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Taliban suicide assault team kills 42 at Jalalabad bank

A seven-man Taliban suicide team hit the Jalalabad branch of the Kabul Bank as police were queued to collect their pay. The attack is the latest in Afghanistan's major cities.


US helos kill more than 30 Taliban fighters in Kunar

The Taliban fighters were killed during a four-hour-long engagement with a US air weapons team.


Taliban suicide bomber kills 9 in eastern Afghanistan

The suicide bomber appears to have been targeting the provincial governor. Women and children were among those killed.


HIG media emir, military commander detained in Afghan raids

A HIG media emir involved with suicide attacks in Kabul and linked to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was captured in Parwan. And in Khost, the commander of a 50-man HIG cell was captured.


Analysis: Gap in Pakistan Predator strikes not unusual

predator-uav.jpgThe current pause in strikes is the third-longest since the US ramped up strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas in 2008.


Deputy emir of al Qaeda training camp agrees to plea deal at Gitmo

An al Qaeda trainer agreed to a plea deal at Gitmo on Tuesday. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed. The trainer, Noor Uthman Mohammed, was captured alongside top al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah in March 2002 and was allegedly involved in Zubaydah's plot against Israel.


German terrorists pass through Yemen, meet Awlaki, before joining IMU in Pakistan

Abu-Ibrahim-al-Almani.JPGAbu Ibrahim al Almani and his brother Abu Adam fought in Yemen for a year before moving to Pakistan on the advice of Anwar al Awlaki. Their move to Pakistan was "very professionally organized."


Suicide bomber targets hotel in Kabul

Two security guards were killed in an attack at the Safi Landmark hotel in the second suicide attack in the capital in three weeks.


Taliban suicide assault team hits police station in Kandahar

Afghan security officials repelled the assault on the provincial police headquarters in Kandahar. The Taliban also launched other small-scale attacks against police in the provincial capital.


Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan tape highlights foreign fighters, operations against Pakistani military

Abul-Harith.JPGA recently released videotape glorifies IMU fighters from Europe, North Africa, and Central Asia; lauds a Pakistani Taliban commander; and shows footage of IMU operations in South Waziristan.


Islamic Jihad Group operative captured in Afghan north

The IJG facilitator "is responsible for coordinating the movement of foreign fighters from Iran and Pakistan into Afghanistan," ISAF stated.


Italian judge orders former Gitmo detainee freed

A former Gitmo detainee convicted of terrorism-related charges was freed from an Italian jail on Monday. Adel Ben Mabrouk, a Tunisian who lived in Italy for much of the 1990s, was a member of a known al Qaeda network in Italy prior to his detention at Guantanamo. Mabrouk was captured after fleeing the Tora Bora Mountains in late 2001.


US designates al Qaeda, Haqqani Network leaders as terrorists

Said Jan 'Abd al Salam, an Afghan, ran an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan. Khalil al Rahman Haqqani is a key fundraiser who has traveled to the UAE and aided al Qaeda military operations.


Tora Bora Military Front commander speaks at funeral of former Gitmo detainee

Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, who had formerly been detained and released by Pakistan, spoke at Awar Gul's funeral in Nangarhar province. An official Taliban statement was read, praising Gul as "the renowned commander." In addition, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for the release of a top Taliban official from Guantanamo.


Afghan peace council requests release of Gitmo detainee

The Afghan High Peace Council has requested the release of Khairullah Khairkhwa, a top Taliban official, from Guantanamo. Khairkhwa, who was detained in early 2002, was the governor of Herat province during the Taliban's reign. He was also allegedly involved in drug trafficking, had ties to senior al Qaeda leaders, and admittedly set up security for meetings between the Taliban and Iran.


Ayman al Zawahiri's deputy releases statement in support of Egyptian opposition

Thirwat Salah Shehata, a top al Qaeda operative who has long served Ayman al Zawahiri, has released a statement in support of the Egyptian protesters. According to a Saudi publication, Shehata issued the statement from Iran.


Former Taliban commander dies at Gitmo

Awal Gul, a former Taliban commander, died of an apparent heart attack at Guantanamo on Tuesday. According to the US military's declassified files, Osama bin Laden allegedly gave Gul $100,000 to help al Qaeda members escape Afghanistan after 9/11.


Taliban leader, police link Iran to attacks in Afghanistan

Afghan officials said that training camps for the Taliban and al Qaeda are located in the Iranian cities of Zahedan, Birjan, Maibod, and in the Shamsabad area near Tehran.


Italian court convicts former Gitmo detainee of terrorism charges

An Italian court convicted a former Guantanamo detainee named Mohamed Ben Riadh Nasri of terrorsm-related charges on Monday. At Gitmo, Nasri was identified as "one of the most dangerous Tunisian operatives," as well as the emir of the Tunisian Combat Group, a known al Qaeda affiliate.


Al Qaeda leader kidnaps 21 Afghan tribal leaders in Kunar

qari-zia-rahman.JPGQari Zia Rahman, the dual-hatted al Qaeda and Taliban commander, said the tribal leaders would not be free unless their family members quit the Afghan government and security forces.