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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

An ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Taliban alliance in Afghanistan

A Taliban militiaman flaunts a rocket propelled grenade launcher on the
border of Afghanistan. 15 years after the War on Terror was declared, the
militant group are rebuilding their presence.

Ain't Life Just Fucking Grand

  • Personally I could care less who controls this stone age shit hole. It is not worth one American life . . . . especially when our "allies" are sending arms to the Islamists.

(UK Independent)  -  Al-Qaeda is back in Afghanistan, joining Isis and the Taliban in waging jihad. The three most prominent Islamist terrorist groups in the world are now in one violent arena and drawing the West back into a bloody conflict it had sought to leave behind.

15 years after George W Bush declared the War on Terror following the September 11 attacks, with the specific pledge of destroying al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Bin Laden’s legacy, the organisation he founded, is once again spreading its tentacles across the country which it used as base to plot attacks abroad.

American officials had been dismissive of reports about al-Qaeda’s growing presence. That changed recently with the sobering acknowledgment by Major General Jeff Buchanan, the deputy chief of US forces in the country: “If you go back to last year, there were a lot of intelligence estimates that said within Afghanistan al-Qaeda probably has 50 to 100 members, but then, just in this one camp we found more than 150. To find al-Qaeda back in Afghanistan was quite troubling.”

What It's Really Like to Fight for the Islamic State

VICE News has obtained footage taken from the headcam of an Islamic State (IS) fighter who died in March while battling Kurdish Peshmerga troops in northern Iraq. The clash took place about 30 miles north of Mosul. 

The camp in was the Shorabak district of Kandahar. It took American troops, backed by 63 air strikes, two days of intense fighting to capture. It turned out to be the largest al-Qaeda complex found in Afghanistan, no less than 30 square kilometres in size. Masoom Stanekzai, the country’s acting defence minister, wanted to stress the danger posed ahead: “al-Qaeda are really very active. They are preparing themselves for bigger attacks. They are working behind other networks, giving them support and the experience they had in other places…They are not talking too much, but they are a big threat.” A recent Nato assessment found that al-Qaeda fighters were now active in no fewer than 20 provinces.
There had been similar initial denials last year from Western officials about the growing strength of Isis in Afghanistan. The group pledging allegiance to Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi now commands around 3,000 fighters who have brought a new level of barbarity to the conflict with trademark torture and beheadings of prisoners.
The Taliban meanwhile has continued to take over swathes of area, forming "shadow governments" and repeatedly carrying out attacks in the heart of the capital, Kabul.
In the haste to leave the training period for recruits to Afghan military was cut drastically to achieve a projected total of 352,000. This led to some of the military shortcomings which followed and contributed to the horrendous casualties being suffered by the Afghan forces; 16,000 killed or injured just in the last 12 months, a rise of 28 per cent from the previous year.

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ISIS Training Camp in Pakistan-Afghanistan

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