State linked Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin explosive experts Abdullah Nowbahar and Abdul Saboor to a suicide attack that was carried out by a young woman that killed 12 people in Kabul. Additionally, Saboor has been linked to a suicide attack that killed six Americans.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan remains active against Coalition forces in northern Afghanistan.
The attack takes place just days after the governor of Kapisa said that the Taliban, HIG, and the Haqqani Network are in control of large areas of the province.
A video has emerged showing the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group training five burka-clad women on pistols, assault and sniper rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers.
The Taliban’s spring offensive promised a renewed focus on suicide attacks targeting ISAF forces. Today’s suicide bombing in a residential area also injured 39 Afghan civilians.
Additionally, ISAF captured a senior Taliban commander who worked with the Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin and who facilitated suicide attacks.
Eight foreigner workers, including Russians and South Africans, and four Afghan civilians, were killed in the blast near Kabul International Airport.
The Taliban and allied groups are attempting to carry out major operations in the provinces just north of Kabul.
The six-man cell included a medical professor, three university students, and a member of Karzai’s presidential bodyguard.
The family of al Qaeda’s operations chief for Pakistan was notified of his death. His cousin, a senior al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, was killed one year ago.
The DC Circuit Court denied a Guantanamo detainee’s appeal yesterday. The detainee, Shawali Khan, was a facilitator for Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin prior to his capture in 2002. According to a leaked file, Khan’s cell in Kandahar received weapons and other support from Iran.
The Taliban shouted “Allahu Akbar” after using an 82mm recoilless rifle to execute a police commander in Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Colonel Nasratullah Nasrat, the commander of Afghan forces in Sabari district in Khost, said that Pakistan’s intelligence service fuels the insurgency. He also believes US forces will not withdraw by the 2014 deadline.
The Taliban targeted the office of the British Council, killing eight people.
A US patrol hunts insurgents in the village of Majiles in Sabari district. The aftermath of a grenade attack, which wounded six US troops, highlights the difficulty of partnered operations with Afghan forces.
A brief rundown on security in the Haqqani Network-influenced district in Khost province, Afghanistan.
Six suicide bombers launched a complex attack against the governor’s compound in Parwan province.
The five French soldiers were killed as they left the home of a local police commander in Kapisa province.
Ismail Jan provided “material support” to the suicide assault team that attacked the Intercontinental just two days ago. ISAF also confirmed the assault was carried out by the Kabul Attack Network.
A leaked threat assessment prepared at Guantanamo describes one current detainee and his father as “Iranian agents.” The detainee, Haji Hamidullah, allegedly “murdered 71 people.” The leaked file connects several others to Iran, including two members of Hamid Karzai’s government.
Abdul Hafiz, a former Guantanamo detainee who quickly rejoined the Taliban after being transferred, had been deemed a “high risk” by US officials less than two years earlier. His insurgency group had been trained by Pakistani military officers to attack Westerners in Afghanistan and had killed an ICRC worker.
Arabs, Chechens, and Pakistanis were among those killed and wounded during an Afghan operation in the district of Barg-e-Matal, the governor of Nuristan said.
Special operation teams have hammered Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin’s command in an area of Khost under the control of the Haqqani Network.
Shootdowns by the Taliban in Afghanistan are a rare occurrence.
The hit list also included the Kabul Attack Network, the Haqqani Network, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and other Taliban commanders.
The ISAF and Afghan special operations raids continue against the Hizb-i Islami Gulbuddin in the east and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the north. From the latest ISAF press release on the raids against HIG in Khost: In the Sabari and Bak Districts of Khost province, Afghan and coalition forces targeted a Hezb-e Islami […]
ISAF and Afghan forces captured another commander from the Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin, this time during a raid in the eastern province of Nangarhar on March 8. Note that the HIG commander works for both al Qaeda and the Taliban. [Also note: The original press release erroneously stated in the first sentence that it was a Haqqani […]
A HIG media emir involved with suicide attacks in Kabul and linked to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was captured in Parwan. And in Khost, the commander of a 50-man HIG cell was captured.
Al Qaeda announced the death of Sa’ad Mohammad al Shahri, a Saudi citizen who has been on a list of most wanted by the Kingdom since 2005.
Earlier this month, a DC district judge ruled that a facilitator for the HIG is properly detained at Guantanamo. The detainee, Shawali Khan, allegedly plotted attacks against American forces on behalf of his uncle, a HIG commander based in Quetta, Pakistan.