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ISIS Captures Tora Bora, Once Bin Laden’s Afghan Fortress

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    An Afghan soldier during an attack by Islamic State militants in Nangarhar Province in May. In expelling the Taliban from Tora Bora, the extremists gain an easily defended base, an Afghan official said.CreditGhulamullah Habibi/European Pressphoto Agency

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Tora Bora, the mountain redoubt that was once Osama bin Laden’s fortress, fell to the Islamic State early Wednesday, handing the extremists a significant strategic and symbolic victory, according to Afghan officials and local elders and residents.

    Taliban fighters who had previously controlled the extensive cave and tunnel complex fled overnight after a determined, weeklong assault by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, according to villagers fleeing the area on Wednesday.

    A local Afghan police official confirmed that the fortress had fallen. “ISIS has captured Tora Bora and areas around it,” he said. “The tribal elders are here in my office. They all escaped the area last night.” He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.

    Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban in that area, denied that Tora Bora had fallen to their rival insurgents. “Fighting is underway in the Tora Bora area between ISIS and our mujahedeen,” Mr. Mujahid said via the Viber messaging service. “It is the front line between our mujahedeen and ISIS. No one has advanced in the area.”

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    He accused the United States of carrying out airstrikes in support of the Islamic State, but local officials and residents denied hearing any.

    Residents said the Taliban had fled. “The Taliban escaped from the area last night and left us to ISIS with our women and children,” said Juma Gul, a tribal elder from the Suleymankhel Valley, close to Tora Bora, who said he was among hundreds of families who fled the area after the Islamic State took over. “There was no resistance by the Taliban against ISIS, and local tribes had no way to fight them anymore, so we just escaped.”

    Hazrat Ali, a member of Parliament and a prominent warlord from the area who helped the Americans capture Tora Bora from Al Qaeda in 2001, said that the offensive was prompted by the American decision to drop the so-called mother of all bombs on an Islamic State network of tunnels in Achin District in April. The 20,000-pound bomb was thought to be the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed.

    The Islamic State then decided to shift its refuge to the Tora Bora caves and tunnels, Mr. Ali said. “Some 1,000 ISIS militants were gathered close to Tora Bora, to capture the area,” Mr. Ali said. “I informed government forces to target them, and I told them they are trying to capture Tora Bora, but they did not pay attention.”

    The militants now have not only an easily defended base at Tora Bora, Mr. Ali said, but also access to many other parts of Nangarhar Province through the Spin Ghar mountains along the Pakistan border, where Tora Bora sits. “ISIS has a stronghold and will capture these areas one after another,” he said.

    Mr. Ali has extensive experience fighting against Al Qaeda in the area but has also been accused of having helped bin Laden escape from Tora Bora in December 2001, reportedly betraying his American and Afghan allies as they closed in on the Qaeda leadership.

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    ISIS now knocking right at the doors of Pakistan. Praying that the patriotic Armed Forces of Pakistan blow them to smithereens, before these monsters inflict more damage to Pakistan.
     
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    we can't stop them unless American , India and Afghans stop supporting them
     
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    very dangerous sign for pakistanis
     
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    Now taliban fighters will jump to ISIS once taliban loses ground
     
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    Now even MOAB is useless against IS .Natural fortress of Tora Bora is strong enough to protect them.
    Not a good sign for Taliban since it was the existence of IS that paralyzed a lots of other terrorist groups like Al Qaeda. Now they had to face devil and sea .On one side ANA will begin their offensive and on other side IS will try to capture their area .

    Donot drag India into your mess.
     
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    Seven Indian companies supplying components to ISIS: Report

    BY PTI UPDATED: FEB 26, 2016, 10.23 AM IST

    Seven Indian companies are among those from 20 countries named in a list whose components were used by the ISIS to make explosives, a EU mandated study, suggesting that more work needs to be done to track the flow of chemicals and other items to the terror group.

    The study by Conflict Armament Research (CAR) showed that 51 companies from 20 countries such as Turkey, India, Brazil, and the US produced, sold or received the over 700 components used by ISIS to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

    Turkey topped the list of countries with a total of 13 firms involved in the supply chain. It was followed by India with seven companies, CAR said in a statement. The study was completed in 20 months.

    Seven Indian companies manufactured most of the detonators, detonating cord and safety fuses. Under Indian law, transfer of this material requires a license. Those were all legally exported under government issued licenses from India to entities in Lebanon and Turkey, the CAR said.

    According to the report, the terror group mostly uses Nokia 105 mobile phone for remote detonation.

    Companies from Brazil, Romania, Russia, the Netherlands, China, Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic were also involved, it said. The study said that governments and firms need to do more to track the flow of cables, chemicals and other equipment.

    CAR's executive director James Bevan said, "these findings support growing international awareness that ISIS in Iraq and Syria are very much self sustaining acquiring weapons and strategic goods, such as IED components, locally and with ease.

    The report said that CAR gained access to the components through partners including the US backed Kurdish YPG in Syria, the Iraqi Federal Police, the Kurdistan Region Security Council and forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government. These components were seized during battles in the Iraqi towns of al Rabia, Kirkuk, Mosul, and Tikrit and the Syrian town of Kobani.

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    And the point is? Sir, that way every country is supplying something or other to ISIS.

    Interesting times ahead!!
     
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    Not our mess, TTP has allegiance to ISIS and TTP got their support from your RAW and NDS as said by 2 Top TTP leaders ..
     
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    What a trustable sources TTP leader :D, criminals that killed hundred of kids in APS.
    Others would have been shot them on sight .

    We dont support anyone ,all this are just imaginations.
     
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    What could have been the more dangerous times like TTP capturing Swat valley back in 2007....and how Pakistan army annihilated them to ashes...after that wake up call...i simply do think ISIS or any other son of guns have any chance.
     
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    what next daisy cutters or carpet bombing?!
     
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    and so when Kasab or any other terrorist say that Pakistan support them, so its a gospel truth ?
    Latif ullah Mehsood and Ehsaan ullah Ehsaan both talk about getting support from NDS and RAW, and also Uzair Baluch .. you cant just deny that Indians are funding such elements in Pakistan ..
     
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    A bad development. ISIS/Daesh forces after a fierce with Taliban in Afghanistan have occupied the Tora Bora caves completely according to the council member of Nangarhar province, Ustad Israrullah


    The fight continued for four days.

    The population of the area have moved out of their homes in the wake of this development.
     
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    Mods please merge the thread I just noticed it is already there