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Afghanistan
Ex-GITMO Prisoner: “My World Was Very Small”
2020-01-02
[ToloNews] "I was looking at the moon from the window of the cell where I was imprisoned," said Obaidullah, a former Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
member, who was released last week from the Guantanamo Bay detention center and reintegrated with his family in 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...
after nearly two decades of separation.

Obaidullah, now 36, was just eighteen years old when he was detained and he has spent nearly half of his life in US custody.

"I was associated with the Taliban only for a short period of time. I was serving in the Taliban’s military section, therefore I was arrested by the American forces," the former Taliban member told TOLOnews’ Sharif Amiri.

"They (US forces) imposed on us the most brutal acts during our detention as if we were the most dangerous criminals--I had no hope that someday I would rejoin my family," said Osman, Obaidullah’s cousin who was also released from the US jail after three months from Bagram prison.

Obaidullah’s family said that his release was a dream for them.

"We had no information about Obaidullah for two and half years, however, there were some rumors in the media that he was transferred to Guantanamo prison, but we received a letter from him after two and half a years, then the letters started coming from him more regularly with the help of ICRC and then we started having online calls," said Mohammad Akram, Obaidullah’s brother.

Obaidullah was eighteen years old when he was arrested by US forces.

Obaidullah became the father of a baby girl only three days before his arrest. However,
a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
he was always living with her memories in the jail.
Eighteen years ago? Surely by now she’s been married off long since, and with half a dozen children of her own.
"I want my children to go to school and study, because we cannot achieve development without learning. Afghanistan needs its children to study and become educated," said Obaidullah.
Related:
Obaidullah: 2019-10-23 MPA booked, nine held over DEO’s killing
Obaidullah: 2019-07-08 University Lecturer In Kabul Arrested For Links With Daesh
Obaidullah: 2019-06-14 1 terrorist hailing from Punjab of Pakistan killed, 2 others arrested in Herat
Related:
Guantanamo Bay: 2019-12-26 Hizb-e-Islami Member Claims Torture in US Detention
Guantanamo Bay: 2019-12-08 Pensacola Jihad Massacre Proves We've Learned Nothing Since the Fort Hood Attack
Guantanamo Bay: 2019-09-01 Death penalty trial date for men accused of planning 9/11 is finally set
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Afghanistan
Roadside bombing kills 10 civilians in Afghanistan
2019-12-18
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A roadside kaboom killed 10 members of one family, including three women and two children, in southeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said.

The front man for the Interior Ministry, Nasrat Rahimi, said the earth-shattering kaboom took place in eastern 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...
, in the district of Ali Sher.

He said three children, two women and five men were killed.

No one immediately grabbed credit but Rahimi blamed the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
who regularly target Afghan cops and government officials by planting roadside kabooms across the country.

Scores of civilians are killed in such attacks.

The Taliban today control or hold sway over half the country and, along with the ISIS group, stage near-daily attacks.
Related:
Khost: 2019-12-09 25 Taliban Killed in Zabul, Uruzgan Operations: MoD
Khost: 2019-12-01 ‘Drone Attack’ Kills 6 in Khost: Provincial Council
Khost: 2019-11-28 Special Forces kill, detain 18 Taliban militants in Kabul and 4 other provinces
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Ali Sher: 2015-09-28 Police foil terrorism bid in Lower Dir
Ali Sher: 2014-05-15 Pakistani troops foil attack on Nato supply terminal
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Afghanistan
‘Drone Attack’ Kills 6 in Khost: Provincial Council
2019-12-01
[ToloNews] Provincial council members said the attack killed a family of six, including children.

At least six members of a family were killed in a "drone attack" in 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...
, members of the Khost provincial council said Saturday.
According to the provincial council, the six people were killed in a village in Alisher district and the drone targeted a civilian’s home.

Children are also among the victims, the council members claimed.

A front man for US forces in Afghanistan confirmed an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Khost in Terazai district that "targeted three Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighters." The front man added "we are aware of the allegations of civilian casualties" and said they are "working with local authorities to determine the veracity of these claims."
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Afghanistan
Afghan forces foil militants bid to detonate multiple IEDs in Khost
2019-11-26
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces thwarted bandidos turbans bid to detonate multiple Improvised Explosive Devices in South-eastern 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...
According to a statement released by Ministry of Interior, the security forces discovered and defused 8 IEDs during the operations which they launched few days ago in Musa Khe district.

The statement further added that the bandidos turbans had planted the IEDs on main roads frequented by ordinary civilians.

Some of the IEDs also carried ’illusory’ messages about paradise, the Ministry of Interior added in its statement.

Talibs and bandidos turbans of the other groups frequently use improvised explosives as the weapon of their choice to target the security personnel and government officials.

However,
the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
the roadside kaboomings often inflict casualties on ordinary civilians.
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Afghanistan
29 operations conducted against Taliban in Kabul, other provinces amid elections: NDS
2019-09-29
[KhaamaPress] The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), the intelligence department of Afghanistan said the NDS forces conducted 29 operations against Talibs in Kabul and other provinces amid presidential elections

According to a statement released by National Directorate of Security, the NDS forces conducted 16 operations in Kabul city and outskirts of the capital and arrested 14 Talibs who were attempting to sabotage the elections.

The statement further added that the NDS forces also conducted 13 operations in Pashtun-infested Logar, Ghazni, 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..
, Balkh, Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
, Kunar, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
and 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...
s during the same period.

The statement also added that the NDS forces killed 34 Talibs, maimed 14 others and arrested 4 of them during the same operations.

The NDS forces also confiscated a large quantity of weapons and munitions during the operations, NDS added.
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Afghanistan
22 Taliban, Haqqani network militants killed in Special Forces raids and airstrikes
2019-08-22
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted a series of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s and special operations in various provinces in the past 24 hours killing at least 22 krazed killers.

The military officials said Wednesday the Special Forces killed a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
krazed killer during a patrol in Almar district of Faryab.

The officials further added that the Special Forces killed 5 Talibs and destroyed a weapons cache in Nowzad district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
The security forces also conducted an airstrike in Kajaki district of Helmand which killed 5 Talibs and destroyed a weapons cache.

Furthermore, the Special Forces arrested 4 Talibs during an operation in sepra 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...
The security officials also added that an airstrike killed a Haqqani network
...a branch of the Afghan Taliban, based in Pakistain. The network is a family business founded by the later Jalaluddin Haqqani...
krazed killer in Maidan Shahr district of Wardak and a separate airstrike in Achin district of 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..
destroyed a weapons cache.

The security forces also conducted airstrikes in Sholgarah district of Balkh province which killed 10 Talibs.
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Africa Horn
Deadly U.S. airstrikes kill 25 Taliban militants, destroy captured Humvee in Ghazni
2019-08-09
[KhaamaPress] The U.S. forces conducted Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in south-eastern Ghazni province killing at least 25 Talibs.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the U.S. forces conducted the airstrikes in Moqor and Gilan districts of Ghazni.

The statement further added that the airstrikes killed 25 Talibs and destroyed a Humvee armored personnel carrier.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the airstrikes also destroyed 5 cycle of violences of the Talibs.

The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that the security forces killed a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Death Eater and maimed 3 others during the festivities in Aab Band and Khwaja Omari districts of Ghazni.

The Afghan forces also confiscated a suicide kaboom vest during an operation in Alisher 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...
.
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India-Pakistan
TTP warns against playing music, women going out alone in Miramshah
2019-08-02
[DAWN] MIRAMSHAH: The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Pakistain (TTP) has warned people against playing loud music, polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set. Currently the disease is only found in Pakistain and Afghanistain...
vaccination and women going out without being accompanied by a man, saying people defying the warning will face consequences.

The one-page message in Urdu seen by people in Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, the headquarters of North Wazoo tribal district, on Wednesday cautioned the people: "We remind you [residents] that similar statements issued by Taliban several times in the past had fallen on deaf ears, but this time we are going to take to task those who violate the Taliban order."

The message further said: "There will be no use of DJs, neither inside the house nor in open fields and those ignoring the warning will be responsible for consequences."

Polio workers have been asked to do finger-marking of children during the vaccination campaign, but told not to administer polio drops to children or be ready to face dire consequences for defying the instruction.

The pamphlet prohibited playing loud music on computer and other shops with a warning that any place from where songs were heard could be blown up any time.

"Women shouldn’t go out of their homes alone as it is harmful for our society. There is one informer of Mujahideen in every three people and it was misconception on the part of the people to think we will not get information about non-compliance of our order. Follow the order or be ready to face worst consequences," the message concluded.

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Afghanistan
Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in Khost, Wardak clashes: Thunder Corps
2019-07-29
[KhaamaPress] The security forces inflicted heavy casualties on Talibs during the festivities in Khost and Wardak provinces.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the security forces killed 12 Talibs and maimed 10 others during the clash in Momandzai 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...
The statement further added that the security forces also arrested a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
hard boy and destroyed 4 cycle of violences.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the security forces repulsed a Taliban attack on security check posts in Chak district of Wardak province.

The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that the security force.
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India-Pakistan
14 police stations to be set up in N Waziristan
2019-07-29
[DAWN] North Wazoo district police officer Shafiullah Khan said on Saturday that land had been acquired for establishing 14 cop shoppes and courts across the district.

Addressing a gathering of police personnel in the Tehsil Jirga Hall, he said that a total of 14 cop shoppes had been sanctioned for the district. Presently, he added, three cop shoppes, one each in Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, Mir Ali and Razmak, were functional while the remaining 11 would also be made operational shortly.

Mr Shafiullah directed the coppers to perform their duties honestly, adding that a performance-based promotion mechanism would be devised to encourage hardworking officers. However,
it's easy to be generous with someone else's money...
he hastened to add: "It should be clear to everyone that disciplinary action, including forced termination, would be taken against those found involved in negligence."

He said that the police should play their due role in putting the militancy-hit Waziristan on track to peace and prosperity.
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Afghanistan
Afghan forces killed, wound 34 Taliban militants in Khost, Paktiya: 203rd Thunder Corps
2019-07-14
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces have inflicted casualties on 34 Talibs in south-eastern Khost and Paktiya.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the security forces killed 16 Talibs and maimed 13 others in Mosa 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...
The statement further added that the security forces also confiscated one Ak-47 rifle, a ladder, 5 rocket launcher ammunition and 7 rockets of 82mm rocket launcher.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the security forces killed 2 Talibs and maimed 3 others in Zurmat district of Paktiya province.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Don Smilzo looked for an avenue of escape. The only window opened a hundred feet above the moat. The nearest of the hired assassins hold a bloody axe.
The window was looking better all the time....

the 203rd Thunder Corps said the security forces discovered and defused 9 improvised explosives during an operation in the outskirts of Ghazni city.
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Afghanistan
12 Haqqani Network Commanders Killed In Khost
2019-06-11
[ToloNews] At least 12 commanders of Haqqani network were killed in an operation by Afghan forces in Sabari district in 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...
, the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said in a statement on Monday. The operation was carried out by the NDS Special Unit in Sabari district in eastern Khost province.

According to the statemen, the commanders were involved in destructive and terrorist activities in the province.

One member of the network was maimed and three others were arrested in the operation, the statement said.

A number of weapons and explosives were also seized during the operation, the statement added.

Haqqani Network is deemed a strong aide to the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and is widely active in Afghanistan's eastern provinces of Khost, Paktia and Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
.
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