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Selected Open Source Bibliography, Taliban SAM and Anti-Aircraft Threat, 2002-2011

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2011

“What reveals Sayd Abad incident,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 8 Aug 11, accessed 8 Aug 11 (screen capture of full statement downloadable as PDF here“…. As a whole the Saed Abad incident has shown that despite of enemy’s propaganda the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate has not obtain any military capabilities weakness but they are yet capable of carrying out more organized and effective attacks by the blessings of Almighty Allah. In the same way the enemy despite of following the bamboozle policies they should observe the ground realities. They should clearly admit the coming defeat in battlefield. They have to take hands from offensive politics so that they save their self from such kind of shocking casualties.”

 “Special Operations Mission Targeted Taliban Leader in Tangi Valley,” ISAF statement, 8 Aug 11, accessed 8 Aug 11.  “…. The helicopter was reportedly fired on by an insurgent rocket-propelled grenade while transporting the U.S. service members and commandos to the scene of an on-going engagement between ISAF and insurgents forces …. The operation began as a security search for a Taliban leader responsible for insurgent operations in the nearby Tangi Valley. After commencing the search, the initial security force on the ground observed several insurgents, armed with rocket propelled grenade launchers and AK-47 assault rifles, moving through the area.  The security force and insurgents exchanged small arms fire, resulting in several enemies killed.  As the insurgents continued to fire, the combined force on the ground requested additional forces to assist the operation. Those additional personnel were in-bound to the scene when the CH-47 carrying them crashed, killing all on board ….”

“Chopper makes hard landing in Paktia province,” Stars and Stripes, 8 Aug 11. “A NATO helicopter operating in Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan was forced to make a “hard landing” Monday, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said. No one was reported to be seriously injured. The hard landing, a term that can vary in terms of cause and severity, comes two days after a CH-47 Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down in nearby Wardak province. Thirty U.S. servicemembers and eight Afghans died in the crash. Monday’s “forced landing,” as it was characterized by U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Brockhoff, also involved a CH-47. Brockhoff said the extent of the damage to the Chinook was not immediately known ….”

“Mujahideen down US invaders’ helicopter yet again; 33 invaders killed,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 8 Aug 11, accessed 8 Aug 11 (screen capture of full statement downloadable – PDF – here).  “Mujahideen officials have confirmed the shooting of the fourth US invaders’ attack helicopter over the last 48 hours in different provinces of the country.  As per details, a number of the US invaders’ helicopters approached the area in Zurmat district of the province to raid a house where the existence of Mujahideen were confirmed at predawn, 4:00 am local time.  Witnesses say as soon as one of the Chinook helicopters was about to land near the compound to raid Mujahideen got shot with rockets by Mujahideen and crushed the tower of the compound which came down nearby and caught fire, killing at least 33 US invading troops on board.  Several enemy helicopters landed there and the area got surrounded by the enemy forces, shortly after the shoot down happened, the witnesses say, adding that innumerable tanks and vehicles arrived at the scene and the enemy forces set a cordon around the area in the morning hours of the day allowing no one to get in or out of the area. No Mujahids have been hurt during the deadly fighting .Mujahideen, however, left the area without being spotted.”

“Did a New Taliban Weapon Kill a Chopper Full of Navy SEALs?,” David Axe, Wired.com Danger Room blog, 8 Aug 11, accessed 8 Aug 11. “…. According to the coalition, the cause of the CH-47 crash is still under investigation. But several publications claim an insurgent Rocket-Propelled Grenade struck the helicopter. One Army insider who spoke to Danger Room went a step further, claiming that the rocket was, in fact, a special improvised model. A chopper-killer, if you will. The so-called “Improvised Rocket-Assisted Mortar” made its debut in Iraq in 2008, although not in attacks on aircraft. IRAMs combine traditional tube mortars with rocket boosters and, in many cases, remote triggers, allowing insurgents to fire them from a distance. IRAMs have killed several U.S. troops in Iraq over the years, but haven’t factored heavily in the Afghanistan fighting. The weapon’s appearance in Wardak, if confirmed, could be proof of Afghan insurgents’ continued ability to adapt and innovate despite mounting losses ….”

“US helicopter shot down in Kabul,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 7 Aug 11, accessed 8 Aug 11 (screen capture of full statement downloadable as PDF here“A report from Kabul province indicates Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate shot down another American invaders’ attack helicopter with rockets in Sarubi district, Kabul Province at approximately 3:00 am local time. last night.  According to the firsthand information received on the incident, the shoot down occurred near the lap of Tor Ghar (mountain) when Mujahideen shot off rockets striking the enemy helicopter and setting it on fire which plumaged onto the mountain in Sarubi district of the province, killing 7 American invading troops aboard the helicopter. The area has been cordoned off and is still under the enemy siege.  The shoot down comes as two of the US invaders’ helicopters got shot down and destroyed yesterday in Wardag and Khost provinces killing dozens of the American and NATO invaders.  The enemy, however, confirmed the shooting of one helicopter in which 38 American and NATO invaders were killed, keeping a lid on the shoot down or destruction of the other two US helicopters.”

“US invaders’ helicopter brought down in Khost province,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 6 Jun 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement downloadable as PDF here“Mujahideen official said Saturday that a US attack helicopter got shot down in Musa Khel district, Khost province on Saturday morning, killing all the troops and crew members of the US terrorist forces. The report adds the helicopter was hot with rocket and fell down in the center of the district. It was the second US helicopter shot down over the last 24 hours shot.”

“Helicopter Crashes in Eastern Afghanistan; Recovery Underway,” ISAF statement, 6 Aug 11.  “An International Security Assistance Force helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan today, and recovery operations are underway. ISAF is still in the process of assessing the circumstances to determine the facts of the incident, reporting indicates there was enemy activity in the area ….”

Thirty-one US special forces and seven local troops were killed when the Taliban shot down their helicopter, officials said on (6 Aug 11), in what was the deadliest single incident for foreign soldiers since the war began in 2001. The Chinook helicopter was downed late Friday during an anti-Taliban operation in an insurgent-infested district of the eastern province of Wardak, just southwest of the Afghan capital Kabul ….” (Agence France Presse) – ABC News Al Jazeera English  – Associated Press Associated Press TVBBC Christian Science Monitor (with video) – Deutsche Presse-Agentur Radio Free Europe/Radio LibertyReuters Stars & Stripes United Press International Voice of America Washington Post

“38 US-NATO invaders killed as Mujahideen shoot down enemy helicopter,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 6 Aug 11, accessed 6 Aug 11 (screen capture of full statement – PDF – via Army.ca):  “New reports from Wardag province indicate that a heavy clash unfolded last night at about 11:00 pm local time in Syedabad district of the province between Mujahideen and the invaders resulting from the enemy’s raid on the civilians which was faced with sterner resistances by Mujahideen who fought back the enemy and shot one of the invaders’ helicopters with rockets during the fighting. Mujahideen officials said the enemy helicopter fell down Syedabad district killing 38 enemy troops including 31 US-NATO invading troops and 7 of their puppets. The reports add the dead and wounded were evacuated by 8 ambulance helicopters, while 8 Mujahideen became martyred in the enemy airstrikes during the fighting. The wreckage of the struck helicopter is said to still exist in the area the debris of which is lying scattered at the scene.”

“US invaders helicopter shot down in Seyuri district,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 25 Jun 11, accessed 26 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Reports from Seyuri district state that at 06:30 pm yesterday afternoon (June. 23), a US helicopter was travelling at a low altitude over Badin village when Mujahideen rockets attacks hit it, causing it to crash to the ground a few moments later. It is said all the invaders onboard the helicopter were killed, for the corpses of whom more helicopters arrived to the crash scene, officials and eye witnesses said, adding that several land mines detonated on the invading soldiers as they were trying to remove the casualties from the area, causing more deadly casualties to the enemy. The area was later blockaded from locals.”

“US Chinook helicopter crashes to ground from armed Mujahideen attack,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 25 Jun 11, accessed 26 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Later yesterday afternoon time, Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate carried out an armed attack on a US Chinook helicopter in Nahr Siraj’s Maktab area, causing the helicopter to crash to the ground near Lashkargah city, the wreckage of which is still lying at the crash site. All invaders onboard the helicopter were killed and wounded however their numbers are not known.  It is also worth mentioning that invaders helicopter was also brought down similarly 2 days earlier in Seyuri district of Zabul province.”

“30 US-Afghan cowardly troops killed, enemy helicopter shot down,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 21 Jun 11, accessed 26 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “As many as 30 US invaders and local police of the puppet forces were killed and dozens more were fatally wounded in a violent fighting that resulted from an ambush attack from Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in Urgun district of Paktia province later on Monday, Mujahideen officials said Tuesday.  Mujahideen fought back the enemy repelling their advanced who called for further ground and aerial support, as a result, one of the US invaders’ armored tank got destroyed, while the ambulance helicopter was about to land to airlift the dead and wounded from the site as it was shot with rockets by Mujahideen and caused the helicopter to fall down which was left fully wrecked killing all those aboard the helicopter, the report added.”

“12 American invaders killed as US attack helicopter shot in Takhar,”  Voice of Jihad English-language page, 20 Jun 11, accessed 26 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “On Monday, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in Islamic district of Takhar province shot down one of the US attack helicopter while it was about to land in support of the ground forces, killing 12 US invaders on the spot, the report said, adding the pieces of the struck helicopter are still lying at the scene.”

Farrell, Leah.  “Interesting details on AQ and Taliban efforts to bring down chinook in Afghanistan – amoung other stuff I also ramble about,” All Things Counterterrorism blog, 15 Jun 11.  “…. the Taliban and al Qaeda had a join unit to hunt planes.  Maybe someone can match up the details with known crashes or strikes on aircraft?  I was up to my eyeballs in thesis last year time so I missed a bit of news. Anyway, according to this account villagers complained and so the militants organised an operation. Presumably this is where the Taliban fits in, since the account places Mahmud Abu Rida and four Turkish brothers as the ones who carried out the operation.  Although it does say that the Taliban militants tried to attract the Americans by talking on their cellphone, and when that did not work Mahmud Abu Rida got on the phone and started talking Arabic. Not sure about this in terms of credibility, but nonetheless it is interesting. It has some details about what weapons were used but I’m not well versed in that stuff, more the IED side of things so I’ll leave that to someone else to write about. Anyway according to this the attack caused the aircraft to crash land and then more aircraft came and those who perpetrated the attack were killed. The account highlights that the militants carried out this attack with relatively rudimentary weapons, and seems keen to reinforce this point. Again, I’m not great on weapons so will leave that to someone else to write about in terms of veracity.  So, anyway, my take away from this, among other things,  which is not new, but nonetheless interesting, is that there allegedly exists a special unit tasked with trying to bring down aircraft. And that they’re claiming a success ….” (Screen capture of forum posting mentioned in blog post – Arabic & Google English – here).

“Mujahideen attack on PRT causes US attack helicopter to burn to ash,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 13 Jun 11, accessed 26 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Later on Sunday, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate targeted the US invaders’ PRT in the province’s Gilan district with heavy and small arms triggering the oil dept to set on fire which burned down vehicles and other stuff, whereas, in the mean time, a US invaders’ attack helicopter approaching the scene and hovering overhead to put out the fire caught fire and fell down burning to ash. Witnesses saw flames rising from the PRT base and heard the blasts.”

“Mujahideen shoot down attack helicopter in Khost,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 6 Jun 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “In the province’s Sabro district, Mujahideen shot down one of the NATO invaders’ attack helicopters with rocket grenades on Sunday afternoon at approximately 1:00 pm local time, killing all the crew members and soldiers of the invaders.”

“Mujahideen shoot down attack helicopter in Khost,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 6 Jun 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “In the province’s Sabro district, Mujahideen shot down one of the NATO invaders’ attack helicopters with rocket grenades on Sunday afternoon at approximately 1:00 pm local time, killing all the crew members and soldiers of the invaders.”

“US helicopter brought down in northern Parwan province,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 5 Jun 11, accessed 26 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com): “Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in Parwan’s Kohi Safi district struck one of the US invaders’ large helicopters holding 20 to 30 passengers with rockets and downed it in Kharoti village of this district at about 9;00 pm local time last night, killing all the invaders including the crew members, Mujahideen officials said on Saturday. Witnesses say the dead and wounded have been airlifted by the enemy helicopters today ….”

“Update on Afghanistan helicopter incident,” Australian Defence Force news release, 1 Jun 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (full statement at Scribd.com): “Defence has been able to rule out insurgent ground fire as a possible cause for the CH-47D Chinook crash in southern Afghanistan yesterday which killed Lieutenant Marcus Case and wounded five Army Aviation aircrew. A review of known facts by ADF personnel in Afghanistan today has concluded that there was no evidence of insurgent activity in the vicinity of the incident site or on the immediate flight path before the crash. Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Ash Power said that several key questions were still to be answered but he was confident insurgent action could be ruled out as a possible cause for the helicopter impacting with the ground ….”

“Two Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan,” Australian Defence Force news release, 31 May 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (news release at Scribd.com):  “…. an Australian Army Officer was killed when an Australian Chinook Helicopter crashed while undertaking a re-supply mission in Zabul Province. An American Chinook was in close proximity and the crew landed and provided immediate medivac assistance for the most seriously wounded soldier to the Role II facility in Qalat, 70 km to the south of the crash site. Unfortunately, the Officer could not be saved. The other five Australians onboard the helicopter were subsequently evacuated to the Role III medical facility at Kandahar and they are in a satisfactory condition. There is no obvious cause for the incident at this early stage, however, an investigation is being initiated ….”

“Another American helicopter brought down in Zabul,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 31 May 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate in Balogh area of Arghandab district shot down and destroyed a US attack helicopter at around dusk time yesterday, the wreckage of which is still lying at the crash site. All invaders onboard were killed and wounded but their numbers are not known.”

“American helicopter shot down in Daichopan,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 31 May 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Mujahideen in Daichopan’s Shna area shot down an American invaders attack helicopter on Sunday night (May. 29), the wreckage of which is still lying at the crash scene. All invaders onboard the helicopter were killed and wounded but their numbers are not known.”

“Mujahideen shoot down US helicopter in Paktika”, Voice of Jihad English-language page, 27 May 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “A new report indicates that Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate shot down one of the US invaders’ apache-like helicopters while flying over Janant Khel area in Naka district of Paktika province on Thursday at approximately 10:00 am, local time. Witnesses say the wreckage of the struck helicopter is still lying at the scene ….”

“Mujahideen eliminate US invaders helicopter with missile fire,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 26 May 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “In the province’s Chamkani district, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate attacked the US invaders’ military campaign with missiles Monday one of which hit the helicopter leaving it completely wrecked.”

“US attack helicopter shot down in Zamindawar,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 24 May 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “A US attack helicopter bombing Mujahideen trenches in Zamindawar’s Aabdar area, Kajaki district was shot down by a Mujahid with rockets after which it crashed onto the ground, killing all invaders onboard at 07:00 pm local time. It should be mentioned that the battle in the mentioned region is still ongoing after erupting on Saturday (May. 21).”

“US invading forces’ helicopter shot down in Paktia,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 20 May 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate attacked the US military convoy backed by attack helicopters to plot an operation against Mujahideen in Patan district of Paktia province on Wednesday. According to the report the US invaders pressed ahead with offensive which was beaten back by Mujahideen, as a result, Mujahideen shot down one of the enemy’s attack helicopters which plunged on the ground killing all its crew members.”

Chinook helicopter shot down in Panjwaee, Voice of Jihad English-language page, 16 May 11, accessed 16 May 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Fresh reports arriving from Panjwaee district state that a US Chinook helicopter flying at a low altitude over Mooshan area was shot down by Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate amid operation ‘Badar’ at around 05:30 am this morning ….”

“Canadian helicopter crashes on landing in Afghanistan; four soldiers injured,” The Canadian Press, 16 May 11, accessed 16 May 11:  “Four Canadian soldiers were injured, one of them seriously, when a Chinook helicopter crashed on landing under moonlight in a remote part of Panjwaii district in southern Afghanistan early Monday morning.  The chopper, carrying five crew and about 25 soldiers along with a Canadian Press journalist, flipped onto its side, throwing men and equipment into a mad tangle of bodies, weapons and gear ….”

“Helicopter crash injures soldiers,” Postmedia News, 16 May 11, accessed 16 May 11:  “Four Canadian soldiers were injured when a helicopter “rolled” Monday during a “hard landing” on a river bed in Afghanistan.  The Canadian Ch-47 Chinook transport copter accident occurred during night operations by the Quebecbased Royal 22nd Regiment in the Horn of Panjwaii. Insurgents were not blamed in the incident.  None of the injuries were considered serious or life-threatening at this time, said Maj. David Devenney, the Task Force Kandahar spokesman. Among several dozen passengers was a Canadian journalist who was uninjured ….”

“Canadian chopper crashes in Afghanistan: military”, Agence France-Presse, 16 May 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (full text at Scribd.com):  “A Canadian military helicopter slammed into the sands of Afghanistan overnight, injuring four soldiers, a defense official said Monday.  The Chinook transport helicopter hit the ground in the dark of night in a remote area of the Panjwaii district, and flipped onto its side, tossing around 25 soldiers and a journalist inside.  “The cause of the incident was not due to enemy activity,” Captain Jennifer Stadnyk said in a email to AFP, adding an investigation into the cause was underway …”

“US invaders’ helicopter brought down in Nooristan province,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 11 May 11, accessed 16 May 11:  “A new report said Mujahideen of the Islamic shot one of the US invaders’ helicopters while flying to the capital of the province and made its way to the it’s the capital but fell down midway killing its crew members on board on Wednesday noon at approximately 12:00 pm, (local time).”

“US helicopter comes under attack in Ghazni,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 6 May 11, accessed 16 May 11:  “In the Giro district of Ghazni province, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate attacked one of the US invaders’ helicopters while the enemy helicopter was about plot an aerial raid on Friday, the report stated, adding that the helicopter flew back to the its landing area in the US base.”

“Mujahideen shoot down French invaders’ helicopter,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 23 Apr 11, accessed 6 Jun 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate brought down one of the French invading forces helicopters as it was about to bomb Mujahideen stronghold in Ala Sayee district of Kapisa last night, according to the report. The helicopter plunged onto the ground killing all the invaders who were about to raid Mujahideen after bombing them, the report added.”

“NATO helicopter shoot in Paktia,”  Voice of Jihad English-language page, 14 Apr 11, accessed 16 May 11:  “Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in Jani Khel district of Paktia shot one of the NATO invaders helicopter with heavy machine guns on Thursday morning, while there is no information on whether it fell to the ground or landed.”

“Blast inn (sic) Kunduz Airfield blows US helicopter apart,” Voice of Jihad English-language page, 25 Mar 11, accessed 16 May 11: “On Friday evening, at about 7:00 am, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate got one of the US invaders’ helicopters blown up, eliminating the helicopter inside Kunduz Airbase in Kunduz city, the capita of northern Kunduz province.”

“Mujahideen shoot down French invaders’ helicopter,” Voice of Jihad English-language site, 23 Apr 11, accessed 16 May 11:  “Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate brought down one of the French invading forces helicopters as it was about to bomb Mujahideen stronghold in Ala Sayee district of Kapisa last night, according to the report.  The helicopter plunged onto the ground killing all the invaders who were about to raid Mujahideen after bombing them, the report added.”

American transport aircraft brought down in Helmand ,” Voice of Jihad English-language web page, 1 Mar 11, accessed 1 Feb 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate targeted and brought down a 4 engine American transport aircraft with RPG rounds as it was traveling at low altitude over Shin Ghazak area of Marjah district at 07:00 pm yesterday. All invaders onboard the airplane were killed and wounded ….”

“US helicopter shot in Laghman,” Voice of Jihad English-language site, 27 Feb 11, accessed 16 May 11:  “On Sunday, February 27, 2011, at around 10: am, local time, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate shot a US invaders’ supply helicopters in Ali Shang district of Laghman province.  The helicopter was shot with heavy machine gun while landing at the US base to airdrop supply to the American and was made to fly back without having a chance to land.”

2 injured in US copter crash near Kabul,” PressTV (Iran), 5 Feb 11. “At east two pilots have been injured after a helicopter belonging to the US-led foreign forces crashed in Afghanistan’s eastern district of Lateh Band near the capital Kabul. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has confirmed the incident, which took place on Saturday as the combat helicopter was escorting transport helicopters from a French base in the Surobi district of Kabul province back to the capital, a Press TV correspondent reported. According to eye witnesses, foreign troops have sealed off the crash scene and are looking into the incident, the correspondent added ….”

Mujahideen shoot down NATO helicopter in Kabul,” Voice of Jihad English-language web page, 5 Feb 11, accessed 5 Feb 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “At predawn, 5:00 am, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate shot down a NATO helicopter while flying over Khak Jabar district of Kabul province.  The helicopter came down nearby, killing all the NATO invaders aboard.”

11 US invaders killed in struck helicopter,” Voice of Jihad English-language web page, 3 Feb 11, accessed 3 Feb 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “There is a recent report from Nangarhar province that as many as 11 US invading troops got killed in the helicopter shot down by a Mujahid on Wednesday. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for Al-Emarah website, in his telephonic conversation told Al-Emarah that a reliable sources on the condition of anonymity confirmed that all the 11 invaders killed in the shoot down incident were American soldiers ….”

Mujahid shoots down helicopter in Jalalabad city,” Voice of Jihad English-language web page, 2 Feb 11, accessed 2 Feb 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Wednesday, 02 February 2011 15:33 Zabihullah Mujahid – NANGARHAR, Feb. 02 – In Jalalabad city, the capital of Nangarhar, a Mujahid near the border brigade shot a US helicopter with rocket while it was going to land and went down nearby and was ripped into pieces on Wednesday, killing all the American invaders aboard ….”

Mujahideen shoot down spy plane in Delaram, Voice of Jihad English-language web page, 1 Feb 11, (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com):  “Tuesday, 01 February 2011 15:53 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi – NIMROZ, Feb. 01 – Reports arriving from Delaram district say that an American pilotless spy plane (Drone) was shot down by Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate near the district center ….”

Invaders spy plane shot down in Herat,” Voice of Jihad English-language web site, 29 Jan 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com): “An invaders spy plane (drone) was shot down by Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate south of the Herat airfield as it was hovering low near a mountain yesterday. The wreckage of the plane is still lying at the scene.”

NATO helicopter has mechanical trouble in eastern Afghanistan, lands on its side; no injuries,” Associated Press, 26 Jan 11. “NATO says a coalition helicopter has landed on its side after experiencing mechanical trouble during takeoff from a military base in eastern Afghanistan. NATO said no injuries have been reported in Wednesday’s incident. The coalition says no insurgent activity was reported in the area when the MI-24 Hind helicopter was trying to lift off from a forward operating base in Ghazni district of Ghazni province. An investigation is under way.”

“Helicopter shot down, 14 US invaders killed in Laghman,” Voice of Jihad English-language web page, 22 Jan 11 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com) – “In the late night hours of Jan. 20, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate shot down one of the US invading forces’ helicopters, killing as many as 8 American invading troops during a night raid in Alishang district of Laghman province, Mujahideen official said on Saturday ….”

2010

“NATO drone goes down in Afghanistan,” Press TV (Iran) via military-world.net, 23 Dec 10.  “An unmanned US drone has crashed in central Afghanistan following a number of similar coalition aircraft accidents in the war-ravaged country.  The reason for the incident which happened in Tangi village in Maidan Wardak province on Wednesday night is not yet known, a Press TV correspondent reported.  According to the Provincial Governor’s Spokesperson, Shahidullah Shahid, technical problem seemed to cause the plane crash.  The spokesperson further added that investigation was going on by the NATO and Afghan officials.  Taliban militants had earlier claimed to have shot down several NATO helicopters and drone aircraft in different parts of war-wracked Afghanistan this year ….”

“US pilotless spy plane brought down in Wardag,” Voice of Jihad English-language site, 22 Dec 10 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com here): “Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:05 Zabihullah Mujahid – WARDAG, Dec. 22 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate shot down a US invading forces’ drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Sayedabad, Wardag, on Wednesday afternoon, according to Mujahideen report from Wardag province.”

“17 American invaders killed as US helicopter shot down in Nangarhar,” Voice of Jihad English-language site, 8 Dec 10 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com): “NANGARHAR, Dec. 08 – As many as 17 crew members and soldiers of the US invading forces were killed when a US helicopter got shot down by Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in southern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan yesterday night. The shoot down took place at about 12:00 am, in the area which has remained cordoned off by the US invaders, Mujahideen report suggests.”

“Another US helicopter brought down; 23 American invaders killed,” Voice of Jihad English-language site, 8 Dec 10 (screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com) : “NANGARHAR, Dec. 08 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan shot down another US invading forces’ helicopter in Nangarhar province killing more than 23 invading American troops on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 08) at around 2:00 pm, local time, Mujahideen officials said. The helicopter was shot at in Hisarak district of the province while flying to the airfield and flew faster in an attempt to survive the crash saving the lives of the crewmen and soldier of the US invaders but fell to the ground midway to the airbase and destroyed leaving those aboard the helicopter dead. It is the second helicopter shot down in Nangarhar bringing the number the US invading soldiers to 40 over the last 24 hours.”

“Helicopter shot down during a firefight,” Voice of Jihad English, 19 Nov 10 (link to Voice of Jihad Englishlink to screen capture at Scribd.com).  “Reports from Nawzad district say that US invaders Tried to attack Mujahideen bases during a raid in Altaki Karez area last night.  Reports add that Mujahideen attacked the invaders and a firefight erupted during which an enemy helicopter was brought down by RPG fire, instantly killing all invades onboard.  Mujahideen say that the US terrorists fled the area after taking on heavy casualties and in retaliation took 4 civilians as captives and heavily bombed the surrounding areas from which another 4 civilians were Martyred.”

“US invaders helicopter shot down in Laghman” (link to Voice of Jihad English - link to screen capture at Scribd.com)  “Saturday, 13 November 2010 11:03 Zabihullah Mujahid – LAGHMAN, Nov. 13 – In Laghman’s Ali Shang district, Mujahideen shot one of the US invading force’s helicopter on Saturday, at around 10:00 am. According the report, the helicopter made an urgent landing at the US base in the after it was shot with RPGs.”

“Spy plane shot down in Logar” (link to Voice of Jihad Englishlink to screen capture at Scribd.com)  “Thursday, 11 November 2010 16:57 Zabihullah Mujahid – LAOGARM, Nov. 11 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate shot down NATO invaders politless spy plane in Logar’s Kharwaro district in the afternoon hours of Nov. 11, Mujahideen said on Thursday.”

Jonathan Monpetit, “Hostile fire forced Chinook down: Military,” Canadian Press, 2 Oct 10 (alternative version at Scribd.com) – “The Canadian military has confirmed that hostile fire forced down a Chinook helicopter in August, but remains uncertain about what weapon the insurgents used …. a recently completed investigation by military officials in Afghanistan revisited that conclusion, according to the commanding officer of the Canadian air wing in Kandahar.  “What we know is that it was taken down by enemy action, nothing has changed there,” Col. Paul Prevost said.  “What we cannot find out exactly is the weapon that was used on it. You have to understand the airplane was burned within the following minutes.” ….”

Nine Killed, Three Wounded in Zabul Chopper Crash; “no reports of enemy fire in the area”:  US Military StatementBBCAssociated PressAFPReutersMoreTelegraph (UK)

“Mujahideen shoot down invaders helicopter in Zabul, 16 terrorists killed,” Voice of Jihad English, 21 Sept 10 (full statement at Scribd.com here) – “ZABUL, Sep. 21 – Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate report from Daichopan district that they shot down a NATO invaders helicopter early this morning using missiles in Chinarto area while it was flying at a very low altitude.  The helicopter was completely destroyed and caught fire after it crashed to the ground. Mujahideen from the area say that 16 cowardly NATO special force terrorists were killed in the crash and the claims of the invaders that 9 had died and 4 wounded is a baseless lie.”

“UAV or pilotless aircraft brought down in Kabul,” Voice of Jihad (English), 21 Sept 10 – “KABUL, Sep. 21 – There are reports from Kabul province that Mujahideen shot down a US-NATO unmanned aerial vehicle or drone Tuesday (Sep. 21) at around 1:00 pm near the main bazaar of Sarubi district of Kabul.”

“Anti-aircraft rounds seized from Taliban,” The Canadian Press, 18 Aug 10.  “Coalition forces say they’ve destroyed a weapons cache that included anti-aircraft machine-gun rounds and IED-making materials during an operation in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar.  Ten Taliban insurgents were killed in the battle with a security force Tuesday near the village of Zangabad, in Panjwaii ….”

Bruce Hutchinson, “Assignment Kandahar: Commander relives helicopter heroics,” National Post, 17 Aug 10 (PDF at Scribd.com here) – More details of 5 Aug 10 crash of Canadian Chinook in Panjwai area, Kandahar.

“Urgent News: Invaders helicopter shot down in Zabul,” Voice of Jihad English site, 15 Aug 10, screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com here.  Taliban alleges shoot-down of ISAF helicopter in Zabul province’s Mizani district, suggesting rifles and machineguns were used.

Duncan Larcombe, “Gurkha hurt as Chinook hits base,” The Sun (UK), 12 Aug 10.

Jeff Stein, “Ex-spies ponder N. Korean missile sale to Taliban,” Spy Talk blog (Washington Post), 10 Aug 10.

“Breaking news: US helicopter shot down, 30 invaders killed in Helmand,” Voice of Jihad English-language site, 10 Aug 10, screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com.  Statement alleges helicopter shot down with RPG in Helmand.  Taliban’s account distributed verbatim by Pakistan’s The Nation newspaper online here, compared with Taliban account at Scribd.com here.

Canadian Forces says small arms fire brought down Chinook in 5 Aug 10 crash:  Canadian PressPostmedia NewsCBC.caCompilation of latest OS info at Scribd.com

5 Aug 10 Canadian Chinook Crash:  Updated ISAF StatementCanadian PressCTV.caQMI (formerly Sun Media)CBC.caPostmedia News (formerly CanWest)UPIArmy.ca News/Discussion ThreadOpen Source Material as of 060215UTC Aug 10 at Scribd.com

“Breaking new: US helicopter shot down in Kandahar, 30 US invaders killed,” Voice of Jihad English, 5 Aug 10, ( screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com )

“US helicopter brought down in Kandahar,” Voice of Jihad (English), 3 Aug 10 (full statement at Scribd.com).  Claims responsibilty for shooting down American helicopter in Sangsar area of Panjwai District, Kandahar.

“Afghanistan war logs: US covered up fatal Taliban missile strike on Chinook; Surface-to-air strike over Helmand shows Taliban had strong anti-aircraft capabilities earlier than previously thought,” The Guardian, 25 Jul 10 – “Afghanistan war logs: Taliban fire at helicopter,” The Guardian, 25 Jul 10.

UK Sea King Helicoper Shot Down 21 May 10; Injuries MinorISAF StatementGoogle English Taliban Claim:  25 Killed in Chinook Crash (PDF of Google English version at Scribd.com here – Original in Arabic here)

“CV-22 Osprey Crashes in Afghanistan,” ISAF statement, 9 Apr 10 (PDF here if link doesn’t work).  States a CV-22 crashed “approximately seven miles west of Qalat City, in Zabul Province”, killing three US troops and one civilian staffer, with cause of crash unknown.  More on incident from BBC, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, UPI, and the Associated Press,

“U.S helicopter shot down in Wardag,” Voice of Jihad English, 23 Mar 10 (PDF at non-terrorist site).  Statement claims helicopter shot down by Taliban while flying low over Wardag province.

“Helicopter Crashes in Wardak Province,” ISAF news release 2010-03-CA-099, 23 Mar 10.  Statement says “there are no indications enemy activity” caused the crash of a helicopter in Wardak, killing one ISAF soldier.

“NATO chopper crash kills Turkish soldier: official,” Agence France-Presse, 23 Mar 10.  Brief story summarizing 23 Mar 10 ISAF statement

“U.S helicpoter shot down in Badghis,” Voice of Jihad (English), retrieved 16 Mar 10 – PDF at Scribd.com.  Claims US helicopter shot down while taking off in Bala Murghab district in Badghis province.

Larcombe, Duncan.  “Shot between eyes but pilot saves 20,” The Sun (UK), 5 Mar 10 (article PDF permalink).  Outlines operation where pilot was shot in head during approach to pick up wounded in Helmand, but managed to fly Chinook back to base with wounded.

“Joint Force Finds Large Cache in Now Zad,” ISAF news release, 18 Feb 10 (PDF permalink here).  States ISAF captured 3 x “anti-aircraft weapons” and 2,520x30mm rounds, 300×14.5mm rounds during patrol in Now Zad district, Helmand Province.

“American unmanned spy plane shot down in Khost,” Voice of Jihad (English), 17 Feb 10 – PDF at Scribd.com.  Alleges UAV shot down by Taliban machine gun fire in Khost.

“American Chinook helicopter shot down in Marjah,” Voice of Jihad web page (English), 16 Feb 10 – PDF at Scribd.com.  Alleges American Chinook shot down in Marjah during Operation Moshtarak

“Stinger missile dealer, aides injured in attack,” The News (Pakistan), 12 Feb 10 – PDF at Scribd.com.  An arms dealer alleged to have Stinger missiles from the Soviet war in Afghanistan was killed in blast where a bomb was planted in a vehicle he was in.  His brother was reportedly shot dead about 20 days ago by unknown assailants.

“Military helicopter was shot down in Helmand, NATO,” Voice of Jihad (Arabic), 13 Jan 10 (Arabic and Google English translation at Scribd.com here).  Alleges helicopter shot down in Helmand, killing 35 soldiers onboard.

“Update to Helicopter Hard Landing in Helmand,” ISAF news release 2010-01-CA-036-Update, 11 Jan 10.  Mentions recovery of helicopter which experienced a hard landing with “no enemy involvement in the accident”.

2009

“Apache helicopter shot down in Badghis,” Voice of Jihad (English) web site, 29 Dec 09 (PDF at non-terrorist site here).  Statement claims an American Apache was “shot down” in Bala Murghab district 29 Dec 09, allegedly killing 11 on board.

“A Polish helicopter crashes in Ghazni,” Voice of Jihad web site (English version – Arabic version – PDF at non-terrorist site), 4 Dec 09.  Alleges “a Polish helicopter fell down plunging onto the ground immedaitely after taking off Thursday December 03, 2009 near their military campaign in the city of Ghazni province.”

“Low Visibility Blamed for Helicopter Crash,” American Forces Press Service, 28 Oct 09.  “U.S. military authorities have determined that the cause of an MH-47 helicopter crash in Afghanistan’s Badghis province Oct. 26 was a combination of factors caused by very low visibility ….  The incident occurred about 3:30 a.m. when the helicopter lifted off following a successful operation against militants. Thick dust stirred up from the initial takeoff and overwhelmed the visibility of the helicopter crew. As the crew tried to correct the aircraft’s movement, it struck a tall structure, causing it to crash. Militants did not fire at the helicopter at any point during the departure or crash, officials said.”

14 Americans Killed (Including DEA Agents) in Two Helicopter Incidents in Afghanistan, various sources, 26 Oct 09:  ISAF Statement on Western AFG incidentISAF Statement on Southern AFG incidentU.S. American Forces Press ServiceAssociated PressChristian Science MonitorNew York TimesCanadian PressAgence France-PresseBBCReuters

“American helicopter shot down killing 21 terrorists, Invaders bombing martyrs 21 civilians and destroyed a hundreds of shops in Badghis,” Voice of Jihad web site (EnglishArabicPDF of both at non-terrorist site), 26 Oct 09. Claims responsibility for shooting down American helicopter “near Bom Dara district headquarter of Badghis province”, alleging 21 killed.

“3 SCOTS thwart Taliban to recover US Chinook,” UK Ministry of Defence Military Operations news article, 23 Oct 09. Highlights 3 SCOTS troops’ role in protecting recovery of damaged helicopter during 13 Sept 09 “hard landing” incident in Sangin.

“UK troops in helicopter emergency,” BBC online, 14 Oct 09. ‘About 20 UK service personnel were on a US helicopter which was forced to make an emergency landing in Afghanistan.  Four US air crew and about 30 Afghan personnel were also aboard the Chinook which made a “hard landing” in the south on Tuesday. Nobody was injured.  Enemy action has been ruled out as a cause, with the helicopter apparently suffering a mechanical fault ….”

“An American invaders helicopter shot down in Kandahar,” Voice of Jihad, 14 Oct 09 – PDF of Arabic and English versions at non-terrorist site.  Statement alleging American helicopter shot down in Kandahar 14 Oct 09.

“A Drone Predator Shot Down in Kunduz,” Voice of Jihad English-language site, 10 Oct 09 (PDF of statement at non-terrorist site here) – Statement alleging a UAV was shot down with a rocket propelled grenade in Kunduz

“Puppet army helicopter shot down in Nimroze,” Voice of Jihad English-language web page, 9 Oct 09 – Arabic versionGoogle English translation of ArabicPDF of all versions at non-terrorist web site – Alleges downing of “puppet” (Afghan) army helicopter in Nimroz Province using a rocket 8 Oct 09, with Arabic version alleging the death of five Afghan officers, including a woman.

“A(n) Apache helicopter of American invaders shot down in Wardak,” Voice of Jihad English-language site, 6 Oct 09 (PDF of post viewable at non-terrorist site) – Alleges an Apache helicopter was brought down on 4 Oct 09 “in Watrio area in Sayedabad district of Maidan Wardak province.”

Various media reports (PDF), American Helicopter Shot Down in Nangarhar province, 1 Oct 09 – U.S. military spokesperson quoted saying helicopter was hit with rocket propelled grenade.

“Aircraft of invaders shot down in Kunduz 26/9/09,” (Original in Arabic), Voice of Jihad via anti-imperialist.info forums, retrieved 26 Sept 09, Google English translation here, PDF of both versions at non-terrorist site here.  Alleges US Air Force plane shot down in Kunduz.

Meade, Geoff.  “Lost Chopper ‘Brought Down By Taliban’,” Geoff Meade, Sky News (UK), 24 Sept 09 – PDF permalink here (Quotes Minister and RAF that Chinook brought down over Kajaki 19 Aug 09 was hit by RPG fire)

“American military helicopter shot down in Manaqi, Kunar 9/9/09,” Voice of Jihad, retrieved 9 Sept 09 at anti-imperialism.info – ArabicGoogleEnglish translationPDF version at non-terrorist page.  Alleges an American helicopter was downed in Manaqi, Kunar Province on 8 Sept 09.

“Helicopter of invaders shot down in Kunar 4/9/09,” (original in Arabic) Voice of Jihad via tak-va.com forums, 4 Sept 09 – Google English translation here.  PDF of both Arabic and English at non-terrorist site here.  Taliban claiming responsibility for allegedly shooting down an American helicopter with a “rocket” in Kunar province 4 Aug 09.

“People Believe Taliban News,” Voice of Jihad English-language site, retrieved 1 Sept 09 (.pdf of posting downloadable from non-terrorist site here).  English-language statement attributed to “administrator” claiming the Taliban, not Coalition forces, destroyed the Chinook downed on 30 Aug 09:  “The British ministry of defense says it was difficult to bring back the helicopter to its launch pad at the military Base.  So it was necessary to destroy it in order to prevent Taliban from using it as propaganda stuff and knowing the structure of the helicopter. The helicopter was destroyed by Taliban in Sangin district but as usual the British authorities claimed that it crashed due to technical faults.”

“(D)estroy the Chinook helicopter for the occupiers in Sngen in Helmand,” (links to original Arabic version) Voice of Jihad via al-shouraa.com forums, retrieved 01 Sept 09, 0205UTC (.pdf of Arabic and Google English translation at non-terrorist site here).  Arabic versionTaliban statement (Arabic, followed by Google English translation) claiming responsibility for 30 Aug 09 Chinook incident in Sangin.

“British Chinook helicopter deliberately destroyed in Afghanistan,” UK Ministry of Defence statement, 30 Aug 09.  “A British Chinook helicopter was deliberately destroyed by ISAF Forces at 1605 local time having sustained damage on landing approximately 10km East of Sangin at 0530 this morning, Sunday 30 August 2009 …. The aircraft is believed to have suffered a ‘hard landing’ and sustained damage to the undercarriage, nose and front rotor which subsequently made it unflyable ….  The cause of the incident is under investigation however there is no evidence to suggest that it was caused by enemy action.”  Statement and initial mainstream media coverage  also available for download here (.pdf).

Royal Marine Major Mark Hammond interviewed by BBC’s Simon Mayo on 24 Aug 09 about incident in 2006 where Chinook was hit by ZPU-1 14.5mm round while trying to evacuate British wounded in Helmand (.mp3 download) – Transcript (PDF) here.

Bingham, John and Harding, Thomas.  “RAF Chinook helicopter shot down in Afghanistan in Taliban election ‘spectacular’,” The Telegraph, 20 Aug 09.  ‘Military sources confirmed that the helicopter came under attack from machine gun and rocket propelled grenade fire as it took off after a supply drop near Sangin in northern Helmand.” (Bingham & Thomas 2009b) – Permalink (.pdf) to both Bingham and Thomas articles here.

Bingham, John and Harding, Thomas. “Taliban destroy Chinook in attempted election ‘spectacular’,” The Telegraph, 20 Aug 09.  “It is possible that the Taliban might have managed to use heavy anti-aircraft artillery such as a Soviet era ZPU-1 mounted on a truck.” (Bingham & Thomas, 2009a)

“Chinook crew unhurt after incident in Afghanistan,” UK Ministry of Defence statement, 20 Aug 09.  “A British helicopter crew has escaped without injury after their Chinook was forced to make an emergency landing in Helmand province late last night following an engine fire.  The incident happened after two helicopters dropped off cargo and passengers a few miles north of Sangin.  Shortly after take-off the four-strong crew of one Chinook saw cockpit indications of an engine fire during take-off.  The pilots skilfully continued to manoeuvre the helicopter about 1km away from the danger zone to safely make an emergency landing.  All four crew onboard managed to evacuate the aircraft safely. They were recovered by the second helicopter which took them out of the area.  The helicopter was later deliberately destroyed by a coalition airstrike to deny it to enemy forces …. The exact cause of the incident is still under investigation and enemy action has not yet been ruled out.”

“Military helicopter shot down, 41 invaders killed in Helmand 20/8/09,” Voice of Jihad, retrieved 20 Aug 09 via anti-imperialist.info forums here.  Claims responsibility for 20 Aug 09 Chinook incident, claiming a missile strike.  Arabic versionGoogleEnglish translation.

“Australian Chinook Receives Small Arms Fire in Afghanistan,” Australian Department of Defence news release MSPA 244/09, 4 Aug 09 – .pdf version downloadable here.  “During routine air operation tasks, an Australian Army CH-47D Chinook aircraft and a US helicopter came under small arms fire mid-morning on Monday, 3 August 2009.  The Australian Chinook aircraft was operating in Southern Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force. It made a controlled landing at a Coalition airfield as a result of the small arms fire.”

“Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan military operations against the kafirs, munafiqs and the worshippers of Idols – 02-08-2009,” Voice of Jihad via theunjustmedia.com, retrieved 2 Aug 09, .pdf version available for download from non-terrorist site here – first item claims responsibilty for shooting down an American helicopter in Kabul 31 Jul 09

“An American Helicopter Shot Down in Shah Walikot Kandahar 29/7/09,” Voice of Jihad via anti-imperialist.info forums, retrieved 29 Jul 09 (.pdf permalink to non-jihadi page here) – Voice of Jihad (official web page of the Taliban) claim that an American military helicopter was shot down in Kandahar province on 29 Jul 09.

“Insurgents Attack Medical Mission,” ISAF news release PR# 2009-540, retrieved 29 Jul 09 (.pdf version here) – “An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) convoy, in southern Afghanistan, struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) resulting in the wounding of soldiers. When helicopters arrived to evacuate the wounded soldiers the insurgents opened fire on the medical evacuation operation, damaging one of the helicopters.”

Joscelyn, Thomas.  “Iran and the Taliban, allies against America,” Long War Journal, 28 Jul 09 (.pdf version here).  Mentions history of Iranian shipment of weapons, including MANPADS, to Taliban.

Mowaffaq Ahmed Zeidan.  “In Helmand the aircraft crashed,” al-falojah.info forums, retrieved 28 Jul 09 (.pdf permalink at non-terrorist page here) – Poster identifying himself as “Mowaffaq Ahmed Zeidan” alleges witnessing the downing of four aircraft in Helmand, suggesting SAMs may have been used.

“(D)own of a Chinook helicopter of the U.S. forces in the state of Farah,” (Arabic) Voice of Jihad via Al-shouraa Islamic Network forums, retrieved 27 Jul 09 (Google English translation here) – .pdf of Arabic and GoogleEnglish versions at non-jihadi page here.  Claims responsibility for shooting down of Chinook during alleged battle in Farah province.

Yon, Michael.  “An Artery of Opium, A Vein of Taliban,” Big Hollywood web log, retrieved 27 Jul 09 (.pdf permalink here) – “The enemy fired on a helicopter at Kajaki this weekend, and shot one down at Sangin a couple weeks back …. There are reports that enemy antiaircraft weapons are in Sangin.”

“Two Enemy copters downed and 35 Military Personnel Killed 19/7/09,” Voice of Jihad via anti-imperialist.info forums, retrieved 20 Jul 09 (.pdf version at non-terrorist page here) – Claims responsibility for Chinook shot down in Kunar with anti-aircraft gun, and Mi-8 shot down in Kandahar

“Chinook shot down in Danad, Kandahar 19/7/09,” Voice of Jihad via anti-imperialist.info forums, 20 Jul 09 (.pdf version at non-terrorist page, in Arabic and Google Translation, here) – Claims responsibility for Chinook shot down in Kandahar with “anti-aircraft weapon”

Axe, David.  “Chopper Shoot-Down Reveals Deeper Flaws in Afghanistan Ops,” Danger Room web log via Wired.com, 16 Jul 09 – .pdf version here. (Highlights risks associated with using unarmed, unprotected civilian helicopters due to shortage of armed military helicopters)

Civil Aviation Administration of Moldova quoted saying “missile or rocket” shot down Mi-26 in Sangin, killing six (6) Ukrainian nationals, various media sources, 14 Jul 09 – .pdf compilation of English-language stories (Associated Press, AFP, Al Jazeera, Reuters, New York Times, DPA, Voice of America) here.

“7-14 Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan / down of a helicopter for British forces in Helmand Sngen state,” Voice of Jihad via al-shouraa.com forums, retrieved 14 Jul 09 in Arabic here and translated into GoogleEnglish here – .pdf permalink of Arabic and English versions at non-terrorist site here.  (Claims responsibility for British Chinook downed with “anti-aircraft weapons)

“American Helicopters Shot Down in Zabul,” Voice of Jihad web page, retrieved 6 Aug 09 – .pdf downloadable at non-terrorist web page here.  “The Muahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan opened fire on two American helicopters in Anarak area, Shahre Saffa district, Zabul province, with  anti-aircraft machine gun,  downing one Apache helicopter , and the other burst with flames and burnt completely upon landing in  a near US army center ….”

“1 helicopter of puppet army shot down in Kapisa,” Voice of Jihad (Taliban official web page), retrieved 3 Jul 09 – .pdf version at non-terrorist site here. (Claims responsiblity for downing helicopter with RPG-7)

“Contractor’s helicopter makes emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan,” US Forces-Afghanistan news release via Facebook, 3 Jul 09 – .pdf version here.

“7-2 the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan / the outcome of months of Victory,” (Original in ArabicGoogleEnglish translation) Voice of Jihad via al-shouraa.com forums, 2 Jul 09 – .pdf versions available for download at non-terrorist site here. (Claims responsibility for 2 helicopters brought down during Operation Victory)

“2 helicopters of American invaders shot down in Badghis,” Voice of Jihad (Taliban official web page), retrieved 13 Jun 09 – .pdf version at non-terrorist site here.

“Statistics of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan operations against the enemy for the month of May, 2009 (jamadiul Awal 1430 hajari),” The Unjust Media web page, retrieved 01 Jun 09 – .pdf permalink to table available at non-terrorist site here. (Monthly summary of statistics for May 2009 claims responsibility for for downing of helicopter in Uruzgan – see bottom margin of chart)

“Afghans Say Iranian-Made Weapons Seized in Helmand,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 26 May09 (no direct reference to MANPADS, but newest report of Iranian-made weapons in AFG)

22 May 09 – Reports of ISAF Helicopter Emergency Landing in Tarin Kowt:  ISAF StatementXinuha News Agency – Taliban Voice of Jihad claim of shoot-down with RPG-7 (.pdf permalink of Taliban claim at non-terrorist web page here)

Harding, Thomas.  “Taliban planning to down British Chinook,” The Telegraph (UK), 01 May 09 (Harding 2009).  If link doesn’t work, .pdf permalink of article is available here.

Various sources, Coalition air strikes destroy 2 ZPU-1 anti-aircraft machine guns (9 page 490 kB .pdf file) (21 Apr 09 ZPU OSINT, 2009)

“Downing an American military helicopter in Watpor in the province of Kunar 12/04/09,” Voice of Jihad (Taliban) via http://www.ansarnet.info forums, retrived 12 Apr 09 – .htm capture of page saved at non-jihadi web site here (Voice of Jihad, 12 Apr 09)

“Damaging a helicopter belonging to the Amercian forces in the district of Gerishk in the province of Helmand/British invader army helicopter shot down in Helmand,” Voice of Jihad via international.thabaat.net forum posting, 15 Mar 09 (.pdf permalink at non-jihadi web page here) (Voice of Jihad 15 Mar 09)

Prudori, Tony.  “What Nationality WAS the Chinook?,” Taliban Propaganda Watch open source analysis, MILNEWS.ca, 9 May 09. (Prudori 2009)

Smith, Michael.  “RAF pilot wins Distinguished Flying Cross,” Times Online (UK), 8 Mar 09 (Smith 2009b) – .pdf permalink

Townsend, Mark.  “RAF pilot foils assassination bid,” The Guardian (UK), 8 Mar 09 (Townsend 2009) – .pdf permalink

“British Invader Army Helicopter Shot Down In Helmand,” Voice of Jihad web page, 7 Mar 09 (.pdf permalink) (Voice of Jihad 7 Mar 09).

Smith, Michael.  “Missile threat to British troops,” Sunday Times, 1 Mar 09 – .pdf permalink (Smith 2009a)

2008

“NATO helicopter hit in Afghanistan,” Al Jazeera, viewed 18 May 08, 0710EDT (Al Jazz 18 May 2008) – .pdf permalink

“Taleban shot down NATO helicopter, no-one injured,” Deutsche Presse Agentur, via Khaleej Times, viewed 18 May 08, 0707EDT (DPA 18 May 2008) – .pdf permalink

“Taliban says it shot down NATO helicopter – no-one injured,” unattributited, viewed at Monsters and Critics web page, 18 May 08, 0720EDT (M&C 18 May 2008) – .pdf permalink

“Afghan governor says his chopper hit by rocket fire,” Agence France Presse (English), viewed 17 May 08, 2126EDT – .pdf permalink (AFP English, 17 May 2008)

“Insurgents hit NATO helicopter carrying Afghan governor, no one injured,” Canadian Press/Associated Press, viewed 17 May 08, 2112EDT – .pdf permalink (CP/AP, 17 May 2008)

“NATO helicopter carrying Afghan governor hit,” Reuters, viewed 17 May 08, 2123EDT – .pdf permalink (Reuters, 17 May 2008)

2007

“Coalition precision strike kills Taliban facilitator,” Combined Joint Task Force-82 news release # 041, 9 Dec 07 (CJTF-82, 2007) – .pdf permalink (mentions “Coalition forces conducted a precision strike targeting a Taliban weapons smuggler known to equip extremist forces with various types of weapons and explosives including anti-aircraft weaponry. Reports also indicate the individual is linked with attacks on Coalition forces’ aircraft.”)

“Reports say Chinese-made weapons used by Taliban,” CTV.ca, 12 Sept 07 (CTV.ca 2007) – .pdf permalink, captured 28 Nov 07 (.pdf)

Burns, R. Nicholas.  “On-The-Record Briefing on Iran,” US Department of State briefing, 25 Oct 07 – .pdf permalink (Burns 2007)

“U.S. details Quds Force’s ‘lethal support’ to Taliban,” CNN online, 25 Oct 07 – .pdf permalink. (CNN 25 Oct 2007)

Zacharia, Janine and Carmichael, Kevin Carmichael.  “Iranian Military Sanctioned by U.S. for Terror Links,” Bloomberg wire service, 25 Oct 07 – .pdf permalink.  (Zacharia and Carmichael 2007)

Pleming, Sue.  “US slaps new sanctions on Iran, Russia objects,” Reuters, 25 Oct 07 – .pdf permalink. (Pleming 2007)

“Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism,” US Treasury Department news release, 25 Oct 07 (via archive.org) – Statement by Secretary Paulson on Iran DesignationsFact Sheet: Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism. (.pdf permalink of Fact Sheet) (US Treasury 2007)

Synovitz, Ron.  “Afghanistan: U.S. Worried Iran Sending Chinese Weapons To Taliban,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 14 Sept 07 (Google cached version) – .pdf version here.

Danahar, Paul.  “Taleban ‘getting Chinese arms’,” BBC online, 3 Sept 07 (Danahar 2007)

Albone, Tim. “Iran gives Taliban hi-tech weapons to fight British,” Sunday Times (UK), 5 Aug 07. (Albone 2007) – alternative link to article here

Federation of Atomic Scientists (FAS). “Issue Brief #1:  MANPADS Proliferation,” FAS web page, August 2007. (FAS 2007)

Coghlan, Tom. “Taliban in first heat-seeking missile attack,” The Telegraph (UK), 29 Jul 07. (Coghlan 2007). Downloadable 1.9 Mb .pdf version here.

“Report of the Workshop “MANPADS and all its aspects,” NATO Ad Hoc Working Group On Small Arms And Light Weapons (SALW) And Mine Action, 5 Jul 07. (NATO 2007)

Smith, Charles R. “China Killing Americans,” News Max news service, 18 Jun 07. (Smith 2007)

Gertz, Bill. “Inside the Ring: China arming terrorists,” Washington Times, 15 Jun 07.  If link doesn’t work, a pdf permalink of the article is avaliable here. (Gertz 2007)

Smucker, Philip. “Taliban supplied with Chinese, Iranian weapons,” Washington Times, 5 Jun 07. (Smucker 2007)

Schroeder, Matt. Global efforts to control MANPADS, SIPRI Yearbook 2007, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, June 2007. (Schroeder 2007)

Harding, Thomas. “Taliban ‘use Iranian missiles on UK troops’,” The Telegraph, 23 May 07. (Harding 2007)

“Coalition Strikes Taliban Linked To Anti-Aircraft Weapons,” Agence France Presse, via Spacewar.com, 10 Mar 07. (AFP 2007)

Shahzad, Syed Saleem. “The Pakistan-Taliban Deal,” India Defence Online, 1 Mar 07. (Shahzad 2007)

2006

Alvi, Rafiq. “NRI sentenced 57 months jail for selling Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to the Taliban and al-Qaeda,” NRIinternet.com, 12 Apr 06. (indictment mentioned in story viewed here.) (Alvi 2006)

“Kill This Myth Before It Grows,” Strategy Page, 20 Mar 06. (Strategy Page 2006)

Sengupta, Kim. “Pakistanis accused of aiding Taliban with missile parts,” The Independent (UK), 14 Mar 06, viewed at . (Sengupta 2006)

“Nato finds Stinger in Taleban tail,” New Zealand Herald on Sunday Online, 15 Mar 06. (NZ Herald Online 2006)

Bolkcom, Christopher and Elias, Bartholomew.  “Homeland Security:  Protecting Airliners from Terrorist Missiles,” Congressional Research Service report RL31741, updated 16 Feb 06. (Bolkcom & Elias 2006)

“Stinger missile explosion leaves 2 militants dead in Afghanistan,” Xinhua News Agency (CHN), 1 Jan 06. (Xinhua 2006)

2005

Daly, John C.K.  “Remnants of the Taliban threaten to shoot down non-commercial aircraft,” United Press International, via monstersandcritics.com, 28 Nov 05. (Daly 2005)

Synovitz, Ron. “Kabul Confirms New Effort To Buy Back U.S.-Built Stinger Missiles,” Radio Free Europe online, 31 Jan 05. (Synovitz 2005)

2004

Bevan, James. “Big Issue, Big Problem: MANPAD,” In Small Arms Survey 2004: Rights at Risk, Small Arms Survey, Geneva, 2004 (.pdf). (Bevan 2004)

2003

“U.S. Troops Kill Four in Afghanistan,” Associated Press, 10 Jun 03. (AP 2003)

2002

Caffera, Paul J. “U.S. jets easy target for shoulder-fired missiles,” San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Nov 02. (Caffera 2002)

Baldauf, Scott.  “How Al Qaeda seeks to buy Chinese arms,” Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug 02.  (Baldauf 2002) – permalink (.pdf)

Gertz, Bill and Scarborough, Rowan.  “Notes from the Pentagon: China-trained Taliban,” Inside the Ring, via gertzfile.com, 21 Jun 02.  (Gertz & Scarborough 2002)

2001

“Stinger missiles fired at U.S. transport planes: CNN,” Asian Political News, 24 Dec 01. (Asian Political News 2001)

Stoullig, Jean-Michel.   “US fears Stinger missiles can be used against its own in Afghanistan,” Agence France Presse, 4 Dec 01. (Stoullig 2001)

Keith, Kenton. “Coalition Spokesman Says Afghan Talks Making Progress,” Embassy of the United States (Caracas, Venezuela) news release and transcript, 3-4 Dec 01. (Keith 2001)

Raman, B. “US’ Afghan ops: A critical analysis,” The Business Line (IND), 2 Nov 01. (Raman 2001)

Norton-Taylor, Richard. “Taliban trust in the Stinger may be misplaced,” The Guardian (UK), 17 Oct 01. (Norton-Taylor, 2001)

Rumsfeld, Donald & White, Thomas (Secretary of the Army), “Transcript, Secretary Rumsfeld Media Availability with Secretary White,” US Department of Defense, 11 Oct 01. (Rumsfeld & White, 2001)

“The Taliban’s military forces (prior to hostilities),” Jane’s Armies: Afghanistan, 8 Oct 01, non-subscriber extract. (Jane’s 2001)

Vlliamy, Ed et. al.  “The noose tightens,” Guardian Unlimited, 7 Oct 01.  (Vulliamy et. al. 2001)

“Taliban Reports Firing Antiaircraft Guns at Suspicious Plane Over Kabul,” CNN transcript, 6 Oct 01. (CNN 2001a)

“Taliban Says It Fired on Aircraft Over Kabul”, CNN transcript, 6 Oct 01. (CNN 2001b)

Fitchett, Joseph. “What About the Taliban’s Stingers?”, International Herald Tribune, 26 Sept 01. (Fitchett 2001)

Harnden, Toby. “Taliban still have Reagan’s Stingers,” The Telegraph (UK), 26 Sept 01. (Harnden 2001)

Devraj, Ranjit. “Stinger in the tail of US policy,” Asia Times Online, 19 Sept 01. (Devraj 2001)

1999

Kuperman, Alan J. “The Stinger missile and U.S. intervention in Afghanistan,” Political Science Quarterly, summer 1999, Volume 114 No. 2, pg. 219 . (Kuperman 1999)

Undated

“Special Section: Terrorist Attacks on America – Afghanistan,” Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) web page, undated. (Center for Nonproliferation Studies, undated)

Written by milnewsca

16 November 10 at 22:14

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