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Offline flowers

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Afghan special forces commander defects with guns to insurgents
« on: October 20, 2013, 02:12:27 PM »
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/20/uk-afghanistan-army-idUKBRE99J06T20131020?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&rpc=451

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(Reuters) - An Afghan army special forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a Humvee truck packed with his team's guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said on Sunday.

Monsif Khan, who raided the supplies of his 20-man team in Kunar's capital Asadabad over the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, is the first special forces commander to switch sides, joining the Hezb-e-Islami organisation


He sent some of his comrades on leave and paid others to go out sightseeing, and then escaped with up to 30 guns, night-vision goggles, binoculars and a Humvee," said Shuja ul-Mulkh Jalala, the governor of Kunar.

Zubair Sediqi, a spokesman for Hezb-e-Islami, confirmed that Khan had joined the group, saying he had brought 15 guns and high-tech equipment.

The NATO-led coalition is grappling with a rise in "insider attacks" by Afghan soldiers who turn on their allies, undermining trust and efficiency.

It has reported four lethal incidents over the past month taking the total number this year to 10, according to a Reuters tally.

Kunar, like other provinces along the border with Pakistan, is among the more insecure and volatile parts of Afghanistan.

Local security forces have started a manhunt for the commander and tribal elders have promised to help.

"We are trying our best to use elders' influence in that area to bring back all equipment," Jalala said.

A record number of insider attacks - accounting for about one in every five coalition combat deaths - last year prompted the coalition to briefly suspend all joint activities and take steps to curb interaction between foreign and Afghan troops.

That has cut down the number of incidents, but some soldiers say the measures have further eroded the trust painstakingly nurtured between the allies over more than 12 years of war.

All entrants to the Afghan National Security Force have to pass an eight step vetting process, which includes providing identification cards, letters of recommendation by village or district elders and undergoing tests.


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Re: Afghan special forces commander defects with guns to insurgents
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2013, 02:14:54 PM »
This is another version of the movie, "Sleeping With The Enemy".

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Re: Afghan special forces commander defects with guns to insurgents
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2013, 02:41:55 PM »
When we bug out, it will be nearly like when we started our half-measured "war" on terror.

Credit that to Bush's strategy of "compassionate war." A strategy basically continued under Obama.

Never kill an enemy "civilian" when an American soldier could die, instead.

Afghanistan is the longest war in the history of these United States.

The US hasn't had the stomach to decisively win a major war since WWII.

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Re: Afghan special forces commander defects with guns to insurgents
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2013, 10:50:39 PM »
[[ The US hasn't had the stomach to decisively win a major war since WWII. ]]

Yup.

Probably the last "win" the United States will have in the remainder of its history. And we're almost 70 years past that.

Considering how quickly things seem to be falling apart here, one wonders how long the USA will endure as a unified nation.

Remember that 25 years ago, the Soviet Union looked like it would be around for a long time. Where is it today?


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