Following weeks of surveillance work, Afghan intelligence officials intercepted an explosives-laden tractor late on May 25, effectively preventing a massive Taliban terror attack against Kandahar City. Tractors have been widely employed by insurgents as a means of transporting explosives and for vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.
Taliban assassins killed the Khak-i-Safid district police chief in Farah province on Friday night. Khak-i-Safed police forces have been conducting an effective counterinsurgency campaign in the area since last year.
Fazliddin Kurbanov is charged with supporting the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, training others to purchase and assemble components of a bomb, and possessing an “unregistered destructive device.”
NDS forces raided a Haqqani Network safe house in eastern Kabul, killing five militants, capturing two others, and seizing a 7,800-kg truck bomb wired for detonation. The bomb’s destructive capacity had a radius of nearly one mile, according to Afghan officials.
An Afghan Local Policeman opened fire on a US Special Forces base in Wardak. The attack is the second of its kind in four days.
A bomb intended for the convoy of Afghan political leader Ustad Mohammad Mohaqiq exploded prematurely; a second bomb detonated by the stadium where Mohaqiq was expected to attend a political event, injuring three civilians. This was the third assassination attempt against Mohaqiq since June 2012.
One of the most wanted Taliban commanders in eastern Afghanistan, Sheikh Dost Mohammed, was reportedly killed along with two other Taliban leaders in a US airstrike in the Ghaziabad district of Kunar province. The death of Dost Mohammed has been erroneously reported in the past.
Afghan National Security Forces combat units are taking over the lead in security operations from the US and ISAF. However, substantial work remains in building the combat support units.