The two thousand five hundred day old war has seen 5, 292 Americans killed in
Actual figures however, some reports state, may be up to 12, 000 Americans killed. The US Coalition in contrast is less affected. The
The coalition armies’ conduct the ‘mop op operations’ after the commandos are sent in. The role of the former is to look good and take all the glory while the latter do all the hard work.
Coalition militias of local origin also play a key role, as do informers and defectors, who can be paid handsomely and maybe the equivalent of a year’s salary. The only thing is they are not counted as members of the coalition in official statistics.
Militias and local tribesmen are not officially military personnel; hence their presence is a godsend when it comes to casualties among them. Since they are not officers or soldiers, light or heavy losses are acceptable in their ranks and no reports need arise of fatalities within them.
Similarly any defeats, failed uprisings and unsuccessful adventures can be attributed to irate local tribesmen opposed to the Taliban and Anti-American Iraqis with no connection or knowledge whatsoever to the US-led Coalition.
The local security forces make up the next group of ‘insignificant allies’ to be pushed to the frontline. Insignificant in the sense their casualties and fatalities are not recorded with the same disdain, tension and anxiety as coalition countries. In both
Aside from the military figures, civilian personnel are the next greatest source of both actual assistance, World sympathy, propaganda, brainwashing and international media manipulation. The fact that these same non military individuals, organisations and teams of people have openly declared their full support to one side over another should be sufficient to know that you don’t have to be a soldier to be a legitimate enemy target.
Civilian aircraft, truck drivers, construction workers and other artisans, tribal elders at a gathering and even paramedics and hospital workers are brought over for the service of one belligerent in the conflict and to the detriment of its immediate adversary.
In this manner their very presence indicates tacit support for the side they have been employed to serve. They are working for a cause, championing the defence, offensive systems, operations, aspirations and visions of the nation/s they work for.
However, four main groups stand out from the rest. They include; ‘Al-Qaeda Organisation in the land of the two rivers’, ‘The Mujahideen Shura Council’, ‘Ansar Al Sunnah’ and ‘The Islamic Army in Iraq’. At least two of the four above groups aspire to achieve and implement an Islamic State based on Shariah law.
Sunni support for the
The Iraq Islamic Party, a Sunni political organisation, however broke away from US support after one of its men was killed by American soldiers in the City of
The US threatened to cut off all electricity in the country, shut down all reconstruction projects and withdraw all funding to Iraq if their demand to remain were not met, this to the nation they call their friend.
Halting training Iraqi police and soldiers goes without saying adding deep tensions and frustrations about an
Six years into freedom by the
On the war front, in 2008 alone there have been 314 Americans killed in
It’s obvious the
The standard figure in
War wounded however for the Brits hit over the 1, 000 mark. Some reports indicated it is over 3, 000. The
While coalition casualties have indeed fallen sharply, attacks on Iraqi security personnel, native military units and police have risen just as dramatically as have a new wave of anti-American targets on individuals, companies and anyone associated with the US-led alliance. These have included members of the puppet government, contractors and pro-US war journalists.
Among its coalition allies,
23 Poles were killed in that time.
2008 has also witnessed the heaviest number of fatalities in US and Coalition forces in the war on terror in Afghanistan with 295 deaths (155 Americans and 139 Coalition soldiers), up from 232 in 2007 (117 Americans and 115 Coalition soldiers) and with the credit crunch nibbling away at US finances, so is the American stranglehold on its Asian adversary.
The 1, 000 fatality mark passed in mid October 2008 for Americans and coalition forces combined. Afghan security personnel have ‘officially’ lost 4, 603 men. There are few reports of any regularity as to the casualties of pro-US Afghan forces.
Interestingly, the bulk of British forces (currently 9, 000 troops) are stationed in the South, specifically in the
It insists many battles have been hard fought but have always resulted in a ‘decisive’ victory on every occasion. While giving accounts of Taliban casualties, British forces consistently rarely lose a single soldier and sustain no injuries, even minor ones, are not inflicted on its men despite the many battles between them over several months.
That still didn’t stop the head of the SAS, a military branch of the British Special Forces, separate from the British Army, resigning in October 2008, disgusted at his country’s inability to protect its own soldiers in
Not to be outdone by the Brits, the Canadian and Danish militaries also announced a series of fantastic victories in October 2008 against the Taliban army. Like the British before them, both the Danes and Canadians pushed the Taliban out of several areas and secured their gains without conceding a single casualty, even with minor injuries. Interestingly most Danes, Norwegians and even many Canadians are largely air combatants and as such ‘safer’ than on the ground. As of October 2009, even the Afghan army has become ‘invincible’ able to exterminate so many of its adversaries without a single loss to its name in the process.
That’s at least 3 coalition countries with few fatalities and not a single major injury to their name in heavy battles (according to them), some lasting days and weeks at a time. One has to wonder just how ‘heavy’ and ‘intense’ these battles actually were.
What’s more plausible is that Afghan military units were commanded by European officers and supported by drones and Coalition airpower from a distance. Its also possible Afghan soldiers are sent on regular missions to engage with the Taliban and the NATO generals (who are likely to be having tea far from the battleground) take the honours on every occasion.
The forgotten player are sometimes the 80, 000 soldiers from the Afghan National Army in addition to the 82, 000 member police troops (162, 000 men from these two forces alone) and an undisclosed number of Afghan security personnel and indigenous ‘Special Forces’ as well as Afghan Intelligence.
All are heavily armed, NATO-trained and indoctrinated, very much involved and part and parcel of the war on terror against the Mujahideen. Now the
While the US is an effective enemy in its own right, the chief opponent of the Taliban are those who have sold out their souls and turned their backs on their brothers; the Afghan government, local elders and other lesser leaders and groups of Afghan origin in addition to anyone who actively assists the US Coalition in its vision of Afghanistan on its own terms to the detriment of the country, which includes contractors, who have by default supported the Afghan genocide by the US.
Although the US retains overall command of the coalition and jealously guards its authority and control over all its allies, its forces have moved back to safer areas away from immediate combat zones and flashpoints and left the Afghan security forces (and to a much lesser degree ISAF) to battle the Taliban alone. Most ‘brave’ European countries have opted for the same, mostly in the safest parts of
In December 2008, Coalition forces said they wanted Afghan security forces to be present everywhere in the country, an indication of the prevailing circumstances in which the US and its allies are actually losing ground but don’t wish to admit it.
Stationing your forces in war-torn nations is one thing, putting them in the frontline where the battle lines are drawn is quite another and not to the taste of the World’s richest countries. Prestige and often praise is gained for the former while the risk of heavy fatalities and image is evident in the latter.
Afghan military casualties and deaths in comparison are not reported separately from civilian fatalities allowing the coalition to hide the true figures of its actual losses to the Taliban.
Regular reports of tremendous successes with the Taliban are clouded by questions over casualties sustained in the operations mounted against them. This is further undermined by Washington’s new approach to offering an olive branch to ‘moderate’ members of the Taliban (i.e. likely insincere ‘sell outs’ and select members excluding the most senior officials), the same people it accuses of being sponsors of terrorism and militant extremists themselves.
Officials now seem to portray Al Qaeda and Taliban as different entities, one as the enemy and the latter as someone they can bargain with (even though
The war in
Eight million Afghans are starving as winter approaches, while Hamid Karzai, the country’s President, has instead spent much needed finances on a luxurious airport in the capital. A worthy investment some would say, while 80% of the population are impoverished and most are still illiterate.
Civilian casualties are rising heavily and this time no one’s blaming the Taliban, US air strikes are not winning friends and American pilot-less drones firing missiles into both Afghanistan neighbouring Pakistan aren’t helping either.
It is estimated that since 2005, approximately between 2, 700 and 3, 210 Afghan civilians have been killed by US and NATO air strikes alone. The
Interestingly Afghan security forces and police units are often used to protect and escort US and Coalition troops in their own barracks! So much for Western valour and zealotry. At other times they are mistaken for Taliban soldiers and shot at. In one of the earliest instances, 14 Afghan soldiers were killed by US ‘friendly fire’.
Nevertheless, South Korea supplied only defence troops with even more civilian personnel in comparison in ‘safe areas’ within the capital and did not engage in actual fighting.
The Dutch military presence in
Fatality figures for the two major frontlines in the US-led War on Terror for the Americans and its puppet allies currently stand at 4, 683 in
If local security forces in
This is especially more humiliating since the enemy is said to be a few thousand strong, are lightly clad in armour, possess few arms, have no fighter aircraft, contain no modern surveillance equipment, have no anti aircraft weapons or a navy, have no government support from anywhere and are located in the smallest proximity of areas.
Their adversaries, the US, has one of the largest and theoretically most modern armies and air forces of the World, are supported by over forty nations from permission to use their airspace, territory and waterways to supplying combat troops, engineers, field hospitals and contractors.
They are further assisted with intelligence agencies, police networks, a variation of specialist teams and medics of every kind and are literally pumping millions of dollars into the war effort annually and pounding
A Brief Note on the Russian Experience in
"The whole problem is that military results are not followed up by political actions. At the centre there is authority; in the provinces there is not.
The words were spoken by Marshall Sergei Akhromeev, the Russian armed forces commander, to President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986, but the sentiments expressed and actual situation on the ground for the US, its NATO allies and the Anti-Taliban Alliance is either similar or the same.
“There is no single piece of land in this country which has not been occupied by a Soviet soldier. Nonetheless, the majority of the territory remains in the hands of rebels”.
If you replace ‘Soviet’ with Coalition, the portrait of the Western occupation today is all to obvious and perhaps correct as well. It may remain so until a complete withdrawal or a settlement not satisfactory to the present ‘friends’ of the government.
It was in December 1979, 100, 000 Russian troops entered
The non communists therefore conveniently became ‘terrorists’ in their own country just because they disagreed with totalitarian dictatorship and the occupiers, were ceremoniously described as ‘liberators’. Incidentally, only one non communist country agreed to the Russian invasion,
Over 10, 000 Russian soldiers had been killed by 1986 when the first units of the army of occupation withdrew. By 1988 when the final outposts were handed back to Afghan officers, another five thousand were dead.