TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH (RC South) – 270105UTC May 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.


VBIED blast in Kandahar kills 35 domestic and foreign soldiers, destroys 170 vehicles and motorbikes PDF at non-terrorist site

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:45 Q.M Ahmadi
KANDAHAR, May 26 – As many as 35 Afghan and US-NATO soldiers took losses of life and injuries with more than 170 vehicles and motorcycles destroyed as a van filled with explosives detonated in the parking area of PRT building on Wednesday noon, May 26, 2010. The massive explosion, during the major countrywide operation al-Fath, which rocked the whole city, comes as several Afghan and foreign officials were meeting in the PRT building in Kandahar city to discuss some of their matters. The PRT building, where a large number of Afghans and Americans are stationed, is reported to have completely flattened.  Wednesday’s incident, which comes after the bloodiest incidents of Kabul, Bagram and Paktia is one of the most successful and tactical attacks of its kind, causing the enemy deadliest losses and severest damages.

6 American troops take losses of life and injuries in Helmand

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 18:19 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
HELMAND, May 26 – A roadside bomb explosion tore through a group of American foot patrol Tuesday in Garmsir district of Helmand, killing or wounding some six American cowardly invaders; whereas, the Americans sustained further losses in an attack from Mujahideen following the incident.

Combined Afghan and US-NATO troops attacked in Helmand

Thursday, 27 May 2010 00:00 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
HELMAND, May 26 – Mujahideen of the of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, in separate clashes with Afghan and US-NATO cowardly troops in Helmand’s Gerishk district, have killed about about six domestic and foreign soldiers in addition to wounding 7 more through much of Wednesday (May 26). No Mujahideen have been harmed during the clashes, whereas Mujahideen have seized some arms and ammo from the possession of the enemy in the fighting.

Blast in Lashkar Gah hits US-NATO tank

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:49 Q.M Ahmadi
HELMAND, May 26 – One of the coaltions’ tanks got hit and destroyed in the bombing while traveling in convoy in Lashkar Gah city, the capital of Helmand, on Tuesday.

Mujahideen clash Britons in Helmand

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:48 Q.M Ahmadi
HELMAND, May 26 – on Wednesday, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in a one-hour long confrontation with the British cowardly forces in Helmand’s Gerishk district, killed one Briton and wounded two more, the report said, adding that no Mujahideen were harmed during the fighting. In another report from Helmand province, a blast in Sangin district of the province hit and destroyed one of the coalitions’ tanks, killing all the foreign soldiers.

More losses inflicted on enemy in Helmand

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 18:19 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
HELMAND, May 26 – On later Tuesday (May 25), a blast in Helmand’s Nowzad district struck and destroyed a coalitions’ tank killing 2 foreign soldiers besides wounding another two, Mujahideen officials said. Similarly, 2 foreign soldiers were killed with four more badly hurt in a mine blast they were trying to neutralize on Monday in the same area of Nowzad district.  Also Monday, a blast in Musa Kala district of this province targeted a coaltions’ tank, killing all the foreign soldiers in the tank.

Nowbahar district comes under attack in Zabul province

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 23:59 Zabihullah Mujahid
ZABUL, May 26 – About 3 missiles landed inside the district center of Nowbahar district of Zabul province on Wednesday morning, likely to have inflicted heavy losses and damages on the enemy.

US-NATO base attacked in Zabul

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:49 Q.M Ahmadi
ZABUL, May 26 – In the early morning hours of Wednesday (May 26), Mujahideen carried out missiles attack on the US-NATO base in Atghar district of Zabul, likely to have caused deadly losses to the enemy, but it is, so far, unclear how many have been killed or injured in the attack.

Police vehicle blown up in Zabul

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 18:24 Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
ZABUL, May 26 – A roadside bomb in Zabul’s Swery district hit and destroyed Tuesday (May 26) killing two policemen and wounding three more.


Geoff Parker, R.I.P.

This from the CF newsroom:

One Canadian Forces member travelling in a NATO convoy was killed after an insurgent detonated a vehicle borne improvised explosive device between the convoy of vehicles in Kabul at approximately 8 a.m. local Afghanistan time on 18 May 2010.

Killed in action was Colonel Geoff Parker from the Royal Canadian Regiment, working at Land Force Central Area Headquarters. At the time of his death, Colonel Parker was in Kabul as part of a NATO team preparing for their upcoming mission ….

Condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the fallen – we mourn with you.

TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH: Canadian TF Commander, CF Troops Make Cameo Appearance in Taliban Video

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: I’m sharing this Taliban video for information purposes to give people a sense of what such propaganda is like.  If you think you’ll be upset or angry about some of the content, don’t look or don’t download it.

The Tailban’s Inf0-Machine has produced a new video, allegedly showing the suicide homicide bombers getting ready to execute the April 2009 attack against Kandahar government buildings.

The first mention I found of this video was on 4 Nov 09 at one of the Al Jazeera online forums (post in Arabic here, Google English translation here).

It’s almost 35 minutes long, and you can view it here, or you can download a compressed file of the video from a non-terrorist site here.

General sequence of the video (times approximate):

00:00 – Introduction

00:56 – Computer generated recreation of attack (check out the sequence on YouTube at a non-terrorist page here – note the computer graphic shows a large military-style truck, while the rest of the video shows a Toyota SUV allegedly involved in the attack)

1:32 – Assorted video of terrorist attacks on ISAF forces

2:15 – Visual bashing of various Afghan and western leaders

6:24 – Shots of (what look like) Canadian troops in (according to the Arabic commentary) Panjwai and/or Zhari, on patrol or searching compounds

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7:53 – Stock news video of Kandahar governor Tooryalai Wesa with TF Afghanistan commander BGEN Jonathan Vance walking around and speaking to reporters

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8:29 – Attackers “pre-martyrdom suicide pre-homicide video” clips, probably saying how happy they are to go

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12:43 – Assorted shots of Toyota SUV full of explosives (with background blurred out to avoid giving away where the vehicle was loaded up)

14:08 – Taliban rule book video

14:56 – Various video of alleged Taliban dead and Taliban meeting, wandering the countryside

16:51 – Bad guys get into SUV and head to town

18:25 – Video of streets of Kandahar, with videographer in passenger seat of SUV

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20:05 – Videographer gets out, and sends van on its way into attack

20:34 – Computer graphic of attack on building (see above)

20:49 – Shaky video of (what appears to be) attack, taken from far away, with gunfire heard in background

23:19 – News conference footage with flames underneath (I guess the bad guys consider this guy a bad guy)

26:09 – Governor Wesa walking around with General Vance and Canadian troops, apparently looking over the attack site

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27:30 – Video of what appears to be more wreckage/LAV on streets/SUVs leaving area

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28:05 – Map graphic of Afghanistan & Kandahar, with homicide bomber face shots

29:26 – Guardian newspaper graphic, with flames underneath

32-51 – Closing video montage of photos of the fallen, showing coffins and the injured being treated in the field – includes imagery from Canada, Germany, the UK, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark.

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I leave it to smarter men and women than I to analyze how this fits into the broader messaging program of the Taliban, but I’ll share some highlights that stood out for me.

The video shows a greyish silver Toyota SUV packed with containers full of explosive – and I mean PACKED, as in “every bit of space except the driver’s leg room” packed.  Some screen captures below:

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Spookiest scenes for me:  bad guys waving goodbye to the videographer before driving into the building…

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… and the one terrorist looking mighty pleased to be meeting his maker as he climbs into the SUV:

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A glimpse at the enemy NATO is fighting in Afghanistan…