Tag Archives: Islamic Emirate

The Taliban Suicide Squad Which Attacked Kabul

by Florian Flade

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On April 15 a Taliban suicide squad carried out a series of rocket and missile attacks and bombings on Western embassies and diplomatic compounds in Kabul and the provinces of Paktia, Logar, and Nangarhar. Afghan media reported one of the attackers survived the 18-hour stand-off and was captured by Afghan security forces. The militant told interrogators he and some 200 other Taliban fighters were trained by a senior Taliban leader of the Haqqani network in the Afghan-Pakistan border region of Waziristan.

On the Taliban´s website a series of pictures were released showing the Kabul attackers being trained in Waziristan. These images are a clear proof of ongoing terrorist activities in the Pakistan tribal region with the clear aim of sending out fighters into Afghanistan.

 

Al-Qaida Occupies Town in Yemen

by Florian Flade

A prominent Jihadi Online Forum announced it on Friday with an unofficial post linked to Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – Al-Qaida fighters have taken control over the South Yemeni city of Zinjibar the statement said without giving any details – “The Mujahidin are patrolling the streets”.

Over the course of the weekend, this report was confirmed by mainstream media, including CNN and Reuters. The media outlets quoted residents of Zinjibar, the capital of Yemen´s Abyan Province as saying “hundreds of militants” came into the city on Friday and occupied the town. Masked Islamists “suddenly arrived and in large numbers. There were no clashes when they arrived on Friday night. We tried to complain to security forces but could not find them”, one Zinjibar resident told CNN.

Yemen´s government confirmed that about 200 al-Qaida men took over control in Zinjibar on the weekend. According to government officials, the Yemeni military is meanwhile involved in heavy fighting in the town, up to a dozen Yemeni soldiers have been killed in the past two days.

Video from Zinjibar shows destroyed Yemeni military vehicles

Xinhua News Agency reports al-Qaida fighters read a statement to the residents of Zinjibar, declaring the town official being part of the “Islamic Emirate”. Al-Qaida militants attacked to police stations according to Xinhua and seized 30 police cars on Saturday.

A police convoy was ambushed by al-Qaida on the outskirts of Zinjibar, leaving four police men dead, Yemeni security officials said. Eyewitnesses also tell of Yemeni airforce bombing al-Qaida positions in the eastern part of the city.

Deputy Leader of Caucasus Emirate Killed

by Florian Flade

Abu Supyan – Caucasus Jihadi´s Deputy

A bloody battle must have taken place in a village in Ingushetia on March 28 when Russian special forces started an operation to hunt down the masterminds of the January 24 suicide bombing at Moscow´s Airport. At least 17 Islamist rebels and several Russian soldiers were killed during the night combat operation.

New agencies quoted Russian counter-terrorism officials as saying there were some indications the most wanted terrorist in Russia, Dokku Umarov, head of the “Islamic Caucasus Emirate”, was one of the fatalities in the military raid. “Russia´s Bin Laden Killed”, several news outlets around the world reported. Yet, Umarov´s death was not officially confirmed.

Now the “Islamic Caucasus Emirate” has released a statement announcing the “martyrdom” of its Deputy Commander Abu Supyan and denying the killing of Dokku Umarov. Abu Supyan was a Jihadi militant active in the Caucasus since November 16 1994, according to the terrorist group. He allegedly was a “experienced teacher, scout and commander” and “trained hundreds of young Mujahidin in warfare, Islam and Jihad”. In the 1990s he served on the frontline of the Grozny battles, leading fighters in combat against Russian forces.

The now killed Deputy Commander of the Caucasian Jihadis was a very close companion of Dokku Umarov. Another very close aid, his personal doctor, Yusup Buzurtanov, was killed too in the March 28 military operation. “A bag with medical supplies, including syringes and vials with insulin was found near Buzurtanov’s body”, according to Russian media reports. This indicated rumors, Umarov suffers from diabetes.

Seems like Russia´s enemy No.1, Dokku Umarov, is still at large. Recently, he warned Russia to expect a year of terror.