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Afghan Special Forces Commander Defects With Guns to Insurgents
Reuters ^ | Sunday, October 20, 2013 | Mohammad Anwar

Posted on 10/20/2013 9:29:35 AM PDT by kristinn

An Afghan army special forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a Humvee truck packed with his team's guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said on Sunday.

Monsif Khan, who raided the supplies of his 20-man team in Kunar's capital Asadabad over the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, is the first special forces commander to switch sides, joining the Hezb-e-Islami organization.

"He sent some of his comrades on leave and paid others to go out sightseeing, and then escaped with up to 30 guns, night-vision goggles, binoculars and a Humvee," said Shuja ul-Mulkh Jalala, the governor of Kunar.

Zubair Sediqi, a spokesman for Hezb-e-Islami, confirmed that Khan had joined the group, saying he had brought 15 guns and high-tech equipment.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; afghanwar; hezbeislami; taliban

1 posted on 10/20/2013 9:29:35 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Will Holder investigate?


2 posted on 10/20/2013 9:32:01 AM PDT by SIRTRIS
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To: kristinn

An Afghan army special forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a Humvee truck packed with his team’s guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said on Sunday.

Wouldn’t it be bitchin to have a self destruct on some of this stuff?


3 posted on 10/20/2013 9:36:57 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1

So, what say you all about going ahead and arming the syrian rebels? Only to have the weapons turned on us sooner or later. Real good idear.


4 posted on 10/20/2013 9:38:27 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Mastador1
"Wouldn’t it be bitchin to have a self destruct on some of this stuff?"

Yeah...maybe the Chicoms put in some sort of kill switch when they made the components for us.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

5 posted on 10/20/2013 9:39:16 AM PDT by wku man (It's almost deer season, got your DEERGOGGLES on yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexrnFq2fXY)
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To: wku man

Yeah...maybe the Chicoms put in some sort of kill switch when they made the components for us.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

I don’t know if you are being serious,Facetious or sarcastic, but I sure have wondered about that. We already know that we get “compromised” components from them.


6 posted on 10/20/2013 9:42:21 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: kristinn

I’m doubtfully hoping he’s a gutsy dangle and some if this pricey stuff in fact secrets GPS trackers.

HOPING.


7 posted on 10/20/2013 9:42:24 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: kristinn

Not the first time.

This is SOP for the Afghan military.


8 posted on 10/20/2013 9:43:36 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Mastador1

I’d settle for a GPS transponder that could be used to guide in a smart bomb.


9 posted on 10/20/2013 9:44:51 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: gaijin

Wonder if that humvee packs a mounted gun and armor...


10 posted on 10/20/2013 9:49:28 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: kristinn

Night vision. Great!! Indian country just got a little more dangerous.


11 posted on 10/20/2013 9:50:08 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: FreedomPoster

ASAP!


12 posted on 10/20/2013 9:54:58 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: FreedomPoster

I’d settle for a GPS transponder that could be used to guide in a smart bomb.

I agree that would be good but I would also like to be able to fry the high tech equipment. We should have “special” equipment that is only issued to our so called “allies”.


13 posted on 10/20/2013 10:02:03 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: kristinn

As long as the opium fields are safe what does it matter? We are leaving and everything we leave will eventually be used against us anyway. Or if we were serious we would nuke them back into the pre-stone age. Turn the whole place into a sheet of glass 4 feet thick. Never happen to many billions to steal.


14 posted on 10/20/2013 10:15:07 AM PDT by Southern by Grace (kickbacks, bribes, maifia payoffs is how the D's get R' done!)
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To: rktman

Back in the 80”s I was all for arming the mujahideen in Afghanistan. Now I realize what a mistake we made.


15 posted on 10/20/2013 10:16:39 AM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
"Indian country just got a little more dangerous."

I'm going to tell Bob Costas you said that!

16 posted on 10/20/2013 10:18:43 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: BBell

Yup. Stingers and all with a little cia training tossed in to boot. Wrong.


17 posted on 10/20/2013 10:40:27 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: kristinn

I believe it is and always has been impossible to accurately vet either Afghan’s joining the government’s forces, or Afghan’s working with NATO forces. The rate of Afghan military, or Afghan contractors and/or contract workers who have “turned” on either Afghan government military forces or NATO forces is high.

It does not add confidence to this incident to hear the Afghan military say they are seeking cooperation from local tribal elders. I have little doubt that the same tribal elders, or those in the perp’s home district were part of the process that vetted him in the first place.

What does a “devout Muslim” Pashtun man keep his loyalty to? The Pashtun dominated Taliban, or the multi-ethnic “Afghan nation”, or his clan? Or, is his ultimate loyalty dynamic and flexible with context and circumstances? I believe it is the later.

And the current context? Karzai is weak and the U.S. is leaving.


18 posted on 10/20/2013 10:48:08 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Joe 6-pack

{sound of palm smacking forehead} Groan....


19 posted on 10/20/2013 11:16:11 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: BBell
Back in the 80”s I was all for arming the mujahideen in Afghanistan. Now I realize what a mistake we made

Ditto.

20 posted on 10/20/2013 11:35:18 AM PDT by tjd1454
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL!!


21 posted on 10/20/2013 12:09:45 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Bob Costas sucks.


22 posted on 10/20/2013 1:03:40 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: kristinn

He just wants to go over to our side now.


23 posted on 10/20/2013 1:23:10 PM PDT by lafarge
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To: kristinn
Get our troops out of Afghanistan, then.


24 posted on 10/20/2013 1:27:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

I feel the same way now about the Afghanis that I did about the Iraqis in 2006.

They are not worth the American blood that is being spilled for them.


25 posted on 10/20/2013 1:42:18 PM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: kristinn

This was so “unexpected” from our “gallant” Afghan allies! Duh!!


26 posted on 10/20/2013 2:52:24 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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