AFPAK / Iraq Sweep
21 June 2011
Afghanistan
1) A well-financed Afghan government programme aimed at bringing Taliban fighters to
the government’s side appears to have met with little success. Of the 1,700 fighters who
have enrolled in the 10-month-old programme, only a handful are midlevel commanders,
and two-thirds are from the north, where the insurgency is much weaker than in the
south. Daily Times
2) Afghan officials say a suicide bomb attack targeting a governor's vehicle in northern
Afghanistan has killed a bystander and injured a bodyguard. Officials said the bomber
detonated his explosives outside the office of Parwan Province Governor Abdul Basir
Salangi as the governor's car was leaving the compound. A young female student was
killed in the explosion. RFERL
3) A NATO soldier was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in restive
southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, bringing to four the number of casualties of military
alliance in the country since Monday morning. Xinhua
4) U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce a plan that would call for a
reduction of 30,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, CNN reported
Tuesday. Xinhua
5) China is pleased to see the reconciliation process in Afghanistan make progress,
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday. "China supports
Afghanistan's efforts for national reconciliation and China hopes the country can realize
peace and stability at an early date," Hong said at a press briefing. Xinhua
6) At least one person was killed and another injured when a suicide bomber detonated
his explosive vest near the entrance of the governor’s office in the provincial capital of
Charikar city on Tuesday morning. Xinhua
7) Iran's Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi says Iran and Afghanistan have agreed to
exchange intelligence on fighting terrorism. “Based on the agreement, it has been decided
that we exchange intelligence to launch simultaneous operations against terrorist and
extremist groups,” Abdollahi told reporters. AOP
8) Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith on Monday night said peace in
Afghanistan still remains a long way off. Smith said he believes the war in Afghanistan
would only end with political settlement rather than military victory. Xinhua
9) Afghan National Security Forces seized 200 kilograms of opium worth $500,000
during a complex joint operation supported by ISAF forces in Bakwa. ISAF
10) A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents, including a
senior Haqqani leader, during a nighttime security operation in Zurmat district, Paktiya
province, yesterday. A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several
suspected insurgents during an overnight security operation at a Taliban leader’s
suspected compound in Archi district, Kunduz province, yesterday. A combined Afghan
and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained another during an
overnight security operation in Mota Khan district, Paktika province, yesterday. ISAF
Pakistan
1) Afghanistan on Monday complained to Pakistan about its alleged shelling of Afghan
villages, soon after an assault by Pakistani forces drove terrorists across the border. Daily
Times
2) Suspected US drones fired missiles into Kurram Agency on Monday, killing at least 12
militants, nine of them from the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, local officials said.
Daily Times
3) At least nine people were killed and as many injured in two separate attacks on
members of local peace committees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday. Daily Times
4) PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday that the government and intelligence
agencies are responsible for ruining the country, Geo News reported. He added that no
deal would be made on Pakistan’s sovereignty. Geo
5) A meeting of 300 eminent religious scholars and Ulema have unanimously agreed and
pronounced condemning all forms of terrorists’ activities in North Waziristan Agency
and issued stern warning to terrorists about serious consequences. Geo
6) An attack in the tehsil Laddah of South Waziristan tribal region resulted in the death of
a member of the security forces on Tuesday, DawnNews reported. According to reports, a
remote-controlled device was used in the attack that also wounded another security forces
official. Meanwhile, four militants were killed in a retaliatory attack by security forces.
Dawn
7) According DG ISPR, Major-General Athar Abbas, Brigadier Ali Khan who was on a
routine GHQ posting is being probed and any further information would hamper the
probe. According to sources, the detained brigadier was in contact with the Hizb-ulTehrir. Geo
8) Police, Rangers and other law enforcers would be supported against anti-social
elements in Karachi. Federal Minsiter for Interior Affairs Rehman Malik and Sindh
Governor Ishratul Ebad said this in a joint statement. Dunya
9) Interior Minister Rehman Malik, on Tuesday, spoke in defense of the interior ministry
regarding recent national controversies such as the youth killing by the Rangers,
Abbottabad operation, and fake issuance of identity cards. Dunya
10) 4 individuals were killed in a US Drone strike in the Kurram Agency on Tuesday.
Xinhua
Iraq
1) Two car bombs Tuesday ripped through a group of Iraqi police near the home of the
local governor in Iraq’s central city of Diwaniyah, killing 25 people and wounding more
than 30, officials said. Dawn
2) The Iraqi and Iranian presidents have stressed the importance of the growth of
relations between their two countries. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Jalal Talabani spoke
over the phone today according to Iranian state broadcaster, Press TV. AKNews
3) A joint force of US and Iraqi military personnel killed two people and arrested three
others they say were attempting to launch missiles on Baghdad’s Green Zone. AKNews
4) Two liquor stores in Baghdad’s central Karrada district were badly damaged this
morning in two separate improvised explosive device (IED) blasts. Local police sources,
speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the stores had been deliberately targeted.
AKNews
5) Two civilians have been killed and eight others injured, among them two policemen, in
an explosive charge blast in a popular café in southern Iraq’s city of Musayab on
Tuesday, a Babel security source said. Aswat Al Iraq
6) A rocket fell on the building of the Province’s Council of northern Iraq’s oil-rich city
of Kirkuk on Monday, causing some material damage, Kirkuk’s Koria Police Director
said. Aswat Al Iraq
7) Two armed men have been killed and three others arrested, when they tried to launch
rockets in Baghdad, a Baghdad Operations Command announced on Tuesday. Aswat Al
Iraq
8) Two persons have been killed and eight others injured in two booby-trapped cars blasts
in west and east Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source reported. Aswat Al Iraq
9) Two booby-trapped cars, parked in Ramadi, the center of west Iraq’s Anbar Province,
were blow up by anti-explosive experts of Anbar Operations Command, causing no
casualties, an Anbar security source reported on Tuesday. Aswat Al Iraq
10) An bomb detonated against a U.S. Army patrol, while passing through al Shomaly
township, 40 km to the south of Hilla, the center of souther Iraq’s Babel Province on
Tuesday. Aswat Al Iraq
11) A terrorist gang, carrying out assassinations against high-ranking officers and judges,
has been detained by Iraq’s Anti-Terrorism Body in western Baghdad on Tuesday,
according to an urgent report by the semi-official al-Iraqiya TV Channel. Doubts have
spread about links between the said terrorist gangs and some security bodies, whilst part
of the assassinations were linked to political assassinations, at a time when the naming of
security cabinet ministers was not settled by the current government for more than 4
months. Aswat Al Iraq
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Afghanistan
1) Few Taliban leaders embrace reconciliation. Daily Times
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
NEW YORK: A well-financed Afghan government programme aimed at bringing
Taliban fighters to the government’s side appears to have met with little success.
Of the 1,700 fighters who have enrolled in the 10-month-old programme, only a handful
are midlevel commanders, and two-thirds are from the north, where the insurgency is
much weaker than in the south, said Major General Phil Jones, the director of a NATO
unit that is monitoring the programme, according to The New York Times.
The total is only a fraction of the 20,000 to 40,000 Taliban insurgents, and many of the
fighters who have taken advantage of the programme may not even be Taliban, just men
with weapons, the newspaper said in dispatch from Kabul. The Taliban’s leaders have yet
to embrace reconciliation, the Times said. Defence Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged
publicly on Sunday that the United States had begun preliminary reconciliation talks with
members of the Taliban, but he expressed scepticism about the results.
Other diplomats said that a significant number of Taliban fighters will not switch sides
unless such talks advance. But Western governments are committed to the plan to
persuade fighters to switch sides, the dispatch said. “It is well financed, with $140 million
of the $150 million pledged from Western governments, much of it from the United
States and Japan, already in Afghan accounts,” an unidentified Western military official
was cited as saying.
The money provides a small, short-term stipend to fighters who change sides, and then
rewards their communities with generous development and job programmes rather than
handing out money or jobs to fighters, the Times said. The incentives were designed to
prevent abuses of past programmes, under which fighters would change sides with the
seasons, collecting money in the winter, then resuming the fight in the spring or summer.
General Jones said the programme has grown more slowly in the south and east because
many fighters fear that if they lay down their arms, the Taliban will take revenge on them
or their families.
A Western diplomat in Kabul who is familiar with the preliminary negotiations with the
Taliban said, “Well only see big numbers when there is a little more progress on the
political track. For that to happen, he said, “You have to look at the motivation of the
people doing the fighting, a Western diplomat was quoted as saying in Kabul. “A number
of people became involved because of local disputes over land, over power, over family
honour. “You don’t need a deal with the Taliban leadership to solve those,” the official
said. “The Taliban is a flag of convenience for them.” The programme selectively slows
growth points to an array of difficulties, according to Afghan governors, NATO officials,
members of the High Peace and Reintegration Council and Western diplomats, the
dispatch said. app
2) Suicide Attack Targeting Afghan Governor Kills Female Student. RFERL
June 21, 2011
Afghan officials say a suicide bomb attack targeting a governor's vehicle in northern
Afghanistan has killed a bystander and injured a bodyguard.
Officials said the bomber detonated his explosives outside the office of Parwan Province
Governor Abdul Basir Salangi as the governor's car was leaving the compound.
A young female student was killed in the explosion.
The governor was not in the car at the time of the attack.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a text
message to AP.
Meanwhile, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said two of its
soldiers died late on June 20 during insurgent attacks in eastern Afghanistan.
Forty-two coalition soldiers have died so far this month, according to an AP count.
3) 1 NATO soldier killed in IED blast in S. Afghanistan. Xinhua
English.news.cn 2011-06-21 19:50:00
KABUL, June 21 (Xinhua) -- A NATO soldier was killed in an Improvised Explosive
Device (IED) blast in restive southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, bringing to four the
number of casualties of military alliance in the country since Monday morning.
"An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an
improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan today," said a
statement issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) here on
Tuesday.
Earlier Tuesday, the multi-national ISAF also confirmed losing two soldiers in two
separate insurgent attacks in the country's volatile eastern provinces on Monday.
Another ISAF service member was killed in an IED attack also in southern Afghanistan
on Monday.
The NATO-led ISAF generally does not disclose the identity of the casualties, saying "It
is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national
authorities."
Troops mainly from the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia have been stationed
in the southern region within the framework of ISAF to fight Taliban militants there
while U.S. forces mostly have been stationed in the eastern part of the insurgency-hit
country.
Over 250 NATO soldiers, most of them Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan
since beginning this year.
4) Obama plans to call back 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by 2012: report.
Xinhua
English.news.cn 2011-06-21 21:33:40
WASHINGTON, June 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to
announce a plan that would call for a reduction of 30,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan
by the end of 2012, CNN reported Tuesday.
The news comes one day ahead of the presidents' expected speech on a plan of military
drawdown from Afghanistan.
The drawdown will be accomplished by troops returning home and not being replaced as
well as canceling some proposed deployments, the report quoted administration official
as saying.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the president is still finalizing
the pace and scope of the drawdown, and he has had a number of consultations with
members of his national security team and military leaders on the subject.
Obama announced a so-called "surge" of 30,000 U.S. forces to Afghanistan in late 2009,
bring the total number of U.S. troops serving in the country to approximately 100,000.
Along with the troop surge, the president also planned to begin withdrawing troops in
July, 2011, with the goal of handing lead security responsibility to Afghan forces by the
end of 2014.
Obama recently indicated the number of troops that would begin coming home in July
would be "significant," while some Pentagon officials and military commanders insisted
the drawdown should be "modest" in order not to compromise Afghan security.
5) China pleased to see progress in Afghan reconciliation: FM spokesman. Xinhua
English.news.cn 2011-06-21 17:16:02
BEIJING, June 21 (Xinhua) -- China is pleased to see the reconciliation process in
Afghanistan make progress, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said
Tuesday.
"China supports Afghanistan's efforts for national reconciliation. and China hopes the
country can realize peace and stability at an early date," Hong said at a press briefing.
Concerning the peace talks, Hong said, the world should fully respect the choices made
by the Afghan government and people and create an environment in favor of the
reconciliation.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed Sunday that the United States is in
"preliminary" contact with Taliban militants for peace talks in Afghanistan, one day after
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said talks with the Taliban were "going well."
To find a peaceful solution to the Afghan imbroglio and end the war, the Karzai
government has established a 70-member peace body, the High Council for Peace, to
contact Taliban insurgents and convince them to give up fighting and join the
government.
6) One killed in suicide attack in Afghanistan's Parwan province. Xinhua
English.news.cn 2011-06-21 15:04:58
CHARIKAR, Afghanistan, June 21 (Xinhua) -- At least one person was killed and
another injured when a suicide bomber targeting provincial governor blew himself up in
Afghanistan's Parwan province, 55 km north of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday
morning, police said.
"A suicide attacker detonated his explosive vest near the entrance of the governor's office
in the provincial capital Charikar city at around 10:50 a.m. (local time) Tuesday. As a
result a teenage girl was killed and a security guard injured," deputy provincial police
chief Zia-ul-Rahman Seyedkhili told Xinhua.
He said the governor Abdul Basir Salangi escaped the attack unhurt.
7) Tehran, Kabul to exchange terror data. AOP
Press TV
June 21, 2011
Iran's Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi says Iran and Afghanistan have agreed to
exchange intelligence on fighting terrorism.
“Based on the agreement, it has been decided that we exchange intelligence to launch
simultaneous operations against terrorist and extremist groups,” Abdollahi told reporters
in a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahman Rahman,
following a meeting of Iran-Afghanistan joint security working group on Tuesday, Fars
news agency reported.
Abdollahi said that the two-day meeting was held in line with a security agreement
signed between the two countries some five years ago.
Fighting terrorism and drugs trafficking were among the issues discussed at the meeting,
the Iranian official said.
He went on to say that Iran and Afghanistan are determined to fight terrorism, adding that
finding ways of counter “extremist currents” in the region that harm both countries, is
among the tasks in the agenda of the Iran-Afghanistan committee.
Abdollahi pointed out that both countries, as victims of drugs, have also called for serious
measures to curb drugs production and trafficking.
He said that during the meeting, Iran again expressed readiness to train the Afghan police
in countering drug trafficking and terrorism.
Abdollahi also stated that Iran was already engaged in providing training to the Afghan
police, adding that the Islamic Republic was willing to continue the important effort.
8) Peace in Afghanistan a long way off: Australian DM. Xinhua
English.news.cn 2011-06-21 11:26:55
CANBERRA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith on
Monday night said peace in Afghanistan still remains a long way off.
Smith said he believes the war in Afghanistan would only end with political settlement
rather than military victory.
"Australia for a number of years has been a strong supporter of the notion that our
mission in Afghanistan cannot be won by military means or combat means alone," he told
reporters in Canberra.
"There also needs to be a political strategy and we have been strong supporters of the
reconciliation, reintegration and rapprochement efforts and we are seeing very early signs
of that," he said.
Smith said in recent months there had been very early and slow signs of reintegration at
local level, but Australia remain committed to the war in Afghanistan.
"I think we are a long way from seeing a political settlement, a very long way," he said.
The comment came following U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday
confirmed that U.S. officials have been involved in preliminary talks with the Taliban to
seek a political solution to the Afghan war, but said he did not expect significant progress
for months.
Gates also said recent gains on the ground in Afghanistan meant President Barack Obama
would have more room for maneuver, when deciding how many troops to withdraw as he
begins a limited U.S. drawdown next month.
Meanwhile, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said U.S. negotiations with the Taliban
plus the impending draw-down of troops meant Australian troops in Afghanistan should
be withdrawn.
He again called on Prime Minister Gillard and Opposition Leader Abbott to bring our
troops home.
Australia currently has 1,500 troops in Afghanistan, and the causalities of Australian
soldiers are 27 since 2001.
9) Afghan National Security Forces Seize $500,000 Worth of Drugs in Bakwa. ISAF
Regional Command West
2011-06-CA-662-181
BAKWA, Afghanistan (June 21, 2011) – Afghan National Security Forces seized 200
kilograms of opium worth $500,000 during a complex joint operation supported by ISAF
forces.
The drugs, as well as weapons, mobile phones, sim cards and important documents, were
discovered behind false walls in a house in Pasau village.
Information passed to ANSF from the local community enabled the seizure, which was
the first of such a large quantity in the area.
10) ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update June 21, 2011. ISAF
KABUL, Afghanistan (June 21, 2011) – A combined Afghan and coalition security force
killed several insurgents, including a senior Haqqani leader, during a nighttime security
operation in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, yesterday.
The killed leader, Yasin, was the preeminent source of roadside bomb attacks in Zurmat
and Gardez districts. He was a bomb expert who constructed and facilitated explosive
weapon systems throughout the province, targeting Afghan and coalition forces.
The Afghan-led security force found themselves under attack by several armed insurgents
shortly after arriving at the targeted compounds.
After receiving extended heavy fire, the security force responded by killing several
insurgents, including Yasin. After the engagement, the force discovered and destroyed a
rocket-propelled grenade launcher with three warheads, several grenades, a machinegun,
multiple AK-47 rifles and numerous rounds of ammunition.
The force also detained several individuals for suspected involvement with the deceased
insurgents.
The security force was able to protect the women and children during the operation.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
North
A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents
during an overnight security operation at a Taliban leader’s suspected compound in Archi
district, Kunduz province, yesterday.
The target of the search is a leader with the Kunduz attack network and is responsible for
planning and conducting suicide attacks against Afghan government officials within the
district. ISAF today confirmed the capture of a Taliban leader during a security operation
in Archi district, Kunduz province, June 14.
The leader was the Taliban appointed governing official for the district. South A
combined Afghan and coalition security force in Kandahar province captured a Taliban
facilitator and more than five associates during a security operation in Arghandab district,
yesterday.
The facilitator was responsible for the movement of lethal materials for other Taliban
networks.
The Afghan-led security force detained him and the others at a compound in the district.
According to initial reports, the men were conducting a planning meeting at the time of
their detention.
No shots were fired during the night security search.
In Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban
facilitator and one suspected insurgent during a nighttime security operation in Nahr-e
Saraj district, yesterday. The facilitator was a key transfer agent, smuggling materials and
resources from Iran for senior Taliban leaders in Helmand. He and an associate were
captured by the Afghan-led force after they commenced a search on his compound.
A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during a
security operation in Qalat district, Zabul province, yesterday. The leader was responsible
for kidnapping and assassinating local Afghan civilians. Specifically, he was involved in
an attack at a local bazaar that wounded several civilians. He was captured at his
compound, where Afghan members of the force searched and questioned residents. The
leader identified himself to the force and was taken into custody.
ISAF today confirmed the capture of a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in
Tarnak wa Jaldak district, Zabul province, June 14. The facilitator assisted in the transfer
of Uzbeks and Farsi speaking foreign fighters from Pakistan into Afghanistan to fight for
the Taliban.
East
A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained
another during an overnight security operation in Mota Khan district, Paktika province,
yesterday.
The target for the operation is a Haqqani leader who conducts, coordinates and directs
roadside bomb attacks and against Afghan and coalition forces.
The Afghan-led force was initiating a search for the leader when they were attacked by
armed insurgents from the compound. The force returned fire, killing two insurgents and
wounding another.
Following the engagement, the force provided medical aid for the wounded insurgent and
transported him to a medical facility. Additionally, they found multiple grenades, AK-47
rifles and chest racks at the engagement site. No women or children were present during
the operation.
A combined Afghan and coalition security force in Khost province captured a Haqqani
network leader and a network facilitator during separate security searches in Sabari
district, yesterday. The leader directed 20 fighters who carrying out Haqqani operations
in the district and was actively involved in building roadside bombs. The leader and
several associates were identified and detained based on information provided during
questioning.
Also in Sabari, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani
network facilitator during a nighttime security search yesterday. The facilitator
purchased, sold and transported weapons and ammunition in support of Haqqani
operations. The combined security force located him at a compound in the district, and
upon searching the area, detained him and several associates.
In Wardak province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two
individuals for questioning during an overnight security search in Chak-e Wardak district,
yesterday.The targeted leader is responsible for financial and logistical support to
insurgents within the Onkhai valley area.
The Afghan-led security force conducted the search after receiving intelligence reports a
Taliban leader was in the area. While searching the area, two individuals with suspected
ties to the leader were detained for further questioning.
ISAF today confirmed the capture of a Haqqani facilitator during a security operation in
Sabari, June 10. The facilitator was responsible for the purchase and sale of weapons and
supplies to Haqqani insurgents in the district. He also prepared homemade bombs for
attacks against the Afghan National Army.
Pakistan
1) Afghanistan complains to Pakistan over cross-border shelling. Daily Times
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
KABUL: Afghanistan on Monday complained to Pakistan about its alleged shelling of
Afghan villages, soon after an assault by Pakistani forces drove terrorists across the
border. An Afghan ministry statement said Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul spoke to the
Pakistani ambassador over shelling by the Pakistani military of villages in the Sarkano
district of Kunar province, close to the border, earlier on Monday. “The foreign minister
expressed the Afghan side’s concern for the shelling of Afghan villages by Pakistani
artillery ... and conveyed the Afghan government’s request for such shelling to stop,” the
statement said. “The recent shelling has caused casualties among Afghan civilians,” it
said, without providing more details. Sarkano is just across the border from the Mohmand
Agency, where Pakistani forces launched an air and ground assault against a terrorist
stronghold on Saturday. A Pakistan Army statement on Sunday said the air and ground
assault had killed 25 terrorists and that others had fled across the border. reuters
2) Drones kill 9 Haqqani men in Kurram attack. Daily Times
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
PARACHINAR: Suspected US drones fired missiles into Kurram Agency on Monday,
killing at least 12 militants, nine of them from the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network,
local officials said.
Pakistani officials said it was only the fourth time that US drones had hit Kurram, where
Haqqani loyalists are believed to have fled as US pressure mounts on Pakistan to launch
an offensive on their headquarters in Waziristan. The first attack hit a vehicle, killing five
people, said Noor Alam, a local government official. As tribesmen rushed to the scene,
the vehicle was again struck, killing two more people, he said.
Minutes later, a suspected US drone attacked a nearby house, killing five people, Alam
said. An intelligence official in Kurram said the four missiles fired by drones targeted
two militant compounds and a vehicle in the Khardand area, a stronghold of Fazal Saeed,
a local militant commander. Saeed is closely linked to the Haqqani network – one of the
most feared Afghan groups fighting US forces across the border in Afghanistan, officials
say.
“Twelve militants were killed. Nine of them were Afghans and believed to be linked to
the Haqqani group,” a second intelligence official said. The remaining were said to be
Pakistanis. Kurram is an unusual target and could mark a further expansion of the US
campaign against militants holed up in North and South Waziristan.
North Waziristan is the major base for the Haqqani network and security officials say
many of its fighters and their local allies are believed to have fled to Kurram. The
militants cut a deal with Shia tribesmen last year in Kurram and neighbouring tribal
regions amid speculation that Pakistan Army might launch an offensive in North
Waziristan.
Hundreds of armed tribesmen on Monday gathered in Miranshah, the main town in North
Waziristan, to protest against the strikes, shouting “Death to America” and “Stop drone
attacks”. “The drone attacks are targeting innocent people, innocent women and
children,” local tribal elder Malik Shahzada told the gathering. “We will protest in
Peshawar and will stage a sit-in in Islamabad if government did not take steps to stop it,”
he added. agencies
The Obama administration has dramatically stepped up covert CIA drone attacks against
militants in Pakistan, but there have only been a handful of strikes in the Kurram.
Monday’s strikes could indicate an expansion of the programme. Most of the recent
drone strikes have taken place in North Waziristan, an important sanctuary for the
Haqqani network, which US military officials have said is the most dangerous militant
group battling foreign forces in Afghanistan. Washington has called Pakistan’s semiautonomous northwest tribal region the global headquarters of al Qaeda, where Taliban
and other al Qaeda-linked networks need to be defeated if the 10-year war in Afghanistan
is ever to end. Agencies
3) Attack, blast on pro-govt tribal elders kill 9. Daily Times
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
KHAR: At least nine people were killed and as many injured in two separate attacks on
members of local peace committees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday.
In the first incident, dozens of terrorists attacked the homes of two tribal elders, killing
six people in Mohmand Agency, officials said. The attack in Ziarat Masood village of
Mohmand came a day after warplanes bombed a terrorist stronghold in the region. “A
group of terrorists attacked houses of Malik Ghazi Khan and Malik Ghulab Khan, who
were also members of a local peace committee, killing six people and wounding four
others,” local administration official Zabit Khan told AFP.
He said the terrorists, said to number up to 70 and armed with rockets, hand grenades and
Kalashnikov rifles, attacked the two houses late on Sunday. “Those killed in the attack
also included close relatives, including sons, of the two tribal elders,” he said. Of the two
elders, Malik Ghazi Khan sustained injuries while Malik Ghulab Khan was not present at
the time of attack.
Three people were killed and five others injured in a remote-controlled explosion near the
hujra of a member of the local peace committee in Mathani, a suburban locality of
Peshawar on Monday evening. According to an official of Mathani Police Station, the
explosive material was planted in a vehicle that was blown up through a remote-control
near the Hujra of Ejaz Khan, a member of the people committee. Prime Minister Yousaf
Raza Gilani strongly condemned the blast. Agencies
4) Govt, intelligence agencies ruining Pakistan: Nawaz. Geo
Updated at: 1527 PST, Tuesday, June 21, 2011
BAGH: PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday that the government and intelligence
agencies are responsible for ruining the country, Geo News reported. He added that no
deal would be made on Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Speaking during an election rally in Azad Jammu Kashmir, Nawaz said that there was
corruption in every institution and money was even stolen from Hajjis. Billions were
being embezzled and the country had never seen corruption of this level, he added.
The PML-N chief said that the Supreme Court had written a letter asking for President
Zardari’s foreign funds to be returned and that the President had never lived up to his
promises.
Speaking about the elections in Azad Kashmir, he said that the people would have to
think about voting for these people in the future.
5) NWA Ulema condemn terrorism, declare suicide attacks ‘Haram’. Geo
Updated at: 1015 PST, Tuesday, June 21, 2011
MIRANSHAH: A meeting of 300 eminent religious scholars and Ulema have
unanimously agreed and pronounced condemning all forms of terrorists’ activities in
North Waziristan Agency and issued stern warning to terrorists about serious
consequences.
The Ulema declared suicide attacks as Haram in Islam and strongly condemned all those
involved in recruiting and training of suicide bombers. A meeting of the prominent
Ulema of North Waziristan Agency was held in Madrassah Nizamia at Eidak in Mir Ali
Tehsil, which is a leading and respected Madrassah in the entire North Waziristan
Agency on June 13.
The meeting warned all foreigners to stop their violent activities as they can only live in
the North Waziristan Agency peacefully under the local customs. The meeting ruled that
no one can call another ‘Kafir or Munafiq’ based on whatever beliefs or virtues in North
Waziristan Agency.
At the backdrop of security environment in the country in general and the North
Waziristan Agency in particular, such pronouncement by all encompassing and respected
Ulema of the North Waziristan Agency is historic, far reaching and very significant, said
observers.
6) Security official dead in South Waziristan attack. Dawn
21 June 2011
WANA: An attack in the tehsil Laddah of South Waziristan tribal region resulted in the
death of a member of the security forces on Tuesday, DawnNews reported.
According to reports, a remote-controlled device was used in the attack that also
wounded another security forces official. Meanwhile, four militants were killed in a
retaliatory attack by security forces.
A search operation was started after forces surround the area.
7) Army detains officer over links with banned outfit. Geo
Updated at: 1607 PST, Tuesday, June 21, 2011
RAWALPINDI: A senior Pakistan Army official has been arrested due to his links with a
banned outfit, DG ISPR confirmed to Geo News.
According DG ISPR, Major-General Athar Abbas, Brigadier Ali Khan who was on a
routine GHQ posting is being probed and any further information would hamper the
probe.
He added that the Army had a strict system of internal security and no one was allowed to
violate Army discipline. No further details were provided about the Brigadier.
According to sources, the detained brigadier was in contact with the Hizb-ul-Tehrir.
Hizb-ul-Tehrir was banned during the tenure of President Musharraf in 2004. It is active
in Britain and other western countries.
8) Rehman vows to take stern action against terrorists. Dunya
Last Updated On 20 June,2011 About 22 hours ago
Police, Rangers and other law enforcers would be supported against anti-social elements
in Karachi.
Federal Minsiter for Interior Affairs Rehman Malik and Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad
said this in a joint statement.
Rehman held a meeting with Ishratul Ebad at Governor House. CM Qaim Ali Shah was
also present. They reviewed law and order situation in the metropolitan and others parts
of Sindh.
Rehman and Governor Sindh vowed that they would take action with the coordination
and cooperation of their allied political parties for the restoration of peace and tranquility
in the city. Anti social elements would be exterminated, they added.
They said that they would improve the performance of Rangers, police and other law
enforcers against target killers and extortionists.
9) National institution should not be targeted: Malik. Dunya
Last Updated On 21 June,2011 About 4 hours ago
The interior minister says he was ready to accept any criticism.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Tuesday that institutions should not be targeted
whereas he was available for any criticism.
He said that NADRA was not involved in fake issuance of the computerised national
identity cards (CNIC) as the process of the card making was flawless. It was impossible
to make a fake CINC, he said.
He said that Rangers was working under an act and that the Rangers personnel had no
right to kill the man in Karachi.
The interior minister said that the government was criticized on the Abbottabad
operation.
Earlier, Rehman Malik and Hanif Abbasi traded hot words in the National Assembly.
Abbasi said that the interior ministry should be abolished to save the country.
10) FLASH: 4 KILLED IN US DRONE STRIKE IN KURRAM AGENCY,
NORTHWEST PAKISTAN -- LOCAL MEDIA. Xinhua
English.news.cn 2011-06-21 22:05:49
FLASH: 4 KILLED IN US DRONE STRIKE IN KURRAM AGENCY, NORTHWEST
PAKISTAN -- LOCAL MEDIA
Iraq
1) Police among dead as two car blasts kill 25 in central Iraq. Dawn
AFP
21 June 2011
DIWANIYAH: Two car bombs Tuesday ripped through a group of Iraqi police near the
home of the local governor in Iraq’s central city of Diwaniyah, killing 25 people and
wounding more than 30, officials said.
A medical source at the main hospital in Diwaniyah, 160 kilometres south of Baghdad,
said most of the casualties were policemen.
“Two car bombs exploded almost simultaneously near the governor’s home in
Diwaniyah, killing 25 people and wounding more than 30,” a defence ministry official
told AFP.
It was not immediately known if Salam Hussein Alwan, governor of the province — also
named Diwaniyah — was among the casualties.
The hospital source said they had received 20 bodies and admitted 35 wounded.
“Most of the casualties are policemen,” he told AFP.
Casualty figures often differ in the immediate aftermath of an attack in Iraq, due to the
ensuing chaos and confusion.
Attacks against government officials have dramatically risen in recent months, with Iraqi
leaders still bickering over key security positions that have remained unfilled since
elections in March last year, and the formation of a government more than eight months
later.
Tuesday’s explosions came a day after a string of bombings and gun attacks in Baghdad
and elsewhere in Iraq, including a blast next to a French embassy car that wounded seven
Iraqis. Four French security personnel inside the armoured vehicle escaped unhurt.
The dead in Monday’s attacks included an army officer and a policeman who were shot
dead in different parts of Baghdad, and the mayor of the town of Al-Shar in central
Baquba province, killed by gunmen who raided his home.
Violence is down in Iraq since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when tens of thousands of
people were killed in clashes between Sunni and Shia Arabs and in insurgent attacks, but
attacks have risen since the beginning of this year.
The rise in violence comes with only months to go before US troops, in Iraq since the
2003 invasion, are due to complete a pullout under the terms of a bilateral security pact.
Eight US soldiers have been killed on duty so far this month.
An al Qaeda-style raid by gunmen against government offices in the central city of
Baquba on June 14 killed seven people.
Private security firm AKE Group said this month that attacks have been on the rise since
the start of the year, with violent incidents averaging more than 10 a day in May, up from
four to five a day in January.
2) Talabani and Ahmadinejad talk of importance of Iraq-Iran relations. AKNews
21/06/2011 16:15
Erbil, June 21 (Aknews) - The Iraqi and Iranian presidents have stressed the importance
of the growth of relations between their two countries.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Jalal Talabani spoke over the phone today according to
Iranian state broadcaster, Press TV.
"The expansion of relations between Iran and Iraq will be beneficial to regional peace
and security," President Ahmadinejad said.
Talabani expressed his happiness at the increasing closeness of the two neighbors and
said that better relations can only be a good thing for the whole of the Middle East.
Ahmadinejad highlighted the cultural ties between Iraq and Iran and said: "The two
countries have great potential to promote bilateral and regional ties.”
Meanwhile, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran,
today on an official visit to discuss ways to enhance bilateral ties. He will meet with
senior Iranian officials, including President Ahmadinejad.
By Patrick Smith
3) Two killed, three arrested for 'trying to attack Green Zone'. AKNews
21/06/2011 14:52
Baghdad, June 21 (AKnews) – A joint force of US and Iraqi military personnel killed two
people and arrested three others they say were attempting to launch missiles on
Baghdad’s Green Zone.
A security source said the troops engaged in a firefight with a group of five apparent
militants in northern Baghdad after they received intelligence about the planned attacks.
The heavily fortified Green Zone houses most of the government buildings in addition to
all the foreign embassies, consulates and offices.
By Raman Brosk
4) Baghdad liquor stores targeted in bombings. AKNews
21/06/2011 11:37
Baghdad, June 21 (AKnews) – Two liquor stores in Baghdad’s central Karrada district
were badly damaged this morning in two separate improvised explosive device (IED)
blasts. Stores that sell alcohol
Local police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the stores had been
deliberately targeted.
Iraq’s liquor stores have often been the targets of bombings and shootouts – believed to
be perpetrated by militant religious groups.
The consumption of alcohol is forbidden under Islamic law.
Within months of the 2003 US-led invasion, liquor stores across the country –
predominantly in the Iraqi capital – began to be attacked.
Store owners blamed the attacks on al-Qaeda or Shiite militias such as Muqtada al-Sadr’s
Mahdi army.
Last year, Baghdad officials reintroduced a law from the Saddam regime that bans
Muslims from selling alcohol and requires any other groups to obtain a license –
effectively banning the sale of alcohol in the Iraqi capital.
Reported by Raman Brosk
5) Two civilians killed, 8 others injured, in Musayab, South Iraq. Aswat Al Iraq
6/21/2011 10:37 AM
BABEL / Aswat al-Iraq: Two civilians have been killed and eight others injured, among
them two policemen, in an explosive charge blast in a popular café in southern Iraq’s city
of Musayab on Tuesday, a Babel security source said.
“An explosive charge blew off in a café in Musayab city, 45 km to the northwest of Hilla,
the center of Babel Province on Tuesday, killing 2 civilians and wounding 8 others,
among them a police officer and a cop,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq.
Hilla, the center of west Iraq’s Babel Province, is 100 km to the south of Baghdad.
6) Rocket falls on north Iraq’s Kirkuk Council building. Aswat Al Iraq
6/21/2011 9:38 AM
KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq: A rocket fell on the building of the Province’s Council of
northern Iraq’s oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Monday, causing some material damage,
Kirkuk’s Koria Police Director said.
“A rocket fell on a building under construction, inside Kirkuk Province’s Council
headquarters, causing material damage, but no human casualties,” Lt-Brigadier, Taha
Abdul-Rahman told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
He said the security forces began searching for the area, where the rocket was launched
from.
7) Two armed men killed, 3 others injured by Baghdad’s security men. Aswat Al
Iraq
6/21/2011 11:07 AM
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Two armed men have been killed and three others arrested,
when they tried to launch rockets in Baghdad, a Baghdad Operations Command
announced on Tuesday.
“The security forces have killed 2 armed men and arrested 3 others, when they tried to
launch rockets,” the security source told the semi-official al-Iraqiya TV Channel, giving
no further details.
8) Two persons killed, 8 others injured in 2 booby-trapped cars blasts in Baghdad.
Aswat Al Iraq
6/21/2011 10:51 AM
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Two persons have been killed and eight others injured in
two booby-trapped cars blasts in west and east Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source
reported.
“An explosive charge, planted on the roadside in west Baghdad’s al-Nisour Square, blew
off against a mini-bus, carrying civilians, killing one of them and wounding three others
on Tuesday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news Agency.
The source said that another explosive charge, planted on the roadside in east Baghdad’s
Palestine street, blew off when an Iraqi Army patrol was passing, killing a soldier and
wounding 5 others, among them 3 soldiers.
“Two booby-trapped cars blew off against an alcohol-selling shop central Baghdad’s
Karrada district and the second, also in Karrada, causing material damage, but no human
casualties,” he added.
9) Two booby-trapped cars blown up by anti-explosives experts in Ramadi, before
reaching target. Aswat Al Iraq
6/21/2011 11:26 AM
ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: Two booby-trapped cars, parked in Ramadi, the center of west
Iraq’s Anbar Province, were blow up by anti-explosive experts of Anbar Operations
Command, causing no casualties, an Anbar security source reported on Tuesday.
“A joint Iraqi Army and police force have discovered 2 booby-trapped cars, parked in
central Ramadi’s al-Ziyout Street, blew them up, after failing to dismantle them,” the
security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
He said that the place, where the two booby-trapped cars were parked, usually witnesses
the movement of security patrols and motorcades of officials in central Ramadi,
confirming that the explosion did not cause any human or material losses.
Ramadi, the center of Anbar Province, is 110 km to the west of Baghdad.
10) U.S. Army patrol attacked by explosive charge in Babel, south Iraq. Aswat Al
Iraq
6/21/2011 11:35 AM
BABEL / Aswat al-Iraq: An explosive charge was blown up against a U.S.
Army patrol in southern Iraq’s Babel province on Tuesday, a Babel police source said.
“An explosive charge blew off against a U.S. Army patrol, while passing through alShomaly township, 40 km to the south of Hilla, the center of southern Iraq’s Babel
Province on Tuesday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
He said the American troops have cordoned the venue of the blast, shooting fire in the air,
whilst losses were not known.
11) URGENT / Terrorist group involved in assassinations of high ranking officials
detained in Baghdad. Aswat Al Iraq
6/21/2011 1:31 PM
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: A terrorist gang, carrying out assassinations against highranking officers and judges, has been detained by Iraq’s Anti-Terrorism Body in western
Baghdad on Tuesday, according to an urgent report by the semi-official al-Iraqiya TV
Channel.
“A force, belonging to the Anti-Terrorism Body has managed to detain a terrorist
network, responsible for the assassination of high-ranking officers and judges, using
silencer guns, in west Baghdad’s al-Adel district,” the TV Channel reported.
Noteworthy is that Baghdad is witnessing the stepping up of security violations, reflected
in attacks against Iraqi Army officers, police, state officials and university professors, by
unknown gunmen, using explosive and sticking charges, along with guns fixed with
silencers.
Doubts have spread about links between the said terrorist gangs and some security
bodies, whilst part of the assassinations were linked to political assassinations, at a time
when the naming of security cabinet ministers was not settled by the current government
for more than 4 months.
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