iran was capable of producing enriched uranium. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The US Army withdrew 70% of its forces from Diyala. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The Turkish Foreign Ministry met with representatives of the Syrian National Council. (AP)
  • Yemen: At least 18 people were killed in clashes between loyalist soldiers and opposition forces in Sanaa. (AP)


  • United States: A DHS bulletin stated that the hacker group “Anonymous” was interested in gaining access to critical infrastructure in the US. (Wired)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Just north of the Yucatan peninsula
    • Movement: NNE at 10-15mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 21km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • China: Taiwan and China hold cross-strait talks.
  • China: Russia and China hold strategic talks.
  • Greece: Workers go on 24-hour nationwide strike.


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