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.