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Karzai assassination plotters part of Kabul Attack Network

Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security disclosed today that it broke up a terror cell assigned to assassinate President Hamid Karzai and carry out other attacks in Kabul. The six-man cell included a medical professor, three university students, and a member of Karzai's presidential bodyguard.

NDS said the group was tied to the Haqqani Network and al Qaeda, and that it had links with two al Qaeda recruiters who are based in Miramshah, North Waziristan. Several of the cell members trained in Peshawar.

The discovery of this cell provides an excellent look at what ISAF used to call the Kabul Attack Network. Here is a basic LWJ description of the Kabul Attack Network:

The Kabul Attack Network is made up of fighters from the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin, and cooperates with terror groups such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba and al Qaeda. Top Afghan intelligence officials have linked the Kabul Attack Network to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence directorate as well. The network's tentacles extend outward from Kabul into the surrounding provinces of Logar, Wardak, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Ghazni, and Zabul, a US intelligence official told The Long War Journal.

The six Afghan cell members haven't been identified as belonging to specific groups. But don't be surprised if the professor and/or some of the students are linked to Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin.

The excerpt below, from The Associated Press, provides additional details about the cell:

Mashal identified the two recruiters as an Egyptian named Sayifullah and a man from Bangladesh named Abdullah, who were based in Miram Shah, the capital of Pakistan's North Waziristan region, where the Haqqani group and other militants operate with relative freedom.

Mashal said that the six Afghans were recruited "to carry out suicide attacks in Kabul, plan and coordinate bigger international attacks in the U.S. and parts of Europe and a luxury hotel in Kabul."

"They also were responsible for recruiting one of the key security guards of President Karzai's protective services. They had a plan to assassinate President Karzai maybe during his travels or trips to the provinces," the Afghan intelligence spokesman said.

He did not disclose details about attacks the cell reportedly planned in the United States or Europe.

Those arrested were:

--Dr. Emal Habib Asadullah, a medical professor and director of microbiology at Kabul University.

--Mubullah Ahmadi, who is from Karzai's hometown of Karz in southern Afghanistan. Ahmadi worked as a guard at the presidential palace.

--Rahmatullah Ramin, a fourth year medical student at Kabul University.

--Parwez, identified by only one name, who was studying at a private university in Kabul.

--Abdul Hamid Mashal, a university student.

--Abdul Bashir, a man from Kapisa province in eastern Afghanistan, who was living in Kabul.

Several of the individuals received explosives and weapons training in Peshawar, Pakistan, Mashal said.

The group had access to $150,000 in a bank account in Kabul, he said, as well as access to computers and high-tech equipment. With its university ties, the cell was also well positioned to win more recruits, he said.

"The main purpose of the group was to kill high-ranking Afghan figures and identify guest houses used by foreigners or other potential targets in Kabul," he said.

READER COMMENTS: "Karzai assassination plotters part of Kabul Attack Network"

Posted by Asad Afghan at October 5, 2011 11:40 PM ET:

Dr. Email used be our Microbiology teacher, he is a talented teacher but you never know what people are capable of. I believe there is another teacher called Dr. Frotan Physiology teacher, he might also be upto something.

Posted by Kulamarva Balakrishna at October 6, 2011 12:44 PM ET:

Here I like to point out the latest related events in
Pakistan.1.There was a joint Saudi+Pakistani
military excersice celebration with the presence
of Saudi Armed Forces Chief Staff participating.
The Pakistani host General Ashraf Kayani used
the occasion to issue a warning to Afghanistan
against across the border activities. The Saudi
forces Chief was silent endorser of the warning.
2.In Islamabad Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Janjua
issued a similar warning to Afghanistan.3. In
Abbotabad,a commission inquiring Osama Bin Laden
killing heard the medical doctor as accused in helping
the U.S.A trace Osama Bin Ladenīs presence in
Abbottabad.4.It was only last month at London
Docklands Defense System Exhibition International
military trade fair Pakistan ordinance factory stall
sold internationally forbidden weapons and got banned
from the trade fair.5.Saudis disowned Osama Bin Laden.
6.Pakistan disowned his presence in safe haven there.
In other words there is not one but two duplicity
suspects on the list, the second being sand land
kingdom of Saudi Arabia itself. It should be noted
together, the hijack commandos carried out 2001
September 11 attacks.The Karzai Assassination
plot can not be taken as aborted,since the standby
is bound to take over.
Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
--Kulamarva Balakrishna

Posted by mike merlo at October 6, 2011 8:13 PM ET:

Good call on Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin.

Posted by Charu at October 6, 2011 9:41 PM ET:

This is disturbing in so many way. It reminds one of how the 9-11 hijackers were made of educated men, including engineers. These plotters were the very people who would be stifled under the Taliban's rule, and yet they acted to take their country back to a primitive past. Pakistan's ISI is truly a malignant cancer in this part of the world! It is time to surgically excise it before it destroys parts of the world. Its removal may also starve its metastasized cancers, the Talibans and the LeTs and the JeMs and the rest of the unholy acronyms, and cause them to wither and die.

Posted by Kulamarva Balakrishna at October 8, 2011 3:48 AM ET:

May I add? The Nobel Peace Prize for the three
women including the Yemeni girl who dared to
show her face is welcome.It needs to be followed
up. Crisis of Crescent women should be encouraged
to remember the employer,wife and the midwife at
the birth of new religion.The child wife gossip sharias
should be exposed as a peace initiative of women
all over the world.
Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM
India -- Kulamarva Balakrishna