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ISAF kills Taliban commander in airstrike in northern Helmand

Combined forces have stepped up attacks against the Taliban in the northern district of Kajaki over the past month.


Catch and release in Afghanistan

A State Department cable released by Wikileaks shows that the Afghan government has likely released dozens of Gitmo detainees, and many more from Bagram, instead of trying them.


Afghan 'policeman' kills 6 ISAF soldiers

A man wearing an Afghan Border Police uniform killed six ISAF soldiers during a training exercise in the east.


Taliban suicide bombers kill 12 Afghan police in east

The Taliban took credit for the attack in Paktika, which was carried out by two suicide bombers wearing police uniforms.


Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader targeted in Afghan north

The "high-ranking Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan senior leader" facilitates suicide attacks in the north and is in close contact with leaders in Pakistan.


ISAF denies helicopters struck inside Pakistan

For the second time this week, ISAF denied reports that its helicopters penetrated Pakistani airspace in North Waziristan.


Taliban commander linked to Iran and al Qaeda targeted in Farah

Special operations teams have targeted al Qaeda-linked cells in the western Afghan province four times this month.


Senior Taliban military commander killed in Helmand

Mullah Abdul Qayoum, the Taliban's shadow governor for the district of Sangin, was killed in an ISAF airstrike on Nov. 20. Qayoum commanded an estimated 600 to 800 Taliban fighters and served as a key link to the Taliban leadership in Pakistan.


NATO, Afghan officials negotiated with Taliban 'impostor'

Afghan and NATO officials thought they were in peace talks with Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, one of Mullah Omar's top two deputies who ran the Quetta Shura. The so-called leader turned out to be a fake.


Coalition and Afghan forces kill Taliban commander linked to Iran, al Qaeda

Mullah Hafiz Janan served as the Taliban's shadow governor for the Bakwah district in Farah province. He helped train and arm al Qaeda fighters entering the country from Iran.


US Predators kill 9 'militants' near Miramshah

The unmanned US strike aircraft hit a compound and a vehicle in the village of Khaddi. A local Taliban commander was reported killed.


Haqqani Network leaders detained in Afghan east and north

Among those captured were a facilitator who aided al Qaeda, Taliban, and Haqqani Network suicide operations in Nangarhar, and another leader who served as a key link with the Taliban in the Afghan north.


49 Taliban fighters, 6 US troops killed during Kunar operation

A US platoon clearing the eastern part of the Pech River Valley engaged in a prolonged firefight with Taliban fighters on Sunday, killing scores and recovering significant weapons caches, while incurring several casualties.


US Predators hit a Taliban camp in North Waziristan

The strike is the second in the Ghulam Khan area in five days. Twenty "militants," including al Qaeda fighters, were reported killed.


Mullah Omar rejects reports of peace talks, highlights Taliban strategy

The Taliban's top leader called reports of negotiation "propaganda" and urged the Taliban to continue the fight. Omar said the Taliban want to bleed the US as the mujahedeen did to the Soviets in the 1980s.


US, Afghan troops beat back Taliban assault on outpost in the east

Six Taliban fighters, including one wearing a suicide vest, were killed in the failed attack on Forward Operating Base Fenty.


US Predators kill 6 Haqqani Network fighters in North Waziristan

The Haqqani Network fighters were killed in a missile barrage while returning from Khost province in Afghanistan.


Haqqani Network facilitator arrested on plane bound for Saudi Arabia

Afghan officials forced an airplane to return to Kabul International Airport to arrest a Haqqani Network facilitator and three associates.


Pakistani Taliban enlist 6 local groups in Wana region of South Waziristan

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has announced that several Taliban groups based in areas under the command of Mullah Nazir have joined its ranks. Also, the Taliban spokesman denied that top commanders Hakeemullah and Qari Hussain Mehsud were killed in recent Predator strikes.


ISAF and Afghan forces capture al Qaeda-linked Taliban commander in west

The commander helped "foreign fighters" enter Afghanistan and served as an IED expert.