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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.


Taliban kill 25 Pakistani troops in cross-border attack

The Pakistani military accused local Afghan officials of aiding the Taliban and said ISAF has failed to take action on large concentrations of Taliban operating in the Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nuristan.


Video shows Taliban executing Afghan police commander with recoilless rifle

taliban-execute-recoilless.JPGThe Taliban shouted "Allahu Akbar" after using an 82mm recoilless rifle to execute a police commander in Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan.


'They come from ISI' - Afghan colonel on insurgent threat

Lieutenant Colonel Nasratullah Nasrat, the commander of Afghan forces in Sabari district in Khost, said that Pakistan's intelligence service fuels the insurgency. He also believes US forces will not withdraw by the 2014 deadline.


3rd 'Turban bomb' attack rocks southern Helmand province

Another suicide bomber attacked a security function wearing an explosive-laden headdress. This is the third time this summer the tactic has been used.


US troops weather rockets, recoilless rifles, and grenades in Sabari

28grenade03_90.jpgA US patrol hunts insurgents in the village of Majiles in Sabari district. The aftermath of a grenade attack, which wounded six US troops, highlights the difficulty of partnered operations with Afghan forces.


State Department: Iran the 'most active state sponsor of terrorism'

The US State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism yesterday. The report mentions Iran's support of the Taliban and refusal to bring senior al Qaeda terrorists to justice.


In Pictures: US troops search for insurgent recoilless rifle team

04corn04_550-thumb.jpgEmbedded in Afghanistan: The search in Sabari district, Khost province, ended in a grenade attack that wounded six US soldiers.


Operation Badr: tracking the Taliban summer offensive in Jawzjan province

The Taliban have expanded the insurgency in northern Afghanistan.


US State Department adds Mullah Sangeen to terrorist list

Sangeen-thumb.jpgThe senior Haqqani Network commander is the shadow governor of Paktika province in Afghanistan, aids "foreign fighters," plots attacks, and is behind the kidnapping of a US soldier.


Taliban suicide assault team kills 22 in central Afghanistan

Six suicide bombers launched a complex attack against the governor's compound in Parwan province.