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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.


Taliban suicide bomber kills deputy governor of Kandahar

A Taliban suicide bomber driving a motorcycle picked out Deputy Governor Abdul Latif's car in a convoy traveling in Kandahar city.


ISAF kills senior IMU leader in Afghan north

Nurullah Bai had close ties to al Qaeda and senior Taliban leaders in Takhar, and was involved in a drug trafficking network that operated between Badakhshan province and Tajikistan.


'Foreign trainers' active in southeastern Afghan province

"Arabs, Chechens, and Pakistanis" are supporting the Taliban in Ghazni province, while Pakistani intelligence is sabotaging security.


Al Qaeda-linked Taliban commander killed in Afghan north

Al Qaeda and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan continue to maintain a strong presence in the northern Afghan provinces of Takhar, Kunduz, and Baghlan.


US Predators strike 3 times in al Qaeda haven of North Waziristan

predator-uav.jpgThirteen "militants" were reported killed in today's strike in North Waziristan. Also, a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer was found dead in the tribal agency.


ISAF targets Quetta military shura leader in southern Afghanistan

The Taliban commander, who was not named, is "a current member" of the Quetta regional military shura and the former shadow governor of the Panjwai district.


US adds Qari Hussain Mehsud to list of designated terrorists

qari-hussain.JPGThe designation of Qari Hussain by State and Treasury refutes multiple rumors over the past several months claiming that he was killed in a US Predator airstrike in Pakistan's tribal agency of North Waziristan.