Tuesday, May 21, 2013

4 killed, 68 wounded in bomb attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 21 (Xinhua) -- At least four people were killed and 68 others wounded in deadly bomb attacks in war-torn Iraq on Tuesday, police said.

At least three people were killed and more than 43 others wounded when two car bombs exploded in the Hussein district in Tuz Khormato, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blasts caused considerable damage to a number of houses and civilian cars nearby, the source said.

One civilian was killed and 25 others were injured when three bombs exploded in a sheep market in the Auraba district of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, according to the source.

Tuesday's violence came amid an escalation of sectarian tension between the Sunni and Shiite communities, which has been at its highest level since the U.S. troops pulled out of the country at the end of 2011.

On Monday, a series of car bombs and shootings mainly targeting Shiite areas across Iraq killed at least 70 people, including several Iranian pilgrims, and wounded more than 200, apparently in an attempt to stir up sectarian strife among Iraqis.

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Pakistani and Chechen rebels attack police check post in Helmand

Lejay is located in the Baghran valley, in Hel...
Districts of Helmand Province. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At least 23 Taliban militants including Pakistani and Chechen fighters were killed after attacking a police check post in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Local officials in Helmand province said the incident took place in Sangin district, leaving four Afghan police officers dead.

Provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak said the attack was carried out jointly by Pakistani and Chechen militants.

He said clashes started late Monday and the two sides are still exchanging fire.

In the meantime Taliban militants group claimed around 10 police officers along with thier commander were killed.

This comes as Afghan defense ministry on Monday announced that hundreds of Pakistani and foreign militants were deployed to Afghanistan to carry out attacks in Afghanistan.

Defense ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi said several religious Madrasas teaching Taliban militants were closed and the fighters were deployed in Afghanistan.

By Mirwais Adeel - 21 May 2013, 11:52 am

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In Several Joint Clearance Operations, 18 Armed Taliban Killed (May 21.2013.)

 Publish Date: May 21, 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 Nangarhar, Kandahar, Zabul, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Paktiya and Helmand provinces, as a result 18 armed Taliban were killed, one wounded and 22 other armed Taliban were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces.                                                                                   

Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and defused some amount of light and heavy rounds ammunition and IEDs.

During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused six anti-vehicle mines placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in Kunduz, Uruzgan, Paktika and Herat provinces.

Counter Crimes:
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained three suspects accused of theft and drug trafficking in the 1st and 10th Districts of Kabul-City.
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8 killed, 25 injured as drone hits Taliban training centre

MAHMUD RAQI/PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): A NATO drone targeted a training centre of Taliban insurgents in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province, killing eight and injuring 25 others, an official claimed on Monday.

The drone strike came when a Taliban commander, Wahdat, was busy training fighters in the Badrab area, the governor’s spokesman, Qais Qadari, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Some bodies of the slain individuals were shifted to the Saleh village, but the rest remained at the training centre, he said.

Separately, two policemen and three Taliban insurgents were killed during a clash in the Zamankhel district of Baghlan-i-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province, said Brig. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rostaqi, the provincial police chief.

from Pajhwok
By Pajhwok reporter May 20, 2013 - 19:32   

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R.I.P. - Sgt. Eugene M Aguon, Spc. Dwayne W. Flores

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

         The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

         They died May 16, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Fort Juan Muna, Guam.

         Killed were:

         Sgt. Eugene M Aguon, 23, of Mangilao, Guam, and

         Spc. Dwayne W. Flores, 22, of Sinajana, Guam.

         For more information media may contact the Guam National Guard public affairs office at 671-735-0409 or 671-734-4082.

from PNC:
Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 08:08 
Written by Kevin Kerrigan, Josh Tyquiengco & Janela Carrera 
Saturday, 18 May 2013 09:47  
Guam Guardsmen  Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon (left) and Specialist Dwayne W. Flores (right),  were killed this past Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a suicide bomber rammed the convoy they were part of.

In all, the explosion claimed 15 lives, 6 of them Americans, including Flores and Aguon. The other 4 Americans killed were civilian contractors.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo confirmed the deaths in a message to the media Saturday evening declaring a "State of Mourning" on Guam for the deaths of  Flores and Aguon.

In his statement the Governor said:

“Christine and I, Ray and Notch ask for the prayers of every Guamanian for the families and friends of Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon, and Specialist Dwayne W. Flores. There are no words to describe the overwhelming grief of our island on this tragic day. May the Lord be with their parents and loved ones to give them strength,” Governor Calvo said.

Aguon and Flores were part of the nearly 600 Guam guardsmen in the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment. They left island on March 2 for a month of pre-deployment training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. They arrived in Afghanistan in the first weeks of April.

The 23 year old Aguon is from Mangilao. He was a graduate of George Washington High School. Flores is from Sinajana.

Mass for Dwayne Flores will be said nightly at the Hagatna Cathedral Chapel from 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 7pm on Sunday.
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May 21., 2013. - ISAF Joint Command Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force wounded a senior Taliban leader and arrested one other insurgent during an operation in Zharay district, Kandahar province, today.

The senior leader is responsible for directing and executing attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He and his subordinates facilitate the movement of weapons and military equipment throughout Zharay district, in addition to constructing, distributing and emplacing improvised explosive devices, resulting in the death of Afghan civilians.

During the operation, the insurgent leader physically attacked the security force. The force engaged the individual in self-defense, wounding him.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


Afghan and coalition forces confirmed today the death of a senior Taliban leader, Qari Adil, during an operation in Khanaqa district, Jowzjan province, Sunday. Adil, also known as Naymat, was responsible for illegal tax collection in Jowzjan and Balkh provinces. He and his subordinates intimidated local civilians into paying illegitimate fees in order to fund Taliban operations. He assassinated multiple village elders who had resisted his extortion activities. He also facilitated the movement of weapons and military equipment for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.


An Afghan and coalition security force wounded one insurgent during an operation in search of a senior Taliban leader in Ghaziabad district, Kunar province, yesterday. The insurgent leader is responsible for relaying instructions from Taliban senior leadership to fighters in Nuristan district. He extorts money from local businesses in order to fund insurgent activity and coordinates attacks on Afghan government officials. He also actively recruits Taliban members in the local area and facilitates the movement of military equipment for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

An Afghan and coalition security force killed three insurgents during an operation in search of a senior Taliban leader in La’lpur district, Nangarhar province, yesterday. The leader is the ranking military official in Bati Kot district. He exercises operational control over a cell of fighters responsible for improvised explosive device attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces. He facilitates the acquisition of IED making materials, constructs and emplaces IEDs, and trains other Taliban members on IED operations. He also recruits suicide bombers and is actively involved in kidnapping operations targeting Afghan officials.

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May 21., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security and coalition forces killed three insurgents, detained five suspected insurgents, discovered one weapons cache and found and safely cleared nine improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, May 20.

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

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

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

Khowst province
Afghan National Security and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs during operations in the Saberi district.

Logar province
Afghan National Security Forces killed one insurgent found and safely cleared three IEDs during operations in the Pul-e Alam district.

Paktika province
Afghan National Security and coalition forces detained five suspected insurgents and found and safely cleared two IEDs during operations in the Bermal district. The suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Wardak province
Afghan National Secuirty Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared one IED and discovered one weapons cache containing small-caliber ammunition during operations in the Sayed Abad district.

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