posted on Oct, 31 2009 @ 08:47 AM
I think this could be quite a story, if it's substantiated.
I'll try and get some more information on this, but for now, here's the story from the
Asian Times Online
Helicopter rumours refuse to die
MAZAR-E-SHARIF - Persistent accounts of Western forces in Afghanistan using their helicopters to ferry Taliban fighters, strongly denied by the
military, is feeding mistrust of the forces that are supposed to be bringing order to the country.
One such tale came from a soldier from the 209th Shahin Corps of the Afghan National Army, fighting against the growing insurgency in Kunduz province
in northern Afghanistan. Over several months, he had taken part in several pitched battles against the armed opposition.
"Just when the police and army managed to surround the Taliban in a village of Qala-e-Zaal district, we saw helicopters land with support teams," he
said. "They managed to rescue their friends rom our encirclement, and even to inflict defeat on the Afghan National Army."
Holy poo, that's quite an accusation!
The report goes on:
This story, in one form or another, is being repeated throughout northern Afghanistan. Dozens of people claim to have seen Taliban fighters
disembark from foreign helicopters in several provinces. The local talk is of the insurgency being consciously moved north, with international troops
ferrying fighters in from the volatile south, to create mayhem in a new location.
For months or even years, rumours have been circulating in Afghanistan that the Taliban are being financed or even directly supported militarily
by the foreign forces.
In part it stems from an inability to believe that major foreign armies cannot defeat a ragtag bunch of insurgents; in addition, Afghanistan has been
a centre of foreign intrigue for so long that belief in plots comes naturally to many war-weary Afghans.
There are some similar reports, but nione from any respected News Outlets, not entirely surprising!
UK army 'providing' Taliban with air
The diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said insurgents are being airlifted from the southern province of Helmand to the north amid
increasing violence in the northern parts of the country. The aircraft used for the transfer have been identified as British Chinook helicopters. The
officials said Sultan Munadi, an Afghan interpreter who was kidnapped along with his employer, New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell, was killed by
a "British sniper" as commandos executed a rescue operation to free Farrell.
They said Munadi was targeted for possessing documents and pictures pointing at the British military's involvement in the transfer operation. The
Afghan journalist also had evidence of the involvement of the foreign forces in Afghanistan in the tensions that rocked China's Xinjiang autonomous
region in July, the diplomats said.
American forces have also invigorated the insurgency in the war-ravaged country by outfitting the Taliban with Russian-made weaponry used during the
1979-89 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which was fought against by the Afghan Mujahedeen, the diplomats said. The US forces are assumed to have
gathered the armaments during a campaign to "collect weapons from irresponsible people," after the 2001 invasion. Diplomats said Afghan Interior
Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, a Pashtun who has received his higher education in the UK, was still operating under the British guidance.
Now this is probably not reliable, however on ATS we shouldn't dismiss stories out of hand, simply because the MSM will NEVER report this. So I'll
keep an open mind on this one.
One more point to note, the articles here seem to infer that the only helicopters operating in Afghanistan are Western ones, however:
U.S. hands over four cargo helicopters to
The United States has handed over four cargo helicopters to Pakistan on Wednesday. The four MI-17 cargo helicopters were handed over to Pakistan
Army at the Charklala airbase, said the report. The helicopters will be used for fight against terrorism and to help the affecters in the conflict
areas where the military operation is going on against militants in the northwest.
Now I know it says 'Cargo Helicopters', but they are not necessarily used for transporting cargo only:
So it is entirely possible that it was the Pakistanis aiding the Taliban, which has been rumoured for a while now.
If this was proven to be true it would seriously cast doubt on the whole war in Afghanistan and war on terror, IMO.
Then again, it could always be some disinfo spread by the Taliban as well.
[edit on 31-10-2009 by kiwifoot]