Ahrar-ul-Hind suicide assault team attacks courthouse in Islamabad || By Bill Roggio

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The newly formed Ahrar-ul-Hind claimed credit for a suicide assault today at a courthouse that killed a judge and 10 other people in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad. The attack took place after both the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan and the Pakistani government announced over the weekend that they would suspend attacks against each other.

Two Ahrar-ul-Hind suicide bombers armed with weapons and hand grenades attacked the court, and killed judge Rafaqat Awan, a female lawyer, and nine others. Thirty more people were wounded in the assault, which may have been designed to free a prisoner who was brought to court to face trial.



Obama threatens Karzai with full US withdrawal || By JULIE PACE | Courtesy: Milinet



WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year. But Obama is also holding out hope that Afghanistan’s next president may eventually sign a stalled security agreement that could prevent the U.S. from having to take that step.

Obama spoke Tuesday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the first direct conversation between the two leaders since last June. The White House has become increasingly frustrated with Karzai, who has refused to sign a security pact that the White House says is crucial to keeping a U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after the war formally concludes at the end of this year.

Associated Press writers Robert Burns and Deb Riechmann in Washington, Lolita C. Baldor at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, and Cassandra Vinograd in Kabul, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.

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Taliban claim the execution of 23 Pakistani Frontier Corps troops || By Bill Roggio


Omar Khalid [center], from a propaganda video released in 2012. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group.

An influential commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has issued a statement claiming that the group executed 23 Frontier Corps troops in retaliation for the death of jihadists by security forces.

The statement was sent to The Long War Journal yesterday by Omar Khurasani, the spokesman for the similarly named Omar Khalid al Khurasani, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s emir for the Mohmand tribal agency. The Mohmand Taliban leader signed the document.

In the statement, Omar Khalid said the Pakistani government and security forces are continuing to target Taliban fighters and are also executing jihadists currently in custody.

The Mohmand Taliban branch has not released evidence of the execution of the 23 Frontier Corps troops, who were captured in 2010 during Taliban raids on security outposts in the region. In the past, the Pakistani Taliban have released videotapes of brutal mass executions of captured Pakistani soldiers, Frontier Corps troops, and policemen.

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It is clear that Gilani is right: the Taliban is out of touch to demand Sharia in a state that already oppresses women, terrorizes non-Muslims with blasphemy charges, and gives active aid to Islamic jihadists. An update on this story. “Sharia already enforced: Gilani,” from The Nation (Pakistan), February 10:

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