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News, May 2009
Bloody Day in Afghanistan, Scores of Suicide Bombing Attacks, Scores of People Killed
May 12, 2009
alemarah1.org reported the following news:
In martyrdom attacks 50 forigners and puppet soldiers killed in Kandahar
Today noon 11:17am 30 martyrdom attackers of Islamic Emirate carried out the attacks against the foreigners and governor police headquarter.
First a martyrdom attacker blew up hemself in front of governor house and after another mujahideen attacked on governor house and other buildings 8 martyrdom attacker carried out attack and another 22 mujahideen com back to their bases in the city.
The martyrdom attackers were armed with light and heavy weapons. 50 foreigners and high rank military and security personnel were killed while few injured. also 2 tanks of American 25 military vehicles of Afghani army and police were destroyed. The buildings of governed house police headquarter were completely destroyed.
7 enemy soldiers killed in Zabul
Today noon at approximately 12:00 pm local time, 4 American soldiers and 3 Afghani soldiers were killed few wounded in an armed attack on joint convoy of foreigner and Afghani army convoy in Baylogh area of Daichopan District of Zabul province . They suffered the above-mentioned casualties after they came under a bloody attack by the Mujahideen, when the convoy was on going in the area.
Reported by qari Yousuf Ahmadi
Eight soldiers killed in Nade-e Ali fighting
Today at approximately 10:00 am local time morning, eight Afghani soldiers were killed in an armed attack in center of Nade-e Ali District of Helmand Province . They suffered the above-mentioned casualties after they came under a bloody attack by the Mujahideen, when they were on patrol in the area.
Reported by Qari Yusof Ahmadi
Governor of Golestan Qasem Khan has been killed.
Yesterday at 11:00 am [local time] Qasem Khan, the governor of Golestan District of Farah Province, was killed with his three bodyguards when the mujahedin of the Islamic Emirate blown up his Ranger vehicle by a mine, as part of Nasrat operation, in Ghozanai area of this district.
The vehicle of the governor was totally destroyed and all, including the governor, on board were killed instantly in the explosion. It is said that the governor was killed when he was on his way from his home to the centre of the district.
Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
In Explosion 5 army soldiers killed in Zabul
Today morning 12-05-2009 at approximately 7 am local time, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with a remote controlled landmine blew up a vehicle of army in Khalaghondi area of Qalat city capital of Zabul province. The landmine destroyed the vehicle and 5 soldiers in it were killed.
Reported by Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
In attack 10 frontier police killed in Kunar
Last night at approximately 10:pm local time According to details, the "Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate attack on base of frontier police in Dangam district of Kunar province
In attack 10 soldiers killed few wounded. also tow military vehicles were destroyed.
Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid
Taliban Storm Strategic City In Afghanistan
by The Associated Press
NPR.org, May 12, 2009 ·
Eleven Taliban suicide bombers attacked government buildings in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, sparking running gunbattles that killed at least 20 people and wounded three U.S. troops, officials said. U.S. and Afghan troops freed 20 hostages taken by the insurgents.
The assault began around 10 a.m. when a suicide bomber in a burqa attacked the governor's compound in Khost, an eastern city on the border with Pakistan that houses a major American base. That blast was followed soon after by a suicide car bomb explosion, said Wazir Pacha, the spokesman for the provincial police chief.
U.S. forces attending a nearby meeting responded to the attacks and killed an unknown number of alleged Taliban fighters, said Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, a U.S. military spokeswoman.
Khost residents hid from booming explosions and running street clashes that lasted until 5 p.m. At least 11 Taliban fighters and nine others — including police and civilians — died, the defense ministry said.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed that 30 suicide bombers had attacked the government buildings. A U.S. spokesman summed up the chaos in the midst of battle: "A lot of stuff is going on right now."
The attack began with several suicide attacks on the Khost governor's compound, which drew small-arms fire from nearby U.S. troops, said U.S. military spokesman Brian Naranjo.
Then a team of six suicide bombers tried to attack the nearby police headquarters, but were rebuffed by security forces and entered the neighboring municipality building, Pacha said.
Three bombers detonated their explosives, the Interior Ministry said, while other alleged Taliban fighters took 20 city employees hostage, Pacha said.
A second U.S. team was sent from the nearby American base, Camp Salerno. But those troops were fired on en route, Naranjo said. A U.S. soldier and an Afghan police officer were wounded and taken to Camp Salerno for treatment where they were in stable condition, he said. A number of alleged Taliban fighters were killed.
After the alleged Taliban fighters entered the municipal building, explosions reverberated from within, as U.S. and Afghan forces surrounded the area, an Associated Press stringer said from within the police chief's compound.
U.S. and Afghan forces later stormed the building, freed 20 hostages and killed three insurgents, Pacha said.
Taliban and other Afghani fighters have increased their attacks in the last three years and now control wide swaths of territory. President Obama has repeatedly vowed to stamp out the threat.
He has engineered a shakeup that includes installing Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and appointing a former three-star general the country's ambassador. Karl Eikenberry presented his credentials to President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday.
Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, Afghanistan's Defense Ministry spokesman, listed three priorities that McChrystal should focus on when taking over the command.
"Prevent civilian casualties, strengthen the quality and quantity of Afghan forces, and focus more on coordinating the military operations with Afghan forces," Azimi said.
McKiernan's exit comes as more than 21,000 additional U.S. forces begin to arrive in Afghanistan — dispatched by Obama to confront the Taliban more forcefully. A record 38,000 U.S. troops are already in the country.
At Least Six Killed In Taliban Attacks In Eastern Afghanistan
At least six people have been killed after two teams of Taliban
suicide bombers and fighters launched near-simultaneous attacks on two
different government offices in eastern Afghanistan, said officials on
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