Tuesday, September 25, 2012

15 Armed Taliban Killed, 3 Wounded and 9 Arrested by ANP

Publish Date: Sep 25, 2012
15 Armed Taliban Killed, Three Wounded and Nine Arrested by Afghan National Police

During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces launched 11 joint clearance operations in Laghman, Baghlan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak and Khost provinces.

As a result of these operations, 15 armed Taliban were killed, three wounded and nine others were arrested by Afghan National Police.

Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated 30 kilos of opium, two rocket launchers, one PKM machine gun, seven different types of weapons, one radio handset, 526 heavy rounds, 292 light rounds, nine different types of mines and 20 kilos of explosives.
Additionally, Afghan National Police discovered and defused one remote control mine as a result of security operation in the Ghormach District of Faryab province, yesterday.
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained three individuals accused of using fake documents and murder in the 11th and 15th Districts of Kabul-City.
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Nigeria: JTF Raids Boko Haram Bomb Factory, Arrests 156 Suspects

English: Adamawa State, one of the States of N...
English: Adamawa State, one of the States of Nigeria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Yola — The Joint Task Force, JTF, has raided a bomb factory operated by the suspected Boko Haram members in Mubi, the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State, and arrested no fewer than 156 members of the sect, including six females and five children.

One of the suspects was killed during the operation.

Among items recovered from the raid, code named Operation Restore Sanity, were ready-to-use improvised explosive devices, chemicals, over 500 daggers, 9 AK-47 assault rifles, locally made pistols, rocket launchers, among other arms and ammunition.

Addressing newsmen after inspecting the compound, where the raid took place, Commander of the 23rd Armoured Brigade, Yola, Brigadier-General John Nwaoga, hinted that the operation was sequel to the recent clandestine activities and destruction of telecoms masts in Mubi.

Brigadier-General Nwaoga, who was accompanied by Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Godfrey Okeke, and the State Director of State Security Service, SSS, said the raid had helped the military intelligence to unravel the mystery behind the protracted wave of shooting and bomb attacks in Mubi Town.

Nwaoga said: "Based on intelligence report, a team of JTF isolated the area, cordoned it and made sure that innocent and law-abiding citizens were not hurt."

He, however, said the operation was "sweeping" and assured that those arrested would be thoroughly screened to isolate innocent ones. He said a member of the group was gunned down during a gun duel with JTF.

from allAfrica/Vanguard
By Umar Yusuf, 25 September 2012

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Sep. 25., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban weapons dealer and destroyed his cache of illegal weapons during an operation in Omnah district, Paktika province, today.

Hizbullah, the weapons dealer, and one other armed insurgent maneuvered on the Afghan and coalition troops as the security force approached Hizbullah’s compound. The security force positively identified the lethal threat and engaged both armed insurgents, killing them. No civilians were harmed during the operation.

Hizbullah acquired firearms, ammunition and explosives and provided these weapons to the Taliban insurgents under his command, enabling them to conduct attacks against security forces throughout the region.

Prior to his death, Hizbullah was also believed to have been attempting to acquire a heavy machine gun and additional equipment for future insurgent attacks.

The security force seized several assault rifles, multiple rocket-propelled grenades, an RPG launcher, fragmentation grenades and ammunition during the operation. The explosives were removed and safely destroyed away from all civilian structures.

A number of suspected insurgents were also detained as a result of the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested the leader of a Taliban cell in Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province, today. The arrested leader’s insurgent cell is suspected of conducting small-arms fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces within the district. He is alleged to be attempting to acquire weapons – including mortar rounds – for future attacks. In addition to his insurgent cell activities, the Taliban leader was believed to be involved in a plot to kidnap Afghan security officers prior to his arrest. The security force also detained a number of suspected insurgents as a result of the operation.

An International Security Assistance Force patrol seized 520 kilograms (1,150 pounds) of opium during an air interdiction operation in Reg-e Khan Neshin district, Helmand province, Sunday. The ISAF patrol discovered the drugs after stopping and searching a vehicle traveling along a known narcotics smuggling route. ISAF detained one individual – the driver of the vehicle – during the operation. The opium was destroyed in place.

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Sep. 25., 2012. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed five insurgents, detained one, located two weapons caches and cleared seven improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Sept. 24.

Ghazni province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Ghazni district. The cache contained artillery shells and mortar rounds.

Khowst province
Afghan National Army soldiers found and safely cleared an IED in Sabari district.

Afghan National Security Forces killed an insurgent during an engagement in Tanai district.

Laghman province
Afghan Local Police killed three insurgents and wounded one during an engagement in Mehtar Lam district. The wounded received medical care and was transferred to a base for questioning.

Logar province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Muhammad Aghah district. The cache contained a cell phone, 120 pounds of ammonium nitrate, 30 blasting caps and 6,561 feet of command wire.

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs in Charkh district.

Nangarhar province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared two IEDs, one in Bati Kot district and one in Jalalabad district.

Paktika province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs, one in Omnah district and one in Yosuf Khel district.

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces killed an insurgent during an engagement in Bermal district.

Operations in RC-East are still ongoing.

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R.I.P. - Captain James Anthony Townley (UK)

Captain James Anthony Townley dies in Afghanistan

A Military Operations news article

24 Sep 12
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Captain James Anthony Townley from the Corps of Royal Engineers died in Afghanistan on Friday 21 September 2012.
Captain James Anthony Townley
Captain James Anthony Townley
[Picture: via MOD]

Captain Townley died in Camp Bastion, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, from wounds sustained whilst serving at Forward Operating Base Shawqat.

Captain James Anthony Townley

Captain James Townley was born on 22 September 1982 in Tunbridge Wells. He grew up near Glastonbury in Somerset, going to school in the local area.

Having received a first-class degree in Engineering and Computer Science from University College Oxford, he worked as a tax associate for Price Waterhouse Coopers before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in January 2007.

He commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers in December 2007 and promoted to Lieutenant soon after completing his Royal Engineer Troop Commanders' Course before serving in 28 Engineer Regiment, based in Hameln, Germany.

Captain Townley was an avid sportsman who enjoyed a wide variety of sports including skiing, mountain biking, kite surfing and sailing. Having rowed for his college at university, he later went on to represent the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and his regiment.

Captain Townley was attached to 21 Engineer Regiment from 28 Engineer Regiment for the duration of Operation Herrick 17. He deployed to Afghanistan on 5 September 2012 with 4 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment and was based in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand Province as the Battle Group Engineer supporting 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.

Upon arrival, he immediately immersed himself in operations that directly supported the transition to Afghan-led security, providing specialist advice on engineer tasks and capabilities. He had quickly established himself as a professional and charismatic officer.

In his time with 28 Engineer Regiment he shone as an intelligent, experienced and highly competent individual who had great plans for the future. With unrivalled commitment to his soldiers, he combined consummate professionalism and ability with a personable, humorous and approachable character.

Extremely popular with his fellow officers, Captain Townley lived life to the full and was at the heart of the Regiment both professionally and socially.

Above everything else, he will be remembered for his selfless commitment to every undertaking, his strength of character and his faultless integrity.

Captain James Townley, was a remarkable young man. He leaves behind his parents, Peter and Jacqui, his brother, Nick, and girlfriend, Helen.

Capt Townley's family said:
"James was a wonderful, loving and caring son and brother. He was devoted to his girlfriend, Helen. He was our guardian angel and our hero. We were so proud of him. He touched every part of our lives and his loss has left a huge chasm that we can never fill.
"James will never be forgotten and always in our hearts and thoughts."

Continues at: mod.uk – Captain James Anthony Townley dies in Afghanistan
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Taliban release video of planning for Camp Bastion assault


The Taliban released a video clip that shows their fighters preparing for the Sept. 14 suicide assault on Camp Bastion in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The video includes footage of a planning session in front of a whiteboard that has a map of the base; the video also shows two of the fighters delivering their wills. The al Qaeda organization and a former Guantanamo Bay detainee were likely involved in the attack, US intelligence officials have told The Long War Journal.

The video clip was produced by Al Emera (the Emirate), the Taliban's media arm, and was released today on Voice of Jihad, the Taliban's official propaganda website. The clip is a segment of a larger video; the Taliban said that a "full detailed video of the same operation will be released at a later date."

During the Sept. 14 suicide assault on Camp Bastion, a 15-man Taliban team penetrated the perimeter at the airbase, destroyed six USMC Harriers and damaged two more, and killed the squadron commander and a sergeant. Fourteen of the 15 members of the assault team were killed, while the last was wounded and captured. Camp Bastion is a sprawling military base shared by US Marines and British troops that is located in the middle of the Dashti Margo desert in Helmand province.

In the Taliban video clip released today, several fighters are seen dressed in US Army digital combat fatigues. The faces of many of the members of the assault team are digitally blocked. Two members of the team provide their wills; one of them speaks in English.

The English-speaking fighter said he is conducting the attack to avenge insults against the Koran and the Prophet Mohammed, and said the mission was targeted at "[President] Obama, Crusaders, and other non-Muslims." The man, who appears to be the tactical commander of the raid, then gives a briefing in front of a whiteboard that shows a map of a section of the airbase where the assault took place. He speaks in Pashto,while the writing on the whiteboard is in Urdu, a language commonly spoken in Pakistan.

The map details the fence and the locations of guard towers, aircraft shelters, helicopters, strike aircraft, and other buildings. The point selected by the Taliban for penetrating the perimeter is close to a series of hangars that they believed housed helicopters and aircraft.

During the assault, the Taliban penetrated the perimeter and broke into three teams, according to the International Security Assistance Force. Once inside the perimeter, the Taliban attacked the hangars, aircraft, and other buildings. In addition to destroying six Harriers and damaging two more, the Taliban attack teams managed to blow up three aircraft refueling stations and damage six aircraft hangars.
The Taliban released a statement about the attack on Sept. 15, and named two of the units that were involved: the "Khalid ibn al Walid group" and the "Omar bin al Khattab group." Khalid ibn al Walid was a companion of the Prophet Mohammed and a renowned military commander; Omar bin al Khattab was also a companion and was the leader behind the expansion of the caliphate in the 700s.
In the statement accompanying today's video, the Taliban exaggerated the death toll and the damage inflicted during the Camp Bastion assault. They claimed that the raid "resulted in the death of 47 invaders while more than 34 others were wounded," and said that "more than 11 enemy Harrier Jets and helicopters were also eliminated as well as a several fuel reserves and aircraft hangers completely destroyed."
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