Thursday, February 7, 2013

Explosion at military camp kills 10 civilians in northwestern Yemen

SANAA, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- A huge explosion occurred at a weapon depot in a military camp in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah on Thursday morning, killing 10 civilians and injuring several others, a security official told Xinhua.

A series of explosions occurred at a weapons depot in a military camp which is adjacent to a populated area, a security official told Xinhua.

"The depot belongs to the Mika brigade stationed in Hajjah province, 170 km northwest of the capital Sanaa. The weapons in the depot exploded and landed on nearby houses, killing at least 10 civilians and injuring several others," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The explosion has destroyed three houses near the camp and damaged more, he added.

A series of explosions still continue and huge fire was seen hanging over the region, the official said, adding that troops from a neighboring city are on the way to the explosion site.

The military authorities has not been reached to comment on the incident.

It is the second explosion in military camps in recent months. At least five soldiers were killed when a rocket was mistakenly fired into a weapon depot in the First Armored Division in Sanaa in October last year.

2013-02-07 16:54:15

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

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban senior leader in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, Feb. 6.

The leader is believed to be a suicide operations facilitator who manages the recruitment, training and movement of insurgents to conduct attacks on Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials, as well as Afghan and coalition forces. He is also believed directly associated with several Taliban insider attack insurgents and worked closely with Hezb-e-Islamic Gulbuddin leadership.

He is accused of having taken advantage of his village leadership position to recruit suicide bombers and insider attack facilitators from Wazir Jihadi High School.

During the operation, the security force also detained one suspected insurgent.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


In Nad ‘Ali district, Helmand province, Feb. 6, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader. The leader is believed to be directly responsible for numerous improvised explosive device and direct fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. According to coalition officials, he provided guidance to insurgents, provided regular network updates to Taliban leadership and executed IED emplacements against Afghan National Security Forces.


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani facilitator in Sabari district, Khost province, Feb. 6. The facilitator is believed to have supplied insurgents with funds, weapons and equipment to conduct attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the district. He is also accused of helping finance the purchase of motorcycles, IED materials, weapons, homemade explosives and fuel to support the insurgency. As a result of the operation, the security force also detained three other suspected insurgents and seized multiple rifles with associated ammunition.

In Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, today, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani facilitator. The facilitator is believed to be responsible for the acquisition, transfer and distribution of weapons and IED components for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

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

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces cleared one improvised explosive device during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Feb. 6.

Laghman province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared an IED in Alishing district.

Operations in RC-East are ongoing.

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District chief among 4 injured in Uruzgan

TIRINKOT (PAN): The Gizab district chief was injured along with his three guards in a roadside bombing in the central province of Uruzgan, an official said on Thursday.
Abdullah’s vehicle struck the roadside bomb on Wednesday evening when the security personnel launched a search operation in the Khalj area of Gizab district, the police spokesman, Farid Aail, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The district chief, Abdullah, and his three guards were wounded in the blast and were rushed to nearby hospital, he said adding the injured were in stable condition.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion.

from Pajhwok
By Ajmal Wisal Feb 7, 2013 - 11:59

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NATO chopper crashes in Afghanistan: ISAF

Hesa Duwum Kohistan District (in Orange)
Tagab District (in Green) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A NATO helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no fatalities, an ISAF spokesman said, while the Taliban claimed to have shot it down and killed all on board.

"I can confirm an International Security Assistance Force helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan today,'' the ISAF spokesman told AFP.

"The cause is under investigation but initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time. The reporting we have at this time is that there were no casualties.''

He would not give details of the type of helicopter involved or the number of troops aboard, saying the crash was under investigation.

A Taliban spokesman told AFP in a text message that the helicopter was shot down by rocket fire in the Tagab district of Kapisa province and burst into flames.

He said all aboard were killed. The Taliban, who have waged an 11-year insurgency in Afghanistan, regularly exaggerate their battlefield activities.

Kapisa provincial governor Mehrabuddin Safi said "the incident happened in an area where a clearance operation was ongoing against the enemy''.

"We are investigating what caused the crash and possible casualties,'' he said.

from The Standard HK

ISAF Release
Helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan


KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 7, 2013) – An International Security Assistance Force helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan today.

ISAF is still in the process of assessing the circumstances to determine more facts. However, all crew members have been recovered with no reported fatalities and the site of the incident is secure.

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Afghan Heroes Charity song

sharing this great song here from @WeAreTheBrits

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help support our brave men and women serving on the front line"

CD Single 

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