Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Evening Operational Update

it looks like this is the Jun.10. Sunday morning update:
Date Taken:06.10.2012
Date Posted:06.12.2012 11:56

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jun. 12) — A combined Afghan and coalition security force seized and destroyed an active narcotics processing facility during an operation in Baghran district, Helmand province Sunday.

The combined force recovered 20 kilograms of morphine base, 15 kilograms of wet opium, 175 kilograms of ammonium chloride, 650 kilograms of morphine waste, one large press and 120 barrels as well as a numerous narcotics precursors. Wet opium is the key ingredient in the production of heroin.

The seized material was destroyed on site. No shots were fired and no civilians were harmed during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

Two partnered Afghan and ISAF dismounted patrols discovered drug caches totaling over a half-ton (570 kilograms) of hashish in Panjwai district, Kandahar province today. The partnered patrol also detained one suspected insurgent during the operation. The patrol collected drug samples and burned the hashish cache on site.

Also in southern Afghanistan, a coalition security force identified insurgents emplacing improvised explosive devices near Wonake Pass while conducting an operation to disrupt insurgent activity in Spin Boldak district, Kandahar province Saturday. In the course of the operation the patrol found improvised explosive device components, 11 anti-personnel mines, an RPG, four AK-47s and eight motorcycles. The security force killed several insurgents and detained one suspected insurgent during the operation.
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June 12., 2012. - RC Southwest Operational Update

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - A local national was shot by insurgents and died of gunshot wounds to his chest in the Nahr-e-Saraj District of Helmand, June 12.

A local national in the Kajaki district of Helmand stepped on an improvised explosive device and was brought to an ISAF location by his cousin. He later died from his injuries.

Twenty insurgents from the Yasin Party were killed and seven were injured after an attack on local police at checkpoints in the Bostanzo area of Sangin District, July 11. Two local police were killed and six injured as a result of the insurgent's attack. ISAF provided air assistance to the police and the remaining insurgents fled towards the Musa Qala district.

Regional Command Southwest

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Kenya's Raila Odinga wants EU to attack Somalia's al-Shabab Islamists

Kenya's prime minister has asked for help from the US and Europe in a "final onslaught" on the Somali port of Kismayo, the main stronghold of the Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

Raila Odinga said Kenyan forces would get to Kismayo by August and asked for both funds and troops.

He said beating al-Shabab would need "an operation by land, sea and air".

from BBC News, Africa

EU warships are in the area to tackle pirates but attacking al-Shabab would be a huge escalation in their mission.

Such action does not fall under the EU's mandate.

The EU's anti-piracy mission has not yet responded to the call.

Its mandate was recently expanded to allow for land attacks against Somalia-based pirates.

Up to 10 warships are on patrol off the Horn of Africa as part of the EU's Atalanta operation, which was launched in 2008 to protect commercial shipping against pirate attacks.
'Neutralise al-Shabab'

African Union soldiers, Ethiopian forces and Somali government troops have in recent months succeeded in driving al-Shabab from several towns.

Kenyan forces moved into Somalia last October and have been slowly moving toward Kismayo.

Kismayo is considered strategically important because the al-Shabab militants who control it get a significant portion of their funds by levying "taxes" on the port.

"Without controlling Kismayo, it's very difficult to completely neutralise al-Shabab," Mr Odinga told journalists in Nairobi.

"It has taken time because our forces felt that to move in otherwise would have cost a lot of lives, both civilian and military."

Mr Odinga said he intended to ask the US to help pay for the assault.

He said the US had previously "resisted" providing funds until Kenyan forces joined the African Union force known as Amisom. They joined earlier this month.

"If they can also bring military assistance so much the better, but for now we are talking about financial assistance," he said.

He said the EU was "reluctant" to commit because Kismayo is an al-Shabab stronghold and not a pirate stronghold.

But he said the international community should work together to "create an environment in Somalia that will facilitate the voluntary return of Somalis to Somalia."

from BBC News, Africa

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Yemeni army takes over al-Qaida stronghold in restive south

Yemen conflict map by Evan Centanni
ADEN, Yemen, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni army managed on Tuesday to recapture the al-Qaida-held town of Jaar in Yemen's southern province of Abyan, a significant victory against the terrorist group after more than one month fierce battles, the defense ministry said.

The army forces backed by pro-government militiamen have managed to take over Jaar town from the al-Qaida militants after fierce fighting that forced the terrorists to flee their sites into other hideouts in Abyan, the country's defense ministry said in a text message.

"Scores of terrorist fled Jaar with their weapons and vehicles when the army troops stormed the town at dawn form different directions," the ministry said.

A local resident told Xinhua anonymously "the al-Qaida militants distributed leaflets in which they requested pardon and forgiveness from the people in Jaar."

A military official said that about 25 al-Qaida militants were killed in the fighting that took place in central Jaar at dawn Tuesday.

"Troops of the 201st and 119th Armored Brigades are now taking control over the whole town and celebrate the great victory against the terrorist group in Abyan," the military official said anonymously.

Jaar town, some 30 km to the north of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, has been under al-Qaida's control since May 2011 and is one of al-Qaida's last strongholds in Abyan.

The Yemeni government troops have waged an intensive military campaign, with support of the United States and Yemen's oil-rich neighbor Saudi Arabia, against several bastions of the al-Qaida terrorist group in Abyan province since last month.

The offensive aimed at recapturing several southern towns and cities seized by the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula during last year's political chaos.
2012-06-12 15:38:58
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Al-Qaeda: Germans caused engineer death

Al-Qaeda's north African branch has blamed the German government for the recent death of a hostage in a botched rescue raid in Nigeria, and warned Berlin to improve its treatment of Muslims.

from thelocal.de
Published: 12 Jun 12 08:49 CET 

The US-based SITE monitoring service, which tracks jihadi websites, said on Tuesday that Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) had issued a statement about last month's death of Edgar Raupach.

AQIM did not explicitly confirm that it had held Raupach, who was killed by his captors on May 31 as Nigerian security forces conducted a raid in the northern city of Kano.

But the statement said Germany had given Nigeria the "green light" for the military operation "at a time when the mujahideen (were) keen to peacefully settle the issue" if their demands were met.

"We say to the family of the German citizen Edgar Fritz Raupach, the blood of your son hangs from the neck of your government," AQIM said, according to a SITE translation of the statement posted online on Monday.

The statement added that Germany must "correct" its handling of Muslims, "because your security and the security of your citizens are contingent upon the security of Muslims and the respect for their sanctities".

The German engineer was kidnapped on the outskirts of Kano in January in the days after a series of bombings and shootings claimed by Islamist group Boko Haram, which killed at least 185 people in the city.

AQIM has not been known to operate directly in Nigeria, though Boko Haram and other extremists in the country are believed to have links to the group.

According to Nigerian security sources, Raupach was shot and stabbed by his captors when the military moved in to try to save him.

The raid came as news of a fresh kidnapping emerged in Nigeria with officials confirming the abduction of an Italian engineer in Kwara State, in the African country's central-west.

In March, Nigerian security forces faced criticism after a failed bid to rescue an Italian and a British hostage. Their captors killed them before Nigerian forces could rescue them in a joint operation with British forces.

In its statement, AQIM warned European governments against using force to resolve kidnappings.

"This method of foolishness in dealing with the hostage issue has proven its failure and led in all cases to the killing of the hostages and many soldiers, while the serious negotiation style proved successful and led to their release," it said. 
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2 suicide bombers killed by their own bombs

Districts of Paktika Province
Districts of Paktika Province (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Two suicide bombers killed in Paktika province

Publish Date: Jun 12, 2012

Two suicide bombers riding a motorcycle, killed by their own explosives before reaching to their targets in the Barmal District of Paktika province, today at 07:30 a.m.

No civilian and security forces member harmed in this incident.

The attackers’ bodies were lying at the scene.

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Suicide attack leaves two civilians killed in Balkh province, Afghanistan

Districts of Balkh.
Districts of Balkh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Publish Date: Jun 12, 2012

Suicide attack leaves two civilians killed in Balkh province

A suicide bomber riding a bicycle blew himself up in the Chahar Bolak District bazaar, Balkh province, today at 10:00 a.m.

As a result, two civilians were killed including a child and five Afghan National Police members were wounded.

The incident is being investigated by Afghan National Police.

Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs condemns in the strongest terms this suicide attack and prays for a quick recovery of those injured and expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

update from Pajhwok:

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three civilians were killed and five policemen injured in a suicide bomb attack near a health clinic in the Charbolak district of northern Balkh province on Tuesday, an official said.

The explosion took place at around 12:30 pm in front of a health clinic, where some explosives concealed in a bicycle were detonated, police spokesman Shir Jan Durani, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said three civilians, including a child, were killed and five police injured in the explosion.

The injured were taken to a military hospital and their health condition said to be stable.

The health clinic in-charge, Dr. Abdul Hafiz, said he was busy examining the patients when the blast happened.

Quoting eyewitness, he said it was a suicide attack that killed three civilians and injured six policemen.  He added the dead body of a suicide attacker was also lying at the scene.
Resident, Akhtarbai said the clinic was located near the police headquarters and policemen frequently passed by the area.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry in a statement said two civilians, including a child, was among the killed and five police were slightly injured in a suicide bombing in Charbolak district.

Interior Minister Besmillah Mohammadi denounced the attack and extended condolences to the victims’ families.

No group has claimed responsibility so for.
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Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 27, Injure Eight in Zamfara

Zamfara State Nigeria
Zamfara State Nigeria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gusau — No fewer than 27 people, including a policeman, were, yesterday, feared dead while eight others were injured during a reprisal attack by gunmen who had unleashed mayhem in Dangulbi town, a district of Dansadau Emirate in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Vanguard gathered that the reprisal attack on the area followed the killing of some gunmen by both the vigilante and Police in Dansadau axis of the state.

The suspected gunmen reportedly sneaked into the town, posing as traders on the market day in Dangulbi. But they stayed back after the market had closed.

from Vanguard
By Saminu Ibrahim
On June 12, 2012 · In News 12:50 am

Eyewitness account

An eyewitness said the killing started at 1am, yesterday, when the villages were fast asleep with sporadic gunshots renting the air. The gunmen allegedly went from house to house killing the occupants of the buildings in cold blood.

The district head of Dangulbi, Alhaji Shehu Umar was among the people who narrowly escaped death.

The assailants, whose number could not be ascertained, reportedly came on motorcycles and left about 18 dead bodies after the operation. Nine others were killed along their route, while they were fleeing the town.

The gunmen were also said to have abandoned some of the motorcycles with which they came to Dangulbi.

Survivor’s story

A resident, Alhaji Lawali Dangulbi, who spoke to Vanguard at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Gusau, said the gunmen killed 18 persons in Dangulbi; adding that others were killed along the routes leading to the towns like Biya, Guru and Sabon Kasuwa villages.

He said eight people, who sustained various degrees of injuries, were on admission at the FMC. He said the gunmen first attacked the police, killed one and injured others, which led to the police fleeing the area before they started killing people in their houses.

Dangulbi said: “They are not armed robbers because nobody has reported that they took away his belongings.”

Zamfara State Deputy Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Wakala, visited Dangulbi town, about 100 kilometres away from the state capital, where the bodies of those killed were buried yesterday.

Police react

State Police Command Spokesman, ASP Sanusi Amiru, confirmed the incident, saying the Police Commissioner, Akila Gwary was on an assessment visit to the areas where the killings reportedly took place.

Dansadau axis of the state had been witnessing killings by unknown gunmen, with about 160 people, including five policemen, reportedly losing their lives in Lingyado, Dansadau, and Tungar Baushe since crises erupted in the area in 2011.

… as youths kill 5 in Plateau reprisal attack

Five persons were killed, yesterday, in Jos, Plateau State, by irate youths protesting the suicide bombing attack that killed several people at Lord’s Chosen Assembly Church in Jos, Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, Jama’atu Alus Sunna Lidaawati Wal Jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks in Jos, and another attack targeted at EYN Church in Tabra- Biu, Borno State.

The sect said it did it to prove that Nigerian security agencies cannot stop its attacks and operations in the North.

Spokesperson of Special Task Force, STF, Captain Markus Mdahyelya, who confirmed the killing of five persons in Jos by angry youths, said those killed were primarily commercial bike riders. He warned residents of Jos to stop taking laws into their hands.

He said: “The general public is warned not to take the laws into their hands as any act of crime would not be tolerated by the security agencies.”

About six persons have been arrested, yesterday, in connection with the killings, according to the police.

A suicide bomber drove a car rigged with explosives into the Church in a saloon car with number plate BSA 36 AA. The car exploded before it could reach its intended target killing the bomber and four others. The church building was destroyed.
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Suicide attack kills security guards in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber targeted an anti-Taliban tribal elder in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing two of his security guards and wounding two others, police said.

The attack took place in Bazidkhel village on the outskirts of Peshawar a day after a bomb hidden in a toy killed a mother and wounded three young children in the Nasir Bagh area on the edge of the city.

The presumed target, Muhammad Fahim, who heads a local anti-Taliban militia, was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack and so was not hurt, police said.

“A suicide bomber blew himself up near the vehicle of Muhammad Fahim, head of the local anti-Taliban peace force, killing his two security guards and wounding two others,” senior local police official Shafiullah Khan said.

Another local police official, Shaukat Khan, confirmed the attack and casualties, and said all four security guards were policemen.

from DAWN
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6 killed in blast along Kabul-Kandahar road

Ghazni City (PAN): Six people and three others were injured in a roadside bomb blast on Tuesday morning along the Kabul-Kandahar Highway in the Salar area of Saidabad district in Maidan Wardak province.

Governor’s spokesperson Shahidullah Said told Pajhwok Afghan News that the passenger car was travelling from Kabul to Ghazni Province when it hit a roadside bomb at about 7.30 am.

He said a woman and two children were among the dead.

 A doctor at the Ghazni hospital, Dr Baza Ahmed confirmed that six died and three were injured in the blast, while few of the injured victims are in critical condition.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

from Pajhwok

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30 armed insurgents killed by ANP

Publish Date: Jun 12, 2012
30 armed insurgents killed by Afghan National Police

During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces launched six joint clearance operations in Baghlan, Kandahar, Zabul, Logar and Ghazni provinces.

As a result of these operations, 30 armed insurgents were killed by Afghan National Police.

Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated five rocket launchers, two PKM machine guns, nine AK-47 assault rifles with 23 magazines, one pistol, three radio handsets, 23 heavy rounds, 1360 light rounds, nine different types of mines, 23 hand grenades, 210 kilograms of explosive materials, nine motorbikes and one vehicle.

During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused two anti-vehicle mines and an explosives rigged motorbike as a result of security operations in Badakhshan, Nimroz and Badghis provinces.

The Afghan National Police dedicate their lives to protecting the people.
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained a man accused of murder in the Sar Asiab region, 6th Districts of Kabul-City.

Working together, we can defeat criminals and create a safer more prosperous future.
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3 al-Qaida senior members killed by Yemeni warplanes

English: Location of the governorate of Abyan,...
Location of the governorate of Abyan, in Yemen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ADEN, Yemen, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Three senior members of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch were killed Monday when warplanes struck their vehicle in the southern province of Abyan, a security official said.

The warplanes hit a vehicle carrying three commanders of the al- Qaida terrorist group while they were moving to oversee the fighting with army troops on the outskirts of Jaar, Abyan's second largest town, the local security official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"Their bodies were found inside the destroyed car," the security official said.

The army troops backed by pro-government militia continued to fight with al-Qaida militants and seized part of areas close to the insurgents-controlled town of Jaar, an army officer said.

"Now army soldiers are stationed about 2 km from the center of the town," the army officer said anonymously.

Up to 25 injured soldiers were taken to the neighboring province of Lahj for treatment, according to the army officer.

Local resident said, "Huge explosions are still rocking Jaar as army troops determined to eradicate al-Qaida's sites."

On the same day, a total of 33 al-Qaida militants and six army soldiers were killed during intensive clashes that took place in villages near Jaar town, a government official said.

The Yemeni government troops have stepped up military operations in Abyan in order to oust al-Qaida militants who have seized control of large swaths in the restive south during last year's political turmoil.

Government troops and reinforcements of counter-terrorism units assembled by the Yemeni military began last month offensives on al- Qaida bastions in Abyan, which made living conditions of thousands of displaced residents worsen.

Senior leaders of the Yemeni military, with support of U.S. counter-terrorism experts, have vowed to uproot the al-Qaida's regional bases from Yemen.

2012-06-11 23:41:19

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R.I.P. - Sergeant-Chief Stéphane Prudhom, Chief Warrant Officer Thierry Serrat, Sergeant Pierre-Olivier Lumineau, Brigadier Yoann Marcillan

Insurgents in Afghanistan killed four French soldiers and wounded another five on Saturday, one of the deadliest attacks on the French contingent in months, as violence escalates across the country.
The raid occurred in mountainous Kapisa province in the east which is mainly patrolled by a French force under NATO command. 

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/06/four-french-soldiers-killed-in-afghan.html

France Ministry of Defense released the four Soldiers name

French Soldier, Sergeant-Chief Stéphane Prudhom, age 32, died on June 9, 2012, in the Nijrab district of Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from a suicide bombing.

Stéphane had served France for over 12 years. He enlisted in November of 1999. 
He had previously served in Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan and Chad. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan. 

Military officials describe him as an excellent leader and a professional. It is also stated that he was well respected by his commanders and his peers. 

His awards and decorations include the Gold Medal of National Defence (staple guns), the Overseas Medal with clasp "Republic of Côte d'Ivoire" and the French Commemorative Medal with clasps "Former Yugoslavia" and "Afghanistan". 

Stéphane is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his two children. 


French Soldier, Chief Warrant Officer Thierry Serrat, age 46, died on June 9, 2012, in the Nijrab district of Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from a suicide bombing.

Thierry had served France for almost 28 years. 

He had previously served in New Caledonia, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan and Lebanon. This was his third deployment to Afghanistan. 

His awards and decorations include the gold medal of National Defence with staples "artillery" and "external assistance missions," the medal overseas staple with "Lebanon" and "Ivory Coast" and commemorative medal with clasp "Afghanistan".  

Military officials describe him as having an unblemished and exemplary military career. He is also described as having a real sense of duty, hard-working, and a man who was highly respected by his commanders and his peers. 

Thierry is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his two children.


French Soldier, Sergeant Pierre-Olivier Lumineau, age 27, died on June 9, 2012, in the Nijrab district of Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from a suicide bombing.

Pierre-Olivier had served France for over two years. He joined the Army in May of 2010. 

This was his first overseas deployment.

Military officials describe him as having great potential, well-disciplined and eager. He is also described as humorous and morale-boosting. 

He was unmarried and had no children.


French Soldier Brigadier Yoann Marcillan, age 24, died on June 9, 2012, in the Nijrab district of Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from a suicide bombing.

Yoann had served France for more than 4 years. He joined the Army in October of 2007 - the 40th Regiment (40th AR - Suippes). He had previously served in New Caledonia and Kosovo. 

His awards and decorations include the bronze medal of National Defence (staple guns), the French Commemorative Medal clasp "Former Yugoslavia" and the NATO Medal clasp "Kosovo". 

Military officials describe him as a team player, motivated, quick-witted, enthusiastic and capable.

Yoann was unmarried and had no children.
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June 11., 2012. - RC-East Operational Update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces detained 12 insurgents during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, June 11.

Ghazni province
Afghan National Police and coalition forces detained 12 insurgents during an engagement in Ghazni district. The detainees were transported to a base for questioning.

Operations in RC-East are still ongoing.

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