|UN recognizes threat to Pakistan by Afghan-based TTP, JuA terrorists|
|[DailyTimes.pk] A new report has acknowledged the action taken by Pak government against individuals engaged in terrorist activities, adding that terrorist group Tehrik-e- Pakistain (TTP) is responsible for over 100 cross-border attacks within three months last year.|
On its part, Pakistain has consistently highlighted the terrorism threat from the TTP.
The 27th report to the United Nations Security Council, under the United Nations (UN) monitoring team that tracks Al Qaeda, and other groups, points to the arrests in Pakistain of ’individuals engaging in terrorism financing and the freezing of the assets of designated individuals and entities’.
Diplomats noted that the UN acknowledgment of Pakistain actions comes at a time when India continues to blame Pakistain for inaction against the designated groups.
Reporting on the activities of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), the UN report saw the ’reunification of splinter groups (of TTP) that took place in Afghanistan’. The report records that ’five entities pledged alliance to TTP in July and August (2020), including the Shehryar Mehsud group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Hizb-ul-Ahrar, the Amjad Farooqi group and the Usman Saifullah group (formerly known as Lashkar-e- Jhangvi)’.
The report cautions that the merger of TTP has enhanced the threat of terrorism to Pakistain and the region, as it has ’increased the strength of TTP and resulted in a sharp increase in attacks’. In this regard, the UN reported that ’TTP was responsible for more than 100 cross-border attacks between July and October 2020’. The report said that, based on estimates, the TTP’s fighting strength ranges between 2,500 and 6,000.
Last year, Pakistain handed over a dossier to UN Secretary General on the Indian sponsorship of TTP and JuA. Both terrorist groups have been designated by the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the Security Council.
|Russian warplanes launch powerful strikes along Syrian-Turkish border|
|[AlMasdar] The Russian Aerospace Forces launched a series of heavy strikes over the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Monday, hitting a number of sites belonging to the foreigner-led Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP).|
... Uighur jihadi group based in Badakshan, Afghanistan and listed under Tehrik-e-Taliban in the Al Qaeda organization table. Their Syria subsidiary currently reports to Al Nusra in the Idlib-Latakia region, where the Russians and Americans take turns shooting them — they’re on their third Number 1 in three years...Prior to the start of the Russian strikes, their reconnaissance planes were seen flying over the al-Jabal al-Akrad region of northeastern Latakia, as they monitored the jihadist forces moving around the Syrian- border.
According to a military report from the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Aerospace Forces unleashed a powerful attack on the Turkestan Islamic Party’s positions in the Kabani hills, inflicting heavy damage to the aforementioned jihadist group’s dens in this rugged area.
The Russian Aerospace Forces have recently intensified their attacks over the Jabal al-Akrad region of northeastern Latakia, with a high concentration of these strikes targeting the Kabani hills and its surroundings.
Kabani is a strategic town that is under the control of the Turkestan Islamic Party. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has attempted to capture this mountaintop town on several occasions in the past two years; however, all of they have been repelled each timie.
The town’s proximity to the strategic city of Jisr al-Shughour (Idlib countryside) makes Kabani a high priority for the Syrian Army and their Russian allies.
Jisr al-Shughour is strategically located along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) and the city itself is under the control of jihadist groups, who have turned into their primary base inside Syria.
|Russian warplanes launch new strikes on jihadist stronghold in northwestern Syria|
|[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Aerospace Forces launched new s over the northwestern region of Syria on Saturday morning, as their warplanes targeted the jihadist stronghold of Kabani in northeastern Latakia.|
According to reports from the field, the Russian warplanes bombed the positions of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP)
The reports said the Russian Aerospace Forces also launched a few strikes in the Jabal al-Zawiya region,
Earlier this year, the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out one of their most devastating attacks since entering the Syrian conflict, as their military aircraft bombed the training camp of the -backed Faylaq al-Sham group in northern Idlib.
This aforementioned attack by the Russian Aerospace Forces resulted in the death of over 100 -backed and the destruction of the training camp.
|Daesh Karachi chief killed by security forces in Bajaur operation|
|[DAILYTIMES.PK] Security forces have killed two linked with banned outfit during an Intelligence Based Operation (IBO) in Bajaur district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the military’s media wing said on Monday.According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the have been identified as Zubair and Aziz-ur-Rehman, who was the chief of the banned outfit in Sindh. Many other were also arrested during the Bajaur operation, the military’s media wing said.|
The terrorist commanders have been identified as Zubair and Aziz-ur-Rehman. commander Aziz-ur-Rehman was chief of the banned outfit in The security forces also arrested various other during the Bajaur operation.
The law enforcement agencies in operation yesterday had foiled terrorism plot and arrested three of the banned Tehrik-e- group in Karachi.
According to a spokesperson of paramilitary Rangers, in an intelligence-based joint operation, Sindh Rangers and Police conducted raid in Gulshan-e-Maymar in Karachi and arrested three affiliated with banned Tehrik-e-Taliban group.
|Two terrorists held by CTD killed in 'encounter'|
|[DAILYTIMES.PK] Two of the banned Tehrik-e- Pakistain were killed in an encounter in Sukkur, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) stated on Sunday.According to CTD officials, an operation was carried out on Jaffarabad Road in Sukkur on a tip-off from the federal agency.|
Terrorists on s indiscriminately opened fire to avoid arrest. both the in retaliatory firing; they died on the way to the hospital.
The operation took place on Jafarabad Road after the CTD received a tip-off from its sources.
The suspected have been identified as Mujeeb Ullah and Muhammad Anwar. It is believed they are part of the Tehrik-e-Taliban.
Explosives and a were also seized from their possession.
The CTD in charge said they were involved in attacks on security forces and were experts on making s.
No one from police was hurt in the incident because, the sources said, they were wearing bullet-proof vests.
The incident occurred within the remit of the Lal Qila .
According to CTD sources, the suspects were trained hitmen and belonged to the TTP.
|Russian warplanes strike jihadist stronghold near Turkish border|
|[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force was seen conducting a number of strikes over the northeastern countryside of Latakia on Wednesday, as their warplanes struck the positions of the jihadist forces near the border.According to reports from the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force targeted the positions of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP)|
The Russian Air Force’s attack coincided with the heavy artillery strikes that were carried out by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the Jabal al-Akrad region of northeastern Latakia.
In the past, the Syrian Arab Army has attempted to capture Kabani from the jihadist forces; however, due to the rough terrain and strong fortifications of TIP and Hay’at (HTS) in the area, they have been unable to make any significant gains.
The Syrian Army’s High Command has endeavored to capture Kabani since 2017, as its proximity to the key city of Jisr al-Shughour and its high elevation makes it a top priority for Damascus in Latakia.
|Militant groups in Pakistan reunite to overthrow the government|
|[KhaamaPress] Three groups in Pakistain got reunited to jointly fight against the Pakistain government, Washington Post reported.|
...”Assembly of the Free”, they were very active purveyors of suicide and car bombs inside Pakistan after the 2014 split, sometimes teamed with ISIS-K. They slowed down in 2018...and Hezb-ul-Ahrar
...split from JuA in 2018 over JuA’s ungentlemanly behaviour and choice of targets. Shortly after the split they released their very own soundtrack...were the two splinter groups that split years ago from Tahreek Pakistain(TTP) announced rejoining TTP on Monday.
The news was confirmed by the TTP spokesperson on Monday saying the leaders of the two factions have officially announced their allegiance to Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, the TTP Chief.
TTP Mohammad Khurasani said that Maulvi Omar , Jamaat-ul-Ahrar leader and Mukkarram Khurasani aka Omar Khurasani, the chief of Hezb-ul-Ahrar pleaded allegiance to the TTP chief Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud aka Abu Asim Mansoor.
Khurasani did not disclose when and where the meeting had taken place, but Taliban sources told The News that they had gathered somewhere between the Pakistain and Afghanistan border.
The groups combined when the Pak Army announced operations against the were a huge success.
Pak officials said in a formal statement that operations included clearance of 46000 square kilometers of terrorist areas resulting in 18000 dead and seizure of 40 tons of explosives, VOA reported.
Golly. That sounds like an awful lot — what are the real numbers?TTP and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar are both included in the American blacklist, it is noted in UN analytical that Pak pose threat to both Afghanistan and Pakistain with an estimated 6000 to 6500 forces that some of them have affiliated with the Khurasan.
Pakistain has accused Afghanistan many times before for covertly supporting the insurgency in Pakistain which Afghan officials deny these accusations instead accuses Islamabad of sheltering and supporting terrorism waging deadly insurgencies in Afghanistan.
The new alliance is said to have been a fresh set of threats to Pakistain that can lead to more attacks over the governmental troops and s.
Related: Long War Journal suggests this reunification is Al Qaeda’s idea, and reminds us that the TTP’s international notoriety is based on the failure of Faisal Shahzad (Faisal the fizzlebomber) to blow up Times Square on May Day, 2010.
And from 2014: Al-Qaeda in Pakistain: The Org Chart
|Foreign jihadists launch big attack in northern Latakia|
The northern Latakia countryside witnessed a heavy battle on Monday after the foreigner-led Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP)
According to a field report from the Latakia Governorate, the Turkestan Islamic Party began their attack on Monday by attempting to infiltrate the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the mountaintop of Jabal Hassan al-Rai
The jihadist rebels attempted to utilize the dense forest and mountain terrain to overwhelm the Syrian Arab Army troops in the area.
according to a source in Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army was able to repel the jihadist attack after a fierce battle with the foreigner-led group.
In response to this jihadist attack, the Syrian Arab Army unleashed a big assault on the key town of Kabbani,
Since the end of July, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from the National Defense Forces and have repeatedly targeted the strategic mountaintop town of Kabbani, which has become the Turkestan Islamic Party’s primary stronghold in the Jabal al-Akrad region.
|Al Qaeda Training Taliban in Helmand: Local Officials|
|[ToloNews] Local officials in province, in southern Afghanistan, have said that Al Qaeda has a strong presence in the province's districts alongside the Durand Line and in border areas between Afghanistan and Iran.|
Helmand's governor said that their information indicates that Al Qaeda and other have established camps and are training the fighters in those districts in Helmand which have border with Pakistain and Iran.
The Helmand governor said that it was worrying that the Taliban would not cut ties with al-Qaeda and other .
In the past, there was a strong Taliban presence in Helmand.
According to local officials, there is a presence of Al Qaeda and other ranging from Disho district of Helmand towards some districts in --across an area spanning hundreds of kilometers.
According to Helmand governor Yasin Khan, the Al Qaeda network is providing military and financial support to the Taliban.
"Currently Al Qaeda has a presence in Bahramcha region of Disho district of Helmand towards Herat province, and they are providing training and support to the Taliban. They cooperate with the Taliban and supply them with materials. In all wars, there are contributions from Al Qaeda, other foreign such as (Pakistain based group) and Punjabis," said Yasin Khan, the governor of Helmand.
In the meantime, general Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, the commander of 215 Maiwand Army Corps, has said that in recent weeks the Taliban has changed its tactics, such as bringing in the material from outside the country, as well as the making of mines and projectiles.
Good to know."The Taliban, in defiance of their commitments to the Doha agreement, have kept their ties with other groups," said General Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, the commander of 215 Maiwand Army Corps.
Shocking, truly shocking."In the , we are only talking with the Taliban, we are not talking to the foreign nationals who are fighting here, we also call on the Taliban to put them aside," said Attaullah Afghan, the head of Helmand's provincial council.
The Taliban have denied having ties with Al Qaeda.
Based on the US-Taliban agreement, which was signed in Doha on February 29, the Taliban as part of the agreement pledged to cut all ties with Al Qaeda and other foreign terror groups.
UN REPORT ON AL QAEDA PRESENCE:
A recent report submitted to the Security Council indicates that the total number of "Pak foreign terrorist fighters" in Afghanistan is estimated at "between 6,000 and 6,500, most of them with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP)."
The report says the TTP fighters in Afghanistan are led by Amir Noor Wali Mehsud, supported by his deputy Qari Amjad and TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani.
The report says that according to UN member states, "Al Qaeda is covertly active in 12 Afghan provinces and Aiman al- remains based in the country."
The report says that the UN Monitoring Team estimates the total number of Al in Afghanistan at "between 400 and 600 and that the leadership maintains close contact with the ."
|Rise of Foreign Fighters in Afghanistan's East: ANA General|
|[ToloNews] The number of has increased on the battlefields in the eastern parts of Afghanistan, with most of them Pak nationals who are fighting alongside the in areas along the Durand Line, an Afghan Army general said on Monday.|
On Sunday, a UN report submitted to the Security Council indicated that the total number of "Pak foreign terrorist fighters" in Afghanistan is estimated at "between 6,000 and 6,500, most of them with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP)."
"Intelligence information shows that there are retired Pak colonels who are training the local Taliban," said Gen. Karim Niazi, commander of the second regiment of Selab 201 Corps.
The issue was spotlighted by Pak Ali Wazir, who raised questions on his Twitter account, asking about why the Pak bodies are brought to Pakistain from Afghanistan and what are Pakistain’s priorities.
Last week, Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Tadeen Khan shared a number of identity cards which, according to him, belong to Pak fighters who were killed in Maroof district, Kandahar province.
"Some bodies were left behind by the s. All of them had Pak identity cards. This proves that they were Pak nationals," said Jamal Barikzai, Kandahar police .
"Some international terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, were formed after the withdrawal of former Soviet forces. They might increase their activities after the withdrawal of US forces (from Afghanistan)," said Rahmatullah Nabil, former head of the .
|ISKP leader captured.|
|Blast kills another TTP leader in Afghanistan|
|[DAWN] A senior Tehrik-e- Pakistain (TTP) commander was killed by a bomb in eastern Afghanistan, and intelligence sources told AFP on Thursday, the latest such incident to target the group in recent days.|
A Pak intelligence official who confirmed the incident said Mehsud had fled to Afghanistan in 2016.
The blast comes nearly two weeks after two other key TTP leaders ‐ Khalid Haqqani and Qari Saifullah i ‐ were killed in a clash with security forces.