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  • Videos suggest Russian government may be arming Taliban

    The Taliban have received improved weaponry in Afghanistan that appears to have been supplied by the Russian government, according to exclusive videos obtained by CNN, adding weight to accusations by Afghan and American officials that Moscow is arming their one-time foe in the war-torn country. US generals first suggested they were concerned the Russian government was seeking to arm the Afghan insurgents back in April, but images from the battlefield here corroborating these claims have been hard to come by. These two videos show sniper rifles, Kalashnikov variants and heavy machine guns that weapons experts say are stripped of any means of identifying their origin.
    Two separate sets of Taliban, one in the north and another in the west, claim to be in possession of the weapons, which they say were originally supplied by Russian government sources. One splinter group of Taliban near Herat say they obtained the guns after defeating a mainstream rival group of Taliban. Another group say they got the weapons for free across the border with Tajikistan and that they were provided by "the Russians."
    - http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/25/as...tan/index.html

    Interesting development with Russia arming the Taliban..

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    • So some random Kalashnikovs are proof that the Russians are arming the Taliban?

      Are the random Kalashnikovs used by the rebels in Syria proof that Russia is arming both sides there too?

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      • Originally posted by TheKiwi View Post
        So some random Kalashnikovs are proof that the Russians are arming the Taliban?

        Are the random Kalashnikovs used by the rebels in Syria proof that Russia is arming both sides there too?
        These same fighters are also carrying what appear to be M249s, is that proof of anything? No probably not, at most corruption within ANA etc or quite possibly spoils of war... The CNN Article/Video fails to notice that and relies on rather imprecise statements (Russians, could be Russian Government/Soldiers in Tajikistan, Russian Arms Dealers, Ethnic Russians in Tajikistan etc.... And Arms delivered to Iran from Russia could be provided with or without Russian Government Support)

        (I should add I wouldn't be 100% surprised if Russia *IS* perhaps providing some basic supplies to factions in the Taliban to both build limited relations and to get certain taskings done.... But this is neither not really any proof what so ever, nor are a few dozen small arms even in mint condition going to change anything in a country awash with arms, ATGM, SAMs, Heavy Weapons, Encrypted Coms etc might be a little more serious and if one was doing it aimed against the Afghan Government or ISAF that's exactly what you'd be doing)

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        • http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/wat...id=mailsignout

          The U.S. government's leading oversight authority for Afghanistan reconstruction on Tuesday said there is a criminal investigation into the $28 million boondoggle for forest camouflage for the Afghan army.
          John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), said he opened the investigation after the Pentagon was found to have spent more than $93 million in taxpayer dollars on Afghan National Army (ANA) uniforms that used a forest camouflage pattern, despite the country's scarcity of forests.

          "This $93 million procurement demonstrates what happens when people in the government don't follow the rules," Sopko told the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

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          • Taliban fighters have claimed that Russia is supplying them with weapons including snipers and heavy machine guns.
            America's top general in Afghanistan said earlier this year that he was 'not refuting' reports Moscow was providing support, including weapons, to the militant group.
            Kremlin chiefs have previously denied trading with the Taliban. But new footage, obtained by CNN, appears to show fighters in possession of improved weaponry which the militants claim was supplied by Russian government sources.
            Moscow has been critical of the United States over its handling of the war in Afghanistan, where the Soviet Union fought a bloody and disastrous war of its own in the 1980s.
            America in the 1980s supplied the Mujahideen, parts of which ultimately became the Taliban, with high-tech weapons as they battled the Soviet Union.
            - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...g-weapons.html

            From the daily fail...

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            • It's exactly the same report. It's like some kind of media circle jerk...

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              • According to French news a NATO convoy was targeted by a suicide attack. The attack did cause casualties.

                Here (in english) : http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/02/as...ked/index.html

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                • Originally posted by haze99 View Post
                  http://www.defensenews.com/articles/...-authorization
                  WASHINGTON — In a surprise move, the House Appropriations Committee approved bill language to end the 2001 authorization of the use of military force and any operations conducted under it.

                  As the panel deliberated 2018 defense spending legislation on Thursday, members voted by voice to adopt an amendment to sunset the AUMF eight months after Congress passes the spending bill. The committee later voted to send the bill to the House floor.
                  That surprises me.

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                  • http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Displ...ahar-airfield/

                    The first two Afghan Air Force UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters arrived at Kandahar Airfield.

                    The UH-60s are the first to be delivered to the AAF under the Aviation Transition and Modernization program. The plan to modernize and increase the AAF fleet will provide firepower and mobility enabling the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to bring a decisive advantage to the fight against anti-government forces.

                    The first group of UH-60s will remain at Kandahar Airfield, where flight training for Afghan pilots is slated to begin in October. Air advisors assigned to Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air, 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, will oversee the training program. Over the coming years, additional Blackhawks will be distributed to four primary AAF bases throughout Afghanistan.

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                    • U.S Tax $....sigh.

                      http://taskandpurpose.com/missing-am...n-afghanistan/

                      The Department of Defense has faced some serious obstacles with regards to keeping track of all of the U.S. military equipment transferred to the Afghan government (let alone the security forces ostensibly wielding them), since efforts to reconstitute the country’s standing national army began in earnest in 2002. But according to a new report, the command tasked training the Afghan national security forces can’t even keep count of its bullets.

                      The Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan (CSTC-A) — the Pentagon command tasked with providing oversight of the equipment, funding, and organizational structure behind the training and equipping of the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) — “did not provide effective oversight” of the $702 million in ammunition given to local security forces by the DoD in 2015 and 2016, according to a DoD inspector general report published on Sept. 22. Not only does this signal that the DoD has no idea how much of the $702 million in ammo purchased in 2015 and 2016, but an ambiguity regarding ammo requirements that could further imperil both U.S. reconstruction and combat operations in the country thanks to congressional budget wrangling.

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                      • Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

                        Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on October 18 in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces. The Taliban claimed the more deadly of the two assaults, a coordinated attack on police in the southeast city of Gardez in Paktia Province.
                        http://www.thehindu.com/news/interna...le19876337.ece
                        Over 60 killed as suicide bombings hit mosques in Afghanistan

                        A Shia mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in the country’s western Ghor Province were targeted.

                        Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shia mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor Province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation.
                        http://www.thehindu.com/news/interna...le19891048.ece

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                        • ^ Shithole.. this shit will never end.

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                          • "VICE NEWS spent time with U.S. and Afghan forces as they try to beat back a Taliban resurgence that's seen the group now control or contest more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since the beginning of the war. "

                            this is from two weeks ago.

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                            • SAS soldier cut head off jihadi with a SPADE after running out of ammo.
                              SAS are badasses.

                              Here : https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/lat...-spade-britain

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                              • Well, what a novel idea!

                                https://www.militarytimes.com/flashp...t-report-says/

                                The Afghan Air Force must start maintaining its own aircraft and stop relying on contractors hired by coalition forces, according to a report by the Defense Department Inspector General. The contracts “limit the progressive transfer of maintenance responsibilities to Afghan Air Force maintainers,” the report states, adding that the existing Contractor Logistic Support agreements don’t contain plans or timelines to transition maintenance operations to the Afghans.


                                According to the DoD IG report, the CLS contracts were responsible for 80 percent of the maintenance work conducted, while Afghan mechanics only conducted the remaining 20 percent. This distribution of workload was the inverse of the coalition’s “stated aspirational goal,” the report said.


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