In the south,
Islamic gunmen fired on a family in a truck, killing the mother and two
children. The killings continue in the south, as do the police making arrests
and the army flushing Islamic terrorists out of camps in the bush. Time is
working against the Islamic radicals, as several years of violence down there
has angered the Moslem population. Islamic terrorist attacks on actual, or
seemingly, "disloyal" Moslem civilians, merely made more southerners
angry at the radicals. While there are no big breakthroughs here, the trends
are going against the Islamic radicals.
August 9, 2008: Islamic
terrorists beheaded a man in the south, apparently suspecting him of being a
police informant. Elsewhere in the south, Islamic radicals fired on an army
base, wounding a soldier.
August 2, 2008: In the south,
seven small bombs (usually dropped into trash containers) went off. Most were
near convenience stores (7-11s), and two people were wounded. The two towns are
frequented by tourists, and these bombs are a rare attack on the lucrative
tourist trade. Police soon arrested 13 teenagers believed responsible for
planting the bombs. The Islamic
terrorists appeared intent on spreading fear, not causing casualties.
July 30, 2008: Several hundred Cambodian
Karen tribal villagers have begun
showing up at the Thai border. In this case, they were not driven out by the
Cambodian army, but by fighting between different tribal factions.
July 29, 2008: Cambodia and
Thailand are negotiating an end to the border dispute that led to troops
confronting each other since July 15th.
July 25, 2008: The political
violence is largely between urban and rural populations, so the two groups
rarely encounter each other in person. But in the city of Udon, 650 kilometers northeast
of the capital, saw 150 anti-government demonstrators attacked by 700 of the
governments rural supporters. Over a dozen people were injured (most of them
anti-government city folk), two of them critically.