U.S. Media: Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan Rise Again

KABUL - Al-Qaeda is gradually returning to base in eastern Afghanistan and prepare them for the first time in several years, exploiting the withdrawal of U.S. troops in the area, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
This trend is surprising and makes the U.S. officials who earlier had seen the Al-Qaeda as a weak force in Afghanistan with only a few dozen fighters on the ground had become desperate, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources from the United States and Afghanistan.
In September, the United States bombed a training camp of Al-Qaeda in the Korengal valley, killing two senior figures of Al-Qaeda, a Saudi and Kuwait, the coalition led by NATO, told the Wall Street Journal.
U.S. officials estimate the Taliban out of the area to fight the coalition to another place. But the militants remain in place, a senior U.S. military official told the paper, and said, "Al-Qaeda will come back."
This occurs against the backdrop of new wave of protests in Afghanistan. A woman died in a car accident involving a NATO military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, yesterday (06/04). Hundreds of people joined the protest which took place tension on the sixth day, which condemned the burning of the Quran in the U.S..
Highway accidents, which also wounded a woman and a child, triggering angry demonstrations in which protesters threw rocks at the international force, local police said. The incident comes amid a new wave of protests in other places in Afghanistan that opposed the burning of the Quran last month by U.S. priests who have killed at least 24 people including seven UN employees. In southern Zabul province, about 1,500 people gathered for a peaceful demonstration in the town of Qalat, the provincial deputy governor Mohammad January Rasoulyar said.
And in Nimroz province in the southwest, hundreds of others to protest, shouting slogans of anti-American and hurled rocks at police in Dilaram district. No one was hurt, said deputy provincial police chief, Musa Rasouli.
Meanwhile, Russia and the United States have agreed on terms for Russia to supply 21 military helicopters worth $ 370m to Afghanistan, the daily Kommersant reported yesterday.
Long talks about a deal for Russia to supply helicopters to be used in Afghanistan to transport in their struggle against the opposition when they take over security from U.S. and NATO troops is expected to end soon, Air Force Chief of Afghanistan General Abdul Wahab Wardak said.
Meanwhile, Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups based in Pakistani tribal areas were preparing an alternative leadership and strength to break them into small cells to confuse the operating agencies of counter-terror against them, according to intelligence officials in Islamabad.
Association of groups such as in South and North Waziristan, said the agency, including the Haqqani network, has followed this pattern for some time and unusual changes expected to occur in the coming months.
Network Afghan Taliban led by Maulana Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is strongly suspected as a partner of Al-Qaeda, may promote a new leader to perform activities of operational groups and organizations.
Badaruddin, one of several Maulana Jalaluddin Haqqani child, now will be introduced to the outside world as a major operator networks, led the group and led the operation on the border of Pakistan - Afghanistan.
Firstborn Haqqani, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has so far led the network his father, who founded nearly two decades ago to fight the communist regime in Afghanistan after the Soviet Union withdraw its forces from that country

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