Iraq’s lack of air assets is leaving security forces demoralized as ISIS rapidly advances across the country.
The operation took place in Sar-i-Pul province. ISAF has launched 29 raids against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan so far this year.
Raids against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan continue at an unprecedented pace. There have been five raids against the group in Afghanistan so far this month and 26 this year.
Raids against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the Afghan north continue; one commander was killed and another captured during recent operations.
In the past, ISAF has stated that the northern province of Samangan was home to IMU training camps for fighters operating in the region.
ISAF operations to kill or capture high-value targets from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan are at their highest frequency in the 11-year war.
Raids against the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and al Qaeda have taken place consistently for years. Can Afghan forces maintain the tempo as NATO takes a backseat in Afghanistan?
The operational tempo against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is increasing. So far this year, ISAF has already conducted 11 operations against the IMU, about twice as many as were conducted during the same January- March period in each of the two previous years.
ISAF has targeted the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan eight times so far this year. The captured IMU commander is from Uzbekistan.
The US drawdown will impact operations against al Qaeda and its affiliates, which maintain a strong presence in Afghanistan.
The weapons facilitator and assassinations director is the third Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan commander killed or captured in the Afghan north so far this year.
The increased operational tempo of raids against al Qaeda in Kunar in 2012 and the first month of 2013 suggests that the terror group remains alive and well in the eastern province.
In 2012 there were 16 reported raids against al Qaeda operatives and affiliates in Kunar province. Yesterday’s raid was the first such operation in the province this year.
Mazlum, an Afghan national, facilitated suicide and IED attacks in Baghlan and Takhar provinces. He is the first al Qaeda-linked operative known to have been killed or captured in Afghanistan so far this year.
The raid by ISAF and Afghan forces is the first reported against the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in nearly a month.