Taliban kills more than 140 Afghan soldiers in suicide assault

 

Can we have the envelope, please?

And the winner is?

 

Yesterday, when the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that his fighters killed more than 100 soldiers in a complex suicide assault of the Afghan National Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters near the provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif, his claim was dismissed as routine inflation of battlefield casualties.

Today, Zabihullah’s boast has become reality, possibly making it the most deadly Taliban attack on a military installation in nearly five years.

Afghan officials are reporting that more than 140 Afghan soldiers are believed to have been killed, and that number may rise. From Reuters:

 

One official in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, where the attack occurred, said on Saturday at least 140 soldiers were killed and many others wounded. Other officials said the toll was likely to be even higher.

They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the government has yet to release exact casualty figures.

 

 

The defense ministry said more than 100 soldiers were killed or wounded.

The suicide assault was carried out by 10 Taliban fighters dressed as Afghan policemen, according to Reuters. According to the Taliban, four of them were Afghan security personnel who had “infiltrated” the ranks. Mujahid also posted a photograph he claimed was the assault team (see above).

In a statement released today by Taliban spokesman Mujahid that was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, he claimed that “among these mujahideen, four of them were soldiers who infiltrated the enemy ranks, where they served as soldiers inside the Shaheen Corps headquarters for a long time, waiting for the zero hour.”

Yesterday’s raid may have been one of the most effective Taliban attacks on a military installation in Afghanistan since Sept. 2012, when a team of fighters penetrated security at Camp Bastion in Helmand province and destroyed six USMC Harriers and damaged two others, and killed two US marines, including the Harrier squadron commander.

After the Camp Bastion attack, the US military said the Taliban team “appeared to be well-equipped, trained and rehearsed.” The same could likely be said the attack on the Afghan National Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters, given the decimation.

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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Pakistani Taliban faction claims spokesman was captured in Afghanistan

This is exactly the type of article that makes me sad and weepy until I hear this song.

 

Smoke um if you got um!

He will not be missed.

One less goat fucker on the planet!

The leadership of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is known to have ties to multiple jihadist organizations operating in the region. Omar Khalid al Khurasani, one of its top leaders, is closely linked to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri.

Khurasani has called for the imposition of sharia law and the establishment of a global caliphate.

He has also said that a primary goal of the Pakistani Taliban is to obtain nuclear weapons. [See FDD’s Long War Journal reports, Taliban commander wants Pakistan’s nukes, global Islamic caliphate and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar celebrates 9/11 attack.]

 

 

 

On Apr. 17, the Pakistani military said that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesman of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a dangerous faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, voluntarily surrendered. Today, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar insisted that Ehsan was “arrested” in eastern Afghanistan and later turned over to the military.

 

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the spokesman for the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Public Relations branch, claimed that Ehsan “turned himself into our security agencies,” Dawn reported.

Pakistani authorities were eager to trumpet Ehsan’s alleged surrender as a victory. “There can be

“There can be no bigger achievement for Pakistan than the fact that our biggest enemies are now realizing the error of their ways and are turning themselves in,” Ghafoor said.

However, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar disputes Ghafoor’s account. Earlier today, the group issued a statement attributed to Asad Mansour, its new spokesman, claiming that Ehsan was captured on Mar. 7 by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI-D) along with “three other colleagues” and subsequently turned over to the Pakistani military.

In case the reader missed the theme song.

 

According to Mansour, Ehsan was captured in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, which borders Pakistan and is a known haven for multiple jihadist groups.

Mansour accused the Pakistani military of using “the Mujahideen prisoners to lure” other jihadists into negotiations and their eventual “surrender.”

Ehsan has been an influential spokesman and the face of Pakistani jihadist groups for the past decade.

He served as the spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan up until 2014, when Jamaat-ul-Ahrar split off from the group and formed its own branch.

Ehsan joined Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and became its spokesman. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar reunited with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this year but has maintained a degree of autonomy.

 

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Pakistani Taliban emir calls for unity, jihad, and global caliphate

The Cult we cause Islam is dangerous enough without another towel head coming up with the idea that the world must be governed by the will of Allah through a single caliphate using overt jihad to accomplish their deed.

 

In our new series, now you see them, soon you won’t we recount the tail of a Taliban emir calling for unity through jihad to unite Islam with one mission:

To follow the will of Allah through the establishment of a single caliphate.

Solution:

 

More of these until these heathens submit to the will of the armed forces of the peace-loving countries of the world

Now you see him, soon you won’t

 

Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), said that his group’s ultimate goal is “to implement the law of Allah on the Earth” and called on Muslims to unite and wage jihad to achieve that end. Fazlullah, one of the most extreme commanders in a group filled with extremists, also said that attempts made by Pakistan’s military intelligence service to break up the TTP have largely failed and his group has reorganized following a tumultuous period.

Fazlullah made the statements in a video released yesterday by Umar Media, the propaganda arm of the TTP. Umar Media also provided an English language transcript of Fazlullah’s speech. He outlined the group’s primary goal in his opening statement.

“The aim of Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan [TTP] is to implement the law of Allah on the Earth of Allah.

And this will be the result of our Jihad.

For Islamic ideology, we have to make sacrifices.

By the grace of Allah, those who believe that implementation and uprising of Shariah their actual goal and absolute ambition, know that the implementation of this Shariah is impossible without practicing Jihad and Jihad is impossible without unity,” Fazlullah said.

Throughout the speech, Fazlullah quoted the Koran to provide religious justification for the TTP’s war against the Pakistani military and government and said that it is the obligation of clerics to rally Muslims to the cause.

“It is your responsibility to wake up the public, make them zealous for Islam and humanity, tell them their level and inform them about the system provided by the Allah almighty,” Falzullah implored.

Later in the speech, he outlined the obligation and responsibility of all Muslims to wage “defensive jihad.”

“In Islam there is concept of Jihad,” he noted. “At this time Jihad ud Daf’ (defensive jihad) is being conducted which is obligatory to each and every Muslim. It is written in Islamic books that when Jihad becomes Fardh Ayen i.e. obligatory for each Muslim no one has to take permission from any one, jihad becomes obligatory for each and every men and women and every Muslim becomes a fighter and a Murabit (Defender of borders). Everyone has to sacrifice themselves for protecting Islam.”

Fazlullah also said that “the cracks which were developed by ISI,” or the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate – Pakistan’s military intelligence branch – “in this Tehreek and organization have almost uprooted.”

“[T]he step to make the Tehreek well organized, has been completed,” he continued.

 

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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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