Caucasus - Central Asia

Al Qaeda-linked insurgent targeted in Ghazni raid

Al Qaeda-linked insurgent targeted in Ghazni raid

By Bill Roggio

August 12, 2012

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces captured "three suspected insurgents" during a raid that targeted an al Qaeda associate who operates in the southeastern province of Ghazni.

The combined special operations team attempted to capture the "al Qaeda associated insurgent" during a raid in the Gelan district in Ghazni today, the International Security Assistance Force stated in a press release. It is unclear if he was captured during the raid.

Attacker in Afghan Uniform Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers

Attacker in Afghan Uniform Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG

August 10, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan police officer shot and killed at least three American Special Forces soldiers on Friday after inviting them for a meal at a check post in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official said, in what appeared to be premeditated killings of American soldiers by one of their Afghan allies.

Afghan civilian casualties drop for first time in 5 years

Afghan civilian casualties drop for first time in 5 years

report By Jennifer Rowland Wednesday,

August 8, 2012

Good news?

The United Nations said Wednesday that the number of Afghan civilian casualties have dropped for the first time in five years, falling 15 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year (CNN, AP, AFP). However, UN officials cautioned that the conflict intensified in May, and civilian casualties increased again as the summer fighting progressed.

Afghan defense minister quits, hands Karzai a security headache

Afghan defense minister quits, hands Karzai a security headache

 

By Mirwais Harooni and Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi

 

KABUL

 

Tue Aug 7, 2012

(Reuters) - Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak resigned on Tuesday after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament, leaving President Hamid Karzai scrambling to find a replacement for one of his top security tsars as insurgent attacks mount.

IMU announces death of emir, names new leader

IMU announces death of emir, names new leader

By Bill Roggio

August 4, 2012

he Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan has announced that its emir, Abu Usman Adil, has died, and named Uthman Ghazi as the new leader of the al Qaeda-linked terror group.

The announcement of Adil's death was made on Furqon, the IMU's Uzbek-language website. His deputy, Uthman Ghazi, has been designated the new emir of the IMU, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

Report criticizes Afghanistan reconstruction efforts

Report criticizes Afghanistan reconstruction efforts

 

By Jennifer Rowland

Monday, July 30, 2012

 

Dropping the ball

A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to be released on Monday criticizes the Pentagon's and State Department's management of projects planned under the $400 million Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund (NYT). The seven projects were to be completed by mid-2013, but now look unlikely to be completed until well after the withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014, putting at risk the already shaky support of the Afghan populace for the U.S. and Afghan governments.

 

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