Tuesday, August 7, 2012

US kills AQAP bombmaker, 9 fighters in pair of strikes in Yemen

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By Bill Roggio - August 7, 2012 - LWJ

The US launched two drone strikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen today, killing a senior bomb maker and nine other fighters. The US has now conducted three strikes in Yemen in the past four days. Meanwhile, jihadist named one of the AQAP fighters killed in Saturday's drone strike.

In the first strike, the unmanned Predators or Reapers several missiles at two vehicles traveling in the town of Rawdah in Baydah province, The Associated Press reported. Yemeni officials said that Abdullah Awad al Masri, a wanted bomb maker who is also known as Abou Osama al Maribi, was killed in the strike. It is unclear if he is a Yemeni, however his surname, al Masri, indicates he is an Egyptian.

Two Egyptians, a Tunisian, a Saudi, and a Bahraini were among the seven AQAP fighters killed in the strike. Their identities have not been disclosed.

In the second strike, a drone killed three AQAP fighters as they were traveling in a vehicle in the Zoukaika region of Hadramout province. The identity of those killed has not been disclosed.

Today's strikes follow another on Aug. 4, which also took place in Hadramount. Five AQAP fighters were killed in the strike. Jihadists said that Abu al Bara'a al Saya'ari was one of those killed, according to a statement that was released on internet forums and was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. Al Saya'ari's role in AQAP was not disclosed; the jihadists said he was the driver of the car.

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Aug. 07., 2012. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces killed two insurgents, detained nine, located one weapons cache and cleared eight improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Aug. 6.

Ghazni province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Ghazni district.

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Sayyidabad district. The cache contained grenades and homemade explosives being used to construct IEDs.

A coalition airstrike killed an insurgent in Gelan district who was emplacing an IED.

Kunar province

Afghan Uniformed Police and coalition forces detained an insurgent who was found in possession of IED making materials in Khas Kunar district. The detained suspect was transferred to a base for questioning.

Logar province

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs, one in Pul-E Alam district and one in Muhammad Aghah district.

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces detained eight insurgents and killed one who were emplacing an IED in Kharwar district. The IED was cleared and the detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Paktika province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs, one in Sharan district and one in Sar Howzah district.

Wardak province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Sayyidabad district.

Operations in RC-East are still ongoing.

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Yemeni army arrests 5 al-Qaida members over suicide bombing in Abyan

ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni army forces on Monday arrested five al-Qaida members who are linked to a deadly suicide bombing that killed more than 46 pro-government tribesmen two days ago in southern province Abyan , a government official told Xinhua.

The army forces managed to arrest five al-Qaida members who were accused of masterminding Saturday's suicide bombing at a funeral in Jaar town in Abyan province, the local security official said on condition of anonymity.

"Soldiers of the armed forces and tribal militiamen stormed a house in Jaar based on intelligence tips and arrested the criminals," the government official said.

The soldiers also seized heavy weapons and ammunition including assault rifles, according to the official.

On Saturday night, an al-Qaida suicide bomber detonated his concealed explosive belt at a funeral and killed pro-government tribesmen who supported the army in its campaign against al-Qaida in Abyan province earlier this year.

The suicide attack left more than 46 tribesmen killed and 48 others injured, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

Backed by the United States, the Yemeni government waged a month-long intensive offensive in May against hundreds of al-Qaida militants, driving them out of strongholds they had controlled for nearly a year.

Combating al-Qaida militants in the restive south is one of the challenges confronting Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has promised to restore security and uproot the country's branch of al-Qaida.

2012-08-07 01:37:32

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Bomb blast kills five insurgents in Khyber Agency

PESHAWAR: A remote bomb exploded in Khyber Agency, killing a militant commander among five other insurgents.

At least five insurgents including a militant commander were killed in remote controlled bomb blast here in Bara on Monday.

According to the government sources, the bomb was planted on the roadside in Akkakhel area of Tehsil Bara. The explosion occurred when banned outfit Lashkar e Islam’s commander Syed Rehman along with his associates were patrolling in the area.

 Security forces has put the security cordon in the area and launched search operation.

from nation.com.pk, allvoices.com
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