Monday, October 29, 2012

Taliban attack Afghan and US troops in Wardak province

Districts of Wardak.
Districts of Wardak. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Afghan National Army troops and their partnered U.S. Special Forces were ambushed by insurgents in Wardak Province, October 29.

The ANA and USSF conducted a tactical ground movement through Nerkh District for a routine assessment of Afghan Local Police checkpoints.

Partnered Forces were attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades by more than a dozen insurgents. The partnered forces returned fire resulting in three insurgents killed.

Special Operations Task Force – East Commander, Lieutenant Col. Christopher J. Fox said, “While security increases in the area, the Taliban are scrambling to regain control. They continue to put innocent lives at risk. We are standing by our partnered forces to protect the people of Nerkh and all of Wardak Province.”

No civilian or Afghan National Security Forces were injured or killed during the engagement.

Taliban militants group yet to comment regarding the report.

By Sajad - Mon Oct 29, 8:08 pm

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5 Taliban, 2 civilians killed in Ghazni security operation

GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Five Taliban fighters and two civilians were killed during a joint security operation conducted by the Afghan and coalition forces in southern Ghazni province, officials said on Monday.

The incident happened on Sunday night when Afghan and the International Security Assistance Force launched the operation in Qazi Qala area on the outskirts of Ghazni City, the provincial capital of Ghazni, a National Directorate of Security official said on condition of anonymity.

Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy governor, revealed the Taliban fighters were killed in retaliatory firings after Taliban attacked the security personnel.

A woman and an elderly man also died in the two-hour long clash, he said.

Authorities seized five motorcycles, a large quantity of weapons and ammunitions belonging to the militants, added Ahmadi.

from Pajhwok
by Saifullah Maftoon on Oct 29, 2012 - 13:23

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2 Afghan soldiers killed following blast in Helmand

According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, at least two Afghan national army service members were killed following a roadside improvised explosive device blast in Garmser district on Monday.

Garamser district chief Ayoub Omer confirming the report said the incident took place early Monday after the vehicle of the Afghan national army soldiers struck with a roadside bomb.

In the meantime a spokesman for the Taliban group Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed responsibility behind the incident and said 4 Afghan national army service members were killed in the blast however local officials denied the claims.

Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces but in a number of cases Afghan civilians become the victims.

An average number of 243 Afghan national army soldiers are killed or injured in militants attacks in Afghanistan in 2012, according to ISAF.

By Sadaf Shinwari - Mon Oct 29, 4:13 pm

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Oct. 29., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during a security operation to arrest a Taliban leader in Ghazni province today.

As the security force approached the Taliban leader’s suspected location, multiple armed insurgents attacked the security force with small-arms fire. The security force returned fire, killing the insurgents.

The security force also detained one suspected insurgent and seized a machine gun with large quantities of ammunition, several assault-style rifles, a pistol, and assorted ammunition as a result of the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in Kandahar province today. The arrested leader is believed to be responsible for high profile attack planning, facilitating weapons use, and leading a group of Taliban fighters within Kandahar province.


An Afghan and coalition force detained a number of suspected insurgents during a security operation in search of a Haqqani leader in Logar province today. The leader is believed to coordinate direct fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the province.

An Afghan and coalition force detained a suspected insurgent during a security operation in search of a Haqqani leader in Khost province today. The leader is suspected of planning ambush attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces and assisting in the facilitation of weapons for use in insurgent attacks.

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Another suicide bombing attempt foiled in southern Afghanistan

According to local authorities in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan, Afghan security forces thwarted a suicide bomb blast in this province.

Provincial governor spokesman Abdullah Hemat said a suicide bomber was shot dead in central Tarinkowt city of southern Uruzgan province before he detonate his explosives.

Mr. Hemat did not disclose further information regarding the incident and identity of the suicide bomber who was killed by Afghan police forces.

This comes as Afghan security forces during the first day of Eid on Friday managed to arrest a suicide bomber in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan who was willing to carry out a deadly suicide bomb blast in provincial security commandment.

Meanwhile a suicide bomber on Friday detonated his explosives among the participants of Eid prayers near a mosque in northern Maimana city of Faryab province killing at least 41 and injuring more than 50 others.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Sunday visited Maimana city and met with the family members of the victims of Faryab bombing.

President Karzai once again strongly condemned the bombing and vowed to assist the family members of the victims who lost their loved ones.

Afghan high peace council also condemned the bombing and called it a crime against the humanity.

By Sayed Jawad - Sun Oct 28, 7:59 pm

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Al Shabab Ambushes KDF in Southern Somalia

KismayoAl shabab fighters have laid an ambush Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) at a rural village between Afmadow and Kismayo towns in southern Somalia, reports said.

The attack occurred on Saturday night in the main road linking Afmadow to the southern port city of Kismayo and both sides exchanged heavy gunfire that lasted for several hours, according to the locals.

"The Kenyan convoy was en route to Kismayo when the attack happened. People are feared dead during the combat," a witness said, adding he could not confirm the casualties.

Al shabab was not available to reach for comments.

from allAfrica/Shabelle
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US drones kill 4 AQAP fighters in rare strike in northern Yemen

US drones killed four al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in the first strike recorded against the terror group in northern Yemen. A local al Qaeda commander was targeted, and two Saudis are thought to be among those killed.
The unmanned Predators or Reapers fired several missiles at two compounds in the Abu Jabara area of Saada province today, Yemeni security officials and tribesmen told Reuters, which reported that four "militants" were killed. A local AQAP commander known as Hadi al Tais was said to be the target of the airstrike; it is unclear if he was killed.
According to The Associated Press, three AQAP fighters, including two Saudis, were killed in the attack that targeted a compound of "a wanted al Qaeda militant from another Yemeni province."
The strike is the first recorded against AQAP in northern Yemen since the US began targeting the terror group in late 2009. All of the other strikes have targeted AQAP's network and fighters in the southern provinces.
Saada is a hotspot where local Salafist groups, backed by AQAP and the government, battle the Houthis, a Shia separatist group that is supported by Iran. The Houthis, who are based in Al Jawf and Saada, have been fighting the Sunni government for years. In 2010, the Houthis also clashed with Saudi security forces along the northern border. Hundreds of Houthi fighters and Saudi troops were killed in the fighting.
In early December 2011, AQAP officially declared war on the Houthis. Ibrahim Suleiman al Rubaish, al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula's Mufti, issued the announcement and called the Shia a "virus" on the Sunni people. Rubaish was held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before he was released in 2006. AQAP has conducted several suicide attacks against the Houthis, including an attack in December 2011 that killed a military commander, and another that killed 17 people, including a top Houthi leader and his son.

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