Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In Several Joint Clearance Operations, Nine Armed Taliban Arrested (Feb.05.2013.)

Publish Date: Feb 05, 2013
In Several Joint Clearance Operations, Nine Armed Taliban Arrested

During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces launched four joint clearance operations in Kandahar, Uruzgan and Helmand provinces.

As a result of these operations, nine armed Taliban were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces.

Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated some amount of light and heavy rounds ammunition, IEDs and eight anti-vehicle mines.

During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused five different types of mines in Nangarhar and Khost provinces yesterday.
Afghan National Police arrested to smugglers with 13 kilos of opium in the Shirzad district of Nangarhar province and Mahtarlam city capital of Laghman province yesterday.
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2 Afghan women killed, 3 children injured in US troops operation

According to local authorities in western Herat province of Afghanistan, at least two women were killed and three children were injured following a military operation by US special forces in this province.

The officials further added the operation was conducted in Zer-e-Koh area at Shindand district.

Shindand district chief Abdul Hamid Noor confirming the report said the operation was launched on Monday in a bid to clear the area from the militants activities.

Mr. Noor further added at least two militants commanders were also killed following the operation and two Afghan and US troops were injured.

He said a militant’s wife was also among the two women who were killed during the operation.

In the meantime NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement said, “”On the morning of February 5, Afghan and Coalition forces conducted a partnered operation in Shindand District, Herat Province. The Afghan and Coalition forces received fire from a compound and engaged insurgents in that compound. Our initial assessment is that after the engagement, one Afghan woman and three Afghan children were found dead in a compound separate from where the Afghan and Coalition forces engaged the insurgents. ISAF takes all civilian casualties seriously, and an investigation is on-going to determine exactly what happened in this operation.”

By Sadaf Shinwari - 05 Feb 2013, 3:12 pm

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Feb. 05., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces cleared three improvised explosive devices and detained seven suspected insurgents during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Feb. 4.

Nangarhar province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared an IED in Khugyani district.

Khowst province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared an IED in Sperah district.

Laghman province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared an IED in Qarghah'i district.

Paktya province
Afghan National Security Forces detained seven suspected insurgents following an IED attack in Gardez district. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Operations in RC-East are ongoing.

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Suicide Bombing Kills 4 in Iraq

A suicide bomber has set off a car packed with explosives at an army checkpoint in Iraq, killing at least four people and wounding 12 others.

The attack Tuesday happened in Taji, about 20 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad. At least two soldiers were among those killed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The bombing is the second such attack in as many days in Taji. On Sunday, a suicide bomber targeting government-backed forces killed at least 22 people.

from VOA News
February 05, 2013

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Blast kills 4, injures 10 in Faryab food outlet

MAIMANA (PAN): Four people were killed and another 10 suffered wounds when a suspected bomb went off at a food outlet in the Khwaja Sabzposh district of northern Faryab province on Tuesday, officials said.

The explosive had been placed beneath a table and exploded at a time when a number of men were taking afternoon meals at the outlet, Faryab police chief Maj. Gen. Naji Jan Mullahkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Two of the injured were said to be in a critical condition, he said, adding the outlet owner and an employee were detained for interrogation.

"The bomb was fitted in a pressure cooker that was placed beneath a table at the restaurant," the district chief, Abdullah Masoomi, said. A former local jihadi commander, Nadar, was among those injured, he said.

There was no claim of responsibility for the explosion.

from Pajhwok
By Qutbuddin Kohi Feb 5, 2013 - 12:30

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Paris arrests 4 islamist militants heading for al-Qaeda in Mali

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French police arrested four suspected Islamist militants near Paris on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the recruitment of fighters for al Qaeda-linked forces in Africa's Sahel, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said.

The arrests are the first since France intervened in Mali last month to repel an offensive by Islamist rebels, which has raised concerns about possible reprisal attacks on French interests at home and abroad.

Three of the four men arrested were Franco-Congolese and one was Malian, a police source said.

"There is an operation ongoing in the Paris region, conducted by the DCRI (domestic security service), which comes after the arrest of an individual a few months ago on the border between Mali and Niger," Valls told BFM TV.

That man was a Franco-Congolese social worker named Cedric Lobo, 27, who was arrested in Niamey, the capital of Niger, while attempting to purchase a four-wheel drive vehicle with a false driver's license, the police source said.

Lobo was attempting to reach the historic Malian city of Timbuktu to join al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) when he was detained by Niger police.

He was subsequently extradited to France, where he was charged with planning attacks and remanded in custody.

Valls said the arrests had come after a long investigation into al Qaeda recruitment rings led by anti-terrorism judge Marc Trevidic.

Last Updated: Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:59 pm (KSA) 09:59 am (GMT)

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