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Afghan National Army update, May 2011

A look at the development of the Afghan National Army, a key force in the fight against the Taliban.


Taliban's Quetta Shura calls death of bin Laden a 'great tragedy'

"He was an indefatigable fighter against the Christian and Jewish aggressions in the Islamic World and was not sparing any effort in this cause," the official statement said.


'Good' Pakistani Taliban leader Nazir affirms membership in al Qaeda

"I am part of al Qaeda," the South Waziristan Taliban chieftain said. He also said "the mujahideen from Afghanistan will join forces with the Arabs" to wage jihad in the Middle East.


Afghan troops kill, wound 25 'foreign fighters' in Nuristan

Arabs, Chechens, and Pakistanis were among those killed and wounded during an Afghan operation in the district of Barg-e-Matal, the governor of Nuristan said.


Taliban announce beginning of their 'spring offensive'

Operation Badar will commence on May 1. The Afghan High Peace Council is singled out for its efforts to reconcile with the Taliban.


ISAF captures HIG's provincial commander for Khost

Special operation teams have hammered Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin's command in an area of Khost under the control of the Haqqani Network.


Afghan pilot kills 8 US troops, contractor in Kabul attack

The pilot is said to have opened fire on the ISAF troops after a dispute at North Kabul International Airport. The Taliban claimed the attack.


Saudi al Qaeda leader killed in Kunar airstrike

Abu-Hafs-al-Najdi.JPGAbu Hafs al Najdi, a Qaeda's operations chief in Kunar, was wanted by the Saudi government. ISAF said "more than 25 al Qaeda leaders and fighters" have been killed in Afghanistan over the past month.


More than 450 Taliban leaders, fighters escape from Kandahar jail

The Taliban claimed they spent five months digging a 350-meter tunnel to a cell underneath the Sarposa prison in Kandahar City. More than 100 Taliban commanders are said to be among the escapees.


ISAF captures Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan's top commander for Afghanistan

The IMU 's senior leader in Afghanistan served as "a key conduit between the senior IMU leadership in Pakistan and senior Taliban leadership in Afghanistan." He escaped from a Pakistani jail in 2010.


Taliban overrun security outpost, kill 16 Pakistani troops

More than 300 Taliban fighters attacked an outpost in Dir from across the border in Kunar province. The Taliban reportedly beheaded five of the Pakistani troops.


17 Taliban, 'foreign fighters' killed during hunt for al Qaeda commander in Kunar

The al Qaeda leader "commands and facilitates insurgents throughout the province and border region, directing weapons acquisition, movement, employment of fighters and equipment to Kunar for attacks against Afghan and Coalition forces."


Ex-Gitmo detainee deported from Italy to Tunisia

The Italian government announced the deportation of a former Gitmo detainee to Tunisia. Adel Ben Mabrouk had been convicted of terrorism-related charges, but his sentence was commuted to time served because of his eight-year-long detention at Gitmo. Mabrouk went to Afghanistan to train and fight in early 2001 and was part of an al Qaeda cell that plotted to blow up Milan's Gothic cathedral.


Zawahiri's brother-in-law killed in Afghanistan

Osama Hassan was a member of the Egyptian Islamic Group and may have played a role in getting that group's external faction to merge with al Qaeda in 2006.


Taliban/IMU commander killed in airstrike in Afghan north

Mullah Abdul Fatah Haqqani commanded and controlled facilitation networks for "foreign fighters" in Baghlan.


Taliban suicide bomber penetrates security at Ministry of Defense in Kabul

Two Afghan soldiers were killed in a shootout with the suicide bomber, who came close to top Afghan military leaders. The Taliban have launched nine suicide attacks in the past five days.


ISAF captures IMU/Haqqani Network facilitators in Ghazni

One Haqqani Network commander "provided safe havens for foreign fighters traveling from Kunduz to Paktika province and Pakistan for tactical training and operations" while the other also worked for the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.


ISAF captures Taliban/Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan commander in Afghan north

The raids highlight the integration of the IMU into the Taliban and the establishment of suicide camps in the Afghan north.


Al Qaeda's commander for Kunar, several operatives killed in airstrike

Commander Sa'ad bin Abi Waqas, a Pakistani al Qaeda leader, and several of his fighters were confirmed to have been killed in an April 14 airstrike.


Taliban suicide bomber kills 5 ISAF, 4 Afghan troops in east

A Taliban fighter who penetrated the Afghan police detonated a vest at a meeting at a base in Laghman province. The Taliban claimed the attack.