Friday, May 10, 2013

3 security personnel, 9 militants killed in clashes in NW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, May 10 (Xinhua) -- At least three security personnel and nine militants were killed on Friday during armed clashes in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Kurram Agency, local media reported.

The clashes started after a group of militants armed with heavy weapons stormed a check post of security forces in Para Chamkani area of Kurram Agency, one of the country's restive tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, local media reported quoting official sources.

The attack was so sudden that the security personnel could not retaliate quickly and militants killed three security personnel present at the check post.

Soon after the attack the quick response force rushed to site and cordoned off the whole area along with a gunship helicopter hovering over the area.

The surrounded militants opened fire at the forces besides throwing hand grenades and launching rockets at the forces to make the way to flee from the area. In the cross fire, nine militants were killed and eight others injured while some of them succeeded in running away.

In these clashes at least four security personnel were also injured.

Security forces shifted the bodies and injured to the army hospital in the area.

Following the clashes, security forces launched a grand search operation in the tribal region to arrest the escaped militants.

Earlier on Monday, a suicide bomber targeted a political gathering in the same region killing 26 besides leaving over 40 others injured.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
2013-05-10 15:52:39

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Rebel leader among 4 killed in Ghazni clash

GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Four Taliban, including one of their commanders, have been killed in a clash with police in the Qarabagh district of southern Ghazni province, an official said on Friday.

The gunbattle was triggered by an overnight insurgent attack on a post of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) force in the area, Fazal Rahman Nazarwal, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Security forces seized four weapons, a walkie-talkie and a night-vision goggle from the attackers a s a result of the three-hour, the district chief said, identifying the local rebel commander as Wahidyar.

from Pajhwok
By Saifullah Maftoon May 10, 2013 - 11:43

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Pakistan: 3 killed, 11 injured in Miranshah market blast

MIRANSHAH: A motorbike bomb close to party political offices killed three people and wounded 11 in Miranshah on the eve of the country's general election.

The bomb went off in the main bazaar of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan district, a security official said.

Witnesses and hospital officials said 11 people had been taken to Miranshah Civil Hospital, some of them in a serious condition.

Another official in the northwestern city of Peshawar confirmed the blast and the casualties.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Pakistan goes to the polls on Saturday to elect a new government, the first time in the country's turbulent history that one civilian administration has handed power to another through the ballot box.

But the campaign has been marred by violence, with more than 100 people killed in bombings and shootings in the month leading up to polling day.

from GEO.TV
May 10, 2013 - Updated 1055 PKT

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In Several Joint Clearance Operations, 17 Armed Taliban Killed (May 10.2013.)

Publish Date: May 10, 2013 
In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several joint clearance operations with the cooperation of Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan.
The operations were conducted in Laghman, Kunduz, Faryab, Zabul, Uruzgan, Logar, Ghazni and Helmand provinces, as a result 17 armed Taliban were killed, 18 wounded and one other armed Talib was arrested by Afghan National Security Forces.                                                                                
Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated some amount of light and heavy round ammunitions and IEDs.
During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused an anti-vehicle mine placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activity in the Delaram district of Nimroz province.

Counter Crimes:
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained four suspects accused of murder and theft in the 9th, 11th and 15th Districts of Kabul-City.
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May 10., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security and coalition forces detained one suspected insurgent and discovered one weapons cache during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, May 9.

Paktya province
Afghan National Security and coalition forces detained one suspected insurgent and discovered one weapons cache during operations in the Laja Ahmadkhel district. The suspected insurgent was transferred to a base for questioning. The cache contained approximately 700 rounds of ammunition and one 107 mm rocket.

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Follower of Mohammed al Zawahiri dies in attack in Mali

Abu Obeida Sharif Khattab can be seen in the lower left foreground of this photo. Mohammed al Zawahiri is in the middle. To Zawahiri's left is Sheikh Adel Shehato.
Members of al Qaeda's Shumukh al Islam forum announced on May 4 that four Egyptian jihadists died in a "martyrdom-seeking" operation in Mali, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. One of the Egyptians, Abu Obeida Sharif Khattab, had previously appeared in videos with Mohammed al Zawahiri, the younger brother of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri.

The Shumukh al Islam forum participants apparently did not provide any details of the attack. The same day as their announcement, however, four terrorists were killed during an attack near Gao, which is where Khattab died. Two Malian soldiers were killed and several others were wounded.
The Malian army said that a suspicious individual riding a motorcycle was at first stopped. Three militants in a car then opened fire on the Malian soldiers, according to the Associated Press. "That was when the jihadist on the motorcycle set off the bomb that he was wearing," explained Lieutenant Colonel Souleymane Maiga, who heads public relations for the Malian army.

Sharif Khattab was a member of Shumukh al Islam who posted as "Abu Obeida al-Maghribi," according to his fellow forum members. Khattab had tried to join the jihad in the Sinai, Yemen, and Iraq, but was unsuccessful. One member of the forum said that Khattab did make his way to Libya after being released from prison. It is not clear why Khattab was imprisoned.

"After Allah graced him with coming out of the apostate prisons, and the market of jihad opened in Libya, he quickly went there, and Allah did not will that he complete his journey there," a forum member posted. "Then he returned with his determination higher and his longing for jihad increased, until Allah destined him to emigrate."

"After the French invasion of the new home of Islam in Azawad, our brother fought a fight deserving of praise from his brothers, until he was granted martyrdom," another forum member wrote, according to SITE's translation.

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Hezbollah says ready to receive "game-changing weapons" from Syria

BEIRUT, May 9 (Xinhua) -- The Lebanese Hezbollah's chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel Thursday that his militia is ready to receive "game-changing weapons" from Syria.
"Israel bombed Syria in order to say that continuing to back the resistance (against Israel) and supply it with military aid will lead to the downfall of the regime," Nasrallah said in a televised speech, referring to Israel's airstrike on Syrian military facilities early Sunday.

"Israel knows that the source of strength of the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine is Syria, that's why it wants to remove it from the equation and to besiege the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine," he said.

"Syria's first response was the decision to grant the resistance 'game-changing' weapons which it had never acquired in the past," he said.

On the recent Israeli attacks on military targets in and near Damascus, the Hezbollah chief said "The objective (of the attacks) is to harm the capabilities of Syria and its army and to remove it from the equation of the conflict with the enemy."

"Syria does not have a peace treaty with Israel, but there is a truce agreement and everyone knows what Syria has offered to resistance movements, especially the Palestinian resistance," he said.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
2013-05-10 03:08:27

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