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September 10, 2009

Mainlining Bill Roggio – Summer 2009 – Week 3 – Volume 8

Filed under: Defense News,Enemy Profiles,Summer 2009 — huntingnasrallah @ 7:20 pm

Mainlining Bill Roggio – Summer 2009 – Week 3 – Volume 8

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/07/us_afghan_forces_str.php

US, Afghan forces strike at Haqqani Network in Afghanistan
By Bill Roggio
July 10, 2009 3:38 PM

US and Afghan forces continue to target the deadly Haqqani Network in eastern Afghanistan. A series of raids and a clash with the terror network in Ghazni and Logar provinces resulted in 22 fighters killed and two senior commanders captured.

The raids against the Haqqani Network in Khost and Ghazni took place over the course of the past several days.

Last night, an Afghan and Coalition force conducted what the US military described as “a complex mission” in the Giro District of Ghazni province designed to “to disrupt the Taliban network’s operational and logistical support lines of ambush units in the region.”

The combined force took fire when they raided a Haqqani Network compound and seized a cache of weapons and materials to make bombs. The force returned fire which resulted in “several enemy killed and one enemy wounded, and four more captured ” the US military said.

“A number of armed militants fled the compound and were pursued by detachments of the force and killed,” the US military continued. The Afghan military claimed 22 Haqqani Network fighters were killed.

Afghan and US forces also conducted raids on three compounds in Ghazni on July 7 in an effort to disrupt “a key Haqqani commander’s attacks on coalition bases, assassination attempts of Afghan government officials, and the flow of foreign fighters and weapons into the region.” The US military said “several” Haqqani fighters were killed but did not say how many.

US and Afghan forces also raided two Haqqani Network compounds about six miles south of Khost City on July 9. Two Haqqani Network leaders and four associates were captured.

Yesterday’s raids in Khost and Ghazni coincided with a devastating bombing in neighboring Logar province. The Taliban rigged a truck loaded with firewood with a massive amount of explosives, overturned the truck, and detonated when police attempted to clear the crash. Thirteen schoolchildren and four policemen were among 25 killed in the attack, which bears the signature of the Haqqani Network.

Haqqani Network and Mullah Sangeen in the crosshairs

The raids and the Logar bombing were preceded by an assault on a US outpost in Paktika province on July 4. US troops beat back the complex attack and killed 10 Haqqani fighters.

The assault was carried out by members of the Haqqani Network under the command of Mullah Sangeen Zadran. The assault force may have been backed up by the Shadow Army, or Lashkar al Zil, al Qaeda’s paramilitary army that operates along the Afghan and Pakistani border.

The Haqqani Network and Sangeen have been behind some of the most deadly attacks inside Afghanistan. The Haqqanis receive direct support from elements within Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence agency and military.

Mullah Sangeen is a senior lieutenant to Sirajuddin Haqqani and the commander of the Haqqani forces in Paktika province. A US military intelligence official told The Long War Journal that Sangeen also commands forces outside of Paktika and has become one of the most dangerous operational commanders in eastern Afghanistan.

Sangeen took credit for the kidnapping of a US soldier who apparently stepped away from his post at a combat outpost in Paktika on June 30. US forces in eastern Afghanistan have launched a massive manhunt for the soldier.

But the soldier may have already been moved into North Waziristan in Pakistan, where the Haqqani Network controls a large swath of territory.

Over the past month, the US military has targeted Siraj, Sangeen, and the Haqqani Network during a series of raids and airstrikes in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Sangeen was almost captured during a May 28 raid on a Haqqani fortress in Paktika province, and on June 23, both Siraj and Sangeen were the targets of US Predator airstrikes inside the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan in Pakistan. Since June 27, the US military has killed and captured dozens of Haqqani Network fighters and a mid-level commander during raids and airstrikes in Paktika, Paktia, and Khost provinces.
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Extended Notes (Roggio’s Links)
1) http://www.dvidshub.net/?script=news/news_show.php&id=36191

Afghan, Coalition Forces Find Weapons Cache, Shut Down Taliban Stronghold in Ghazni
U.S. Forces Afghanistan  
Courtesy Story
Date: 07.10.2009
Posted: 07.10.2009 03:45

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan-coalition force conducted a complex mission last night in Giro District of Ghazni province to disrupt the Taliban network’s operational and logistical support lines of ambush units in the region.

The combined force conducted the mission after intelligence sources indicated militant activity in the area. During the operation, a search of a compound unveiled a large cache of weapons which were confiscated and included the following items: 21 grenades, nine rocket-propelled grenades, three rocket-propelled grenade launchers, one loaded PKM, seven chest racks, more than a thousand rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition and one complete improvised explosive device with command wire, five blasting caps, multimeter and IED circuit boards.

Upon the forces’ arrival, they immediately encountered hostile fire from one of the compounds and engaged the enemy, resulting in several enemy killed and one enemy wounded. A number of armed militants fled the compound and were pursued by detachments of the force and killed. Four suspected militants were detained during the operation.

The Haqqani network remains one of the most lethal Taliban organizations operating out of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area. Haqqani leaders conduct operations in conjunction with other Islamic militant groups with similar goals and interests. The network focuses operations against the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan national security forces and seeks to expel coalition and NATO forces from Afghanistan to maintain its influence in eastern provinces.

 

2) http://www.dvidshub.net/?script=news/news_show.php&id=36099

Afghan, Coalition Force Disrupts Militant Activity in Ghazni
U.S. Forces Afghanistan  
Courtesy Story
Date: 07.08.2009
Posted: 07.08.2009 04:36

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces searched compounds Tuesday night, July 7, in Ghazni province in an effort to disrupt a key Haqqani commander’s attacks on coalition bases, assassination attempts of Afghan government officials, and the flow of foreign fighters and weapons into the region.

The combined force assaulted three compounds, about 50 kilometers south of the city of Ghazni, after receiving intelligence indicating militant activity at these locations. During the operation the force engaged and killed several armed enemy combatants and found grenades and rifles. At another compound, the force engaged an individual who did not comply with the forces’ instructions to stop moving toward them. During this engagement, a ricocheting round killed a civilian female. The force searched the compounds without further incident, detaining six suspected militants

The Haqqani network remains one of the most lethal Taliban organizations operating out of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area. Haqqani leaders conduct operations in conjunction with other Islamic militant groups with similar goals and interests. The network focuses operations against the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan national security forces, and seeks to expel coalition and NATO forces from Afghanistan to maintain its influence in eastern provinces.

 

3) http://www.dvidshub.net/?script=news/news_show.php&id=36187

Afghan, Coalition Forces Continue to Disrupt Haqqani Network in Khowst
U.S. Forces Afghanistan  
Courtesy Story
Date: 07.10.2009
Posted: 07.10.2009 12:44

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces searched two compounds last night belonging to Haqqani commanders in Khowst province in an effort to disrupt the flow of weapons, suicide bombers and foreign fighters into the region.

The combined force targeted the enemy militants, about ten kilometers southwest of the city of Khowst, after intelligence indicated militant activity at those locations. The force searched the compounds without incident and detained six suspected militants, two of whom were identified as Haqqani commanders. One of these [Haqqani] commanders has been involved with past Kuchi tribe rocket attacks against Afghan, coalition forces and the smuggling of weapons, suicide bombers and foreign fighters into Afghanistan.

The force also confiscated the following items: two AKMs, two shotguns, a rifle with optic device, a pistol, multiple chest racks, one camera, multimedia devices, blasting caps and fragmentation material.

The Haqqani network remains one of the most lethal Taliban organizations operating out of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area. Haqqani leaders conduct operations in conjunction with other Islamic militant groups with similar goals and interests. The network focuses operations against the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan national security forces and seeks to expel coalition and NATO forces from Afghanistan to maintain its influence in eastern provinces.

 

4) http://quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3307&Itemid=48

Truck Bomb Kills 25 Outside Afghan Capital

Written by Quqnoos.com
Thursday, 09 July 2009 09:30

An overturned truck rigged with massive explosives went off south of Kabul, killing at least 25 Afghans, including 4 police, an official said

The truck, loaded with firewood and apparently deliberately overturned overnight in Mohammmad Agha district of Logar, about 40 km south of the Afghan capital, blew up as policemen were trying to remove it, a spokesman for Afghan Ministry of Interior said.

MoI spokesman Zeramay Bashari added that most of the victims of the blast, which occurred Thursday morning at around 7:30 am, were schoolchildren and ordinary villagers.

The powerful blast destroyed a number of shops in a district bazaar, and dozens of civilian vehicles nearby the area were also damaged, Bashari further said.

It was apparently a remote-control bomb that went off immediately after the police unit neared the truck.

Four others, including three kids and a middle-aged local, were wounded in the incident today.

Quqnoos’s Tamim Hamid, who is at the blast scene, now says the security forces have cordoned off the area and blocked the highway.

“People have taken the bodies to a garden where more than 20 bodies are placed on beds to show the brutality of the attack,” our correspondent added.
 
The dead toll is expected to rise, as the health status of the wounded students is determined to be critical.

According to a witness, the driver of the truck left the truck and walked away seeking shelter after it was overturned in the bazaar last night.

The powerful blast destroyed a police vehicle and a few pieces of the truck’s wreckage can be seen around the scene, Hamid further described.

A local resident said that a convoy of US forces also checked the overturned truck last night but it did not explode.

The bomb missed top Afghan and foreign officials who are attending a copper mine extraction ceremony in the province today.

Dozens of mobile checkpoints were established on Kabul-Logar highway immediately following the deadly blast, Quqnoos’ Hamid said.

No groups, including Taliban militants who vowed to intensify their attacks against Afghan and international forces, have quickly claimed responsibility for the incident.

The Mohammad Agha district of Logar is just outside Kabul province in the south and has seen relatively fewer militant attacks than other locations.

The Taliban-led insurgency has reached a record level over the past two months in Afghanistan as the country’s presidential and provincial council elections approach.

US President Barack Obama is sending an additional 21,000 troops to Afghanistan to overcome the growing Taliban-led insurgency ahead of what is expected to be a bloody summer of fighting.

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