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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.

3 ISAF troops killed repelling Taliban assault in Kandahar

Five civilians were also killed while defending a headquarters for the Afghan National Civil Order Police in Kandahar City from a Taliban assault.

The checkered history of Musa Qala

Coalition forces have struggled to gain control of the district in northern Helmand province for four years. US Marines have now taken over from the British, who have come under fire for their handling of the district. Part 1 of a three-part series.

'Foreign Taliban' direct the insurgency in Musa Qala: Deputy district governor

talkelder02small-thumb.jpgIn an interview with The Long War Journal, Musa Qala Deputy District Governor Mohammad Akbar Khan discusses the Taliban, governance, reconstruction, and Coalition support in the Helmand district.

US military begins to link Afghan Taliban to Pakistani terror groups

In a shift from the past, the US military is beginning to identify Pakistan-based terrorists, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Chechen and Arab fighters, as being directly associated with the Afghan Taliban.

Pakistani military, Taliban clash in South Waziristan

Six Pakistani soldiers were killed in Taliban attacks on security posts in the Mehsud tribal areas. The military said 38 Taliban fighters were killed in counterstrikes. Just 10 days ago, the military claimed that South Waziristan was cleared of the Taliban.

More Taliban 'need to die' before fighting ends: Musa Qala police chief

In an interview with The Long War Journal, Musa Qala District Police Chief Haji Abdul Wali discusses the Taliban problem and the need for NATO forces to remain in Afghanistan.

Al Qaeda bodyguard and accountant pleads guilty before military commission

Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, a Sudanese detainee held at Guantanamo, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism before a military commission today. Al Qosi served the Taliban and al Qaeda in a variety of roles beginning in 1990.

Al Qaeda appoints new commander for Afghanistan

Sheikh Fateh al Masri, an Egyptian, has been named al Qaeda's emir for Afghanistan. He replaced Mustafa Abu Yazid, who was killed in a US Predator strike in North Waziristan in May.

Wanted Taliban commander killed in shootout in North Waziristan

Ameerullah Mehsud was number nine on the list of most-wanted members of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. His death highlights the continued presence of the terror group in North Waziristan.

Taliban commander linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba detained in eastern Afghanistan

The Taliban commander "assisted with the recent influx of Lashkar-e-Taiba" fighters into Nangarhar, according to ISAF.

Suicide assault team targets development office in Kunduz

A six-man team armed with assault rifles and suicide vests killed four people in an attack on a US development contractor and battled for hours before security forces eliminated them.

Al Qaeda sleeper agent tied to 2009 NYC subway plot

shukrijumah.jpeFederal officials said Adnan Shukrijumah, a one-time al Qaeda sleeper agent groomed by senior terrorists to launch attacks on America after 9/11, was involved in Najibullah Zazi's plot to bomb NYC subways last year. Shukrijumah cased targets in NYC in 2001.

Coalition, Afghan forces capture Taliban commander in Helmand

A raid in the Taliban-controlled district of Baghran resulted in the deaths of 31 Taliban fighters and the capture of the district leader for Now Zad.

Taliban attack airbase in eastern Afghanistan

Coalition forces repelled an attack by a small team of Taliban fighters who attempted to storm the base. The attackers included a suicide bomber.

Karzai denies meeting Haqqani, General Petraeus says

General Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning that Afghan President Hamid Karzai denies meeting with Siraj Haqqani, a notorious terror chieftain.

Afghan, US forces launch offensive in Kunar

A battalion-sized combined force carried out an air assault in the district of Marawara, directly on the border with Pakistan. The US claimed that 150 Taliban fighters were killed in the assault.