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Iraq security forces arrest the new ISIS leader
2020-05-21
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ISIS leader nominated to replace Baghdadi handed over to Iraqi authorities
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iraqi Intelligence Service announced that the person nominated to succeed the terrorist leader and founder of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been handed over to them.

According to the Iraqi News Agency, the Intelligence Service announced that their forces have taken custody Abdel-Nasser Qirdash, noting that he is the candidate to succeed Baghdadi as the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group.

Qirdash is the highest ranking Islamic State officer to ever be taken into custody.

It should be noted that while Qirdash was nominated to replace Baghdadi, the Islamic State ultimately chose to ’Abdul-Rahman al-Mawlah as the leader of the group.

He was first arrested in Syria last year, but was not handed over to the Iraqi authorities until recently.

The former Islamic State leader, Baghdadi, was killed during a special U.S. military operation in northwestern Syria in October of 2019.

Baghdadi was hiding in a jihadist-held town in the northern countryside of the Idlib Governorate; he refused to surrender during the U.S. raid and chose to detonate his own boom jacket.

Despite Baghdadi’s death in 2019, the Islamic State has remained active in both Syria and Iraq, often carrying out hit-and-run attacks against the Syrian and Iraqi armies, along with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
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Iraq claims capture of senior Daesh leader
[ARABNEWS] Iraq claimed on Wednesday it had arrested a ISIS leader considered a successor to the terror group’s former chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The National Intelligence Service told the Iraqi News Agency (INA) it had picked up Abdul Nasser Qardash.

He served as the head of one of the terrorist group’s commissions, INA said, and served under Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who led the group that preceded ISIS.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
some reports suggested Qardash was captured by US or Kurdish forces in Syria last year and just recently transferred to Iraqi custody.

The US has previously identified Ameer Muhammed Saeed al-Salbi al-Mawla, as the new leader of ISIS. He is known within the group as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.

Some reports said Qardash was the same person as al-Mawla, despite the photo used by INA of the captured holy warrior not matching that of al-Mawla.

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-Land of the Free
New York Times' New Low - Guest Writer Sirajuddin Haqqani
2020-02-21
Never thought I'd see this day. Shit, the taliban never thought they'd see this day.
[OpIndia] The reputation of the New York Times has been falling fast in recent years due to its questionable editorial standards. The liberal bias of the newspaper has led to a situation where it has sacrificed objective reporting of events for brownie points in liberal circles. The falling standards of the ’failing’ New York Times were once again on display when they provided a platform to an Islamic Terrorist from the Taliban.

In the opinion-editorial, the terrorist who happens to be the deputy leader of the Taliban proceeded to whitewash the crimes of his brethren and say laughable things such as "I am convinced that the killing and the maiming must stop." The terrorist also said, "Our negotiation team, led by my colleagues Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Sher Mohammed Abas Stanekzai, has worked tirelessly for the past 18 months with the American negotiators to make an agreement possible."

Sirajuddin Haqqani stated, "We stuck with the talks despite recurring disquiet and upset within our ranks over the intensified bombing campaign against our villages by the United States and the flip-flopping and ever-moving goal posts of the American side." In the oped, Haqqani also claimed that they were "forced to defend" against the USA and its allies does not mention the legitimacy of the Afghan government.

Haqqani is the leader of the Pakistan-based Haqqani Network comprised of fighters affiliated with al-Qaeda. He is wanted by the FBI and the United Nations for being "actively involved in the planning and execution of attacks" against US troops. He is also wanted in connection with a 2008 terrorist attack on a hotel in Kabul and an assassination attempt against Afghanistan’s president. The US announced a bounty of up to $10 million for information leading to his arrest.

The NYT appears to be ever willing to go to any length in order to oppose Donald Trump, the President of the US, and providing a platform to the Taliban to run their propaganda appears to be one an instance of it. The NYT’s conduct is in sync with that of the western press at large. For instance, the Washington Post described ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as an "austere religious scholar" after he was neutralized by US forces on the orders of Donald Trump.

Bloomberg News, owned by presidential aspirant Michael Bloomberg, glorified al-Baghdadi by describing him as someone who came from a small village and then achieved great success against all odds. The Western press’ glorification of terrorists and terrorism is something India encounters on a daily basis. They go to great lengths to whitewash the Jihad in Kashmir and call it a ’freedom struggle’. It’s only now that the people in the West are realizing the extent of the moral depravity of its mainstream media.
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Afghanistan
Mullah Sherin hatched assassination of Gen. Raziq, claims ex-NDS Chief
2018-10-24
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The former Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) Chief Rahmatullah Nabil claims that a key member of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
’s Quetta Council Mullah Sherin had hatched and executed the liquidation plan of Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq.

In a statement posted online, Nabil said the attacker was trained in Al Hamza training center where jacket wallahs are being trained under the supervision of Taj Mir who is also famous as Mawlavi Zabiullah.

Nabil further added that Taj Mir has close links with the Haqqani terrorist network and the military intelligence of Pakistain.

However,
the hip bone's connected to the leg bone...
he said Mullah Sherin hatched the liquidation plan in close coordination with ISI and cooperation of one of the security guards of Kandahar governor who had helped in the appointment of the attacker as the security guard of the governor.

According to Nabil, the governor’s guard who helped in the execution of the plan has managed to flee the Kandahar city.

Nabil also added that Mullah Sherin has close links with the Haqqani network’s Sirajuddin Haqqani
...son of Pashtun warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, still titular head of the Haqqani Network....
, currently operates as Taliban’s intelligence chief and is based in Quetta city.

The provincial intelligence chief of the province Gen. Abdul Momin was also killed in the attack while the provincial governor Zalmay Weesa sustained injuries.
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Afghanistan
Jalaluddin Haqqani’s death not to affect the activities of the network: Nabil
2018-09-05
[KhaamaPress] The former Afghan Intelligence Chief Rahmatullah Nabil says the death of the Haqqani network founder Jalaluddin Haqqani
...founder and still late titular head of the Haqqani Network. Jalaluddin is old and tough and very crafty, one of the few Pashtun warlords who was worth spit...
will not affect the activities of the network.

In an online statement posted in his Twitter account, Nabil said some of the other leaders of the terror network, including Sirajuddin Haqqani
...son of Pashtun warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, still titular head of the Haqqani Network....
, Khalil Haqqani, Hamza Haqqani, Yahya Haqqani, Aziz, and some others have been fully trained as the brutal successor of Jalaluddin Haqqani.

Nabil also claimed that Jalaluddin Haqqani has died long ago and disclosure of his death likely has direct links with the scheduled visit of the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group issued a statement earlier today confirming that the founder of the network has died due to the illness he was suffering from during the recent years.
Jalaluddin was approximately 182 years old, give or take a couple dozen.
Haqqani network was formed in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani. The group is allied with al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region.

The network is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Wazoo, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in Kabul in September 2011.

It is considered the most lethal krazed killer group targeting the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
-led coalition security forces and Afghan personnel in Afghanistan.

The US Department of State designated the HQN as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012.
An Nahar adds:
Jalaluddin, thought to be in his 70s or 80s, had been bedridden for years and had already passed the leadership to his son Sirajuddin, who is also the Taliban's deputy leader.

Unverified reports have placed him in Pakistan in recent years.

There had been rumours of his death before, in 2008 and 2015, though this was the first time the Taliban have issued a statement on it.

The Haqqanis, suspected of links to Pakistan's shadowy military establishment, were described by US Admiral Mike Mullen in 2011 as a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence.

Jalaluddin's son Sirajuddin was running the network "with major ISI involvement", a foreign diplomat in Kabul told AFP, referring to Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence.

Designated a terrorist group by the US, the Haqqanis are known for their heavy use of suicide bombers, indiscriminately killing Afghan civilians and security forces.

They were blamed for the devastating truck bomb in the heart of Kabul in May 2017 that killed around 150 people -- though Sirajuddin later denied involvement in a rare audio message.

The network has also been accused of assassinating top Afghan officials and holding kidnapped Westerners for ransom.

In Kabul, the group is widely believed to have been behind many of the recent attacks on the capital that were claimed by the local wing of the Islamic State group.

Some analysts believe it works with IS -- which at the same time is involved in a bloody turf war with the Taliban -- to avoid blame and political blowback.
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Afghanistan
Taliban report Jalaluddin Haqqani breathes his last
2018-09-04
[Guardian] The Taliban have announced the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of Afghanistan’s Haqqani militant group ‐ one of the most powerful and feared affiliates of the insurgency.

The Taliban said he died after "a long struggle with a disease", according to the monitoring group Site.

According to the statement, Haqqani has been buried in Afghanistan.

Haqqani originally founded the group to fight Soviet occupation in the 1970s, and was once funded by the CIA and lionised by some in the US.

Haqqani relinquished operational leadership of the group some years ago to his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, now deputy leader of the Afghan Taliban.

Haqqani joined the Taliban government as minister for tribal affairs after they captured Kabul in 1996, fleeing after they were ousted in late 2001 and taking up arms again.
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India-Pakistan
Taliban, Haqqani leaders and Mullah Omar’s son reportedly visited Karachi
2018-06-04
[Khaama Press] The supreme of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada and his two deputies have reportedly visited the Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
city of Pakistain during the recent days.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in the North, citing credible sources, reported that Mullah Hebatullah and his two deputies, Sirajuddin Haqqani
...son of Pashtun warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, still titular head of the Haqqani Network....
and Mullah Yaqoob visited the port city of Pakistain.

Sirajuddin Haqqani is the deputy of Mullah Hebatullah as well as the leader of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network while Mullah Yaqoob, the son of the former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad, is operating as the military commission chief of the group.

The source further added that the top Taliban leaders have reportedly visited Karachi city on invitation of the Pak officials.

The sources also claim that the Taliban leaders have apparently visited the Karachi city to hatch plans for their future attacks as the group has recently launched its spring offensive.

This comes as the Afghan and US officials have long been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in Pakistain from where they plan and coordinate deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
the Pak officials reject the claims and emphasize that the US is attempting to divert attention from its failures in Afghanistan by criticizing Islamabad.
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India-Pakistan
Pakistani military claims to have arrested Afghan intelligence facilitator
2017-12-31
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Pak military claims that an Afghan national who was acting as the controller of the Afghan intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), has been placed in durance vile
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
during an operation.

"Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
along with Intelligence agencies conducted IBOs in Musa colony and Sangan areas. An Afghan national suspected NDS controller apprehended," the Pak military said in a statement.

The statement further added "In Sangan FC recovered weapons and ammunition including explosives and communication equipment. In de-weaponising campaign residents of Sibbi, Talli and Dera Murad Jamali voluntarily deposited illegal weapons to FC."

This is not the first time an Afghan national is being arrested on charges of working with the Afghan security institutions or having links with the terror groups.

On the other hand, the Afghan security institutions have also made similar claims in the past.

The Afghan intelligence said late in August that an agent of the Pak military intelligence, inter services intelligence (ISIS), has been arrested by the security forces in Kabul as he was planning an attack on the major Pul-e-Charkhi prison.

The Afghan intelligence, national directorate of security (NDS), said the man was detained during an operation from Kabul city.

A statement by NDS said the detained suspect has been identified as Allah Noor who is originally a resident of Quetta city of Pakistain.

The detained agent confesses in a video published by NDS saying he wanted to have a role in the attack on Pul-e-Charkhi prison.

He also admits his involvement in organizing meetings between the ISI officials and Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader Mullah Hebatullah as well as Haqqani network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani
...son of Pashtun warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, still titular head of the Haqqani Network....
network in Pakistain.

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Afghanistan
Taliban deny former hostage's claims that they murdered infant and raped wife
2017-10-16
[BI-Rooters] A Taliban spokesman denied on Sunday accusations by a Canadian man that one of his children had been murdered and his wife raped while they were being held captive by militants who kidnapped them in Afghanistan in 2012.

Joshua Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were held by the Haqqani network, a semi-independent wing of the Afghan Taliban, before being rescued by Pakistani troops in northwest Pakistan, near the Afghan border, last week.

Boyle told reporters soon after he, his wife and their three children returned to Canada on Friday that their captors had murdered a fourth child and raped his wife.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid rejected that as propaganda by the Western governments that helped rescue the family. Mujahid said the couple was intentionally never separated in order to protect their safety. He also denied that their child had been murdered, but acknowledged that one child became sick and died.

The U.S. government calls the Haqqani network "the most lethal and sophisticated insurgent group" in Afghanistan. Its operational chief, Sirajuddin Haqqani, was named deputy to the Taliban's newly appointed leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour in 2015, cementing the ties between the groups.
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Afghanistan
ISI agent arrested in Kabul while planning attack on Pul-e-Charkhi prison
2017-08-19
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An agent of the Pak military intelligence, inter services intelligence (ISIS), has been enjugged
Please don't kill me!
by the security forces in Kabul as he was planning an attack on the major Pul-e-Charkhi prison.

The Afghan intelligence, national directorate of security (NDS), said the man was detained during an operation from Kabul city.

A statement by NDS said the detained suspect has been identified as Allah Noor who is originally a resident of Quetta city of Pakistain.

The detained agent confesses in a video published by NDS saying he wanted to have a role in the attack on Pul-e-Charkhi prison.

He also admits his involvement in organizing meetings between the ISI officials and Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader Mullah Hebatullah as well as Haqqani network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani
...son of Pashtun warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, still titular head of the Haqqani Network....
network in Pakistain.

Allah Noor says he started operations with the ISI in 2013 and had visited Kabul to gather information for the future plans apart from hatching plans for the attack on Pul-e-Charkhi prison.

The Afghan officials have long been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, Quetta, and other parts of Pakistain from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan with the support of certain government circles in Pakistain.

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Afghanistan
Haqqani network leader releases new audio message after deadly Kabul attacks
2017-06-13
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Haqqani terrorist network has released a new audio message of the network’s leader Sirajuddin Haqqani
...son of Pashtun warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, still titular head of the Haqqani Network....
, nearly two weeks after a series of deadly attacks hit Kabul city.

The new audio message was distributed to media by the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group front man Zabiullah Mujahid.

Sirajuddin Haqqani who is the also the deputy supreme leader of the Taliban group, rejects that the network was involved in the recent deadly attacks.

He claims that the attack close to Zanbaq square near the embassy of Germany was not plotted and carried out by the Haqqani network of the Taliban group.

Haqqani also claims that the network and the Taliban Lions of Islam never carry out attacks in public areas.

He also vowed that the Taliban Lions of Islam will continue to their fight until all foreign forces fully withdrawn from the country.

The first incident in the city took place on 31st of May, after a vehicle packed with explosives exploded leaving more than 150 people dead and over 400 others maimed.

A coordinated suicide kaboom also rocked Kabul city two days after the incident as scores of people had gathered in the funeral ceremony of Salim Izadyar, the son of the deputy house speaker of the Afghan Senate House, who was killed during the rallies organized to protest against the attacks and failure of the government and security institutions to ensure security for the people.

The Afghan intelligence said the directorate has credible information suggesting that the attacks were plotted and carried out by the Haqqani network based in Pakistain.

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Afghanistan
Afghan court sentences senior Taliban leader Anas Haqqani to death
2016-08-30
[SIASAT] A local Afghanistan court has sentenced guerilla commander Sirajuddin Haqqani
...son of Pashtun warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, still titular head of the Haqqani Network....
’s brother Anas Haqqani to death, according to reports.

A section of media quoted Baseer Aziz, spokesperson for the office of attorney general, saying that a primary court awarded death sentence to Anas, who was captured by United States security officials after he visited Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
in October, 2014, along with another leader Hafiz Rashid. Baseer refused to comment on when and where the verdict was handed down.

The Taliban had earlier confirmed Anas and Rashid’s detention, adding that the two had travelled to Qatar to meet Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo. The US later handed over Anas and another senior Taliban capo to Afghan authorities.

The Afghan government claimed Anas had been locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in eastern Afghanistan.

Working under the defence ministry, an Afghan army website ArmyAFG, also confirmed the reports. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid is yet to comment.

According to Afghan legal experts, local court convicts have the right to appeal in high court, as well as the supreme court. Afghan officials earlier claimed that Anas was taking care of fundraising for the Haqqani network; however, the Taliban, while denying the claim said Anas was a student, who held no position in the organization.

The Taliban had also accused US of violating an understanding reached during the exchange of prisoners, which allowed relatives to visit freed Guantanamo inmates.

The verdict came a few months after the Afghan government hanged six Taliban prisoners in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
. The Taliban later launched a series of target attacks on judges, killing some judges and court officials.
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Afghanistan
Jani Khel district, located along a strategic supply route, is overrun after a prolonged siege.
2016-08-30
[THEDIPLOMAT] Jani Khel district in eastern Afghanistan fell to the Taliban Friday night, with high casualties inflicted on Afghan cops. After several days of siege by Taliban forces and no resupply to besieged Afghan troops, the strategic district located in Paktia province collapsed.

"We were 90 people, and we had to fight against 1,200 Taliban," Jani Khel’s district governor told The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
. "Twenty-seven of my men have been killed. At first, some of them were maimed and we brought them to the main road, but then a land mine went kaboom! and they were killed. We killed 130 of the enemy."

Governor Abdul Rahman Solamal told Tolo News in a separate interview that 30 security forces were killed in the attack, and about 1,200 Taliban forces were involved in the operation.

Furthermore, provincial authorities believe the Taliban, specifically the Haqqani Network, were assisted by Pakistain’s Inter-Services Intelligence
...the Pak military intelligence agency that controls the military -- heads of ISI typically get promoted into the Chief of Army Staff position. It serves as a general command center for favored turban groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, tries to influence the politix of neighboring countries, and carries out a (usually) low-level war against India in Kashmir...
(ISI), the formidable spy network that many believe is responsible for Pakistain’s defense policy of strategic-depth -- the idea of destabilizing Afghanistan as a backdrop to an invasion by India.

The Haqqani Network, led by Sirajuddin Haqqani
...son of Pashtun warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, still titular head of the Haqqani Network....
, is one of the most brutal networks in Afghanistan, associated with many high profile attacks in Afghanistan and Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
. The group is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, and so are three of its leaders. Its leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, was made the deputy leader of the Taliban by Haibatullah Akhundzada
...Deputy to Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour...
, the group’s current supreme leader after a U.S. Arclight airstrike killed Mullah Mansour late this Spring.

The collapse of Jani Khel district has stoked fears that the Haqqani Network may utilize the region as a springboard for attacks in Kabul; moreover, the district’s geographic location offers strategic and tactical value to any force that controls it.

Located in eastern Afghanistan Paktia province, the district borders Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
. Linking the two provinces is a key highway that leads from Khost to the scenic provincial capital of Gardez in Paktia. The fall of Jani Khel threatens to destabilize neighboring districts such as Jadran, Shwack, and Gardez, the collapse of which would provide the Haqqani Network access to move guns, money, supplies, and forces from tribal areas in Pakistain through the Khost-Gardez highway.

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