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Admiral Mullen: Pakistani ISI sponsoring Haqqani attacks

During a Senate hearing today, Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, highlighted the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence Agency's role in sponsoring the Haqqani Network - including attacks on American forces in Afghanistan and the US Embassy in Kabul.


Special operations forces kill Taliban's commander of Tangi Valley

Qari Tahir was the target of the raid that resulted in the downing of a US Army Chinook in August. Thirty-eight US and Afghan troops, including 17 Navy SEALs, were killed.


Pakistan frees al Qaeda commander: report

Dr. Amin al Haq, who served as the security coordinator of Osama bin Laden's Black Guard, was released after nearly four years in custody.


Taliban suicide bomber assassinates head of Afghan High Peace Council

Rabbani-thumb.jpgThe suicide bomber was led to Burhanuddin Rabbani for peace talks by a reconciled Taliban minister who has been described as "a trusted emissary."


Afghan intelligence operations take on significant role

NDS cell.bmpRobust Afghan intelligence operations have helped thwart numerous attacks this summer despite ongoing urban assaults and complex operations launched by the Taliban and the Haqqani Network.


Abu Hafs al Shahri confirmed killed in Predator strike in Pakistan

Abu-Hafs-al-Shahri.jpgThe family of al Qaeda's operations chief for Pakistan was notified of his death. His cousin, a senior al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, was killed one year ago.


Afghan, ISAF forces kill more than 70 Taliban in Nuristan

Afghan commandos and Coalition special operations forces launched a raid to retake the district of Barg-e-Matal, which has switched hands multiple times over the past several years.


Taliban tour 'liberated' base in eastern Afghanistan

Taliban-Wardak-base.JPGThe videotape shows a large group of Taliban fighters at what appears to be an abandoned US military base in Wardak province.


Guantanamo recidivism rate climbs higher

During congressional testimony, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that the estimated recidivist rate for ex-Gitmo detainees has risen to 27 percent; 161 ex-Gitmo detainees are now either "confirmed" or "suspected" recidivists.


Special operations forces hunt IMU's top commander in Afghan northeast

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan's leader for the Afghan north is connected to networks in Kabul and Ghazni, and facilitates suicide and other attacks.


Taliban launch complex attack on US embassy in Kabul

A Taliban team launched rocket-propelled grenades at the US embassy and ISAF headquarters from a high-rise under construction, while suicide bombers attacked two police stations.


Taliban: 'Afghans have an endless stamina for a long war'

The Taliban statement denied any role in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which it described as "an ambiguous and murky event."


Army snipers hunt bomb planters in Sabari

A US Army sniper team ambushes an insurgent IED cell in the volatile Sabari district of Khost province, Afghanistan.


US Treasury lists 3 senior al Qaeda leaders as terrorists

The al Qaeda leaders were identified as Younis al Mauritani, a senior member of the external operations council who was recently arrested in Pakistan; Hassan Ghul, a key facilitator who was freed by the Pakistanis in 2007; and Abu Yahya al Libi, a top ideologue.


Appeal denied for HIG facilitator detained at Gitmo

Shawali-Khan.jpgThe DC Circuit Court denied a Guantanamo detainee's appeal yesterday. The detainee, Shawali Khan, was a facilitator for Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin prior to his capture in 2002. According to a leaked file, Khan's cell in Kandahar received weapons and other support from Iran.


Governor: Most of Nuristan under Taliban control

The Taliban are in control of six districts in eastern Nuristan province. The US military relocated forces from the region beginning in October 2009.


Ex-Gitmo detainee killed in Afghanistan

A former Guantanamo detainee named Sabar Lal Melma was shot by security forces in Afghanistan. According to ISAF, Melma was a "key affiliate of the al Qaeda network." Melma was once a senior Afghan official in charge of border security in Kunar province. Leaked files allege that he allowed al Qaeda members to escape Afghanistan.


Pakistani Taliban kidnap 25 boys in northwest

A Taliban spokesman confirmed that the boys were kidnapped two days ago by fighters from the Bajaur tribal agency.


AQAP releases biography for ex-Gitmo detainee turned 'martyr'

Salman-al-Sanaani.jpgAQAP has released a biography commemorating former Guantanamo detainee Hani Abdo Shaalan. In the video, AQAP claims that Shaalan was killed in an American airstrike in December 2009. Previously, the Yemeni government claimed that Shaalan was killed during a shootout with government forces.


Hearts, minds, and revenge: local resistance to the Afghan insurgency

Taliban corpses.jpg Reports suggest local resistance to Taliban activities in Afghanistan continues, with another insurgent killed and one injured in the latest clash in Ghazni province. This marks the third reported instance of villagers attacking Taliban fighters this month.