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Sunday, November 1, 2015
Al Qaeda in Afghanistan
A large al-Qaeda training camp was recently destroyed in southern Afghanistan. The multi-day operation involved over 200 U.S. special operations forces and 63 airstrikes. The camp was used by AQIS - an acronym for al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. The group's existence was announced last year (2014) by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zahwahiri. The group is based in Pakistan and focused on India, Pakistan and other nations in southern Asia. The existence of the al-Qaeda camps in southern Afghanistan was a surprise to the Resolute Support intelligence organizations - as AQ is normally based in eastern Afghanistan. Read more in "Probably the largest al-Qaeda training camp ever destroyed in Afghanistan", The Washington Post, October 30, 2015.