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Afghan, US forces target al Qaeda, Pakistani fighters in southeastern Afghanistan

The raids targeted an al Qaeda facilitator in Zabul. Al Qaeda has cells in at least two of Zabul's 11 districts.


Suicide assault team targets civilian guesthouse in Kabul

The Kabul Attack Network targeted a civilian compound in the capital; two Afghan guards were killed in the attack. The Kabul Attack Network is led by a Haqqani Network commander.


Hizb-i-Islami, Taliban both claim killing 10 medical workers in northern Afghanistan

Eight Westerners and two Afghans were murdered. HIG claimed the medical team was killed for spying; the Taliban claimed they were proselytizing Christianity.


US adds Ilyas Kashmiri to list of designated terrorists

The commander of al Qaeda's Brigade 313 and the Lashkar al Zil has been added to the list of global terrorists. HUJI has also been named a terrorist organization.


State Department: Iran supports Taliban, Iraqi militants

The State Department's Country Reports on Terrorism for 2009 highlights, once again, Iran's ongoing sponsorship of the Taliban and Iraqi militants.


Iranian Qods Force commanders linked to Taliban: US Treasury

IRGC-poster.jpgGeneral Hossein Musavi , who is the commander of Qods Force's Ansar Corps, and Colonel Hasan Mortezavi have "provided financial and material support to the Taliban" in Afghanistan.


Taliban, civilians reported killed during raid in eastern Afghanistan

More than 15 Taliban fighters, including two commanders, and upwards of 12 civilians, are reported to have been killed during a special operations raid in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.


Taliban suicide bomber strikes Afghan police in Kunduz

The Taliban claimed the attack that killed seven policemen in the contested northern province.


Former Gitmo detainee turned Taliban leader threatens Afghan elders

Abdul Rauf Khadim, a former Gitmo detainee, sent a handwritten note threatening Afghan tribal elders who cooperate with Coalition forces and the Afghan government. Khadim is one of two former Gitmo detainees who are part of Mullah Omar's inner circle.


Taliban suicide assault team repelled at Kandahar Airfield

The Taliban's latest attempt to get suicide bombers through the wire at Kandahar Airfield fails again.


Al Qaeda Brigade 313 website goes online

Kashmiri-AQBrigade313-banner.JPGThe website is linked to the Pakistan-based al Qaeda military formation that is commanded by Ilyas Kashmiri.


Afghan, US forces hunt al Qaeda, Taliban in northeast

qari-zia-rahman.JPGQari Zia Rahman was again the target of a raid in Kunar, while more than 30 Taliban fighters were killed in neighboring Nuristan.


A counterinsurgency conundrum in Salaam Bazaar

guard-thumb.jpgThe destruction of a bazaar in the Now Zad district in Helmand province raises difficult questions about the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.


Analysis: Al Qaeda maintains an extensive network in Afghanistan

Al Qaeda has had at least 45 cells in 15 of Afghanistan's provinces, and its operatives continue to launch suicide and other attacks.


Mullah Omar orders Taliban to attack civilians, Afghan women

Mullah Omar has ordered his Taliban forces to capture or kill Afghan civilians, including women, who cooperate with Coalition forces. Omar's order directly contradicts the Taliban's 2009 Code of Conduct, which called for limiting civilian casualties.


US recovers body of missing sailor in Afghanistan

The body of one of two missing sailors was turned over to ISAF yesterday. The sailor was found in Logar province, just south of Kabul.


Commandos again retake northeastern Afghan district

Barg-e-Matal again changes hands as Afghan commandos, backed by ISAF troops, eject the Taliban from the district which borders Pakistan.


Shabaab, Puntland forces clash in northern Somalia

Thirteen Shabaab fighters and five Puntland security personnel were killed in fighting near a region known as the Tora Bora of East Africa.


2 American troops missing in Kabul as US targets Kabul Attack Network

ISAF did not disclose the nationality of the missing soldiers; the Taliban claimed they captured the troops. The Kabul Attack Network, which has been behind recent attacks in the capital, is backed by the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and linked to the Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin.


Aide to Mullah Omar captured in Afghan south: Report

Abdul Hai Motma'in, the former chief of the Taliban's Culture and Information department, is said to have been captured in Ghazni province. The Taliban denied the report, and US officials would not confirm it.