9/11

Taliban Present Gentler Face but Wield Iron Fist in Afghan DistrictBy JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN and TAIMOOR SHAH The New York Times

Baghran, Helmand
(Credit: snipnews.com)

LASHKAR GAH, Aug 14 — As they have captured more territory in Afghanistan this year, the Taliban have twinned their military offensive with a publicity push. Their pitch goes something like this: We’ve learned the lessons from our time in power, and we’re ready to moderate a bit. At international conferences, delegates from the Taliban — infamous for outlawing girls’ …

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Al Qaeda Chief Purportedly Pledges Loyalty to Mullah MansoorRecording released as Afghanistan demands that Pakistan crack down on Taliban
Saeed Shah in Pakistan & Habib Khan Totakhil in Afghanistan The Wall St Journal

Al Qaeda chief Ayman Zawahiri
(Credit: huffingtonpost.com)

ISLAMABAD, Aug 13 —A recording posted online Thursday appears to show al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri vowing loyalty to the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, as the Kabul government demanded that neighboring Pakistan crack down on Taliban operations there. Mullah Akhtar Mansour took the reins of the militant Taliban organization amid a swirl of controversy late last month …

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Afghan War’s Convenient Myth: A Living Mullah OmarBy JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN AUG. 7, 2015 The New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban, it turns out, had been sending the world messages from a dead man. And the world kept answering him. It continued until last month, when the Taliban issued a statement in the name of their supreme leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, intended to “elucidate some issues about the previous and present ongoing jihadi struggle.” In it, …

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Afghan Talks Postponed Amid Fall out of Taliban Leader’s DeathBy Pamela Constable and Brian Murphy The Washington Post

Prayers for Mullah Omar
(Credit: commercialappeal.com)

KABUL, July 30 — Taliban officials Thursday confirmed the death of the group’s founder and picked his former deputy as successor even as they put the brakes on peace talks with Afghan leaders. A series of moves — which included strengthening ties with a militant faction that has al-Qaeda links — pointed to possible rifts within the Taliban and a …

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Mullah Omar’s Dramatic Emergence; An Impetus to TalksJuly 16, 2015 | Asmatyari Daily Outlook Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban chief
Mullah Omar

Undoubtedly the incumbent government in Kabul takes security a top most precedence. It’s not surprising to learn –the onset of regular talks between Afghan government and Taliban leaders are heading towards some resilience if not concrete solution. It worth noticing with succession of talks the degree of uncertainty associated with it went colossal, notwithstanding its credibility diminished. It’s widely considered …

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Afghan Envoys Say Taliban Were Authorized to TalkBy MUJIB MASHAL JULY 9, 2015 The New York Times

Rejecting claims that they had met with an unauthorized Taliban delegation, Afghan government envoys said on Thursday that the insurgents they held initial talks with in Pakistan this week had the blessing of the Taliban’s deputy leader, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour. The comments by Afghan government envoys, briefing the news media in Kabul for the first time since their return …

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Reports: ISIL leader in Afghanistan killed in U.S. drone strikeJane Onyanga-Omara and Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY July 9, 2015

Former TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid
(Credit: Samaa TV)

A senior leader for the Islamic State in Afghanistan, currently embroiled in a feud with the Taliban over who will conduct the insurgency there, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, local media reported Thursday. The strike killed Shahidullah Shahid and more than two dozen militants in eastern Afghanistan south of the city of Jalalabad. It was in that city …

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Al-Qaeda chief was reading Chomsky in Abbotabad, Pakistan – US intelligenceThe Independent UK

CIA aerial view of OBL
compound in Abbotabad
(Credit: enwikipedia.org)

Osama bin Laden spent his last reading the books of Bob Woodward and Noam Chomsky, conspiracy theories about the September 11 attacks and continued to plot attacks against the West, according to a “library” of documents released by the US intelligence services. Officials in Washington released more than 100 documents they said were discovered inside the al-Qaeda leader’s compound in …

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The Killing of Osama bin LadenSeymour M. Hersh, London Review of Books

It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals …

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Post-Sept. 11, Cockpits Are Built to Protect From Outside ThreatsBy JAD MOUAWAD and CHRISTOPHER DREW

German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz (Credit: chronicle.co.zw)

Although airplane cockpits are supposed to be the last line of defense from outside aggressors, airlines have fewer options if the threat comes from within. By apparently locking the captain out of the cockpit before a German jet crashed Tuesday, the co-pilot appears to have taken advantage of one of the major safety protocols instituted after the Sept. 11, 2001, …

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Talks could begin between Taliban and Afghan government after 13 years of warJon Boone and Sune Engel Rasmussen, The Guardian UK

Pak Army chief with Afghan president, Feb 17 (Credit: aajtv)

Islamabad/Kabul, Feb 19  – After more than a decade of war, formal talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban will begin in the coming weeks, the country’s president has told key aides. According to a senior government official, the president, Ashraf Ghani, believes meetings could begin in early March after Pakistan signalled its support for the move. Previous western-sponsored …

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US Plagued by Doubts as it Exits Afghan WarAFP

WASHINGTON: After 13 years, the United States is winding down its war in Afghanistan, plagued by doubts about what was accomplished at such a high cost. Instead of a sense of triumph at the close of the longest conflict in America’s history, there is mostly regret and fatigue over a war that claimed the lives of more than 2,300 American …

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We have killed all the children… What do we do now?By Ismail Khan, Dawn Newspaper

Peshawar massacre (Credit: mirror.co.uk)

PESHAWAR, Dec 18: `We have killed all the children in the auditorium,` one of the attackers told his handler. ‘What do we do now?` he asked. `Wait for the army people, kill them before blowing yourself,` his handler ordered. This, according to a security official, was one of the last conversations the attackers and their handler had shortly before two …

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Pakistan Military Kills Al-Qaeda Leader WANTED in USBy REUTERS

Adnan Shukrijumah (Credit: newsasiaone.com

WANA, Pakistan — Pakistani helicopter gunships swooped on a militant hideout in a predawn raid on Saturday and shot dead a top al-Qaeda operative who was wanted in the United States for planning to bomb the New York subway system, the military said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had offered a $5 million reward for the capture of Saudi national …

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Drones hit Taliban hideouts in ‘joint Pakistan-U.S.’ raid, say officialsReuters

Drones in N. Waziristan
(Credit: epakistan.com)

ISLAMABAD/MIRANSHAH  June 12 – U.S. drones fired missiles at Taliban hideouts in Pakistan killing at least 10 militants in response to a deadly attack on Karachi airport, officials said on Thursday, in the first such raids by unmanned CIA aircraft in six months. Two top government officials said Islamabad had given the Americans “express approval” for the strikes – the …

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Pakistan begins long-awaited offensive to root out militants in North Waziristan
JonBoone | The Guardian UK

Pak offensive in North Waziristan
(Credit: guardian.co.uk)

Islamabad, June 15 – A long-awaited military campaign to destroy militant safe havens in a Taliban-dominated part of Pakistan‘s borderlands began , years after the US first demanded action. The army said it had launched a “comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists who are hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan”, the troubled tribal region that has served as a …

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‘We felt like sitting ducks,’ passenger says of Pakistan airport terrorist attackBy Sophia Saifi, Holly Yan and Saleem Mehsud, CNN

Karachi airport burns (Credit: dawn.com)

Karachi, Pakistan (CNN) — Terrorists entered Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport at two different spots with a big plan: to destroy a group of parked airplanes and “bring down our aviation industry,” according to the Pakistani government. It was late Sunday night, and the militants were armed with guns, grenades and suicide vests. They went into the cargo area, about a …

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Obama Outlines Plan on Ending Longest War in US History
`Its harder to end wars than to begin them’ – US presidentBy Steve Holland The Wall St Journal (Reuters)

Afghan transition
(Credit: downwardtrend.com)

WASHINGTON, May 27- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined a plan to withdraw all but 9,800 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and pull out the rest by the end of 2016, ending more than a decade of military engagement triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The decision means that Obama …

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Taliban’s Mullah Omar Celebrates Prisoner Swap for BergdhalBBC World News | June 1, 2014

Bergdhal (inset) with
parents & Obama
(Credit: nydailynews.com)

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has issued a rare public statement hailing the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a Taliban-held US soldier as a “big victory”. Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed to US forces in Afghanistan on Saturday. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has defended the exchange amid criticism Congress was not given 30 days’ notice …

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New York Police Recruit Muslims to Be InformersBy JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN | The New York Times

New York, May 10 – One man was a food cart vendor from Afghanistan, arrested during an argument with a parking enforcement officer over a ticket. Another was an Egyptian-born limousine driver, picked up in a prostitution sting. Still another was an accounting student from Pakistan, in custody for driving without a valid license. The men, all Muslim immigrants, went …

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