Sunday, May 12, 2013

Would-be suicide bomber killed in Yemen's Aden

ADEN, Yemen, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Troops of the Yemeni anti- terrorism forces foiled a terror attack and shot dead a would-be suicide bomber on Sunday morning in the southern port city of Aden, a government official told Xinhua.
The troops launched a storming campaign against an al-Qaida- held house in Aden's neighborhood of Mansoura, the local government official said on condition of anonymity.

"An al-Qaida terrorist cell planning to carry out terror attacks and suicide operations was discovered in a building in Aden," the source said, adding that "An al-Qaida suicide bomber was killed and an explosive-packed car was seized during the operation."

Experts of the anti-bomb disposal unit have arrived at the site and managed to defuse the car bomb, according to the official.

Yemeni security services have repeatedly blamed militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot for a series of assassination attacks, mostly in the country's southern regions.

The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which emerged in January 2009, is considered the most strategic threat to the Yemeni government and its neighboring oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

The AQAP underscores the challenges faced by Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who came to power after winning support from major Yemeni political forces, the United States and Saudi Arabia in February 2012.

Hadi is tasked with restoring security and stability to Yemen and putting an end to growing influence of al-Qaida that also threatens daily oil shipping routes in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

2013-05-12 16:15:37

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Explosion kill district attorney chief in Helmand

According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, district attorney chief for Marjah was killed following an improvised explosive device explosion.

Provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak confirming the report said Marjah district attorney chief, Lal Mohammad was killed early Sunday morning after his vehicle struck with a roadside bomb.

Mr. Zwak further added the incident took place around 7am local time while Lal Mohammad was on his way towards his work place.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident however Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces and Afghan government officials.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the group announced its summer offensive late last month, and vowed to carry out attacks against the security forces, government officials and diplomatic institutions across the country.

By Sadaf Shinwari - 12 May 2013, 12:12 pm

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Afghan National Police Kills A Suicide Bomber (May 12.2013.)

Publish Date: May 12, 2013

Zabul Police killed a suicide bomber at one of the border police posts today at around 09:00 Am and the second suicide bomber was identified and arrested by Afghan National Police.

The incident took place in the Shamal Zai district of Zabul province.

The arrested suicide bomber is being investigated by Zabul CID.

Ministry of Interior Affairs praises the good work of ANP in ensuring of security to the people of Afghanistan and appreciated people in sharing information with Afghan National Security forces and this is a good step forward in improving the security and stability in the country.

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In Several Joint Clearance Operations, Six Armed Taliban Killed (May 12.2013.)

Publish Date: May 12, 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 Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Paktiya and Helmand provinces, as a result six armed Taliban were killed, 45 wounded and one was arrested by Afghan National Security Forces.                                                                                    
Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated two AK-47 rifles, one rocket launcher, 300 kilos of ammonium nitrate, 18 hand grenades, three heavy rounds, six different types of mines, one motorcycle and one vehicle.

Counter Crimes:
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained three suspects accused of seizing government property and drug trafficking in the Mosahi and 2nd Districts of Kabul-City.
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May 12., 2013. - ISAF Joint Command Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior insurgent leader with ties to the Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and one other insurgent during an operation in Burkah district, Baghlan province, May 12.

The senior leader is in charge of a group of fighters responsible for a wide range of insurgent activities. He and his cell have murdered Afghans, kidnapped Afghan civilians for ransom, conducted robberies against local businesses and collected illegal taxes in order to fund insurgent operations. He also facilitates the movement of weapons and suicide vests in the local area.

The security force also seized one AK-47, five rocket propelled grenades, seven RPG propellants, two fragmentary grenades, ammunition, six magazines and improvised explosive device making material as a result of the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader during an operation in Burkah district, Baghlan province, May 12. The leader is a known IED expert responsible for the construction, distribution and emplacement of IEDs targeting Afghan and coalition forces. He also has a history of directing suicide bomber operations in Burkah district.


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested two insurgents during an operation in search of a senior Taliban leader in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, May 12. The senior leader oversees a number of insurgent cells responsible for attacks on Afghan and coalition forces. He and his subordinates are heavily involved in IED operations. He also directs the movement of weapons throughout Helmand province and interfaces with other insurgent leadership in order to report intelligence and receive strategic guidance for his network’s activities.

An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban leader, Wahidullah Khan, killed one other insurgent, and detained two insurgents during an operation in Arghandab district, Kandahar province, May 12. Khan was in charge of a group of fighters responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He was also involved in the facilitation of weapons and military equipment for his group of insurgents and directed night patrols in order to harass the local Afghan populace. During the operation, Khan and another insurgent opened fire on the security force. The security force returned fire, killing both. The security force also seized IED-making material, one AK-47, one pistol and four magazines as a result of the operation.


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested two insurgents during an operation in search of a senior Taliban leader in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, May 12. The senior leader has operational control of a group of approximately 70 insurgent fighters responsible for numerous attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Sayyidabad district involving rocket-propelled grenades, IEDs and small arms. He also oversees weapons trafficking in the local area and reports on insurgent operations to ranking Taliban officials in Wardak province.

Commandos from 1st Company, 2nd Special Operations Kandak, advised by coalition forces, detained 28 insurgents during a clearing operation in the vicinity of Zaghun Shar village in Muhhamed Agha district, Logar province, May 10. The purpose of the operation was to disrupt insurgent activity in the area.

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May 12., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security and coalition forces killed four insurgents and found and safely cleared four improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, May 11.

Ghazni province
Afghan National Security Forces killed three insurgents during operations in the Andar district.

Afghan National Security Forces killed one insurgent during operations in the Arjistan district.

Laghman province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Qarghaee district.

Nangarhar province

Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Bati Kot district.

Coalition forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Chaparhar district.

Wardak province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Sayed Abad district.

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2 policemen killed in Nangarhar blast

JALALABAD (PAN): Two policemen were killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Nangarhar province Saturday, an official said.
Five policemen were wounded, three of them critically, in the blast that happened at 4pm when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Kandi area of Kama district.

Syed Rahman Momand, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News, an investigation into the bombing was ongoing.

But a doctor at Kama hospital said on condition of anonymity two dead bodies and three wounded people had been brought to the hospital.

The policemen were keeping security for an under-construction school building when the blast occurred, said a resident of the area, Zubair.

from Pajhwok
By Mahbob Shah Mahbob May 11, 2013 - 19:33   

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Bombs Near Turkish-Syrian Border Kill 40

People carry injured people from one of explosion sites after several explosions killed at least 40 people and injured dozens in Reyhanli, near Turkey's border with Syria, May 11, 2013.
ISTANBUL — Twin car bombs in a Turkish town near the Syrian border have killed at least 40 people and wounded more than 100 others, and top Turkish officials are pointing fingers at the Syrian government.

Turkey's interior minister, Muammar Guler, said car bombs went off in the town of Reyhanli, just a few kilometers from a Syrian border crossing. Massive explosions devastated nearby buiildings, and ambulances rushed to the site Saturday to treat scores of victims.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was "the usual suspect" in the attacks, particularly because Syrians taking refuge from the civil war in Turkey's Hatay province clearly "have become targets" for the regime in Damascus.

No one claimed responsibility for the carnage, nor was there any comment on the explosions from authorities in the Syrian capital.

In addition to tensions involving Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated the blasts also may have been related to his government's peace talks with Kurdish rebels, an effort aimed at ending nearly 30 years of conflict.

Erdogan said "Hatay is also a very sensitive province," home to 20,000 to 25,000 refugees. "There may be those who want to agitate these sensitivities," he said.

Turkey has harshly cricitized Syria's President Assad throughout the course of the civil war there. Two years of bloodshed in Syria are believed to have killed about 70,000 people and have made hundreds of thousands of civilians homeless.

The U.S. embassy in Ankara condemned the attack in Turkey Saturday and vowed to stand with authorities in Ankara to "identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice."

from VOA News
by Dorian Jones
May 11, 2013

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