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Osama bin Laden’s secret files exposed

Former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden whose house in Pakistan provided American forces with a treasure trove.

Federal prosecutors have introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011 as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect in New York. Abid Naseer is alleged to have taken part in al Qaeda’s plotting in Europe and New York City. And U.S. attorneys argue that the documents are important for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s network and activities. The Long War Journal has obtained the bin Laden files introduced as government exhibits. One of the documents is a memorandum dated June 19, 2010 written by “Mahmoud,” the alias used by Atiyah Abd al Rahman, to Sheikh Abu Abdallah, a nom de guerre used by Osama … Continue reading

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Afghan security arrest alleged kidnappers of Prem Kumar

Prem Kumar who is the head of the JRS, a non-government organisation in Afghanistan.

By Tilusha Vyas – Asia Correspondent reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan News reports in Afghanistan say that an individual allegedly involved in the kidnapping of an Indian aid-worker, Prem Kumar in Herat three days ago has been arrested by Afghan security forces in Western Herat.  Although no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction, the arrested suspect is now in custody for further investigation. Prem Kumar who is the head of the JRS, a non-government organisation, was kidnapped when visiting a project site in Zendajan District in Herat.  Both the Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan Intelligence operatives have launched a search operation to free the Indian aid worker. An official at … Continue reading

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Taliban denounces former senior official, deny talking peace

Taliban deny Agha Jan Mutasim, the former Finance Minister represents them in talks with Afghan government.

  he Afghan Taliban have denied that a former senior official who was dismissed in 2010 represented the group in peace talks with the Afghan government. Additionally, the Taliban denied that it is currently conducting peace talks with the Afghan government in Dubai. The Taliban again reiterated Agha Jan Mutasim, the former finance minister for the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” and the son-in-law of Mullah Mohammed Omar, does not represent the group. The Taliban also said that Mutasim’s actions are “detrimental” to both the Taliban and “the goals of the sacred Jihad.” “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan once again declares to all parties that Agha Jan Mutasim does not hold … Continue reading

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Taliban claim the execution of 23 Pakistani Frontier Corps troops

Omar Khalid [center], from a propaganda video released in 2012

An influential commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has issued a statement claiming that the group executed 23 Frontier Corps troops in retaliation for the death of jihadists by security forces. The statement was sent to The Long War Journal (LWJ) yesterday by Omar Khurasani, the spokesman for the similarly named Omar Khalid al Khurasani, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s emir for the Mohmand tribal agency. The Mohmand Taliban leader signed the document. In the statement, Omar Khalid said the Pakistani government and security forces are continuing to target Taliban fighters and are also executing jihadists currently in custody. The Mohmand Taliban branch has not … Continue reading

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Afghan Special Forces commander defects to Taliban with guns

In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 photo, members of Afghan special forces head back to their center after attending in a live-fire training exercise on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan

Afghan army Special Forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a Humvee truck packed with his team’s guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said on Sunday. Monsif Khan, who raided the supplies of his 20-man team in Kunar’s capital Asadabad over the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, is the first Special Forces commander to switch sides, joining the Hezb-e-Islami organization. “He sent some of his comrades on leave and paid others to go out sightseeing, and then escaped with up to 30 guns, night-vision goggles, binoculars and a Humvee,” said Shuja ul-Mulkh Jalala, the governor of Kunar. Zubair Sediqi, a spokesman … Continue reading

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Five dead inTaliban attack on army base in Kapisa District

Taliban fighters on the prowl in Afghanistan

The Taliban have claimed credit for a suicide assault today on an Afghan Army base in Kapisa, where jihadists have been making inroads since Coalition forces withdrew from the central province. A suicide assault team attacked the Afghan National Army base in Tagab District early in the morning, at 6:30 a.m., the official spokesman for Kapisa province told Xinhua. A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at the main gate in an attempt to breach the perimeter and allow the assault team to enter the base. “They failed to go passed the first gate as the army responded to the attack, killing five militants,” the spokesman said. He … Continue reading

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Afghanistan’s future depends on foreign soldiers – U.S.

Gen Joseph Danford: "It

Afghanistan’s security will remain dependent on international troops for many years after most foreign combat forces leave by the end of 2014, the U.S. commander of the NATO-led force in the South Asian country said. With the formal security handover to Afghans approaching, intense debate is under way about how many troops the United States and its mainly NATO allies should leave to conduct training, support and counter-terrorism operations. The White House favors about 7,000 U.S. troops, but some in the U.S. military would prefer two or three times as many. However many are left behind, they will play a vital role in supporting the Afghan National Security Forces. ANSF … Continue reading

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Top Afghanistan female police officer killed

Lt Bibi who has been murdered in Afghanistan

A top female police officer has been shot dead in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, officials say. Lt Islam Bibi was ambushed by unknown attackers as she left her home in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, a spokesman for Helmand police said. The commander of 32 female police officers, Lt Bibi, 37, was known as a role model for other women in the conservative province. Her death came as four girls were also killed in a roadside blast in Helmand. Lt Bibi was on a motorbike alongside her son-in-law when she was wounded in the gun attack. She later died in hospital, officials say. Like most Afghan women in rural areas of … Continue reading

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Senior Pakistan Taliban leader ‘killed in US drone strike’

The second-in-command of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a suspected US drone strike, a senior Taliban source told the BBC. The Pakistani Taliban leadership has not officially confirmed the death of Waliur Rehman so far. Earlier, Pakistani security officials said a local Taliban commander was among casualties in the raid. Missiles hit a house close to the town of Miranshah, in north-west Pakistan, early on Wednesday. The strike is the first for almost six weeks. It comes a week after President Barack Obama issued new guidelines for tighter scrutiny of the US drone programme and stricter targeting rules. A senior Taliban source in Miranshah told the BBC that … Continue reading

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Afghan intercept Kandahar City bound tractor laden with mines

Following weeks of surveillance, the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces have intercepted a tractor laden with explosives in the Daman district of Kandahar province. NDS personnel killed the driver of the tractor and prevented an attack they believed was aimed at Kandahar City, according to a press statement issued by the Kandahar Media Information Centre (KMIC). Officials from the KMIC further added that the tractor was seized in the village of Nawi Dah, and Afghan authorities were trying to identify the slain driver of the tractor. The late night operation by NDS forces took place last Friday and is believed to have prevented what authorities believed would have been … Continue reading

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