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  • Military Documents Detail Life At Guantanamo (More Classified Documents Leaked)

    04/24/2011 7:12:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | Sunday, April 24, 2011 | Dina Temple-Raston, Tom Gjelten and Margot Williams
    Thousands of pages of previously secret military documents about detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison now put a name, a history and a face on hundreds of men in captivity there. The documents include details on 158 men on whom no information has ever been released. The hundreds of classified documents - marked "secret" and "noforn" meaning the information is not to be shared with representatives of other countries - are assessments, interviews and internal memos from the Pentagon's Joint Task Force at Guantanamo. The task force was supposed to determine who the detainees were, how they might be connected...
  • Sebastian Junger on Afghanistan’s Slain Rebel Leader Ahmad Shah Massoud

    09/08/2003 7:46:16 PM PDT · by Shermy · 24 replies · 517+ views
    National Geographic ^ | October 2001
    The Perfect Storm author spent a month with anti-Taliban warrior Ahmad Shah Massoud in 2000. Now he offers his reaction to the recent murder of the Northern Alliance leader—and the subsequent attacks on the U.S. In November 2000 [National Geographic] Adventure sent contributing editor Sebastian Junger and photojournalist Reza (see photo gallery) to profile Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud. The resulting article (read an excerpt) appeared in our March/April 2001 issue and has just been reprinted in Fire, a collection of Junger’s journalistic work. ________________________________________________________ On September 9, 2001, suicide bombers killed Massoud. Two days later the U.S. was...
  • A lion cornered - The attack on Masood is bound to strengthen the Taleban

    09/11/2001 12:34:48 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 10,549+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11 2001 | Times editorial and news reports
    The suicide bomb attack on Ahmed Shah Masood, the leader of the Afghan opposition, has dealt a deadly blow to world attempts to hold the Taleban in check. The “Lion of Panjshir”, feared dead by Washington and Islamabad, may yet be clinging to life; but the attackers, by reaching his stronghold, have shredded his mantle of invincibility. He has been the last of the commanders still holding out against the Islamic extremists. From his stronghold in the Panjshir Valley, where he once fought off more than a dozen Soviet offensives, he has kept alive the resistance to a regime ...
  • The Lion Prowls in Afghanistan

    10/04/2006 6:10:55 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 23 replies · 773+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | 10/04/06 | Slater Bakhtavar
    “What I want to say is that he was never an extremist, neither in his private nor political life. He believed that a modern moderate Islam could work in Afghanistan. He said that the extreme left or right failed in Afghanistan, since both had neglected the needs of the people. Therefore, we could not govern Afghanistan like any traditional Muslim country.” -Ahmad Wali Massoud regarding Ahmed Massoud Shah of the Northern Alliance. In 1996, funded financially and backed morally by their allies in Pakistan, the Taliban (”Students of Islamic Knowledge Movement”) emerged as the prominent force in Afghanistan after the...
  • Remembering, 6 years after his death: Massoud's Letter To The People Of America

    09/09/2007 10:07:14 AM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 16 replies · 775+ views
    Afghanistan Online ^ | 1998 | Ahmad Shah Massoud
    Massoud's Letter To The People Of America Date: 1998 A Message to the People of the United States of America I send this message to you today on behalf of the freedom and peace-loving people of Afghanistan, the Mujahedeen freedom fighters who resisted and defeated Soviet communism, the men and women who are still resisting oppression and foreign hegemony and, in the name of more than one and a half million Afghan martyrs who sacrificed their lives to uphold some of the same values and ideals shared by most Americans and Afghans alike. This is a crucial and unique moment...
  • 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...
  • France deports convicted (islamist) Tunisian

    08/08/2006 12:48:37 AM PDT · by Republicain · 3 replies · 376+ views
    BBC News ^ | 08/08/2006
    France has deported a Tunisian man to his homeland despite protests that he could face torture there. Adel Tebourski, 42, was put on an Air France flight back to Tunisia on Monday, officials said. Tebourski had served a jail sentence in France after being convicted of helping the killers of Afghan resistance leader Ahmed Shah Masood in 2001. The French authorities described Tebourski as a serious threat to national security. French campaigners have said he could be tortured in Tunisia, and the UN torture committee last month called on Paris to suspend his deportation, the French news agency AFP reports....
  • Followup: Belgium's Top Internet Jihadi Arrested (Again)

    12/11/2008 7:02:53 PM PST · by Cindy · 25 replies · 692+ views
    THE JAWA REPORT - blog ^ | December 11, 2008 | Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D
    Follow up to my earlier post about 14 Belgians arrested for being al Qaeda members. It turns out one of them is Malika El-Aroud, who has been arrested in the past for running an al Qaeda support website. If you speak French and hang around the eHadis, you'd probably recognize her from her frequent appearances at the minbar-sos forum.
  • Belgium Keeps Suspect in Masood Killing Behind Bars

    10/16/2002 3:43:58 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 274+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | October 16 2002
    BRUSSELS -- A Belgian court extended Tuesday the detention of a 35-year-old Moroccan accused in connection with the killing last year of the Afghan anti-Taleban commander Ahmad Shah Masood, officials said. The suspect, whose identity has not been officially revealed, was arrested on October 8 in Antwerp and has been charged with complicity in the September 2001 killing of the Afghan opposition leader, a spokesman as said. The Brussels court extended his detention warrant by a month pending an investigation into an operation to provide false passports, AFP quoted prosecution spokesman Jos Colpin as saying. Belgian press reports have named...
  • Looking for New Partners : 9/11 Commission Report (Clinton Micro-Management of Massod vs. Bin Laden)

    09/12/2006 7:45:27 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 17 replies · 522+ views
    9/11 Commission Report
    Looking for New Partners Although not all CIA officers had lost faith in the tribals' capabilities-many judged them to be good reporters-few believed they would carry out an ambush of Bin Ladin. The chief of the Counterterrorist Center compared relying on the tribals to playing the lottery. He and his associates, supported by Clarke, pressed for developing a partnership with the Northern Alliance, even though doing so might bring the United States squarely behind one side in Afghanistan's long-running civil war. The Northern Alliance was dominated by Tajiks and drew its strength mainly from the northern and eastern parts of...
  • Biography: Ahmad Shah Massoud

    09/11/2006 10:39:32 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 50 replies · 3,423+ views
    Afgha.com ^ | September 12, 2006 | Farzana
    Ahmed Shah Masood (c. 1953–September 9, 2001) (variant transliterations include Ahmad, Massoud, etc.) was a Kabul University engineering student turned Afghan military leader who played a leading role in driving the Soviet army out of Afghanistan, earning him the nickname Lion of Panjshir. Various transliterations include: Ahmad / Ahmed / Akhmad / Achmad, Shah / Schah / Chah, Massoud / Massud / Massood / Mas’ud. Ahmad Shah Massoud was born 10.06.1332 (01.09.1953)[2] in Jangalak[3]/ Panjsher[5]as son of police commander Dost Mohammad Khan. At the age of five, he started grammar school at Bazarak and stayed there until second grade....
  • Afghanistan - Opposition's military chief Ahmed Shah Massood injured in bomb explosion

    09/09/2001 12:34:59 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 24 replies · 7,101+ views
    Associated Press | September 9, 2001 | KATHY GANNON
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Opposition leader and former defense chief Ahmed Shah Massood was injured and his close aide was killed Sunday in an explosion in northern Afghanistan, said Hajji Kahar, an opposition spokesman. Two men from Algeria posing as journalists apparently hid the explosive device in their camera, Kahar told The Associated Press in a satellite telephone interview from Khodja Bahauddin in northern Takhar province, where the explosion occurred. It's not clear whether the two men with the camera were killed. It's believed they were suicide bombers. "There was a lot of noise and smoke," said Kahar. Massood ...
  • Clinton Right on "Path To 9/11"; Wrong on Terrorism

    09/09/2006 12:48:00 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 4 replies · 331+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 9/07/06 | Purple Mountains
    On the matter of ABC’s “Path to 9/11” and the controversy it has produced, I have no inside knowledge of what ABC intends to do tomorrow night, but I am considering two things: 1. in all fairness I do not agree with the grouping of several real incidents into one fictitious incident and putting fake dialogue in the mouths of real people as this film is reported to do. I think former President Clinton, former Secretary Albright, former National Security Advisor (and convicted felon) Sandy Berger, along with others in the Clinton Administration, were completely incompetent
  • Home

    11/16/2001 1:21:42 PM PST · by AndrewSshi · 10 replies · 626+ views
    The New Republic ^ | November 15, 2001 | Elizabeth Rubin
    "Hurry hurry hurry. We can destroy the enemy. Advance." "Hit hit hit the Taliban." "Hit him hit him hit him. Fire, fire." "We're arriving in Khalakhan." "Take care about the troops." "The Taliban are surrendering." "Bring them to me." "One hundred of them are coming to you." "El Ham captured a pickup with their weapons." These were the voices on the radio of the Northern Alliance commanders we have been visiting for weeks. Several other journalists and I were standing with some Afghan soldiers on the roof of a command post--a mud house with a tank's turret and gun jutting ...
  • Taliban hunting an American? Opposition leader executed reportedly accompanied by U.S. agent

    10/26/2001 10:41:21 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 326+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, October 27, 2001 | Toby Westerman
    OPERATION: ENDURING FREEDOM Taliban hunting an American? Opposition leader executed reportedly accompanied by U.S. agent By Toby Westerman © 2001 WorldNetDaily.com At the same time some 1,500 opponents of the Taliban – warriors and holy men – gathered in Peshawar, Pakistan, to lay plans for the next Afghan government, Taliban fighters located and killed one of their most influential opponents – and may be hunting for an American reported to have accompanied him. Abdul Haq, a well-known hero of the anti-Soviet guerrilla war and long-standing opponent of the Taliban, was found south of the Afghan capital, Kabul, captured and then killed, ...
  • Ahmad Shah Massood (1953- September 9, 2001)

    09/09/2004 11:51:32 AM PDT · by Shermy · 8 replies · 1,736+ views
    Afgha.com ^ | September 9, 2004 | Sunil Sainis/Laxman Bahroo
    War brutalizes man, every afghan bears living testimony to this. If the landscape of Afghanistan bears the craters of the endless war, the political and military leadership in Afghanistan also carries war's indelible scars. It is important never to lose sight of this. Ahmed Shah Mas'ud was born to an army family in 1953 in the Panjshir Valley north of the Afghan capital Kabul. His father was a colonel in the Afghan Army and enrolled his son at Kabul's Lycee Istiqlal High School. Upon graduation Mas'ud joined Kabul's Polytechnic Institute. In 1973 King Zahir Shah was deposed and exiled by...
  • Afghanistan moves toward partition

    10/31/2001 10:54:29 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 418+ views
    United Press International ^ | Thursday, November 1, 2001 | By ANWAR IQBAL
    WASHINGTON, Nov 01, 2001 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Already divided between north and south, war-ravaged Afghanistan appears to be moving toward a more permanent partition.The process of partition began long before the extremist Taliban militia was formed in 1994. According to some analysts it started with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.Created as a buffer zone between British India and the former Russian empire, Afghanistan survived the departure of the British from the subcontinent in 1947 because the fear of Soviet communism kept its various factions together.The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and its disgraceful ...
  • Afghans Arrest Americans in Abuse Case

    07/08/2004 1:21:25 PM PDT · by jjm2111 · 45 replies · 4,831+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoooooooo! ^ | Thu, Jul 08, 2004 | AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer
    Afghan forces arrested three Americans, including a purported former Green Beret, after raiding a jail they were allegedly running in the Afghan capital and finding prisoners hanging from their feet, officials said Thursday. The U.S. military, facing a widening inquiry into prisoner abuse, quickly distanced itself from the three, who had been posing as American agents before being detained Monday. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Thursday "the U.S. government does not employ or sponsor these men." Afghan officials also dismissed claims by the apparent ringleader, Jonathan K. Idema, that he was a "special adviser" to their security forces, saying...
  • Country on right path, Afghans say

    07/15/2004 5:50:20 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 5 replies · 345+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 16, 2004 | Robin Gedye
    Most Afghans think their country is heading in the right direction despite concerns over security and the economic situation, according to an independent opinion poll released yesterday. In the most comprehensive survey to be held in Afghanistan 64 per cent of those polled said they were satisfied with the direction the country was taking, two and a half years after the American invasion removed the Taliban. Only 11 per cent said they were dissatisfied. The survey, commissioned by the Asia Foundation, an independent, privately funded American charity, showed that 81 per cent of people planned to vote in the presidential...
  • Algerians held in Netherlands may have been involved in Massood assassination

    10/28/2002 9:47:27 AM PST · by grimalkin · 233+ views
    AP WorldStream via COMTEX ^ | Oct 28, 2002 | TOBY STERLING
    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct 28, 2002 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Four Algerians being held in the Netherlands as suspected terrorists were involved in the 2001 assassination of the former leader of Afghanistan's anti-Taliban alliance, Ahmed Shah Massood, a Dutch public prosecutor alleged Monday. The four men, arrested in April, face charges of falsifying passports, smuggling drugs and people, and "giving aid to the enemy in time of war," said prosecutor Jo Valente. The prosecutor spoke at a brief hearing in which the suspects' detentions were extended by three months while police continue investigations. The Dutch Justice Ministry believes the four...
  • Postal Worker's Letter Tied To Slaying of Afghan Leader

    05/12/2002 10:46:28 PM PDT · by LarryLied · 26 replies · 2,448+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/13/02 | Steve Fainaru and Brooke A. Masters
    NEW YORK -- Authorities believe a U.S. postal employee in custody here helped draft a letter of introduction that may have been used by two men who posed as journalists to assassinate a leading opposition figure in Afghanistan last fall, according to a U.S. official familiar with the case.Click here for full Washington Post article
  • UN likely to find mass graves of Pakistani jehadis - Northern Alliance war crimes?

    05/09/2002 4:06:51 PM PDT · by AM2000 · 4 replies · 203+ views
    hindustantimes.com ^ | Mazar-I-Sharif, March 8 2002 | Yashwant Raj
    Sultan Bhai stumbled out of the container. He drank a glass of water, took a few steps and died. The fate of Sultan, a Pakistani jehadi prisoner, was an example of what Afghans call "container death." The UN investigators presently opening mass graves in Afghanistan will find many like Sultan. He was buried after being transported in a freight container to Sheberghan, 120 kilometres from here. After three autopsies, a UN spokesman in Kabul recently said, "The absence of gunshots, concussion or stab injuries led the investigators to conclude that they died of suffocation." Many Pakistani jehadis captured by the...