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As the #Taliban continue to claim moving #TTP fighters to western #Afghanistan, TTP fighters have been confirmed in northern AFG, today the head of district intelligence of the Taliban’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GID) can under attack in #Badakhshah province.
For those unfamiliar with #Badakhshah provincial borders… Image
Another important factor to keep in mind is the #geological value of #Badakhshah province.

This is of key importance to #China’s investment into minerals in #Afghanistan. Image
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Some interesting reports coming out of #Afghanistan over the past few days:

- roughly 2,000 #Taliban suicide bombers have been moved to the #Iran|ian border since the end of May.
- #ISKP has also started moving their fighters to northern #Afghanistan, according to sources within an anti-#Taliban group. They are being moved to #Badakhshan, #Takhar and some others.

Apparently, there are both @CIA and #ISI fingerprints on this.
- #Taliban are moving its fighters closer to the #Tajikistan border. Fighters are also moving to the #Badakhshan province, bordering #Tajikistan.

- #TTP have become so emboldened to expand their operations around #Pakistan, including new waliyats in #Balochistan & #Punjab.
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TTP's New Chapter: Thread
Last year, two smaller groups formerly aligned with the Afghan #Taliban joined #TTP. Led by Mullah Aslam Baloch from Noshki and Mazar #Baloch from #Makran. in 2023, two more smaller groups joined TTP. Today it announced new chapter in #Balochistan Image
This new 'Wilayah' will encompass the Kalat and Makran divisions of #Balochistan. It signifies the establishment of a proper organizational structure, becoming the second administrative unit of #TTP in Balochistan after Wilayah Zhob Makran Division MapKalat Divison Map
Wilayah Zhob, operating in the Pashtun districts of #Balochistan, has been functioning under the command of Sirbakaf Momand. The @PICSSIsb Annual Security Assessment Report 2022 predicted #TTP's expansion plans into non-Pashtun areas of Balochistan. Zhob Division Map
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Let's take this thread into more context for those outside the region, and those unfamiliar with the #TTP operations in #Swat.

The #TTP typically move through 2 routes:

- from #Afghanistan to #Elum in #Buner to either of their bases in #Ghat, south of #MalamJabba.
The 2nd route is from #Kunar, #Afghanistan through #LowerDir or #Bajaur to #GhatPeochar, the former stronghold of the #TTP during #Fazlullah's occupation of #Swat.

It was also one of the most difficult battle is the fight to reclaim Swat from the #terrorists.
We know of both police and military operations on going in areas including #GhatPeochar, mountains around #MalamJabba, #Charbagh, and #Banjot.
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The #TTP occupation in #Swat is significantly more than is being reported in the domestic media.

Many villages are under TTP control, and search operations have been on-going for more than 5 months.

It is no surprise that the TTP has returned to Swat for us @commandeleven.
For the past 3 years, we have repeatedly informed and warned that the TTP presence was growing and their influence was increasing.

Deaf ears.

We have repeatedly argued against the negotiating table, because it is a sign of weakness.

Why should we negotiate?
The news of Gen. #FaizHameed's deal to hand over parts of #KPK to #TTP, in return for peace for the country - that is accepting defeat and emboldening the enemy.

Is it any surprise that there was a significant uptick in violence from December onwards, when TTP walked away again?
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THREAD: Re-emergence of TTP in context of fall of Kabul

After the historical return of Afghan Taliban in Afghanistan in 2021, TTP has strengthened its influence and foothold in Afghanistan. To survive #Pakistan’s continuous military operations, #TTP relocated itself to…… Image
In addition to that #TTP seems to acquire modern #American/NATO weapons against Pakistan that foreign forces left in #Afghanistan. Since #Taliban takeover of #Kabul, TTP has claimed to have united 20 plus militant groups from tribal districts. Hundreds of TTP prisoners were also…… ImageImage
Although officially Afghan #Taliban discourages the fighters to join #TTP’s war against Pakistan and Afghan Taliban distances itself from TTP’s terror activities but lower rank Taliban fighters have contributed in TTP’s war against #Pakistan in one way or the other. Taliban…… Image
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NEW | @brian_cartr: The Turkish raid on an alleged ISIS safe house in NW Syria on Apr 28 likely killed an ISIS leader, but not the caliph. Targeting ISIS leadership is helpful, but it fails to address the group’s ability to embed itself within local populations. Read the update…… ImageImageImage
@brian_cartr The #alQaeda and #IslamicState networks in Africa will likely seek to use the #Sudan conflict to improve their position on the continent. Numerous inmates escaped from a prison in #Khartoum city beginning on April 22 amid clashes between Sudan’s two warring factions. Image
@kathryn__tyson: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (#TTP) militants based in #Afghanistan continue to direct TTP activities in #Pakistan-i cities far outside of TTP’s recent attack zones. Image
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Understanding TTP, Al-Qaeda & TTA 🧵

Al-Qaeda/TTA off shoot of Mujahideen:

Al-Qaeda appeared as an org & it strengthened its roots in Middle East, Central Asia & Africa. It was founded after the end of the Soviet war in 80s by Bin Laden. This was a sunni- salfi jihadist.

TTA was founded by Mullah Omar, a group consisting of 50 Talibs (students) in #Kandahar in 1994. It was a Deobandi Islamic fundamentalist org. Mujahedeen from #Pakistan joined #Taliban movement in #Afghanistan after the Soviet withdrawal.

History of TTP:

#TTP was officially established in Dec 2007 under the leadership of militant commander Baitullah Mehsud.

The group emerged as an alliance of fighters and radicals belonging to diverse backgrounds, tribes and nationalities.

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A #Pakistani_delegation lead by the country's Defense Minister& include ISI chief, arrived in #Kabul and met with the Taliban's Deputy PM, Mullah Baradar.
"The two sides discussed the development of bilateral relations, trade, regional connectivity&economic cooperation," TB said.
The #Taliban in the below statement finally disclosed the actual contents of today's meeting with #PAK officials:
"In the meeting, there was a clear&detailed discussion on the security concerns of both sides, the drone flights over our territory& the activities of the militants."
According to @khorasandiary, Pakistani officials had serious talks with the Taliban in Kabul warning them of considering any option if TTP attacks continue.
Meanwhile, a PAK journalist reported about the #assassination of a senior #TTP commander in #Kunar Province of Afghanistan.
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#TTP released a 15-minutes-long audio message of the group's leader, Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, in response to the recent remarks of Pakistani pro-Govt religious scholar, #Mufti_Taqi_Usmani. "Usmani on Monday issued a Fatwa (decree) that any armed activity...… Image
...against the state of Pakistan is a “rebellion”& “haram” and proscribed according to the Islamic law."
Quoting a Fatwa from a credible book, the #TTP leader meanwhile said that "No government is an Islamic government, until it enforce #Sharia_law".
TTP also published an old ... Image clip of the AFG TB's supreme leader, Sheikh Hebatullah Akhundzada, who said that the Pakistani constitution was based on "British Law" (not Sharia law).
Use of an old statement of Hebatullah Akhundzada is a provocative act, to damage the tricky PAK-AFG relations. Image
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...sun set in #Rawalpindi that day at 5.07 p.m., leaving behind a hazy twilight when Bhutto got into her bulletproof vehicle with a foldable escape hatch or sunroof to leave the site of her speech. She then stood up in the vehicle, poking out of the escape hatch to (1/22)
acknowledge her cheering followers. At 5.16 p.m., three shots rang out, followed by an explosion. She fell inside the vehicle, wounded and bleeding from the side of her head. Her staff quickly moved her to the nearest public hospital.

According to a report prepared by (2/22)
the staff who attended her at the emergency department of the Rawalpindi General #Hospital, where she was received by Dr Aurangzeb Khan and Dr Saeeda of Surgical Unit II: ‘A wound was present on the right temporoparietal region through which blood was trickling down and (3/22)
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THREAD: Groups aligned with #TTP

2.Mazar Baloch's Group
4.Jamaatul Ahrar
5.Ghazi Abdul Rashid Shaheed Brigade
6.Tehreek-e-#Taliban Punjab
7.Musa Shaheed Karwan group
8.Amjad Farouqi group
9.Hakeem Ullah Mehsud Group Image
10.Bajaur Taliban
11.Mohmand #Taliban
16.East #Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM)
17.#Uzbekistan Islamic Movement (UIM)
18.Mustafa Doga Madakhel's militant group

Laskhar-i-Islam is a militant terrorist organization active in and around #KP. LeI was founded in 2004 by Mufti Munir Shakir. The most recent leader was Mangal Bagh. On 12 March 2015, Lashkar-e-Islam announced that it was joining #TTP. Image
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#ISKP's Al Azaim media released another propaganda booklet titled: "#Taliban: The proxy worriors of the infidels' intelligence agencies".
The 132-pages booklet in Pashto language is focused on condemnation of the Taliban's relations with U.S., Russia, China, India, Iran&Pakistan. ImageImage
"Iran&Pakistan, as well as Russia, U.S., China, Uzbekistan&other tyrannical countries are happy with the existence of the #Taliban in power. Only #India is apparently unsatisfied&wants to support #TTP, as under TB's regime due to interference of ISI, she can't achieve its goals." Image
IS group is reasoning that contrary to the TB's assumption that it is possible to have an Islamic regime, while your neighbours have democratic, communist& unislamic regimes& you don't care what oppressions on Muslims going on there, the 2 opposing ideologies can't live together. Image
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According to @SaleemKhanSafi, PAK military leadership has decided that all direct #negotiations with #TTP are over. If any kind of negotiation take place, it will be with the AFG Taliban (IEA).
The new policy will be approved by the political leadership in the NSC of the Cabinet.
"The decision was made to deal with those who spread terror inside PAK, with iron hands."
Embolded by the AFG Taliban's victory, the TTP increased the tempo of violence in Pakistan.
In 2022, hundreds of PAK security forces were killed in TTP attacks, from Waziristan to Islamabad.
Ex-TTP spokesman reacted:
"It is a good news for TTP that the drama called direct negotiations has ended. Mujahideen have got used to operations/actions&now they fight with fun. TTP is present from ISB to Waziristan. Deal with them yourself&don't complain to others like a child." Image
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The banned terror outfit TTP, also known as Pakistan Taliban, is raging havoc all across Pakistan. Commander of US Central Command, General Michael E Kurilla said that the United States is concerned about the threat posed by the TTP to Pakistan's security. 1/6
#TTP Michael E Kurilla
The top US military commander has recently paid a visit to Pakistan and has met top Pak military leadership, including COAS General Syed Asim Munir and CJCSC General Sahir Shamshad Mirza. 2/6
General Michael Kurilla, head of the US CENTCOM military, has termed Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts important for regional stability and security and said that the US is looking forward to working with the new Pak COAS General Asim Munir. 3/6
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#Hostage_situation in #Bannu:
Armed militants of unknown group stormed an installation of the Counter-Terrorism Department (#CTD) of #Pakistan in Bannu, released dozens of prisoners and took 9 PAK security forces, including Major Khorshid Akram (as militants claim) hostages...
...In an unverified video, they claimed that they are 35 people and asking PAK Army to provide them safe #air_transport to #AFG (in ten minutes), in exchange for the release of all hostages. They warned to kill all 9 hostages& will fight till death, if their #demand was rejected. Image
While it is early to comment, but the wording of the hostage takers in Bannu (using respectful words to PAK army), their demand (to be airlifted to AFG)& the overall scene, seems to be 'staged'...a #victimization drama of PAK& to prove that AFG is safe haven for terrorists.
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Pro-#Taliban sources are celebrating the #assassination of Commander Abdul #Samad, a former Police officer from Kandahar, in #Quetta City of Balochistan.
Few days back, Commander Samad appeared in a video clip, with AFG tri-color flag in the background, condemning the attack...…
... against #Kaaj Educational Center in Kabul& said he had served AFG in the past& without regret, he continues serving his country.
His remarks were apparently interpreted by the pro-TB media activists, as anti-IEA, claiming that he had announced "rebellion" against the Taliban.
Meanwhile, today morning, unknown gunmen shot&killed a Salafi scholar, Sheikh Mawlana Abdul Aziz, in Bara town of KPK Province of Pakistan.
AFG TB, ISKP& TTP, among others, are the 3 main groups having the capacity&history of target killings in KPK&Quetta.…
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[THREAD] - #Pakistan 🇵🇰

Tehrik-i #Taliban Pakistan (#TTP) released a new video of militants' training .

Some militants can be seen with ex-#ANA weapons from #Afghanistan including M24 sniper rifle, M4 carbines with Trijicon ACOG scopes and M16A4 rifle with thermal scope.

Additionally militants can be seen while operating DShKM heavy machine guns, 107mm Type 85 single-tube rocket launcher and a B-10 pattern 82mm recoilless rifle (likely its Chinese copy: Type 65/-1).

Also a couple of militants can be seen while carrying an uncommon Pakistani POF-made weapons.

These weapons appear to be an MP5P3 submachine gun (MP5A3 clone) and an MG1A3 machine gun (MG3 clone).

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We’ve spent 3 years in #Swat monitoring the movement & activities of the #TTP here.

Keep in mind, I am a resident of Swat & have access to places & people who others don’t.

There are 3 types of #TTP operational in Swat currently.
Type 1: The Criminal Element

There is a criminal element operating in #Swat for many years since the #TTP was defeated in 2009. This element follows the same physical attributes of the TTP, but are involved in kidnappings & murders.
Type 2: The Original #TTP Swat

When the TTP was an occupying force in #Swat from 2007-09, they were brutal in their punishments & torture, to the extent that the TTP Swat chapter was expelled from the overall structure.
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کویٹہ میں 14 اگست کے ریلی میں طالبان، تحریک انصاف اور پاکستان کے جھنڈے ایک ساتھ
#IndependenceDay #Quetta #Pakistan #Taliban @Natsecjeff
طالبان نے جنوبی وزیرستان میں مقامی چیک پوسٹ پر اپنا پرچم گاڑ دیا۔
#IndependenceDay @Natsecjeff #SouthWaziristan #Pakistan
جنوبی وزیرستان کے مختلف علاقوں میں کالعدم تحریک طالبان پاکستان کے جھنڈے لہرا رہے ہیں۔
#IndependenceDay @Natsecjeff #TTP #SouthWaziristan #Pakistan
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Maulvi Faqir Mohammed and other #TTP leaders at the funeral of the slain TTP commander Omar Khalid Khorasani in #Kunar, Afghanistan.
#TTP commander Omar Khalid Khorasani and his son-in-law Ali Hassan Momand were laid to rest in Kunar, Afghanistan.
Ali Hassan Momand was the bodyguard and son-in-law of Omar Khalid Khorasani #TTP commander Omar Khalid Khorasani. He was also an amateur Pashto poet, and used to share his poetry on his Telegram channel.
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#TTP's desires for appearing as a mainstream entity are clearly visible.

A shift from the typical orthodox specific Clan or Ethnicity centric press releases to a general approach towards all Ethnicities centric press releases has been witnessed.
In his previous press release over ethnic clash between Pashtoon and Sindhi, they blamed State ideology and called for supporting #TTP unitedly against the divide and rule policy of State.
Follwed by this press release by TTP regarding the killing of 9 Baloch persons in Ziarat.
Group claims there is an ongoing, systematic genocide of Baloch people by the army & states TTP is open to defend any nation of Pakistan especially Balochs.

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Mufti Taqi Usmani, Pakistan leading religious scholar, visiting #Kabul tomorrow (July 25) to meet #TTP leadership & persuade them for entering a peace deal with #Pakistan - the military-led talks/peace deal initiative was launched last year - 1/F
Earlier, Taqi Usmani Kabul visit was postponed mentioning bad weather and then again postponed for unknown reasons. Usmani enjoys respect among many #Taliban circles for his religious views and his seminary’s contributions - 2/F
Pakistan & it’s military leadership is struggling to persuade the banned #TTP to end their “Jihad”. As per saying of a senior military officer, “Jihad” is over after the U.S. withdrawal from #Afghanistan - 3/F
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ICYMI: Intelligence shows "The relationship between the #Taliban & #alQaida remains close, w/the latter [alQaida] celebrating the former’s success & renewing its pledge of allegiance" per report from @UN Sanctions Monitoring Team released Friday
Intelligence from @UN members "suggest that #alQaida has a safe haven under the #Taliban & increased freedom of action" per report "[AQ leader] Ayman al-Zawahiri has issued more frequent recorded messages since August, & there is now proof of life for him as recently as Feb 2022"
#alQaida-#Taliban relationship "underscored by the presence, both in #Afghanistan & the region, of alQaida core leadership & affiliated groups, such as alQaida in the Indian Subcontinent (#AQIS)" per @UN report
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