Monday, 20 October 2014

Soldiers' inquest: 'communication issue' over Afghan base layout

Soldiers' inquest: Former unit commander reveals 'communication issue' over Afghan base layout - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Queensland deputy coroner John Lock is considering the events leading up to the deaths of Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, Sapper James Martin and Private Robert Poate at a patrol base north of Tarin Kot in August 2012.
The Brisbane inquest entered its second week on Monday.
It has already been told that shortly before the attack an intelligence officer escalated the threat level at the Afghan-controlled patrol base, but the warning was not passed on.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

New Afghan president Ghani hosts Turkey´s Erdogan in Kabul

New Afghan president Ghani hosts TurkeyƂ´s Erdogan in Kabul

Sunday - Hundreds of Taliban launch deadly Afghan attacks

BBC News - Hundreds of Taliban launch deadly Afghan attacks
In Logar province, in the east, at least four soldiers were killed when militants attacked security posts.
In the central province of Ghor, up to 500 Taliban attacked two villages, a senior official told the BBC. The number of casualties is still unclear.
The Taliban have been launching attacks ahead of the planned withdrawal of most foreign forces at the end of 2014.

Shocking Stories From Afghanistan

Gopal explains, however, the American team did not attack al-Qaeda or even the Taliban. They attacked the offices of two district governors, both of whom were opponents of the Taliban. They shot the guards, handcuffed one district governor in his bed and executed him, scooped up twenty-six prisoners, sent in AC-130 gunships to blow up most of what remained, and left a calling card behind in the wreckage saying “Have a nice day. From Damage, Inc.” Weeks later, having tortured the prisoners, they released them with apologies. It turned out in this case, as in hundreds of others, that an Afghan “ally” had falsely informed the US that his rivals were Taliban in order to have them eliminated. READ MORE

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The staggering failure of US-trained foreign troops

The staggering failure of US-trained foreign troops - Opinion - Al Jazeera English 
Let's face it: for an army that has received at least $26 billion - or up to $40 billion if Russian estimates are to be believed - worth of training by the US, the Iraqi army turned out to be totally unprepared when confronted with the ISIL onslaught.
In June, around 800 to 1,000 ISIL fighters entered Iraq from Syria, sending tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers running for their lives in the west of the country, leaving their hardware and even small arms behind. That's a pretty damning image of an army that had been trained by the best of the best - the mighty US armed forces - at considerable cost to US taxpayers.

Kunduz - Casualties in Magnetic Bombing

Taliban execute 4 women in W. Afghanistan

Taliban execute 4 women in W. Afghanistan -
A local official said Saturday:
"Taliban militants after kidnapping four women from Farah city on Thursday shot them dead and abandoned their bodies in the outskirts of provincial capital Farah city where the people found their bodies on Friday," spokesman for Farah provincial government Jawad Afghan told Xinhua.

4 ANA members Killed in Helmland Suicide Bombing

Suicide bomber targets Afghan army convoy in Helmand - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency
According to the local government officials, the incident took place on Saturday afternoon in Greshk district.
Preliminary reports suggest at least four Afghan army soldiers were martyred and two others were injured following the attack, the officials said.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Investigation: Only 4% of Drone Victims in Pakistan Named as al Qaeda Members

CIA drones targeted but missed al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri in this strike in 2006. (Photo: AFP/Getty)


Afghanistan Security Agreement - Taliban Recruitment Aid?

One of the most controversial points of the BSA is that US military personnel will be immune from prosecution under Afghan law for any crimes they may commit. Instead, the US retains jurisdiction over its troops.
Ashraf Ghani’s predecessor, Hamed Karzai, had spent months refusing to sign the BSA. After calling a consultative assembly or “jirga” to decide the matter last year, Karzai ignored its recommendation that he support the agreement, and set out numerous preconditions which the US refused to accept. (See Afghans to Sign US Pact – But When?)
Ashraf Ghani’s swift move was welcomed by the international community, and he tried to reassure Iran and Pakistan about the implications of the BSA by insisting that it was no threat to any country.
The Taleban made it clear that they viewed the BSA as a signal for the jihad to continue. In a statement posted on a website they use, they said America’s goal was domination, with no respect for religion or culture.

Afghan War in Numbers

The number of Afghan civilians killed or injured in the conflict in the first six months of 2014 rose by a quarter from 2013 levels to nearly 5,000 people. More

Nouvel attentat suicide en Afghanistan

Nouvel attentat suicide en Afghanistan by lalibre