Afghan soldier wounds 3 US troops in insider attack

U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan, nearly 11 years after they invaded in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
    
Why?

If after 11 years of fighting Afghan troops can’t defend themselves, they will never be up to the task.

 


 Al-Qaida.

Only small numbers of the terrorist group’s fighters are still in Afghanistan, and their iconic leader, Osama bin Laden, is long dead. But the threat represented by the group that carried out the 9/11 attacks is still the main reason Americans are still fighting and dying there.
    
The logic goes like this: If U.S. and allied forces were to leave before the Afghans can defend themselves, the Taliban would regain power. And if they were in charge, then al-Qaida would not be far behind.
    
In that view of what’s at stake, al-Qaida would once again have a launching pad for attacks on American soil.
    
What’s often overlooked in that scenario is an answer to this question: Why, after so many years of foreign help, are the Afghans still not capable of self-defense? And who can say when they will get to that point?

An Afghan soldier opened fire on US troops as they were training Afghan forces on a base in Helmand province.

Three US soldiers were wounded in the first reported insider attack this year, where Afghan security personnel opened fire on their coalition counterparts.

Resolute Support, NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, acknowledged the incident in a statement released on Twitter.

 

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The assault was carried out by an Afghan National Army officer from the 215 Maiwand Army Corps “during a military training exercise,”

US troops reportedly killed the Afghan soldier. The 215 Maiwand Army Corps is based in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, which is heavily contested by the Taliban.

 

 

In the past, the Taliban has infiltrated Afghan security forces to carry out such strikes or convinced soldiers or policemen to turn their weapons on Coalition personnel. In 2012, Mullah Omar, the founder and first emir of the Taliban, announced that he created the “Call and Guidance, Luring and Integration” department, “with branches … now operational all over the country,” to encourage defections and strikes on coalition forces.

Today’s insider, or green-on-blue assault, is the first recorded by FDD’s Long War Journal since Oct. 2016, when a gunman dressed in an Afghan army uniform killed a US soldier and a US contractor, and wounded another US soldier and two more contractors, in Kabul.

In the other recorded insider attack in 2016, afghan soldiers turned their guns on Romanian troops during a training exercise on a base in Kandahar in May. Two Romanian troops were killed and another was wounded.

These incidents have decreased from 44 in 2012 to just two in 2016. This is due to a dramatic decrease in coalition forces as well as improved security measures. However, many insider attacks remain unreported. [For in-depth information, see Green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan: the data.]  (Source)

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD’s Long War Journal.

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Afghan intelligence confirms top al Qaeda leader killed in raid


crew-2231211It’s always great to read postings from the Long War Journal.

 

Bill Roggio and is team never fails to bring us uplifting news that the U.S. Media hides from us.

Of course, there will be music for Qari Saifullah Akhtar, funeral. (Source)

Akhtar is one of the main plotters of the September 2008 suicide attack on the Marriott hotel in Islamabad. (Source)

Akhtar acted in concert with Qari Zafar, the leader of the al Qaeda and Taliban-linked Fedayeen-i-Islam.

The US killed Zafar in an airstrike in Feb. 2010 in the town of Dargi Mandi near Miramshah in North Waziristan, a known haven for al Qaeda.

 

The Long War Journal

 

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence service, confirmed that its forces killed Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a top Pakistan al Qaeda leader, during a raid last month in the southern province of Ghazni. Akhtar’s involvement with jihad spanned four decades, and he has been directly linked to Osama bin Laden and Pakistan’s Inter-Serves Intelligence Directorate.

The NDS said it killed Akhtar and one of his “comrades,” during a raid in the district of Nawa in Ghazni on Jan. 9.

It is unclear why the NDS took more than five weeks to confirm Akhtar’s death.

z_1922909bAkhtar, operating under the orders of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, managed “a terrorist hub in the Bagram and Reshkhor regions of Kabul province,” according to the NDS.

Just one day after the raid, the Pakistani press, based on statements from jihadists in the region, reported that Akhtar was killed on Jan. 9. (Source)

However,  press reports indicated that he was killed in Paktika’s Bermal district.

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Funding Terrorism – The Buck Stops Here

crew-2231211We have repeatedly advised the reader on our site that the U.S. through the CIA has been funding ISIS, the Taliban, just as they funded Osama bin Laden’s mujahadeen. (Source)

 

The Republican-controlled House and Senate could have blocked said funding, but would it have withstood Obama’s veto?

 

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This is  one of the issues President Elect Donald Trump faces when he takes office on January 20, 2017

 

By Patrick Dunleavy,


Investigative Project on Terrorism


December 6, 2016

“Follow the money” – that fundamental rule for investigating organized crime – also holds true for uncovering terrorist organizations.

But if the search leads to your own doorstep, immediate and decisive action must be taken.

 

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This may be the case for the U.S. government in light of recent statements by Mahmoud Abbas, the current president of the Palestinian Authority.

The 81-year-old Abbas, who has been president since 2005, is calling for unifying the Fatah party government with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

President Bill Clinton’s executive order first labeled Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization in 1995.

 

 

Hamas was included among terrorist groups whose “grave acts of violence … disrupt the Middle East peace process [and] constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”

The State Department followed that up by labeling Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997.

Those actions make it prohibited by law for any U.S. citizen to provide material support, including currency, to the organization.

That means that if you or I gave a dollar to them or their pseudo charities, we can go to prison.

The U.S. provides approximately $400 million annually to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

That support cannot continue legally if the PA unites with Hamas,  unless two critical conditions are met.

First, Hamas would have to recognize “the Jewish state of Israel’s right to exist.”

And second, just as crucial, Hamas must accept all previously negotiated Israeli-Palestinian agreements.

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‘Blood will be spilled’ if Anus Haqqani is executed, Taliban threatens

crew-2231211Let’s just simplify this for everyone and call Anas what he really is, an “Anus.”

 

In fact, to further simplify things let’s call both of them “Anus,” and cut to the chase.

Seriously, when they aren’t killing people this is their favorite past time.

 

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Anas Haqqani and Qari Abdul Rashid Omari (a.k.a. Hafiz Rashid). NDS photos via Khaama Press.

The Taliban threatened to attack “judicial installations” if the Afghan government follows through on executing Anas Haqqani, the brother of the group’s deputy emir who is also the operational leader of the Haqqani Network.

“Anus” was detained in 2014 along with Qari Abdul Rasheed Omari, the Haqqani Network’s military commander for southeastern Afghanistan, after visiting the five Taliban leaders in Qatar who were exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier who deserted his unit in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban.

“Last time after the execution of the political prisoners many judicial installations were attacked giving severe blow to the government,” the Taliban said in a statement released on its official website, Voice of Jihad, on Sept. 2.

An Afghan court purportedly sentenced Anus to death in late August, Zee News reported at the end of the month.

Anas is the son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the Haqqani Network who serves as a member of the Quetta Shura, the Taliban’s executive council.

Anas’ brother, Sirajuddin, is the operational commander of the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network who was named as one of the two deputies to Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the emir of the Taliban, in May 2016. Sirajuddin wields significant influence within the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, and is also linked to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.

 

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Taliban claims Kabul suicide assault near Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense

crew-2231211I won’t even pretend to understand this.

 

With the exception of Barry being commander-in-chief, the U.S. taxpayer funds both the Taliban and ISIS the same as they did with Osama bin Laden’s

preview_Project-Camelot-Logo-300-dpi-2It is being done by laundering money using Swiss banks in the operation called “Operation Camelot.” (Source)

The Taliban claimed credit for today’s suicide assault near the Afghan Ministry of Defense in Kabul that killed more than 20 people, including Army and police officials.

The attack is the latest in a string of deadly assaults in the capital city over the past several months.

 

 

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There they are sitting with President Reagan, the U.S. has always preferred to fight its conflicts by proxy. (Source)

 

The attack began as the Taliban detonated “a remote-controlled Improvised Explosive Device” outside the Ministry of Defense, according to TOLONews.

As first responders gathered at the scene of the first bombing, a Taliban suicide bomber who is believed to have been wearing an Afghan National Army uniform detonated his explosives.

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Muhajid claimed the twin bombings on his official Twitter feed and confirmed local press reports that an IED blast was followed by a suicide bomber, or “martyr attack.”

“Powerful blast followed by martyr attack hit enemy in gate of MoD [Ministry of Defense] building as they were leaving duties afternoon today,” Muhajid claimed.

He also said that that 58 Afghan security personnel “including Gen. Raziq Panjsheri, PD2 [Kabul Police District 2] commander and his deputy and two guards” of President Ashraf Ghani.

Afghan officials estimated that 24 people were killed and 91 more were wounded.

While the Taliban routinely exaggerate the number of people killed in its attacks, Muhajid’s account that senior officials were killed was bolstered by press reports.

“Among the dead are Sayed Zaman, the police chief for PD2, and Razaq, the deputy chief of support for the Afghan National Army’s (ANA) Regiment Unit.

Also killed were Zaman’s deputy and the head of the intelligence unit for PD2. A number of other senior police officials are also among the dead,” TOLONews reported.

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Ayman al Zawahiri calls on Muslims to support Taliban, reject Islamic State

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Taliban in Afghanistan

That’s right if you pay taxes you fund these rag heads as well.

 

So what’s with the feigned outrage by the press when they leak their stories about Obama paying Iran in exchange for prisoners. (Source)

Are they that far out of the loop?

 

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As Sahab, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, has released the second episode in Ayman al Zawahiri’s “Brief Messages to a Victorious Ummah [worldwide community of Muslims]” series.

In the first episode, which was posted online on Aug. 13, Zawahiri criticized the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and compared its members to chickens.

 

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Zawahiri focuses on Afghanistan in the second episode, which is subtitled, “Be Not Divided Among Yourselves.”

He calls on Muslims to support the Taliban and to reject the Islamic State, which seeks to “split the ranks of the mujahideen” in the country.

Zawahiri says that all Muslims and jihadists around the globe should “rally around the emirate,” meaning the Taliban, which refers to itself as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

He lists a number of legendary jihadists who supported the Taliban and says others should do the same.

The Islamic State frequently accuses al Qaeda’s leaders of being “deviants” and argues that al Qaeda has fallen into a state of  “nonbelief.”

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Zawahiri challenges Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and his men to provide proof of al Qaeda’s supposed ideological lapses.

The al Qaeda master also warns all of the Islamic State’s followers that they risk being found “complicit” in the “crimes” ordered by the group’s leadership.

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Explaining Putin’s surprise move to pull most Russian forces out of Syria

Just six months after shaking up the strategic calculus of the Middle East, Russian president Vladimir Putin has yet again shown his capacity to do the unexpected, ordering most of his troops out of Syria.

Details are still thin. But Putin’s main justification for diving into the five-year-old Syrian conflict in September was to save his main Middle East ally, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

The pullout means either that Putin thinks that Assad’s rule is no longer threatened, no longer believes the Syrian ruler can maintain his grip on the fractured country, or doesn’t care if Assad falls.

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Bashar Assad: Muslim inbreeding in action.

Assad is a genocidal maniac and little less using gas  and bombs to control those that want to overthrow him.(Source)

Assad’s government, Syrian opposition groups, and other regional players are currently engaged in United Nations-led peace negotiations.

Opposition groups are demanding that Assad’s departure is a precondition to any truce, and the UN says it working toward new Syrian elections.

“The Russian intervention turned the tide in Assad’s favor and allowed the Kremlin to cut a favorable deal with the West,” Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Center, told Quartz.

“Putin can always order the troops back into Syria—in a single dramatic gesture or gradually—in response to an alleged breach of the deal by the West or its allies.”

Putin said that Russia’s air base and port in Syria would stay.

He has already made a consequential point with his intervention: Two decades after the Soviet collapse, Moscow remains capable of projecting power thousands of miles from its borders.

Putin also has underlined his contention that Russia is a force in the most important foreign theaters—and he certainly has shown he can keep the world guessing.

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