Friday, November 30, 2007

Mini Mini Battlefield Digest: Afghanistan, Week 48

More refugees from Swat Valley area (Mingora), as Pakistani military tries to fight Taliban. (AP Photos/Mohammad Zubair)

Battlefield News, Afghanistan

Political Developments and Major Campaign Resource Shifts

  • Roggio: President Karzai said contact from Taliban leaders has increased over the past year. NATO's logistics have not been affected by Pakistan's state of emergency. The Senlis Council calls for the doubling of NATO troops, the removal of caveats, and NATO operations in Pakistan's NWFP. -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • WaPo: A White House assessment of the war in Afghanistan has concluded that wide-ranging strategic goals that the Bush administration set for 2007 have not been met, even as U.S. and NATO forces have scored significant combat successes... -Sunday, November 25, 2007
  • AP: The Dutch government on Friday was expected to announce a two-year extension of its mission with the NATO-led force in southern Afghanistan. -Friday, November 30, 2007
  • ANI: Pakistani security forces today notched up a major success against the Baloch nationalists when they shot and killed senior Baloch leader Balash Khan Marri. -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • Roggio: Osama bin Laden urged NATO forces to leave Afghanistan. -Thursday, November 29, 2007
  • Roggio: Almost half the members of the parliament walked out over the investigation of the Baghlan suicide bombing and resulting actions by security guards. -Monday, November 26, 2007
  • Roggio: The Taliban beheaded a man in the Jaghato district in Maidan Wardak province. -Wednesday, November 28, 2007
  • COIN: Actions, Reactions, Counteractions, etc.
    • Roggio: The Taliban recaptured the Gulistan district in Farah province. -Friday, November 23, 2007
    • Roggio: Afghan and ISAF forces recaptured the Gulistan district in Farah province. -Sunday, November 25, 2007
    • Roggio: The Taliban beheaded seven police officers after overrunning their checkpoints in Kandahar's Arghandab district; six other police are missing. -Friday, November 23, 2007
    • CBC: Canadian commanders said Friday that troops have secured a strategically important area in the volatile Zhari district in southern Afghanistan. -Friday, November 30, 2007
    VIOLENCE: Tactical Developments
    • dpa: Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint and beheaded seven policemen and took away another six agents in the early hours of Friday in southern Kandahar province, local police said. -Friday, November 23, 2007
    • AP: The U.S.-led coalition killed 14 road construction workers in airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan because of mistaken intelligence reports, Afghan officials said Wednesday. [ISFA denied this claim, in ongoing saga of fog-of-war and posturing]. -Wednesday, November 28, 2007
    • AFP: A suicide car bomb aimed at US-led coalition soldiers exploded Tuesday in an upmarket Kabul area that is home to foreign embassies and aid agencies, killing at least two Afghans, police said. -Tuesday, November 27, 2007
    • AP: A bomb hit a border police convoy Sunday in southern Afghanistan, killing two policemen and injuring a third, officials said. The roadside bomb struck the police convoy in the morning in Kandahar provinces's Spin Boldak district... -Sunday, November 25, 2007
    • AP: A Taliban suicide attacker killed seven people, including three children and an Italian military engineer, when he blew himself up Saturday in a scenic Afghan town near Kabul, officials said. -Saturday, November 24, 2007
    • Xinhua: Gun battle between Taliban insurgents and Afghan police in Afghanistan's central Ghazni province has left a dozen persons including 11 insurgents dead, a local official said Saturday. -Saturday, November 24, 2007
    • AP: A suicide attack targeting Italian soldiers building a bridge resulted in the deaths of one soldier and six Afghans, including three children who had gathered to watch the construction Saturday, officials and witnesses said. -Saturday, November 24, 2007
    US Military Justice/Violence/Casualty
    • theaustralian: Australian commando Luke Worsley, of Sydney, has been killed in a close-quarters battle with Taliban forces in Afghanistan...the soldier had died at 7.30am eastern Australian time, after being shot during a raid on a compound 10km east of Karim Towt -Friday, November 23, 2007
    • NATO: An ISAF servicemember died this morning from injuries sustained in a vehicle-rollover last night in southern Wardak Province. The servicemember was medically evacuated to an ISAF treatment facility in Khost Province where the member died. -Sunday, November 25, 2007
    • Roggio: One Australian solider and three civilians were killed during fighting in Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province. -Friday, November 23, 2007
    • AP: Two Danish soldiers were killed Thursday in a gunbattle with Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan, the Scandinavian country's military said. The soldiers were part of a Danish reconnaissance unit that came under fire in Gereshk Valley... -Thursday, November 29, 2007
    • AP: A roadside bomb struck an Afghan army vehicle in an eastern province Monday, killing four soldiers and wounding two, an official said. Four civilians were killed in another blast near the capital. -Tuesday, November 27, 2007
    • Bloomberg: Two Danish soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan in September were the victims of so-called ``friendly fire'' from British troops, TV2 reported, without saying how it obtained the information. -Monday, November 26, 2007
    • Xinhua: Four Afghan soldiers were killed as a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province Monday, spokesman of provincial administration Deen Mohammad Darwish said. -Monday, November 26, 2007
    • CanWest : Three Canadian soldiers were injured Tuesday morning when their light armoured vehicle hit a suspected homemade bomb just outside Kandahar city. -Wednesday, November 28, 2007
    Economic Developments, Reconstruction, and General Good News

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