Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mini Mini Battlefield Digest, Week 43


The increased use of air power is taking a toll on military-civilian relations, in both Afghanistan and in Iraq (as expected?).

Afghanistan angst centered around a suddenly revealed need to ramp up the number of trainers of the Afghan police/military and need to shore up ongoing support from NATO.

The military reported that its measures of violence in Iraq continue to fall from peak levels and that Ramadan period was calmest in past three years. Violence levels felt to be worse/worsening but still better than Taliban in Afghanistan, by poll. Some contrary readings of the same from Iraq.

The perpetual claims of human shields produced no vital, photographic of it, sadly.

A mass grave was found in Anbar and 15 bodies in Fallujah.

Selected Battlefield News, Afghanistan and Iraq

Political Developments and Major Campaign Resource Shifts

  • Roggio: Britain may send more troops to Afghanistan amidst fears of a Candian and Dutch withdrawal.
  • AP: Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged members of a European defense group Monday to boost their contributions to security efforts in Afghanistan, warning that the group "risks eventual irrelevance" unless it does more to fight terrorism... -Monday, October 22, 2007
  • dailytimes: The United States urged its European allies to supply more troops to fight Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan at NATO talks on Wednesday, but Alliance sources said Washington could come away frustrated. -Wednesday, October 24, 2007
  • Reuters: The United States urged its European allies to supply more troops to fight Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan at NATO talks on Wednesday, but Alliance sources said Washington could come away frustrated. -Wednesday, October 24, 2007
  • Reuters: A shipment of hi-tech roadside bombs intercepted in Afghanistan originated in Iran, the commander of NATO-led troops said on Thursday, adding it was hard to believe Tehran's military did not know about the arms. -Thursday, October 18, 2007
  • Roggio: The US will deploy a National Guard brigade to conduct the Afghan security forces training mission. -Saturday, October 20, 2007
  • Roggio: Afghan forces have focused on the taking out the Haqqani network in eastern Afghanistan, which is led by Siraj Haqqani, the son of Taliban leader Jalaluddin. The number of international trainers for the Afghan army and police is set to quadruple. -Friday, October 19, 2007
  • Roggio: The top NATO general in Afghanistan said the Iranian military was involved in a shipment of sophisticated explosive devices captured last month. The Afghan government shut down two more private security companies. -Thursday, October 18, 2007
  • Roggio: Muqtada al Sadr has reiterated his call for the Mahdi Army to halt fighting after clashes in Karbala and Diwaniyah. The Mahdi Army attacked a police station in Basra.
  • BBC: Two by two the women walked down the impromptu catwalk in the hotel gardens, showing off their well ironed, shiny-buttoned uniforms. The fashion show featured policewomen from across the Muslim world, in Kabul to give advice and a morale... -Wednesday, October 24, 2007
  • AP: The first Medal of Honor awarded for combat in Afghanistan will be presented Monday to the family of a Navy SEAL from Long Island, N.Y, who gave his life to make a radio call for help for his team. -Monday, October 22, 2007
COIN: Actions, Reactions, Counteractions, etc.
  • AP: Afghans believe the security situation in their country has deteriorated, compared with last year, but they say life is better now than under Taliban rule, a U.S.-funded survey released Tuesday found. -Tuesday, October 23, 2007
  • IRIN: The government of Afghanistan, the UN and humanitarian agencies are expected to assist tens of thousands of food-insecure people in several districts of Ghor province in central-west Afghanistan before the first snowfalls in late November... -Tuesday, October 23, 2007
  • Roggio: Terrorists bombed the Adhamiyah Islamic Party headquarters; the party is allied with Coalition forces.
  • AP: Taliban militants used Afghan civilians as human shields during a battle with U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan in which 20 Taliban and one civilian were killed and 11 civilians wounded, officials said Sunday. -Sunday, October 21, 2007
  • AFP: The Afghan army needs three times the number of international military training teams as are currently working with it to accelerate its development, a senior US military official said. -Friday, October 19, 2007
VIOLENCE: Tactical Developments
  • Xinhua: Afghan police killed a Taliban commander in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province, said a press release of the Afghan Interior Ministry released on Wednesday. -Wednesday, October 24, 2007
  • Xinhua: A suicide bomber exploded himself Monday noon near a vehicles convoy of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in southern Afghan province Helmand, injuring three civilians, the provincial police chief said. -Monday, October 22, 2007
  • AFP: A nomad child in a tent was killed in a battle between US-led troops and rebels in Afghanistan Tuesday while the NATO-led force looked into claims it had killed a dozen civilians in an air raid. -Wednesday, October 24, 2007
  • AFP: In another incident linked to daily battles between extremists and Afghan troops backed by foreign soldiers, an Afghan interpreter was killed after a bomb hit a coalition convoy in volatile Ghazni province south of Kabul. -Wednesday, October 24, 2007
  • UTV: Up to four members of the Armed Forces have been so seriously injured in Afghanistan and Iraq they will need long-term, high-dependency hospital treatment, it was disclosed today. -Monday, October 22, 2007
  • Globe and Mail: Canada's diplomats in Kabul and visiting high-value targets like Prime Minister Stephen Harper are protected by a group of heavily armed gunmen hired by Saladin Security, a British firm with a long history of secretive and clandestine operations. -Monday, October 22, 2007
  • NYTimes: A Marine Corps court of inquiry, scheduled to convene in November in the killings of at least a dozen Afghan civilians in March by a special operations platoon after its convoy was attacked, will focus only on the actions of two officers... -Sunday, October 21, 2007
  • AFP: Bomb blasts killed six members of the Afghan security forces on Thursday while the US-led coalition said nine of its soldiers were wounded in an ambush in new attacks linked to a Taliban-led insurgency. -Friday, October 19, 2007
  • AP: Taliban used heavy machine guns and rocket propelled grenades to ambush a U.S.-led coalition patrol in southern Afghanistan that wounded nine troops, a coalition statement said Thursday. -Thursday, October 18, 2007
  • dpa: Four Afghan border policemen were killed in a roadside attack in south-eastern Afghanistan...hree more policemen were wounded when their vehicle was blown up by a remote-controlled mine in Alinegar area in Khost province on Thursday morning... -Thursday, October 18, 2007

Economic Developments, Reconstruction, and General Good News

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