Tag Archive: Jihad in Afghanistan

April 19, 2016

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Armed militants in Afghanistan staged a coordinated assault on a key government security agency in the capital Tuesday morning, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 320. The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

The attack, including a suicide car bombing, appears to have targeted an agency similar to the U.S. Secret Service, providing personal protection for high-ranking government officials. Ismail Kawasi, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, said so far seven dead bodies and 327 wounded, including women and children, have been brought to area hospitals. An Interior Ministry statement said that dozens of civilians were killed and wounded in the attack. The casualty figures are expected to rise.

Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said that the suicide bombing was followed by an assault by armed militants. “One armed terrorist was shot and killed by security forces and the gun battle is still underway with an unknown number of other terrorists,” said Sediqqi.

Later a spokesman for the Kabul police chief, Basir Mujahid, said that the gun battle in the compound had ended. “This was one of the most powerful explosions I have ever heard in my life,” said Obaidullah Tarakhail, a police commander who was present when the attack began. Tarakhail said he couldn’t see or hear anything for 20 minutes after the initial explosion. “All around was dark and covered with thick smoke and dust,” he said.

Dozens of civilian apartment buildings, houses, shops and several government buildings were damaged by the car bomb blast. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban insurgents have stepped up their attacks recently since announcing the start of their spring offensive last week.

President Ashraf Ghani issued a statement condemning the attack and saying it, “clearly shows the enemy’s defeat in face-to-face battle with Afghan security forces.” The attack in Kabul comes four days of another attack by Taliban insurgents in northern Kunduz province which was repelled by the Afghan security forces.

Officials in Kunduz said that security has improved in the city and that the Taliban were defeated in other parts of the province, but operations were still underway to clear militant fighters from the rest of the province.

The Taliban held Kunduz for three days last year before being driven out by a two-week counteroffensive aided by U.S.-airstrikes. It was their biggest foray into an urban area since 2001.

August 30, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said.

After the bombing outside the headquarters of the National Directorate of Security in Jalalabad, militants battled with security forces for an hour before authorities were able to put down the attack, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the Nangarhar governor.

He would not say how many attackers were involved or whether they were all killed or some escaped. He said authorities were searching the grounds. Abdulzai put the death toll at two and said they were both from the NDS, but Najibullah Kamawal, the top provincial health official, said six bodies had been brought to the hospital.

Conflicting death tolls are common in the immediate aftermath of such bombings. Kamawal said 45 people were wounded. The powerful explosion shook the entire neighborhood, breaking nearby windows and startling residents.

“It was early morning and we were sleeping at home. A strong explosion happened followed by firing. When I came out of my room I was covered with dust, and my kids and I got injured from broken windows,” said Ahmad Shah.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to The Associated Press. Jalalabad is one of Afghanistan’s biggest cities, sitting on a major trade route into neighboring Pakistan. But the city is also located in one of the country’s most troubled regions.

Taliban militants are easily able to hide in the forbidding, mountainous terrain, and often cross back and forth into neighboring Pakistan. Afghan security officials have repeatedly accused Pakistan of giving sanctuary to militants that attack Afghanistan, something Pakistan denies.

In May, militants attacked the provincial justice building in Jalalabad, killing at least five civilians before authorities were able to retake the building. Militants in March attacked a police station in Jalalabad, sparking a four-hour battle with police that ended with eleven people dead.

This is the first year that Afghan security forces have operated largely on their own, without U.S. or international forces. The NATO-led security force is scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, although a small number of U.S. and international troops may stay behind to advise and assist the Afghan forces. But that is contingent on Afghanistan signing a security arrangement with the U.S., something President Hamid Karzai has so far refused to do.

Both of the men vying to replace him in the country’s presidential election have said they will sign the agreement, but that has been stalled as the winner from the disputed vote has still not been named.

__ Associated Press writer Rebecca Santana contributed to this report.

KABUL | Fri Jul 5, 2013

(Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban promised on Friday to continue attacks over Ramadan, rejecting as a fake an insurgent email promising a halt in violence over the coming Muslim holy month and saying it was the work of government intelligence.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the message sent in his name promising a temporary cessation of violence with next week’s start of Ramadan was the latest incident in a simmering cyber war between intelligence agencies and the insurgents.

“In that mail the enemy losers have tried to influence attacks by mujahideen fighters,” Mujahid said. “We strongly reject sending any such email on a stoppage of operations.”

Afghan spy agency the National Directorate of Security has increasingly targeted the Taliban’s sophisticated messaging network, which includes websites and email accounts, social media and spokesmen using noms de guerre.

The Taliban use Afghanistan’s improving phone network to distribute anti-government messages and use Twitter to claim largely improbable successes as most foreign combat troops look to leave the country by 2014.

The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan with an iron fist from 1996 to 2001, are seeking to overthrow the U.S.-backed government and end foreign occupation.

While Ramadan is usually a relatively quiet month for insurgent attacks marked mainly by the use of roadside bombs rather than direct assaults by armed fighters, Zabihullah said the month also carried extra religious significance for insurgents.

“During the holy month of Ramadan, jihad has major rewards. And mujahideen will continue to employ all their fighting techniques to mount attacks on the enemy,” he said.

Taliban fighters in 2011 used car bombs to attack a British government cultural center in the Afghan capital over the Ramadan period, killing almost a dozen people.

This year the militants have stepped up attacks ahead of the Afghan summer months. Insurgents including a suicide bomber attacked a foreign logistics and supply company last week in Kabul, the latest in a string of daring assaults in the capital.

Kabul’s police chief General Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said on Friday that security forces had arrested three people in a night raid and seized five suicide bomb vests.

(Reporting by Rob Taylor and Mirwais Harooni; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Source: Reuters.

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/05/us-afghanistan-taliban-idUSBRE9640DT20130705.

Tue Sep 20, 2011

Head of Afghanistan’s Peace Council Burhanuddin Rabbani has been killed in an attack in the Afghan capital city of Kabul, Press TV reports.

Rabbani, who was former Afghan president and the chairman of the Independent High Council for Peace, died in an explosion that took place in his home on Tuesday.

The report came after a powerful blast was heard in Kabul close to the US embassy and the home of Rabbani.

Press TV’s Kabul bureau chief said that two men who claimed that they wanted to negotiate with Rabbani had reportedly carried out the attack.

Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, he noted.

Five other people, all senior Afghan officials, were also killed in the incident. The head of the joint secretariat of the High Council for Peace Massum Stanikzai was also wounded in the attack.

As head of Afghanistan peace council, Rabbani was in charge of Afghan-Taliban talks aimed at reintegrating militants who are willing to lay down their arms.

The initiative to form a peace council was adopted at a traditional gathering, or Jirga, in June 2010 following the failure of the US-led forces in establishing peace in Afghanistan.

Source: PressTV.
Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/200209.html.

Tue Sep 6, 2011

An Afghan governor and his three guards have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

The incident took place on Tuesday when Asil Khan Khogyani, the governor of Sherzad district, was heading to work, AFP reported.

“Asil Khan was killed in a roadside bomb attack. Three of his guards, one of them also driving the car, were also killed,” said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the provincial administration spokesman.

Taliban has claimed responsibility for the assault.

“In a bomb attack, the Sherzad district governor was murdered today,” said Zabihullah Mujahed, the spokesman for the militant group.

Another roadside bombing attack on Tuesday left at least five Afghan National Army soldiers dead and wounded several others in the northwestern province of Badghis.

No group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on soldiers.

The roadside bombs or the improvised explosive devices are Taliban’s weapons of choice against US-led foreign troops, Afghan government officials as well as civilians.

Source: PressTV.
Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/197804.html.

by Ammaar ibn Walid
The Star Trail Lines Writer

The 19th of March 2010, Friday
The 3rd of Rabi’ Al-Thani 1431

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful…

Prophet Muhammad foresaw that an Islamic Army would rise in Khorasan, and that the Mahdi would lead such an army to bring Jerusalem under Islamic Authority. I’ll mention them here, with them being translated in English.

“There will be many armies after me. You must join that army which will come from Khorasan… At the time, when the Muslim Umma will have abundance of wealth, gold and silver, the Muslims will be extremely belittled, weak and helpless…

“The enemy nations will invite each other to pounce upon them as hungry people invite one another for food… The Christians will demand their wanted people to which the Muslims will answer: ‘By Allah! They are our brothers. We will never hand them over!’… This will start the war…”

“One third of the Muslims will run away. Their tawba will never be accepted. One third will be killed, they will be the best shaheed near Allah. The remaining third will gain victory, until under the leadership of Imam Mahdi, they will fight against Kufr…

“At that time, you will be present in a plain of great mountains with plenty of trees. Armies carrying black flags will come from Khorasan. No power will be able to stop them and they will finally reach Jerusalem where they will erect their flags…

“If you see the black banners coming from Khorasan, go to them immediately, even if you must crawl over ice, because indeed amongst them is the Khaleef, Al-Mahdi”.

Prophet Muhammad tells us numerous things. One is that although the Umma would be rich in resources, we’d be weak and humiliated. Look at the current situation of the Umma. It is rich in resources, but we’re weak and being humiliated.

Nations fighting against Islam would invite each other to crush and weaken the Muslims. Such a thing is happening now in some parts of the world with the U.S. and Europe leading the way. However it is important to mention that Russia, China and India are also nations fighting against Islam.

Russia against the Muslims in the Caucasus Emirate, China against the Muslim Uighurs in East Turkestan and India against the Muslims in Kashmir. To a lesser known degree is Burma, with its Junta going after its minorities, especially the Rohingya Muslims.

Soon after 9.11, under the Bush Administration, the U.S. demanded that the Taliban Administration in Afghanistan hand over Osama bin Laden, thus referring back to “… The Christians will demand their wanted people…”

The Taliban refused. It’s important to mention that the Bush Administration demanded more than that from the Taliban Administration. The U.S. soon went to war afterward against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

There are three thirds mentioned, with one running away, a second becoming shaheed and the third will gain victory. The third running away is those who don’t support the Taliban and their Jihad and who support the invasion and war against the Taliban.

Some Muslim Nations are already known, but only Allah knows if there is more. The second third becoming shaheed means the Muslims in Afghanistan, whether they’re innocent civilians or Mujahideen. The last third is Taliban defeating NATO and the U.S. in Afghanistan. Not only that, but the last third would also be a victory for the Muslims supporting the Taliban and for the Islamic Umma in general.

Prophet Muhammad’s description of the place “… At that time, you will be present in a plain of great mountains with plenty of trees…” is a good description of Afghanistan. The Taliban already carry black banners. They aren’t the only Mujahid group carrying it though.

Khorasan was the name of the territory that is now Afghanistan. It is not part of Iran, as that territory was known as Bilad Faris. Afghanistan is known throughout its history that no foreign power ever conquered it.

Not only that, but it was partially because previous foreign powers that tried to conquer it and failed, either collapsed or were severely weakened. The first of such is Alexander the Great. It’s important to mention that Alexander the Great came before Prophet Muhammad and Islam.

As such Khorasan wasn’t under Islam, nor was its people Muslim. Yet the people still defeated Alexander. Another example was the British Empire. The Afghan people not only had the culture of fierce fighting, but Islam had blessed them by that time as well.

The British Empire declined after their long occupation, and eventually collapsed. The Soviet Union is a third example. It soon collapsed after the Mujahideen defeated it after several years of long fighting. At the time the Mujahideen were assisted by foreign intelligence like the CIA and ISI.

However it was such assistance that led the Mujahideen to battle one another after the Soviet occupation ended. With the Afghan people liberating themselves from the British and from the Soviets, they gained experience and became battle-hardened.

The U.S. and NATO entered a dangerous and humiliating end by invading Afghanistan. After the British defeat and Soviet defeat, one could only guess how the U.S. and NATO would end up after the Mujahideen in Afghanistan defeat them.

It’s important to mention that not only the U.S. and NATO would be defeated, but the Muslim Nations supporting them would be defeated as well. Battling the Afghan people and culture is not fighting a new and inexperienced people and culture; rather it is like fighting veterans of previous successive wars.

Allah has blessed the Afghan people with not only bringing the British Empire and the Soviet Union to its knees -both were superpowers during their times-, but also eventually destroying NATO insha’ Allah and bringing the U.S. to its knees. Domestic events in the U.S. are helping the U.S. be brought to its knees.

Being blessed by Jihad from Allah, only Allah would know how the Jihad would continue in Afghanistan after the U.S. and NATO are defeated. The Islamic Administration to come would be too busy putting Afghanistan back onto its legs for several years perhaps.

As such the Jihad would be unofficially and temporarily suspended in Afghanistan. I could be wrong in that though, and only Allah knows.

Source: The Star Trail Lines News Blog.
Link: http://startrailines.blogspot.com/2010/03/afghanistan-land-of-jihad.html.