A suicide bomber on foot attacked a joint patrol of coalition and Afghan forces in the crowded center Khost in eastern Afghanistan Monday, killing three international service members and 16 Afghan police officers and civilians, according to witnesses and hospital officials. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The recent wave of Islamic terrorism and radicalism in the Middle East, from the Arab Spring to the recent September 11, 2012 Benghazi and Cairo attacks, which led to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and two Navy Seals, were not the work of spontaneous attacks, but rather the result of a decades-long carefully planned Soviet operation by former KGB chief and Soviet leader Yuri Andropov to bring about communist revolution.
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon called for an end to arms shipments to both sides in Syria’s brutal war between Western-backed rebels and the Bashir al-Assad dictatorship before the conflict spirals out of control. In a speech at the UN General Assembly, however, President Obama promised to continue supporting the jihadist rebellion with U.S. taxpayer funds until the Syrian regime surrenders. Other governments were divided on whether diplomacy or military intervention would be most appropriate.
A small archipelago in the East China Sea — known to Japan as the Senkaku Islands and to China as the Diaoyu Islands — is at the center of a series of increasingly angry anti-Japanese demonstrations in China as Japan claims that the tiny islands, which are controlled by China, belong to Japan.