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(TERRORISM) READ: US Strike Kills al-Qaeda Hotel Bomber in Somalia…

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(Newser Summary) – An American helicopter strike killed a long-sought terrorist in Southern Somalia yesterday, the New York Times reports. Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, an al-Qaeda leader operating out of Kenya, was suspected in the 2002 attack on a Kenyan resort as well as the attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. He was riding in a truck with leaders of Shabab, a Somali Islamist extremist group, when the US copters struck.

A senior Shabab commander tells the AP the group will seek revenge on the US. Shabab is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s teetering government, and intelligence officials say it’s drawing closer to al-Qaeda. But the main target of the strike was Nabhan. When special operations forces saw he’d moved away from civilians, they pounced. “We have been watching him for a long, long, time,” said a military official.

Kevin Spak

Sources: New York Times, Associated Press

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September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

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(READ): US Wants 20,000 More Troops to Fight Taliban…

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US WarSource: Common Dreams

British and American soldiers to shoulder brunt of surge’s next phase
by Kim Sangupta

The commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan will ask for 20,000 more international troops as part of his new strategic plan for the alliance’s war against a resurgent Taliban, The Independent has learned.

British troops in Helmand province recently. Last month was the deadliest for UK forces since the Falklands war. (Photo: The Independent).The demand from General Stanley McChrystal will almost certainly lead to more British soldiers being sent to the increasingly treacherous battlegrounds of Helmand, the Taliban heartland, despite growing opposition to the war.

General McChrystal, tasked with turning the tide in the battle against the insurgency on the ground, has given a presentation of his draft report to senior Afghan government figures in which he also proposes raising the size of the Afghan army and police force. Read More

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August 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

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(READ): Al Qaeda Still ‘Very Capable’ Of US Strike…

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Source: SKY News

Al Qaeda is still “very capable” of carrying out a terrorist attack on US soil, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

15367795 Mike Mullen, pictured with Mr Obama, says insurgents are more sophisticated

 Mike Mullen said the war in Afghanistan is still vital because al Qaeda is benefiting from the support of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“I think it (the situation in Afghanistan) is serious and deteriorating and I’ve said that over the last couple of years, that the Taliban insurgency has gotten better, more sophisticated,” he said.

His warning comes at a time when support for the war in Afghanistan is low in the US.

A recent survey by the Washington Post suggested 51% of Americans do not feel the war is worth fighting.

Barack Obama has supported the conflict since becoming president and has pledged to deploy an extra 21,000 US troops to Afghanistan by the end of the year. Read More

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August 24, 2009 at 9:24 am

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(READ): Hakimullah Mehsud: Ruthless New Pakistan Taliban Leader Named…

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Source: The Huffington Post

MAKEEN, Pakistan — Pakistani Taliban fighters are committed to helping the fight in Afghanistan and consider Barack Obama their “No 1 enemy,” a top commander said amid uncertainty Sunday about whether a new leader has been appointed to head the movement.

Waliur Rehman made the remarks in an interview with the Associated Press at a time of intense speculation over the next leader of the al-Qaida-allied group. A CIA missile strike on Aug. 5 is believed to have killed former chief Baitullah Meshsud. Rehman, a cousin of Baitullah, is seen as a strong candidate for the post.

Speaking Saturday – before aides to another Taliban commander said a second contender, Hakimullah Meshud, had been appointed the next chief – Rehman said Baitullah had given him full control over the network and that a new leader “would be chosen within five days.”

He did not refer to the claim that Hakimullah had become the leader – an omission that will add to doubts about whether that appointment had been agreed by all the top Taliban members. It will also likely be taken as a further sign the movement and its up to 25,000 fighters remain split over the succession.

Rehman met the AP in a forest near Makeen village in the heart of the semiautonomous lands close to the Afghan border where al-Qaida and the Taliban hold sway. Looking healthy and dressed in clean, ironed clothes, he was accompanied by five armed guards. Read More

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August 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm

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