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Afghanistan
US forces target high-level Taliban leaders with M142 rocket in Helmand
2018-05-26
[Khaama Press] The US Military in Afghanistan says a high-level meeting of the Taliban
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leaders was targeted with M142 missile in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

"Task Force-Southwest, under U.S. Forces-Afghanistan authorities, confirmed a ground-based rocket artillery strike using the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, against a command and control node for high-level Taliban leaders in Musa Qala district, May 24," the US Forces in Afghanistan said in a statement.

The statement further added that the structure was a known meeting location for prominent Taliban leaders, where they planned and facilitated attacks against Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, who are supporting election security in the area.

"One way we support our Afghan partners is with kinetic strikes so that they are able to maintain the offensive," said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Benjamin T. Watson, Task Force-Southwest commander. "Strikes like this one not only degrade Taliban operations, but also give our partners the ability to maintain continuous pressure against a weakened enemy."

Task Force-Southwest deployed to Helmand Province, April 2017, to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and 505th Zone Afghan National Police.

Established in 2009, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan is a U.S.-led mission that directs and enables U.S. military operations in support of Resolute Support, NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
’s train, advise and assist mission. Its purpose is to sustain campaign momentum in Afghanistan. It is also tasked with executing responsibilities and oversight for manpower, material and logistics, basing and operational movement in the country, supporting a responsible economic transition that encourages a resilient Afghan economy.
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Afghanistan
Foreign Forces Conduct Airstrike In Faizabad City
2018-05-26
[ToloNews] Some residents of Badakhshan province, in the north-east of Afghanistan, claimed US forces have conducted an Arclight airstrike in Faizabad City, the center of the province. The residents said the bomb landed close to civilian houses, police headquarters and governor’ office.

According to the residents, the airstrike was conducted on Thursday evening.

They said holy warriors did not have any activity in the area where the airstrike was carried out.

"We were leaving the mosque in the evening prayer when we heard a loud voice and I saw that people were shouting," said Gada Mohammad, a resident of Faizabad City.

"The airstrike damaged civilian houses. Why government and US forces do not target the Taliban
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in Wardooj (district)? Why they conducted the airstrike here?" asked Mirullah, a resident of Faizabad.

Badakhshan Provincial Council said foreign forces also conducted airstrikes in Kishm district to target Death Eaters.

"The Resolute Support aircrafts bombarded both Faizabad City and Kishm district’s center. One bomb landed close to Jolghar (area) which is near the provincial police headquarters and other landed close to center of Kishm district. No doubt, it created fear among residents of Faizabad City and Kishm district. It shows that there was no coordination," Abdullah Naji Nazari, member of Badakhshan Provincial Council, told TOLOnews.

Meanwhile,
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Badakhshan governor Ahmad Faisal Begzad said the Resolute Support officials have said the airstrike was carried out ’mistakenly’.

"The foreign forces should support our security forces but what happened yesterday (Thursday) was a mistake which has been admitted by them (foreign forces) in which they dropped bombs in the outskirts of Faizabad City and the outskirts of Kishm district’s center," he told TOLOnews.

"We asked them (foreign forces) to be accurate in their operations," he added.
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Afghanistan
AAF effectively employing laser-guided bombs to prevent civilian casualties: MoD
2018-05-23
[Khaama Press - Tue May 22 2018, 2:34 ] The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says the Afghan Air Force (AAF) is effectively using the laser-guided bombs to prevent the civilian casualties during the Arclight airstrikes.

Expressing optimisms regarding the deployment of the state-of-the-art technology against the Lion of Islams, the defense ministry said the deployment of the bombs have helped the Afghan Air Force pilots to precisely target the Lion of Islam targets and prevent civilian deaths.

According to the coalition forces in Afghanistan, the Afghan Air Force pilots have been dropping laser guided bombs on enemy targets throughout the southern half of Afghanistan since March 22, 2018.

This precision strike capability limits the adversaries ability to use densely populated areas for sanctuary and helps to prevent civilian casualties.

The Afghan Air Force for the first time used the bomb to target a Taliban
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compound in Farah province last month.

"On March 22, the Afghan Air Force tasked the A-29 squadron to destroy a Taliban compound in Farah. The Afghan attack pilots were equipped with both guided and unguided bombs, and elected to employ the GBU-58 laser-guided bomb to avoid collateral damage," according to a report by Resolute Support Mission.
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Afghanistan
Farah violence has links with the issues related to water management: Bahrami
2018-05-21
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami says the growing violence and recent war in western Farah province have links with issues surrounding the management of water resources.

Gen. Bahrami made the remarks during a visit to Farah province where he was accompanied by other security bigshots including the commander of the NATO
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Resolute Support Mission Gen. John Nicholson. He did not elaborate further in this regard but added that around twenty terrorist group are operating in Afghanistan and are being supported by the neighboring countries.

This comes as the US Department of Defense or Pentagon officials had earlier said that they are not ruling out the involvement of Iran in a major offensive carried out by the Talibs in western Farah city of Afghanistan.

"I don’t think you can ever rule out how much Iran interferes throughout this region. Iran remains the most destabilizing factor in the Middle East. So no, I don’t think you can ever rule out their mischief," a spokesperson for Pentagon Dana White said.

Hundreds of Taliban
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holy warriors launched a coordinated attack on Farah city the bustling provincial capital of Farah in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The Afghan national defense and security forces responded to the attack by launching air and ground operations that lasted until early hours of Wednesday morning.
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Afghanistan
Afghan Air Force video shows precision bombings on Taliban positions
2018-05-18
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A new video of the Afghan Air Force shows the compilation of a series of precision airstrikes carried out with the help of the laser-guided bombs.

According to the coalition forces in Afghanistan, the Afghan Air Force pilots have been dropping laser guided bombs on enemy targets throughout the southern half of Afghanistan since March 22, 2018.

This precision strike capability limits the adversaries ability to use densely populated areas for sanctuary and helps to prevent civilian casualties.

The Afghan Air Force for the first time used the bomb to target a Taliban compound in Farah province last month.

“On March 22, the Afghan Air Force tasked the A-29 squadron to destroy a Taliban compound in Farah. The Afghan attack pilots were equipped with both guided and unguided bombs, and elected to employ the GBU-58 laser-guided bomb to avoid collateral damage,” according to a report by Resolute Support Mission.

This comes as efforts are underway to boost the capabilities of the Afghan armed forces, particularly the Air Forces.

“Key pieces that you’re seeing is that the Afghan Air Force itself, one of the more lethal organizations they have, and one that we’re looking to triple in size by 2023, is conducting significantly more air operations in direct support of the ANDSF on the battlefield, to the tune of 500 more sorties this year than they did the year before,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Lance Bunch, director of future operations, Resolute Support, in a December 2017 press conference.
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Afghanistan
Afghan-US Special Forces kill ISIS facilitator involved in Kabul attacks
2018-05-18
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan and US Special Forces have killed a senior ISIS controller involved in recent attacks in capital Kabul.

The NATO
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-led Resolute Support Mission in a report said the Afghan and U.S. Special Operations Forces eliminated senior IS-K controller Yasir during a nighttime air assault raid in Mohmand Darah district, Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province, Afghanistan, May 9, 2018.

The report further adds that Yasir planned and facilitated IS-K attacks against Afghan cops and civilians in Kabul and along Highway 7, the main corridor for travel from Nangarhar to the Afghan capital.

"Afghan and U.S. Special Operations Forces conduct persistent offensive operations to deny IS-K their stated goal of a caliphate in southeastern Nangarhar," the report adds.

This comes as the terror grabbed credit behind the a string of deadly attacks in capital Kabul that left scores of people dead or maimed.

The most recent attack claimed by the terror group was a coordinated raid on a cop shoppe in the 13th police district of the city in West of Kabul.

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Afghanistan
Top al-Qaeda leader for the Indian Subcontinent killed in Afghanistan
2018-05-17
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] U.S. forces conducted an Arclight airstrike killing an al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) leader, Hazrat Abbas, and his bodyguard, in Sherzad district, Nangahar province, Afghanistan, Apr. 23, 2018, according to a report by the Resolute Support Mission.

The report further adds that Abbas, a senior AQIS and Tehrik-e-Taliban
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Pakistain (TTP) commander, controlled fighting forces in both Pakistain and Afghanistan. Abbas’ forces were responsible for numerous attacks and kidnappings on both sides of the border.

Abbas’ integration and command of multiple organizations highlights the relationships between terrorist organizations in Afghanistan and the surrounding region, specifically how regional terrorist groups shelter and facilitate global threat networks, the report added.

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Afghanistan
Nangarhar nastiness: 2 Americans fall fighting bad guys alongside Afghan troops, kaboom gets 6 locals, Afghan SF night raid bags big turban and pals
2018-05-02


Afghan and US forces suffer casualties in East of Afghanistan

[KhaamaPress] At least one US soldier and several Afghan security personnel lost their lives during the clashes with the militants in East of Afghanistan.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in a statement said one U.S. service member was killed and another U.S. service member was wounded during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan, April 30.

The statement further adds that in addition, several Afghan security force members were killed or wounded.

“My thoughts and those of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan are with the families and friends of our fallen and wounded service members,” said Gen. John Nicholson, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) commander. “Their valiancy in battle, and that of the brave Afghan partners they fought alongside, will endure in our hearts and history.”

The wounded service member, who is in stable condition, was taken to Bagram Airfield’s hospital for treatment, the alliance added.

No further details were given regarding the exact location where the clash took place but the Afghan and US forces are mostly in engaged in counter-terrorism operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan against the ISIS and Taliban insurgents.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far.

PC member among 6 dead, wounded in Nangarhar explosion

[KhaamaPress] An explosion targeted a member of the provincial council in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving at least six people dead or wounded.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed the incident took place earlier today targeting the provincial council member Iftikhar Momand.

Khogyani further added that Mr. Momand was wounded in the explosion along with his two security guards.

He said at least three people including two civilians and a security guard of Mr. Momand were killed in the explosion.

In the meantime, the provincial government media office, in a statement said the incident has taken place in Kama district at around 9:30 am local time.

The statement further added that the vehicle of Mr. Momand was targeted in a roadside bomb explosion and as a result one of his bodyguards was killed.

According to the provincial government, at least four people, including Mr. Momand, two of his guards, and a civilian were wounded.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

NDS Special Forces conduct night raid on Taliban leader’s compound in Nangarhar

[Khaama Press] The Special Operations Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), conducted a night operation on a compound of the Taliban group leader in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the raid resulted into the killing of the Taliban local leader along with five others.

The statement further added that the operation was conducted late on Monday night in the vicinity of Khogyani district.

The Taliban leader killed during the operation has been identified as Faridullah who was also famous as Zindani, the statement added.

According to the governor’s office, at leat five other insurgents accompanying Faridullah were also killed during the operation.

In the meantime, the NDS Special Forces arrested two other individuals, Ezatullah and Hejratullah, on suspicion of having links with the Taliban group.

The local officials are saying that the raid resulted into the clearance of the area from the presence of the Taliban insurgents.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far.
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Afghanistan
Afghan Air Force employs more laser-guided bombs against militants
2018-04-22
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Air Force has employed more laser-guided bombs against the forces of Evil after the historic and maiden employment of the sophisticated bomb against Taliban
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last month.

"Last month the Afghan Air Force achieved a historic milestone with the Afghan Air Force A-29s conducting their first mission involving the release of a GBU-28 laser-guided bomb against a Taliban compound in Farah Province," the NATO
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-led Resolute Support Mission said in a short online statement.

The statement further adds that "They’ve conducted more than five additional missions since then. 438th Air Expeditionary Wing continues to provide Train Advise Assist through the Resolute Support Mission resulting in increased progress and self-reliance by the Afghan Air Force."

The Afghan Air Force used the bomb to target a Taliban compound in Farah province last month.

"On March 22, the Afghan Air Force tasked the A-29 squadron to destroy a Taliban compound in Farah. The Afghan attack pilots were equipped with both guided and unguided bombs, and elected to employ the GBU-58 laser-guided bomb to avoid collateral damage," according to a report by Resolute Support Mission.

This comes as efforts are underway to boost the capabilities of the Afghan armed forces, particularly the Air Forces.

"Key pieces that you’re seeing is that the Afghan Air Force itself, one of the more lethal organizations they have, and one that we’re looking to triple in size by 2023, is conducting significantly more air operations in direct support of the ANDSF on the battlefield, to the tune of 500 more sorties this year than they did the year before," said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Lance Bunch, director of future operations, Resolute Support, in a December 2017 presser.

Bunch also noted the Afghan forces conducted their combat operations through 2017 with the lowest level of support from the coalition forces in the 16-year war here, yet has seen some of the most success they’ve ever had.

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Afghanistan
Poland to deploy more troops to Afghanistan
2018-03-29
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The President of Poland Andrzej Duda has said more Polish troops will be deployed to Afghanistan to contribute in NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
’s train, advise, and assist mission in Afghanistan.

President Duda made the remarks during his meet with the Chief Executive of the Government of National Unity of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
on Tuesday.

However,
nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits...
he did not disclose further information regarding the exact number of the Polish troops to be deployed in the framework of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission.

According to the Office of the Chief Executive, President Duda also pledged to increase political and military support to Afghanistan besides increasing the number of the Polish troops.

The source further added that the two sides also discussed the recent political developments and upheavals in Afghanistan.

The Office of the Chief Executive said the two countries are expected to celebrate the 90th year of the political relations between the two nations.
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Afghanistan
Taliban reacts in panic as AAF drops first laser-guided bomb
2018-03-29
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban
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group in Afghanistan reacted in panic as the Afghan Air Force dropped the first laser-guided bomb on a hideout of the group in western Farah province.

A front man for the Taliban group Zabiullah Mujahid called the latest Arclight airstrike a "small step", claiming that the coalition forces did not have any major achievement despite using such sophisticated weapons and equipment in the past 17 years.

However,
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the alliance led by NATO
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, calls the use of the first laser-guided bomb by the Afghan Air Force a major achievement and another chapter in the success story of the Afghan Air Force.

"On March 22, the Afghan Air Force tasked the A-29 squadron to destroy a Taliban compound in Farah. The Afghan attack pilots were equipped with both guided and unguided bombs, and elected to employ the GBU-58 laser-guided bomb to avoid collateral damage," according to a report by Resolute Support Mission.

"Key pieces that you’re seeing is that the Afghan Air Force itself, one of the more lethal organizations they have, and one that we’re looking to triple in size by 2023, is conducting significantly more air operations in direct support of the ANDSF on the battlefield, to the tune of 500 more sorties this year than they did the year before," said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Lance Bunch, director of future operations, Resolute Support, in a December 2017 presser.

Bunch also noted the Afghan forces conducted their combat operations through 2017 with the lowest level of support from the coalition forces in the 16-year war here, yet has seen some of the most success they’ve ever had.

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Afghanistan
'French' woman fighting for IS caught in Afghanistan
2018-03-25
[DAWN] A French woman fighting for the hard boy Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in Afghanistan has been detained, Afghan officials said on Friday, amid fears that IS gunnies fleeing Syria and Iraq are finding their way to the country.

The woman was captured during a military operation in the northern province of Jowzjan ‐ an IS stronghold ‐ on Thursday night, several officials said.

It has been reported that French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, had joined the group’s Afghan franchise in the restive province.

"In a joint operation between NDS and Afghan special forces, five Afghan men and a French woman fighting for IS were locked away
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in Darzab district of Jowzjan," the National Directorate of Security
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(NDS), Afghanistan’s spy agency, said in a statement.

The Defence Ministry confirmed that a "French holy warrior woman was among those detained". Six IS fighters were also killed, it said.

Afghan officials did not clarify how they identified the woman’s nationality. One official described her as "French speaking". They provided no further details about the woman or where she had come from.

Provincial police chief Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani said that US forces were also involved in Thursday’s operation.

"Four ISIS fighters were killed and one French woman... was also detained," Jawzjani said, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

He added that two other French IS fighters were killed in the province recently.

Jawzjani said Afghan and US forces took the woman into custody ‐ which was confirmed by the provincial governor’s front man Reza Ghafoori. Ghafoori said two Uzbek fighters had also been detained.Afghan and US special forces have ramped up air strikes and ground offensives against IS fighters in Jowzjan in recent months, which the Americans say have "disrupted" the group’s capacity to use imported muscle.

In January, Afghan forces caught the group’s "head controller of foreign forces". Two months later, his two successors were killed in a US air strike, a Resolute Support statement on Thursday said.

US and Afghan forces conducted a "nighttime raid" on Thursday in Mughul village in Darzab, the statement added. It made no mention of a French female fighter.

Most of the fighters in Jowzjan were "Pak Pashtun", General John Nicholson, commander of US and NATO
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forces in Afghanistan, said in the statement.

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