ISAF targets al Qaeda safehouse in Khost

There’s not a lot of information in the ISAF release, but it is worth mentioning. Yesterday special operations forces targeted a compound in Khost province that is “associated with Pakistan-based al Qaeda leadership.”

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation in Khost district, Khost province, yesterday. The operation was conducted to apprehend several insurgents suspected of planning an attack in Khost province. The individuals have been conducting military training and preparation in a compound that is associated with Pakistan-based al Qaeda leadership.

Khost province is a key hub for al Qaeda activity in Afghanistan in the southwest. Since June 2007, ISAF has issued 25 press releases announcing raids in the province that targeted al Qaeda and the allied Islamic Jihad Group. Al Qaeda and IJU cells have been reported in the districts of Besmil, Khost, Mandozai, Musa Khel, Nader Shahkot, Sabari, Shamul, Spera, Tani, and Terayzai, according to ISAF’s press releases.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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