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.

 

 

 

The Long   War Journal

Bill Roggio

June 18th, 2017       

                            

 

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 hits AQAP with more than 30 airstrikes

The United States conducted 20 airstrikes against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen overnight, according to two US officials.

U.S. manned and unmanned aircraft struck multiple locations, including targets in the Abyan, Shabwa and Baydha regions.

The officials added that the military assesses that al Qaeda personnel were killed.

 

 

THE LONG WAR JOURNAL

 

By Bill Roggio

 

April 4, 2017

 

The US military has continued its increased targeting of al Qaeda’s network in Yemen, launching more that 20 airstrikes against the terrorist group over the weekend.

The US has now launched more than 75 airstrikes in Yemen since the beginning of the year, already nearly double the yearly total since the drone program against al Qaeda in Yemen began in 2009.

 

According to data compiled by FDD’s Long War Journal, the previous record number of airstrikes conducted by the US in Yemen in any one year was 41 in 2009.

The large number of strikes over a short period of time indicates the US has, under the Trump administration, changed its tactics in fighting AQAP in Yemen.

The US military previously described AQAP as one of the most dangerous terrorist networks determined to strike US interests, yet it had been overly cautious in targeting the group. Over the previous five years, the US military averaged just two to three strikes against AQAP a month.

 

 

 

“The precision airstrikes targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terrorists, as well as the terrorists’ infrastructure, fighting positions, and equipment,” according to a news summary of an April 3 press conference held by Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis. (Source)

The strikes, “which were largely unmanned,” according to Davis, took place in Shabwa province, a known hotbed for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

“We continue to target AQAP in Yemen, and this is done in the interest of disrupting a terror organization that presents a very significant threat to the United States,” Davis said.

 

 

According to the Pentagon, the US military has launched “some 50 airstrikes” between Feb. 28 and the end of last week, and an additional 20 strikes over the weekend.

The uptick in airstrikes in Yemen follows a controversial raid by US special operations forces against AQAP in Al Baydah province in January that was reported to have netted significant intelligence.

One US Navy Seal, two senior AQAP leaders, and at least 13 civilians, including the eight-year-old daughter of slain radical AQAP cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, were among those killed during the raid, which quickly evolved into a heavy firefight that also resulted in the loss of an Osprey aircraft.

Despite years of targeting AQAP, the group retained significant capacity. Early last month, Davis estimated AQAP maintains a strength in the “low thousands,” and that the group “can skillfully exploit the disorder in Yemen to build its strength and reinvigorate its membership and training.”

AQAP still controls rural areas of central and southern Yemen despite both attacks from the US and a United Arab Emirates-led ground offensive, which ejected the group from major cities and towns it held in mid-2016.

AQAP claims to still operate training camps in Yemen to this day. In mid-July, AQAP touted its Hamza al Zinjibari Camp, where the group trains its “special forces.” Zinjibari was an AQAP military field commander who was killed in a US drone strike in Feb. 2016. (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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US transfers 9 Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia

crew-2231211One thing we need to get perfectly clear.

 

The Saudi’s are not friends with the U.S. or the Western World.

We co-exist due to our needs for oil, and their need for our money.

The Saudi’s teach and fund madrassas word wide that teach the most virulent form of Islam, “Wahhabism.” (Source)

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It was in the same madrassas funded by the Saudis through the U.N. that a young Barry Soetoro

learned his lessons so well in Jakarta, Indonesia.

If they are still in good enough shape to commit jahad, is there any doubt they will continue to do so?

Certainly the Saudi’s won’t care.

 

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced on Apr. 16 that nine Guantanamo detainees, all from Yemen, have been transferred to Saudi Arabia.

 

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The transferred detainees include a man who was allegedly one of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguards, the brother of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) current emir, and a jihadist the Obama administration determined was “too dangerous to transfer but not feasible for prosecution.”

Intelligence included in declassified and leaked files links all nine of them to al Qaeda’s network in 2001 or beforehand.

The DOD says that eight of the nine detainees “were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising”  Obama’s Guantanamo Review Task Force, which concluded its work in January 2010.

But the reality is more complicated.

The task force placed six of the now former detainees in “conditional detention” at Guantanamo. (Source)

The  Yemenis could be transferred, Obama’s interagency body found, but only under certain conditions.

Just two of the men — Mohammed Abdullah al Hamiri and Mansoor Muhammed Ali Qattaa — were approved for outright transfer to a country “that will implement appropriate security measures.”

 

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US intensifies air campaign against al Qaeda in Yemen

crew-22312The US military revved up aerial assaults against al Qaeda’s official branch in Yemen during the month of March.

The strikes have been so intense they may just as well be called “Kicking Ass,” without bothering to take names.

Finally we are getting serious with the towel heads and annihilating them. 

 

The US launched at least six airstrikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in areas in southern Yemen this month, equalling the total from the five preceding months, according to data compiled by The Long War Journal.

 

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The US has conducted four airstrikes in the provinces of Abyan, Shabwa, and Hadramout between March 26-28, according to press reports from Yemen.

The last strike took place on March 28, when US warplanes hit AQAP fighters stationed at “the headquarters of Brigade 27 near the city’s airport, an air defence camp and the house of the commander of the second Military Region” in the city of Mukallah, the provincial capital of Hadramout, Reuters reported.

The number of casualties has not been disclosed.

The US carried out three airstrikes on March 26, including two in the villages of al-Hudhn and Naqeel al-Hayala in Abyan province, and another at an intelligence headquarters in Zinjibar – the provincial capital of Shabwa – according to Reuters.

 

Fourteen AQAP fighters were reported to have been killed in the three strikes.

On March 22, the US killed at least 50 AQAP fighters as warplanes pounded an AQAP training camp in Mukallah.

The AQAP fighters were reportedly lining up for a meal when the camp was struck.

And on March 4, the US killed four AQAP fighters after a drone struck a vehicle as it was traveling in Shabwa province.

 

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