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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.


Senior German al Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan released a statement announcing the death of Bekkay Harrach, a top member of al Qaeda's external operations network.


US Predators kill 5 'militants' in al Qaeda stronghold of Datta Khel

Today's strike in North Waziristan is the first in six days, and the sixth since the new year.


Canadian jihadists training in North Waziristan: report

The Canadians were recruited to train in Pakistan after fighting for nine months in Afghanistan.


Turkistan Islamic Party identifies senior leader killed in Afghanistan

Shaykh Qurban Ata was a Chinese Uighur who was killed in the February 2010 airstrike in Badghis province.


Member of top al Qaeda operative's cell denied habeas petition

An Algerian Guantanamo detainee named Abdel Razak Ali was denied his petition for a writ of habeas corpus on Tuesday. Razak was a member of the terrorist cell of top al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah.


ISAF kills, captures Taliban and IMU leaders in Afghan north

In Kunduz, a senior Taliban and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan commander was killed along with the Taliban's shadow governor of Khanabad, and a senior facilitator involved in a recent suicide assault was captured.