|13 key ISIS leaders killed in MOAB bombing in East of Afghanistan|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least thirteen key leaders of the of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group offshoot loyalists were killed in the US in eastern province of Afghanistan, involving the GBU-43 bomb.|
The Ministry of Defense deputy Mohammad Radmanish said the Indian, Pak, and Tajik nationals are among those killed.
He said the 13 ISIS leaders killed in the were key members of the terrorist group.
In the meantime, sources privy of the development have said the senior ISIS leaders killed in the have been identified as Mumtaz and Afsar from Orakzai agency of Pakistain, former leader Shahidullah Shahid and another of the same group Omran.
The sources further added that the other leaders killed in the raid have been identified as Aftab, a resident of province of Pakistain, and Mohammad and Alogita from India.
A Tajikistan identified as Sediqi, Noorak, Hamid, and Haji Saeed, residents of Afghanistan were also killed in the .
The bomb was dropped around 7:30 pm local time on Thursday, a move which was widely welcomed by the local residents and tribal elders of Nangarhar.
A number of the tribal elders appeared in a gathering after the was conducted on Friday and urged for further strikes to clear the province from the presence of ISIS s.
The Ministry of Defense Chief of Staff Gen. Murad Ali Murad said earlier this week that the number of the killed in the has reached to 95.
Speaking during a on Sunday, Gen. Murad said the could rise as the clearance operation is underway after the bomb was dropped
The has resulted into the elimination of the strategic hideout of the terrorist group in Nangarhar, Gen. Muad said, adding that the civilians did not suffer any casualties.
|Daesh, Taliban rise in east Afghanistan angers locals|
|[AA.TR] Afghans in the country's troubled eastern province expressed their anger on Thursday about a surge in militancy they have witnessed in recent months. |
Lying between the capital and the restive Pakistain border, the province has seen an uptick in violence in recent months with a growing presence of fighters claiming to represent the Syria-based group Daesh.
The new group's presence has sparked violent with the Taliban and invited a campaign of U.S. drone strikes aimed at wiping it out.
Local elders gathered in the Jalalabad and met with a delegation from the upper house of parliament, the Masharano Jirga, to send a unanimous message about their concerns to the central government in Kabul.
Abdul Basir Sabawoon, a local community elder, said it was a "war-like" situation in some of the border districts and that the government should be consulting local representatives about how to act.
Sabawoon criticized the senate delegation for "being confined to the Royal Palace and traveling in VIP convoys that give very little understanding about the realities."
While the parliamentary delegation's head Dr. Zalmay Zabuli claimed the security situation was not as bleak as portrayed in the press another member, Senator Lutfullah Baba, held the opposite view, claiming the security forces had lost control of several districts to s.
"One day cross over from Pakistain with Daesh flags and dictate terms over locals, the next day Talibs come from the same place and spread terror," Baba claimed, suggesting that the sheltered across the border in Pakistain.
U.S. drone strikes in Nangarhar have killed more than 100 Taliban and Daesh in the past week.
According to Afghanistan's intelligence agency the National Directorate for Security, the chief of Daesh in Afghanistan Khan, his second-in-command and another , the former Pak Taliban Shahidullah Shahid were all killed in the drone strikes.
Last week press freedom advocates Reporters Without Borders claimed that regions like Nangarhar and neighboring Badakshan were becoming "black holes" for information because were threatening journalists.
|Daesh Fighters Flee to Mountains After Commanders Eliminated: Muslimyar|
|[Tolo News] Daesh fighters in Afghanistan's eastern province of have reportedly escaped to mountains after certain senior commanders of the group were eliminated over the past few days, Chairman of Senate Fazl Hadi yar said.|
Expressing deep concerns over recent activities of Daesh in Nangarhar, yar stated on Sunday that the recent s against Daesh had considerably restricted the group in the eastern province.
, chief of the Daesh affiliate group in Afghanistan, or the so-called Khurasan, was recently killed in an air strike in Nangarhar, the Afghan intelligence agency said on Saturday.
Saeed, who was a former leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) before pledging allegiance to Daesh, was killed along with 30 others in the air strike in Achin district of Nangarhar.
the group is now said to have been dispersed as the fighters hiding into the mountains.
"Daesh have suffered huge a loss as a result of recent s, fighting with the Taliban and special raids by the Afghan forces," yar said. "These fighters are now fleeing to the mountains."
Saeed's killing was the third and the biggest attack against Daesh in less than a week after Gull Zaman, the group's number 2 in Afghanistan, was killed along with his deputy, Jahanyar, in a drone strike in the same district.
Also, Mawlavi Shahidullah Shahid, a former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) and the first one to pledge allegiance to Daesh in Afghanistan, was killed last week in a similar attack in Nangarhar. TTP sacked him last year in October after he sworn allegiance to Daesh along with five other commanders of the group.
the governor of Nangarhar, Salim Khan Kunduzi, accused Pak terror groups of backing Daesh in Afghanistan.
"Terrorists are flocking to Afghanistan from across the border to help Daesh," Kunduzi stated.
Daesh, which has seized large cities in Iraq and Syria, have been dramatically growing in Afghanistan as scores of Taliban and other have sworn allegiance to the group.
Recently, the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) announced the establishment of a joint unit aimed at heightening coordination among security institutions to more effectively combat Daesh affiliates in Afghanistan.
|Afghanistan says US strikes destroy its Islamic State branch|
|[RUDAW.NET] Afghanistan said Saturday that recent US s it assisted destroyed the top leadership of a fledging affiliate there, potentially striking a major blow to an group already targeted by local Taliban fighters.|
While US officials declined to confirm it, Afghan authorities said an American Friday killed Islamic State affiliate leader Hafeez Sayeed and more than 30 other s. That comes after Afghan officials earlier said another US killed the affiliate's second-highest official, Gul Zaman, and six others, including a former Pak Taliban named Shahidullah Shahid who earlier had joined the group.
|IS versus Taliban|
|[THEFRIDAYTIMES] On July 5, the of IS warned local farmers in the eastern province to stop cultivating opium. They also reportedly slapped some local smokers and those using 'naswar', a famous tobacco snuff consumed by Pashtuns around the world.|
On January 27, on Pak side of the Durand Line, an important Pak Taliban leader, Khan, announced his allegiance to Al Baghdadi and reportedly took charge as the emir of IS in Pakistain and Afghanistan. Some disgruntled Taliban groups like Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain's Mehmond chapter, and the former TTP Shahidullah Shahid, also announced allegiance to the IS chief -- a new claimant for the title Ameerul Momineen, which was previously claimed by Mullah Umar.
|Pakistan's top militant commanders|
A Yousufzai from Swat, he took charge as the head of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain after the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike in November 2013.
He is currently heading the TTP faction often referred to as "TTP central" in intelligence circles.
He controlled large parts of the Malakand division for nearly three years before escaping to Afghanistan in 2009 following a military operation.
Fazlullah has been the behind various high profile attacks including the brutal school attack as well as the killing of GoC Major General Sanaullah Khan Niazi.
He maintains good relations with the Afghan Taliban.
Affiliated with: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP)
...chief of al-Qaeda's Sharia Committee for Pakistain, named head of al-Qaeda in India. His video appearances are frequently accompanied by clips of al Qaeda's senior propagandist in Pakistan, Ahmad Farooq. Umar the author of
The Army of Anti-Christ: Blackwater, Documentation of the Dreadful Terrorist Activities of America's Blackwater in Islamic Countries...
The head of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the first Deobandi to lead an Al-Qaeda franchise.
He has studied in and also taught at seminaries there.
He has authored several books on subjects such as doomsday, the Anti-Christ, and Freemasons, etc.
He is well-connected with various Deobandi and Salafi scholars and enjoys a good reputation in various religious circles.
Affiliated with: Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS)
Commonly known as "Khalifa Sahib", he heads what the US refers to as the Haqqani Network, which is in fact a group fighting under the direct command of His fighters are some of the best-trained in this region, and have carried out a number of high profile attacks in Afghanistan.
Sirajuddin Haqqani's step mother is a Yemeni, and he maintains close ties with Al Qaeda.
When questioned about the TTP, he has referred to them as "our brothers".
He was a close friend of former TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud.
Affiliated with: Haqqani Network, TTP, Al-Qaeda
Hafiz Saeed Khan Orakzai
He had previously served as a TTP commander in He parted ways with the TTP and joined 's " " (IS).
In January this year, he was appointed as a representative of IS in Pakistain through an audio announcement Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the official of IS.
A report says he was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) earlier this year.
Affiliated with: TTP, IS
One of the founding members of the TTP, Umar Khalid Khurasani (also known as 'Abdul Wali') is a poet and former journalist from . Within organizational circles, he is known to be a formidable military commander and was one of the first in the TTP to execute opponents by slitting their throats.
He was the TTP Mohmand Chief and also held the additional charge of the chapter for a brief period during which he orchestrated a bloody campaign against government-backed lashkars.
He parted ways with "TTP central" and is now the de-facto chief of the splinter group Jamatul Ahrar.
The group has now decided to reunite with TTP central.
Affiliated with: TTP, Jamatul Ahrar
Sheikh Khalid Haqqani
Hailing from the Swabi district of (KP), he is the deputy head of "TTP central" and has also served as its Head of Shura (consultative committee).
A graduate of the Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak, he is held in high esteem within the banned group as a "thoughtful religious scholar and a seasoned military commander".
He also authored a fatwa against Pak media, dividing them into different categories and legitimising the killing of some journalists.
Affiliated with: TTP
Also known as Mufti Khalid Balti, he is the current head of media at "TTP central" as well as their official .
He spent many years in Karachi where he also taught at Jamia-tur-Rasheed. Muhammad Khurasani is fluent in Urdu, Arabic and Balti.
He is well-connected with many of the seminaries across the country and his personality is one of the reasons many students wish to join him in North .
Affiliated with: TTP
Formerly the chief TTP , he was removed from the post after being accused of trying to sabotage relations with the Afghan Taliban, a charge he has termed baseless.
He is now the of Jamatul Ahrar.
After the reunification with TTP central, his new role is expected to be announced within the next few days.
Affiliated with: TTP, Jamatul Ahrar
Sheikh Maqbool Orakzai
He was previously known as Shahidullah Shahid and served as the chief of the TTP under Hakimullah Mehsud and then Mullah Fazlullah.
He parted ways with the TTP and pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of IS.
He is a Salafi in orientation and maintains good contacts with Arab fighters.
Affiliated with: TTP, IS
Commander Abdul Jabbar
A close confidante of Mullah Umar, he currently heads Tehrik Ghalba-e-Islam and spends much of his time in Karachi.
His fighters have been actively engaged in Kandahar and provinces of Afghanistan.
Publicly, he opposes rebellion against the Pak state and urges his men to focus on Afghanistan.
Affiliated with: Tehrik Ghalba-e-Islam
Ustad Ahmad Farooq
Also known as Abdullah Farooqi, he is effectively the second-in-command of Al-Qaeda in Pakistain and has been the propaganda chief of the group.
The group is now operating as Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).
Most of the inner circle of Ustad Ahmad Farooq includes university graduates who had previously been associated with (IJT), the student wing of (JI).
A powerful orator, he is fluent in Urdu, Arabic, English and Punjabi.
Affiliated with: Al-Qaeda in Pakistain, IJT, JI
He has previously headed the "Punjabi Taliban", an alliance consisting primarily of based sectarian s.
Taliban sources claim that a few weeks before the launch of operation , Muavia surrendered himself at Razmak Fort in North Waziristan and announced that he would restrict his activities to Afghanistan.
He released a statement arguing that because of the infighting within the TTP and the changing regional situation, his group will only engage in propagation activities in Pakistain.
Affiliated with: TTP
Also known as "Sajna", he leads one of the more influential Mehsud factions of the Taliban.
Based in South Waziristan, he maintains a strong footprint in Karachi.
A number of Mehsud transporters and other businessmen take their disputes to him.
Affiliated with: TTP
Formerly a technician with the Pakistain Air Force (PAF), he was convicted as one of the planners behind an attempt on the then army chief and president He was freed by the TTP in an audacious raid on Bannu jail, along with nearly 300 others.
He currently leads the Ansaar-al-Aseer (helpers of prisoners), a unit that focuses on freeing Talibs in prison.
Affiliated with: PAF, Ansaar-al-Aseer, TTP
He was the 'chief justice' of the TTP.
He is known for addressing internal disputes taken to his court.
Qazi Hammad now part of Jamatul Ahrar.
Affiliated with: Jamatul Ahrar, TTP
Maulana Saleh Qassam
Editor of 'Ihyae Khilafat', Jamatul Ahrar's monthly magazine.
Affiliated with: Jamatul Ahrar
Mufti Hassan Swati
Former TTP commander who maintains a strong footprint in Peshawar and adjoining areas.
He left the TTP a few months ago and joined Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's IS.
A number of cases had been filed against him at the TTP's court in , accusing him of extortion and intimidating those who had refused to pay.
Affiliated with: TTP, IS
He hails from the Bara area of Khyber agency and is a member of the Afridi tribe.
He took charge of Khyber agency based around 2006 from Mufti Munir Shakir and has fought several battles with pro-government .
Mangal Bagh has also been involved in the drug trade, running a network in Karachi.
Traditionally his focus has been on territorial control and furthering his business interests.
some TTP members claim that his stance is getting increasingly ideological.
His group has now forged a formal alliance with the TTP.
Affiliated with: Lashkar-e-Islam, TTP
Jamatul Ahrar, a former splinter group of the TTP has announced its reunification with the TTP.
Khyber Agency-based Lashkar-e-Islam headed by Mangal Bagh has also decided to merge with the TTP. The three have announced that they will now operate under the name of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain.
Prior to the split, Jamatul Ahrar had largely operated as the Mohmand chapter of the TTP.
According to TTP chief , Muhammad Khurasani, the group will announce its new structure within the next few days.
|Former Taliban spokesman killed in drone attack|
|[ARABNEWS] The Afghan intelligence agency on Thursday said a third top Daesh commander in Afghanistan was killed in a US drone strike in the country's east this week.|
Shahidullah Shahid, a former of the Pak Taliban who defected to Daesh and was operating in Afghanistan, was killed along with five on Tuesday, an official said.
"He wanted to expand IS operation in the country and with his death, it will have an impact on their activities," Hasib Sediqi, for the Afghanistan (NDS), told .
Shahid was killed in the same strike that killed Daesh number two in Afghanistan Gul Zaman, along with 49 in the eastern Achin district of province where Daesh have recently gained ground after pushing out the Taliban. One other commander was also killed.
Bordering lawless areas inside Pakistain, Nangarhar is one of the provinces where Daesh are most active.
Daesh loyalists, mostly former Taliban disillusioned by the movement's unsuccessful bid to return to power in , are often accompanied by dozens of foreign foreigners, hoisting black flags in several districts in the province.
A small but increasing number of mostly ex-Talibs are pledging allegiance to Daesh in Afghanistan, making them a target of deadly strikes there by the US unmanned aircraft.
|Fazlullah's arrest warrants reissued in Karachi airport attack case|
|[NATION.PK] The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) today postponed the hearing of the Shahidullah Shahid. airport attack case and reissued the arrest warrants of at least nine criminals, including and |
According to the details, at least three criminals, Sarmad Siddique, Nadeem and Asif Zaheer were earlier. The ATC has forwarded the cases against these criminals regarding possession of illegal weapons to the Sessions Court. They are also accused of having assisted the in the attack on the airport. The Sindh Home Department has requested the court to hold hearing of the case in jail as the case is highly sensitive.
|TTP chief, others declared POs in airport attack case|
|[DAWN] An antiterrorism court asked the police on Thursday to initiate proceedings of proclamation and attachment of property of banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain chief Shahidullah Shahid and six others in the airport attack case., then for the TTP |
Sarmad Siddiqui, Asif Zaheer and Nadeem, alias Burger alias Mullah, were in October for allegedly providing logistical support, funds and weapons to around 10 attackers who stormed Karachi airport in June last year and were killed in a swift operation by government security forces.
Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso of the ATC-I asked the investigating officer to initiate proceedings against the absconders under Sections 87 (proclamation for persons absconding) and 88 (attachment of property of person absconding) of the criminal procedure code when the IO submitted that the warrants issued by the court against them were not executed as their whereabouts were unknown. The court told the IO to complete the process and submit a report by Jan 26.
The investigation officer had charge-sheeted the three detained suspects and shown Fazlullah and Shahidullah Shahid, who were named in the FIR as the outlawed TTP for the attack, Malik Mumtaz Awan, Asim Sharif, Abdul Rasheed Siddiqui, Akhtar, alias Plumber, Iqbal, alias Thekedar, and Abdullah Baloch as absconding accused in the case.
According to the prosecution, around 10 heavily armed stormed Karachi airport on the night of June 8 and were killed by army commandos and personnel of other security forces during an operation lasting about five hours. Around 25 people, including personnel of the Airport Security Force, police and Rangers were also killed, it added. The police claimed that the detained suspects belonged to Al Qaeda and the TTP.
|Former Pakistani Taliban Militants Join IS, Video Shows|
|[AnNahar]. An online video purportedly shows dozens of former of the Pak Taliban pledging allegiance to the jihadist group and beheading a man they identified as a Pak soldier.|
The video is bound to raise alarm bells over whether IS is tapping support within Pakistain and Afghanistan, a region awash with dozens of groups.
Released on Twitter and other jihadi websites on Saturday, it shows influential former Pak Taliban Shahidullah Shahid and other passing through a rugged mountainous area on horseback, waving IS flags.
Shahid already pledged allegiance to IS last October and was later sacked by the Pak Taliban.
"As you know, most of the attendees have pledged allegiance to the Caliphate before, and now we present a collective pledge of allegiance," Shahid told the s.
Shahid announced that commanders of ten groups had chosen Khan from Pakistain's Orakzai tribal district as the new IS head for Afghanistan and Pakistain.
Saeed Khan was then seen taking a pledge of allegiance to IS leader .
The video also shows beheading a man in military uniform who they claimed was a Pakistain soldier.
It was not clear where and when the video had been filmed nor could it be independently verified.
Leaflets calling for support for IS have been seen in parts of northwest Pakistain, and at least five Pak s and three lesser cadres from the Afghan Taliban have pledged their backing.
Pro-IS slogans have appeared on walls in several cities in both countries and in Kabul University, where a number of students were .
Pakistain has strengthened its own offensive against the Taliban since their attack on a military-run school on December 16 killed 150 people, 134 of them children.
|IS visits militants in Balochistan: Jundullah spokesman|
|[DAWN] DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A for group Jundullah on Wednesday claimed that a delegation from the group had visited the organization's leaders in .|
Jundullah Fahad Marwat said the visit took place this week in the Balochistan province. He said the purpose of visit by the Islamic State group was to see how it could work to unite various Pak groups.
Jundullah is a branch of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP).
The TTP this week sacked its for announcing allegiance to the IS, which has captured large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and declared a self-styled caliphate, or Islamic empire, in the Middle East.
TTP considers Mullah Mohammad Omar as the s' leader.
One of the major reasons outfits are approaching the IS is due to the splint created within their network after a major military offensive, , and an intelligence-driven operation, Khyber-I, by the Pakistain's armed forces in parts of North and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Jundullah is the same outfit that had for a deadly on the Wagah border in Lahore, where more than 60 people were killed. Another TTP splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, had also for the attack.
Jundullah's had also said by telephone that the Wagah-border attack was a reaction to military's ongoing operation in the tribal region.
Earlier, the provincial government of Balochistan had conveyed a confidential report to the federal government and law enforcement agencies warning of increased footprints of IS, also known by the Arabic acronym Daish, in Pakistain.
"It has been reliably learnt that Daish has offered some elements of (LeJ) and Ahl-e-Sunnat Wai Jamat (ASWJ) to join hands in Pakistain. Daish has also formed a ten-member Strategic Planning Wing," the report from the Home and Tribal Affair Department of Balochistan had said.
The report further stated that the IS plans to attack military installations and government buildings in in retaliation to the army-led operations and also plans to target members of the Shia community.
The warning had come days after six top commanders of the outlawed TTP, including its now defunct Shahidullah Shahid, had announced their allegiance to IS's caliph Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi.
Moreover, TTP chief for Saeed Khan, TTP chief for Daulat Khan, TTP's chief Fateh Gul Zaman, TTP's chief Mufti Hassan and TTP's Hangu chief Khalid Mansoor had also announced their allegiance to Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi.
Wall-chalking has also begun to appear in support of IS in some cities of Pakistain, including and Khanewal.
Interior Minister on Tuesday ruled out the presence of IS in the country. "No organization of this name exists in Pakistain," he said while speaking to s in Karachi.
|IS recruiting thousands in Pakistan, govt warned in 'secret' report|
|[DAWN] The provincial government of has conveyed a confidential report to the federal government and law enforcement agencies warning of increased footprints of organization (IS), also known by the Arabic acronym Daish, in Pakistain.|
The 'secret information report', a copy of which is available with DawnNews, is dated October 31, and states that IS has claimed to have recruited a massive 10 to 12,000 followers from the Hangu and tribal areas.
"It has been reliably learnt that Daish has offered some elements of (LeJ) and Ahl-e-Sunnat Wai Jamat (ASWJ) to join hands in Pakistain. Daish has also formed a ten-member Strategic Planning Wing," the report from the Home and Tribal Affair Department of Balochistan says.
The report states that the IS plans to attack military installations and government buildings in in retaliation to the army-led operation in North and also plans to target members of the minority Shia community.
The Balochistan government called for heightened vigilance and security measures in the province as well as the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to prevent and pre-empt such attacks.
It has moreover called for sensitising law enforcement agencies on the issue and an increased monitoring of LeJ members.
The warning comes days after six top commanders of the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), including its now defunct Shahidullah Shahid, have announced their allegiance to IS's caliph Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi Al Qureshi Al-Hussaini..
The Taliban said he, along with TTP chief for Saeed Khan, TTP chief for Kurram Agency Daulat Khan, TTP's chief Fateh Gul Zaman, TTP's chief Mufti Hassan and TTP's Hangu chief Khalid Mansoor, have announced their allegiance to Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi.
Earlier in the week, Shahidullah Shahid was replaced by Mohammad Khurasani as the new TTP spokesperson
The Islamic State's presence has not been officially established so far.