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Afghan, coalition force target Haqqani leader in Paktiya province

A combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted a security operation in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, May 3, searching for a Haqqani network leader who had intended to attack the Paktiya governor.

During the operation, insurgents engaged the security force and the Afghan and coalition force responded. he battle resulted in numerous insurgents killed, one civilian killed, and several civilians wounded.

Bin Laden Doomed Once Raid Began

U.S. forces who attacked Osama bin Laden's compound were operating under rules of engagement that made it likely he would be killed, U.S. officials concede.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday after saying Navy SEALs had orders to capture the al-Qaida leader if he gave himself up, U.S. officials later acknowledged the assault force was ordered to accept a surrender only if its members could be sure he didn't have a bomb hidden under his clothing and posed no other threat.

White House NOT Releasing Photos - UPDATED

The White House has decided against releasing photos of Usama bin Laden's corpse.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed numerous insurgents and detained one suspected insurgent while conducting a clearing operation in Chaparhar district, Nangarhar province, yesterday.

The operation was conducted to search for a Taliban leader known weapons facilitation and financing attacks. The leader has close associations with the Taliban leader who commands and controls insurgent operations in Nangarhar.

Debate Rages Over UBL Death Photo

Debate is raging in the Obama Administration over whether or not to release a photo of the body of Usama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, who was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs on 1 May.

Coalition forces engage armed individuals in Ghazni

Coalition forces killed one armed individual and detained several others in Gelan district, Ghazni province, yesterday.

An International Security Assistance Force air weapons team observed a group of armed individuals setting up an ambush position and also observed an ISAF mounted patrol travelling in the direction of the ambush position. The air weapons team declared in imminent threat and engaged the ambush position, killing one.

Survivors Call bin Laden’s Death ‘Bittersweet’

When Wendy Duffman first heard that Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida’s leader and the mastermind behind 9/11, was dead, she felt a sense of elation, then relief.

Her brother, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott Eric Duffman, died four years ago in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan -- a war launched in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks. And as an American Airlines flight attendant in 2001, she lost friends and colleagues on the planes that crashed into the Pentagon and Twin Towers, and onto a field in Pennsylvania.

White House Corrects Information on bin Laden Raid

Osama bin Laden was not armed, but did resist an American military team raiding his compound in Pakistan on May 1, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said May 3.

Initial statements said bin Laden had been armed, and that he used his wife as a shield during the raid that killed him.

The team methodically cleared the one-acre, two-building compound, moving from room to room in an operation lasting nearly 40 minutes, Carney said. “They were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation, and Osama bin Laden was killed by the assaulting force,” he added.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several Taliban insurgents and detained numerous suspected insurgents during a clearing operation in Dahanah-ye Ghori district, Baghlan province, yesterday.

The operation was conducted to clear a suspected Taliban safe haven in Ghor Chesma village, which is associated with facilitation activities and cache sites. This area is historically associated with the Taliban district chief in Doshi district.

The security force targeted the area after intelligence sources and tips from citizens indicated insurgent activity in the area.