September 22, 2008
- Exiled: War Nerd – Islamablog: Day 3.
- AlJazeera: Taliban denies role in hotel attack.
- AlJazeera: Blast kills Pakistani soldiers.
- Telegraph: French troops ‘ran out of ammunition’ in Afghanistan – Did France lost 10 soldiers in Afghanistan a month ago because the troops were ill equipped?
- AlJazeera: France to bolster Afghan mission.
September 9, 2008
The British Telegraph reports that a bad translation of the cease-fire document in the war between Georgia and Russia prolonged the conflict. After the cease-fire was signed the Russians did not left Georgia as demanded by the agreement according to Georgia and the EU. The Russians created so called "buffer zones" around Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The Telegraph now writes that the ceasefire – brokered by France – was written in French than translated into English and finally into Russian. Such an act can of course slightly change the meaning of the document. And the Georgians signed the English version and the Russians the Russian version. According to the Telegraph the meaning of the English version saying "security in Abkhazia and South Ossetia" was changed to "security for Abkhazia and South Ossetia". The later could be interpreted as the Russians did: By occupying Georgian territory.
Afghanistan: 10 French Soldiers Killed ; 21 Wounded ; Six Suicide Bombers Attack US Base ; Rockets Hit ISAF HQ
August 19, 2008
A convoy of French soldiers was ambushed 50 km east of Kabul. The battle lasted for 24 hours and left 10 French soldiers dead and 21 wounded. The ISAF HQ in Kabul was attacked by rockets but they missed. An attack on a NATO base – called Camp Salerno – in Khost by six suicide bombers was repelled. On Monday nine Afghans died when a suicide bomber attacked t he gate of the same base.
These are all signs of the increase in Taliban activities in Afghanistan. The number of dangerous areas increases and even Kabul is now surrounded by unfriendly territories. The main highway connecting Kandahar and Kabul was a major project of the US after the Taliban were pushed back in 2001. But now heavy attacks on the road increase and it is impossible to drive along without protection. The Afghan Army has to occupy former Soviet positions along the road to protect the road.
The NATO troops are getting more and more tense. Firing as soon as they fear an attack. Which is another big success for the Taliban. The NATO troops are more and more alienating themselves. Every new dangerous area on the map is another success for the Taliban. Because it means that they conquered the "hearts and minds" of the local people or the local governor/warlord. The NATO troops seem to be weak they drive by by day but by night the Talibs rule the streets. While the NATO comes by day and gives presents and tries sweet talk the Talibs come by night and chop of the hands of every suspected traitor. These are your options as a peasant.
Here is a BBC video about the situation on the Kabul-Kandahar-Highway. (It can’t be embedded).
Btw. the last major Soviet operation in Afghanistan was an operation to free the highway to Khost.
During the Genocide in Rwanda approximately 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed by Hutu militias. Gary "War Nerd" Brecher has some background information about the Genocide in his Article about the Congo War.
As the BBC reports Rwanda now accuses France of taking Part in the Genocide. The accusations go so far that they even claim French soldiers actively participated
“French forces directly assassinated Tutsis and Hutus accused of hiding Tutsis… French forces committed several rapes on Tutsi survivors,” said a statement from the justice ministry cited by AFP news agency.