Category Archives: Taliban

‘The Taliban is in the city’: Secretive raids with U.S. forces launched to stop Kabul attacks

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — The United States is bolstering its efforts to help the Afghan government squash a rash of deadly high-profile attacks in its capital city through Special Operations raids, intelligence to map out residents and additional military advising, the top U.S. general here said.

Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. said that defending Kabul is the main goal for the U.S.-led military coalition right now. Although the number of bombings in the sprawling city has remained about the same, they have increased in size, he said. Hundreds of people have been killed in the past year’s blasts, terrorizing civilians and damaging embassies and other buildings.

“Yes, the Taliban is in the city,” Nicholson said.


How Pakistan Supports the Taliban and Why the United States Does Nothing

American military leaders are still in denial about fighting the wrong war in Afghanistan.

After successfully toppling the Taliban regime in 2001, the United States and our NATO allies implemented a policy of nation building to bolster the new Afghan government. Moreover, the coalition employed counterinsurgency tactics against the growing number of Taliban fighters that were returning to Afghanistan from safe havens in Pakistan within eighteen months of their defeat.

Contrary to the conventional wisdom circulating in the offices of the Pentagon, the conflict in Afghanistan is not an insurgency, but a proxy war. One can arguably claim that the Taliban comprises a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pakistani intelligence, the ISI.


Taliban publishes open letter to Americans

The Taliban has published an open letter to the American people, calling on them to demand an end the conflict in Afghanistan and to reject “the inexperienced policies of president Trump and his war-monger advisors”.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, released copies of the 10-page document on Wednesday in several languages, detailing insurgent gains and so-called failures of the “illegitimate” US-led invasion, now in its 17th year.

The authors write that they hope Americans “will read this letter prudently and will evaluate the future of American forces and your profit and loss inside Afghanistan in light of the prevailing realities”.


Insider Attack Kills 16 Afghan Intelligence Operatives in Helmand

ISLAMABAD — Officials in Afghanistan say four operatives of the national intelligence agency have gunned down their 16 colleagues before fleeing to join the Taliban insurgency in the southern Helmand province.

The rare overnight “insider” attack took place at a facility linked to the National Directorate of Security or NDS in the Gerishk district, security sources told VOA Sunday.

Omar Zawak, the provincial government spokesman, confirmed the incident saying the Taliban also assaulted the NDS Center while the insider attack was under way, sparking fierce clashes with Afghan security guards.


The BABY BOMB: Taliban hide explosives in four-month-old child’s clothes

Taliban fighters used a four-month-old baby to hide a bomb as part of a plot to carry out an attack in an Afghan city.

Terrorists tried to conceal explosive material within the tiny child’s clothing as they were making their way to Kunduz to carry out an atrocity.

But they were stopped by police as they entered the city and five people, including one woman, were arrested.


At least 18 dead as Taliban attack on Afghan hotel ends after 13 hours

14 foreigners among fatalities, with casualty toll expected to rise; more than 150 people, including 41 foreigners, rescued

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital killed at least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, and pinned security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker was killed on Sunday, with the casualty toll expected to rise.

The heavily guarded luxury hotel is popular among foreigners and Afghan officials. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the 18 killed included 14 foreigners and a telecommunications official from the western Farah province who was attending a conference.


Boys sit for their exams as AK-47-wielding guards stand over them at Afghan Islamist school

Images showing the next generation of Taliban militants pouring over their exam papers – as armed invigilators patrol above them – have emerged from Afghanistan.

Taliban chiefs have been setting up a string of of schools in their strongholds in Afghanistan and remote parts of Pakistan to indoctrinate boys into their fundamentalist teachings that embrace Sharia law.

The Imam Ghazali School is in the Hindu Kush mountain range north of the capital Kabul and the pictures were released by the Taliban’s official TV channel.

The Taliban has a TV Channel?


Taliban ‘Special Forces Unit’ Bursts Into Spotlight With Deadly Attacks

On the increasingly crowded battlefields of Afghanistan, a feared, commando-style Taliban unit is gaining attention for a series spectacular, deadly attacks on Afghan security forces.

Known as “Sara Kheta” — Red Unit or Danger Unit in Pashto — it is said to be the Taliban’s elite special-forces group. Unlike regular Taliban fighters, analysts say the outfit is better trained and armed and is sent on special operations targeting bases and posts of the Afghan National Army and police force.


Taliban hack off 85-year-old woman’s limbs before killing her after accusing her of ‘supporting the government’ in Afghanistan

An 85-year-old woman has reportedly been brutally murdered by Taliban militants in Afghanistan as punishment for supporting the country’s government.

The elderly woman was kidnapped by militants in Garamsir, Helmand province, local government officials said.

The Taliban reportedly accused her of working with the government, and cut her limbs off as punishment before killing her.


Taliban terrorist is caught trying to drive 2,500 kilos of explosives hidden under tomatoes into Afghan capital Kabul

A failed Taliban bomber was caught with a lorry packed with bombs hidden under boxes of tomatoes as he drove through Kabul.

Afghan police shot and wounded the jihadi carrying 30 yellow and orange plastic containers filled with explosive material and two bombs weighing 100 kilogrammes each.

The man was caught after he failed to stop at a security checkpoint late Saturday, the interior ministry said.


Taliban fighters promise to ‘play with the skulls’ of dead American soldiers

Taliban fighters boasted that they would “play with the skulls” of dead American soldiers and promised that Afghanistan will remain “the land of Islam and Jihad.” The fighters made the statements in a newly released Taliban propaganda video that promotes a training camp named after one of their leaders who was captured by Afghan forces two years ago.