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US drones strike in North Waziristan, end 2-month pause

predator-uav.jpgThe attack killed four "militants" in the Haqqani Network bastion of Miramshah. Three "Arabs" are said to be among those killed. The strike ends a 55-day-long pause in the drone campaign.


35 Pakistanis killed in blast in Khyber market

Jamrud is one of three areas in Khyber where the Pakistani military has failed to dislodge the Taliban and the Lashkar-e-Islam.


Suicide assault team kills 7 Afghans in the east

The Taliban claimed credit for the attack. Mullah Sangeen Zadran, who is closely linked to al Qaeda, is likely responsible for the suicide assault.


Omani jihadist killed during fighting along Afghan-Pakistani border

Abu-Obeida-al-Omani.jpgAbu Obedia al Omani fought "in several invasions against the American forces and their apostate agents" in the Khorasan, or Afghanistan.


Taliban appoint al Qaeda-linked commander to lead Peshawar shura

Sheikh Mohammed Aminullah, who in 2009 was placed on the United Nations Sanctions Committee's list of "individuals and entities associated with al Qaeda," is among three of four top Taliban leaders closely tied to al Qaeda.


Afghanistan: US strategy changes to match drawdown of forces

In June 2011, President Obama announced a drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan. But no new strategy to accommodate a smaller force was announced. Finally, there might be one.


Afghan Taliban announces new 'political office' in Qatar

Mohammad-Nabi-Omari.jpgThe Taliban is planning to open a new "political office" in Qatar as part of nascent peace talks with the US. The Taliban continues to demand the release of "high risk" detainees from Guantanamo as a prerequisite to the talks. The Taliban detainees all have extensive ties to al Qaeda.


Al Qaeda brokers new anti-US Taliban alliance in Pakistan and Afghanistan

The Shura-e-Murakeba embraces all of the major Taliban groups in North and South Waziristan, including the Haqqani Network, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and groups led by Mullah Nazir and Hafiz Gul Bahadar.


Son of infamous al Qaeda family killed by Ethiopian forces

Abu al Bara'a Abdul Aziz bin Attash was killed in a clash with Ethiopian forces. Bin Attash was a member of a particularly notorious al Qaeda family that has served the Taliban, al Qaeda, Shabaab, and other allied terrorist organizations.


Lebanese al Qaeda operative eulogizes Jordanian killed in Afghanistan

Abu Zubaydah al Lubnani praised Abu Kandahar al Zarqawi, who was killed by US forces in late 2010. Before his death, Abu Kandahar helped several "brothers who went to fight."


Takhar attack: Taliban continue their campaign against political rivals

The assassination of Alhaj Mutalib Baig in Takhar province marks the latest victim in a string of attacks against former United Islamic Front commanders in northern Afghanistan. Members of the Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan are blamed for the attack.


Suicide bomber kills 20 Afghans, including member of parliament, at funeral

The member of parliament served as the police chief of Takhar and Kunduz before taking office. The attack was likely carried out by the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.


US offers $10 million reward for Iran-based al Qaeda financier

The US government is offering a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of Yasin al Suri, a senior al Qaeda facilitator based in Iran. Al Suri was designated by the Treasury Department in July.


Pakistani fire, mutual errors led to Mohmand troop deaths: ISAF inquiry

Pakistani troops opened fire on US troops, then failed to cease fire after it was clear that US forces, including aircraft, were involved in the engagement.


ISAF denies Taliban claim that US troops abandoned base in Afghan east

"We haven't turned over [to Afghan forces] or vacated any ISAF bases in Laghman," an ISAF official told The Long War Journal, refuting the Taliban's assertion.


Taliban seek freedom for dangerous Guantanamo detainees

The Obama administration is considering repatriating some Guantanamo detainees to Afghanistan as part of a diplomatic effort to engage the Taliban. Four senior, high-risk, commanders are thought to be at the top of the list.


Jihadist releases bio of Yemeni al Qaeda operative killed in Somalia

Abu 'Asim al Tabuki Mansour Nasser al Bihani waged jihad in Bosnia, Dagestan, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. He trained Omar Hammami, the American military commander in Shabaab. Two of Abu 'Asim's brothers are currently being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.


Suicide bomber kills 6 Afghans in mosque attack

A district police chief was among those killed. ISAF killed a Taliban commander who planned suicide operations.


Analysis: The US-Pakistan relationship and the critical factor of supply

The US military's supply routes through Pakistan to Afghanistan constitute a major vulnerability for the US in its relations with Pakistan. That may change in the near future.


Al Qaeda announces death of Atiyah Abd al Rahman

Atiyah-Ramadan-tape-2011-thumb.jpgAyman al Zawahiri confirmed that Atiyah was killed in a US Predator drone strike in August. Atiyah was one of al Qaeda's top leaders.