battle for Afghan Security
Merry Xmas to those 1500 huh?
Security there or the lack there of is all over the news especially lately.
Driving home the message so that when the "terrorist strike" occurs we will not be at all surprised that it happened nor surprised by the scale.
While all eyes are on Israel and Palestinian issues...there is massive movement in Afghanistan and the borders of Pakistan. I guarantee it.
Out of the eyes of the media but not entirely. The occasional blog or picture has been showing up here and there in teh past few weeks and this will
Supposedly the British forces are "paving the way" for security in the region of Lashkar Gah so that the "voters" will be safe when polling opens
early in the year. Yeah,,,okay...in a massive country with unrest around every damn corner this ONE area is more significant than others.....why?
Lashkar is about 110KM west of Kandahar...and Kandahar being a far larger and more influential city as one of the two major Afghani cities (the other
being Kabul) What in goodness sake is MORE important in Lashkar?
source for above/below quotes
Locals live in fear of Taliban 'shadow government' gripping parts of Kandahar
Indeed, the newly-appointed governor of Kandahar, Tooryalai Wesa, disputes the Taliban's claim to tracts of the province. Wesa said he heard no
mention of a shadow Taliban government during his recent meetings with district governors. "I highly doubt (the shadow government's existence)
because I know ISAF and other international forces, they are working in the area, there are some operations going on," Wesa said. "No, that's
maybe a rumour." Wesa's shadow government doppleganger is said to be Mahibullah Akhunzada. He replaced Mullah Mahmood, who was killed last year in
an air strike in Khakrez district. Akhunzada, 55, refused to speak with a Canadian journalist. However, he told an Afghan journalist there are shadow
governors in all but three of Afghanistan's 34 provinces.
Does this not seem a little ODD???
1500 British soldiers deployed to a butt fork nowhere city to "secure" it for voting???? When the rest of the major cities (the ones where security
SHOULD be of utmost priority ) suffer insurgents around every corner (if you listen to the reports)
Lashkar is located on the rim of a huge sand crater...a missiles throw from Kandahar. The terrain is fairly flat to the east.
Not surprisingly Lashkar is close in proximity from Kandahar as Quetta Pakistan is (Quetta and the outer lying cities and tribal towns are within
150KM of Kandahar). Quetta Pakistan happens to be rife with Taliban
source for below quote
Taliban elements in Quetta and its outskirts in order to undermine the power of the actual democratic forces. The Afghan refugees, besides being a
burden on the economy of Balochistan, have become the biggest cause of lawlessness and terrorism in the country’s largest province, Baloch said.
Billions of rupees were being spent on eliminating the Taliban and their supporters in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the NWFP, he
said, asking why the government was ignoring the ‘alarmingly dangerous moves’ of the Taliban and giving them protection in Quetta. The BNP leader
criticised the government for initiating fresh operations in Dera Bugti and Naseerabad areas, adding that such unprovoked operations were likely to
escalate tensions in Balochistan. “The government is making Balochistan a battlefield again,” he said.
There are 2 main roads from Pakistan into Afghanistan and one has been closed for a while but recently opened to allow NATO through the pass.
Another administration official, Jehangir Khan, said 300 trucks had traveled through the pass to the Afghan border on Friday, many carrying supplies
for Western forces. The U.S. military sends 75 percent of supplies for the Afghan war through or over Pakistan, including 40 percent of the fuel for
its troops, the U.S. Defense Department says. The attacks have exposed the vulnerability of supply links for Western forces struggling to subdue an
intensifying Taliban insurgency and NATO has been forced to look for alternative routes, including through Central Asia into northern Afghanistan.
There are two routes into Afghanistan from the Pakistani port of Karachi, one through the Khyber Pass and the other through the town of Chaman to the
southwest, leading to the Afghan city of Kandahar. They are likely to become even more important as the United States increases the number of its
troops in Afghanistan, perhaps doubling the number to about 60,000 next year.
The above quote is very telling. The city of Chaman is less than 10KM from the Afghani Border, a major supply route straight into kandahar.
So given the sketchy figures so far...there are approximately 1500 Canadian soldiers in Kandahar...they were due last year to get 12,000 US soldiers
They had begun building an 18MIL addition to the airfield and personnel buildinggs etc etc around the same time last year...should be done by now I'd
sooooo that's about 13-14K in Canadian and US forces not to mention the UK forces whose numbers in Kandahar are roughly1000 or less.
But kandahar is absolutely a nightmare. So rather than concentrate efforts in teh major cities...they deploy the equivalent of a small handful to a
shabby little town to the west???????
This STINKS. I call Nannies.
This is all recent ladies and gents...January 3rd. the UK forces have been there since the defensive began in Lashkar on Christmas day.
They are securing it for other reasons...security for VOTERS??? OMFG.
Take a look at the news reports in that whole 500 sq mile radius around Kandahar and you'll notice a common thing...build up of troops and
procurement oops soory I meant securing of non vital cities/towns and villages.
kabul and Kandahar are more rife with insurgents than any outter lying region...even though they have a build up troops. So rather than ensuring
security IN Kandahar and Kabul...they head out into the damn desert to secure every "other" village.
makes perfect sense. NOT.
Look my point is that the troops in Kandahar are sitting ducks. That's 3000+ out of the estimated 13K-14K stationed and "waiting" there. 3000 could
easily be lost during a short, quick burst of terrorist activity.
Definitely close enough to the Pakistani border to blame any and all attacks on Pakistan and it's "negligence". The "terrorists will OBVIOUSLY
flee across the border back into Pakistan....
Will anyone be wondering what was really going on in Lashkar????
It just STINKS...the number of troops by the time of the Inauguration may even be more but it will all be sustainable loss.
I'mma gonna be watching for the propaganda to start..."our men and women" "the brave" "freedom fighters"....
I support the troops and not the war, and if this happens as I think it will...Look for me on the news...I'll be out there with a damn banner reading
"Afghanistan - Easier than 9-11"
If you doubt what I'm suggesting then by all means do your own research on it.
Prove my theory wrong. if you can.
edited to add:
All references of Lashkar refer to Lashkar Gah which is the capital of the Helmand Province, and it's population is approximately 45,846 by 2006
tallies. Still quite small comparatively with Kandahar or Kabul. Primarily farming land initiated by the military years and years ago.
The population may be denser due to insurgents and fighting on the outskirts causing people to move into the city center. No census has been updated
The coalition forces of 1500 consisted of: UK, Danish, Afghani, and Estonian forces.
The city itself in on the skirts of a major hydro electric damn, Other than that and some farming (and of course the big gravel lined airport used
primarily for troops) there's not much there.
The population does not seem to notice the absence of Taliban and many are said to think it's a British colonization attempt.
Securing it for voters. uh huh?
[edit on 1/4/2009 by justgeneric]