Monday, January 7, 2013

Jan. 07., 2013. - ISAF Joint Command Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader, and detained one suspected insurgent, in Andar district, Ghazni province, today.

The leader commanded a group who organized and executed attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, along with overseeing the placement of improvised explosive devices.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


A Taliban senior leader was arrested by an Afghan and coalition security force in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, today. The senior leader played a major role in narcotics trafficking to fund Taliban operations within the district. He commanded insurgent fighters who were directly responsible for conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. During the operation, the security force also detained one suspected insurgent.

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Jan. 07., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces detained one insurgent, located one weapons cache and cleared four improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Jan. 6.

Ghazni province
Afghan Local Police and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Muqer district. The cache contained several mines and IED making materials.

Khowst province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces detained one insurgent during an engagement in Khowst district. The detained suspect was transferred to a base for questioning.

Nangarhar province
Afghan Uniformed Police and coalition forces found and safely cleared one IED in Mohmand Darah district.

Paktika province
Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared three IEDs in Jani Khel district.

Operations in RC-East are ongoing.

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2 soldiers dead in Kandahar blast

KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and two others, including a police and a civilian, injured in separate explosions in the capital of southern Kandahar province, officials said on Monday.

The first blast took place in the Tirinkot bus stand on outskirts of 9th municipality district on Sunday night, when a police vehicle was passing the area, the governor's spokesman, Jawed Faisal, told Pajhwok Afghan News. One civilian was injured in the blast.

He said the second blast occurred on Monday morning when a team of the Afghan National Army (ANA) engineering corps was trying to defuse a bomb, injuring one army soldier.

But an ANA commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, said two soldiers were killed and a policeman injured in the explosion. A statement from the ministry of defence said two soldiers were injured in the blast.

from Pajhwok
By Bashir Ahmad Naadem Jan 7, 2013 - 13:25

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Somalia: Ugandan Rebel Group Has Links With Somali Militants, a Report Says

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Kampala — A UN report alleges that there is a link between Somalia's Al Qaida inspired group of Al Shabab and the Ugandan rebel group of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and that the two group's connection is spreading through east Africa.

According to the report, ADF has established a link with Somalia's militant group of Al Shabab which is now weaker after Somali government forces backed by African union thrashed the group in many battlefields in south Somalia.

Uganda has contributed the bulk of the AU forces in Somalia and Al Shabab carried out a deadly bombing attack in Uganda in 2010, clearly in retaliation to Uganda's deployment to Somalia.

Despite the hatred of Al Shabab on the presence of African union forces in Somalia, the Somali public fully accepts their presence and rejoices their sacrifices in restoring peace in Somalia.

Ugandan police force issued an alert last Monday on possible terror attacks by ADF during the celebration of the new year but luckily nothing bad happened.

from allAfrica/Shabelle
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6 Afghan police officers missing in Farah province

According to local authorities in western Farah province of Afghanistan, at least 6 Afghan police officers are missing from a security check post in Pusht-e-Rud district.

The Afghan police officers disappeared from the check post on Sunday evening.

Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Younis Rassouli confirmed the report however he did not disclose further information regarding the incident.

In a separate incident and Afghan security service member was killed following attack by unknown gunmen in Farah province.

Provincial governor spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhwandai said the attack took place on Monday morning, killing an Afghan security service member and injuring another one.

In the meantime local officials are saying Afghan security forces have launched a search operation to find the missing Afghan police officers.

A spokesman for the Taliban group said the police officers have joined Taliban group but the report has not been confirmed by officials in Farah yet.

By Mirwais Adeel - January 7 2013, 1:29 pm

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