The announcement was made this morning after a ceremony in Kabul marking the formal handover of combat operations in Afghanistan from NATO forces to the Afghan Government.
The handover of responsibility at a ceremony, attended by NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mr Karzai, marks a significant milestone in the nearly 12-year war.
It also marks a turning point for US and NATO military forces, which will now move entirely into a supporting role and opens the way for their full withdrawal in 18 months.
So now they have taken over all combat operations in the country. I wonder how that will work out for them and how long it will take until the Taliban really tests them….
The handover came the same day as a large bomb exploded in the Afghan capital, killing at least three people.
The blast was in the Pul-e-Surkh area of the western part of Kabul.
Seeing that both these quotes are from the same article, I guess the answer is “not long”. So this is it, this is the time for the Afghans to truly step up and take it, this is the final exam before this 12 year class is over. I am sure the “leaders” (I use that term very loosely) in the Afghan government are very happy for this, but I am bet the Afghan soldiers aren’t.
I also how “support role” will be defined for the NATO forces. I mean, when I was there in 06-07 we were in a “support role” with every mission requiring an “afghan face” on it. Afghan face meant 15 Afghans in two Ford Ranger pickups at the front of a convoy of 4 heavily armed up-armored HUMVEES with TACSAT radios and bombers or jets just a radio call away.
I am sure the Afghan government and the military will do whatever they can to give themselves an advantage and avoid the true kinetic head to head fight…
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has said his government will send representatives to the Gulf state of Qatar as soon as possible to hold formal talks with the Taliban.
Yep, I would say trying to work out a deal with the enemy would qualify as doing whatever they can. An enemy that has no reason to give any consolations or even care to. They just need to hold on long enough for us to get our troops out, then the whole place can destroy itself because in the end the people are accountable to themselves.
Talk about a lack of accountability and responsibility. This is classic denial and spin on behalf of the Karzai staff. I guess maybe they think “their” people may believe this, but I can guarantee you there is no way the American people will give this a thought as being truthful.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s top advisers have said the rise in insider attacks on NATO troops recently is the product of foreign spy agencies infiltrating Afghanistan’s security forces.
After months of investigating, members of Karzai’s National Security Council have concluded that both Pakistani and Iranian intelligence organizations are recruiting young Afghans to enlist in the army and police with the intention of targeting Western service members and whose ultimate aim is to destabilize Afghanistan’s forces.
“The National Security Council has enough evidence to prove that Afghans are being used and brainwashed by these foreign agencies. They see this as a way of attacking the buildup of the Afghan National Security Forces proving that they are weak and unable to protect the country,” the Washington Post quoted Aymal Faizi, a spokesman for the president, as saying.
Although members of Karzai’s administration referred publicly only to the spy agencies of “foreign countries,” officials confirmed that Pakistan and Iran were, by far, the biggest concerns, the paper said.
Karzai’s top national security advisers also blamed the vetting process for new army and police recruits and cited the Western pressure to expand rapidly as the reason.
To address these issues, the spokesman said Karzai has pledged that every recruit be vouched for by a reliable source, particularly those with family connections across the border, the paper said.
The president also suggested that counter-intelligence efforts be strengthened within the Afghan security forces and that “psychological operations” be used to render soldiers and police less amenable to enemy propaganda, it added. (ANI)
I feel for the families of these 16 Afghan people. I also feel for the families and friends of our soldiers who have been murdered.
I am sure leadership of this country also feels bad for the families, in fact I know they do. Secretary Panetta, Clinton and President Obama were tripping over each other to be the first to apologize to the people of Afghanistan.
Almost like President Karzai did to….oh wait, yeah he didn’t apologize once for any of the near 100 US service members killed by Afghan security forces since the start of this war. He definitely hasn’t done it in a public forum in the last couple of weeks. Instead he let the ignorant and ill-informed people of Afghanistan violently protest, destroy parts of his country and wound and kill Afghans and American soldiers for several days before he said a thing.
Hypocrites, that is what many of these so-called “holy muslims” are. I am sick and tired of their selective compliance of what is acceptable and not acceptable in their faith.
Writing in the Quran is prohibited, yet they do it to pass messages between prisoners. Where are the riots over that? Where are the riots at the front gates of Bagram Air Base by Afghans who want to take control and punish those Afghan prisoners who wrote in the Quran?
Yet they want to riot over 5 days over an accident. A true oversight that was not done on purpose by anyone. An accident, that when noticed, had American soldiers injure themselves as they tried to rescue the books.
Karzai and his government needs to handle this situation and their own security forces NOW, not next week not even tomorrow, but RIGHT FRIGGEN NOW!
By staying quiet Karzai has allowed all this crap to get out of control and he should be held personally accountable for he loss of life, to include the two American officers who were executed today in the Ministry of Interior.
Oh yeah, homosexuality is prohibited too, yet it is done all the time in Afghanistan with most of it done on children.
Afghanistan is very proud of all their sayings and traditions, well we have one in America that I am proud of “He who lives in a glass house, should not throw stones”.
So until Afghanistan can begin to clean up a few of its problems like rampant corruption, homosexual pedophilia, and security forces who murder helping and paying coalition forces then it need not try to ask or tell us what to do. It needs to get its own house in order.
Anyone that has watched any news this morning or been reading it online probably knows about the video that appears to show US Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters. I say “appears” because well these guys are INNOCENT until proven guilty. All too often the same people who many in this county feel sorry for and think aren’t able to do anything but serve in the military are held to a completely different standard and aren’t afforded the same rights they fight to protect.
I agree the video looks pretty bad, but so did the bloody glove that didn’t fit. However I would hope that American and the World does not convict these guys in public opinion before they are given a fair chance in a court of military law. If they did do this act and if there are no extenuating circumstances and are found guilty, then they should be punished based on the Uniformed Code of Military Justice and not on the Media hype or Congressional babbling that may come from this. Continue reading →
I am convinced that Karzai has officially lost his ever-loving mind and gone crazy…
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said if the United States and Pakistan ever went to war, his country would back Islamabad, drawing a sharp rebuke Sunday from Afghan lawmakers who claimed the country’s top officials were adopting hypocritical positions.
This guy has repeatedly opened his cake-hole and spouted some really stupid things. At a time when more and more Americans are starting to question our involvement and continued presence in Afghanistan, this was a dumbass thing to say.
It looks like some the members of the Afghan Parliament feel the same way.
The comments set off a firestorm of criticism in the country. Afghan lawmakers argued they were particularly hypocritical coming just weeks after the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani by a suicide bomber.
I almost want to see us go to war with Pakistan so we can see if he is talking B.S. or if he would really try to commit the fledging Afghan forces we are training, against us. That would be about the most destructive thing that Karzai could do for Afghanistan. The last ten years of progress would be wiped out almost instantly if he tried to turn the Afghan Army against US Forces. Of course I doubt the Army commanders would listen to him since he is nothing more than the Mayor of Kabul anyway.
I have said in the last couple of blog posts about him that I think he is crazy or drunk with power or something. The guy really needs to be removed and replaced. If he keeps up stuff like this, that may just happen.
First let me thank blackfive.net for putting these videos up so I knew about them. Second I want to point you to the videos below. They are a series of 4 videos which basically make a documentary about the men and actions of ODA 574. This Special Forces team is the focus of Eric Blehm’s book, The Only Thing Worth Dying For. I wrote a pretty extensive review of this book on this blog in the posting at:
Thanks to Eric’s book and things like this series of videos from the NRA can America even know the story about the brave team of ODA 574 and what they did and sacrificed to help topple the last of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. Please take time to watch these videos, but do yourself a favor and also read the book. It has a lot of more detail and will be a hard book to put down as I talked about in my review.
I wrote about these guys again after visiting Gabriel Field myself. That blog posting is at:
Please bookmark this posting, share with your friends, put on your Facebook wall, tweet it, whatever. Taking the time to watch these four videos is the least you can do as Americans to at least become a little smarter into the sacrifices that just a few of our bravest warriors have went through.
Wow it has only been just short of 10 years since we came into Afghanistan, helped the Northern Alliance overthrow the Taliban and seeded Karzai in as the leader of the country. It has been 9 years since we have had US and Coalition forces first embed with Afghan forces to train and mentor them.
Afghanistan’s president has told his country’s soldiers and police that they face a difficult year ahead as they take on more security responsibilities. But he wants them to push ahead so that Afghanistan can eventually defend itself.
He says Afghans should be “thankful for the help” from NATO and the international community but it’s shameful that it was needed.
Karzai made his comments Tuesday during an assembly of Afghan officers in the yard of the presidential palace in Kabul.
He urged the assembled officers to work hard and sacrifice to ensure success.
I guess it is better late than never for the Afghanistan President to ask his military leaders to “step it up” and get moving on securing their own country. WTF have they been doing for the last 8-9 years? Oh yeah, sitting back and sucking off the Uncle Sam teet and letting our forces do all the hard work.
Karzai needs to spend less time criticizing our forces every time we do a raid or drop a bomb and more time kicking his military in the ass.
President Hamid Karzai’s powerful half brother, a lightning rod for criticism of deep-rooted corruption within the Afghan government, was assassinated Tuesday by a bodyguard at his home in southern Afghanistan.
Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of the Kandahar provincial council, was shot twice — once in the head and once in the chest, according to hospital officials.
What a thing to happen at such a volatile point in the Afghan war. It will be interesting to hear the accusations, rumors and conspiracy theorists in Afghanistan over the next few days.
It will also be interesting to see how this will affect the relationship between the US and Afghanistan this year now that Wali is out of the picture. He has been an issue on several topics between the two countries.
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