afpak

  • snippets of interesting information from the wikileaks afghan diaries


    The snippets of information from the afpak war are based upon the 3.1 gig of reports between 2004 - 2009
    that were stolen and leaked to wikileaks. 15.000 more recent and sensitive communications aren't published yet
    awaiting a clearer view of the security implications if this would happen.
    It is a bit strange that non-military miles away from the battlefield will be able to interpret the security
    implications of a military communication.

    At the other side one can not hold public support for a war if there is no transparant communication.
    One needs to control some communication, but a clear and objective reporting about the situation is the only way
    to make the population understand the importance and strategy of the war. If one tries too much to manipulate and
    control the communication, not only the communication but the war an sich can be easily undermined each time
    information is leaked or things are discovered or happening that are not in line with the official line of
    communication (all is well, we are winning). The war in Vietnam was not lost because the Vietcong attacked the
    cities in one campaign, the war in Vietnam was lost because it became clear on TV that everything the military
    said and done untill now was not the reality of the war theater.

    It is also the case that we are becoming used to wars without soldiers and that soldiers shouldn't die when they
    are in a war. THere are no wars without deaths, even if you are doing everything to limit the number of deaths to
    an absolute minimum. I think there never have been so few military deaths at the western side during the wars in
    Iraq and Afghanistan.

    and yes, I don't think we should let Afghanistand and Pakistan (the next domino) fall into the hands of the Taliban,
    even if we hijack the Atomic weapons in time and destroy completely all installations. There is still another nuclear
    power next to afpak, India and Pakistani extremists have already tried with the attacks on Mumbai to start a war between those two old ennemies.

    small kids collecting garbage outside the military camps

    S:3x LN's A: tried to breach FB MF L:42SWD 52918 69612 T:0917Z R: 3x LN's attempted to breach FB MF Warning shot fired by main tower QRF pursuing LN ATT 0917Z: QRF captured LN's and are bringing them in for questioning 0920Z: LN's being questioned by TFC S-2 att 1050Z: LN's are being released to ANP NFTR Three LN Kids were supposedly allowed to rummage through the garbage while a previous unit was there
    2008-09-24 21:09

    trying to bribe some policemen
    ANP REPORTED TO US FORCES THAT A TALIBAN MEMBER APPROACHED HIM AND OFFERED MONEY TO LET THE TALIBAN INTO THE SAMNAGAN OCCP SAFEHOUSE IN ORDER TO HARM CF INSIDE
    2009-11-06 16:04

    or even governmental officials
    As of mid-February 2007, Afghan government officials working with eradication forces accepting bribes from local farmers afg/event/2007/04/AFG20070402n624.html

    this war is not on horses but on vehicles
    24 2343Z DEC 07: ECP OPS reported that 2 x PRT THIS MORNING THAT THERE WERE TWO VEHICLES OF TALIBAN (6 PER VEHICLE) IN PUSHT ROD DISTRICT
    afg/event/2007/12/AFG20071224n1039.html

    smugglers setting up roadblocks
    SMUGGLERS WERE STOPPING CIVILIAN VEHICLES AT AN UNSPECIFIED AREA SOUTH OF THE HWY/RTE 517 JUNCTION //MGRS: 41S MS 70186 20406//, BALA BALUK DISTRICT, FARAH PROVINCE, AF. THE SMUGGLERS WERE DRESSED IN BLACK AFGHAN TRADITIONAL CLOTHING AND ON MOTORCYCLES. TWO CIVILIANS TRAVELING TO HERAT TRIED TO EVADE THE ILLEGAL CP AND ONE WAS SHOT IN THE LEG. CIVILIAN MAN IS BEING TREATED AT THE FARAH RUD BASE. HE IS IN STABLE CONDITION, AND BLEEDING HAS STOPPED. MEN SAY THAT SMUGGLING WAS GOING ON IN PLAIN VIEW OF THE RTE1-517 CP.
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    Taliban narcotic links
    2ND LT 2D LAR COY reported while conducting a PQ 20800 67000 WHAT: DETAINEES EVENT: 1/5 DETAINED (2) INDIVIDUALS WHO POSSESSED A TRAILER FULL OF OPIUM SEEDS, WERE WANTED BY ANP FOR BEING TALIBAN, AND HAD SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR
    afg/event/2009/07/AFG20090717n2096.html

    compound defense
    03 0555Z MAR 08: C Co reported a man sized hole in the fence between Tower 4 and T5. The hole is about 3 feet high and footprints were found near the hole
    afg/event/2008/03/AFG20080303n1205.html

    stolen sensitive material
    Sensitive items have been recovered by the Camp Eggers PMO, a satellite phone and map overlay referencing theater MSRs, unit symbols.  The satellite has been tampered with and is missing the Sims card and LCD screen.  These items were recovered in a bunker on Camp Eggers
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    attacks by the Taliban on schools
    afgevent20075AFG20070525n691.html

    the use of GPS
    COL Abdul Zakhar Issues Discussed: Disputed Border -LTC Amer stated that while the location of the border is disputed both sides know what they are restricted by and any previous violations have been intentional -He offered to show both with a map and the GPS that the previous incident occurred on Pakistan soil (Grid to meeting was IVO 42S VA 73904 05905 approximately 700m within Pakistan of CF recognized border)
    afg/event/2007/05/AFG20070517n743.html

    communication with Pakistan military

    LTC Amer stated the current communications plan does not work when we try to coordinate between CF/PAKMIL -LTC Amer referenced the 041508z MAY 07 SAF ATK against a combined CF/ABP patrol -LTC Amer stated the call made to him went to the headquarters in Quetta, Pakistan and then had to be routed to LTC Amer who called his soldiers to move to the requested blocking position -LTC Amer stated the delay was most likely responsible for ACM to escape -interpretation : while the coordination between local commanders on both sides of the afpak border
    works fine, the communication with the headquarters doesn't and has as a practical effect that the
    Taliban can still cross the border at free will.
    but communication is difficult anyway
    LTC Amer later stated he would be willing to share information but because PAKMIL intelligence officers at his level are of junior grade their English skills were poor we would share information with the wing commander. and there is little trust because during a meeting the US military didn't want any armed Pakistani military around them
    LTC Amer yelled at a PAKMIL soldier that was nearby who was carelessly but innocently waving around an RPG -The atmosphere in the tented area was very relaxed, no PAKMIL that were part of this meeting wore body armor and body armor on PAKMIL near the area were limited
    afg/event/2007/05/AFG20070517n743.html

    drones can crash at takeoff

    afg/event/2008/11/AFG20081102n1485.html
    and this is only one example of many

    Afgan police forces also sometimes fight each other

    afg/event/2005/08/AFG20050814n137.html

    and rumors that the Taliban would try to poison the food supply of the military

    afg/event/2007/06/AFG20070618n782.html
    but twice the watersupply was proven to be contaminated
    afg/event/2009/10/AFG20091027n2335.html

    sometimes the contractors took such risks that they were looted

    afg/event/2009/08/AFG20090815n2059.html

    and sometimes guns go off when they shouldn't
    afg/event/2009/11/AFG20091121n2346.html

    the taliban distribute their pamflets (letters) at night

    afg/event/2004/01/AFG20040101n3.html

    and some local mullahs don't want for example women to vote
    afg/event/2004/05/AFG20040501n21.html
    or any other people in fact  afg/event/2004/06/AFG20040613n28.html
    these had sometimes threats to people who were working with the US or the government
    afg/event/2004/05/AFG20040513n20.html

    especially women  afg/event/2004/05/AFG20040520n12.html


    and threatening girls
    not to go to school or it will be burnt down
    afg/event/2004/06/AFG20040607n12.html

    an example from such a letter from brotherly muslims
    WARNING Dear Brothers, Aslamu Alaikum: As a Muslim we are all brothers to each other, and we help each other in order to resolve our muslim brothers problems, therefore based on our religious claim that all Muslims are brother and they take part in their brothers problems in order to assist and find a resolution for his problem we have sent you this warning letter and we would ask you all to read this letter from A to Z with patience, and its every ones responsibility to act according to this warning letter, dear brothers we hope that the Mullah of your Mosque or your village elder reads this warning letter with loud voice in the mosque to all people in order to pass our words to all residents of the village, its because its our responsibility to pass the facts for you all, and after that its your responsibility either your going act accordingly or not, Prophet Mohammad Says Our Allah orders us for righteous and he has forbidden us for evil, those who are disobeying his orders he will be punished, after you commit an evil action even if you repent and ask for forgiveness you wont be granted forgiveness by Allah, because you have disobeyed his orders, as obvious our homeland has been occupied by infidels and the Jihad (the holy war) is obligated for each Muslim against occupiers, every time Americans or infidels show presence to your village, your kids and yourself show them lots of love and friendship this has caused to prevent your kids from participating in the holy war against occupiers in our homeland, we have had few of our Muhahideens in your district who were ready to commit suicide attack on the infidels in your district but unfortunately every time we have planned to attack them we have found a huge crowd of kids around the occupiers and that has prevented us from attacking them but after this warning letter we will warn you all that we have lost our patience and our tolerance from now on any civilian causality due to our suicide attacks you will be set responsible for it not we, every time Americans are going to a school in order to distribute school kits in order to make more aliens and enhance relationship stronger, we have warned the principle of your high school to keep students away from Americans but, this person passed the words the way to prove it that we have personal hostility with the principal and told the villagers not to worry and no one will harm your kids, but we will guarantee that this principle is trying to misled you all with his false words in fact he is a devil he works for his personal desires, for the interest of Americans and for the chief of police, last time we warned the principle of the high school via warning letter we asked him to resign from his position but unfortunately he didnt listening to us but instead he strengthened his relationship with Americans, and since he has had received the warning letter we have noticed increase in the patrols and presence of Americans around is village, brothers this person who is the principle of the high school he is an American spy and he uses students and some teachers for providing information about Taliban to collation forces, in a very near future the principle will be beheaded by Taliban however he relies on American and he believes that they will protect him but in fact he is wrong because no one can protect him from us, we have made the word to behead him and we will stay on our word and we will definitely cut his head off, the principle in the past spread our the word that Taliban are against education and they are the enemies of school but in fact we are supporting education but this principle is American collaborator and spy and we will assure you all that very soon we will get rid of this devil so that the entire Islamic society is purified from devils, Prophet Mohammad says that those who are deviling among Muslims they should be beheaded in order to act according to Sharia we have to behead the principle and his collaborators who provide him information about Taliban so he can pass it to Americans and the chief of police will also be beheaded, Allah says that all muslims are forbidden for make friendship with infidels because Allah says you will be granted dignity only by Allah not by any infidel in another verse of Quran Allah says do not pick ajew or Christian friend if you choose one from them you will be considered one of them, dear brothers once again at the conclusion of this warning letter we would ask you all to keep your children away from American forces and their convoys and we would as the Mullahs of the mosques and the elders of the village to read the entire warning letter loudly to all residents of the village and pass the above mentioned to every resident of this area, Dear brother principle of the high school (Faizullah) chief of police and their collaborators they all believe that the Americans will protect them but in fact no one or no force can protect these people from us, however we could behead long time ago but the only reason that we havent done yet, its because we wanted to make you all aware on their devil and Non-Islamic behaviors than we will kill them, so after this letter and notice these people will be beheaded, the above mentioned people are working against Islam and agaist Ulemas (religious leaders) in fact since they have been warned by Taliban we ave seen increase at the presence of Americans in our area but after this warning letter our Taliban brothers will put their efforts to kill these people, Dear Muslims Taliban are acting according to Islamic principles and we have always wanted to make more friends and strengthened our friendship with our follow Muslim friends
    afg/event/2007/05/AFG20070502n637.html

    or attacks on motorcycles

    afgevent20099AFG20090928n2339.html

    many of the houses raided in which insurgents, weapons and detonators were found
    were also occupied by women and children
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    the forces behind the Taliban (example)
    TALIBAN COMMANDER MULLAH NAZIR HAS ARRIVED IN KONDOZ PROVINCE FROM PAKISTAN. HE ARRIVED WITH 5X CHECHEN AND 2X TAJIK BODY GUARDS, AND AN ADDITION 40X LOCAL TALIBAN ESCORT. HE IS IN KONDOZ TO DELIVER $300,000 U.S. TO THE TALIBAN WHO HAVE BEEN PUSHED OUT OF THE KHAN ABAD DISTRICT BY LOCAL ANTI-TALIBAN AND COALITION FORCES
    afgevent200911AFG20091103n2378.html

    hash smuggling

    afg/event/2008/11/AFG20081119n1505.html
    Opium smugging
    afg/event/2009/10/AFG20091020n2517.html
    and 2 tons of poppy seeds
    afg/event/2009/04/AFG20090428n1821.html

    sometimes local progovernmental armies killed the Taliban leadership
    afgevent20099AFG20090902n2141.html

    but the predators also located and killed Taliban while riding around with their weapons
    they were trying to hide when they saw the plane
    afgevent200912AFG20091205n2544.html

    but war is still paperwork that has to be done

    Spoke to the Dey Yak district governor about ANP recruits.  He stated that the first group of men sent to Gardez from Dey Yak has yet to be berthed or fed.  He has had to send money out of his own pocket to Gardez to get these men fed.  These men were supposed to be received and processed in Gardez.  The district governor says that he will not send any of the remaining 40 men until their paperwork is completed in Ghazni; he does not want to have the same thing happen to these men.  afgevent20069AFG20060929n352.html

    but coordination is not always everything
    The major issue discussed was the ODA detaining two individuals who went to meet with them at JAF.  That operation was done without any prior coordination with the Governor, OGA or the PRT and has led to a very large outpouring of dissatisfaction with the government from Sherzod, where those individuals were from
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    mullah's speak out against the suicide attacks

    Today, the Mullah Shura met in Khowst City to denounce these attacks.  Local and national media were in attendance.  afgevent200610AFG20061007n427.html

    because reconstruction takes too long
    The Governor further stated that there are some members of Parliament and the Provincial Council that are encouraging poppy cultivation due to lack of reconstruction progress.
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    and land disputes
    The elders stated that members of a nearby village in the Surkh Rod district claimed the land was theirs and knocked over 200 two-foot tall walls that outlined where future houses would be built.
    afgevent200610AFG20061011n379.html

    and paperwork and quality boots
    PTAT met with logistic chiefs from Chapadora, Kas Kunar, Sirkani, Chawkay, Asmar and Noorgal to discuss issues with supplies and ammunition.  We entered all of this needs on our quarterly reports and had them to fill out form 14 logistical order forms.  All stations are in need of ammunition, heavy weapons and uniform items.  All stations are complaining about problems with boots because the say that MOI expects the issued boots to last for a year and the only last about 2 months.   afgevent200610AFG20061013n408.html

    and open prisons

    In the past, prisoner handling has resulted in prisoners escaping or paying-off the corrections officer to be set free. The training and methods of working with prisoners will help develop a much more professional officer corps within the corrections department.afgevent200610AFG20061013n445.html

    and sometimes protected by local governments

    The Governor feels he can influence these individuals to be a positive force in Dila and the Province as "turned" leaders.  If this is not the case, however, and the individuals in question do not show a dramatic turn-around in their cooperation soon, the CF will be forced to withdraw support and apprehend them.  afgevent200610AFG20061017n417.html

    bad organisation of security meetings Since the rest of the players did not show the meeting with the PRT Commnader was short afgevent200610AFG20061018n437.html

    why work as an Afghan policeman if you are not paid

    Problem Mitigation Before Next Meeting: Pay the ANP so they will be an effective and professional police force. If this is established, we all stand a better chance of defeating the enemy. afgevent200610AFG20061018n444.html

    and undertrained and armed

    There are currently 40 ANP (19 school trained and 21 untrained) with 20 AK47s and 2 vehicles
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    and why not ask directly instead

    He also asked if there was any assistance that we could give him in building his house, wich was declined stating that we are not allowed to assist a private individual in building a home. afgevent200610AFG20061021n379.html

    nation building is also road building
    The Deputy Governor stated that children cannot get the medical care necessary due to the poor condition of the road from Zana kahn to Ghazni.  afgevent200610AFG20061026n373.html

    and setting up a tax service
    During the meeting with COL Qais and the Bagram district tax collections officer, the following information was addressed: Introduction of the Tax collector, the rates charged for local truck drivers, and the locations of his offices.  afgevent20081AFG20080104n1145.html

    and defective radio's and no sandbags

    One issue that they had during the attack was commo. They had just recently received 15 ICOM IC-V8 handheld radios with charger but, they claim that the batteries are defective. During the attack, their radios failed. During the assessment, the Chief of Police had asked for HESCO barriers and sand bags but, we don't have any available  afgevent200610AFG20061026n374.html

    and cover ups
    SAID THAT HE WAS ASKED BY DEPUTY GOVERNOR SAFI AND THE PROVINCIAL CHIEF OF POLICE, GENERAL RAHOFI, TO NOT TELL COALITION FORCES OR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ABOUT THE ATTACKS. HE SAID THEY CLAIMED THAT IT WOULD STOP PROJECTS FROM COMING TO HIS DISTRICT.
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    and looting destroyed military vehicles with body parts still hanging out

    After evacuating the wrecked vehicle with body parts still strewn about, the villagers then begin dismantling the destroyed Ranger for its parts.   afgevent20081AFG20080103n1158.html

    with local leaders trying to impose themselves

    When given an opportunity to speak on their behalf, the Muhmand village elders were quickly quieted by the Gov and Col Talwar.  afgevent20081AFG20080103n1158.html

    or meetings in which the elders ask for the release of poppy farmers
    The PoA was upset that Gov Sherzai had given in to Shinwari Provincial Council member requests and released those responsible for placing the IED and the farmers who had grown poppy in the area. 
    afgevent20081AFG20080103n1158.html

    Police checkpoints and buildings get GPS grids and pics

    Grid coordinates and pictures of the checkpoint were also obtained afgevent20081AFG20080107n1241.html