Taliban suicide team assaults provincial police headquarters in Eastern Afghanistan

 

A Taliban suicide team stormed the provincial police headquarters in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia today, killing at least six policemen before ultimately being gunned down.

The attack on the police headquarters in the provincial capital of Gardez took place in the early morning. The Taliban suicide team used tactics that have been perfected by multiple jihadist groups on numerous battlefields over the past decade and a half.

 

 

First, a suicide bomber drove a vehicle packed with explosives and detonated his payload at the main gate, opening a breach for the assault team to enter the compound.

Then, a heavily armed assault team fanned out to shoot anyone they could before they occupied a building inside the compound.

 

Afghan forces battled the Taliban team throughout the day before killing the last remaining attacker.

See attack at the midpoint in the video below, no apparent collateral damage.

 

 

 

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In a statement released on Voice of Jihad, the Taliban claimed the strike under the aegis of Operation Mansouri, its most recent spring offensive.

“The attack began at 06:22 am local time when a Mujahid from the martyrdom [sic] seeking battalion of Islamic Emirate detonated his explosive-laden vehicle inside the base following which multiple other martyrdom seekers entered the site and began engaging the enemy,” the group claimed.

The suicide assault, or coordinated attack using one or more suicide bombers and an assault team, is a tactic frequently used by the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, al Qaeda and its branches.

 

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US military warns of Shabaab resurgence, strikes ‘command and logistics node’

Warn them?

 

Well, I suppose this is an excellent way to do so.

The world will remain in chaos as long as jihadists in the Middle East and Africa choose war and killing instead of love with their goats and sheep.

 

 

 

While announcing an airstrike that targeted a Shabaab “command and logistics node” in southern Somalia, the US military warned of al Qaeda’s resurgence in the country and said it has “taken advantage of safe haven.”

 

                                                U.S. Airstrike on Al Shabbab

The strike is the first announced by the US military since the Trump administration declared that it would expand operations against al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia.

 

US Africa Command, or AFRICOM, announced that it targeted a “command and logistics node at a camp located approximately 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu in a stronghold for the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab organization” in an airstrike. AFRCOM assessed that eight Shabaab operatives were killed.

AFRICOM’s worrying assessment of Shabaab’s revival in Somalia is an admission that efforts by the US, African Union, and Somali government to contain and defeat the group over the past several years have failed.

The US Department of Defense admitted as much in late March, when it announced that the Trump administration approved “additional precision fires” to target Shabaab throughout Somalia.

The Pentagon’s desire to actively target Shabaab reflects the growing concern that al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa is gaining strength despite the presence of both African Union and US forces, and it is plotting to attack the West. Shabaab used a sophisticated laptop bomb in an attempt to down a Somali airliner in 2016.

There is no current video availabe for this articlem the one below is a year old.

Big shock, notihing has changed.

 

 

Today’s strike is part of an overarching effort to “degrade the al-Qaeda affiliate’s ability to recruit, train and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in America.”

The AFRICOM statement also acknowledged that the African Union and Somali forces have suffered significant losses at the hands of Shabaab:

In the last eight months, al-Shabaab has overrun three African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Forward Operating Bases by amassing large numbers of fighters and attacking in overwhelming numbers.

Al-Shabaab has also increased its combat capability by seizing heavy weaponry, armored vehicles, explosives, small arms, ammunition, and other miscellaneous supplies during its operations overrunning Burundian National Defense Forces FOB Leego, Ugandan People’s Defense Force FOB Janaale, and Kenyan Defense Force FOB Ceel Ad.

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US military fails to ‘decimate’ Islamic State leadership despite thousands of airstrikes

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Obama is such a moron if he were confronted by a rattle snake in the  desert, he would chop off its tail rather than it’s head. 

Dropping such fliers on a playground is one thing. Sparing third graders is admirable.

 

But anyone who drives a truck full of stolen oil and helps ISIS generate some $450 million in annual revenue, deserves to die behind the wheel.

Every ISIS oil-truck driver so spared lives another day to steer another oil truck, deliver ISIS fighters to battle, or grab an AK-47 and shoot American troops or, even worse, innocent civilians.

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The US killed three senior Islamic State commanders in separate airstrikes in the Iraqi-Syrian theater in late November, with a US military spokesman touting the strikes as “an example of how we’re able to decimate networks.”

image0013Colonel Steve Warren, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the US mission in Iraq and Syria, announced the deaths of the three Islamic State leaders during a Pentagon briefing yesterday.

Among those killed was the Islamic State’s finance minister. The exact dates of death of the three Islamic State leaders was not disclosed; Warren only said all three were killed “in late November.”

 

The most prominent Islamic State leader who was killed was Abu Saleh, the Islamic State’s “financial minister” who was “one of the most senior and experienced members of ISIL’s [acronym for Islamic State] financial network,” Warren said.

In addition, Abu Saleh was “a legacy Al Qaeda member.” The Islamic State was part of al Qaeda’s network until early 2014, when Ayman al Zawahiri ejected the jihadist group due to a leadership and territorial dispute with the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria.

Image far right titled: “Being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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Warren said that Abu Saleh was the third senior financial official killed by the US. “Killing him and his predecessors exhausts the knowledge and talent needed to coordinate funding within the organization,” Warren claimed.

But independent press reports indicate that the Islamic State has not experienced a drop-off in revenue despite the targeting of its leaders and the oil fields they control.

Also killed were Abu Maryam, an Islamic State “enforcer and senior leader of their extortion network,” and Abu Rahman al Tunisi, who Warren said “functioned as a sort of ISIL executive officer, coordinating the transfer of information, people and weapons.”

Warren claimed that Maryam’s death and the death of two other “senior” extortionists “is impairing ISIL’s ability to extort money from a civilian population.”

 

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US kills jihadist leaders in airstrikes in Somalia and Libya

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When reporting the deaths of previous Shabaab leaders, the US military said that Sandhere’s death is “a significant blow to al-Shabaab. ”

 

It’s “An important step forward in the fight against al-Shabaab, and the United States will continue to use the tools at our disposal — financial, diplomatic, intelligence and military — to dismantle al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups who threaten United States, interests and persons.”

I know, this breaks your heart as it does mine. 

Get rid of Obama and join Russia to wipe these towel heads off the map.

 

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By Bill Roggio ,

December 7, 2015

 

The US military confirmed today that two senior jihadist leaders were killed in separate airstrikes in Somalia and Libya over the past several weeks.

The two leaders were identified as Abdirahman Sandhere from Shabaab, al Qaeda official branch in Somalia, and Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, from the Islamic State’s province in Libya.

 

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Abu Nabil

The Department of Defense confirmed in a press release today that Sandhere “is dead as a result of a US military airstrike in Somalia undertaken on Dec. 2.” Sandhere, who is also known as Ukash, was described “a senior leader of the al Qaeda-affiliated group al-Shabaab.” Two other “Shabaab-affiliated associates” were also killed in the airstrike. However, their identities were not disclosed.The US military has launched several airstrikes in Somalia against al Qaeda’s branch.

Over the past year, the US killed the previous two leaders of the Amniyat, a key intelligence organization within Shabaab.

-2The Amniyat is instrumental in executing suicide attacks inside Somalia as well as in Kenya and other African nations, conducting assassinations, providing logistics and support for operations, and integrating the group’s local and regional commands.

The US killed the last leader of the Amniyat, Yusuf Dheeq, on Feb. 3, 2015, and also killed his predecessor, Tahlil Abdishakur, on Dec. 29, 2014. Additionally, the US killed Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of Shabaab, in an airstrike on Sept. 1, 2014.

Unfortunately the deaths of Godane, Dheeq, Abdishakur, and a number of senior al Qaeda and Shabaab leaders at the hands of the US has done little to disrupt Shabaab’s command and control. The jihadist group has been waging an effective insurgency and still controls territory in Somalia despite the fact that the US began targeting Shabaab’s leadership beginning in late 2006.Islamic State leader killed in Libya.

Amniyat, Yusuf Dheeq

The Department of Defense also confirmed that Zubaydi, who is also known as Abu Nabil, was killed in an airstrike in Libya on Nov. 13. The US military announced that it targeted Zubaydi on Nov. 14, but his death has not been confirmed until now.

In the Nov. 14 statement, the US military described him as “an Iraqi national who was a longtime al Qaeda operative and the senior ISIL [Islamic State] leader in Libya.” He was also thought to have served as the Islamic State’s “spokesman in the February 2015 Coptic Christian execution video.” The Islamic State’s Libyan branch brutally executed 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.

The military claimed that Nabil’s death “will degrade ISIL’s ability to meet the group’s objectives in Libya, including recruiting new ISIL members, establishing bases in Libya, and planning external attacks on the United States.”

US continues to rely on tactic of decapitation vs counterinsurgency.

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