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Taliban Says it Controls Haqqani Network, Denies Links to Pakistan

The Taliban says it, not Pakistan, controls the Haqqani network, which U.S. officials blame for numerous attacks on American targets and have linked to Islamabad's intelligence agency.

A statement released on the Taliban's website (Voice of Jihad) said "all insurgent activity is of "our own initiatives and our own actions." It said there are no ties between the Haqqani network and Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI.

Suicide Bomber Targets Yemen's Defense Minister

Yemeni security officials say a suicide bomber has attacked a convoy carrying Defense Minister Mohammad Nasser Ahmed in the southern port city of Aden.

The officials said the blast Tuesday wounded at least 10 people traveling in the motorcade, but the defense minister was not hurt in the attack.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Yemeni troops have been battling al-Qaida-linked militants in the south for months, trying to retake parts of Abyan province, which sits to the east of Aden.

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Zimbabwe to Enforce ‘Indigenization’

Zimbabwe is threatening penalties against foreign firms that have not complied with a law to give black Zimbabweans a majority stake in their local operations.

The government required the foreign companies to submit so-called “indigenization plans” by this week.

Wilson Gwatiringa, who heads the government's Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Board, said Tuesday that more than 700 companies have not complied with the 2008 law.

He said his board would launch an audit, and that companies found on the wrong side of the law would face heavy penalties.

Cuba Criticizes Longstanding US Embargo

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has criticized the longstanding U.S. trade embargo against his country, saying it has cost the communist-led island $975 billion.

Rodriguez made the comment Monday during an address before the United Nations General Assembly. Rodriguez, however, said Cuba's government reiterates its willingness and interest to move toward the normalization of relations with the United States. He proposed talks on humanitarian issues as well as cooperation in countering the illegal drug trade, terrorism and human smuggling.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted a precision airstrike in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, resulting in the death of a key Taliban leader yesterday.

The target of the operation was responsible for planning attacks against Afghan forces. He provided weapons and logistical support to insurgents throughout the district for use in ambush and roadside bomb attacks along Highway 1.

When 2 services collide: Airman uses soldier skills to save lives

After more than eight months without any direct insurgent activity, service members at Camp Phoenix did not think this day would be different from any other, however it was.

On April 2, Capt. Darrel A. DeLeon, International Security Assistance Forces Rule of Law liaison officer and a Billings, Mont., native, was walking into work on Camp Phoenix when he heard exploding hand grenades and small-arms fire.

He recalled moments later hearing two more large additional explosions bringing with it clouds of black smoke and a hail of gun fire, indicating a complex attack.

Hidden cache found and destroyed in Baghlan

A cache of rocket propelled grenades and mortar rounds was found and destroyed by the Afghan National Army and coalition special operations forces in Baghlan-I Jadid district, Sept. 23.

The cache, which contained more than 30 mortar rounds and 5 RPGs, was found near a major road in a hidden tunnel estimated to be at least 500 meters long.

According to a coalition SOF team member the tunnel allowed insurgents a place to stockpile weapons and explosives and also provided a place to hide and avoid detection from Afghan National Security Forces and Coalition Forces.

Joint air assault operation leads to disruption of insurgent networks

Afghan National Security Forces partnered with coalition forces, conducted a two-day air assault operation, Sept. 12-14, to disrupt insurgent networks in the area, while being engaged multiple times by insurgent small-arms fire, then detaining one insurgent, and killing another.