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[6 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

One hundred days after the fall of Kunduz, militants continue to create problems on the outskirts of the city.
Kunduz Police Chief Qasim Jangalbagh said on Tuesday that plans are however in place to bring an end to this problem.
Jangalbagh said: “Taliban militants are operating on the outskirts of the city but we have plans to stop them and eliminate them.”
Meanwhile, tribal elders and residents of the province warned that if government fails to ensure security in the city, the city might fall again to the Taliban.
The militants also have a …

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[6 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Security forces have killed 15 Daesh militants in a clash in eastern Nangarhar province.
A statement released by the police headquarters of Nangarhar states that the gun battle erupted around 04:30 pm (local time) on Monday.
According to the statement, insurgents had planned to attack a security post in Saluram Farm area of Bati Kot District.
After receiving the tip-off, additional security forces reached to the site to assist those already in the area, the press release states, adding that they gave a befitting response to the militants and forced them to back …

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[6 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – The Afghan Taliban have launched an unprecedented winter surge that points to a desire for an upper hand in peace talks, analysts say, while some suggest rogue Pakistani elements may be bolstering the effort to derail overtures by Islamabad to India. Taliban fighting normally quiets down in winter months with the insurgents resting ahead of an annual spring offensive, but this year has seen a series of fierce attacks — many focused on Kabul in recent weeks, including three in the capital since Friday.
Some say the ongoing …

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[27 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By MUJIB MASHAL in The NY Times, Nov 27, 2015
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday visited Kunduz, the first Afghan city in 14 years to fall, briefly, under Taliban control, and used his visit to call for major security changes in the city and surrounding province. Mr. Ghani announced the dismissal of the provincial intelligence chief and an overhaul of the security leadership. And he delivered what he said was a final warning to the illegal militias in the area, whose long history of abuses turned Kunduz Province …

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[27 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

GHALLANAI: A soldier and four militants were killed in a clash that erupted after a group of Afghanistan-based militants stormed a post in Safi Tehsil of Mohmand Agency on Thursday, official sources said.
The sources said that dozens of militants attacked the Al-Ghazi Post in Sheikh Baba Gulono area in the Safi area of Mohmand Agency early in the day. They said security forces deployed at the post challenged the attackers triggering a gunbattle.
“One soldier and four militants were killed in the clash.
Five militants also sustained injuries in the clash that …

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[27 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

TERROR knows no boundaries and perhaps there is no better recent illustration of it than the US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan that allegedly killed dozens of militants whose bodies were buried in Pakistan.It is now widely acknowledged that the shrinking space for militants in Fata, particularly since the launch of Operation Zarb-i-Azb and the recent Khyber operations, caused many militants to decamp to eastern Afghanistan.It is also now an open secret that eastern Afghanistan has become a hotbed of both anti-Pakistan and anti-Afghan militancy.Furthermore, the inability of the Afghan …

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[27 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Jon Boone in The Guardian, Nov 26, 2015 at 17.37GMT
Islamabad: A founder of a Pakistani terror group has been shot dead in the middle of Lahore, in an incident that senior police sources privately admitted was a killing staged by the authorities.
Haroon Bhatti, who was extradited from Dubai in September, was killed while in police custody, along with three other members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). LeJ has a track record of attacks on Pakistan’s Shia minority, and intelligence officials feared it could join forces with Islamic State.
Lahore police said the …

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[26 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Ihsanullah Tipu Mehsud, The NY Times, Nov 26, 2015
ISLAMABAD — An American drone strike on Wednesday killed a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan, near the border with the North Waziristan region of Pakistan, according to Pakistani intelligence officials in the tribal belt.
The commander, Khan Sayed, also known as Sajna, led a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban.
The drone strike occurred in the Damma region in Khost Province, near Shahadianu Patala, a Pakistani town in North Waziristan, the Pakistani intelligence officials said. They said the strike had …

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[26 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

Khaama Press, Nov 26 2015, 8:53 am
A contract worth $70 million has been awarded to a US-based company for the procurement of eight ScanEagle drones for the government of Afghanistan, it has been reported.
According to the US Department of Defense (MoD), the systems include 65 ScanEagle drones in total, along with spare parts, support equipment, field service support, as well as an in-theatre training facility.
“Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a $70,941,310 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0011) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-11-G-0009) for the procurement of eight …

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[26 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

Khaama Press, Nov 25 2015, 10:41 am
A drone strike carried out the coalition forces in eastern Nangarhar province has killed a Taliban shadow district governor, Ministry of Defense and Nangarhar’s police HQ announced on Wednesday.
According to a statement released by the ministry, Qari Salim the so-called governor for Gushta District and one of his companions was killed in Mohmand Dara District on Tuesday.
“two militants were killed in an airstrike in Dabila area of Mohmand Dara District around 5 o’clock yesterday, among them is a so-called district governor of armed militants,” …