Schlagwort-Archive: assault

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.


Saif al-Islam´s Silver-Plated Rifle

by Florian Flade

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His name is one with a very powerful and well-respected meaning – „Sword of Islam“. Yet the most prominent son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, has never truely lived up to the meaning of his name. Maybe for that reason the Libyan opposition fighters labeled him „Saif al-Kufr“ instead – Sword of Disbelief.

Today Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi was captured by captured by the forces of the Transitional Council in Obari in the South of Libya and taken to Tripolis in a plane.

For months the Gaddafi son had been living in hiding, releasing audio tapes in which he called the opposition enemies of Libya. „Go to hell you rats and NATO“, he said in a audio tape released in October.

Just before the regime in Tripolis collapsed Saif al-Islam announced he would lead a Jihad against NATO and their Libyan allies. The 39 year-old Gaddafi son declared he had joined with Islamic forces and was ready to fight. Truth was Saif al-Islam fled the capital and was hiding somewhere in the desert region close to the border to Niger.

Two Gaddafi son´s were killed by the NATO bombing in recent months, two others fled to Algeria. Saif al-Islam it was reported, was ready to surrender and turn himself in for criminal prosecution.

Videos from Libya that were uploaded onto the Internet today show Saif al-Islam´s private gun he was carrying when rebels arrested him. It appears to be a silver-plated assault rifle.


US-Helicopters attack Taliban in Pakistan

by Florian Flade

In the course of a military operation in East Afghanistan last Friday, U.S. helicopter gunships advanced on Pakistani territory and killed up to 50 insurgents.

The helicopter attack was preceded by a major attack by Taliban fighters of the Haqqani Network on an Afghan army outpost in the eastern province of Khost.
The insurgents attacked the Narizah Base in the Tani district of Khost, about eight kilometers from the Pakistani border. U.S. troops went in to support the Afghan soldiers and repulsed the Taliban assault, which led to the insurgents fleeing in to neighboring Afghanistan.

„An air weapons team in the area observed the enemy fire, and following International Security Assistance Force rules of engagement, crossed into the area of enemy fire,“ says a releases statement by the ISAF forces.

An ISAF spokesman confirmed to me that on Friday two American helicopters repelled the Taliban attack in Khost. The Taliban insurgents started to retreat back to Pakistan and the U.S. Apache helicopters followed them into Pakistan´s North Waziristan Agency.
A total of 49 insurgents were killed during this operation on Friday.

On Saturday the two U.S. helicopters came under enemy attack in the border region with Pakistan and subsequently returned the fire. Four to six Taliban had been killed as a result, ISAF-spokesman says.

The ISAF command confirmed to me that the Pakistani authorities were notified after the event of the fighting in the border area. „Yes. They were informed shortly after the engagement,“ said a spokesman for the ISAF.

In recent years, U.S. forces entered Afghanistan several times to pursue fleeing insurgents, or hunt down high-level terrorists. In June 2008, for example, U.S. forces pursued Taliban fighters after their attack in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar into the Pakistani agency of Mohmand and killed up to eleven militants.

The Afghan and American outposts in eastern Afghanistan increasingly become the target of insurgent attacks. Several hundred Taliban fighters infiltrate the area of the mountainous border provinces of Afghanistan from Pakistan to attack NATO and Afghan forces.
After the attacks, the insurgents usually pull back into the Pakistani tribal areas, which are considered safe havens for Jihadi fighters.

U.S. military documents that were published in 2007 revealed the circumstances under which American soldiers are allowed to cross the border into Pakistan.
„Recovery of military personnel“, „if troops come under enemy fire“ and the hunt for the „Big 3 – Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Mullah Omar,“ were mentioned as legitimate reasons for an invasion of Pakistani territory in the strategy paper. This applies, however, „General rule: penetrate no further than 10km.“

U.S. President Barak Obama had announced during his campaign that he would grant the U.S. troops permission to operate and hunt terrorists in Pakistan. This happened in the past two years, primarily through the use of unmanned drones which are performing – operated by CIA teams – missile attacks in the Pakistani-Afghan border region on Taliban and al-Qaida targets.