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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.


Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad seen on video with Pakistani Taliban commander Hakeemullah Mehsud

shahzad-hakeemullah-thumb.JPGThe videoclip shows Shahzad and Hakeemullah hugging and shaking hands. Shahzad is heard saying he has carried out the attack under the orders of Hakeemullah, who reports to Mullah Omar.


US adds Haqqani Network, Taliban leaders to list of designated terrorists

naisruddin_i_crop.jpgNasiruddin Haqqani, Siraj's brother; Gul Agha Ishakzai, the Taliban's top financial officer; and Amir Abdullah, Mullah Baradar's treasurer, have been designated as global terrorists.


US hunts wanted Taliban and al Qaeda commander in Kunar

qari-zia-rahman.JPGQari Zia Rahman has allegiance to both the Taliban and al Qaeda. ISAF said he maintained a safe haven in the district of Marawara until a recent operation to secure the region.


Two Gitmo detainees transferred to Algeria, Cape Verde

The Defense Department announced the transfer of two Gitmo detainees today. One of the detainees is an IED expert who was a member of Lashkar-e-Taiba and trained al Qaeda operatives. The other allegedly fought at Tora Bora alongside his son, who was also detained at Gitmo.


Taliban lay siege to a district in Nuristan

More than 700 Pakistani and Afghan Taliban are assaulting the district center of Barg-e-Matal. The eastern district has switched hands two times this year.


Prospects for stability in Musa Qala: challenges and possible solutions

Opium looms large in the insurgency in northern Helmand, further complicating counterinsurgency efforts. Part 3 in the series on Musa Qala.


Taliban commander linked to al Qaeda, Iran, killed in US strike in western Afghanistan

Mullah Akhtar and an undisclosed number of Taliban fighters were killed during a combined special operations raid on a training camp used by foreign fighters in Farah. Akhtar is one of several Taliban leaders linked to Iran's Qods Force.


US Predator strike kills 10 in North Waziristan

predator-uav.jpgThe strike is the first in 16 days.


US Marines battle the Taliban for control of Musa Qala

Marines from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment wage a counterinsurgency in Musa Qala after months of fighting on the peripheries of the district center.