The Taliban continue to bring recalcitrant leaders back into the fold. The Dadullah family and commanders from the Mullah Dadullah Front, a jihadist faction with close ties to al Qaeda, rejoined the Taliban and swore allegiance to its emir, Mullah Haibatullah.
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The Taliban have now assassinated three senior members of the peace council since the end of the summer of 2011. The attack was likely executed by the Mullah Dadullah Front.
The Taliban claimed credit for an attack on tribal leaders at the district center in Kandahar’s Spin Boldak. The Mullah Dadullah Front likely carried out the suicide bombings.
Today’s suicide attack is the second in southern Afghanistan in six days that targeted the National Directorate of Security.
The video clip shows a map on a whiteboard that details the location of the security perimeter, aircraft, hangars, and other buildings. Al Qaeda and the Mullah Dadullah Front were likely involved in the assault that destroyed six USMC Harriers.
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The attack was likely carried out by the Mullah Dadullah Front.
“The agents of Punjab have once again spilled the blood of innocent civilians,” Kandahar’s chief of police said, referring to Pakistan’s influence over the Taliban.
Mullah Abdul Salam Zakir, the brother of the former Guantanamo Bay detainee who quickly assumed command of the Afghan Taliban’s military branch, is said to have been killed during a raid in northern Helmand province. ISAF has not confirmed Salam’s death.
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The al Qaeda-linked Taliban subgroup has been conducting assassinations and suicide assaults in the Afghan south for years.
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The powerful Taliban subgroup is led by former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mullah Zakir, and is closely tied to al Qaeda.
Meanwhile, the bin Laden documents show that Taliban emir Mullah Omar plotted Afghan strategy with Osama bin laden and Ayman al Zawahiri.
Abdul Samad Achekzai has been linked to at least 11 suicide attacks against Afghan and Coalition forces in 2010 and 2011.
A four-man suicide assault team hit the United Nations Refugee Agency in Kandahar city. The attack is the second of its kind in the city in five days.
The Taliban also attempted to storm a district center in Ghazni.
The suicide bomber hit a police station in Helmand’s provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, killing 10 policemen and a child.
A six-man suicide assault team hit the government center in Tarin Kot as well as the home of a key power broker in the southern Afghan province.
Mayor Hamidi, the fourth senior official in the south to be assassinated this month, was killed in a hallway near his office. The suicide bomber hid the explosives in his turban.
Two senior clerics were killed in a bombing at a service in Kandahar for President Karzai’s brother. The suicide bomber hid the explosives in his turban.
The Taliban commander is associated with the Mullah Dadullah Front, a radical Taliban subgroup closely linked to al Qaeda.
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A Taliban fighter who penetrated the Afghan police detonated a vest at a meeting at a base in Laghman province. The Taliban claimed the attack.
Brigadier General Khan Mohammad Mujahid is the latest senior Afghan official murdered by the Taliban in its assassination campaign in the southern province.
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The Mullah Dadullah Front, a radical Taliban subgroup closely linked to al Qaeda, is likely behind today’s complex attack.
Afghan security officials repelled the assault on the provincial police headquarters in Kandahar. The Taliban also launched other small-scale attacks against police in the provincial capital.