Ansar-ut Tawhid and the Transnational Jihadist Threat to India

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English: The buildings at the main courtyard, Red Fort, New Delhi, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 12

June 13, 2014 03:21 PM Age: 8 days By: Animesh Roul

Transnational Islamist terrorist groups have recently made sporadic attempts to lure India’s Muslim population towards global jihad, frequently urging them to fight the democratically elected secular government. India-specific incitements have issued from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri and al-Qaeda ideologue Maulana Asim Umar through audio-visual messages that directly target Indian Muslims. A similar anti-India campaign was unleashed by a hitherto unknown group calling itself Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind (AuT – Supporters of Monotheism in the Land of India) through its media arm, al-Isabah Media. Its messages highlight the issue of government atrocities against Muslims in India and encourage Indian Muslims to join the ongoing Afghan or Syrian jihads and to carry out attacks inside India.

The AuT has issued at least four videotapes since October 2013, the most recent of them surfaced on May 17, when the group called for attacks against Indian targets worldwide. The ten-minute video featuring AuT leader Maulana Abdur Rahman al-Hindi urges other prominent jihadi leaders such as the Taliban’s Mullah Omar, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Nasir Abd al-Wuhayshi of al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula, al-Shabaab’s Abdi Godane and Abd al-Malik Droukdel of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to come forward to attack Indian Government interests and its economic centers in India and elsewhere as a means of “protecting the Muslims of India.” [1] Continue reading

British hate preacher managed London strip club

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British hate preacher Abu Hamza has told his US terror trial how he once jointly managed a London strip club in his quest to live a Western, movie-style life.

NEW YORK: British hate preacher Abu Hamza told his US terror trial on Wednesday how he once jointly managed a London strip club in his quest to live a Western, movie-style life.

Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 56, better known in Britain as Abu Hamza al-Masri, has pleaded not guilty to 11 kidnapping and terror counts that pre-date the 9/11 attacks.

Blind in one eye and with both hands blown off in an explosion in Afghanistan, he faces life in prison in a maximum security US prison if convicted by jury at the New York court.

Taking the stand for the first time in his trial, wearing tracksuit bottoms, a blue T-shirt and orange socks, the Egyptian-born former civil engineer spoke softly. Continue reading

The Diplomatic Brain Drain in Afghanistan

BY Gordon Lubol 

APRIL 13, 2014 – 08:04 PM

Afghans are expected to settle on a new president by this summer and the U.S. and the new government in Kabul will begin to forge a relationship in the postwar period. But at this critical juncture there will be a diplomatic brain drain that will undermine U.S. policy goals there, say officials in and out of the U.S. government.

With President Hamid Karzai leaving office after a stormy relationship with Washington for more than 12 years, many current and former U.S. officials see a unique opportunity to redefine the relationship with Kabul.

But that may be difficult. By summer, after a possible runoff election chooses Karzai’s successor, most of the mid-level and senior U.S. civilians with deep Afghanistan experience who would have the knowledge to help foster strong relations with the new government will be long gone. And, officials familiar with the matter said, they will be replaced by diplomats expected to have far less experience. Continue reading

Afghanistan Signs Strategic Partnership with Eutelsat to Accelerate Access to Satellite Infrastructure for Digital Services

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English: Eutelsat’s satellite fleet on the geostationary arc (2008) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Fast track to Digital Afghanistan” says ICT Minister, His Excellency Amirzai Sangin

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Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world’s leading satellite operators, and the Afghanistan Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) today announced they have signed an MOU giving Afghanistan satellite resources that will enhance deployment of its national broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure as well as its international connectivity.

Under the multi-year agreement, Eutelsat will deploy an in-orbit satellite from February 2014 to 48deg East to deliver full national coverage and extensive reach of Central Asia and the Middle East. The satellite will be officially called AFGHANSAT 1 by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, reflecting Afghanistan’s entry into the commercial satellite business.

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Murphy’s Law: 21st Century War, How It Will Be Different And Why

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Marine Corps RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle launches from Speedbag Airfield (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)

January 24, 2014: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were different in a lot of ways many people didn’t expect, understand, or even notice. For example, the three week conquest of Iraq was not facilitated so much by high tech weapons, but largely by Cold War era gear using World War II tactics. The most crucial weapons were the decades old M-1 tank and M-2 infantry vehicle, with the 1960s vintage M-109 self-propelled artillery provided most of the artillery support. The 1950s era B-52 bomber was still the most cost effective way to deliver bomb attacks.

And what was so unique about conquering Iraq in three weeks while outnumbered? The British did this in 1941, using only two divisions under similar circumstances (and with far fewer armored vehicles). Not only that, the 1941 Iraqis also had the support of Germany, France and Russia. Made no difference.  Afghanistan featured a handful of American Special Forces troops calling in air strikes while deep in enemy territory. That was standard practice during the 1960s Vietnam War. But change is in the air, it’s just a bit more complex a wave of change than most pundits are trying to describe.

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New Abu Yahya al-Libi Videos:Dead or What?

Posted on 2012/06/25 |by Florian Flade

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Abu Yahya al-Libi in new video message released June 22

Three weeks have passed since a US drone strike in North Waziristan allegedly killed Al-Qaida´s Top commander Abu Yahya al-Libi. Since then Al-Qaida has neither officially confirmed nor denied the death of al-Libi. Question still remains: Is the White House´s claim true or not?

Instead of celebrating the martyrdom of yet another of its leaders Al-Qaida is releasing videos of al-Libi. Last week the terrorist network´s media wing “As-Sahab” released a 17-minute video statement titled “The American Military and Ethics of Wars” in which al-Libi talks about civilian deaths in Afghanistan.

The more interesting details regarding the second new Abu Yahya al-Libi tape within two weeks is: Al-Qaida does not seem to regard him as dead. The organization labels him “Al-Sheikh Al-Mujahid Abu Yahya al-Libi (may Allah protect him)” – the latter phrase indicating the person is still alive. Otherwise the phrase “may Allah have mercy upon him” would be used.

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How to tackle a problem like the IED

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Defence IQ recently investigated the current gamut of new gadgets on offer to military and police forces confronted with the task of defeating the growing tide of explosive ordnance being used among insurgencies, terrorists, and even criminal organisations.

At a London-based industry event, we met up with Major Chris Hunter QGM, a former British Army Bomb Disposal Operator in Iraq, now a senior IED analyst, and the inspiration and advisor on the recent Hollywood film ‘The Hurt Locker’.

On the subject of counter-IED technology, Hunter points first to the nature of the bomb itself and the ease with which it grows in sophistication.

“If you look at the IRA, for example, who were our primary threat for thirty years, the level of sophistication they achieved in that time – and they were the best bombmakers in the world – was superseded in just 12 months when we went into Iraq in 2003-2004,” he says.

“That’s just continued at a rapid and alarming rate. It was superseded in Afghanistan in just 18 months.”

Concept

As the IED presents a variety of problems, Hunter confirms that there is now a need for technology to respond in kind, offering technologies that are not specific to one solution, but to many.

“As every IED specialists will say, there is no silver bullet. But if you’re talking about the Defeat the Device component, where we’re looking at technologies to detect and neutralise, we have to really focus on multi-sensor technologies.

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War In Afghanistan News – 26 Sep 2011

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At least 25 Taliban Thugs, including at least one leader were killed in recent operations.

Another 31 Talib Thugs were led into surrender, including another leader.

Additionally, no less than 7,622 lbs of drugs were captured, along with heavy weapons, explosives, AK-47’s, PKM’s, munitions and more.

The enemy in turn killed 3 Afghans & a German while 340 rockets have been fired from Pakistan in recent days.

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A combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to disrupt insurgent activity in the Tangi Valley in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province.  The Tangi Valley is used as a safe haven for insurgents transiting to and from Kabul, and allows for the movement and storage of weapons and equipment for use throughout the region. During the operation, the security force was engaged by several armed individuals. Responding to direct fire, the force returned fire, killing four insurgents. Also, 10 suspected insurgents were detained during the operation.

Disrupting insurgent safe havens remains a priority for Afghan and coalition forces.  This year, more than 40 security operations have been conducted in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, resulting in 15 insurgent leaders captured, 39 insurgents killed and more than 90 suspected insurgents detained.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North: A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during a security operation in Archi district, Kunduz province. The leader conducted roadside bomb attacks against Afghan forces in the region, as well as, planned attacks against Afghan government officials. No civilians were injured during the operation.

In Deh-e Salah district, Baghlan province, Friday, a combined Afghan and coalition force discovered a weapons cache. The cache, discovered during a security operation, consisted of one recoilless rifle, one 82 mm round, 84 anti-personnel mines, 46 anti-tank mines, six rockets and 110 fuses. The security force safely destroyed all the items.

South: In Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, a coalition security force discovered weapons and drugs cache today. The cache consisted of 20 anti-personnel mines, 352 pounds (160 kgs) of alleged drugs, 185 yards (170 meters) of detonation cord and 11 pounds (5 kgs) of homemade explosives. The drugs and weapons were confiscated for safe destruction at a later date.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during a security operation in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province. The leader facilitated a group of insurgent fighters and provided reports to senior Taliban members following attacks in Nahr-e Saraj district. Also, multiple suspected insurgents were detained during the operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted a security operation in search of a Taliban leader in Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province. The leader facilitated the movement and distribution of roadside bomb making materials, weapons, and ammunition in Panjwa’i district. The security force detained one suspected insurgent during the operation.

Also in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted a security operation in search of a Taliban leader. The leader travels between Afghanistan and Pakistan to meet with fellow insurgent facilitators, as well as, acquiring funds and weapons to support attacks in the Nahr-e Saraj district. Multiple suspected insurgents were detained during the operation.

A combined Afghan National Security Force and ISAF patrol killed several insurgents, detained numerous other insurgents, and seized a narcotics cache during an operation in Kajaki district, Helmand province, Saturday.  The operation seized 1,980 pounds (900 kilograms) of opium and a quantity of small arms and ammunition. The drugs and weapons were safely destroyed on site.  Additionally, the suspected insurgents found at the scene were detained for processing and further questioning.

Also in Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition force killed several insurgents and seized a weapons cache during an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district, Saturday.  The operation seized one 66-pound (30-kilogram) improvised explosive device, one mortar, two 122 mm rockets, four grenades, 11 pounds (five kilograms) of homemade explosives, 14 IED pressure plates, and a quantity of small arms and ammunition. The weapons were safely destroyed on site.

East: A combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Charkh district, Logar province, resulting in the death of three insurgents.  The facilitator constructs roadside bombs and uses them to coordinate roadside bombs attacks against Afghan forces. During the security operation, the force encountered armed individuals, responding to the immediate threat, the force engaged, killing three insurgents. One insurgent was armed with a PKM machine gun, and two with AK-47 assault rifles. The security force confiscated multiple weapons and ammunition during the operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition patrol killed one insurgent, detained a suspected insurgent, and seized a narcotics cache during an operation in Kajran district, Daykundi province, Saturday.  The operation seized 5,290 pounds (2,400 kilograms) of hashish, which was safely destroyed on site, and the suspected insurgent was detained for further questioning.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Zurmat district, Paktiya province. The leader joins insurgent fighters from different groups to conduct attacks throughout the region. The security force detained two suspected insurgents during the operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition patrol detained numerous suspected insurgents during an operation in Ghazni district, Ghazni province, Saturday.  The suspected insurgents are believe to be tied directly with an insurgent leader responsible for suicide and IED attacks against ANSF and coalition forces throughout Ghazni.

 A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed six insurgents, including a Taliban leader, during a security operation in Chahar Bolak district, Balkh province. The leader planned attacks on aircraft in the region, as well as, acquired weapons for use by insurgent fighters in the Western Balkh Province.  Throughout the operation, security force was engaged by multiple armed insurgents. Responding to direct enemy fire, the force killed six insurgents. One individual was armed with a PKM machine gun and the others with AK 47 assault rifles. No civilians were injured during the operation.  Also, during the operation, the force detained three suspected insurgents and confiscated multiple weapons to include a machine gun, assault rifles and fragmentation grenades.

Finally, a combined Afghan and coalition security force killed five insurgents during a security operation in search of a Taliban leader in Zurmat district, Paktiya province. The leader facilitates insurgent fighters to conduct ambushes and roadside bomb attacks against Afghan forces.  The force was fired upon by several armed insurgents during the operation. After assessing the threat and ensuring no civilians were in the area, the security force called for precision air strikes. As a result, five insurgents were killed. The insurgents were armed with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and explosive warheads, as well as, AK-47 assault rifles and grenades.

War in Afghanistan News – 25 Sep 2011

DRUGFINDFE_13_2011 At least 17 Talib thugs, including their leader have been removed from Earth in Eastern Afghanistan.

No less than 11 more preferred surrender.

Large caches of heavy munitions, explosives, and (3 1/2 tons) drugs have been removed from the enemy inventory.

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A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed six insurgents, including a Taliban leader, during a security operation in Chahar Bolak district, Balkh province. The leader planned attacks on aircraft in the region, as well as, acquired weapons for use by insurgent fighters in the Western Balkh Province.  Throughout the operation, security force was engaged by multiple armed insurgents. Responding to direct enemy fire, the force killed six insurgents. One individual was armed with a PKM machine gun and the others with AK 47 assault rifles. No civilians were injured during the operation. Also, during the operation, the force detained three suspected insurgents and confiscated multiple weapons to include a machine gun, assault rifles and fragmentation grenades.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North: In Deh-e Salah district, Baghlan province, Friday, a combined Afghan and coalition force discovered a weapons cache. The cache, discovered during a security operation, consisted of one recoilless rifle, one 82 mm round, 84 anti-personnel mines, 46 anti-tank mines, six rockets and 110 fuses. The security force safely destroyed all the items.

South: A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered 7,128 pounds (3,240 kgs) of hashish in Panjwai district, Kandahar province, Friday. The drugs were seized for safe destruction at a later date.

East: A combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Zurmat district, Paktiya province. The leader joins insurgent fighters from different groups to conduct attacks throughout the region. The security force detained two suspected insurgents during the operation.

RC-EAST: In 3 operations in RC-East led by Afghan and Coalition Forces resulted in nine enemy kills and detention of seven suspected individuals and a weapons cache find over the past 24 hours throughout the region, Sept. 23.

The weapons cache included 10-15 pounds of homemade explosives, 2X anti-personnel mines and several sticks of dynamite.

BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Sept. 24, 2011) – Three operations in RC-East led by Afghan and Coalition Forces resulted in eight enemy kills and detention of two suspect individuals over the past 24 hours throughout the region, Sept. 24.

Militant actions by insurgents resulted in one Afghan civilian casualty who was injured when shot during small arms fire exchange between insurgents and Private Security Contractor in Sayid Abad District, Wardak Province.