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US forces target high-level Taliban leaders with M142 rocket in Helmand
[Khaama Press] The US Military in Afghanistan says a high-level meeting of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
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.

Taliban’s military commission chief for Nangarhar districts killed in NDS raid
[Khaama Press] A senior Taliban
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leader in charge of the military commission of the group for the 14 districts of eastern 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 was killed during an operation of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...

The governor’s office in Nangarhar in a statement said the senior Taliban leader Gul Mohammmad was killed late on Thursday night in the vicinity of Surkh Rod district.

The statement further added that Gul Mohammad was also famous Sangari and was attempting to flee the area when he was rubbed out by the NDS Special Forces.

According to the provincial government, at least two comrades of Sangari were placed in durance vile
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
by the NDS Special Forces during the operation.

Sangari had visited Surkh Rod to coordinate the supply of weapons, explosives, and munitions for the future attacks, the statement said, adding that he was mainly looking to carry out attacks in Jalalabad city.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the anti-government armed bully boyz including Taliban gunnies have recently increased their insurgency activities in this province.

Clashes Reach Closer To Ghazni’s Center

[ToloNews] An MP from Ghazni said festivities have reached to the outskirts of the provincial center and that a number of main districts of the province are under serious security threats by krazed killers.
The Taliban are reportedly generally the culprits in Ghazni province.
He said the threats to Ghazni City increased after Khwaja Omari district fell to krazed killers. The district is 10 kilometers away from Ghazni City.

Khwaja Omari was retaken by security forces after a while, but the MP said the district is still faced with high security threats.

"Ghazni City is on the verge of collapse," said Arif Rahmani, an MP from Ghazni. "Khwaja Omari, Deh Yak, Zana Khan, Waghiz and Jaghatu districts are falling to the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and are retaken by security forces every day. These (districts) are parts of Ghazni City. We are faced with a chaos."

"Militant groups attacked some districts, but were pushed back by government forces. Two security force members were maimed in the fighting so far," Ghazni Police Chief Rohullah Mansoori said.

The Ministry of Defense however said they have cleared some parts of Ghazni of bad boys.

"Government forces have made good progresses in Ghazni," Defense Ministry front man Mohammad Radmanish said.

Ghazni has 18 districts, of which Malistan, Jaghori and Nawor districts are relatively secure and the rest are often witnessing heavy festivities between government forces and the Taliban.

Govt Warned Against Further Chaos In Faryab
[ToloNoews] A commander of public uprising forces and a close aide to Abdul Rashid Dostum
...ethnic Uzbek warlord who distinguished himself fighting the Soviets and the Taliban. The story that he had a bad guy run over with a tank is an exaggeration. It was an armored personnel carrier...
, the First Vice President, on Friday warned Faryab local officials over the fate of his fighters who are under siege by holy warriors in the province.

He made the remarks at a joint meeting with MPs, members of provincial council, political parties and civil society from Faryab.

The commander, Nizamuddin Qaisari, warned that if his forces are not rescued, he will "kill" local officials, police and army commanders stationed in Faryab.

Public uprising forces under Qaisari’s command and dozens of other soldiers are under siege by the Taliban
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in Shirin Tagab and Khawja Sabz Posh districts for past few days, an MP said.

"If one of them is killed, I will kill you all by my own hands.. If Shirin Tagab falls tonight (Friday), I will arrest you all. The president should hear it. The interior minister and other officials should hear what I say," Qaisari said.

"When you cannot rescue your forces, you must admit to the people that government has made a deal (with holy warriors)," Bashir, a resident of Faryab, said.

Some MPs at the event said festivities have reached close to Maimana City, the center of Faryab, adding that the situation requires a serious attention by government.

"Insecurity threatens Shirin Tagab, Dawlat Abad and Khawja Sabz Posh districts. The threats are visible also in the center of Belchiragh and Garzivan districts. Unfortunately, the wave of threats has reached to Qaramqol and Andkhoy districts," said Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, an MP from Faryab.

Gen. Momin Andar, Commander the First Regiment of 209 Shahin Military Corps, meanwhile said security threats in Faryab are worrying.

"The situation of Shirin Tagab and Khawja Sabz Posh districts is worse. We have asked commandos to be deployed there," said Andar.

The Defense Ministry however said reinforcements have been sent and have supported well government forces in the province.

"Reinforcements have been sent there (to Faryab) and have supported government forces in the province. Even Shirin Tagab and Khawja Sabz Posh districts have been defended very well," Defense Ministry front man Mohammad Radmanish said.

Foreign Forces Conduct Airstrike In Faizabad City
[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
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
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.

...back at the revival hall, Buford bit the snake and Eloise began speaking in tongues...
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.

Pak Ambassador in Kabul confirms Taliban’s contacts with regional countries
[Khaama Press] The Pak Ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan has confirmed that the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group has good contacts with the regional countries as he admits that Pakistain has limited influence over the group.
...for a given value of limited that means sometimes the Taliban do exactly as they are told, while other times they are obedient to general ISI principles.
Khaaaan! made the remarks during an interview with The Diplomat and in response to a question regarding President Ghani’s offer to Taliban for peace and the influence of Pakistain to encourage the group for participation in peace talks.

"We have communicated this to the international community, including the U.S., that one thing needs to be understood: the Afghan character is very independent. Even when the Soviets withdrew in 1989, and we had a lot of influence with the mujahideen because we stood with them in that proxy war, they never listened to us and they were never able to reach any agreement. Then, the second instance was when Mullah Mohammad Blinky Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality in a country already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality. Died of an unspecified ailment in a Pak hospital...
was in power and 9/11 happened. Pakistain was the [only] country that was recognizing that government, even the UAE and Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
had stepped back, but he never listened to us," the Pak Ambassador said.

"So yes, we have influence, but limited influence. You cannot expect Pakistain to guarantee that they will listen to us ‐ they may not listen to us. And also within the regional environment there are now also other countries with which Taliban have good contacts, their leadership especially," he added.

This comes as the Afghan and US officials have long been insisting that the Taliban receives support from Russia and Iran apart from Pakistain.
Oh? Do tell.
Following a coordinated Taliban attack on Farah city, the Afghan defense minister said on Saturday that the recent violence in Farah province has links with the management of the water resources, apparently pointing towards Iran’s concerns regarding the management of water resources flowing from Afghanistan.

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.
An interesting comment, which no doubt will result in the Mad Mullahs’ lives becoming a bit more interesting in future.
"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.

Modi and Putin agree to start work on first joint project in Afghanistan
Imagine how annoyed Pakistan is by this development, dear Reader.
[Khaama Press] The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
have reportedly reached to an agreement regarding the launch of the first joint project in Afghanistan.

Sources privy of the development in the Indian government have said that the leaders of the two countries agreed regarding the implementation of the project during a meeting in Sochi.

Sources told The Indian Express that Modi proposed the idea for the joint project in Afghanistan, which Putin readily accepted. "Unlike in Wuhan, where Xi had proposed the Afghanistan project, here Modi took the initiative with Russia," a source said.

No further details have been given regarding the project and the estimated date for the launch of the project in Afghanistan.

India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects.

The construction of the major Salma Dam, the new Afghan parliament building, Zaranj-Delaram highway, and some other projects are among the key investments India has done so far in the country.

The government of India pledged a fresh aid package of $1 billion to support the reconstruction projects in Afghanistan during a visit by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
in late 2016.

Shaheen Corps confirm Afghan army casualties in Faryab attack
[Khaama Press] The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North has confirmed the casualties of the Afghan armed forces in an overnight attack by the Talibs in northern Faryabn province.

The Shaheen Corps in a statement confirmed that the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
murderous Moslems launched a coordinated attack on Gulzar and Gulzar-1 check posts in Sherin Tagab district late on Wednesday night.

The source further added that the Afghan forces responded to the Taliban attack but three soldiers bit the dust during the clash and at least five others were maimed.

According to Shaheen, at least three M16 rifles and a check post have fallen into the hands of the Taliban myrmidons.

In the meantime, the Shaheen Corps says at least five Taliban murderous Moslems were also killed and seven others were maimed during the festivities.

The Shaheen Corps says additional forces have been deployed in the area to suppress the Taliban myrmidons.

On the other hand, reports emerging from the area suggest that 12 Afghan soldiers have bit the dust during the clash and a number of others have sustained injuries.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups including Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.

Afghan forces and Taliban suffer casualties in Uruzgan clash
[Khaama Press] The Afghan armed forces and the Taliban
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faceless myrmidons suffered casualties during an overnight clash in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, the latest clash took place in the vicinity of Chora district and as a result at least sixteen gunnies were killed.

The officials are saying that the clash has also left at least eight security personnel martyred, including coppers and soldiers of the Afghan National Army.

The district administrative chief of Chora Amin Khaliqi confirmed the clash and the casualties toll of the Taliban and security forces.

Khaliqi further added that several Taliban faceless myrmidons have also sustained injuries during the clash which also left a number of security personnel maimed.

According to Khaliqi, the Talibs launched a coordinated attack late on Wednesday night to capture the district but faced a resistance from the security personnel.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups including Taliban faceless myrmidons have not commented regarding the report so far.

Uruzgan is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan where the Taliban faceless myrmidons are actively operating in some of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

15 militants killed in Deh Yak operations in Ghazni: Thunder Corps
[KhaamaPress] At least fifteen bandidos forces of Evil were killed during the ongoing operations in Deh Yak district of southeastern Ghazni province, the 203rd Thunder Corps said Thursday.

The operations are being conducted as part of the Shaheen-1 operations which were launched in response to coordinated Taliban
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According to Thunder Corps, the armed forces carried out artillery strikes and clearance operations against the bandidos forces of Evil in Deh Yak, leaving at least 15 dead and 4 others maimed.

The source further added that the security forces also confiscated a rocket launcher, 7 hand grenades, and 6 improvised bombs during the operations.

The Thunder Corps also added that the explosive ordnance disposal team also discovered and defused an improvised bomb planted on a roadside in Khwaja Omari district.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups including Taliban forces of Evil have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as festivities are underway between the security forces and Talibs in some districts of Ghazni after Taliban launched a coordinated attack on Deh Yak and some other districts earlier this week.

Local Taliban leaders among 6 killed in AAF airstrikes in Kunduz
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least six hard boyz including two local leaders of the group were killed in a series of Arclight airstrikes carried out by the Afghan Air Force in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the latest airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Imam Sahib district.

The source further added that the hideouts of the hard boyz were targeted in Ganjak Joi Begum area of the district and as a result at least two hard boyz were also maimed.

According to Shaheen Corps, the local Taliban
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leaders killed during the airstrikes have been identified as Qari Shukoor and Qari Halim who were killed along with four of their comrades.

A main compound of the Taliban along with two outposts was also destroyed in the airstrikes, the Shaheen Corps added.

Heavy artillery strikes pound Taliban positions in Ghazni
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan armed forces pounded the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
positions with heavy artillery strikes in response to the group’s coordinated attack on Ajristan district in Ghazni.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast said the Afghan armed forces in coordination with the other security personnel targeted the Taliban positions with heavy artillery strikes to respond to the Taliban attacks.

The source further added that the Taliban positions were targeted in Ajristan, Deh and Gilan districts as part of the Shaheen-1 operations launched in response to Taliban attacks.

The Thunder Corps also added that at least 27 Taliban murderous Moslems were killed and 15 others sustained injuries during the operations while a rocket launcher, 6 hand grenades, and 6 improvised bombs were destroyed.

At least one Afghan soldier also lost his life in the attack and two others were maimed, the Thunder Corps added.

This comes as the provincial council and Ghazni politicians said that the Taliban murderous Moslems launched coordinated attack on Ajristan and Deh Yak districts sparking fierce festivities on Monday night that lasted until Tuesday morning.

According to the officials, several members of the security forces bit the dust during the festivities with the Taliban Death Eaters, including two senior police officials.


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