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  • Al Qaeda's New Look (Lessons learned from Germany's foiled terror plot.)

    09/10/2007 2:04:29 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 3 replies · 657+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/07/2007 11:20:00 PM | Stephen Schwartz
    THE FOILING OF AN Islamist terrorist plot this week in Germany is noteworthy for several reasons that may not have been obvious from the headlines. The first is the involvement of an ethnic Turk. On Tuesday, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia seized three men identified as a Turk and two German converts to Islam (under German court rules, their full names were not released). While the activity of converts in terrorism is not new, the Turkish community in Germany has so far been free of the plague of religious extremism. Turkish and Kurdish immigrants to Germany and...
  • Foreigners (Uzbeks) among 15 militants killed in Pakistan: Army

    08/19/2007 12:25:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 251+ views
    PTI on Yahoo ^ | 8/19/07 | PTI
    Islamabad, Aug 19 (PTI) At least 15 militants, mostly foreigners, were killed after Pakistan Army helicopters bombed two compounds in the troubled tribal region today, a military spokesperson said. Major General Waheed Arshad said that gunship helicopters launched operation in North Waziristan tribal Agency early today after militants attacked security force last night. "We have received information from local sources that 15 militants, mostly foreigners of Uzbek origin, were killed," he told TV channels. General Arshad said the militants took shelter in two compounds after the overnight attack. To a question he said that no militant was arrested as only...
  • Mullah Naimatullah shot dead in Chaman

    07/25/2007 3:36:54 AM PDT · by csvset · 42 replies · 1,235+ views
    The News ^ | July 25, 2007 | The News
    CHAMAN: Some unknown persons ambushed and shot dead Tabilan Commander in Afghanistan, Mullah Naimatullah at the Boghra area here. Taliban commander in Afghanistan, Mullah Naimatullah on a family visit at his brother’s house located at Boghra area here was heading way back from the house Wednesday morning, when some unknown persons waiting in ambush opened burst of fires killing him on the sport. Chaman SHO told Geo News that the Taliban commander had come here a day ago and the heirs have not taken the corpse as yet. Following this incident, he told that some unidentified persons had also shot...
  • Pakistan fights near Afghanistan kill 52

    03/30/2007 1:13:34 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies · 130+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 3/30/2007 | AP
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Fighting between local and foreign militants Friday killed 52 people, bringing to more than 200 the number of dead in recent days in a conflict between Pakistanis and suspected al-Qaida-linked extremists, a senior official said. Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said 45 Uzbek militants and seven tribesmen died in battles in South Waziristan, a lawless region used as a rear base by Taliban militants fighting in Afghanistan and where the United States fears that al-Qaida is regrouping. Since fighting began last week, 213 people have been killed, including 177 Uzbeks and their local alllies, Sherpao told The...
  • Taliban 'Invite' 10,000 Uzbeks To Helmand

    03/24/2007 8:08:45 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 524+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-25-2007 | Massound Ansari
    Taliban 'invite' 10,000 Uzbeks to Helmand By Massoud Ansari, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:55am GMT 25/03/2007 Islamic militants linked to Osama bin Laden have been offered a safe haven by the Taliban in Afghanistan, bringing them into conflict with British troops patrolling the lawless province of Helmand. Uzbek gunmen, who fought a series of bloody battles last week with Pakistani tribesmen in the border region of Waziristan, where they had been living, have been told they should join the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan instead. The move raises the prospect of a major upsurge in violence in Helmand, where 43 British...
  • Pakistan - Fierce battle between Taliban and al-Qaida Uzbeks kills 106 in tribal zone

    03/21/2007 2:08:52 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 534+ views
    AFP via translation - Engagements between islamist in Pakistani tribal zone: at least 106 dead WANA (Pakistan) - the engagements between Uzbek and islamist militants islamist local who have lasted for Monday in the Pakistani tribal zone made at least 106 died, indicated Wednesday to the AFP of the persons in charge for the local services of safety. Among the victims 78 Uzbek militants and 28 buildings appear, and half of them were killed since Tuesday evening, added under cover of anonymity. The engagements began after a leader local taliban, mollah Nazir, rejoined with the authorities to expel the foreign...
  • Central Asia: Is Islamic Movement Of Uzbekistan Really Back?

    02/02/2006 7:42:55 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 5 replies · 501+ views
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | 2/2/06 | Gulnoza Saidazimova
    Authorities in Central Asia suggest that an outlawed group responsible for terrorist attacks in the past poses a renewed threat in the region. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) was thought to have been largely destroyed in the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan. But officials in Tajikistan have blamed several recent incidents on the IMU, and they say the group has been increasingly active since an uprising was suppressed in neighboring Uzbekistan eight months ago. The most recent mention by Tajik officials came on 27 January from Abdugaffor Qalandarov, the chief prosecutor in Tajikistan's northern Soghd Province. Qalandarov was speaking...
  • 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 ^ | 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 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, ...
  • Uzbekistan evicts United States from air base

    07/30/2005 1:00:42 AM PDT · by Da Mav · 8 replies · 939+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/30/2005 | Joanne Morrison
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Uzbekistan has told the United States to quit a military base that has served as a hub for missions to Afghanistan since shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks, a Pentagon spokesman said on Saturday. A notice to leave Karshi-Khanabad air base, also known as K2, was delivered on Friday by a courier from the Uzbek Foreign Ministry to the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, the Washington Post reported in its Saturday edition, citing an unnamed senior U.S. official involved in Central Asia policy.
  • China Hostage Dies After Pakistan Rescue Assault

    10/14/2004 8:21:15 AM PDT · by TexKat · 27 replies · 1,014+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/14/04 | David Brunnstrom
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Chinese engineer held hostage by al Qaeda-linked militants in Pakistan was killed on Thursday but his colleague rescued in a commando assault that killed their five kidnappers, officials said. Chinese engineers Wang Ende and Wang Peng were heading to work on a dam project in the remote South Waziristan tribal region when they were kidnapped on Saturday by Uzbek and Pakistani militants led by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee. Wang Peng, who had worked as a surveyor on the project, was critically hurt by gunfire from the kidnappers and later died, said Pakistani military spokesman...
  • Days Could Be Numbered for Ex-Guantanamo Kidnapper

    10/15/2004 6:48:04 AM PDT · by TexKat · 21 replies · 733+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/15/04 | David Brunnstrom
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan will hunt down a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who masterminded the abduction of two Chinese engineers, one of whom died after a rescue operation in which five kidnappers were killed, officials said Friday. Al Qaeda-linked tribesman Abdullah Mehsud directed the six-day hostage drama -- which caused consternation in key ally China -- from a hideout in the hills of the South Waziristan tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, they said. After Pakistani commandos killed the kidnappers in the nearby Chagmalai area Thursday, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf promised Chinese President Hu Jintao the masterminds would be...
  • 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 ...
  • A 5,000-Year First (Afghan elections)

    10/07/2004 6:09:19 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 508+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 7, 2004 | ZALMAY KHALILZAD
    More than 10 million Afghans will... cast ballots to choose their president on Saturday, in the first direct election for head of state in the nation's 5,000-year history.... After the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan faced enormous challenges, the lack of a legitimate political system, the existence of warlords with private militias, the absence of effective national institutions -- and desperate poverty. Though none of these problems has been fully overcome, significant progress is now being made against all. Step by step, the Afghans are rebuilding an effective state and political system. At last year's Constitutional Loya Jirga (or political...
  • Report: 4 Men Possibly Threatened Air Force Base

    02/10/2003 6:29:47 PM PST · by TSgt · 52 replies · 732+ views
    Channel Cincinnati ^ | 02/10/2003 | Channel Cincinnati
    <p>There are reports that four men from the Middle East who are being held in the Tri-State may have issued threats at an Ohio Air Force Base.</p> <p>The men -- Sanjar Yormuhamdov, Sayfitdin Mulloer, Kahranan Pultov, and Zohirjon Zahidon -- are from Uzbekistan, a former Soviet bloc nation. They were arrested Friday in Fairborn, Ohio, near the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, WLWT Eyewitness News 5 reported.</p>