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  • Pesky Questions About Those AWOL Afghans

    10/01/2014 6:11:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    So the five Afghan soldiers who went missing from two separate U.S. military bases are now all accounted for and apparently headed back to their home country. Feel safer now? Don't. The Pentagon, State Department and Department of Homeland Security would like this story to be over and done. (Just like they wanted the White House "fence-jumper" story to be buried. But then we found out he didn't just jump the fence; he also overpowered a Secret Service agent, burst through the halls and invaded the East Room wielding a knife.) Here are my nagging questions about another hushed-up national...
  • U.S. General Is Reportedly Killed by an Afghan Soldier

    08/05/2014 7:44:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | Matthew Rosenberg and Haris Kakar
    A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, an official of the American-led coalition and Afghan media reported Tuesday. The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war. The coalition official, who spoke on condition of anonymity and would not release the name of the major general, said an unspecified number of other service members of the American-led coalition and Afghan soldiers, including a senior Afghan commander were also shot. Their...
  • Afghanistan aircraft crash kills six US soldiers - Isaf

    12/17/2013 8:49:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/16/13 | Staff
    Six American soldiers have died in a crash involving an aircraft in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) says. The cause of the crash in Zabul is unknown and an investigation is under way, Isaf said. Initial reports indicated there was "no enemy activity in the area" at the time of the incident, a short statement said. US defence department officials confirmed the victims´ nationalities. The deputy governor of Zabul province told the Associated Press news agency that a Nato helicopter had crashed in the remote district of Shajau. It was not clear if he was referring to...
  • Four US soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan

    10/06/2013 9:36:31 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 6, 2013 | Gil Aegerter
    The International Security Assistance Force did not identify the nationalities but the four were Americans killed by a bomb in the early hours of Sunday, U.S. defense officials said. Also in southern Afghanistan, a security guard shot a soldier dead in a separate incident, Reuters reported. It wasn't clear what nationalities of the guard and the soldier were.
  • Families say Muslim cleric disparaged dead Navy SEALS at their own funeral

    05/10/2013 3:24:53 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | may 9, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    Relatives of Navy SEALs who died when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in August 2011 spoke at a press conference Thursday to condemn the Obama administration and claim that the U.S. military presented a Muslim cleric at the dead SEALs’ funeral who disparaged “sinners and infidels who are fodder for the hell fire.” FreedomWatch president Larry Klayman, the attorney representing the families, claimed at the press conference, which Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and former Florida Republican Rep. Allen West also attended, that the U.S. military presented an anti-American speaker at the SEALs’ 2011 funeral.
  • 5 Americans killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

    03/12/2013 5:36:17 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 6:48 AM EDT, Tue March 12, 2013 | Masoud Popalzai
    Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Five U.S. service members were killed when a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said early Tuesday. The chopper went down Monday in the Daman district of southern Kandahar during a rain storm, said Jawid Faisal, a government spokesman for the province. There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident, according to a statement by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The U.S. official, who did not want to be identified, did not offer additional information about the victims.
  • Explosions, shooting heard at U.S. base in Afghanistan

    12/01/2012 8:34:21 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 1, 2012 | (Reporting by Rafiq Shirzad; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Ron Popeski)
    (Reuters) - Two explosions and shooting were heard at a U.S. base in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, a Reuters witness said. The Taliban said they carried out an attack on the compound and inflicted casualties. NATO officials were not immediately available for comment. Security forces surrounded the area. "We can confirm there have been multiple explosions in the vicinity of the Jalalabad airfield," the U.S.-led coalition said in a statemen. "Currently, ISAF officials are on the scene gathering facts, and as more information becomes available, we will release it as appropriate."
  • Stunning Letter: Infantry Colonel Communiqué to Secretary of the Army (Incompetence in Afghanistan)

    10/13/2012 1:53:44 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    Michael Yon Online ^ | August 20, 2010 | Colonel Harry Tunnell, the Brigade Commander of 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team
    This is the most stunning and forceful letter I have read from the Afghanistan war. It was written in 2010 from Afghanistan by Colonel Harry Tunnell, the Brigade Commander of 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. After this letter, Colonel Tunnell was investigated and the normal smear campaign unfolded. Having been embedded with his Brigade in 2010, it became obvious that they were put into a no-win situation, with troops spread over several provinces in Afghanistan.
  • Military reconstruction teams in Afghanistan closing up shop

    10/11/2012 3:05:22 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | October 11, 2012 | Stars & Stripes
    The U.S. military is ending a massive nation-building experiment in Afghanistan, shutting down teams that have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into roads, schools and administrative buildings in the country’s hinterlands, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. As part of an effort to improve the reach and reputation of Afghanistan’s central government, the U.S. and its allies set up over two dozen Provincial Reconstruction Teams around the country to dispense development aid and advise local officials. At least five of these have closed in recent months, and most of the remainder will shut down over the next year, the...
  • The Price of Middle East 'Democracy'

    09/18/2012 6:47:02 PM PDT · by tselatysr · 7 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-09-18 15:20:59 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Surprise, surprise. The Obama administration suspended most joint military operations with the American-trained Afghan army due to a string of "insider attacks" on U.S. and coalition forces. "These actions balance the tension of the recent video with force protection, while maintaining the momentum of the [Afghan training] campaign," said a statement released by NATO's International Security Assistance Force.It appears the Pentagon joins with the U.S. State Department in blaming a 13-minute anti-Islamic video with disrupting America's diplomatic and military alliances with our Muslim "friends" around the world."Now such partners will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and approved...
  • Important From Afghanistan (Report: Ops suspended, ISAF to separate from Afghans)

    09/17/2012 6:42:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies ^ | Monday, September 17, 2012 | Michael Yon
  • U.S., Afghan officials struggling to identify insider attack patterns

    09/05/2012 5:31:38 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 5, 2012 | Chris Carroll
    The United States will help the Afghan government recheck the entire 352,000-member Afghan security force in the wake of an upsurge of attacks against international troops by Afghans in uniform, the No. 2 U.S. general in the country said Wednesday. “We’re going back through, along with our partners up here at [the Afghan interior and defense ministries,] a lot of information out there to try to pull together patterns,” said Lt. Gen. James Terry, commander of ISAF Joint Command.(snip) The U.S./NATO strategy in Afghanistan rests on close partnering between international advisors and Afghan troops as the clock ticks toward the...
  • Training of new Afghan recruits suspended, vetting process renewed

    09/02/2012 7:35:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | September 2, 2012 | Greg Jaffe and Kevin Sieff
    The senior commander for Special Operations forces in Afghanistan has suspended training for all new Afghan recruits until the more than 27,000 Afghan troops working with his command can be re-vetted for ties to the insurgency. The move comes as NATO officials struggle to stem the tide of attacks on NATO forces by their Afghan colleagues. The attacks, which have killed 45 troops this year, have forced NATO officials to acknowledge a painful truth: Many of the incidents might have been prevented if existing security measures had been applied correctly. But numerous military guidelines were not followed — by Afghans...
  • All troops now armed at NATO HQ in Kabul

    08/17/2012 1:42:30 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies ^ | August 17, 2012 | Barbara Starr, Masoud Popalzai, and Chelsea Carter
    The uptick in attacks by Afghan security forces against coalition troops has hit home, with all troops at NATO headquarters and all bases across Afghanistan now ordered to carry loaded weapons around the clock, CNN learned Friday. Gen. John Allen, the NATO commander in Afghanistan, ordered the move, according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the orders. The order, made in recent days, was divulged amid two more so-called green-on-blue or insider attacks Friday. An Afghan police officer opened fire on U.S. troops in Farah province in southwestern Afghanistan, killing two service members, the NATO-led command said. Two...
  • NATO chopper crash in southern Afghanistan kills 11...(EARLY)

    08/16/2012 5:38:25 AM PDT · by Doogle · 9 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 08/16/12 | CNN via FOX
    (CNN)– A NATO helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan Thursday killed at least 11 people, including three Americans, the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force said. The Associated Press is reporting that the Taliban is claiming that insurgents are responsible for the attack. ISAF said three were U.S. Forces-Afghanistan service members. The others include four ISAF service members, but it is not clear what their nationalities are. Three members of the Afghan National Security Forces and an Afghan civilian interpreter also died. The cause of the crash is under investigation, ISAF said in a news release.
  • Four kidnapped aid workers freed in Afghanistan

    06/02/2012 4:35:08 AM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 June 2012 | BBC
    Four aid workers kidnapped in northern Afghanistan last month have been freed by coalition forces, officials say. British nutritionist Helen Johnston, Kenyan medic Moragwa Oirere and two Afghans were rescued in Badakhshan province on Friday after being captured on 22 May, the Nato-led Isaf said. UK Prime Minister David Cameron called it an "extraordinarily brave, breathtaking" operation. Five hostage takers were killed during the rescue, Nato said The group - all employees of Switzerland-based aid group Medair - were making their way on horseback to the remote, mountainous province of Badakhshan, in north-eastern Afghanistan, when they were captured. A fifth...
  • Kyrgyzstan Wants Military Role to End at U.S. Base

    03/13/2012 5:59:10 PM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/13/2012 | Elisabeth Bumiller
    One of Kyrgyzstan’s top defense officials told Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Tuesday that a crucial United States air base here should have “no military mission” when its lease expires a little more than two years from now. The request creates a potential hurdle to American plans to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. Notes from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other areas of conflict in the post-9/11 era. The base, officially called a transit center, is at the Manas airport close to the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, and has been a vital hub for troops and matériel moving in and out...
  • General John R. Allen, commander ISAF Statement [Koran Burning Apology - PUKE ALERT! VIDEO]

    02/25/2012 6:41:44 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-20-2012 | ISAFMEDIA
    General John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, today issued the following statement:
  • Social Networks & The Online Jihad

    10/31/2011 1:38:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 51 replies
    World ^ | October 26, 2011 | Posted by Candice Lanier
    SNIPPET: "In July, the British government warned that Al Qaeda’s exploitation of social networking websites is on the rise." SNIPPET: "The massive and multifarious network of websites and social media has presented a challenge to authorities in trying to combat it. Additionally, civil liberty concerns have conflicted with government efforts to spy on communications. Reducing terrorist activity on social media sites has been particularly difficult because users have adopted new forms of communication to conform with the new formats. Many Arabic speakers on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other sites use Arabizi, a form of colloquial Arabic written in the Latin...
  • U.N. Extends NATO Mandate in Afghanistan

    10/13/2011 5:39:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2011 – The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to extend authorization of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan for another year while continuing to transfer key responsibilities to the Afghan government by the end of 2014. The resolution extends the mandate for ISAF’s 130,000-member force to Oct. 13, 2012. The Security Council urged U.N. members to continue contributing personnel, equipment and other resources to ISAF while working to support security and stability in Afghanistan. The 15-member body encouraged ISAF and other partners to accelerate progress already made by training, mentoring and empowering Afghan national security...
  • The Commander of ISAF Offers Condolences

    08/16/2011 3:50:18 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 2 replies ^ | 16 August 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar , 16 August 2011 , The Commander, International Security Assistance Force, and the Acting NATO Senior Civilian Representative today met with family members of individuals killed and injured in a civilian casualty incident in Nejrab District, Kapisa Province that occurred on July 26th. During the meeting, which was held at ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Gen. John R. Allen expressed his sincere condolences and apologized to family members for their loss. General Allen also reiterated that any civilian casualties are a tragedy, and assured the family he would continue to make every effort to reduce civilian casualties in the fight...
  • Official: Afghan police clash with NATO troops

    08/10/2011 3:53:24 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 2 replies
    AP, via ^ | August 10, 2011 | Mirwais Khan
    Firefights broke out between NATO forces and Afghan police in two parts of Afghanistan overnight, with four Afghan officers killed in one of the incidents, officials said Wednesday. In southern Kandahar province, Afghan police and NATO troops clashed in Arghandab district -- a farming community just outside of Kandahar city, said Shah Mohammad, the top official for the district. He said four Afghan police officers were killed and four wounded.
  • US Special Inspector-General For Afghanistan Quits

    08/05/2011 4:14:08 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 4 replies
    The National Journal ^ | August 4, 2011 | Yochi J. Dreazen
    The acting U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction resigned unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, removing the White House's only real contender for the post and injecting new uncertainty into a troubled watchdog office. Herb Richardson, who assumed his post in February, told National Journal in an interview that he will be leaving for a job in the private sector. Richardson had been in the job for just under six months and was undergoing a frustratingly long wait to see if the Obama administration would formally tab him for the post on a permanent basis. People familiar with the matter say that...
  • ANALYSIS: The question of ISAF’s missing containers

    07/20/2011 7:05:35 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Daily Times (Pakistan) ^ | Thursday, July 21, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai
    The biggest problem faced by Pakistan is the smuggling of arms within the country through these suspected containers The scam regarding ISAF’s 11,000 weapons-loaded missing containers has raised many questions: were these missing containers offloaded in Karachi, or diverted to the headquarters of the Punjabi Taliban in Bahawalpur, southern Punjab? These questions have become very irksome for the law enforcement agencies and the military establishment fighting insurgencies across the country. The biggest scam of Pakistan’s history and the missing of such a huge number of containers containing weapons, whisky, military uniforms and other prohibited and non-prohibited luggage has created a...
  • ISAF confirms number 2 insurgent killed in coalition airstrike

    04/25/2011 11:49:15 PM PDT · by musarratullah
    own ^ | 26 april 2011 | musarrat ullah jan
    KABUL, 26 April 2011 , The International Security Assistance Force confirmed their number two overall targeted insurgent in Afghanistan was killed during an airstrike in Dangam district, Kunar province. According to ISAF report Al-Qaida senior leader Abu Hafs al-Najdi, also known as Abdul Ghani, a Saudi Arabian national, operated primarily from Kunar and travelled frequently between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He directed al-Qaida operations in the province, including recruiting; training and employing fighters; obtaining weapons and equipment; organizing al-Qaida finances; and planning attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. Abdul Ghani, and numerous other insurgents, including another al-Qaida leader, Waqas, were killed...
  • Rising number of coalition troop deaths coming at hands of Afghan security forces

    04/17/2011 3:13:55 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 17, 2011 | Nancy Montgomery and Bill Murphy Jr.
    The murders on Saturday of five NATO soldiers by a Taliban suicide bomber who enlisted as an Afghan National Army soldier marked the latest in a rising toll of coalition troop deaths at the hands of Afghan security forces they are attempting to train. Since January, 13 troops with the International Security Assistance Force have been killed when Afghan police, soldiers or security guards — or insurgents who infiltrated their ranks — attacked coalition forces. These types of killings have accounted for the deaths of at least 38 coalition personnel since 2009, according to a Stars and Stripes review, constituting...
  • ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

    04/13/2011 12:06:08 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 1 replies
    ISAF ^ | 13 april 2011 | musarrat ullah jan
    KABUL,13 Apr. 11 Afghan and coalition forces killed more than 10 Taliban insurgents and detained numerous others during a clearing of a Taliban safe haven in Ghormach district, Faryab province. According to ISAF in two day operation was a deliberate clearance of a suspected Taliban safe haven in Tez Nawa village, which is associated with improvised explosive device activity and is a cache location. This area has historically been associated with the senior Taliban leader and Head of the Taliban Shura council for Ghormach. ISAF confirmed that Multiple weapons were discovered and destroyed during the operation to include AK-47s, chest...
  • Afghan, coalition forces target suspect in killing of 2 ISAF soldiers

    04/07/2011 4:02:10 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 4 replies
    own ^ | 7 april | musarrat ullah jan
    Kabul, 7 April 2011, – A combined Afghan and coalition security force planned and conducted an operation today in Maimanah, district, Faryab province, targeting the Afghan Border Policeman who killed two International Security Assistance Force service members April 4 in the same district. According to ISAF the successful operation resulted in the death of the individual responsible for the shooting. Two other suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning. The combined force was led to the insurgent’s location based on multiple intelligence reports.
  • ISAF joins President Karzai and the international community in condemning attack on U.N. Compound

    04/02/2011 2:24:01 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 10 replies
    ISAF ^ | 2 april 2011 | musarrat ullah jan
    KABUL, 2 April 2011 , Gen David H. Petraeus, Commander of International Security Assistance Force, joins President Karzai, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the international community in strongly condemning yesterday’s attack on a United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan compound in Mazar-e Sharif. A Joint statement issued from ISAF they condemn the attack and said “This was a cowardly and criminal attack resulting in the murder of innocent United Nations workers,” said Gen Petraeus. “United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan is solely focused on working in support of the Afghan people and nothing can justify yesterday’s vicious and...
  • ISAF discover narcotics in different operation

    03/28/2011 7:22:39 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 5 replies
    isaf ^ | 29 march 2011 | musarrat ullah jan
    Kabul 29 march 2011 ,– An International Security Assistance Force patrol discovered a large narcotics cache during a clearing operation in southern Afghanistan, According to ISAF In Reg-e Khan Neshin district, Helmand province, an ISAF patrol found a narcotics and chemicals cache consisting of 5,000-6,000 pounds (2,300-2,700 kilograms) of resin glands of cannabis, or kef, 55 pounds (25 kilograms) of black-brick substance, 99 pounds (45 kilograms) of hashish, 55 pounds (25 kilograms) of heroin, 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of marijuana. In the same province, an ISAF patrol spotted one insurgent displaying hostile acts against coalition forces in Sangin district. After...
  • ISAF looks into civilian casualties

    03/26/2011 10:49:03 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 2 replies
    ISAF ^ | 26 march 2011 | musarat ullah jan
    Kabul march 26 2011 – ISAF accept the civilian death in air strike in Helmand province. Press release issued from ISAF said that ISAF force was on mission Helmand and during operation Afghan civilians were accidentally killed and wounded in Now Zed district, Helmand province. ISAF said that the incident occurred when the security force called in an air strike on two vehicles believed to be carrying the Taliban leader and his associates based on intelligence reporting. The civilians were discovered in the vehicles following the air strike during a battle damage assessment. ISAF Joint Command is launching a joint...
  • ISAF Joint Command killed several insurgent in different areas.

    03/24/2011 10:31:12 AM PDT · by musarratullah
    ISAF ^ | 24 march 2011 | musarrat ullah jan
    KABUL, March 24, 2011 – Several insurgents were killed by International Security Assistance Forces during a clearing operation in southern and eastern Afghanistan According to ISAF In Reg-e Khan Neshin district, Helmand province, an ISAF patrol spotted armed insurgents moving toward a historical firing location and called for air support. After gaining positive identification, the air weapons team engaged the enemy position killing several insurgents. ISAF also found weapon in southern province Helmand, according ISAF In Helmand and Kandahar provinces, during separate clearing operations, coalition forces discovered several weapons cache in Sangin, Marjah and Spin Boldak districts, today. The cache...
  • Coalition forces conduct air strike on Haqqani network leader

    03/23/2011 10:34:11 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 6 replies
    ISAF ^ | 23 march 2011 | Musarrat Ullah Jan
    KABUL, March 23, 2011– Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike targeting a Haqqani network leader, killing two insurgents and wounding one in Terayzai district, Khost province . According to ISAF leader is involved in the supply of weapons, ammunition, and vehicles to HQN operatives and participates in direct attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. Coalition forces called in a precision air strike and the targeted vehicle was destroyed. ISAF said that Just prior to the weapon impact, an unassociated civilian vehicle and two pedestrians walking in a wadi appeared, next to the target vehicle. Immediately following the strike, the...
  • Two Isaf members died in clash with security guard

    03/19/2011 8:08:29 AM PDT · by musarratullah
    isaf ^ | 19 march 2011 | musarrat ullah jan
    KABUL, 19 marches 2011 – Two International Security Assistance Force service members died in southern Afghanistan today following a shooting incident with a security guard. According to isaf the incident is currently under investigation. It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.
  • ISR Needs Put Fighters in Surveillance Role

    02/01/2011 3:26:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Aviation Week And Space Technology ^ | 2*/1/2011 | Angus Batey
    The same argument has been used to benefit defense by bringing the RAF imagery analysts from [39 Sqdn., operators of the Reaper, and 5 AC (Army Cooperation) Sqdn., which flies the Sentinel R1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar system] into TIW,” Stewart says. “So we have that umbrella organization that can provide far better output and support to operations and the development of capabilities.” The RAF’s operations go beyond fighters and are part of a service-wide focus on combat intelligence, surveillance, targeting and reconnaissance (Combat IStar). Since his appointment in July 2009, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton has made refocusing the...
  • Polish Soldiers in Afghanistan Given Faulty GPS Units

    11/10/2010 12:04:59 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 11/8/2010 | Clay Dillow
    In Afghanistan, perhaps more so than in a small Polish town, it’s important to know exactly where you’re going. So you can imagine the frustration felt by Polish troops serving in Afghanistan when faulty GPS equipment told them that they weren’t in Afghanistan, but in one of several African nations or back home in the small town of Zielona Gora in Western Poland. The equipment, according to one Polish officer quoted in the Polish press, has caused some units to become completely disoriented in the Afghan frontier, a place where coalition soldiers really don’t want to be wandering around aimlessly....
  • Swedish Afghanistan force can use lethal fire

    07/08/2010 4:16:16 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 1 replies ^ | 07/08/2010 | TT/The Local
    The Swedish mission in Afghanistan has received new rules of operation, SVT's Rapport reported on Thursday. The rules mean that the mission can not only use fire in self-defense, but should be able to independently plan its operations. In early March, the former head of the Swedish mission in Afghanistan, Christer Tistam, made an inquiry about greater authority to use force. He believed that the soldiers should be allowed to use force themselves before they are attacked and not only in self-defense. According to Rapport, Supreme Commander Sverker Göransson decided that new rules of engagement should be used. The rules...
  • McChrystal Firing Underscores Afghan Strategy Concerns

    06/26/2010 9:02:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 6/24/2010 | Gary Thomas
    President Obama fired his commander in Afghanistan after the general and his staff made intemperate comments about administration officials that appeared in a magazine article. But what was behind the disparaging comments? They may be symptomatic of a deeper frustration with the conduct of the U.S. effort in Afghanistan. By themselves, the comments by General Stanley McChrystal and his aides, made in the presence of a reporter from Rolling Stone magazine, are harsh. One aide calls National Security Advisor General James Jones a clown. Another rude comment is directed at Vice President Biden. General McChrystal himself speaks disparagingly of special...
  • Huge blast heard in Kabul

    06/25/2010 11:35:36 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 15 replies ^ | June 26, 2010
    KABUL: A huge blast was heard in the Afghan capital Saturday as a US military official arrived for meetings to explain the sacking of the US commander of foreign forces in the country, witnesses told AFP. The blast took place in the centre of the city, at 9:55 am, the witnesses said. A spokesman for the interior ministry, Zemarai Bashery, said he had heard the blast, the cause of which was being investigated. It seemed to have taken place near the foreign ministry, he said.
  • U.S. Officer: Secrecy Among Coalition Forces Hinders Use of Space Assets in Afghanistan

    05/10/2010 11:13:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 217+ views
    The 40-plus nations taking part in NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan are often in the dark about what space assets are available to them and are too often denied access to space-derived intelligence, according to the former chief of ISAF space operations. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tom Single, who this year returned from five months in Kabul trying to raise ISAF troops’ awareness of what satellites can bring to the war effort in Afghanistan, said secrecy often keeps coalition team members from speaking about space-related topics with each other. Just as striking, he said, is the...
  • UK troops in Afghanistan 'for five years'

    02/27/2010 12:07:22 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 138+ views
    Times Online ^ | Februari 27 2010 | Robin Henry
    British troops will remain in Afghanistan for the next five years, according to the head of the Army. General Sir David Richard expects combat in the country to “trail off in 2011” but said the military would stay to provide training and support for Afghan troops. His comments come as Operation Moshtarak, a major joint offensive against Taliban strongholds, appears to be drawing to an end.
  • US Commander Describes Marja Battle as 1st Salvo in Campaign (Taliban, Marja is just the beginning)

    02/22/2010 8:55:25 AM PST · by Wiz · 4 replies · 326+ views
    Gen. David H. Petraeus, the head of the United States Central Command, said Sunday that the battle being fought in the Taliban stronghold of Marja was the “initial salvo” in a military campaign that could last 12 to 18 months. In an interview on NBC’s news program “Meet the Press,” the general, who oversees the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sought to put the Marja battle “into context” by explaining its part in the overall effort by American, Afghan and other forces to defeat the Taliban. He said that international forces had spent recent months mapping strategy, gathering resources and...
  • Dutch to leave Kandahar vulnerable

    02/21/2010 9:43:19 PM PST · by world weary · 9 replies · 391+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 | Doug Saunders
    With the collapse of the Dutch government this weekend, its 1,600 soldiers are set to be withdrawn from the Taliban-ridden Afghan south shortly before Canada's 2,800 troops leave, creating a dangerous military vacuum there, the Prime Minister warned.
  • Operation Moshtarak Update

    02/18/2010 3:56:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 194+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    NEWS RELEASEISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2010-02-CA-086 For Immediate Release  KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 18) - Yesterday, Governor Gulab Mangal travelled to Marjah to observe Operation Moshtarak. During his visit an Afghan flag was raised over the town, and the governor met with some of the combined-force servicemembers who are conducting counter-insurgent operations. Subsequently, the governor travelled to Camp Bastion to visit with injured civilians from Marjah. He was accompanied by Deputy District Governor Haji Zahir, three Marjah elders and members of the local Afghan media. Governor Mangal held a shura yesterday to discuss the security situation in Nad-e Ali...
  • Operation Moshtarak Update

    02/17/2010 3:58:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 207+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 17) - The military phase of Operation Moshtarak remains on track. The insurgents are tactically adept, have resilience and are cunning, so continued tactical patience on the part of the combined force is important. Mining is significant in areas, and the combined force must be very deliberate in its movement in order to minimize local Afghan and combined force casualties. On the ground, the conduct of Operation Moshtarak is visibly demonstrating that the force has changed the way it operates and that it is working with and for the people of Afghanistan. ISAF is operating in support...
  • WAR UPDATE: The military strategy in Afghanistan (Long War Journal weighs in)

    02/14/2010 11:25:58 AM PST · by ksm1 · 7 replies · 488+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | February 14, 2010 8:44 AM | CJ Radin
    Since 2006, the Taliban have made a dramatic comeback in Afghanistan after being driven from the country in 2002. As security has deteriorated, they have steadily taken control of more and more territory. In response, a new strategic plan for Afghanistan has been formulated by General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of ISAF and US Forces - Afghanistan. On Dec. 3, 2009, this plan was approved by the Obama administration. While there are several important aspects of the strategy, such as political development, economic development, counter narcotics, and the police and justice system, this article will focus on the military aspect.
  • Surprise tactic in Afghanistan offensive befuddles Taliban

    02/13/2010 11:18:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 1,163+ views
    McClatchy via Yahoo ^ | 1/13/2010 | Saeed Shah and Janan Zerak
    .S. Marines and Afghan forces airlifted over the Taliban -laid minefields into the center of Marjah town Saturday, apparently surprising the insurgents and taking strategic positions from them, according to military officials. Although billed as a major confrontation between the international coalition and Afghan forces and the Taliban , the first day of the offensive in the southern Helmand province saw only sporadic fighting. Two coalition soldiers were killed, along with about 20 insurgents. It was the biggest assault since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. The helicopter airlift into the heart of the city of 80,000 started...
  • Blasts kill 4 US, one UK soldiers in Afghanistan

    01/04/2010 2:32:21 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 5 replies · 405+ views
    Press tv ^ | 4 Jan 2010 | anon
    Four American soldiers and one British soldier have been killed in two separate explosions in southern Afghanistan. The dead soldiers, who were serving under NATO's International Security Assistance Force, were killed on Sunday, NATO said in a statement Monday. The US soldiers died following an improvised explosive device strike, the statement said without giving more details. Meanwhile, a British soldier was killed in another roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, according to British forces. The British soldier, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, died after the blast hit a foot patrol in Helmand province. Regarding US casualties in Afghanistan,...
  • Afghan Child Receives ISAF Medical Help

    01/02/2010 4:39:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 212+ views
    NEWS RELEASE ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2010-01-CA–005 For Immediate Release HERAT, Afghanistan (Jan. 2) – A young Afghan child received a gift from ISAF service members in Regional Command West, recently. The 2-year-old child suffers from a severe heart disease and was taken to Italy for surgery. A service member from the "Guardia di Finanza" (Italian Border Police) told doctors at RC-West of Said Salar’s case. Immediately the personnel there and Organizzazione Non Lucrativa di Utilita' Sociale, an Italian social organization, began preparations to send the boy to Italy because the surgery was beyond the current capabilities of Afghan...
  • Marines Start Operation in Helmand Province

    12/04/2009 3:02:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 357+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2009 – More than 1,000 International Security Assistance Force troops are partnering with Afghan forces to begin a large-scale operation in northern Helmand province. About 900 U.S. Marines and sailors and British forces began partnering today with 150 Afghan soldiers and police to start Operation Khareh Cobra, or Cobra’s Anger, to clear insurgent forces in the Now Zad valley. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7 and 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion are partnered with Afghan army and police. The forces began helicopter and ground operations in the Now Zad valley early this morning. Now...