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Special operations forces capture 5 al Qaeda operatives in Afghan southeast

The raid took place in Ghazni province. The targeted facilitator operates in Pakistan, plans operations, and shuttles money and fighters into both Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Bin Laden's courier tied to Pakistani-backed terror group

The New York Times reports that Osama bin Laden's courier was found to be in contact with members of Harakat ul Mujahedin (HUM), a terrorist organization long backed by Pakistan's spy agency. Leaked Guantanamo files provide more details about the relationship between HUM and al Qaeda.


DC district court denies former Taliban governor's habeas petition

Khirullah-Said-Wali-Khairkhwa.jpgIn a decision released on Thursday, a DC district court denied Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa's petition for a writ of habeas corpus. The court cited Khairkhwa's clandestine meetings with Iranian officials, among other evidence.


Obama announces rapid drawdown of surge forces from Afghanistan

Ten thousand troops will be withdrawn by the end of the year, and an additional 23,000 troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of the summer of 2012.


ISAF captures 'foreign fighter' facilitator in southeastern Afghanistan

"The facilitator assisted in the transfer of Uzbeks and Farsi speaking foreign fighters from Pakistan into Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban," ISAF reported.


Pakistani Taliban kidnap young girl to turn her into a suicide bomber

The Taliban have used females to carry out three suicide attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan over the past year.


US Predators strike the Haqqani Network in Kurram

predator-uav.jpgThe strike hit in an area run by Fazal Saeed Utezai, a Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan commander who supports the Haqqani Network.


Taliban suicide assault team strikes in Afghan capital

Three Taliban fighters wearing military uniforms killed nine people in an attack on a police station in the capital.


Somalia's Shabaab vows allegiance to new al Qaeda emir Zawahiri

Rage.jpgShabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage "announces the renewal of its allegiance to the Emir of Qaedat al-Jihad," according to a statement released on an al Qaeda-linked forum.


Pakistani military denies reports it tipped off al Qaeda and Taliban before raids

The Inter-Services Public Affairs branch denies accusations that the military tipped off al Qaeda and the Haqqani Network to avoid a raid based on intelligence provided by the US, describing the claims as "totally false and malicious." The CIA has provided evidence to the contrary.


Al Qaeda appoints Ayman al Zawahiri successor to bin Laden

Zawahiri-OBL-eulogy.jpgIn an official statement released by As Sahab, al Qaeda's media arm, Zawahiri was named emir. Al Qaeda said it would continue to fight with the Taliban in Afghanistan and support jihad in theaters across the globe.


Jordanian al Qaeda fighter killed in US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan

Mahmoud Hamdan Nizal was killed while fighting for al Qaeda in the Bermel district in eastern Afghanistan.


US Predator strike kills 15 'militants' in South and North Waziristan

The unmanned aircraft hit a vehicle and a compound in an area administered by "good Taliban" leader Mullah Nazir, and a vehicle in an area run by the Haqqani Network.


Zarqawi aide returns to Afghanistan to wage jihad for al Qaeda

Salahuddin-al-Maqdisi.jpgSalahuddin al Maqdisi, the brother of Abu Mohammed al Maqdisi and a former aide to slain al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi, was released from Iranian custody and has recently returned to Afghanistan.


The Gitmo Files: Fazul Mohammed continued to seek bin Laden's direction

Abdullahi-Sudi-Arale.jpgLeaked Guantanamo threat assessments highlight Osama bin Laden's influence over East Africa al Qaeda (EAAQ) and its leader, the recently slain Fazul Mohammed. The files also contain striking details about the ties between EAAQ and Somalia's Islamic Courts Union, the predecessor of Shabaab.


Al Qaeda facilitator properly detained, DC Circuit Court finds

Hussein-Salem-Mohammed.jpgThe DC Circuit Court ruled on Friday that al Qaeda facilitator Hussain Salem Mohammad Almerfedi is properly detained at Guantanamo. According to a leaked threat assessment, Almerfedi operated out of an al Qaeda safehouse in Iran.


Al Qaeda's East Africa chief Fazul Mohammed killed in Somalia

Somali officials have confirmed that Fazul was killed at a checkpoint near Mogadishu.


Shabaab suicide bomber kills Somali interior minister

A female, thought to be the niece of the interior minister, may have carried out the attack.


US kills AQAP leaders in airstrike in southern Yemen: report

The US has increased activity against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as the civil war in Yemen rages.


'Good' Pakistani Taliban group vows to step up attacks in Afghanistan

Two of Mullah Nazir's senior commanders said they would send even more fighters into Afghanistan to avenge US predator airstrikes in South Waziristan