MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – 14 Apr 11

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – 4 Mar 11

  • Canadians continue to GTFO LibyaA Canadian military transport made it to Malta safely on Thursday with another 31 evacuees and more flights were planned as a botched Dutch rescue operation underscored the perils of western military actions in Libya. A spokesman for Canada’s overseas headquarters said 14 of the passengers aboard the Hercules aircraft were Canadians and the rest were foreign nationals. The plane returned from Tripoli without incident, said Maj. Andre Salloum. As of Thursday, the Foreign Affairs Department said 327 Canadians, including those on the military flight, had found their way out of the Libya crossfire. The Harper government dispatched a frigate, HMCS Charlottetown, this week to take part in a possible blockade to enforce sanctions ….”
  • Commentariat on Libya (1): “…. the (HMCS) Charlottetown could turn its attention to ill-defined humanitarian relief operations or to the enforcement of a potential international embargo against the Libyan regime. Whatever the ultimate mission, it will likely come as a surprise — just as much of one as the decision to deploy the warship …. How Canadian assets could be used to alleviate the exodus from Libya or to deliver relief supplies remains to be seen. But clearly, Ottawa is committing to stay on the job long after its primary objective of securing Canadian lives is met. This is commendable, and not just from a humanitarian point of view. It also sends a strong signal to our European allies that their interests are vital to us …. The rapid downfall of Col. Moammar Gadhafi is the best way to prevent a full-blown refugee crisis inside and outside Libya. Whatever Canada can do to help tip the scales — short of direct military intervention — is worth doing.”
  • Commentariat on Libya (2): “…. The West should tread carefully in Libya. While it is tempting to imagine the country’s conflict as a simple struggle between good and evil that can be brought to a speedy and decisive conclusion, the reality is more complicated than that. Aggressive intervention might easily end up doing more harm than good.”
  • Commentariat on Libya (3): Canadians who believe that their military’s primary purpose should not be to fight wars, but fervently want their troops to only be Boy Scouts, should be pleased by Ottawa’s evolving commitment to the crisis in Libya.  With China, Russia, Turkey and Germany having already strongly rejected any kind of military intervention – which could result in unpredictable and unwelcome outcomes – the West will have considerable trouble gathering a coalition of the willing to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. But western countries want to be seen to be helping in other ways.  So, just in time to give the Harper government a wee bit of an election boost, Canadian sailors and air force personnel will be drawn into international humanitarian operations in the Maghreb.  Canada’s part in potential Libyan humanitarian operations are to be much smaller than what its armed forces did in Haiti after last winter’s earthquake. But there will still be a feel-good factor ….”
  • Interesting pointIt’s curious, how the most vocal opponents of military spending go quiet whenever boats and planes and superbly trained soldiers suddenly come in handy. Where were the critics of Ottawa’s C17 purchase last January, when these massive air barns were deployed at a moment’s notice to transport aid into earthquake-struck Haiti? And where are they now, as Canadian Forces aircraft based in Malta and JTF2 special forces troops work to extract Canadians trapped by the fighting in Libya? What will critics of the government’s proposed CF-35 jet fighter purchase say if, as now appears possible, Canadian Air Force jets are involved in enforcing a no-fly zone in North Africa, to protect innocents from Gadhafi’s warplanes? Here’s what they’ll say: Not much, for the duration of the crisis. Then, when the smoke clears and the planes are back at CFB Trenton, they’ll start again with the mantra that spending money on warriors and their gear is needless and wasteful ….” Not ALL vocal opponents of military spending are staying silent – more here.
  • Canada’s post-military legacy in southern Afghanistan may well rest on the slender shoulders of Haji Hamdullah Nazak.  The 32-year-old governs the district of Dand, a relative model of stability compared to the violence and intimidation that permeates other regions of Kandahar province.  But as the Canadian military gradually shifts its focus away from patrols and towards packing boxes for a training mission said to be “Kabul-centric,” Nazak frets over the possibility of lost progress.  “I’m a little bit afraid of that,” Nazak says through a translator. “If they stopped helping us, assisting us in this major purpose, we will face some challenges, problems.” ….”
  • Meanwhile, opposition to the war in Afghanistan is higher in Britain and Canada than the United States, with at least 60 percent against it, a poll indicated Thursday …. Almost two-thirds, 63 percent, of Canadians said they oppose the war, while only 32 percent support it, a new low. Last year, 47 percent supported the war.   Albertans were most likely to back Afghan operations, but even there only 43 percent said they support it. In Quebec, 75 percent oppose the war.  Vision Critical, based in Toronto conducted the poll on line from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, surveying 1,022 Angus Reid Forum panelists in Canada, 1,006 Springboard America panelists and 2,019 members of Springboard UK. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points for Canada and the United States and 2.1 points for Britain.”
  • A parliamentary committee tasked with vetting documents related to the abuse of Afghan detainees could make the secret material public within the next two weeks, according to the Liberals. Amid mounting pressure from the Bloc Quebecois and New Democrats, Liberal defence critic Dominic LeBlanc suggested a report by the three-judge panel of legal experts advising the team of MPs should be available within a “week or two” along with “a considerable number of the documents” themselves. His comments come a day after Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe issued an ultimatum. Frustrated the uncensored documents still haven’t been released despite promises they’d be ready in January, Duceppe vowed to pull his two MPs from the committee. “The process has become bogged down and I don’t understand why,” he said ….”
  • Bye bye old subs“…. The Department of National Defence (DND), has a requirement for the removal, dismantling and disposal of the Oberon Class Submarines Olympus and Okanagan, and an option to dispose of a third, Ojibwa …. A bidders’ conference chaired by the Contracting Authority will be convened at HMC Dockyard, Jetty NL, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on March 23, 2011 @ 0900 ….”
  • F-35 Tug o’ War:  Steven Staples’ top 10 list on why Canada shouldn’t buy the F-35.
  • Operation: Western Front (OWF) – a very special initiative organized by mission commanders and philanthropists Warren M. Spitz and W. Brett Wilson to raise awareness and funds for military causes – has collected a stunning $1.5 million in sponsorship and donations. The funds will be donated to various military programs – including Outward Bound for Veterans and Canada Company, a charitable, non-partisan organization that builds a bridge between business and community leaders and the Canadian Military Forces, including providing scholarships to surviving offspring of fallen Canadian Forces personnel. The funds will support a variety of other needs – from medical support to childcare and financial aid – and will be directed through Canada’s True Patriot Love Foundation ….”
  • Conservative MP pitches softball question to Minister in House of Commons on what government is doing to help veterans in Quebec (giving Minister a chance to bash the Bloc). “I would like to thank the hon. member from Lévis—Bellechasse for his excellent work and his concern for veterans. Our government is listening to the regions of Quebec and to veterans. We introduced Bill C-55 in the House, and it will serve as the enhanced new veterans charter and will help our modern-day veterans, who may come back wounded from Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the Bloc is still not co-operating as we would like, but we still hope to pass this bill before the upcoming budget ….”
  • Federal Crown prosecutors do not have to hand over a complete set of photographs used by French police to link former University of Ottawa professor Hassan Diab to a Paris terrorist bombing. Diab’s lawyer Donald Bayne had asked for the photographs to be entered into the record of the case, but federal Justice Department lawyers acting for the French government resisted. Only nine of 33 “mug shots” shown by Paris police to witnesses 30 years after the bombing have been used as evidence by the prosecution. All nine are of the 57-yearold Diab at various stages of adult life ….”

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – 28 Feb 11

  • Canada’s Foreign Affairs department confirms it’s working on the “safe release” of a Canadian, Colin MacKenzie, in AfghanistanThe Taliban has issued a statement claiming a captured “Canadian national” is a spy, saying they’ll be releasing a video shortly.  A bit more from the Canadian Press here, CBC.ca here, CTV.ca here, Agence France-Presse here and the BBC here.
  • A couple of more versions of the Taliban’s “we have a Canadian spy” statement, in Arabic and Pashto (with a Google translation of the Arabic version) here.
  • It appears, according to media accounts here and here, that the missing man, 1)  has been missing for 3 months (with RCMP involvement since November), and 2)  wanted to learn Pashto. In case one needs reminding, here’s DFAIT’s recommendations about touristing in Afghanistan” …. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against all travel to Afghanistan. Canadians undertaking travel despite this warning take serious risks. Canadians already in Afghanistan should leave. The security situation remains extremely volatile and unpredictable ….”
  • A U.S. squadron will head to Kandahar’s Dand district next month in a move that will enable the Canadian military to start “saturating” the western neck of Panjwaii before the conclusion of combat operations, Canada’s top soldier in Afghanistan says. The 1st squadron of the 2nd Stryker Regiment will leave the Uruzgan province and take command of the Dand battle space in mid-March from the 1-71 Cavalry of 10th Mountain Division. The 500-member cavalry has been under the command of Task Force Kandahar, stationed alongside Canadian and Afghan forces in the relatively calm district since May. The 700-member Stryker squadron will fall under Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner’s command until the Canadian military mission ends in July. Two companies of soldiers will go to Dand and a third will be deployed to Panjwaii ….”
  • A snapshot of Canadian mentoring work with Afghan troops: “A hint of irritation is evident in Capt. Eric Bouchard’s voice as he tries to figure out where his counterpart in the Afghan National Army is going.  Canadian and Afghan forces have barely begun a two-day mission to search villages and fields in the central Panjwaii district, and already there’s confusion between the two groups. It seems the Afghan platoon commander paired with Bouchard has neglected to bring a proper map, and he’s leading his troops off the planned route.  Bouchard’s first instinct is to tell him to get back on track, but he restrains himself. After all, this operation has been organized by the Afghans and Bouchard’s job is to mentor their soldiers, not lecture them. Showing respect is paramount.  “Tell him the first objective is over that way,” Bouchard instructs his interpreter. “But … but, ask him where he wants to go.”  Such interactions are common for Canadians serving in the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, also known as the OMLT or “omelette,” which provides on-the-job training for Afghan soldiers in the field ….”
  • Taliban Propaganda WatchMore attacks alleged in Kandahar, Uruzgan.
  • Wounded warrior preparing for run on artificial leg“When army Sergeant Jamie MacIntyre joined Toronto’s annual run in support of St. John’s Rehab Hospital two years ago, he had a special reason for taking part: Among those getting a new lease on life from the widely acclaimed facility was his friend Master Corporal Jody Mitic, who’d lost both legs in 2007 in Afghanistan after stepping on a land mine.  This year, Sgt. MacIntyre has a still better incentive for participating: Last June, two months into his second tour of Afghanistan, he too trod on a roadside bomb and his left foot was blown off. So when he does the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk on March 13, together with his wife and some military colleagues, this time he’ll be running with an artificial leg …”
  • Operation GTFO Libya More details are coming to light about why Canadian planes had to leave empty from Libya last week. “…. MacKay said Sunday the two aircraft had arrived in the middle of the night and officials were having difficulty both identifying Canadians who were waiting at the airport and determining if they were allowed to leave the country. The planes had been given a limited amount of time to remain at the airport, so aircraft from other countries could land. “There was very little co-operation being extended to Canadians by officials at the airport,” MacKay told CTV’s Question Period in an interview from Halifax. “And so they were then told they had to leave because there were specific time slots that were being given to countries at that time.” ….”
  • Two more Canadian military planes are being dispatched to the eastern Mediterranean to help with the evacuation of Canadians in Libya. Defence Minister Peter MacKay tells CTV News’ Question Period the pair of Hercules transport aircraft were deployed and could be used to land in austere areas of Libya outside of the capital Tripoli. An estimated 100 Canadians are still trapped in the country, many of them believed to be oil workers. The British military, including members of its special forces, used a Hercules to fly under the Libyan radar and rescue 150 Britons and foreign nationals in a desert area. A spokesman for the prime minister said Stephen Harper was spending the day in briefings on the evolving situation in Libya ….” More on that from Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister here.
  • Here’s what the PM had to say about what happens next with Libya: “…. Canada earlier today implemented the following binding sanctions contained in the Resolution:
    • An arms embargo requiring all states to prevent the sale or supply of arms into Libya, or the export of arms from Libya;
    • The inspection of cargo going into Libya;
    • A travel ban on Muammar Qadhafi and 15 individuals closely associated with him; and
    • An asset freeze against Muammar Qadhafi and members of his family….” More from the Canadian Press here.
  • More news on the latest in Libya here (Google News), here (EMM News Brief:  Libya),  here (NewsNow), here (BBC) and here (Al Jazeera English).
  • F-35 Tug o’ War The fighter plane at the centre of one of Ottawa’s hottest political debates has taken its first test flight over the skies of Texas.  The hour-long flight of the first production model of the Lockheed Martin F-35 II Lightning stealth fighter went off without a hitch, said test pilot Bill Gigliotti.  “The aircraft was rock-solid from takeoff to landing, and successfully completed all the tests we put it through during the flight,” Gigliotti said.  The flight was an important developmental milestone for the aircraft that Canada plans to begin using in 2016 to replace its aging CF-18 fleet ….”

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – 10 Jan 11

  • More on Canada’s troops chipping away at a problem area in Afghanistan. “It has long been Canada’s problem child in Kandahar. The Panjwaii district has vexed the military brain trust for years. It is the cradle of the Taliban movement, the insurgency’s spiritual heartland. Many Taliban fighters hail from the district’s dominant Noorzai tribe, so the sympathies of villagers do not always lie with foreign forces. It is one of the last three districts of Kandahar still under Canada’s watch. The other districts, Dand and Daman, are relatively stable by comparison — ‘relatively’ being the operative word. So with seven months left on Canada’s combat clock, time is running out to pacify the Panjwaii. Canadian troops are in the midst of a massive effort to do just that ….”
  • More, via the CF, on the latest road-building work by Canadian and Afghan engineers. “An important achievement of previous rotations was the construction of new roads across Kandahar Province. Today, we continue that initiative with the development of a land link between the eastern portion of Panjwa’i District and its western point, the Horn of Panjwa’i. Our mandate is to build a safe road that is feasible to use all year round ….”
  • Taliban Propaganda WatchTaliban claims to have destroyed Canadian “tank” in Spin Boldak area.
  • Lotsa work, money to get Canada’s military forces and facilities outta Dodge. “It will cost “lots of hundreds of millions of dollars” to move Canada’s nearly 3,000 soldiers, all their gear and equipment and nearly a decade’s worth of supportive infrastructure out of Kandahar province this year, says the man in charge of preparing for the mammoth undertaking.  “It’s like moving a very large village or small town, lock, stock and barrel,” said Lt.-Col. Steve Moritsugu, who is leader of the mission transition and liaison team for the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.  “We have to clean, repair and pack everything up and move it halfway around the world,” he said.  A more precise price tag isn’t available at this stage. Canada hasn’t undertaken such a large-scale military pullout in nearly 60 years. The 1st battalion Royal 22e Regiment battle group has to be out of the fight by July, and most traces of Canada’s military presence in Kandahar must disappear by the end of the year ….”
  • 16 Dec 10, MILNEWS.ca:  Let’s try that again with the pre-qualification for the Close Combat Vehicle (CCV), shall we? 10 Jan 11, Ottawa Citizen: “The multi-billion dollar plan to buy new armoured vehicles for the Canadian Forces has run into yet more problems, with the government this time going back to industry to look for more companies interested in bidding ….”
  • The Halifax Regional Municipality is going to consider allowing the naming of a new road in honour of the fallen. “The Halifax region could one day have a municipal road named to honour Canada’s fallen military personnel, a city staff report says. In November, a petition was filed with regional council asking it “to name a new collector type road in (metro) Heroes Avenue (or) Street, or Highway of Heroes,” the report says. The report, attached to council’s agenda for their meeting Tuesday, says city hall staff are reviewing the request in accordance with municipal policy. “If the name request meets the criteria laid out in (policy), staff will recommend that . . . council approve Heroes Avenue as a commemorative name,” the report says. “Staff would then begin the process of finding an appropriate street to apply the name.” …. “ Here’s the city staff report (PDF)  mentioned above.

TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH (RC South) – Taliban’s (Alleged) Kandahar Surge

NOTE: This material is from web pages and forums carrying statements attributed to the Taliban, Taliban spokespersons or supporters of the Taliban, or analysis thereof. Posting of this material neither confirms nor endorses any of its content – it is shared for information only. When material translated into English is not available, Google Translate is used to translate the original  – this is only a machine translation, NOT an official one.


The untold reality of Kandahar Operation (Part 1) Screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 06:10 –

As all the readers of Alemarah website might know that a major enemy operation is taking place in Kandahar province which has been ongoing since the last one and a half month. Lately the enemy, through its biased media, claims to have ridded the surrounding districts of Mujahideen presence and also claims to have gained substantial ground against Mujahideen in the areas. Alemarah website has recently had the opportunity to interview the district commander of Dand district, Mullah Abdullah Mubarak and ask him questions regarding the untold reality of the situation.

Alemarah: Firstly could you tell us about the ongoing enemy operations in Dand district and why did they come about?

Mullah Abdullah Mubarak: Dand district is located at a very close proximity to Kandahar city and it has a large number of Mujahideen operating inside so the enemy became frightened that it might, just like Dand, lose the entire city to Mujahideen and hence started their preparatory operation firstly in this district in the month of Ramadan. The enemy soldiers entered Mahlajat, Chalghor, Nakhoni, Khanjakak, Zila Khan and Salawat area by helicopters and in huge numbers. Mujahideen, due to a tactical maneuver, did not want to engage them in normal battle but decided to use guerilla warfare in order to cause them maximum damage. We decided to mine all the main roads and when the enemy could not make any inroads, they decided to bulldoze local’s farms and fields so to gain at least some ground but that attempt also proved futile as they suffered massive casualties due to Mujahideen also mining those ways, ambushes and missile attacks. To put it bluntly, a day hasn’t passed so far that at least 4 to 10 blasts do not detonate on their patrols. Due to their immense suffering, the enemy decided to bomb the area randomly using cruise and other missiles from which civilians were killed, their houses and fields wrecked and many were forced to flee the district. After this criminal act, the enemy turned the local’s houses into their military barracks. So far the enemy has abandoned most of those barracks and in the areas which they do exist, they have neither come out nor can they due to heavily mined areas and Mujahideen waiting in ambushes. But even these bases are located in such places that providing of logistics will be a big problem in the future.

Alemarah: It is said that the civilians are the only ones who have been affected by this operation. Could you elaborate on this?

Mullah Abdullah Mubarak: Yes, to sum up the genocidal behavior of the enemy in one sentence, it would be that this kind of crime against civilians has not been done in the entire history. I swear by Allah that so far only 5 of our Mujahideen have been Martyred, 3 have been injured and none have been captured but the prison of Kandahar has been filled by civilians. I would like to summarize the crimes against civilians of Dand by giving a few examples:
1. When the enemy came to Mahlajat in the morning, the blocked all the main roads and blind folded all those who came their way. Nearly all the locals of Dand have shops in the city where they sell fruits and vegetables so throughout the day the barbarians handcuffed and imprisoned around 300 civilians by the name of Taliban.
2. A few days earlier, the American invaders besieged Ghra and Mahi Village located in Zila Khan area of Dand district. Most of the people had emigrated from these villages except 97 people which were village elders and children who had come to collect some o their belongings but even those were not spared as they were stripped naked, blind folded and then imprisoned. They were released 12 days after enduring many hardships.
3. All their new barracks are built inside civilian houses and on their lands. They have bulldozed local’s lands, fields, farms and houses as they try to make inroads against Mujahideen. Some 500 homes and shops have been bulldozed due to this process in Nakhoni area alone. Similar crime has been carried out in Khanjakak, Chalghor and all the other areas. They recently blew up locals raisin houses in Chalghor. Nearly all incidents involve the demolition of homes with the owners belonging inside them.

Alemarah: The enemy says that they have killed and captured many Mujahideen, their leaders and many of their bases have been destroyed. How much of this is true?

Mullah Abdullah Mubarak: The American invaders decided that they would make check posts in very close proximity to the next one by destroying the homes and fields of civilians and that would rid Mujahideen from the area but did not realize that Mujahideen were going to use guerilla tactics. Now the enemy has barracks in various areas but don’t have control 50 meters beyond their posts and thus cannot come out. As for our casualties, only 5 of our Mujahideen have been Martyred and 3 wounded and none of our leaders have been either killed or captured.

Alemarah: How has this operation affected the Mujahideen and what do you say about the claims of Ahmad Wali Karzai that Mujahideen bases have been destroyed throughout Dand and Kandahar?

Mullah Abdullah Mubarak: I don’t know how Ahmad Wali can make such claims when in fact he cannot even peacefully sleep in his own house due to constant Mujahideen attacks on it. If he was really honest in his claims then he should just once, walk freely in Kandahar city let alone Dand and Panjwaee districts. All these claims are false. As for the number of our groups and bases, they have not decreased compared to spring and summer time. Due to the enemy operation we decreased the number of Mujahideen but now that the enemy has become tired and lost morale, those Mujahideen are coming back to carry out operations because their enemy numbers have become vast and much easier to target.

I want to congratulate the Afghan nation in particular for this victory of Mujahideen because we have not suffered any serious damage and the enemy has lost because they cannot sustain this large force for long especially that their newly built bases and barracks are becoming harder and harder to supply with logistics.

(to be continued)

TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH (RC South) – 220005UTC Oct 10

NOTE: This material is from web pages and forums carrying statements attributed to the Taliban, Taliban spokespersons or supporters of the Taliban, or analysis thereof. Posting of this material neither confirms nor endorses any of its content – it is shared for information only. When material translated into English is not available, Google Translate is used to translate the original  – this is only a machine translation, NOT an official one.

 


Mujahideen kill member of council in Kandahar city

Thursday, 21 October 2010 13:02 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 21 – Asadullah Khan, a member of council of Dand district was shot dead by Mujahideen while walking in 2nd Naiha area of Kandahar city at around 10:0 am.

US tank blown apart in Arghandab

Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:22 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 21 – A US invaders tank was blown apart by an IED last night (Oct. 20) in Arghandab’s Sarbandi area. All invaders onboard were killed and wounded.

US airfield comes under missile strikes

Thursday, 21 October 2010 13:03 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
ZABUL, Oct. 21 – A newly built airfield of US invaders in Surkhsang area of Arghandab district was struck by 9 missiles yesterday, at a time when helicopters had just landed but the exact damage and casualties caused is not known.

Puppets base in Zabul comes under attack

Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:28 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
ZABUL, Oct. 21 – Mujahideen attacked the base (called Company) near Shara Village of Syeri district at 09:00 am using heavy and light weapons but the extent of damage and casualties caused is not known.

IED rips through puppet vehicle

Thursday, 21 October 2010 16:36 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
ZABUL, Oct. 21 – 5 puppet security were instantly killed at 08:00 am when an IED ripped through their vehicle in Qalat city.

 


Statement of Islamic Emirate regarding the latest organized enemy propaganda Screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com

 

Thursday, 21 October 2010 13:41 –

The NATO forces in Afghanistan, in collaboration with their Afghan puppets and western media outlets under the leadership of U.S have been trying by diplomatic maneuver and organized propaganda to make it appear as though Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate were ready for negotiations and that they have made progress in this regard.

Although the Islamic Emirate has previously issued a number statements regarding this subject, in which it clearly rejects such false claims and calls it a failed last ditch effort by the enemy but the impudent enemy persistently keeps putting forward such mind boggling lies through its propaganda channels and through the bought out leaders of the so called Peace Council without presenting any kind of credible proof whatsoever.

Once again, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants to remind the world and its countrymen its stance on the issue. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan refutes outright these false claims neither has it sent any delegations for talks and neither does it intend to negotiate at a time when the country is under occupation.

In this regard, we must say to Burhanuddin Rabbani and the other degraded faces not to revive old enmities by promoting these false allegations nor should they run the propaganda campaigns to please America. As Afghans, they should not aid General Petreaus’s strategy (bullets and negotiations) developed by the Pentagon because the General wants to have this strategy worked through your hands in such a wicked way that Afghanistan may permanently become a colony of America.

From our point of view, another reason for this intense fabricated propaganda by Karzai and General Petreaus is also likely to win the confidence of the people by making it seem as if Kabul administration (the crooked and corrupt regime) could bring forth a solution to the problems of Afghanistan.

The Islamic Emirate irrefutably believes that in the presence of foreign invaders, peace talks and any kinds of negotiation deals will be futile as they will not yield a positive outcome for the Momin people and nation. For this reason, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan once again calls on the invaders to stop wasting their time on failed propaganda and military campaigns instead leave Afghanistan so it can enjoy a few years in peace and independence.

Insisting on continuing your crimes may get you noting but lose political and economical credibility in the eyes of the world which is likely to end up bringing about far more fatal casualties on your part.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

 


 

TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH (RC South) – 202340UTC Oct 10

NOTE: This material is from web pages and forums carrying statements attributed to the Taliban, Taliban spokespersons or supporters of the Taliban, or analysis thereof. Posting of this material neither confirms nor endorses any of its content – it is shared for information only. When material translated into English is not available, Google Translate is used to translate the original  – this is only a machine translation, NOT an official one.


Kandahar: US barbaric terrorists Martyr 12 civilians

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 07:50 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 20 – We have received with great sorrow a reports from Kandahar which says that last night, Barbaric US terrorists, in a night raid Martyred 12 civilians, which include women and children from 4 villages located Grawi area of Shah Wali Koy district. Reports from the area add that the invaders were not satisfied with this inhumane act of theirs and later on set fire to the vehicles and tractors parked in the houses and garages of the locals. We must mention here that the invaders have been on a killing rampage recently. The have also Martyred 8 civilians in Uruzgan and another 8, which included 5 children in Kunar district in the past few nights.

Blast hits invaders in Dand

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 07:47 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 20 – An IED detonated on the foot patrol of US invaders, killing 2 and seriously wounding another 3 in Dand’s Mahlajat area at around 01:00 pm Tuesday afternoon (Oc. 19).

Powerful Kandahar city explosion destroys US tank

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 07:49 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 20 – A powerful IED destroyed a US invaders tank in Mirwaise Maina area of Kandahar city last night. All terrorists onboard were killed and wounded but the wreckage of the tank is still lying at the scene.

Explosion takes out US tank

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 10:11 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 20 – 4 US terrorists were killed and 2 wounded after their tank was taken out by an IED in Sanzari area of Zhiri district at 12:00 pm this afternoon.

US tank obliterated in Kandahar

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 07:47 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 20 – A US invaders tank was obliterated at 01:00 pm yesterday when it hit an IED in Raigi area of Panjwaee district. All invaders onboard were instantly killed but their numbers are not known.

Attack on base, 5 joint enemy killed

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 10:11 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
ZABUL, Oct. 20 – Mujahideen attacked the joint base of US-Afghan cowards last night near Shahjoe district center using heavy and light weapons as a result 5 joint enemy were killed and tens of others wounded. It is said that the base was also badly damaged.

NATO logistical vehicle hits land mine

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 07:48 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
ZABUL, Oct. 20 – A NATO logistical supply vehicle was destroyed when it hit a land mine in Shahr-e-Safa district’s Ishaqzo area at 07:00 pm last night.


TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH (RC South) – 200030UTC Oct 10

NOTE: This material is from web pages and forums carrying statements attributed to the Taliban, Taliban spokespersons or supporters of the Taliban, or analysis thereof. Posting of this material neither confirms nor endorses any of its content – it is shared for information only. When material translated into English is not available, Google Translate is used to translate the original  – this is only a machine translation, NOT an official one.


Mujahideen clash with joint enemy, 8 killed and wounded

 

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 11:06 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 19 – At least 2 joint US-Afghan terrorists were killed and 6 wounded at 03:00 pm yesterday when Mujahideen attacked their foot patrol in Zangabad area of Panjwaee district. It is said that their puppet translator was also amongst the wounded.

Kandahar blasts kill 4, wound 6 enemy

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 11:07 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 19 – Some 2 American terrorists were killed and 2 wounded at 03:00 pm when a mine detonated on their foot patrol n Zhiri’s Pashmool area. A few moments later another powerful blast killed 2 puppet ANA and wounded another 4 when they tried to defuse an IED.

Mujahideen in Arghandab kill puppet commander

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 11:06 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 19 – Mujahideen from Arghandab say that they killed Zmari, a puppet boarder police commander while he was on his way to his house in Mazri area on Monday night (Oct. 19).

Kandahar blast kills US invader

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:43 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
HELMAND, Oct. 19 – At least 1 US terrorist was killed and 2 wounded at 06:00 pm last night (Oct. 18) after a mine detonated on their foot patrol in Dand’s Nakhoni area.

Contractor killed in Kandahar city

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 11:08 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 19 – Haji Qadir, who had contracted his 450 trucks to supply logistics to the US invaders was killed by Mujahideen at 10:00 am this morning in Fafrika area of Kandahr city after repeated warnings to stop this treacherous act. In another incident, Mujahideen shot dead 2 puppet police at 09:0 am in the city’s Khwaja area.

Powerful explosion hits US invaders

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 17:34 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 19 – Helicopters were seen airlifting the dead and wounded US invaders after a powerful IED exploded on their foot patrol in Mirakhor Durahi area of Maiwand district at 05:00 pm but the exact number is not known.

Barbaric US invaders brutally Martyr 8 civilians

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 12:10 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
URUZGAN, Oct. 19 – Reports from Terenkot city say that Barbaric US invaders bombed the houses of innocent civilians in Chinar area after to taking on heavy casualties from Mujahideen attacks on their night raids. As a result of the blind bombings, 8 innocent civilians which included a woman were Martyred and a lot of people’s houses, fields and crops were badly damaged. 3 Mujahideen were also Martyred and 2 injured in the 2 hour fighting with the invaders. In another report, US invaders set fire to 25 shops last night in Kishmi Bazaar of Charchino district in accordance with their brutal ways


Peace talks in conditions of the presence of foreign forces are meaningless and futile. Screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com

 

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 12:50 –

Interview with Maulavi Abdul Kabir, member of the Leadership Council of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the Coordinating Chief of the Eastern Provinces: Peace talks in conditions of the presence of foreign forces are meaningless and futile.

Q: Recently, the Head of the Kabul Administration, Karzai, announced establishment of a set-up under the name of peace high council, consisting of 69 persons including chiefs of former factions, other famous figures and former officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. What is your view about the establishment of the peace council, its importance and the effectiveness of its members and the council’s role in bringing about peace in the country?

A: Foundation of Jirgas and mutual deliberation is an accepted norm among the Afghans. It is an institution traditionally utilized for the resolution of internal disputes and issues. But the said peace council is a one-sided entity, having been established to protect their unilateral goals and interests. The council consists of people who practically support the Americans, though they claim being Jihadic figures and leaders. But by siding with the American invaders, they have forfeited their credibility in the eyes of the Afghans which they once enjoyed during the era of the former Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. Similarly, some persons who were once officials of the Islamic Emirate, have been given membership in the peace council but they are not in the capacity to represent the Islamic Emirate. They themselves are living under the eyes and surveillance of the Americans.

Q: Your reaction to every initiative of peace is usually negative and, instead you emphasize on the use of force. Do you not think that this posturing portrays your weakness in the diplomatic filed?

A: In Afghanistan, in the current condition, only those efforts of peace and reconciliation are pragmatic which surely leads to withdrawal of the foreign invading forces from Afghanistan and pave the way for establishment of an Islamic system in the country. This objective can’t be achieved in conditions of presence of foreign forces in the country.

Q: During the reign of the Islamic Emirate, severe fighting took place in areas, north of Kabul and other northern provinces of the country. Thousands of armed men lost their lives as a result. Many of them were detained and tortured. Thus, it would have created mistrust between you and the hostility would have still been existing. What steps have you taken to resolve these problems and usher in an atmosphere of confidence instead? Do you intend to take certain measures to achieve that goal.

A: This fact is clear as the broad day light that the Islamic Emirate has never fought on tribal, ethnical and geographical basis. During the government of the Islamic Emirate, people of all ethnicities had participation in the government and movement including in northern parts of the country. Currently, the Islamic Emirate has presence both in the north, south and other parts of the country with formal organizational set-ups being in place in every province. You pointed to Islamic Emirate’s antagonism during its reign in the north of the country; I would like to explain that the Islamic Emirate has never fought against the people in the north nor it harbors any kind of enmity on the basis of ethnicity and geographical location. Rather it has fought against that elements who were hurling hurdles in the way of noble objectives of the Islamic Emirate like establishment of country-wide peace and formation of an Islamic system in the country. Similarly, the Islamic Emirate has fought against self-same elements in the south that were considered as stumbling blocks in the way of peace and establishment of an Islamic government. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan regards all Afghans as being equal with no discrimination. We call on all pious people in the north of the country and on all other countrymen to strengthen the strongholds of Jihad against the invaders further more and foil the overt and covert conspiracies and plans of the enemy.

Q: Some interesting points had been included in the message of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid on the eve of the Eid, including details about characteristics of government system in the country. Among them, devolvement of responsibilities and posts on the basis of professionalism and expertise is worth mentioning. Other points spoke of creating a consultative system. Would you please highlight a little further by touching on the requirements needed to qualify a person to hold a post in the framework of the Islamic Emirate, namely would that include other people with modern education and professions rather than the students of Madrassa’s and religious scholars?

A: Even during the reign of the Islamic Emirate, the professional people were not disregarded but had had participation in the government. Only Taliban and religious scholars were appointed to some higher slots. The rest were professional officials who were serving the country. The Islamic Emirate will endeavor more than ever if it gained power with the help of the Almighty Allah, to appoint more professional cadres in the government. As to your mentioning that would the advantage for appointment in a post be limited only to a Talib or a religious scholar, I would like to say. No. Never. The prerequisite for that is piety and capacity. Any one can have these qualitificiations to become proper candidate for work in the framework of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Q: Any government that may be established in Afghanistan, should have a comprehensive policy to maintain good relations with the neighboring countries and that the neighbors may not sense danger from them. This is necessary for stability of any government in Afghanistan. Does the Islamic Emirate has any practical plan in this regard and would it assure the neighboring countries that it would not resort to any action against them but rather would follow a policy of the principle of mutual respect?

(A): We are Muslims. A Muslim knows the rights of a neighbor in the light of Islam. During its reign, the Islamic Emirate had tried to establish good relations with neighboring countries. No one can ever produce any evidence to show that we had created problems for the neighbors. Even in these critical conditions that we are passing through, no neighbor including Pakistan and Iran has evidence to prove that we have intervened in their internal affairs. The esteemed Amir-ul-Mominnee has touched on this topic in details in his messages. It is our official policy.

Q: Some times, we hear rumors claiming that the leadership of Taliban is engaged in peace talks with the Americans and the Kabul administration. They say, the talks were held first in a certain country, then in another given country. Moreover, media reports refer to your role that you have willingness to engage in peace negotiation. Who circulate these amours and what is their objective?

A: No doubt, the Americans have faced defeat at the military field. All their stratagems have gone awry. Now the Americans and their allies are making efforts to have some gains in the diplomatic field. Therefore, they launch spurious efforts under the name of reconciliation and peace time and again. They are trying to produce some fabricated indications in order to give cosmetic leverage to their claims. They mention names of a few members of the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, saying, they have had contacts with them or at least, shown willingness to initiate negotiation. In fact, all these are futile propaganda of the invaders aimed at creating mistrust between the Muslims and the Mujahideen. You know the enemy have not produced any evidence despite many claims to indicate that the officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were engaged in talks with them. Nor they are able to produce one. This explains that the talks have not taken place nor the officials of the Islamic Emirate are intending to engage in the talks.

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TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH (RC South) – 150045UTC Oct 10

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6 deadly Kandahar blasts kill and wound 15 US terrorists

Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:43 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 14 – At least 15 US invaders were killed and wounded last night in Arghandab’s Char Bagh area after 6 mines simultaneously detonated on their foot patrol at 09:00 pm. Locals from the area say that due to the powerful blasts. The invaders limbs and equipment is still lying in the surrounding areas.

US bombers kill 12 of their puppets in Kandahar

Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:43 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 14 – Reports arriving from Shawali Kot district say that at 02:00 pm, US invaders along with their puppets wanted to carry out an operation in Kobat Village when they came under fierce Mujahideen attacks. Reports add that after taking on casualties, the invaders ordered air strikes but instead of targeting Mujahideen, the bombers hit ANA puppets as a result 12 were instantly killed and tens of others were seriously wounded. Mujahideen say that the fighting lasted all day but at the end the invaders and their puppets fled the area by helicopters.

Deadly Kandahar explosion claims 5 ANA puppets lives

Thursday, 14 October 2010 17:20 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 14 – At least 5 ANA puppets were killed onboard their vehicle when it was destroyed by a roadside bomb in Dand’s Bilandi area at 02:00 pm this afternoon. In another incident, at least 2 US invaders were killed and 1 wounded in Zhiri’s Sanzari area when an IED detonated on their foot patrol.

Mujahideen kill 4 puppets in Shah Wali Kot

Thursday, 14 October 2010 17:19 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 14 – 4 ANA puppets were killed 04:30 pm today when 82mm canon round landed on them while they were standing in front of their check post located in Piryano area of Shah Wali Kot district.

Puppet translator along with 3 invaders killed in Arghandab blast

Thursday, 14 October 2010 17:18 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 14 – At least 3 US invaders along with their puppet translator were killed at 10:00 am when an IED, which was hanging from a tree detonated on their foot patrol in Charbagh area.

Mujahideen kill a clerk working for PRT

Thursday, 14 October 2010 17:21 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 14 – A clerk working for PRT was shot dead by Mujahideen at 01:00 pm in Kabul Shah area of Kandahar city center.

Mujahideen destroy 8 NATO logistical vehicles

Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:42 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 14 – Reports from Kandahar city say that at 08:00 am this morning, Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate attacked a NATO logistical supply convoy in Bypass area of Kandahar city. It is said that 8 supply vehicles were destroyed and set on fire and that all the puppets onboard were killed, some of their corpses are still lying at the scene.

IED rips through US tank in Kandahar

Thursday, 14 October 2010 17:18 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 14 – An IED ripped through a US invaders tank, killing and wounding all terrorists onboard in Takht Pol (Shiga) districts Mula Yad desert at 04:00 pm local time.


Reaction of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Regarding the Security Council’s Decision to extend Screen capture of full statement at Scribd.com

Thursday, 14 October 2010 11:57 –

The UN Security Council has once again issued a resolution, extending the unjustified foreign invasion in the country for one more year as it allowed aggression against the miserable Afghanistan nine years ago, by interpreting and explaining anew, article 7 of the Charter of the United Nations.

Similarly, the UNSC has raised the issue of civilian casualties in Afghanistan in its recent statements and has put the blame on the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in an effort to please Washington. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan believes, the resolutions and decisions of the Security Council are the main cause behind the current nine-years long tragedy and the flames of war in Afghanistan, therefore, the Islamic Emirate, as usual, condemns the recent decision of the Security Council.

The I.E. is of the opinion that the one-sided stand of UNSC is a great and unforgettable betrayal with the miserable people of Afghanistan. It is pity that the UNSC, as a universal body, adds fuel to the flames of war and gives legitimacy to the extension of the mission while it should have worked for world security and human prosperity.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan believes the UNSC‘s judgment about civilian casualties in Afghanistan is partial and biased. The Islamic Emirate on its part and for elucidation of the matter, has called on all human rights organizations and entities to constitute a joint comprehensive team to carry out impartial survey in the whole country and declare the realties but unfortunately, the world’s organizations, particularly, the UNSC, instead of conducting investigation into the matter, passes decision that do not stand on facts. It seems the UNSC wants to distract the attention of the public of the world from the ground realities in Afghanistan by its resorting to blind judgments and accusations.

In our view, the UNSC, on the basis of its principles, should not contribute to the prolongation of war in Afghanistan by passing such decisions but should work for ending the war and occupation in the country by using its caliber. This will restore its lost credibility and meanwhile, save the Afghans from the fire of the unjustified and imposed war.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan


TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH (RC South) – 110100UTC Oct 10

NOTE: This material is from web pages and forums carrying statements attributed to the Taliban, Taliban spokespersons or supporters of the Taliban, or analysis thereof. Posting of this material neither confirms nor endorses any of its content – it is shared for information only. When material translated into English is not available, Google Translate is used to translate the original  – this is only a machine translation, NOT an official one.


7 puppets killed and wounded near Kandahar city

Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:34 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct 10 – 7 puppet police were killed and wounded when an IED destroyed their vehicle yesterday in Mahlajat bazaar of Dand. It is said that their commander was amongst the dead.

Kandahar explosion claims 5 puppet lives

Sunday, 10 October 2010 18:02 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct. 10 – A puppet police commander along with 4 of his gunmen were instantly killed at 11:00 am after their vehicle was bloam up by an IED in Takht Pul (Shiga) district’s Koghi area.

Explosions hit joint enemy in Kandahar

Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:39 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct 10 – 3 Powerful blasts hit the foot patrol of joint US-Afghan terrorists in Zhiri’s Makwano area at 07:00 am this morning. Locals from the area say that helicopters were seen arriving at the scene but the number of killed and wounded is not known.

US terrorists suffer deadly losses in Kandahar blasts

Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:36 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, Oct 10 – 2 booby trapped houses exploded on US invaders on entering in Laghamanyano village in Sang-e-Sar area of Zhiri district yesterday (Oct. 09). At least 11 US terrorists were killed and wounded in the blast for which medical helicopters arrived but the locals say that their limbs are still scattered in the area. In another incident, a US invaders tank was completely destroyed by a roadside bomb in the mentioned district’s Kolak area at 01:00 pm yesterday.

4 ANA puppets killed in Uruzgan

Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:39 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
URUZGAN, Oct 10 – Some 4 ANA puppets were killed instantly 08:00 am this morning after 2 mines obliterated their motorbikes in Chambark Kotal area of Harawod district.

Mujahideen torch 6 NATO logistical vehicles

Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:32 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
ZABUL, Oct 10 – Mujahideen torched 6 NATO logistical supply vehicles near Qalat city along with 2 vehicles belonging to the security in which 7 cowardly puppets were killed.

IED destroys puppets vehicle in Zabul

Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:34 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
ZABUL, Oct 10 – A security puppets vehicle hit an IED in Syeuri’s Kochni Shara area at around 09:00 am. 2 puppets were killed and 3 others seriously wounded.