November 17, 2006 Special Dispatch No. 1361

Islamist Websites Monitor No. 22

November 17, 2006
Special Dispatch No. 1361

Taliban: We Have Taken Arghandab District in Afghanistan

On November 13, 2006 Islamist websites posted an official Taliban announcement claiming that the organization has taken Arghandab district in southern Afghanistan.

According to the announcement, following a two-day siege, the mujahideen managed to capture the entire district, expelling all Afghani soldiers and causing U.S. forces to evacuate their base in the region.

Below is the official banner of the "Taliban government.

Video Documenting Raid on Police Station in Bak, Afghanistan

On November 13, Islamist websites posted a three-minute video titled "The Bak Raid," produced by Al-Qaeda's production company Al-Sahab, showing what appears to be an attack on a police station in the city of Bak in southeast Afghanistan.

The video shows the mujahideen raiding the police station and burning a police car along with equipment taken from the station (such as computer screens, desks, and an electric generator). An unseen announcer explains that, since the city of Bak has an old quarter and a new quarter, the mujahideen had decided to attack in two separate forces, with both under the command of an individual named Abu Nasr. He adds that during the raid, the mujahideen had captured 11 Kalashnikovs and an RPG launcher.

The last part of the video shows the mujahideen robbing an individual who is lying on the ground, who appears to be either dead or severely wounded.

An edited version of the video, with graphic content removed, can be viewed at

Below are images from the video. The writing on the vehicle reads "Bak District Police."

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