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Afghanistan
Afghan forces foil Taliban attack on an army outpost in Laghman province
2019-01-23
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops have foiled an attack by Talibs on an army outpost in eastern Laghman
...It has a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a repution for great wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
After that it was mostly notable for the production of dirt, rocks, and holy men.

province, leaving at least two hard boyz dead.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the Talibs launched an attack on an army outpost in Kashmand Village in Qarghayi district late on Monday night.

The statement further added that the armed forces effectively responded to the attack leaving two hard boyz dead.

The dead bodies of the two hard boyz were left the area along with an Ak-47 assault rifle, the 201st Silab Corps said, adding that the security forces have not suffer any casualty in the attack.

Laghman is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the anti-government armed elements including Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
are active in some of its remote districts and often attempt to carry out attacks against the government and security institutions.
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Afghanistan
7 Taliban militants killed, car bomb destroyed in separate coalition airstrikes
2019-01-23
[KhaamaPress] At least seven Talibs were killed, 3 others were maimed and a vehicle-borne improvised bomb was destroyed during separate Arclight airstrikes conducted by the coalition forces.

According to the informed military sources, three coalition air strikes in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
killed 4 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighters and maimed 3 others.

Another coalition air strike in Lashkar Gah killed 1 Taliban fighter, the sources said adding that the coalition forces also carried out air strike in Alah Say district of Kapisa province killing 2 Taliban fighters.

In the meantime, a coalition air strike in Musa Khel district of Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
destroyed a vehicle-borne IED, the officials said adding that "Taliban fighters continue to use VBIEDs and innocent civilians are maimed and killed as a result."

Both the Afghan and coalition forces have stepped up ground operations and airstrikes in the restive provinces of the country to suppress the anti-government armed elements.
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Afghanistan
Afghan Air Force conduct night airstrikes in Uruzgan leaving 30 militants dead
2019-01-22
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Air Force has carried out a series of night Arclight airstrikes in southern Uruzgan province leaving at least 30 Talibs dead.

According to the informed military sources, the Afghan Air Force A29’s conducted night air strikes last night killing 30 Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters in Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan.

The sources further added "The Afghan Air Force’s night strike capabilities greatly minimize the Taliban’s abilities to move and operate at night."

Uruzgan is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan where Taliban are actively operating in some of its districts and often carry out attacks against the government and security institutions.
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Afghanistan
Taliban hold talks with Khalilzad in Qatar, hours after attack on security base
2019-01-22
[PRESSTV] The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
have held talks with US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
hours after gunnies from the group killed scores of Afghan cops in central Maidan Wardak province.

Taliban front man Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement on Monday that the Taliban delegation was holding talks with the US representatives in the Qatari capital Doha.

"Talks between Taliban leaders and US officials have started today in Qatar," the statement read.

A source close to the talks also confirmed members of the Taliban's political office were meeting with Khalilzad in Doha, adding, "They will hopefully finalize a timeline and mechanism of the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan."

The latest round of talks came hours after the Taliban killed scores of security forces inside a military compound in Maidan Wardak.

Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training center of the National Directorate for Security in the province, west of Kabul. At least two button men followed up, spraying the compound with gunfire before they were shot down.

"We have information that 126 people have been killed in the kaboom inside the military training center, eight special commandos are among the dead," said a bigwig in the Defense Ministry in Kabul, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
.
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Afghanistan
Taliban attack on Afghan security base kills over 100
2019-01-22
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
attack in central Afghanistan on Monday killed scores of security personnel, officials said, with some estimates putting the corpse count at more than 100, amid government silence about one of the most deadly murderous Moslem attacks in months.

Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training center of the National Directorate for Security in Maidan Wardak province, west of the capital Kabul. At least two button men followed up, spraying the compound with gunfire before they were shot down.
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Afghanistan
The Latest: 12 killed in Taliban attack in east Afghanistan
2019-01-21
[Republic] KABUL, Afghanistan ‐ The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

An Afghan official says the Taliban attack on a military base and police training center in the country’s east has killed at least 12 people, mostly military personnel, and wounded over 30.

Salem Asgherkhail, head of the area’s public health department, says some of the wounded have been taken to the provincial hospitals while the more serious cases have been sent to the capital, Kabul, for treatment.

He was not able to provide a casualty breakdown or say how many of the wounded were transferred to Kabul following the coordinated Taliban attack on Monday morning on a military base and a training center in eastern Maidan Wardak province.

9 a.m.

Afghan officials say the Taliban have launched a coordinated assault on a military base that also serves as a police training center in eastern Maidan Wardak province and that there are casualties.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the interior minister, says that a suicide car bomber struck the military base on Monday morning, followed by insurgents who opened fire at the Afghan forces.

He says at least two Taliban fighters were killed by Afghan troops.

Rahimi could not provide casualty figures.

Salem Asgherkhail, head of the area’s public health department, says ambulances were dispatched to the site and that there are fears of high casualty numbers.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement to the media.
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Afghanistan
Taliban says it pulls out of peace talks after refusing to release U.S. professor
2019-01-21
[NBC] PESHAWAR, Pakistan ‐ The Afghan Taliban last week stalled peace talks with the U.S. after the American delegation demanded the militant group announce a ceasefire and release a U.S. academic it is holding, four senior Taliban officials told NBC News.

A Taliban commander in Afghanistan's Helmand province said U.S. negotiators had "asked us to first release the American professor whom we kidnapped after an attack on American University in Kabul."

Like other militants NBC News interviewed, he spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to comment on negotiations.

The Taliban leader called the alleged demand "unrealistic" and said the militant group was putting peace talks aimed at ending America's longest war on ice.

Kevin King was kidnapped at gunpoint from the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul alongside Australian colleague Timothy Weeks in August 2016.

The Taliban have said King is seriously ill and previously commented that he requires hospital treatment for his heart disease. The Taliban leader said U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had threatened the group if anything were to happen to King despite knowing that he was sick
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Afghanistan
Afghan and Coalition Forces kill 15 militants in during separate operations
2019-01-21
KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces and Coalition Forces have conducted separate operations in northern Baghlan and southern Uruzgan and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces over the past 24 hours, killing at least 15 bad boys.

According to the informed military sources, Afghan Special Forces conducted a clearance operation in Pul-e Khumri district of Baghal province, killing 12 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters and wounding 8 others.

A coalition air strike in Tarin Kot of Uruzgan left 2 Taliban fighters dead, the sources said, adding that in a separate coalition air strike in Sangin district of Helmand province 1 Taliban fighter was killed.

Both the Afghan and Coalition Forces have stepped counter-terrorism operations to suppress the anti-government armed elements.

The Afghan forces are conducting the majority of the ground operations with the support of Coalition air power.
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Africa Horn
Nearly 80 Militants Killed In Lower Jubba Region
2019-01-21
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali National Army (SNA) backed by the international partners on Saturday killed 73 al-Shabaab
...Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
faceless myrmidons and destroyed armored vehicles in southern Somalia.

Jubbaland said the joint forces foiled an attack from al-Shabaab at a military base at Bar-Sanguni neighborhood near Kismayo
...a port city in the southern Lower Juba province of Somalia, at the extreme southern end of the country (assuming Somalia can be called a country). It is the commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region...
town.

The news agency said international partners conducted Arclight airstrikes in the area that targeted al-Shabaab holy warriors.

Independent sources said that there were heavy casualties on both the army and the holy warriors.

Residents reported hearing airstrikes targeting the holy warrior group early Saturday. They said several strikes hit the faceless myrmidons and their battlewagons in an area between Araare and Muse Haji.

The attack came hours after the group said on Friday that their fighters killed 57 Æthiopian troops under the framework of African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in an ambush near Burhakaba town in southern Somalia.

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Africa Horn
At least 8 Somali soldiers killed in attack on army base
2019-01-20
[PULSE.NG] At least eight Somali soldiers were killed when the al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
jihadist group overran their military camp on the outskirts of the town of Kismayo
...a port city in the southern Lower Juba province of Somalia, at the extreme southern end of the country (assuming Somalia can be called a country). It is the commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region...
early Saturday, military officials and local elders said.

According to the sources, heavily-armed Shabaab bully boyz launched a dawn raid on the military camp, followed by a heavy exchange of gunfire which lasted hours.

"The faceless myrmidons attacked Bulogagdud military base using heavy weaponry and explosives. The Somali military and Jubaland forces resisted the enemy before later retreating back from the base," Mohammed Abdikarin, a Somali military official told AFP by phone,

"Six soldiers were killed during the attack and two others died after a booby-trapped vehicle exploded when the forces retook control of the base," he added.

Sources at nearby villages said the bully boyz looted the camp and took a military vehicle.

"Al-Shabaab fighters secured control of the base and looted everything. They have set fire to the arms depots and took a military vehicle, but there were two choppers which carried out air strikes during the attack," traditional elder Hassan Rashid told AFP.

The US military has stepped up Arclight airstrikes against Shabaab since 2017.

Suleyman Isse, another witness at a nearby village, said the Somali forces later regrouped after receiving reinforcement from Kismayo and returned to the base.

"The Somali forces retook control of the base with the assistance of military helicopters belonging to the US special forces which were hovering over the area even after the attack," he said.

Shabaab bully boyz grabbed credit for the attack and claimed to have killed 42 soldiers.

The incident came a day after Shabaab said it had attacked Æthiopian troops in Somalia in an ambush attack on the road between the capital and the southwest town of Baidoa.
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Africa Horn
US airstrike in Somalia kills dozens of al-Shabab militants
2019-01-20
[DW] The US military said on Saturday that it launched an Arclight airstrike against the bully boy group al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
in Somalia following an attack on a Somali military base.

A total of 52 al-Shabaab fighters were killed in the airstrike and no civilians were harmed, the US Africa Command said in a statement.

The airstrike was launched near the town of Jilib in the Middle Juba region in southern Somalia.

"US Africa Command conducted the airstrike in response to an attack by a large group of al-Shabaab forces of Evil against Somali National Army Forces," US military officials said in the statement.

The US statement did not say how many Somali forces were killed or maimed, although Somali General Ali Mohammed Mohamud said that seven Somali troops had died.

Al-Shabaab claimed to have killed 41 soldiers during attacks on two Somali army bases.
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Afghanistan
ISIS-K bomb kill Taliban local commander in Kunar province
2019-01-20
[KhaamaPress] A local commander of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group was killed in an kaboom triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Military in the East confirmed in a statement that Mawlavi Saeedullah was killed in an kaboom in Manogi district on Friday.

The statement further added that the IED was planted was by snuffies affiliated with the ISIS Khurasan (ISIS-K) snuffies in Bist area.

The anti-government armed bully boy groups including Taliban have not commented regarding the incident so far.

Kunar is among the relatively volatile provinces in East of Afghanistan where both Taliban and ISIS Khurasan affiliates are active and often carry out attacks against the government and security forces while numerous reports have also emerged regarding infighting among Taliban and ISIS-K in this province.
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