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12 décembre 2011 1 12 /12 /décembre /2011 08:15

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December 11, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE

 

The U.S. is having a difficult time preventing the Taliban and drug gangs in Afghanistan from getting explosives. That's because of the widespread use of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which has become the favorite bomb building material in the area. Anticipating this, two years ago, the Afghan government agreed to ban the use of ammonium nitrate and make available other (less effective) fertilizers. That program did not work out. The problem was that the terrorists only needed about 600 kg (1,320 pounds) of ammonium nitrate a day to keep their bombing campaign going. The existing smuggling network (from Pakistan) had no problem sneaking that much in. Paying locals to build and plant these bombs cost less than a million dollars a month.

 

The Afghan bomb makers even learned how to remove an "anti-explosive" ingredient from the fertilizer. The ammonium nitrate fertilizer produced (at only two factories) in Pakistan has calcium carbonate added to make it less explosive. But the calcium carbonate is easily removed by simple, if time consuming, procedures that the Afghan tribesmen can handle. The U.S. wants to include another additive (urea granules) to make the ammonium nitrate less explosive and more difficult to remove all additives. That really doesn't solve the problem; it just makes ammonium nitrate a little more expensive for the terrorists to use. The bomb makers have lots more to worry about than additives.

 

In Afghanistan, as in Iraq, the use of IEDs (Improvised Explosive devices) resulted in lots of countermeasures. In Iraq the U.S. mobilized a multi-billion dollar effort to deal with IEDs, and that paid off. New technology (jammers, robots), tactics (predictive analysis and such), equipment (better armor for vehicles and troops) and a lot of determination did the job. Gradually, IEDs became less dangerous. In 2006, it took about five IEDs to cause one coalition casualty (11 percent of them fatal) in Iraq. By 2008 it took nine IEDs per casualty (12 percent fatal). That trend has continued in Afghanistan, where it now takes over 60 IEDs to kill one foreign soldier. But the drug profits are so large and the ammonium nitrate IEDs so cheap to build and use, that these bombs keep showing up.

 

Foreign troops in Afghanistan are now encountering over a thousand IEDs a month. This is twice what they encountered in early 2009. About half of combat deaths are from IEDs, which is down from about 61 percent. Overall casualties in Afghanistan are down 15 percent this year. The percentage of casualties from IEDs is rapidly declining as more MRAP armored vehicles and countermeasures are moved in. Currently, over 80 percent of the IEDs encountered last month are detected before they could harm foreign troops.

 

There are several differences between the IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan. These include the quality of manufacture, the skill of emplacement, and the explosives used. In Iraq there were thousands of tons of munitions and explosives scattered around the country after the 2003 invasion ended. This was the legacy of Saddam Hussein and the billions he spent on weapons during his three decades in power. The Iraqi terrorists grabbed a lot of these munitions and used them for a five year bombing campaign.

 

With no such abundance of leftover munitions, the Taliban had to fall back on a common local explosive, ammonium nitrate. This is a powdered fertilizer that, when mixed with diesel or fuel oil, can be exploded with a detonator. While only about 40 percent of the power as the same weight of TNT, these fertilizer bombs are effective as roadside bombs. But they are bulkier, and a slurry, usually mixed in a plastic jug or a barrel. Moreover, the fuel oil must be mixed thoroughly and in exactly the right proportion, otherwise the explosive effect is much less than expected. But the biggest problem is that if you can't get the ammonium nitrate, you have no explosives. But attempts to ban ammonium nitrate failed.

 

While IEDs are even less effective in Afghanistan, because they are the main cause of NATO casualties, they get a lot of media attention. In Afghanistan the enemy started off on one big disadvantage, as they didn't have the expertise or the resources of the Iraqi IED specialists. In Iraq the bombs were built and placed by one of several dozen independent gangs, each containing smaller groups of people with different skills. The Taliban IED gangs are much less skilled than those encountered in Iraq. At the same time, the equipment, techniques, and troops who neutralized the IED campaign in Iraq have been moved to Afghanistan. This is a major reason the effectiveness of Taliban IED attacks are declining so quickly.

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12 décembre 2011 Guysen International News

 

Le président Hamid Karzaï a assoupli dimanche son ultimatum visant les sociétés privées de securité opérant en Afghanistan en les invitant à plier bagages d'ici septembre 2013 au lieu de mars 2012.

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09/12/2011 Sources : EMA

 

Le 30 novembre 2011, sur le camp français de Warehouse à Kaboul,  colonel Didier L’Hôte a succédé au colonel Gilles Faure, à la tête du contingent national France (National Contingent Command France – NCC France ).

 

Le commandant du contingent national France est l’autorité de coordination nationale pour l’ensemble des forces françaises déployées en Afghanistan et au Tadjikistan.

 

Il est en charge du soutien des unités françaises déployées sur le théâtre afghan. A ce titre, il a le contrôle opérationnel sur le bataillon logistique.

 

L’ensemble comprend plus de 700 militaires de toutes armées et services.

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08/12/2011 Actus Air - Propos recueillis par le capitaine Virginie Gradella

 

Le lieutenant Charline Redin est journaliste pour le magazine « Air Actualités ». Certains de ses reportages l’ont emmenée en Afghanistan à plusieurs reprises. Bouleversée par ce qu’elle y a vu et entendu, elle a souhaité rendre hommage aux aviateurs qui y sont engagés en rassemblant leurs histoires dans un ouvrage qui sortira pour les fêtes de Noël. Interview.

 

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Lieutenant Redin, qui êtes-vous ?


Je suis journaliste militaire. Je suis entrée dans l’armée de l’air en 2008 et j’en ai peu à peu découvert le fonctionnement et les engagements. Je suis passionnée par mon métier et j’aime me confronter à la réalité du terrain, particulièrement dans des lieux où l’opérationnel est intense tout autant qu’empreint d’humain. Il me tient à cœur de mettre des mots sur des émotions, de rencontrer des personnages et de raconter des vies qui marquent l’histoire, ne serait-ce que l’espace de quelques semaines. 

 

« Afghanistan : regards d’aviateurs » est donc bourré de cette émotion que vous recherchez ?


Effectivement. J’ai souhaité rendre humblement hommage à tous ces hommes et ces femmes qui se démènent à l’autre bout du monde, séparés des êtres chers, et dont on ne parle pas assez ou mal. J’ai voulu leur donner la parole à ma manière. Au cours de mes trois déplacements en Afghanistan, j’ai progressivement découvert l’ampleur de l’engagement français et les risques que prenaient les aviateurs dans leurs missions quotidiennes. Il était évident pour moi qu’ils soient écoutés et entendus.

 

Comment avez-vous travaillé pour concevoir cet ouvrage de 240 pages ?


C’est un projet qui mûrit depuis le printemps 2010. Au début, ce n’était que des réflexions dans ma tête, puis des idées griffonnées sur des bouts de papier pour ne pas oublier. Ensuite, quand cela a commencé à vraiment prendre forme, à devenir un objectif officiellement soutenu par l’institution, il m’a totalement habitée. On ne peut pas prendre ce genre de projets à la légère. Il s’agit d’envie et de créativité certes, mais c’est un travail qui demande également organisation, structure et cohérence. J’y pensais au bureau, dans le métro, la nuit, pendant mes autres reportages. Des idées me venaient de tout ce que je voyais, lisais, vivais. Et puis, un jour, je me suis assise et j’ai tout couché sur le papier pour construire les chapitres, leur enchaînement, découper les séquences afin d’englober tous les métiers et les acteurs de ce théâtre complexe dont on ne ressort pas indemne.  

 

Un message supplémentaire à transmettre ?


S’il se veut un hommage aux aviateurs français, cet ouvrage est également un moyen pour moi de montrer la beauté torturée d’un pays marqué par les guerres successives et surtout, de mettre en exergue la valeur, souvent méconnue, de nombreux Afghans de différentes générations. Leur volonté d’en finir avec l’adversité d’où qu’elle vienne et d’avancer, de progresser est impressionnante et mérite d’être connue et reconnue.

 

 

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9 décembre 2011 5 09 /12 /décembre /2011 08:40

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December 9, 2011 Karen Parrish / American Forces Press Service – defpro.com

 

WASHINGTON | Permanently removing insurgents from the fight and reintegrating them into their Afghan communities is a gradual process that will take time, the International Security Assistance Force officer directing coalition support to that Afghan-led effort said Dec. 8.

 

British Royal Marine Maj. Gen. David Hook, director of ISAF’s Force Reintegration cell, briefed Pentagon reporters yesterday by video link from Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

The Afghan Peace and Reintegration program has so far helped 2,970 former insurgents rejoin Afghan society, Hook noted, and is working with another 1,200 fighters who represent “reintegration opportunities.”

 

While the program is nationwide and directed by the central government in Kabul, he added, it is implemented at the district and provincial level throughout Afghanistan. Most reintegrated former fighters, he said, have come from the nation’s northern and western provinces, but numbers in the southern and eastern areas are increasing slowly.

 

“A cornerstone of this local approach is the resolution of grievances that led people to fight in the first place,” Hook said. “If you accept the premise that 80 percent of the men fighting in the south are fighting for nonideological reasons -- and our analysis of why they have stopped fighting supports this -- it becomes clear that if you can address their grievances, you can draw them back into society. You then make the other 20 percent less relevant.”

 

The program aims to build trust and confidence among people who have been fighting the government and each other for many years, the general said, in a process that “engages political, social and religious leaders at every level so that Afghans can build peace, if necessary, village by village.”

 

The requirement that former insurgents apologize to their villages essentially forms a compact between those fighters and their fellow Afghans, Hook said, adding he attributes the program’s low recidivism rate -- five of nearly 3,000 reintegrees -- to that bond.

 

“He has asked for forgiveness from his community, and his community has forgiven him, and it locks them together in this contract,” Hook said.

 

Hook told reporters he wanted to dispel myths that have grown up around the reintegration program. Insurgents aren’t paid to stop fighting, he said, though they receive a three-month transitional allowance if they take part in disengagement training.

 

And, insurgents are not immune to prosecution, Hook added, noting they can expect no compromise on human rights violations, particularly the rights of women.

 

Hook called reintegration an essential component in ISAF’s counterinsurgency campaign. In a letter to troops upon taking command of ISAF forces in July, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen talked about the importance of reintegration and about “maintaining unrelenting pressure on the insurgency,” he said. “Ultimately, this pressure gives the insurgent a choice: to be killed, to be captured or to reintegrate.”

 

Four factors are converging to increase the program’s momentum, Hook said. The past year’s troop surge has decreased the insurgency’s capability, he said, and international and Afghan support for reintegration is increasing. Third, the program itself is expanding and improving outreach capability, he added, and many insurgent fighters -- facing another winter, when their leaders typically relocate -- are tired.

 

“I'm not saying the process is perfect; there are still issues to be addressed. But the Afghans are delivering and fixing issues as they arise,” Hook said.

 

“You have a gathering national momentum towards peace,” he added. “Ultimately, I believe … [there is] a favorable set of circumstances that will enable this program to progress. The challenge is taking all of those pieces and using them to leverage the program, and this is where Afghan leadership is essential. With strong leadership over the winter, this program will gain greater momentum.”

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9 décembre 2011 5 09 /12 /décembre /2011 07:45

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08 Dec 2011 By Andrew Hough THE TELEGRAPH

 

Thousands of British troops could leave Afghanistan sooner than expected under proposals being considered by the government, it has emerged.

 

Ministers are said to be drawing up plans for up to 4000 troops to leave the war zone by the end of 2013, a much larger number than previously thought.

 

The proposals are reported to be one of several to be put before David Cameron at a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) next week.

 

Under the plans being put together by military chief, the number of British troops stationed in the Helmand province would be cut from 9,000 to 5,000 during 2013.

 

The Guardian reported that almost the same number would leave the following year, meaning just a few hundred would remain the country’s capital, Kabul, when Nato ends its combat role.

 

The sharp acceleration in troop withdrawal is said to be one of three options being prepared by the Ministry of Defence, which are to be considered by the Prime Minister.

 

It was claimed the option was favoured by at least two senior, unnamed members of the Cabinet, who have expressed a desire to cut the costs of the decade-long military campaign. Others include a less aggressive withdrawal operation.

 

The NSC meeting, to be held on Tuesday, will reportedly discuss the different scenarios amid growing international concern about the future of Afghanistan.

 

A government official, who declined to be named, said the MoD was unaware of these proposals and insisted British forces would remain where they are now.

 

Last night a spokesman for the Cabinet Office, which is in charge of the NSC, said: “We can confirm that the National Security Council will discuss Afghanistan next week to look at our approach up to and beyond 2014.

 

"This happens regularly in NSC discussions as you would expect.

 

"The PM has already said that 500 UK troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of next year and the Government has been clear that by the end of 2014, British troops will not be in Afghanistan in significant numbers or in a combat role."

 

She added: "The NSC discussions will take place within the context of the wider international effort.

 

"As the Foreign Secretary set out in Bonn this week, the international community will continue to support Afghanistan long after 2014 to help build national safety, security and prosperity."

 

A MoD spokesman declined to comment.

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Le 30 novembre 2011, sur l’aéroport militaire de Kaboul, le lieutenant-colonel Benoit Cirée a succédé au lieutenant-colonel Frédéric Beutter à la tête du bataillon hélicoptères (BatHélico) Mousquetaire .

 

Lors de cette cérémonie, le général Jean-Pierre Palasset, commandant la Task Force La Fayette , a rendu un hommage appuyé aux militaires de l’armée de Terre et de l’armée de l’Air du BatHélico pour le « mandat hors normes » qu’ils ont su conduire avec « exigence, courage et ténacité » .

 

S’adressant à eux, il a souligné l’efficacité opérationnelle dont ils ont fait preuve. Au terme de ce mandat, le bataillon totalise en effet 800 missions, 2800 heures de vol, 175 missions d’appui feu au profit des troupes au sol, 800 combattants transportés, une centaine de missions d’évacuation médicale et 7 véhicules-suicides détruits.

 

A l’issue de la cérémonie, le lieutenant-colonel Benoit Cirée a pris le commandement du sixième mandat du bataillon Mousquetaire. Armé principalement par le 5e régiment d’hélicoptères de combat (5e RHC) de Pau, il est renforcé par :

- le 3e régiment d’hélicoptères de combat (3e RHC) d’Etain;

- le 4e régiment d’hélicoptères des forces spéciales (4e RHFS) de Pau;

- du personnel des bases aériennes 115 (Orange) et 120 (Cazaux);

- des équipes des centres médicaux des Armées de Rochefort et Bordeaux;

- des équipes de l’Ecole franco-allemande (EFA) du Luc;

- des spécialistes du groupement aéromobilité de la section technique de l’armée de Terre (GAMSTAT) de Valence;

- des militaires de l’état-major de la 6e brigade légère blindée (6e BLB) de Nîmes.

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7 décembre 2011 3 07 /12 /décembre /2011 08:40

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December 6, 2011 - By PAULINE JELINEK and ROBERT BURNS (AP) - sltrib.com

 

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is working around a Pakistani government border blockade by shipping small amounts of some supplies for the Afghan war through alternate countries, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday.

 

The supplies for U.S. troops in Afghanistan are items that would have been sent through Pakistan if the border hadn’t been closed in protest over the U.S. bombing on Nov. 26 that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, according to two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

 

One official said selected items in very small amounts have been shifted to "other means of delivery" in the last few days. The official declined to be more specific. Other officials said there is no immediate need to alter the flow of war supplies substantially because there is no near-term prospect of shortages.

 

The rerouted supplies, like all that go through Pakistan, are non-lethal items.

 

Closing the border is among a series of actions Pakistan took in response to the Nov. 26 incident, for which the U.S. has expressed regret but not apologized. The Pakistanis refused an invitation to participate in a U.S. Central Command investigation of the killings, and they boycotted an international conference in Bonn, Germany, this week on sustaining financial and political support for Afghanistan.

 

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. John Kirby, said the border closing has had "no appreciable impact" on military operations in Afghanistan and that senior American commanders believe they are well supplied for now.

 

Kirby said the top U.S. commander in Kabul, Marine Gen. John Allen, is "comfortable that he’s got what he needs right now."

 

About 30 percent of the non-lethal supplies for U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan normally come via two routes from Pakistan — the Torkham border crossing in the northwest Khyber tribal area and at the Chaman gateway in the southwestern Baluchistan province, near the city of Quetta. Much of what is supplied is fuel.

 

About 40 percent of non-lethal supplies travel on a northern route that enters Afghanistan by rail through Uzbekistan, and about 30 percent are shipped by air.

 

Pakistan has not said how long it will keep the border closed. After previous incidents, including an attack a year ago by a U.S. helicopter that killed two Pakistani soldiers posted on the border, the crossings were closed for 10 days to two weeks. U.S. officials believe the closure will last longer this time.

 

Aware of its vulnerability to unpredictable Pakistani border closings, the U.S. military in recent years has developed alternative supply routes. In particular it has expanded the capacity of the northern route since 2009. With a troop drawdown now under way in Afghanistan, supply requirements are expected to fall, thus also reducing the need to send fuel and other materials by land across Pakistan.

 

Kirby described U.S.-Pakistani military relations as being in "a very tough spot." Noting that Pakistan on Tuesday recalled some troops from border posts meant to coordinate activity with international forces in Afghanistan, Kirby said the U.S. and its NATO partners hope they will return soon.

 

"The whole reason those centers exist is to help try to prevent incidents like what happened" Nov. 26 on the border, he said. "The risks (of miscommunication and mistaken attacks) only increase when you don’t have those coordination centers fully manned and staffed."

 

The closing of the border and other Pakistani reactions to the border incident have again raised questions in Congress about the future of U.S.-Pakistani relations.

 

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Monday that Washington should reconsider the relationship. They called the Pakistani soldier deaths a "terrible tragedy" but said Islamabad’s response was "deeply troubling" and has added to the deterioration of the relationship.

 

"In particular, all options regarding U.S. security and economic assistance to Pakistan must be on the table, including substantial reductions and stricter standards for performance," they said in a joint statement.

 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told reporters Tuesday that legislation putting new restrictions on aid to Pakistan would have a "good chance" of passing Congress.

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7 décembre 2011 3 07 /12 /décembre /2011 08:35

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December 06, 2011 latino.foxnews.com

 

Madrid –  Spain's defense minister said Tuesday that the withdrawal of Spanish troops from Afghanistan will begin in January, once Afghan President Hamid Karzai decides his government's forces can assume responsibility for security in the northwestern province of Badghis.

 

Carme Chacon made the announcement upon arriving at Parliament in Madrid to celebrate Spain's Consititution Day, when asked about whether the attacks Tuesday in Afghanistan that cost the lives of at least 53 people could modify the date for bringing Spanish troops home.

 

The bombings targeted Shias observing the Ashura holiday in Kabul and in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

 

The minister said that the transfer of authority to Afghanistan agreed by Karzai is good news for Spain.

 

Chacon confirmed that in January "the withdrawal of Spanish military forces will begin, just as we planned."

 

She also said that it will be necessary to wait and see what decisions are taken about Afghanistan in this week's conference at Bonn.

 

Spain's armed forces began serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, in Afghanistan in January 2002.

 

A total of 98 Spanish military personnel have now been killed since the mission in Afghanistan started, with 14 troops dying in insurgent attacks and 79 in air accidents.

 

All of the roughly 1,500 Spanish soldiers and police serving with ISAF will be withdrawn by the end of 2014, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said in June.

 

The 2014 target for an end to ISAF operations was set by NATO members at a summit last October in Lisbon.

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6 décembre 2011 2 06 /12 /décembre /2011 13:35

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Dec 5, 2011 (AFP) SpaceWar.com

 

Norway will withdraw most of its troops from Afghanistan in 2013, a year before the bulk of NATO's forces, Norwegian Defence Minister Espen Barth Eide announced on Monday.

 

The Scandinavian country plans to hand over command of the northern Faryab province to Afghan security forces by the summer of 2012 and expects to withdraw its contingent from the provincial capital Maimana a year later, the minister said.

 

"It will not be a dramatic transfer done overnight," he told public broadcaster NRK during a visit to Afghanistan's northern capital Mazar-i-Sharif where other Norwegian troops are stationed.

 

Norway currently has some 500 troops in Afghanistan, including more than 300 tasked with security missions in Faryab while the remainder work with command and logistical issues in Mazar-i-Sharif and Kabul.

 

"After the withdrawal, some soldiers will remain in Mazar-i-Sharif to train and advise" the Afghan forces, Barth Eide told Norwegian news agency NTB.

 

The announcement came as an international conference opened in Bonn on the future of Afghanistan after the departure of NATO forces at the end of 2014.

 

Ten Norwegian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since international forces invaded in late 2001 to remove the Taliban regime.

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4 décembre 2011 7 04 /12 /décembre /2011 18:05

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The ADF is set to deploy its first Shadow 200 system before Christmas

 

December 05, 2011 by: Sean Parnell -  The Australian

 

AUSTRALIA is preparing to launch the next generation of drones in Afghanistan, having already spent more than $300 million putting robotic spy planes in the air to keep watch on insurgents.

 

With Western forces still reliant on technology to gain the upper hand as they prepare Afghanistan for their exit, the Australian Defence Force is set to deploy its first Shadow 200 system before Christmas.

 

The American-designed system, comprising four unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and launch and control equipment, arrived in Australia in August.

 

More than 40 army operators and maintenance personnel were sent to the US Training Battalion in Arizona a year ago to prepare and local training has commenced at the Enoggera Army Barracks in Brisbane. The US is already using the UAVs in Afghanistan. Shadow 200 will replace 16 ScanEagle UAVs expected to be withdrawn next year.

 

Defence will not say how many hours the Shadow 200 system will be in the air or whether, as has been speculated, it will be fitted with jamming equipment for improvised explosive devices. However, a second Shadow 200 system will be delivered in 2013, with Defence having spent only $27m of the project budget of $95m.

 

Documents obtained by The Australian under Freedom of Information show the ScanEagles were in the air for 6804 hours in 2010-11, and 7568 hours the year before. They are used for about 1000 hours of training in the Brisbane Valley each year.

 

A Defence spokesman said the ScanEagle contract, with Insitu Pacific, had cost more than $140m since 2006. Another $23.5m is expected to be spent before the changeover is complete.

 

Australia also relies on the Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft in Afghanistan, operating them from the Kandahar airfield. Defence has paid MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates $138m over the past two years for the service and in July extended its contract until January 2013.

 

Defence requires the Herons to operate 18 hours a day, with a maximum flying-hour capacity of 550 hours per month, paying only for time spent in the air.

 

Three Herons are available in Afghanistan, with two able to be airborne at any time. A fourth is based at Woomera in South Australia for training and testing.

 

Between January and December last year, the Herons were in the air for 3431 hours. This year to early November they were in the air for 4293 hours.

 

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute's director of operations and capability, Andrew Davies, said Defence had "scrambled" to provide adequate aerial surveillance in Afghanistan after the failure of a previous UAV project.

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04.12.2011 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

Après les tribulations d'un JTAC britannique (pour lire mon post du 4 octobre, cliquer ici), les éditions Nimrod publient celles, tout aussi palpitantes, d'un pilote d'hélicoptère d'attaque Apache déployé dans le sud afghan. L'Apache, c'est cet espèce d'alien anguleux, aux courbes façonnées à la tronçonneuse mais capable de se transformer en une impitoyable machine de guerre pour peu que son équipage ait appris à la dompter.

 

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L'auteur d'Apache. L'homme. La machine. La mission est un ancien parachutiste passé à l'Army Air Corps (l'équivalent de l'ALAT); son livre raconte son second déploiement en Afghanistan, dans ce même Helmand où Appui feu en Afghanistan avait entraîné les habitués des produits des éditions Nimrod.

 

 

Le livre d'Ed Macy (il a un site internet: http://www.edmacy.com/) est à l'image de son Apache: rapide, efficace, meurtrier... Il se lit d'une salve, grâce à une traduction habile et à un séquencement efficace qui culmine avec l'hallucinant récit du sauvetage d'un Royal Marines touché par des tirs talibans et isolé de ses camarades. Un sauvetage qui culminera avec une remise de décoration des mains même de la Reine! Le Warrant Officer Macy a quitté l'armée, écrit Apache et préparerait un second titre. Patience...

 

 

Ed Macy, L'homme. La machine. La mission, éditions Nimrod, 316 pages, 21 €.

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December 1st, 2011 By UK Ministry of Defence, DEFENCE TALK

 

It is the halfway point between RAF Brize Norton and Camp Bastion, and getting troops from A to B (Akrotiri to Bastion) is one of the crucial roles fulfilled by personnel at the RAF's base in Cyprus.

 

But RAF Akrotiri is more than just a strategic staging post in the Mediterranean; with thousands of Service personnel passing through the station each year we go behind the scenes to see what it takes to run one of the RAF's busiest bases.

 

Akrotiri's Station Commander, Group Captain Barrie Thomson, describes the role of the station:

 

"Because of our strategic placement in the Mediterranean we have an airfield that allows us to flow men and material in and out of Afghanistan. This is really our primary purpose."

 

With 850 personnel serving as part of the Cyprus Operations Support Unit it is very much a team effort:

 

"The majority of our people are in hard graft jobs, working 12-hour shifts, handling the aircraft in and out, handling the freight, handling equipment moves coming in by sea then flying out to Afghanistan," said Group Captain Thomson.

 

"But not just that, all the enabling functions like security, force protection, infrastructure - all of it delivers a capacity which ultimately has an effect on people delivering operations."

 

RAF Akrotiri handles everything from fast jets to tanker transport aircraft such as the VC10, TriStar and Hercules, as well as the intelligence and surveillance aircraft that were temporarily based at the station during Operation ELLAMY, supporting operations over Libya.

 

Twice a year the activity ramps up during the RiP (Relief in Place) - the changeover of troops in Afghanistan - when up to 14,000 Service personnel will fly in and out of Akrotiri as they return home or start their tour of duty.

 

Flight Lieutenant Matt Rose is a Duty Air Movements Officer responsible for a traffic team of eight staff who control the day-to-day movements of the aircraft. This includes the loading and unloading of passengers and freight, as well as the careful co-ordination of all the teams necessary to get an aircraft back on its journey:

 

"The job can have its challenging moments, especially when you have three aircraft on the ground at any one time. The turnaround on each aircraft is about 90 minutes - we do all the background work whilst passengers wait in the terminal," said Flight Lieutenant Rose.

 

"As well as my traffic team, we have the Visiting Aircraft Handling Section, the refuellers, catering, and the water and toilet replenishment vehicles all working around the aircraft. When the troops come in our boys and girls can have up to 2,000 bags to unload and move, and they aren't light!"

 

One of the youngest serving personnel on the station is 19-year-old Senior Aircraftwoman Katie Bunyard, an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic on a two-month detachment from RAF Brize Norton.

 

As part of 99 Squadron, Senior Aircraftwoman Bunyard marshals in the C-17, the largest aircraft in the RAF's inventory. In Akrotiri, she works as part of the Visiting Aircraft Handling Section to ensure the rapid preparation of aircraft for the next leg of their journey:

 

"I get nervous when I'm marshalling an aircraft because I want to get the aircraft on the right spot," she explains. "It's very much a team effort when an aircraft comes in; we co-ordinate with the movements staff and the refuellers to turn around an aircraft. As well as marshalling we also get to replenish the water and empty the toilets!"

 

One section that never closes at RAF Akrotiri is Flight Operations, the hub for all aircraft movements at the station.

 

Sergeant Andy Smith is a Duty Operations Controller:

 

"We cover shifts 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-per-year," he says. "My role is to manage the flying programme, deconflict flights and ensure that when an aircraft arrives here we'll have the facilities available to look after it.

 

"I'll be monitoring flights leaving Brize Norton and Camp Bastion. Thirty minutes before the expected arrival I'll call the pilot to get an update then make adjustments as required. I take great pride in doing what I can to minimise delays, keeping the movements staff informed at all times so they can brief the passengers in the terminal."

 

Officer Commanding Operations, Flight Lieutenant Simon Revell, also runs the Rescue Co-ordination Centre as RAF Akrotiri has a Search and Rescue Squadron that can be called on to assist in emergencies up to 200 miles (322km) from the base:

 

"84 Squadron have one Griffin helicopter on permanent standby 24/7, 365-days-a-year, alongside the boats and helicopters of the Cypriot authorities," said Flight Lieutenant Revell.

 

"We control and co-ordinate all rescues in the Sovereign Base Area which is 98 square miles [254 square kilometres]. We are a permanent 24-hour manned unit operating on a 60-minute readiness, but if there are fast jets operating from Akrotiri that is down to 15 minutes.

 

"We are quick to respond - the last out-of-hours shout we had, the helicopter was airborne, had found and recovered the casualty back to hospital within 40 minutes of the call for help."

 

"There are two different roles for us - Search and Rescue in the winter and firefighting in the summer; we respond to two or three calls a week. An underslung bucket can hold a tonne of water from a 30-foot-long (9m) strop - they dip that into the nearest water source, either the sea or a lake, and then fly to the scene of the fire."

 

The Griffins of 84 Squadron are the only RAF aircraft permanently based at RAF Akrotiri. While their primary role is to provide Search and Rescue cover they also provide support to the Army and have a unique firefighting capability.

 

Officer Commanding 84 Squadron, Squadron Leader Richard Strookman, explained the roles:

 

"Search and Rescue here is primarily to support fast jet detachments when they arrive on island. But in the wider sphere we also provide Search and Rescue not only to the Sovereign Base Area but also to the Republic of Cyprus as well and on occasion even further afield."

 

Having a hot climate for much of the year means Cyprus regularly experiences damaging fires. Fortunately the Griffins of 84 Squadron can be quickly fitted with underslung water buckets to douse the flames from the air:

 

"Last year we fought many fires on Cyprus itself but in December we were called by the Israelis to help fight some huge fires in Israel and we were the first international assets on scene," said Squadron Leader Strookman.

 

The squadron also helps in getting personnel used to working with helicopters before going out to Afghanistan:

 

"At the moment we're in the middle of a huge amount of taskings for an Army exercise," explains Squadron Leader Strookman. "Troop movement is the main thing we do but we can also simulate being an attack helicopter and provide Medical Emergency Response Team training."

 

One of the major events to take place at RAF Akrotiri this year was the support to Operation ELLAMY. Group Captain Thomson summarised:

 

"We provided a home for the ISTAR [Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance] capability, communications facilities and an immediacy of response that allowed people to set up and deliver the effect we all remember from the time.

 

"The heartbeat of the station is the people. RAF Akrotiri personnel are very community-spirited and they recognise there is a multiplying effect of the community and welfare wrap that goes around the place, which has a direct impact on the quality of operational support we provide."

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November 30, 2011 By George Friedman - stratfor.com

 

Days after the Pakistanis closed their borders to the passage of fuel and supplies for the NATO-led war effort in Afghanistan, for very different reasons the Russians threatened to close the alternative Russia-controlled Northern Distribution Network (NDN). The dual threats are significant even if they don’t materialize. If both routes are cut, supplying Western forces operating in Afghanistan becomes impossible. Simply raising the possibility of cutting supply lines forces NATO and the United States to recalculate their position in Afghanistan.

The possibility of insufficient lines of supply puts NATO’s current course in Afghanistan in even more jeopardy. It also could make Western troops more vulnerable by possibly requiring significant alterations to operations in a supply-constrained scenario. While the supply lines in Pakistan most likely will reopen eventually and the NDN likely will remain open, the gap between likely and certain is vast.

The Pakistani Outpost Attack

The Pakistani decision to close the border crossings at Torkham near the Khyber Pass and Chaman followed a U.S. attack on a Pakistani position inside Pakistan’s tribal areas near the Afghan border that killed some two-dozen Pakistani soldiers. The Pakistanis have been increasingly opposed to U.S. operations inside Pakistani territory. This most recent incident took an unprecedented toll, and triggered an extreme response. The precise circumstances of the attack are unclear, with details few, contradictory and disputed. The Pakistanis have insisted it was an unprovoked attack and a violation of their sovereign territory. In response, Islamabad closed the border to NATO; ordered the United States out of Shamsi air base in Balochistan, used by the CIA; and is reviewing military and intelligence cooperation with the United States and NATO.

 

The proximate reason for the reaction is obvious; the ultimate reason for the suspension also is relatively simple. The Pakistani government believes NATO, and the United States in particular, will fail to bring the war in Afghanistan to a successful conclusion. It follows that the United States and other NATO countries at some point will withdraw.

Some in Afghanistan have claimed that the United States has been defeated, but that is not the case. The United States may have failed to win the war, but it has not been defeated in the sense of being compelled to leave by superior force. It could remain there indefinitely, particular as the American public is not overly hostile to the war and is not generating substantial pressure to end operations. Nevertheless, if the war cannot be brought to some sort of conclusion, at some point Washington’s calculations or public pressure, or both, will shift and the United States and its allies will leave Afghanistan.

 

Given that eventual outcome, Pakistan must prepare to deal with the consequences. It has no qualms about the Taliban running Afghanistan and it certainly does not intend to continue to prosecute the United States’ war against the Taliban once its forces depart. To do so would intensify Taliban attacks on the Pakistani state, and could trigger an even more intense civil war in Pakistan. The Pakistanis have no interest in such an outcome even were the United States to remain in Afghanistan forever. Instead, given that a U.S. victory is implausible and its withdrawal inevitable and that Pakistan’s western border is with Afghanistan, Islamabad will have to live with — and possibly manage — the consequences of the re-emergence of a Taliban-dominated government.

 

Under these circumstances, it makes little sense for Pakistan to collaborate excessively with the United States, as this increases Pakistan’s domestic dangers and imperils its relationship with the Taliban. Pakistan was prepared to cooperate with the United States and NATO while the United States was in an aggressive and unpredictable phase. The Pakistanis could not risk more aggressive U.S. attacks on Pakistani territory at that point, and feared a U.S.-Indian entente. But the United States, while not leaving Afghanistan, has lost its appetite for a wider war and lacks the resources for one. It is therefore in Pakistan’s interest to reduce its collaboration with the United States in preparation for what it sees as the inevitable outcome. This will strengthen Pakistan’s relations with the Afghan Taliban and minimize the threat of internal Pakistani conflict.

 

Despite apologies by U.S. and NATO commanders, the Nov. 26 incident provided the Pakistanis the opportunity — and in their mind the necessity — of an exceptional response. The suspension of the supply line without any commitment to reopening it and the closure of the U.S. air base from which unmanned aerial vehicle operations were carried out (though Pakistani airspace reportedly remains open to operations) was useful to Pakistan. It allowed Islamabad to reposition itself as hostile to the United States because of American actions. It also allowed Islamabad to appear less pro-American, a powerful domestic political issue.

 

Pakistan has closed supply lines as a punitive measure before. Torkham was closed for 10 straight days in October 2010 in response to a U.S. airstrike that killed several Pakistani soldiers, and trucks at the southern Chaman crossing were “administratively delayed,” according to the Pakistanis. This time, however, Pakistan is signaling that matters are more serious. Uncertainty over these supply lines is what drove the United States to expend considerable political capital to arrange the alternative NDN.

 

The NDN Alternative and BMD

This alternative depends on Russia. It transits Russian territory and airspace and much of the former Soviet sphere, stretching as far as the Baltic Sea — at great additional expense compared to the Pakistani supply route. This alternative is viable, as it would allow sufficient supplies to flow to support NATO operations. Indeed, over recent months it has become the primary line of supply, and reliance upon it is set to expand. At present, 48 percent of NATO supplies still go through Pakistan; 52 percent of NATO supplies come through NDN (non-lethal); 60 percent of all fuel comes through the NDN; and by the end of the year, the objective is for 75 percent of all non-lethal supplies to transit the NDN.

Separating the United States yields a different breakdown: Only 30 percent of U.S. supplies traverse Pakistan; 30 percent of U.S. supplies come in by air (some of it linked to the Karakoram-Torkham route, probably including the bulk of lethal weapons); and 40 percent of U.S. supplies come in from the NDN land route.

 

Therefore, Dmitri Rogozin’s threat that Russia might suspend these supply lines threatens the viability of all Western operations in Afghanistan. Rogozin, the Russian envoy to NATO, has been known to make extreme statements. But when he makes those statements, he makes them with the full knowledge and authorization of the Russian leadership. Though he is used to making statements that the leadership might want to back away from, it is not unusual for him to signal new directions in Russian policy. This means the U.S. and NATO militaries responsible for sustaining operations in Afghanistan cannot afford to dismiss the threat. No matter how small the probability, it places more than 100,000 U.S. and allied troops in a vulnerable position.

 

For the Russians, the issue is the development and deployment of U.S. ballistic missile defenses in Europe. The Russians oppose the deployment, arguing it represents a threat to the Russian nuclear deterrent and therefore threatens the nuclear balance. This was certainly the reason the Soviets opposed the initial Strategic Defense Initiative in the 1980s. Carrying it forward to the 2010s, however, and the reasoning appears faulty. First, there is no nuclear balance at the moment, as there is no political foundation for nuclear war. Second, the U.S.-European BMD scheme is not designed to stop a massive launch of nuclear missiles such as the Russians could execute, but only the threat posed by a very small number of missiles such as might be launched from Iran. Finally, it is not clear that the system would work very well, though it has certainly proven far more capable than the turn-of-the-century predecessor systems.

Nevertheless, the Russians vehemently opposed the system, threatening to deploy Iskander short-range ballistic missiles and even tactical nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad and other locations in response. The Russian concern is obviously real, but it is difficult to believe it is the nuclear balance they are concerned about. Rather, it is the geopolitical implications of placing BMD infrastructure in Central Europe.

Opposition to a Second Containment

Elements of the weapons, particularly radars and interceptors, are being deployed around the periphery of Russia — in Poland, Romania, Turkey and Israel. From the Russian point of view, the deployment of radars and other systems is a precursor to the deployment of other military capabilities. They are extremely valuable installations that must be protected. Troops therefore will be deployed along with air defenses, and so on. In other words, the deployment of the BMD infrastructure itself may have no practical impact on the Russians, but the indirect consequences would be to set the stage for more expansive military deployments. The Russians must assume this could entail a return to containment, the principle employed by the United States during the Cold War to limit Soviet power.

 

The Russians see the inclusion of other military forces at the locations of the interceptor and radar deployment as creating a belt of nations designed to contain Russia. Given the uncertain future of Europe and the increasing relative power of Russia in the region, the United States has an interest in making certain any disruption in Europe doesn’t give the Russians opportunities to extend their political influence. While the extent to which American planners chose the sites with the containment of Russia in mind isn’t clear, from the Russian point of view the motive doesn’t matter. Planning is done based on capability, not intent. Whatever the U.S. intent, the move opens the door for containment if and when U.S. policy planners notice the opportunity.

 

The Russians have threatened actions for years, and in the past few weeks they have become increasingly vocal on the subject of BMD and on threats. Rogozin obviously was ordered to seize on the vulnerability created by the Pakistani move and introduced the now-indispensible NDN as a point where the Russians could bring pressure, knowing it is the one move the United States cannot tolerate at the moment. Whether they intend to shut down the supply line is questionable. Doing so would cause a huge breach with the United States, and to this point the Russians have been relatively cautious in challenging fundamental U.S. interests. Moreover, the Russians are worried about any instability in Afghanistan that might threaten their sphere of influence in Central Asia. However, the Russians are serious about not permitting a new containment line to be created, and therefore may be shifting their own calculations.

 

It is a rule of war that secure strategic supply lines are the basis of warfare. If you cannot be certain of supplying your troops, it is necessary to redeploy to more favorable positions. The loss of supply lines at some point creates a vulnerability that in military history leads to the annihilation of forces. It is something that can be risked when major strategic interests require it, but it is a dangerous maneuver. The Russians are raising the possibility that U.S. forces could be isolated in Afghanistan. Supply lines into the landlocked country never have been under U.S. or NATO control. All supplies must come in through third countries (less than a third of American supplies come by air, and those mostly through Russian airspace), and their willingness to permit transit is the foundation of U.S. strategy.

 

The United States and NATO have been exposed as waging a war that depended on the willingness of first Pakistan and now increasingly Russia to permit the movement of supplies through their respective territories. Were they both to suspend that privilege, the United States would face the choice of going to war to seize supply lines — something well beyond U.S. conventional capacity at this time — or to concede the war. Anytime a force depends on the cooperation of parties not under its control to sustain its force, it is in danger.

 

The issue is not whether the threats are carried out. The issue is whether the strategic interest the United States has in Afghanistan justifies the risk that the Russians may not be bluffing and the Pakistanis will become even less reliable in allowing passage. In the event of strategic necessity, such risks can be taken. But the lower the strategic necessity, the less risk is tolerable. This does not change the strategic reality in Afghanistan. It simply makes that reality much clearer and the threats to that reality more serious. Washington, of course, hopes the Pakistanis will reconsider and that the Russians are simply blowing off steam. Hope, however, is not a strategy.

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Paramilitary soldiers patrol the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman December 2, 2011. Pakistan’s commanders in the wild Afghan border region can return fire if attacked without waiting for permission, the country’s army chief said, a change in rules of engagement that could stoke tension. (Reuters)

 

03 December 2011 By Qasim Nauman and Michael Georgy Reuters - alarabiya.net

 

Paramilitary soldiers patrol the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman December 2, 2011. Pakistan’s commanders in the wild Afghan border region can return fire if attacked without waiting for permission, the country’s army chief said, a change in rules of engagement that could stoke tension. (Reuters)

 

 

Islamabad - Pakistan’s commanders in the wild Afghan border region can return fire if under attack without waiting for permission, the army chief said on Friday, a policy change that could stoke tensions after Saturday’s NATO strike killed 24 Pakistani troops.

 

Exactly what happened in the attack is unclear. Two U.S. officials told Reuters early indications were that Pakistani officials had cleared the NATO air strike, unaware they had troops in the area. A Pakistani official denied this.

 

The attack sparked fury in Pakistan and further complicated U.S.-led efforts to ease a crisis in relations with Islamabad, still seething at a secret U.S. raid in May that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and stabilize the region before foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.

 

“I do not want there to be any doubt in the minds of any commander at any level about the rules of engagement,” Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani said in a communique on Friday.

 

“In case of any attack, you have complete liberty to respond forcefully using all available resources. You do not need any permission for this.”

 

A military source explained that this amounted to a change in the rules for Pakistani forces guarding the Western border against militant movements to and from Afghanistan.

 

“In the past, we were only guarding ourselves or reacting against militants,” said the source, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

 

“We have given our posts some more space to respond. If they are under attack, they should not wait for orders from above on whether to return fire or not.”

 

The increase in autonomy for local commanders is likely to raise tensions in the unruly and mountainous border region, which is porous and poorly marked. Militants and tribespeople alike move back and forth daily.

 

“There are certain inherent risks in the delegation of authority,” said defense analyst and retired general Talat Masood. “There could be unintended consequences.”

 

Exactly what happened at the Pakistani posts along an unruly and poorly defined border is still unclear.

 

Pakistan said the attack was unprovoked, with officials calling it an act of blatant aggression – an accusation the top U.S. military officer flatly rejected in an interview with Reuters.

 

Two U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday that preliminary information from the ongoing investigation indicated Pakistani officials at a border coordination center had cleared the air strike, unaware they had troops in the area.

 

The U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to confirm details first reported by the Wall Street Journal, said an Afghan-led assault force that included U.S. commandos came under fire from an encampment along the border with Pakistan.

 

The commandos thought they were being fired on by militants but instead the fire came from Pakistani troops, they said.

 

A Pakistani military official categorically denied that account, saying the aircraft had already engaged when Pakistan was contacted.

 

“Wrong information about the area of operation was provided to Pakistani officials a few minutes before the strike,” said the official, who was not authorized to speak to the media.

 

“Without getting clearance from the Pakistan side, the post had already been engaged by U.S. helicopters and fighter jets. Pakistan did not have any prior information about any operation in the area.”

 

In a statement on its public relations website, Pakistan’s military said that its response to the NATO strike was hampered by an inability to scramble its aircraft in time.

 

“The response could have been more effective if PAF (Pakistan Air Force) had also joined in. However, it was no fault of PAF,” the statement said.

 

“The timely decision could not be taken due to breakdown of communication with the affected posts and, therefore, lack of clarity of situation, at various levels, including the Corps Headquarters and GHQ (General Headquarters).”

 

The Pentagon has declined to comment on details from the investigation until it is complete. Pentagon spokesman George Little acknowledged at a news conference that Pakistan had been asked but “elected to date not to participate” in the inquiry.

 

The United States and NATO have promised to investigate the incident, expressing regret on the deaths of Pakistani soldiers but the White House said it was premature to consider an apology when an investigation was still in its early stages.

 

Pakistan has shown its anger over the attack by blocking ground supply routes for NATO forces in Afghanistan, and pulling out of an international conference in Germany next week on Afghanistan, depriving the talks of a central player in peace efforts.

 

“I think it’s safe to say that the incident has had a chilling effect on our relationship with the Pakistani military. No question about that,” said another Pentagon spokesman, Captain John Kirby.

 

Western leaders have urged Islamabad to rethink its decision to boycott the conference, but the Pakistani parliament’s national security committee Friday endorsed the decision.

 

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said Pakistan’s contributions to regional peace efforts have not been appreciated and his country has become a scapegoat for the “failings of international policies in Afghanistan.”

 

“Clearly, there is a limit to our patience. Cooperation cannot be a one-way street,” he said.

 

In Karachi, calls for defiance laced Friday prayer sermons.

 

“This (the NATO attack) is sheer cruelty and the rulers and the public must join hands to defend our country,” an imam said at the Jamia Masjid mosque in an upscale neighborhood. “It’s time we decide that we can spend our lives as poor people but not as slaves of Western powers.

 

“We should have complete faith in Allah, and if you follow Islam in the true spirit, we will have no problems surviving even if the U.S. and Western powers don’t like us.”

 

At a rally by the militant group Sipah-e-Sahaba, some 2,000 protesters held placards that read: “Jihad is the only response to the U.S.” and “Friends of the U.S. are traitors to Islam.”

 

In the city of Multan in southern Punjab, at a demonstration organized by an Islamist group, Abdul Ghaffar, 45, said: “We’re going to teach America the kind of lesson that is going to make them forget about Vietnam.”

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December 03, 2011 Press Trust of India - NDTV

 

Washington:  US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan have been ordered not to approach the buffer zone on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in order to avoid a recurrence of last week's air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

 

An order in this regard has been issued by Gen John Allen, the Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the November 26 air strike, pending the detailed investigation into the incident announced by US Central Command (CENTCOM), Ivo Daalder, US Permanent Representative to NATO, said here on Friday.

 

The real facts of the incident, he said, would be known only after the investigation is over.

"The most important thing we have already learnt is that General Allen has ordered the troops not to approach the created buffer zone at the border in order to reduce the chances that something like this would happen in the future," Daalder said in a breakfast meeting with the Defence Writers Group here.

 

Giving his brief of the incident that has plunged the US-Pak relationship to an all-time low, the US Ambassador said the most basic fact is that there was a strike that killed 24 Pakistani border guards.

 

"What we don't know the sequence of events that led to that and we have conflicting stories. Our side of the story is still being investigated in great detail. General Allen took the responsibility immediately not only to investigate the incident but also to bring in US, Afghan, NATO and asked Pakistan to participate in the investigation," he said.

 

The Pentagon said on Friday that Pakistan has declined to participate in the investigation.

"I don't know the sequence of events. There may be people who know, but so far they haven't come to any conclusions and I think the best thing to do is to let the facts speak for themselves. Once these facts would come out, we will learn about the incident," Daalder said.

 

He added that one of the lessons learnt has already been implemented by NATO in the order that has been issued by General Allen with regard to not to approach the created buffer zone on the border.

 

"But we would have to look at exactly what happened, and what lessons we learn from it about communications need... and that would take some time," the American diplomat said conceding that the relationship between the two nations have reached an all-time low.

 

"It is clear that relationship with Pakistan has not improved. The relationship has been on the US level difficult for some time, we had the arrest of (CIA contractor) Raymond Davis (in Lahore), we had the Osama bin Laden raid (in Abbottabad) and others and finally this incident just escalates a set of differences that are real," he said.

 

The US is trying to work together with NATO as well as other countries, understanding that this is a major problem for it, Daalder said.

 

"We need to find ways to continue cooperative effort with Pakistan. We have no choice but to cooperate with Pakistan given that the terrorists are a threat to all three of our countries (US, Pakistan and Afghanistan).

 

"As such an effective cooperation would remain essential which is why, we talked at the highest level...to try to find ways to get cooperation," he said.

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02/12/2011 Sources : EMA

 

Le 23 novembre 2011, les soldats du 2e  kandak  (bataillon) d’infanterie de l’armée afghane ont terminé la construction d’un poste d’appui sur l’axe principal qui traverse la Surobi, la Highway 7 .

 

Profitant du dispositif déployé dans le cadre de la sécurisation de la région de Kaboul pour la Loya Jirga, la grande assemblée traditionnelle, les forces afghanes ont renforcé leur dispositif de contrôle de la Highway 7 .

 

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Le kandak  32, en charge du contrôle de cette zone, dispose déjà de 5 postes sur l’axe, complémentaires des postes de la police afghane (une quinzaine sur la route) qui assure les missions de contrôle du trafic routier.

 

Pour la réalisation des travaux, les soldats du kandak  32 étaient aidés et conseillés par leurs mentors français. La coordination était assurée par le spécialiste génie de l’OMLT.

 

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Les travaux achevés, les forces afghanes et le GTIA Surobi engagés dans l’opération Kaboul Shield , ont pu s’appuyer sur ce poste pour terminer leur mission de sécurisation de la zone.

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December 2, 2011 defpro.com

 

OTTAWA | The Maple Leaf flag that symbolized the Canadian Forces presence in Kandahar Province since August 2005 was lowered for the last time earlier today, in a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield to mark the end of Canada’s military presence in southern Afghanistan, under Operation ATHENA.

 

“Over the past several years, Canada and the Canadian Forces played a significant role in establishing the security foundation in Kandahar Province that set the conditions for governance and development,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “I'm proud of the work of our men and women in Afghanistan's most dangerous province. Our commitment is now centred in Kabul, with our military contribution to the NATO Training Mission, which is building the professional capacities of the Afghan national security forces.”

 

Operation ATHENA was Canada's participation in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. It began in 2003 as a peace-support mission in Kabul, and in 2005 became a counter-insurgency mission focused in Kandahar Province. Canada’s commitment to ISAF in Kandahar Province ended in July 2011, when the last combat rotation of Operation ATHENA returned to Canada and the Mission Transition Task Force (MTTF) deployed to close down what had become Canada’s longest-running combat mission.

 

“After more than six years of continuous combat operations, today we marked the official end of Operation ATHENA in Kandahar Province. Earlier this year, our task force conducted a seamless hand over of our area of responsibility to coalition and Afghan forces in the region. Our partners, thanks to the professionalism and service of our uniformed men and women, were well positioned to build on our progress and to continue reinforcing the safety and stability of southern Afghanistan,” said General Walt Natynczyk, the Chief of the Defence Staff. “While we mark the end of Operation ATHENA, we must also remember that there are 900 sailors, soldiers and airmen and airwomen still serving in northern Afghanistan in support of Operation ATTENTION. I'm very proud of the dedication, sacrifice, and service of all the men and women of the Canadian Forces who served with distinction in Afghanistan.”

 

Since July 2011, MTTF personnel — actually the last rotation of Operation ATHENA — have worked tirelessly to clean, pack and ship military assets back to Canada and to other deployed task forces for use in other missions.

 

Items that could not be shipped cost-effectively, such as medical supplies, furniture, office supplies, tools and construction materials, have been transferred to the Afghan National Army, to other ISAF nations, or to the humanitarian assistance depot operated at Kandahar Airfield by the 7th Sustainment Brigade of the U.S. Army. Items delivered to the humanitarian assistance depot, which are used to help Afghans take care of their people, include backpacks, lighting units, mess tins, cooking equipment, generators, appliances, sport equipment, tents, shovels and litters. This contribution is a last gift to the people of Kandahar province by Canadians.

 

“Over the past several months, the hard-working members of the MTTF conducted mission closeout activities with camp authorities at Kandahar Airfield to ensure consolidation and repatriation activities did not impede the operations of coalition forces,” said Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, the commander of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command. “As we leave Kandahar Province with our heads held high, Canada continues to support our allies and Afghan partners through Operation ATTENTION.”

 

Operation ATTENTION is Canada’s participation in the NATO Training Mission–Afghanistan (NTM-A), which delivers training and professional development services to the national security forces of Afghanistan, especially the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police, until 2014.

 

Canada is the second largest contributor to NTM-A. The Canadian Contribution to the Training Mission–Afghanistan (CCTM-A) comprises up to 950 Canadian Forces members. With some 4,500 other personnel from 37 partner nations in NTM-A, the men and women of CCTM-A are engaged in helping the Afghan national security forces grow, professionalize and build capacity. The Canadian training effort is concentrated in Kabul with two satellite sites in Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif.

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December 01, 2011 - Shaiq Hussain - pakistantoday.com.pk

 

ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani has directed the ranks and cadres of military to give befitting response to any foreign aggression and take a decision in this regard on the spot as the “command of chain system” has been suspended owing to serious circumstances in the wake of recent NATO strikes on Pakistani border posts in Mohmand Agency, which killed 24 soldiers.

 

The attack by NATO on Saturday, which is dubbed as “intentional and deliberate” by the civilian and military leadership, has led to great anguish and anger among the ranks of the armed forces and it has been decided not to tolerate such assault in future and give it befitting response.

 

General Kayani held a crucial meeting with his military commanders a day after the NATO strike at the General Headquarters (GHQ) but its details were not shared with the media. After the meeting, the army chief sent a letter to the armed forces in which important decisions taken at GHQ were conveyed to them.

 

In accordance with the decisions, there would be no need to follow the army’s command and chain system and any official or soldier, at any particular place, would be allowed to take a decision on his own without waiting for the orders from the top so that any aggression from outside would be matched.

 

“The decision has been made owing to the breaking down of the communication system as result of the NATO strike on the Pakistani border post in Mohmand Agency,” an official said.

 

The NATO strike, which was unexpected, led to a great loss of life as the army was not anticipating any such aggression from its allies and the Pakistani soldiers were taken aback. “The army chief in the meeting declared that no foreign aggression would be allowed in future and all possible measures are being taken to defend the country,” the official said.

 

Apart from doing away with the command and chain system, some other important steps are also being taken such as reinforcement of troops on the Pakistani side of the border and also to increase the surveillance flights of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on the country’s border with Afghanistan.

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Dans le cadre du retrait progressif de ses troupes engagées en Afghanistan, Paris a décidé de retirer de ce théâtre d’opérations 3 avions de type Rafale, qui étaient jusqu’alors basés à Kandahar. Avec cette décision, 60 militaires de l’armée de l’Air vont également rentrer en France. Il restera donc 3 Mirage 2000D et 120 aviateurs français sur cette importante base de l’Otan.

 

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Ces 3 avions étaient arrivés à Kandahar en août dernier. Selon l’Etat-major des armées, ils sont rentrés cette semaine à Saint-Dizier. Déployé en Afghanistan pour la première fois en 2007, les différents Rafale qui se sont succédés depuis sur ce théâtre ont accompli 800 missions pour le compte de la coalition internationale.

 

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Ce retrait s’inscrit dans le cadre de ce qui avait été annoncé, puis récemment confirmé par le président Sarkozy, à savoir que les effectifs des forces françaises affectées en Aghanistan allaient être réduit de 200 personnels d’ici la fin de l’année.

 

Le Groupement tactique interarmes (GTIA) déployé dans le district de Surobi, lequel figure sur la liste des secteurs appelés prochainement à passer sous le contrôle des forces armées afghanes, sera également concerné par ce plan de retrait, qui vient après celui d’octobre, lequel a notamment consisté à faire rentrer en France une compagnie du 2ème Régiment Etranger Parachutiste (REP). Une équipe de conseillers militaires (OMLT, operational Mentoring Liaison Team) fera également partie du lot, de même qu’un hélicoptère Cougar du bataillon d’hélicoptères (BATHELICO), basé à Kaboul.

 

D’ici la fin de cette année, le contingent français en Afganistan devrait comptait 3.600 hommes, ce qui représente une baisse de 10% par rapport au début de cet automne.

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COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has suspended 'chain of command' system to counter any aggression.

 

Sources said the Army Chief has suspended the  chain of command  system in order to enable the senior officers on the posts to take appropriate action in case Pakistani forces come under attack.

 

Sources said that decision would however be applicable to eventualities involving Nato troops.

 

Sources said that General Kayani has also ordered the troops to counter any aggression with full force and defend the motherland against any assailant. General Kayani has also said that the Pak Air Force should have taken action while Nato helicopters had violated the Pakistani airspace and attacked the Pakistani posts, sources said.

 

In a letter written to the Armed Forces Chiefs, COAS Gen Kayani has said that the PAF jets must have dashed to the border area after the Nato attack.

 

General Kayani has also observed that the communication of the attacked posts had snapped after the Nato attack. He said that now the senior officer on the ground would decide about counter measures.

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01 December 2011 - by Beth Stevenson – Shepard Group

 

A senior UK military official has quashed rumours concerning the performance of RAF MQ-9 Reaper UAVs in Afghanistan.

 

According to WG CDR Andrew Jeffrey, SO1 Air and Joint Effects, MoD, accusations that the aircraft lacked airworthiness were ‘absolute nonsense’.

 

‘Everybody assumed that the lack of airworthiness [of the Predator A] transferred to the Predator B,’ Jeffrey told the Air Power in Irregular conference at Farnborough on 30 November.

 

‘My argument is that the technology is there,’ Jeffrey said, describing how he was confident in the current standards of the platform. He added that criticism of the aircraft had been generated by ‘urban myths’.

 

Controlled by 39 Squadron from AFB Creech, Nevada, US, the operation came under scrutiny for lacking situational awareness, Jeffrey said. It is understood that there is a multiple second delay between Creech and Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan, sources suggested.

 

Jeffrey also denied the existence of 'rogue' UAS or ‘killer drones’ in Afghanistan, describing how systems with lost downlinks were grounded as quickly as possible. In addition, he said he was confident that the Reaper is ‘very much part of the fight’.

 

‘Each of these sensors can and is exploited in different places globally,’ Jeffrey confirmed.

 

However, he admitted: ‘I don’t think that we’re very good at tasking multi-sensor platforms.'

 

The RAF Reaper fleet active in Afghanistan was provided through a UOR, so there is the possibility that by 2015 it could be scrapped if the system is not selected for the UK’s Scavenger programme.

 

However Jeffrey confirmed that the future will see two Reaper squadrons established, being 39 and 13, with one being based at AFB Creech, and one at RAF Waddington, the UK’s ISTAR headquarters.

 

Meanwhile, 5 Squadron Leader for the RAF, Chris Melville, who is in charge of the UK’s Sentinel ISR aircraft operations, also based at Waddington, was confident that there is a future for this platform, despite rumours that it could be scrapped in future years.

 

‘At the moment, it is just not possible to put every sensor on every platform,’ Melville explained.

 

‘There are situations where a UAV is the right platform; [however] a manned asset is a much more flexible option. We are available for re-tasking.’

 

Melville explained how the SAR and GMTI capability of the Sentinel is not matched by anything else in service, as it provides ‘true wide area search ISR for the MoD’.

 

He was confident that the Sentinel has a place outside existing current theatres, stating that ‘not every fight is Afghanistan’, where close observation is key, and a ‘high level stand-off platform’ such as this one has ‘growth potential’ in future conflicts.

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01/12/2011 Sources : EMA

 

Du 6 au 23 novembre 2011, les forces de sécurité afghanes (ANSF) ont mis en œuvre le plan Kaboul Shield en vue d’accroître le niveau de sécurité de la province de Kaboul et de prévenir les tentatives d’attentats pendant que se tenait la Loya Jirga, la grande assemblée traditionnelle, qui était convoquée du 16 au 19 novembre.

 

Sur les accès Est et Nord de la capitale, les ANSF de Surobi et de Kapisa ont été engagées avec l’appui de la brigade française pour renforcer le contrôle des axes.

 

Sur la Highway 7, qui traverse le district de Surobi et conduit à Kaboul, la police afghane et le 2e kandak (bataillon) d’infanterie ont été engagés avec leurs mentors respectifs, les OMLT (équipes de conseillers « Terre ») et les POMLT (équipes de conseillers gendarmerie). L’ANP (Afghan National Police ) a établi des points de contrôle mobiles sur l’axe et réalisé plus de 600 contrôles de véhicules et 2 000 passagers.

 

Parallèlement, le kandak 32 réalisait des missions de contrôle de zone, des patrouilles le long de l’axe dans les gorges environnantes. A cette occasion des postes permanents de l’armée afghane ont été consolidés.

 

Plus au Nord, sur l’axe Vermont qui relie la Kapisa à la capitale, la police afghane, conseillée par ses POMLT françaises, a également établi des points de contrôle. Près de 400 véhicules et 500 passagers ont été contrôlés par les policiers afghans sur cette zone.

 

Ce dispositif terrestre a été renforcé par un dispositif de surveillance aérienne de la coalition auquel la brigade La Fayette a contribué avec des vols de surveillance de ses hélicoptères.

 

In fine, la mobilisation des forces de sécurité afghanes, dont celles de Surobi et de Kapisa, avec l’appui de la coalition, a permis à la Loya Jirga de se dérouler sans incident sécuritaire. Le dispositif des forces afghanes a contribué à la sécurité des 2 000 représentants de la population afghane, élus locaux, membres du gouvernement, représentants des tribus, et de différentes composantes de la société civile, qui siègent à la Loya Jirga.

 

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30.11.2011 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

L'Établissement de Communication et de Production Audiovisuelle de la Défense (ECPAD) va publier les carnets de missions du lieutenant Charline Redin, journaliste à Air Actualités qui a effectué trois séjours en Afghanistan. Ses carnets couvrent non seulement les propres expériences de cet officier âgé de 30 ans, mais aussi 10 années d'engagement de l'armée de l'air sur le théâtre afghan. Avions de chasse ou de transport, hélicoptères, drones ont opéré et opèrent toujours à partir de  Kaboul, Kandahar, Bagram et aussi de Douchanbe. Les effectifs tournent autour de 650 aviateurs.

 

Lieutenant Charline Redin,  Afghanistan. Regards d'aviateurs, 240 pages, 29 euros, sortie prévue mi-décembre 2011.

 

Distribution: ECPAD
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November 30th, 2011 By Army News Service, DEFENCE TALK

 

With the inhospitable, mountainous terrain surrounding Forward Operating Base Curry making vehicle maneuver nearly impossible, units have relied heavily on air assets to receive supplies.

 

Soldiers from B Company of the 9th Engineer Battalion usually recover water, food, fuel and other classes of supplies from the drop zone, but this delivery, back on Nov. 23, was unlike all others, and was the first of its kind in the history of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

"Today, we air-dropped a 16-foot platform carrying an all-terrain forklift. It is one of six platforms ever dropped in theater," said 1st Lt. Chelsea Craig, the 11th Quartermaster Detachment commander. "It is the first forklift dropped in theater and weighing in excess of 15,000 pounds, it is the heaviest platform ever dropped."

 

As the C-130 Hercules aircraft flew overhead, its rear ramp dropped and the crew pushed the platform carrying the historic load from the plane.

 

Within seconds, three parachutes opened and the platform descended onto the drop zone. Upon landing, the platform made a loud cracking noise as it came in contact with the earth's surface.

 

"Uh oh. That didn't sound good," said Maj. Michael Laporte, the 172nd Infantry Brigade support operations officer, as he watched from a tower overlooking the drop zone.

 

Once on the ground, engineer Soldiers ran over and inspected the new piece of equipment. Although the packing material encasing the equipment broke during landing, the forklift remained intact.

 

Every shadow of doubt about the operation's success disappeared when the Soldiers were able to fire up the forklift and use it to load boxes onto trucks.

 

"It went excellent," said Laporte. "When it came out, it didn't look good, but we pulled off the drop and they were able to pick up kicker boxes using the forklift."

 

The company's material handling equipment contract expired Nov. 19, so the forklift was necessary to help complete tasks they conduct around FOB Curry on a daily basis.

 

"Our daily sustainment tasks include picking up supplies from the helicopter landing zone, recovering container delivery system drops and also moving equipment around a combat outpost," said 1st Lt. Timothy Smith, executive officer of B Co., 9th Eng. Bn.

 

Although the load made history as the first forklift and heaviest load ever air dropped in theater, it is the added capabilities the forklift brings that made the drop worthwhile.

 

"It will now take the unit half the time to recover bundles that come in, which means they will spend less time on the drop zone and more time out of harm's way," Laporte said.

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