Friday, August 3, 2012

Ex-jihadi commander gunned down in Baghlan

Districts of Baghlan.
Districts of Baghlan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
KABUL (PAN): A former commander was among three jihadi figures killed during fresh militant attacks in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday.

Dilbar, a former jihadi commander of the Jamiat-i-Islami, was gunned down in the Jalga district of Baghlan province late on Thursday night, the deputy police chief said.

Col. Syed Zamanuddin told Pajhwok Afghan News that 45-year-old, who played a key role in bringing security to the town, was attacked by the Uzbek and Chechen fighters active in the area.

Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed responsibility for gun attack. Their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Dilbar was a police commander, who was gunned down in the Masan area.

Elsewhere in the north, the militants gunned down two ex-mujahideen -- Abdul Ghafoor and Ghulam Haider -- in the Aqcha district centre and the Araban area of Qosh Tepa town.

Hamidullah, the Qosh Tepa district chief, said the victims held security positions during mujhadeen’s rule. Currently, they had no government jobs. But the Taliban said both were police officials.

from Pajhwok
by Pajhwok Report on Aug 3, 2012 - 14:54   

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19 Afghan civilians were wounded in Nangarhar mosque bombing

Jalalabad District is located in the north-wes...
Chaparhara District is located in the middle of Nangarhar Province. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
BAGRAM, Afghanistan – There was an explosion today in a public mosque in Chaparhara district, Nangarhar province during the Friday prayer.

According to the provincial governor’s office, 19 Afghan civilians were wounded.

“This is an un-Islamic, inhuman act of setting off a bomb inside the holy place of a public mosque that has injured many innocent civilians during the holiday month of Ramazan,” said Gul Agha Shirzai, Nangarhar provincial governor.

The Afghan National Security Forces responded to the incident immediately and transported the wounded to a local medical facility.

Shirzai has appointed a delegation, including security officials, to investigate the incident.

Despite the efforts of the enemies of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, ISAF forces in eastern Afghanistan remain committed to partnering with our Afghan National Security Forces counterparts to secure a stable and prosperous future for the Afghan people.

from ISAF Joint Command
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R.I.P. - Spc. Kyle B. McClain

DOD Identifies Army Casualty
            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            Spc. Kyle B. McClain, 25, of Rochester Hills, Mich., died Aug. 1, in Salim Aka, Afghanistan.  McClain was assigned to 1433rd Engineer Company, 507th Engineer Battalion, 177th Military Police Brigade, Kalamazoo, Mich.

            For more information pertaining to this release, media may contact the Michigan National Guard public affairs office at 517-481-8141.

from woodtv:

Soldier based in Kalamazoo killed
Spc. Kyle McClain died in Afghanistan on Aug. 1

Updated: Thursday, 02 Aug 2012, 11:46 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 02 Aug 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - A soldier based in Kalamazoo was killed in Afghanistan Wednesday.

Spc. Kyle McClain, 25, died Aug. 1 in Salim Aka, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

McClain was assigned to 1433rd Engineer Company, 507th Engineer Battalion, 177th Military Police Brigade out of Kalamazoo.

He graduated from Rochester Hills High School in 2005, according to his Facebook page, and he graduated from Ferris State University in 2007.
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Aug. 03., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban financier in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, today.

The financier extorted money and supplies from local villagers to fund Taliban operations. He also directed improvised explosive device attacks throughout the district.

During the operation, the security force also detained multiple suspected insurgents and seized several firearms.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in Chimtal district, Balkh province, today. The Taliban leader is responsible for conducting numerous attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in eastern Chimtal. During the operation, the security force detained two suspected insurgents.


In Jani Khel district, Paktiya province, an Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to find a group of armed insurgents, today. During the operation, the security force engaged a large group of heavily armed insurgents with a precision airstrike. After the strike, the Afghan and coalition force conducted a follow-on assessment and confirmed several insurgents had been killed. They also confirmed the strike had not injured any civilians or damaged any civilian property.

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Aug. 03., 2012. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed eight insurgents, detained 11, located one weapons caches and cleared 12 improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Aug. 2.

Ghazni Province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Qarah Bagh District.

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Sayyidabad District. The cache contained items being used to construct IEDs.

Khowst Province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared five IEDs in Sabari District.

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces detained six insurgents during an engagement in Khowst District. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Logar Province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Pul-E Alam District.

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces detained five insurgents who were emplacing an IED in Muhammad Aghah District. The IED was cleared and the detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Nangarhar Province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs, one in Bati Kot District and one in Kuz Kunar.

Paktika Province
Afghan Local Police and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Sar Rowzah District.

Paktiya Province
A coalition airstrike killed eight insurgents and wounded two in Jani Khel District who were emplacing IEDs. The wounded received medical care and were transferred to a base for questioning.

Wardak Province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs in Sayyidabad District.

Operations in RC-East are still ongoing.

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Afghan local police commander kill 17 civilians in Uruzgan

According to local authorities in southern Uruzgan provnince of Afghanistan, an Afghan local police commander murdered 17 Afghan civilians in this province.

Provincial council officials and local residents confirming the report said at least 17 Afghan civilians were shot dead by a local police commander in Khas district of southern Uruzgan province.

A local resident said the local police commander, Shujaie on Thursday pulled out 20 Afghan civilians from their houses and killed 17 people.

He said, he was a resident of eastern Ghazni province and was deployed to Uruzgan province. He kill 17 people including children and elder men after accusing of having links with the Taliban group.

This comes as anti-government militants assassinated two colleagues of the local police commander.

Provincial governor spokesman and provincial security chief confirmed the report however they did not disclose further information regarding the incident.

By Sajad - Fri Aug 03, 10:16 am

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Yemen tribesmen release Italian officer -official (updated)

Thu Aug 2, 2012 5:44pm EDT

* Italian security officer said to be in good health

* Yemeni minister unscathed in attack, aides wounded

Aug 2 (Reuters) - An Italian embassy security officer kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen has been released unharmed, a government official said on Thursday, the same day the country's information minister survived an assassination attempt.

The incidents highlight continuing instability in Yemen five months after former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh was formally replaced by his deputy under a plan designed to forestall a slide into lawlessness.

During the uprising that toppled Saleh, militants associated with al Qaeda strengthened their position in areas of south and east Yemen, further testing central government control in a country riven with tribalism and regionalism.

"The Italian diplomat was handed over to the governor of Maarib and he is in good health and will be transferred to Sanaa later to be handed over to the Italian ambassador," the official told Reuters.

The abductors who detained the security officer in the oil-producing province of Maarib had demanded to be compensated for the detention of one of their relatives and the return of land they say they own in the capital Sanaa, a tribal source said, adding they were promised their demands will be met.

In a further sign of lawlessness in the Arabian Peninsula country, the Information Minister survived an assassination attempt when gunmen opened fire on his car in the capital Sanaa, a government source said.

The minister was not harmed but two of his aides were wounded.

Yemen's location beside leading oil exporter Saudi Arabia and astride key world shipping routes has heightened regional and Western concern over its security problems.

Yemen ranks alongside Pakistan and Afghanistan for U.S. policymakers concerned with the spread of al Qaeda networks.


Last Updated: Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:24 am (KSA) 08:24 am (GMT)

An Italian embassy security agent kidnapped in Yemen over the weekend was freed Thursday in the province of Mareb east of the capital Sanaa, a tribal source and a local official said.

Alessandro Spadotto was released following “tribal mediation” and handed over to local authorities, the source told AFP. He will be driven to the Yemeni capital on Friday morning.

The tribal mediation was backed by the governor of the province, the source said. A local official confirmed the release to AFP.

The interior ministry had said the kidnapper from the al-Jalal tribe seized the 29-year-old in Sanaa to press the authorities to drop charges against him in “cases of murder and banditry” and offer him compensation.

Marebpress, an Internet site close to Yemeni tribes, had said the abductor Ali Naser Huraidkan also wanted the authorities lift a travel ban against him.

“We want the state to respond and cancel a circular banning me from travel,” he was quoted as saying.
According to Italy’s La Stampa newspaper, Spadotto managed to contact a member of his family by mobile text message following his abduction on Sunday.

Italian news agency ANSA had cited officials as saying that he was a member of Italy’s Carabinieri military police. It also said he was picked up while in civilian clothes in a shop near the embassy.
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R.I.P. - Lance Cpl. Curtis J. Duarte

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            Lance Cpl. Curtis J. Duarte, 22, of Covina, Calif., died Aug. 1, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

            For more information media may contact the 1st Marine Division Public Affairs Office at 760-725-8766.


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28 Taliban rebels surrender in W. Afghan province

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CHEQHCHERAN, Afghanistan, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- More than two dozen Taliban insurgents have renounced the violence and joined the Afghan peace and reconciliation process in western Afghan province of Ghor on Thursday, a provincial government spokesman said.

"As many as 28 Taliban, including two local insurgent commanders named Mullah Esa and Abdul Karim, joined the government in Chahar Sada and Shahrak districts Thursday morning," spokesman Abdul Hai Khatibi told Xinhua.

They also handed over a handful of weapons to security authorities, he added.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have not made any comment yet.

The Afghan government set up a 70-member High Peace Council in the summer of 2010 to encourage Taliban to disarm and give up militancy against the government.

Up to 5,000 Taliban foot soldiers and local commanders have joined the government over the past one year, according to the Afghan officials.

2012-08-02 21:46:53

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Car bombing kills 3, injures 11 in Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- At least three people were killed and 11 others injured when a car bomb exploded on Thursday evening at a popular market in the Iraqi capital Baghdad's northeastern part, the local police said.

The attack took place in Husseiniya area in northeastern Baghdad.

The police source, on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that angry locals near the bombing site burned two police vehicles and clashed with police personnel with bare hands, protesting against the failure of the authorities to protect people.

Security forces sealed off the area and the situation is under control, said the source.

Iraq has seen an increase of violence during this year's holy month of Ramada and Baghdad residents are getting furious about the continued attacks.

2012-08-03 03:30:59

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