ONS: 21 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 21, 2011


  • AFRICA: Sudanese forces captured Blue Nile rebel town
  • AMERICAS: Top FARC commander killed in Colombia
  • ASIA: Pakistan pressured to do more against Taliban during Clinton visit
  • EUROPE: Spanish terror group ETA announced cessation of violence
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN Security Council prepared to vote on a Yemen resolution
  • TECHNOLOGY: Mark Weatherford appointed DHS cybersecurity chief


  • Libya: Aftermath of Gaddafi’s death
    • Massive celebrations broke out across Libya in response to news that Col. Gaddafi had been killed during the capture of Sirte.
    • Questions surrounded the specific circumstances of his death; NTC spokesmen denied that he had been executed.
    • The UN called for a probe into Gaddafi’s killing. The NTC delayed the burial of the body until a suitable location was determined.
    • NATO officials met and prepared to declare the official end of the air campaign.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, Al Jazeera


  • Kenya: Authorities arrested two doctors in Nairobi on suspicion of terrorism and ties to Al-Shabab. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Clashes continued between AU, government and Al-Shabab forces in Mogadishu. (AP)
  • Sudan: Military forces claimed to have captured the town of Sali in the Blue Nile state, near a key rebel stronghold. (Reuters)


  • Colombia: Top FARC commander Jose Neftali was killed in a bombing raid west of Cali. (Miami Herald)
  • Mexico: President Calderon accused the US of “dumping criminals” into Mexico via deportation. (AP)
  • Mexico: A car bomb targeted a military patrol in Monterrey. (AP)


  • Afghanistan: A NATO air strike injured 13 civilians in eastern Afghanistan. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: US Secretary of State Clinton demanded stronger action from Pakistan on militants. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: Militants attacked the home of a pro-government tribal elder in Mohmand, killing three members of his family. (AP)


  • Norway: The Aldous Major South oil field’s estimated yield was revealed to be double than was initially announced. (WSJ)
  • Spain: Basque separatist group ETA declared a “definite cessation” of violent acts. (BBC)
  • Turkey: The military continued anti-PKK operations in the area around Cukurca, near the Iraqi border. (Reuters)


  • Iran: A US grand jury formally indicted two Iranians on charges of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador at the behest of the Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: Activists reported at least two protesters have been killed by security forces. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The UN Security Council prepared to vote on a resolution condemning the government crackdown on protesters. (Reuters)


  • United States: Mark Weatherford was appointed chief of cybersecurity at DHS. (InformationWeek)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Southwestern Caribbean sea
    • Movement: Drifting south
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Nothing to report


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