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    10 Taliban killed in clash : NATO forces called in a helicopter to attack the Taliban, Ayub said, adding that after the clash ended, the bodies of more than
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      10 "Taliban" killed in clash :

      NATO forces called in a helicopter to attack the Taliban, Ayub said,
      adding that after the clash ended, the bodies of more than 10
      "Taliban" were recovered.

      http://paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?164596

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      Taliban will never accept defeat, says Mullah Omar:

      Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar called on Friday on his
      fighters to avoid harming civilians in Afghanistan in an
      anti-government insurgency he said would never accept defeat.

      http://tinyurl.com/vykhv

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      US forces `captured and freed Taliban leader' :
      IAN BRUCE
      December 29 2006
      http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/77668.html


      The Taliban commander who masterminded the campaign in which 20
      British soldiers died in Afghanistan this year was captured in 2002
      and released, US special forces say.

      Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Osmani died in an airstrike by a Predator drone
      near the Pakistan border last week.

      Osmani was one of the Taliban's top three leaders and a close
      associate of al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden and Gulbuddin Hekmatyr, a
      warlord wanted for attacks on US forces.

      A US Army Green Beret "A" Team says it took Osmani prisoner four years
      ago in Sangin in Helmand province where British paratroopers were
      besieged this summer.

      He allegedly persuaded interrogators that he was a poor villager and
      was released. He fled to Pakistan to recruit fighters, gather funds
      and train his forces for a renewed offensive in Helmand and Kandahar
      provinces.

      A soldier involved in the 2002 capture said yesterday that his team
      had identified Osmani from a "most wanted" list of Taliban leaders.

      "He should never have been given a second chance to resume his
      insurgent activities. It would have saved many coalition lives if he
      had still been in custody," he said.

      Osmani's fighters killed more than 40 Canadian soldiers in battles in
      the Panjawi area west of Kandahar this year and seized control of
      Sangin, Gereshk and Garmsir in the British sector before being driven
      back by paratroopers.

      A US Defence Intelligence Agency spokesman yesterday denied that
      Osmani had ever been in US custody.

      A Pentagon source added: "If we had captured Osmani, we would still
      have him."

      The Taliban commander who masterminded the campaign in which 20
      British soldiers died in Afghanistan this year was captured in 2002
      and released, US special forces say.

      Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Osmani died in an airstrike by a Predator drone
      near the Pakistan border last week.

      Osmani was one of the Taliban's top three leaders and a close
      associate of al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden and Gulbuddin Hekmatyr, a
      warlord wanted for attacks on US forces.

      A US Army Green Beret "A" Team says it took Osmani prisoner four years
      ago in Sangin in Helmand province where British paratroopers were
      besieged this summer.

      He allegedly persuaded interrogators that he was a poor villager and
      was released. He fled to Pakistan to recruit fighters, gather funds
      and train his forces for a renewed offensive in Helmand and Kandahar
      provinces.

      A soldier involved in the 2002 capture said yesterday that his team
      had identified Osmani from a "most wanted" list of Taliban leaders.

      "He should never have been given a second chance to resume his
      insurgent activities. It would have saved many coalition lives if he
      had still been in custody," he said.

      Osmani's fighters killed more than 40 Canadian soldiers in battles in
      the Panjawi area west of Kandahar this year and seized control of
      Sangin, Gereshk and Garmsir in the British sector before being driven
      back by paratroopers.

      A US Defence Intelligence Agency spokesman yesterday denied that
      Osmani had ever been in US custody.

      A Pentagon source added: "If we had captured Osmani, we would still
      have him."

      The Taliban commander who masterminded the campaign in which 20
      British soldiers died in Afghanistan this year was captured in 2002
      and released, US special forces say.

      Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Osmani died in an airstrike by a Predator drone
      near the Pakistan border last week.

      Osmani was one of the Taliban's top three leaders and a close
      associate of al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden and Gulbuddin Hekmatyr, a
      warlord wanted for attacks on US forces.

      A US Army Green Beret "A" Team says it took Osmani prisoner four years
      ago in Sangin in Helmand province where British paratroopers were
      besieged this summer.

      He allegedly persuaded interrogators that he was a poor villager and
      was released. He fled to Pakistan to recruit fighters, gather funds
      and train his forces for a renewed offensive in Helmand and Kandahar
      provinces.

      A soldier involved in the 2002 capture said yesterday that his team
      had identified Osmani from a "most wanted" list of Taliban leaders.

      "He should never have been given a second chance to resume his
      insurgent activities. It would have saved many coalition lives if he
      had still been in custody," he said.

      Osmani's fighters killed more than 40 Canadian soldiers in battles in
      the Panjawi area west of Kandahar this year and seized control of
      Sangin, Gereshk and Garmsir in the British sector before being driven
      back by paratroopers.

      A US Defence Intelligence Agency spokesman yesterday denied that
      Osmani had ever been in US custody.

      A Pentagon source added: "If we had captured Osmani, we would still
      have him."

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      Afghan stoned to death on jirga's orders
      By Shams Mohmand
      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top10.htm&date=20061230


      GHALANAI (Mohmand Agency), Dec 29: An Afghan refugee was stoned to
      death on Friday on the charges of attempted robbery and murder. The
      man was sentenced by a tribal jirga in the Bedamnai area.

      Tribal elders of the Musakhel tribe met in Khwezai tehsil, 20km west
      of the agency headquarters and decided to carry out the sentence in
      accordance with "Islamic laws". The Afghan refugee named Imran had
      allegedly killed a boy named Shah Khalid during an attempted robbery
      two weeks ago.

      The boy's mother was injured during the incident. Zahir Gul, who is
      said to be Imran's accomplice, is still in the custody of the
      deceased's family. A decision about his fate would be taken later by
      the tribal elders.

      After the robbery incident, the boy's father, Mirza Khan, and his
      relatives had hired two sniffer dogs from Lahore to trace out the
      culprits. The dogs had pointed out the residence of Imran, following
      which the man was taken into custody. They claimed that he had named
      Zahir Gul as his accomplice.

      The jirga also prohibited local people from renting out houses to
      Afghan refugees besides threatening violators with a fine of Rs1
      million. About 500 tribesmen were reportedly involved in stoning the
      man to death. Later, some of the tribesmen are also said to have fired
      at the dying man.

      This is the second time that a man has been killed by stoning in two
      weeks.

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      Afghan attack kills at least eight:

      At least eight people were killed in the southern Afghan city of
      Kandahar on Sunday in a suicide car bombing against NATO OCCUPATION
      troops and subsequent gunfire by soldiers, police and witnesses said.

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061203/ts_nm/afghan_suicide_dc

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      U.S. occupation troops kill Afghan police, circumstances in dispute:

      A U.S. troop convoy fired on policemen in waning daylight in eastern
      Afghanistan, killing one officer and wounding another, officials said
      Saturday.

      http://tinyurl.com/y3krv6

      KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - A roadside bomb exploded next to a police
      patrol in southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing five policemen.
      The bomb exploded about 15 kilometres north of Tirin Kot, the
      provincial capital of Uruzgan province, said Qayum Qayumi, the
      governor's spokesman.

      In the capital, Kabul, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a
      legislator's home, missing the parliamentarian but killing one person
      and wounding seven, officials said.

      The bomber apparently thought legislator Bacha Khan Zadran was in a
      car pulling out of his compound, and the blast near the vehicle
      injured three people inside and five on the street, said district
      police chief Mohammad Khan Katawzi. One of the wounded on the street
      later died.

      Katawzi said police in recent days had arrested a would-be suicide
      bomber who claimed his target was Zadran, who is from the eastern
      province of Paktia.

      Zadran said the Taliban and al-Qaida are trying to kill him because he
      is working to oust them.

      "The enemy of Afghanistan is clear, the terrorists who sabotage
      security, and they don't want me in Paktia," Zadran said. "They want
      to do more terrorist acts there."

      The attack appeared to be the first suicide bombing in Kabul since
      mid-October. Taliban militants have set off more than 115 suicide
      bombs in Afghanistan during 2006, the country's bloodiest year since
      the ouster of the regime in 2001.

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