|U.S. massive bomber strikes insurgents' positions in N. Afghanistan|
|[XINHUANET] The U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber has joined Afghan and coalition aircrafts to pounds' positions in northern Afghan provinces, authorities said Wednesday.|
On Tuesday, the of climbed to 28 after a B-52 warplane struck an (IS) terrorist group hideout in northern Jawzjan province, provincial deputy Police Chief Abdul Hafiz Khashi told Xinhua on Wednesday.
Earlier reports said that 13 IS after the bombing which occurred in Sar Dara locality of the mountainous Darzab district in Jawzjan, 390 km north of Kabul.
Violence has escalated in the previously peaceful northern region over the last few years as Afghan forces together with troops of -led Resolute Support and United States Forces-Afghanistan pushed against the in the south and east.
"United States Forces-Afghanistan launched a series of precision strikes in Northern Afghanistan in a direct effort to destroy revenue sources, training facilities, and support networks. Over the past 96 hours, U.S. forces conducted air operations to strike training facilities in Badakhshan province, preventing the planning and rehearsal of terrorist acts near the border with China and Tajikistan." the coalition forces said in a statement on Tuesday.
The strikes also destroyed stolen Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicles that were in the process of being converted to s by s, it noted.
"During these strikes, a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress dropped 24 precision guided munitions on Taliban fighting positions, setting a record of the most guided munitions ever dropped from a B-52." the statement said.
|Uzbek nationals among 14 ISIS militants killed in Jawzjan airstrikes|
|[KP] At least fourteen militants affiliated with the Islamic State terror group were killed in the latest airstrikes conducted northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said at least two foreign nationals hailing from Uzbekistan were also among those killed.
The Shaheen Corps further added that a series of airstrikes were carried out on ISIS hideouts in Sardara, Maktab Imam Bukhtari, Bibi Maryam, Aqsai, and Maimana Qeshlaq areas of Darzab on Wednesday.
In the meantime, the Shaheen Corps said another ISIS militant identified as Ghulam Rasool surrendered to the security forces and handed over a PKM machine gun, two communication devices, a motorcycle, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
|B-52 bombers target ISIS hideouts in North of Afghanistan|
|[Khaama Press] The US Air Force has carried out a series of s on ISIS hideouts using the B-52 bombers in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military in a statement said the airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Darzab district home to several ISIS fighters.
The Shaheen Corps said more than ten including foreigners were killed in the airstrike carried out in Sar Dara area.
The anti-government armed and terrorist groups have not commented regarding the report so far.
In the meantime, the Shaheen Corps says this is the second time the US and Afghan forces have been jointly carrying out airstrikes on ISIS targets in this province during the past two weeks.
According to Shaheen Corps, at least 70 have been killed during the counter-terrorism operations so far and around 40 others have sustained injuries.
The latest airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in Darzab take place amid ongoing efforts by the ISIS and other and terror groups to expand their foothold in the northern parts of the country.
|ISIS arrests woman over illicit sexual charges in North of Afghanistan|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Militants affiliated with the of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have a woman in North of Afghanistan on charges of having illicit sexual relations (Zana).|
According to the local officials in Jawzjan, the woman, az Nazia was arrested and has been taken to an unknown location after she was accused of having illicit sexual relations with a man.
The incident took place in an area under the control of the of the terror group in the restive Darzab district.
The provincial district administrative chief Baz Mohammad Dawar confirmed the incident and said preliminary reports indicate the woman is being kept as a hostage in Sardara area, which is under their control.
This comes as reports emerged earlier today suggesting that scores of people were by the affiliated with the terror group in northern province.
|ISIS loses 5 senior leaders in an airstrike in North of Afghanistan|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has lost five s in an in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
The local security officials are saying that the was carried out by the foreign forces based in Afghanistan on Friday.
Provincial security chief Abdul Hafiz Khashi said ten ISIS loyalists were killed in total during the .
He said the main commander of the terror group for Jawzjan province Mullah Abdul Ahad who was famous as Hezbullah was among those killed.
Khashi further added that the other ISIS leaders killed in the have been identified as Mohibulllah, the commander of the terrorist group for Sardara village of Darzab, Mahboobullah, the commander of the terror group for Batu village of Darzab, Sadruddin, the commander in charge of the logistics of the terror group, and Faiz Malang, another commander of the terror group.
According to Khashi, the was carried out late on Friday in the vicinity of Maryazi area of Qosh Tapa district.
|50+ al-Qaeda, ISIS troops die in Jawzjan|
|Over fifty insurgents belonging to the Taliban group and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan were killed during the operations in northern Jawzjan province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Friday.|
MoD deputy spokesman Gen. Mohammad Radmanish said the operations were conducted in the vicinities of Darzab district during the past several days.
He said at least forty militants affiliated with the ISIS terrorist group were killed and around ten others were wounded.
Gen. Radmanish further added that several commanders of the terror group were also wounded during the operations.
According to Gen. Radmanish, at least eleven Taliban insurgents including their main commander for Jawzjan were also killed during the operations.
He said the Taliban commander killed during the operation has been identified as Shamsullah.
The Taliban insurgents and ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.
Jawzjan is among the relatively volatile provinces in north of Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents and ISIS loyalists are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
|Taliban shadow officials security detail guns him down|
|The shadow district governor of the Taliban group was shot dead by one his own guards in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
According to the local government officials, the incident took place on Thursday in the relatively volatile district of Darzab.
Provincial security chief Abdul Hafiz Khashi confirmed the incident and said at least five other militants were also killed in the attack.
He said the attacker has apparently joined the ISIS ranks in Jawzjan province after killing the shadow district chief of the Taliban.
The Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.
The security situation in Jawzjan province has started to deteriorate during the recent years with the rampant insurgency led both the Taliban and ISIS militants.
The latest attack on Taliban district chief by his guard having links with the ISIS group reflects the ongoing rivalry among the militants which has so far claimed the lives of scores of insurgents while dozens more have been wounded.
|91 militants die in northern Afghanistan|
According to the local government officials, the majority of the casualties were inflicted to the Taliban insurgents.
Provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Reza Ghafoori said the clashes started in Darzab district on Tuesday and still continue between the two sides.
He said at least 76 Taliban insurgents and 15 ISIS militants have been killed so far, citing the preliminary information received by the government.
Ghafoori further added that 56 Taliban insurgents have also been wounded alongn 12 ISIS fighters.
The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.
Jawzjan is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in some of its districts.
The province has also witnessed growing activities by the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group who are mainly operating in Darzab district.
The group has carried out numerous attacks against the government and other institutions including the kidnapping of several ICRC workers in this province.
|ISIS execute 3 civilians on charges of supporting police in North of Afghanistan|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three civilians have been executed in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan by affiliated with the offshoot of the of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.|
According to the local officials, the incident took place in the restive Darzab district and the victims were all ordinary civilians.
Provincial police chief Abdul Hafiz Khashi confirmed the incident but rejected the allegations against the victims.
He said the three civilians had no links or cooperation with any government or security institution as claimed by the ISIS loyalists.
The security situation in northern Jawzjan has sharply deteriorated during the recent months as the loyalists of ISIS terrorist group have expanded their operations in some remote districts of the province.
At least ten and a woman were killed in an attack carried out by the ISIS in this province last month.
Earlier, the ISIS killed at least six workers of the International Committee of the and two others.
There are still no reports regarding the whereabouts and fate of the ICRC workers despite the international aid organization issued a statement urging the to release the hostages.
|Militants kidnap 52 farmers in northern Jawzjan province|
According to the local government officials, the incident took place earlier today in Darzab district.
It is yet not if the were by the Taliban or belonging to any other group.
Both the Taliban and loyal to the of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are active in some parts of Jawzjan province.
This comes as at least six employees of the International Committee of were by in this province last week.
Local officials said the ICRC employees were by ISIS loyalists and at least two of them were kidnapped.
|ISIS leader killed in Jawzjan province|
|A prominent leader of the loyalists of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was killed during a clash with the security forces in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
According to the local officials, the senior ISIS leader, identified as Mohammad Nasir, was killed after launching an attack on the security forces check posts in Darzab district.
District administrative chief Rahmatullah Hashar confirmed the report and said at least two members of the terror group were also wounded during the clashes.
He said additional forces have also been sent to the area to repulse the attack by ISIS loyalists.
The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have not commented regarding the report so far.
This comes as the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum said earlier in October this year that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group plans to deploy at least 7,000 fighters in northern parts of the country.
Gen. Dostum made the remarks upon his arrival in northern Faryab province to supervise counter-terrorism operations following the fall of Ghormach district last week.
He said the ISIS terrorist group is attempting to deploy foreign militants mainly citizens of Syria, Iraq, Lebannon, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Chechnya.
|Military Operation To Be Launched In Jawzjan|
|Governor of Jawzjan province, Lotfullah Azizi, on Wednesday said soon a military operation will be launched in Darzab and Qush Tapa districts of the province under the command of second vice president general Abdul Rashid Dostum, to clear the region of Taliban.|
He stated the two districts are the most vulnerable districts in Jawzjan province and parts of them have fallen to the Taliban.
"There are two districts that are mountainous and more than 100 kms from the center of the province and insurgents are active there. We hope to launch an operation when general Dostum comes to Jawzjan from Faryab," Azizi said.
Azizi also hailed the public uprising groups and said the groups are made up of more than one thousand armed man and have filled the gap of a strong police force in the province.
"The public uprising numbers reach 1,000 to 2,000 and play effective roles in maintaining security," he added.
Members from a number of public uprising groups have said they are ready to fight the insurgents and maintain their security.
They also have complained about the negligence of government in not addressing their challenges.
"Poor peoples' sons have died and their homes were stolen. What aid have they provided to the people? They (government) didn't help them," said Shir, a member of a public uprising group.
"The public uprising groups have maintained the security of Faizabad city. If they do not defend the region, the police cannot go to the villages," said Abdul Muqim, another member of a public uprising group.
"We defend our country, our people and our sisters. To help our schools be reconstructed and we all get educated," said Mohammad Yousuf, a member of a public uprising group. He has lost an arm in fighting insurgents.
Mullah Faqir, fought against security forces for more than a year on the side of Taliban. Six years ago, along with his 15 men, joined the peace process and since then he has been fighting the insurgents and currently is a member of a public uprising group.
"Taliban collect taxes from people and it is cruel. We have seen how they have annoyed people. Then we joined peace process to defend our people," Faqir said.
Meanwhile, the Ulema council also said the people who are trying to destabilize the country are cruel and urged the government to stop them.
"Government should stop the people who are trying to separate the people and expand the war and insecurity. They are cruel and should be stopped," said Maulavi Samaruddin Makhdom, a member of Jawzjan Ulema Council.
However, concerns have been expressed over the management of public uprising groups and have said if they are not managed well, they will cause problems in the future.