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  • Blasts, gunshots as armed militants storm Pakistan's largest airport

    06/08/2014 12:46:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 85 replies
    RT ^ | 6-8-2014 | RT
    At least 5 people have reportedly been killed and an airport emergency declared after heavily armed militants stormed the airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. Twelve militants are thought to be inside and fire is seen rising from the scene. The militants launched grenades and opened fire as they entered the building. Two of the terrorists have reportedly been killed. At least three blasts were heard, and an airport emergency has been declared, with flight operations suspended, reported the local Karachi Post. The five people killed are Airport Security Force (ASF) staff, according to Pakistani news channel Geo.tv
  • Successive drone strikes leave at least 16 dead in N Waziristan (1st in 6 Months)

    06/12/2014 3:23:15 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    Dawn ^ | 11 June 2014 | Zahir Shah Sherazi
    MIRAMSHAH: After a nearly six month halt in the drone campaign, separate US aerial drones fired missiles at militant hideouts in pre-dawn strikes on Thursday just days after the Taliban launched a deadly attack on Karachi airport that killed 37 people. Two successive US drone strikes killed at least 16 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwest tribal area where pressure was building on Islamabad to react after the brazen attack. The first attack took place late on Thursday night when the unmanned US plane fired six missiles that hit a vehicle and a compound in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan,...
  • Does The Obama Administration Know the Difference Between The Taliban and Haqqani Networks?

    06/08/2014 8:48:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jun 2014 | Debra Heine
    The MSM are not the only ones missing the distinction between the Taliban and Haqqani networks. There's Jay Carney, in the clip John Hayward posted, claiming Bergdahl was being held by the Taliban. And National Security Advisor Susan Rice - who like Hagel and Carney, also refused to admit that the Obama administration negotiated with terrorists in her interview with Candy Crowley on Face the Nation, Sunday. Rice repeatedly asserted that Bergdahl had been held captive by the Taliban (who have not been designated a terrorist organization even though they routinely engage in terror-like activities.) ... most people were skeptical...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl declared jihad in 2010, secret documents show

    06/05/2014 2:07:07 PM PDT · by abb · 136 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/5/14 | James Rosen
    U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a "mujahid," or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News. The reports indicate that Bergdahl's relations with his Haqqani captors morphed over time, from periods of hostility, where he was treated very much like a hostage, to periods where, as one source told Fox News, "he became much more of an accepted fellow" than is popularly understood. He even reportedly was allowed to carry...
  • Top intelligence official claims: Obama admin. funded terror network ‘for the next ten years’

    06/08/2014 7:58:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 6, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    <p>Reported details of the high-profile prisoner swap that freed Bowe Bergdahl over the weekend are not telling the full story ... The Haqqani Network, a terrorist group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan ... the details of that exchange do not add up.</p>
  • Official: Bergdahl Details Don’t Add Up (Cash to the Haqqani network?)

    06/08/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/6/2014 | Lachlan Markay
    A senior intelligence official with intimate knowledge of the years-long effort to locate and rescue Bergdahl told the Washington Free Beacon that the details of that exchange do not add up. The official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, speculated that a cash ransom was paid to the Haqqani Network to get the group to free the prisoner. The Obama administration reportedly considered offering cash for his release as late as December 2013. The State Department has repeatedly refused to say whether the deal that released Bergdahl involved any cash payment. The ransom...
  • Senior intel official suspects U.S. paid cash ransom for Bergdahl too

    06/06/2014 10:27:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 6, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Can’t be true. Ransoms are paid for hostages, and Jay Carney assured me Bergdahl was a prisoner, not a hostage. This isn’t out-of-left-field speculation. Fox News reported two days ago that a ransom for Bergdahl was on the table inside U.S. intelligence circles as recently as December. The key point to grasp here, writes Lachlan Markay, is that the Haqqani Network, which was holding Bergdahl, and the Taliban are two different outfits. The Taliban are true jihadis, bent on reconquering Afghanistan. The Haqqanis are more of an Afghan mafia, bent on enriching themselves. Both have killed lots of American soldiers...
  • President Obama Was Right

    06/07/2014 5:38:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 79 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 5, 2014 | David Brooks
    It doesn’t matter if Bergdahl had deserted his post or not. It doesn’t matter if he is a confused young man who said insulting and shameful things about his country and his Army. It doesn’t matter either that the United States government ended up dealing with terrorists. In the first place, the Taliban is not a terrorist organization the way Al Qaeda is. America has always tried to reach a negotiated arrangement with the Taliban, and this agreement may be a piece of that.
  • Obama Destroys America’s Credibility for Political Gain

    06/07/2014 7:55:45 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | &#62211;June 7, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Era of Obama’s Unintended Consequences Fox News James Rosen reported that while Bowe Bergdahl was in captivity he converted to Islam and declared himself a mujahid. Mujahid means one who struggles for the sake of Allah. Not surprisingly, in recent years it was closely associated with Islamic extremists. Fox News obtained Secret situation reports or SITREPS that detail Bergdahl’s life in the hands Haqqani captors. His life over the last five years, according to the SITREPS, consisted of a progression from mistreatment to acceptance to eventually trusting Bergdahl with a loaded AK-47. In 2010 Bergdahl attempted to escape and...
  • Decoding Bergdahl (Obama was springing the gitmo prisoners -- not releasing bergdahl)

    06/05/2014 5:55:46 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 27 replies
    Belmont Club Books Archives Bio by Richard Fernandez Decoding Bergdahl June 5th, 2014 - 3:25 pm     inShare President Obama explained that he traded the Taliban 5 for Bowe Bergdahl because it’s what great men do. “This is what happens at the end of wars,” Obama said, speaking in Poland. That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR.”  He forgot to add “then it is true for me”. Much is plain to those who walk in the footsteps of giants. Except it’s little hard to remember when exactly Washington, Lincoln or...
  • Haqqani Network, Pakistan terror group, grows into worst enemy for U.S.

    06/06/2014 7:43:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Haqqani Network, the terrorist group that the U.S. command in Afghanistan says is its most formidable enemy — worse than the Taliban or al Qaeda — has operated for a dozen years across the border in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area with little to fear other than sporadic drone strikes. Now, even the drone strikes have stopped for the family-run gang that held Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five years. ... The Haqqani network maintains a safe haven in North Waziristan, Pakistan, across Afghanistan’s southeastern border. The Pakistani Army has consistently refused to launch a military operation in North...
  • Guest Blogger, Raven-Wolf: Bergdahl, How pride and arrogance kept us from getting him back

    06/04/2014 6:35:19 AM PDT · by wtd · 4 replies
    Bouhammer.com ^ | June 1, 2013 | Bouhammer, Raven-Wolf
    It was June 2009. I was working off the grid in and around South-Eastern Afghanistan. I had built a very effective Afghan network: local elders, merchants, NDS commanders, Afghan Army CI, etc. Word came down that a soldier from the 501st INF had gone AWOL. The name of the soldier was quickly known: Bowe Bergdahl. Within hours of the reported “DUSTWUN” (Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown) the RC-East Commander initiated a total gag order, preventing any Army unit or Embedded Training Team (ETT) / Police Mentor Team (PMT) team from sharing intelligence with the Afghans. His order was based on his...
  • 'Block-Buster' Truck Bomb One of the Biggest Ever

    11/14/2013 11:46:11 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | JAMES GORDON MEEK and ALEEM AGHA
    Afghan national security forces near the border with Pakistan recently intercepted one of the largest truck bombs ever built, a massive "vehicle-borne improvised explosive device," or VBIED, packed with some 61,500 pounds of explosives. ***snip*** An ABC News investigation, which aired on "World News with Diane Sawyer" this week, showed that lawmakers have tried to stop the U.S. Army from giving logistics contracts to companies linked to Afghan insurgents including the deadly network run by Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Siraj
  • US drone targets Haqqani network in N. Waziristan; kills 17

    07/03/2013 4:10:56 AM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies
    Dawn ^ | staff
    MIRAMSHAH: At least 17 people were killed and two others injured in a US drone attack which targeted a house in the North Waziristan tribal region late on Tuesday night. Sources told Dawn.com that the drone fired four missiles on the house near Miramshah bazaar in Sirai Darpakhel area, targeting the Haqqani residential compound and a car. The head commander Haji Shahrifullah of Haqqani, a militant network, is said to be safe, whereas 17 people were killed and two others injured in the attack. Intelligence sources confirmed the death toll. US officials consider the Haqqani network to be one of...
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS, PRIVATE BERGDAHL

    12/25/2009 4:16:57 PM PST · by Cindy · 43 replies · 773+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | Posted on 25 December 2009 @ 23:08 | Aaron Weisburd
    Private Bergdahl - assuming he's still alive - is spending Christmas as a captive of the Taliban. His captors spent the last day or two uploading a video showing Private Bergdahl reading a statement. The video was divided into four segments and uploaded to YouTube on 25 December 2009. The YouTube account is:
  • US State Department evades issue of Pakistan's links to Haqqani Network

    09/08/2012 11:14:28 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | Sept. 7, 2012 | Bill Roggio and Lisa Lundquist
    After announcing the upcoming designation of the Haqqani Network, two anonymous senior State Department officials gave a briefing on the action, and were challenged by reporters Justin Fishel from FOX News and Adam Entous from The Wall Street Journal on the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence agency's support of the Haqqani Network: Note how the State Dept. officials dance around the issues of Pakistan's support for the Haqqani Network and why the US isn't even considering adding Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism: ------------------------snip----------------------------- QUESTION: Yeah, thank you very much. I just wanted to follow up on Justin's question. When you...
  • Captive US soldier safe, says Haqqani commander

    09/08/2012 10:09:30 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 08 2012 | KATHY GANNON
    A U.S. soldier held by Afghan militants will not be harmed despite the Obama administration's decision to declare his alleged captors a terrorist group, a senior member of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network told The Associated Press on Saturday. However, the United States and NATO can expect stepped up attacks, he said. The commander, who spoke by telephone from an undisclosed location, denied that the Haqqanis held the only American prisoner of war of the Afghan conflict, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, as the U.S. believes. He did however say that Bergdahl was a captive of another branch of the Taliban, and...
  • Conflicting perceptions of estranged allies

    10/20/2011 1:07:45 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 13 replies
    Pakistan Observer ^ | October 20th 2011 | Asif Haroon Raja
    Till 2004, Pakistan was a peaceful country and suicide bombing was unheard of. The figure of terrorism-afflicted casualties began to rise from 2005 onwards and by 2007 the number rose to 3599 killed. The death toll has now jumped to 35000. While the total fatalities of ISAF in Afghanistan from 2001 till 30 September were 2670, which includes 1800 US soldiers, Pak Army alone has suffered 3500 deaths and injuries to 10,000 soldiers. Wear and tear of weapons, tanks, APCs, helicopters, guns and vehicles is substantial. Given the acute resource constraints, it is very difficult for Pak Army to replace...
  • Afghan president says pact {with India} not aimed at Pakistan

    10/05/2011 12:36:14 PM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Atlanta Journal Courier ^ | 5 October 2011 | Katy Diagle
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his country's strategic partnership signed with India is not meant as an aggressive move against Pakistan. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, right, and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai pose before a meeting in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Karzai is on a two-day official visit to India.(AP Photo/Gurinder Osan) Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, right, and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, address the media after a signing of agreement meeting in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011.This is Karzai's second trip to India this year and comes just days after he accused neighboring Pakistan...
  • U.S. confirms attacks by Pakistani military units

    10/03/2011 5:20:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/02/11 8:05 PM | Sara A. Carter
    A Pakistani protester shout slogans at an anti-American rally to condemn the U.S. for accusing the country's most powerful intelligence agency of supporting extremist attacks against American targets in Afghanistan, in Multan, Pakistan, Friday, Sept 23, 2011. The top U.S. military officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, accused the Haqqani network Thursday of staging an attack against the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. He claimed the Pakistani spy agency, the ISI, helped the group carry out the two attacks. KABUL, Afghanistan -- Pakistani military units fired shots at American and Afghan government troops along the Afghanistan border several times over the past...
  • Time to act on Haqqani menace: Musharraf

    09/27/2011 3:22:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    The News International ^ | Updated 4 days ago | unattributed
    Former army chief General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf has said that Pak-US relations have reached a critical stage and it's time Pakistan took a decisive action in this regard. Speaking exclusively to Geo News on Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Saath, Musharraf said that the time has come for the army and ISI to come down the fence and decide to take or not to take action against Haqqani network. Otherwise, things may take a turn for worse, he said, adding indecisiveness is not going to help the situation at all. Musharraf went on to say that Pakistan should boldly take US...
  • Egypt: Ayman al Zawahiri's brother, 7 others acquitted of terrorism

    03/19/2012 7:14:49 PM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Global Post ^ | March 19, 2012 | Priyanka Boghani
    Mohamed al Zawahiri and seven others were cleared of terrorism charges by an Egyptian military court, according to Reuters. Zawahiri is the brother of Al Qaeda's current leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, who acted as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man for years before bin Laden's death. The court overturned an earlier conviction of Zawahiri and the others based on charges of "committing terrorist crimes, harming national security, and planning to overthrow the state," lawyer Mamdouh Ismail told Reuters. The case was 14 years old, and also involved another prominent person, Mohamed al Islambouli, the brother of Khalid al Islambouli, the man...
  • US declares Haqqani network a terrorist body

    09/07/2012 11:18:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    AP via New York Daily News ^ | Friday, September 7th 2012, 12:58 PM | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration declared Friday that the Pakistan-based Haqqani network of militants is a terrorist body despite misgivings about how the largely symbolic act could further stall planned Afghan peace talks or put yet another chill on the United States' already fragile counterterrorism alliance with Islamabad. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision, signed Friday ahead of a Sunday deadline set by Congress, bans Americans from doing business with members of the group and blocks any assets it holds in the United States. The order, which will go into effect within 10 days, completes an odyssey of sorts for the...
  • Clarify U.S. Policy on Afghanistan: Designate Haqqani Network Terrorists

    09/02/2012 6:36:33 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | August 21, 2012
    For the past two years, the Obama Administration has pursued on-again, off-again reconciliation talks with Taliban leaders in an effort to bring an end to the Afghan war. As part of this process, it has wrestled with how to handle the Haqqani network, a Taliban affiliate organization headquartered in Pakistan’s tribal border areas that has extensive influence in eastern Afghanistan and is responsible for some of the most vicious attacks against coalition forces. Congress recently passed legislation, which President Obama signed into law on August 10, requiring the Administration to determine within 30 days whether the Haqqani network should officially...
  • CLOCK TICKING ON ADMINistration TO DESIGNATE HAQQANIS TERRORISTS

    08/31/2012 1:05:35 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    AFPC South Asia Security Monitor ^ | 8/27/2012 | Jeff M. Smith and Amanda Sawit, eds.
    A recent article published by the Heritage Foundation calls on the Obama administration to officially designate the Haqqani network, the deadliest militant group in Af-Pak and a close ally of the Taliban, as a terrorist organization. The Congress recently passed a bill requiring the administration to either designate the group a terrorist organization within 30 days, or provide a detailed explanation if it chooses not to. The administration has been divided over the issue, with some arguing against the designation as the group would be crucial to any future negotiated settlement. The article, authored by Lisa Curtis, asserts that ruling...
  • U.S. Kills Chief Of Operations For Haqqani Network, Son Of Network Founder

    08/30/2012 7:06:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    pat dollard ^ | 8/30/12 | abc
    Excerpted from ABC News: U.S. officials said today that an American drone strike likely took out a top commander of a powerful militant group the U.S. says is responsible for deadly, high-profile terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. Badruddin Haqqani, described by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point as the “chief of operations” of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, had been reported killed last week in a drone strike. After those reports, however, a Taliban spokesperson denied Badruddin’s death, saying in an email to reporters that he was alive and well in Afghanistan. Today two U.S. officials, including a senior American diplomat,...
  • Militant Leader (Haqqani) Believed Dead in Pakistan Drone Strike

    08/26/2012 8:39:13 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 24, 2012 | DECLAN WALSH and ERIC SCHMITT
    A volley of C.I.A. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt early Friday killed at least 18 people, security officials said, capping a week of missile attacks that have renewed tensions between Pakistan and the United States, but may have killed a major militant leader. Senior American officials said they had strong indications that Badruddin Haqqani, the operational commander of the Haqqani network, which is responsible for some of the most spectacular assaults on American bases and Afghan cities in recent years, was killed in a drone strike this week.
  • Al-Qaeda names Zawahiri to succeed bin Laden

    06/16/2011 6:57:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | 06/16/11
    Al-Qaeda names Zawahiri to succeed bin Laden By Lynne Nahhas (AFP) – 7 hours ago DUBAI — Al-Qaeda on Thursday named Egyptian surgeon Ayman al-Zawahiri to succeed slain leader Osama bin Laden and vowed no let-up in its deadly "jihad" against arch-foes the United States and Israel. "The general command of Al-Qaeda announces, after consultations, the appointment of Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri as head of the group," the jihadist network said in a statement posted on an Islamist website. Zawahiri, the group's long-time number two, succeeds bin Laden who was killed by US commandos in a May 2 raid in Pakistan....
  • US drone strike kills 10 ‘Haqqani’ militants in Waziristan

    02/08/2012 4:41:55 AM PST · by csvset · 6 replies
    Dawn ^ | 8 feb 2012 | Wire
    MIRAMSHAH: A US drone attack targeting a militant compound killed 10 insurgents in a troubled Pakistani tribal region on Wednesday, security officials said. Moreover, a BBC Urdu report quoted local authorities as saying that those killed in the strike were militants from the Haqqani network. Two missiles hit the compound located in Tappi, 10 kilometres southeast of Miramshah, the main town in volatile North Waziristan near the Afghan border, a military official in Peshawar said. “The attack triggered fire in the compound and 10 militants were killed,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised...
  • LEAD: US Afghan envoy confirms talking to Haqqani insurgents

    01/22/2012 6:23:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Deutsche Presse-Agentur ^ | Jan 22, 2012, 16:38 GMT
    As if the Taliban wasn’t bad enough. KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday confirmed a meeting with the Haqqani insurgent group, as signs of a dialogue between the United States and rebels continue to grow. ‘We had one meeting with Haqqani network,’ Marc Grossman told a news conference in Kabul. His remarks come after US and the Taliban militants confirmed preliminary talks for opening an liaison office for the Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha – increasing speculation of an end to the decade-long bloody insurgency in this war-torn country.
  • Obama reaches out to Mullah Omar, Mullah Omar reaches out for more destruction

    01/03/2012 12:53:16 AM PST · by Frankusa · 8 replies
    The AP reported last week that "U.S. officials from the State Department and White House plan to continue a series of secret meetings with Taliban representatives." The AP report went on to say that "one member of the Taliban negotiating team has been publicly identified as Tayyab Aga [Agha], an emissary of Pakistan-based Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar." But sadly, and ironically, while the Obama administration is desperately reaching out to Mullah Omar, Mr. Omar is strengthening his resolve to kill US troops and to wreak havoc upon Afghanistan. From the Times of India: Taliban militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan...
  • Combined Force Captures Haqqani Network Leader

    10/26/2011 4:32:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network leader in the Sabari district of Afghanistan’s Khost province yesterday, military officials reported. The Haqqani leader distributed bombs and coordinated attacks against Afghan forces. Several suspects were detained during the operation. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- In the Aliabad district of Kunduz province, a combined force detained two suspects while searching for a Taliban leader who coordinates attacks with other insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan. -- A combined force detained multiple suspects during a search for a Taliban leader in the Marja district...
  • Clinton says U.S. officials have met with Haqqanis (Obama administration negotiating with terrorist)

    10/21/2011 8:42:01 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/21/2011 | Andrew Quinn and Chris Allbritton
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the United States had held a preliminary meeting with representatives of the Haqqani network, a group of militants Washington has blamed for a series of attacks in Afghanistan. The revelation came soon after Clinton, in Islamabad with a heavyweight team of U.S. military and intelligence leaders, warned that tough action would have to be taken against Afghan and Pakistani militants if they did not cooperate in efforts to stabilize Afghanistan and pursue peace. Clinton was asked at a roundtable with journalists about reports that U.S. officials had met with Haqqani representatives directly,...
  • Musharraf: Why Haqqani terrorist group can help Pakistan

    10/20/2011 5:09:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | September 28, 2011 | Duncan Gardham
    Mr Musharaff told The Daily Telegraph that it was important for his country to spell out to the world why the Haqqani network was being allowed to operate on its soil... "Certainly if Afghanistan is being used by India to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan, we would like to prevent that." He said the Haqqani group was the source of a "terrible" lack of trust and confidence and added: "The United States must understand Pakistan has its own national interest. The United States must accept the compulsions of Pakistan and give assurances." ... Mr Musharraf said Pakistan must "talk straight" about...
  • US missiles kill six in South Waziristan

    10/15/2011 7:45:02 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    Dawn ^ | 15 oct 2011 | staff
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A US missile strike killed at least six suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border Saturday, two Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the third such American missile attack in as many days. The officials said four missiles slammed into a compound near the border town of Angore Adda in the South Waziristan tribal region. The strike was targeting fighters of Maulvi Nazir, a militant commander who is accused of working with the Taliban and al-Qaeda to direct cross-border attacks, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Nazir is believed to have an agreement with...
  • NATO Captures Senior Haqqani Leader in Afghanistan

    10/01/2011 9:21:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 1, 2011 | AP
    KABUL, Afghanistan – NATO captured a senior leader of the Al Qaeda- and Taliban-allied Haqqani network active inside Afghanistan, the alliance said Saturday, describing it as a "significant milestone" in disrupting the terror group's operations. NATO said Haji Mali Khan was seized Tuesday during an operation in eastern Paktia province's Jani Khel district, which borders Pakistan. It was the most significant capture of a Haqqani leader in Afghanistan, and could dent the group's ability to operate along the porous border with Pakistan's lawless tribal areas.
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • A Brutal Afghan Clan Bedevils the U.S.

    09/25/2011 4:51:03 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 7 replies
    The Times ^ | September 24th 2011 | Mark Mazzetti, Scott Shane and Alissa J. Rubin.
    WASHINGTON — They are the Sopranos of the Afghanistan war, a ruthless crime family that built an empire out of kidnapping, extortion, smuggling, even trucking. They have trafficked in precious gems, stolen lumber and demanded protection money from businesses building roads and schools with American reconstruction funds. They safeguard their mountainous turf by planting deadly roadside bombs and shelling remote American military bases. And they are accused by American officials of being guns for hire: a proxy force used by the Pakistani intelligence service to carry out grisly, high-profile attacks in Kabul and throughout the country. Today, American intelligence and...
  • US says evidence ties militant group to Pakistan (NewsFlash- Haqqani-Govt link exists)

    09/17/2011 1:01:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/17/11 | Chris Brummitt - AP
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Islamabad said in remarks broadcast Saturday that there is evidence linking the Haqqani insurgent network to the Pakistani government, a charge that could raise tensions in an already strained anti-terror alliance between Washington and Islamabad. The U.S. and NATO blame the Haqqani network for many of the attacks in Afghanistan, including this week's strike on the U.S. Embassy. The group — affiliated with both the Taliban and al-Qaida — and its army of several thousand fighters is widely assumed to be based just over the Afghan border in Pakistan. U.S. officials have long...
  • Afghan, Coalition Force Detains Haqqani Leader

    08/04/2011 2:29:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani network leader yesterday during a security operation in the Sperah district of Afghanistan’s Khost province, military officials reported. The detained leader was responsible for directing more than 250 fighters, including Uzbek foreign fighters, in attacks against Afghan government officials and soldiers. He also planned and coordinated several attacks on the Sperah District Center. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- In the Baghlan-e Jadid district of Baghlan province, an Afghan and coalition force detained a Taliban facilitator and an associate. The detained facilitator is linked...
  • Combined Force Detains Insurgents, Seizes Weapons

    08/02/2011 3:29:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani terrorist network leader in the Mata Khan district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province yesterday, military officials reported. The target of the search is responsible for kidnappings and for attacks against Afghan forces, officials said. While searching the area, the security force confiscated a machine gun, grenades, assault rifles, bomb-making materials and chest racks. In other operations yesterday around Afghanistan: -- A combined force in Baghlan province’s Pul-e Khumri district detained a Taliban leader who directed suicide-bomb attacks against Afghan...
  • Haqqani Network Leader Dies in Airstrike

    06/30/2011 3:02:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 – The International Security Assistance Force today confirmed the death of a Haqqani network leader who’s linked to the June 28 suicide-bomb attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, military officials reported. Officials said Ismail Jan and several Haqqani fighters were killed yesterday during a precision airstrike in the Gardez district of Paktiya province. Jan was the deputy to Haji Mali Khan, the senior Haqqani commander inside Afghanistan. The Haqqani network, in conjunction with Taliban operatives, was responsible for the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel which killed 12 people, including a provincial judge. Jan also...
  • Afghan, Coalition Force Captures Haqqani Insurgents

    06/10/2011 3:18:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 10, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition force yesterday captured a Haqqani network leader, a Haqqani facilitator and several of their associates during a security operation in the Orgun district of Paktika province in Afghanistan, military officials reported. The leader directs Haqqani insurgents in Sar Rowzah district. The facilitator helped senior Haqqani leaders plan attacks, as well as procuring funding and supplies. The insurgents where captured during a search of the facilitator’s compound. The force cleared the compound and the Haqqani leader, the facilitator and several other individuals were taken into custody. No shots were fired and...
  • Partnered Force Kills Haqqani Terrorist

    03/24/2011 5:38:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2011 – A partnered Afghan and coalition security force acting on intelligence information killed a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator and captured another in the Sabari district of Afghanistan’s Khost province today, military officials reported. The terrorists were responsible for planning and carrying out roadside-bomb attacks against civilians and Afghan and coalition forces. The man who was captured also was responsible for indirect-fire attacks throughout the district. He was wounded in the encounter and was detained at a coalition forward operating base, where he had been taken for treatment. Intelligence reports led the security force to the location...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Haqqani Network Facilitator in Paktika

    01/25/2011 3:45:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 25, 2011) — Coalition forces detained a Haqqani Network facilitator at an Afghan Border Patrol checkpoint in Paktika province yesterday. The now detained Haqqani Network facilitator operated in Orgun area, Wardak province. He was responsible for the movement of supplies, improvised explosive devices and vehicle-borne IEDs. He was in direct contact with other Haqqani Network leaders in the area. Security forces set up at the Afghan Border Patrol checkpoint in the district where the Haqqani Network facilitator traveled frequently according to recent reporting. The Haqqani Network insurgent was detained based on initial questioning at the scene.
  • Afghans, Coalition Broaden Assault on Insurgent Leaders

    01/18/2011 3:23:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2011 – Coalition and Afghan forces have removed dozens of insurgents from the fight across broad sections of Afghanistan in recent days, including 15 in the past 24 hours, military officials reported. International Security Assistance Force members have killed 15 insurgent fighters in separate operations in eastern Afghanistan since yesterday. In Kunar province, a coalition air weapons team killed numerous insurgents after they engaged a coalition foot patrol with small-arms fire in the Dangam district. In a separate clearing operation in Kunar’s Shigal wa Sheltan district, another ISAF patrol was engaged by insurgents with small-arms fire and...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Haqqani Network Leader in Khost

    01/18/2011 7:43:15 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 18) – Afghan and coalition forces detained a Haqqani Network leader along with several suspected insurgents during a security operation in Khost province yesterday. The Haqqani Network leader was responsible for conducting ambushes and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces operating in Khost and Terayzai districts of the province. He reported directly to other Haqqani Network leaders in the area. Security forces followed leads to a targeted location in Khost district, where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit out of the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. The Haqqani...
  • Siraj Haqqani sheltering in Kurram, near area of US helicopter strikes

    10/24/2010 11:55:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | October 22, 2010 | Bill Roggio & Kaushik Kapisthalam
    wo of the US helicopter cross-border helicopter strikes that took place last month in Pakistan's tribal agency of Kurram occurred in an area where Siraj Haqqani, the operational commander of the Haqqani Network, was sheltering. The Pakistani military and government's severe reaction to the US incursions in Kurram are attributed in part to concern that Siraj, a key asset, was close to being killed in the attack, US intelligence officials and a Pakistani official told The Long War Journal. The helicopter strikes, which took place on Sept. 27, occurred near the village of Mata Sanger, after US forces pursued Haqqani...
  • Travel Alert [Europe]

    10/03/2010 1:28:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 27 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Travel Alert U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs Europe October 3, 2010 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions. Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation...
  • NWA drone attack kills nine

    10/02/2010 2:37:13 AM PDT · by csvset · 17 replies · 1+ views
    geo tv ^ | 2 oct 2010 | wire
    MIRANSHAH: At least nine people were killed and four others injured in a US surveillance plane attack in North Waziristan Agency area of Dattakhel, Geo News reported Saturday. According to the sources, two drone planes fired at least four missiles at a house in Anzarkas village of Dattakhel, killing nine people. The house was completely destroyed in the attack The US spy planes are still making low flights in the area with local people panicked. According to a foreign news agency, the house was frequented by extremists who belonged to Haqqni group.