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Proving Pakistan Right…Afghanistan Is Harboring Hostile TTP Terrorists

I offer the following of absolute proof that the Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan have taken refuge in NE Afghanistan, from Nangarhar to Paktika.  The giant bomb killed mostly TTP Taliban in Achin, Nangarhar, while the US drone assassinated TTP leaders in Paktika, after Pakistan’s ISI nabbed the TTP spokesman in Paktika…what more proof is needed?

[TTP Spokesman Sells-Out Former Mehsud Comrades For Drone Assassination In Paktika ; TTP Fighters Mostly Among The Dead In MOAB Bombing]

 

TTP Spokesman Sells-Out Former Mehsud Comrades For Drone Assassination In Paktika

[Between March 14-22, a US drone strike targeted the funeral ceremony of Keramat Khan,a Taleban local commander in Paktika,killing at least 29 Taleban insurgents

Major Pak Taliban Leader, Qari Yasin alias Ustad Aslam, was one of those killed in that drone attack.

Before taking over the Mehsud Taliban (which came after Hakeemullah’s drone death), Qari Yaseen was a leader of the “Punjabi Taliban,” specifically, the Lashkar i-Jhangvi, who themselves, represented the second incarnation of Sipah e-Sahaba, Pakistan’s original terrorist political party.]

If Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesman for Hakeemullah Mehsud group, now spokesman of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, surrendered/was captured in Paktika on March 7 by agents of Pakistan’s ISI, it was under CIA supervision.   This would explain how a CIA drone later managed to target Qari Yasin and three members of the Khan Said Group for termination in Paktika, on March 19.

The Khan Said Group is the splinter TTP faction, led by Khan Said (Sajna) Mehsud.  They split with the main TTP, which was thereafter led by the insane psychopath, Fazlullah.]

A-Qaeda Commander Killed in US Drone Strike

A-Qaeda Commander Killed in US Drone Strike

Sailab Mahsud

March 20, 2017: Qari Muhammad Yaseen alias Ustad Aslam, a high-ranking militant commander associated with Al-Qaeda, was killed on Monday, along with three other militants, in the US drone strike in Laman area of Bermal district in Paktika province of Afghanistan….

Qari Yaseen aka Ustad Aslam belonged to Lodhran district and was associated global terror network of Al-Qaeda. It is pertinent to mention here that he was killed along with three militants associated with Sajna Group of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). This highlights that Sajna group of TTP have strong links with the global terror network of Al-Qaeda.

 

“We lost a brave man and the trainer of trainers in a U.S drone attack,” said Asad Mansoor, the spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar ( TTP-JA)

Khan Said Group of Mahsud Taliban Re-joins TTP, Proclaims Allegiance to Fazlulla–February 06, 2017

Pakistani Taliban faction claims spokesman was captured in Afghanistan

On April 17, the Pakistani military said that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesman of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a dangerous faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, voluntarily surrendered. Today, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar insisted that Ehsan was “arrested” in eastern Afghanistan and later turned over to the military.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the spokesman for the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Public Relations branch, claimed that Ehsan “turned himself into our security agencies,” Dawn reported.

Pakistani authorities were eager to trumpet Ehsan’s alleged surrender as a victory. “There can be no bigger achievement for Pakistan than the fact that our biggest enemies are now realizing the error of their ways and are turning themselves in,” Ghafoor said.

However, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar disputes Ghafoor’s account. Earlier today, the group issued a statement attributed to Asad Mansour, its new spokesman, claiming that Ehsan was captured on March 7 by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI-D) along with “three other colleagues” and subsequently turned over to the Pakistani military. According to Mansour, Ehsan was captured in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, which borders Pakistan and is a known haven for multiple jihadist groups.

Mansour accused the Pakistani military of using “the Mujahideen prisoners to lure” other jihadists into negotiations and their eventual “surrender.”

Ehsan has been an influential spokesman and the face of Pakistani jihadist groups for the past decade. He served as the spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan up until 2014, when Jamaat-ul-Ahrar split off from the group and formed its own branch. Ehsan joined Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and became its spokesman. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar reunited with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this year, but has maintained a degree of autonomy.

As spokesman for both groups, Ehsan has taken credit for some of the more gruesome attacks and atrocities in Pakistan over the years. In 2011, Ehsan gleefully noted that his fighters kidnapped 25 young boys, as well as a group of parents and tribal elders in Bajaur.

Ehsan joined other jihadists in condemning the Pakistani Taliban’s assault on the Army Public School in Peshawar in Dec. 2014. More than 140 people, mainly children, were killed. However, Ehsan’s denunciation may have been merely a self-interested denial that was intended to distance himself and others from the unpopular slayings.

In March 2015, Ehsan tweeted that his comrades were responsible for the assassination of Samiullah Afridi, the lawyer for Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden.

After the 2016 Easter Day massacre in a park in Lahore, Ehsan proudly claimed the slayings, saying the “target was Christians.” At least 72 people, mostly women and children, were killed and more than 300 were wounded in the blast.

A dangerous jihadist group with global ambitions

Ehsan’s now former group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, threatens the Pakistani state while supporting allied regional and global jihadist groups.

The leadership of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is known to have ties to multiple jihadist organizations operating in the region. Omar Khalid al Khurasani, one of its top leaders, is closely linked to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri. Khurasani has called for the imposition of sharia law and the establishment of a global caliphate. He has also said that a primary goal of the Pakistani Taliban is to obtain nuclear weapons. [See FDD’s Long War Journal reports, Taliban commander wants Pakistan’s nukes, global Islamic caliphate and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar celebrates 9/11 attack.]

After the US killed Mullah Mansour, the emir of the Afghan Taliban, in a May 2016 drone strike in Pakistan, Ehsan mourned his death and urged Muslims to intensify their efforts to wage jihad.

“With regret the Muslim world has lost a great mentor,” Ehsan said after Mansour’s death.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar also celebrated the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US, saying it will continue to wage jihad until a global caliphate is established. This is a goal shared by al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD’s Long War Journal.

Taliban Kill 140+ In Mazar e-Sharif, Despite On-site German Troops and US Special Forces Nearby

[Why didn’t $100,000,000 US Special Forces base in Mazar e-Sharif help defend the city (Army Taking Bids For $100,000,000 Special Forces Training Center In Mazar-e-Sharif)?]

[Why didn’t the German Army assist the Afghan troops?]

“The base in Balkh is home to the Afghan army’s 209th Corps as well as to a contingent from the German army. No German soldiers were affected by the attack.”

Taliban fighters attack Afghan army base, ‘killing 140’

Fighters dressed in military uniforms attack major army base in Balkh province as soldiers leave Friday prayers.

Afghan troops arrived near the site of the base in Mazar-i-Sharif [Anil Usyan/Reuters]

Afghan government officials say the death toll has jumped to 140 following Friday’s assault on an army base in the northern Balkh province.

Another 160 people were wounded in the attack, Mohammad Ibrahim Khair Andesh, the head of the provincial council, announced on Saturday.

The attack, responsibility for which was later claimed by the Taliban, happened at an army command centre a few miles from Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Balkh.

Two of the attackers blew themselves up and seven were killed in the assault, which lasted several hours and targeted soldiers at a mosque and dining facility, the Afghan defence ministry said.

One of the assailants was detained.

Taliban fighters in three military vehicles with forged documents launched the attack by shooting a rocket at the entrance of the base, a military official told DPA news agency.

The source said 10 fighters first targeted the mosque, where army staff were performing Friday prayers, before moving on to the dining facility, the source said.

Several military helicopters hovered over the facility during Friday’s attack and ambulances later took away the bodies of the victims, an AFP news agency correspondent said.

Taliban’s claim

The Taliban claimed that more than 500 soldiers were killed and wounded.

The group also claimed that four of the attackers were soldiers who had served at the base and had knowledge of the facility.

Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride, reporting from the capital Kabul on Friday, said: “The attack followed a familiar pattern with a suicide bomb ramming into the gates of the base and detonating.

“After that the attackers were able to get inside. The attackers were heavily armed with suicide vests and automatic weapons, trying to cause as much damage as they can.”

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the assault.

“Our fighters have inflicted heavy casualties on the Afghan army stationed there,” he said.

The Taliban released a picture of the purported attackers, dressed in military gear, with their faces blurred.

The base in Balkh is home to the Afghan army’s 209th Corps as well as to a contingent from the German army. No German soldiers were affected by the attack.

General John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, praised Afghan commandos for bringing the “atrocity to an end”.

‘Few thousand troops’

Nicholson in February told the US Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, DC that he needed “a few thousand” more troops to help train and assist the Afghan forces.

The US has about 8,400 troops in the country, with about another 5,000 from NATO allies assisting a much larger Afghan force in the war against the Taliban and other armed groups.

The last major attack against a military site in Afghanistsan was in early March when fighters disguised as doctors stormed the Sardar Daud Khan hospital – Kabul’s largest military hospital – in Kabul, killing dozens.

Afghan security forces, beset by killings, desertions and non-existent “ghost soldiers” on the payroll, have been struggling to beat back the Taliban since US-led NATO troops ended their combat mission in December 2014.

According to US watchdog SIGAR, casualties among Afghan security forces rose by 35 percent in 2016, with 6,800 soldiers and police killed.

Most of the MOAB Dead Were Reportedly Former TTP Converts To ISIS Cash

A source who asked not to be named said along with dozens of Pakistani nationals, twelve Tajikistanis and thirteen Indian nationals were also killed in the bombing

 

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Five days after U.S Forces dropped its most powerful conventional bomb on a system of tunnels and caves used by Daesh in the eastern province of Nangarhar, a security source told TOLOnews that the majority of insurgents killed in blast were members of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and members of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.

The TTP and Lashkar-e-Taiba members were from the Orakzai tribe.

According to the source, alongside dozens of Pakistani nationals, twelve Tajikistanis and thirteen Indian nationals who had joined Daesh were also killed in the bombing in Achin district.

The source said that at least 13 Daesh commanders were among the 96 killed in the “Mother of All Bombs”.

The following are names of some of the militants killed in the raid.

•             Shahid Omar, member of TTP

•             Welcome, brother of Hafiz Saeed

•             Commander Mukhtar, retired Pakistani army officer

•             Commander Abu Bakr, Daesh’s chief of operations

•             Sheikh Weqas, member of Lashkar-e-Taiba

•             Commander Mohammad, an Indian national

•             Geeta, an Indian national

•             Yasir, known as Khurasani, a member of Orakzai tribe

•             Commander Imran, a member of Orakzai tribe

•             Commander Aftab, from Pakistani province of Punjab

•             Hamza Orakzai, a member of Orakzai tribe

•             Commander Hanif Kunari, a member of the Orakzai tribe

•             Hajji Saad Kunari, a member of the Orakzai tribe

“When the central core of a group is destroyed, then the group is disintegrated and it also weakens their followers,” said Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

Intelligence services in Tajikistan and India have confirmed the death of their citizens in the raid.

But Daesh activities are not restricted to only the eastern province of Nangarhar.

In recent months, Daesh operatives have also tried to gain footholds in provinces such as Kunar, Sar-e-Pul, Zabul, Ghor and Jawzjan.

“The MOAB bombing was a serious mission. If the bombing has eliminated Daesh, we welcome this, but we also need to consider the safety of people,” said former military officer Atiqullah Omarkhail.

“Daesh affiliates pose serious threats to the people; their operatives beheaded children in Sayyad district of Sar-e-Pul and set homes ablaze and plundered assets belonging to the people,” said MP Sayed Hussain Sharifi Balkhabi.

Commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission (RS) in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said at a press conference following the MOAB bombing: “This operation is conducted on those enemy that are inside the borders of Afghanistan, so Daesh as we know, is constituted of fighters who were originally members of the TTP, who came from the ORCSI agency of Pakistan…they also have membership from the Islamic Movement in Uzbekistan, and some local Taliban have joined ISIS-K.

“So these primarily are who we are fighting inside Afghanistan. We obviously remain very concerned about enemy sanctuary and support that they receive from outside of the country.  However, this is not the focus of our military operations right now, we’re very focused on those insurgents and terrorists who try to operate inside Afghanistan and then we work with our diplomatic colleague to work with our neighbors and other nations in the region to reduce the external support and the external sanctuary enjoyed by these enemies”.

“Little Lion of Panjshir,” Massoud the Younger Warns Govt. of Civil War

 

 

Ahmad Zia Masoud Warns of Civil War

Furious over his highly publicized dismissal, Ahmad Zia Masoud, ex-representative for good governance, warn, his dismissal could spark another civil war in the country.

Presidential palace announced ‘bad performance’ his formal firing reason, Zia Masoud adds, the president do not have the authority to sack him.

“Based on the formal documents, the NUG and the president do not have the right to dismiss me. It’s a government formed for political goodwill, and if any group should eliminate of the government, could lead to further instabilities and civil war.” Masoud warned.

Masoud confesses that president has restricted many executive authorities of many governmental institutions including his office and had already decided to resign of his position early next month.

“People ask me why I have been sacked of my position. But, I don’t know my sin and it haven’t told me. No one in the government know exactly why I am dismissed.” Zia Masoud admited.

According to sources close to Masoud, rifts between president Ghani and Masoud arose after a trip to Northern provinces, where he intensely criticized the government. Since, that, president hasn’t meet him formally or informally.

Trump’s “Mother” Bomb Really Just An Open Lab Test w/Sufficient Number of “Rats”

‘MOAB’ Reportedly Did Not Target ISIS Cave Complexes

 

 

TFollowing the Mother of All Bombs ‘MOAB’ dropping on apparently ISIS cave tunnels in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, some claims that the bombing was an arsenal test.

A team from Ariana News quotes military officials in the scene that MOAB has actually dropped in a remote village named Mommand Dara of ISIS controlled Achin district.

However, the officials told Ariana News that MOAB has actually targeted a number of tunnels being used by ISIS fighters.

Sources has told Ariana News that only in three targeted tunnels an estimated 100 ISIS fighters dead bodies have been found.

The military officials meanwhile confess that U.S. did not target main ISIS sanctuaries; adding that the insurgents’ main strongholds are far away of the attack areas.

“They just tested their missile. The main sanctuaries of ISIS didn’t destroyed,” said a soldier.

Meanwhile Mommand Dara is being controlled by ANSF while signs of the self-proclaimed Islamic state, widely known as ISIS could be seen everywhere.

“They have too many strongholds. They mainly use Masjids and schools as their hidden heavens, but we destroy them as well,” said an Afghan special force officer.

It is completely believed that ISIS has tens of strongholds in Achin district. They are using these centers for recruiting, training and commanding of their forces and most of them are Pakistani nationals.

“We have captured too many of their centers,” a soldier told Ariana News.

No military official has visited the bombing area yet. Often time Afghan and U.S. forces target the fighters via aerial; operations that caused a remarkable number of casualties to ISIS insurgents.

One of the critical missions for security forces in Achin district is to clear the district fully of the ISIS fighters, an area which deems to be center point of IS-K operations.

Reported by: Bais Hayat and Raz Mohammad Rawesh

Trump Making War Plans Around An Untested, Deployed, Anti-ICBM Missile System

Stopping a N. Korean Missile No Sure Thing, U.S. Tester Says – Bloomberg

Navy Ship Destroys Ballistic Missile for First Time from Foreign Range | Military.com–21 Oct 2015

“The Rota, Spain-based destroyer fired an SM-3 missile and shot down a Terrier Orion ballistic missile flying in space”

[The Rota, Spain test in 2015, and the Feb. 7, 2017 test at Wallop Island, VA, both tested their interceptors against 3-stage “sounding rockets”, capable of low-level (200 miles) ballistic flights at much slower speeds than an actual target.  This untested system is being deployed, advertised as a working product, even though it is the centerpiece of Trump’s N. Korean belligerence.]

[The United States’ missile defense system will never work – which is why we’re spending more money on it – ExtremeTech

The Technology Needed to Stop a North Korean Nuclear Missile – The Atlantic]

 

If Trump can intercept this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can he catch this?

 

 

The Pentagon will conduct two major high-stakes tests in May of its ability to shoot down missiles launched out of North Korea.

The long-scheduled tests in the Pacific are part of the US military’s overall ballistic missile defense program to defend against North Korean or Iranian threats — but are, for now at least, aimed at ensuring the US can defend against a threat from North Korea, US defense officials said.

One of the actions will involve test-firing an improved Standard Missile off a Navy ship, a defense official said. The tests are taking place over the Pacific because that’s where the test ranges are large enough to accommodate them.

The upgraded missile has only been tested once before. The new version has an improved booster and warhead. That means the missile could fire at longer ranges, presumably farther from the North Korean coastline, and have a greater chance of hitting the threatening incoming missile.

The program has been in development with Japan and is aimed at shooting down intermediate-range North Korean missiles that pose a threat to the US ally.

A separate critical test in the Pacific region, to be held at the end of May, will examine the ability of the US to shoot down a future North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile that could threaten the US.

That test involves long-range ground-based interceptor missiles based in Alaska and California. That program has also been in existence for over a decade, but only about half the tests have been successful, according to the Defense Department.

In the most recent Pentagon report on weapons testing across the department, the long-range system was criticized. The report said it “demonstrates a limited capability to defend the US homeland from small numbers of simple intermediate-range or intercontinental ballistic missile threats launched from North Korea or Iran.”

The report went on to say that the Pentagon continued to discover new failures during testing.

In the upcoming test, a missile will be launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and attempt to intercept a simulated missile over the Pacific Ocean.

As part of a broader National Security Council review of options for dealing with North Korea, the Pentagon has been considering its military options for more than a month in case the White House were to decide to take such action, a defense official said. The NSC effort is also looking at diplomatic and economic options.

The official pointed out the recent engagement with the Chinese, and the stronger language calling for more Chinese pressure on North Korea, is the most immediate impact of that review.

The review of military options is essentially “due diligence,” the official said. Top military and civilian Pentagon officials are “thinking through every course of action.”

That also involves updating any analysis on the latest thinking of how North Korea might militarily react if the US were to take military steps.

The official emphasized that all of the ongoing work doesn’t change the administration — and Pentagon’s — emphasis on the need for a peaceful diplomatic solution.

The official was adamant that the US is currently not anticipating pre-emptive military action against North Korea. Standard policy — which calls for shooting down of a North Korean missile after launch if the trajectory is deemed to threaten South Korea, Japan or the US — remains in place.

The review also is aimed at ensuring necessary military assets are properly situated if there is a need for military action. Multiple US officials said all current anti-missile ships and other ground-based interceptors in Alaska are available.

Even as the military options are reviewed and updated, Defense Secretary James Mattis is also underscoring the need for a non-military solution.

“You’re aware that the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile,” he recently told reporters. “It was not an intercontinental ballistic missile, it failed on launch, and it shows why we’re working so closely right now with the Chinese.”

Both countries are trying “to get this under control and aim for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” he said. “China and the United States and South Korea, Japan, we all share that same interest.”

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