Saturday, October 27, 2012

Oct. 27., 2012. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed seven insurgents, detained six, located a weapons cache and cleared six improvised explosive devices, and an insurgent died when his IED detonated prematurely, during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Oct. 26.

Ghazni province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared three IEDs, one in Waghaz district, one in Ghazni district and one in Gelan district.

Kabul province
Afghan National Police and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Sarobi district. The cache contained two suicide vests.

Khowst province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces killed seven insurgents and wounded one during an engagement in Gurbuz district. The wounded received medical care and was then transferred to a base for questioning.

Laghman province
An insurgent died when his IED detonated prematurely in Mehtar Lam district.

Nangarhar province
Afghan Uniformed Police found and safely cleared two IEDs, one in Jalalabad district and one in Mohmand Darah district.

Nuristan province
Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces detained five insurgents while investigating an IED in Zurmat district.The IED was safely cleared and the detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Operations in RC-East are still ongoing.

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Al Qaeda's Zawahri calls for kidnap of Westerners

Ayman al Zawahiri
Ayman al Zawahiri (Photo credit: fotosinteresantes)
(Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, join Syria's rebellion and to ensure Egypt implements sharia, SITE Monitoring reported on Saturday, citing a two-part film posted on Islamist websites.

The Egypt-born cleric, who became al Qaeda leader last year after the death of Osama bin Laden, spoke in a message that lasted more than two hours.

"We are seeking, by the help of Allah, to capture others and to incite Muslims to capture the citizens of the countries that are fighting Muslims in order to release our captives," he said, praising the kidnapping of Warren Weinstein, a 71-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan last year.

Zawahri's message was first released on Wednesday, SITE said, just two weeks after the cleric issued a filmed statement calling for more protests against the United States over a California-made film mocking the Prophet Mohammad.

In his new message, he called on Muslims to ensure Egypt's revolution continued until sharia law was implemented and urged fellow Muslims to join the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The release of his message had been delayed, he said, because of the "conditions of the fierce war" in Afghanistan and Pakistan where he said U.S.-led forces had intensified a bombing campaign.

U.S. President Barack Obama, whom Zawahri described as a "liar" and "one of the biggest supporters of Israel", has stepped up the use of unmanned drones to target militants in both countries as well as in Yemen.


In a further attack on Western governments and international institutions, Zawahri accused world powers of giving Syrian President Assad "a licence to kill" his opponents.

"The U.N., Kofi Annan and the Arab League give the al-Assad regime one opportunity after another to end the rising of jihadi, popular resistance against his oppression, injustice, corruption and spoiling," SITE reported Zawahri as saying.

Syria's anti-government rebels include Islamist groups that draw on foreign fighters.

"I incite Muslims everywhere, especially in the countries that are contiguous to Syria, to rise up to support their brothers in Syria with all what they can and not to spare anything that they can offer," he said.

Zawahri, who led the Egyptian Islamic Jihad movement before joining al Qaeda, called on President Mohamed Mursi, the country's new Islamist leader, to explain his policies on Israel, Egyptian Christians and sharia law.

Islamist militants want Egypt to introduce sharia and to tear up a 1979 peace treaty with Israel and were dismayed when Mursi said he would appoint a Coptic Christian vice president.

"The battle in Egypt is very clear. It is a battle between the secular minority that is allied with the church and that is leaning on the support of the army, who are made up by (former President Hosni) Mubarak and the Americans ... and the Muslim ummah (nation) in Egypt that is seeking to implement sharia," he said.

DUBAI | Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:44am BST
(Reporting By Angus McDowall; Editing by Myra MacDonald and Andrew Osborn)

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Afghan police foil deadly suicide blast in northern Afghanistan

Afghan security forces foiled a deadly suicide bomb blast in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan during the first day of Eid.

Provincial security chief Asadullah Shirzad said the suicide bomber was looking to target guests in provincial security commandment and was arrested by Afghan security forces before he detonate his explosives.

Mr. Shirzad said the suspected suicide bomber was arrested on the first day of Eid around 3:30 pm local time while he was looking to enter the guest house of Baghlan security commandment.

He said Afghan security forces had already received intelligence information regarding the bombing attempt by a suspected suicide bomber.

The detained suicide bomber was recognized as Abdullah and was a resident of northern Kunduz province. He is the second the suicide bomber arrested during the past three days in Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

This comes as a suicide bomber on Friday detonated his explosives among the participants of the Eid prayers near a mosque in Maimana city at northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, killing more than 40 people.

In the meantime the detained suicide bomber in Baghlan province told reporters that he was looking to carry out suicide attack in coordination with an Afghan police officer.

He denied to disclose the name of the police officer who was supporting him however he said that he was looking to assassinate provincial security chief of Baghlan province.

The suspected suicide bomber was in police uniform while he was looking to detonate his explosives.

Provincial security chief Asadullah Shirzad said they have started investigations to find out how the suspected bomber achieved police uniform.

By Sajad - Sat Oct 27, 10:20 am

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