AFGHANISTAN: AMERICANS OUT & TALIBAN IN AS AFGHAN FORCES TAKE OVER SECURITY ON NEW YEARS DAY ‘

#AceNewsServices – EditorsPost:Dec.31: The smoke from mortar and rocket attacks rises from the mountains of Dangam in the remote eastern border region of Afghanistan as Taliban insurgents battle government forces in a bid to establish a permanent presence now that the American soldiers who led the fight here for more than a decade have left officials reported to AP.

' Taliban move into Dangam Mountains as American Forces leave Country '

‘ Taliban move into Dangam Mountains as American Forces leave Country ‘

Heavy fighting has been raging for almost three weeks, with wave after wave of Taliban militants assaulting this picturesque but poverty-stricken district of Kunar province just four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the border with Pakistan, officials and residents said.

The U.S.-led international effort to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban officially shifts from a combat to a training band support mission Wednesday, with Afghan forces assuming full responsibility for security nationwide on New Year’s Day. A residual force of 10,800 Americans and almost 3,000 NATO soldiers will remain, under the banner of a new mission called Resolute Support.

Over the last 18 months, U.S. and NATO forces have been closing their bases across the country, taking their battlefield prowess, air support and medical evacuation assets with them.

The war is meanwhile creeping into urban and residential areas, putting ordinary people at greater risk. Civilian casualties look set to hit 10,000 in 2014, the highest yearly total of dead and wounded since the U.N. began keeping records in 2008. More than 75 percent of the deaths and injuries are caused by Taliban attacks, according to the U.N.

There are few places where Afghan forces have been tested as ferociously as in Dangam, a forested valley where life has changed little for centuries.

The fighting began when local residents decided they had had enough of the Taliban, who had set up a “shadow” administration and were attempting to take control of the valley, according to Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri, Afghan army corps commander for eastern Afghanistan.

The Afghan army came to help, he said, and fighting has been going on ever since.

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YEMEN: ‘ SABOTEURS BLEW UP MAIN OIL EXPORT PIPELINE ‘

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – Nov.26 – Saboteurs blew up Yemen’s main oil export pipeline on Wednesday, halting crude flows, Reuters said, citing the country’s Defence Ministry and an industry source.

Wednesday’s attack occurred in the area of Habab in Marib province, halting flows to export facilities on the Red Sea.

Before the spate of attacks began three years ago, the 435km pipeline carried around 110,000 barrels per day to Ras Isa, the export terminal on the Red Sea.

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‘ NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS RISES BY SIXTY PERCENT IN ONE YEAR ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Nov.22 – The number of people killed in militant attacks worldwide jumped more than 60 percent last year to a record high of nearly 18,000 and the figure could rise further in 2014 due to an escalation of conflict in the Middle East and Nigeria, a report showed on Tuesday Reuters reported.

'NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS RISES BY SIXTY PERCENT IN ONE YEAR '

‘NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS RISES BY SIXTY PERCENT IN ONE YEAR ‘

Four Islamist groups operating in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria were responsible for two thirds of the 2013 attacks and the vast majority of the deaths occurred in those countries, the Australia and US-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) said in its Global Terrorism Index.

However, militant attacks are on the rise more broadly, with two dozen countries seeing more than 50 deaths in 2013, it said.

The four most active militant groupings are Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (now renamed Islamic State), Nigeria’s Boko Haram, the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban and transnational al Qaeda-affiliated networks.

“There is no doubt it is a growing problem. The causes are complex but the four groups responsible for most of the deaths all have their roots in fundamentalist Islam,” said IEP founder Steve Killelea.

“They are particularly angry about the spread of Western education. That makes any attempt at the kind of social mobilizing you need to stop them particularly difficult – it can just antagonize them more,” he said.

The number of attacks themselves rose 44 percent in 2013 from the previous year to almost 10,000.

Deaths in such attacks are now five times higher than in 2000, the report showed, citing analysis of data in the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database.

Most but not all militant attacks were religiously motivated.

Attacks in India – the sixth most affected country – rose 70 percent in 2013 largely due to attacks by communist insurgents. The majority remained non-lethal.

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‘ GERMAN COURT CONVICTS FOUR MEN OF PLANNING AL-QAEDA ATTACKS ‘

#AceNewsServices – GERMANY – Nov.13 – A German court convicted four men on Thursday of being members or supporters of Al-Qaeda and planning a potentially lethal attack on German soil Die Welt reported. 

' Abdeladim El-K '

‘ Abdeladim El-K ‘

They were handed sentences of up to nine years each behind bars, Reuters said.

The group, dubbed the ‘Dusseldorf Cell’, was arrested in 2011 in the western cities of Dusseldorf and Bochum, just days before Osama Bin Laden was killed

During a two-year long trial, prosecutors said the men, acting under direct orders from al Qaeda, planned to detonate a cluster bomb in a crowd of people followed by a second explosion once emergency services had arrived to treat the victims.

Moroccan Abdeladim El-K, in his 30s, was the leader of the cell and is the highest-ranking member of al Qaeda to go before a court in Germany. The court in Duesseldorf sentenced him to nine years in prison.

Abdeladim El-K Indictment '

Abdeladim El-K Indictment ‘

Prosecutors said he travelled to an al Qaeda training camp in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area in 2010 where he was taught how to make explosives and use guns.

The arrest of a militant Islamist cell in Germany on April 29 demonstrated the significance of safe havens for the al Qaeda network 

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‘ POLICEMEN AND SOLDIERS KILLED BY ISLAMIC MILITANTS IN ATTACKS IN SINAI ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – Nov.13 – Five policemen and soldiers have been killed in two attacks by Islamic militants in restive northern Sinai, Egyptian security officials said.

'Militants kill 5 Egyptian police, soldiers in Sinai '

‘Militants kill 5 Egyptian police, soldiers in Sinai ‘

The attackers had set up roadblocks and stopped vehicles with troops or policemen.

Near town of Sheikh Zuweyid, gunmen dragged three soldiers out of their car and killed them.

Two policemen were snatched from their vehicle near the border town of Rafah and shot to death, AP reported.

Victims in both attacks were off duty.

Northern Sinai has been under the state of emergency since militants attacked an army checkpoint last month, killing 31 soldiers.

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‘ WAVES OF ATTACKS CONTINUE AS SEVEN PEOPLE KILLED IN BOMB ATTACK ON CAIRO METRO ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – Nov.13 – At least seven people were hurt when a bomb went off in a Cairo metro carriage on Thursday, AFP reported, citing security officials.

'7 injured in bomb attack on Cairo metro – reports '

‘7 injured in bomb attack on Cairo metro – reports ‘

Egypt is suffering a wave of attacks, many of them claimed by Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

Last week, a bomb on a train north of the capital killed four people, and blasts in the Cairo metro, and near a presidential palace, wounded several others.

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"Tunisian Police Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection with the Murder of Mohammed Brahmi"

#AceBreakingNews says a suspect in last July’s murder of Tunisian opposition politician, Mohamed Brahmi, was arrested near the capital Tunis following a reported gun battle with police overnight on Saturday, the interior ministry’s spokesman said.

cropped-header-breaking-news.jpgSecurity forces “surrounded a house where a terrorist group had holed up. Following a sustained exchange of fire, four elements were arrested,” interior ministry spokesman, Mohamed Ali Aroui, told Agence France-Presse.

“Among them is Hmed el-Melki, alias ‘Somali,’ one of the elements implicated in the assassination of the martyr, Mohamed Brahmi,” he added. “The interior ministry stresses that it was a successful operation,” said the spokesman. Authorities blamed Brahmi’s murder, as well as that of Chokri Belaid, another opposition politician, who was killed in February, on the Ansar Al-Sharia, a jihadist outfit.

The group, however, never claimed responsibility for the attacks.

 

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