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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:46 am

    Afghanistan gets ScanEagle drones



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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:18 pm

    Uzbek President Warns Against SCO Involvement in Afghanistan

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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Fri May 06, 2016 3:09 pm

    Afghan A-29 COIN fighters begin combat operations

    For the first time since the end of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the AAF has engaged in live combat using modern-day fixed-wing combat aircraft.

    In April, the Afghan Air Force (AAF) reached a major milestone in its development. For the first time since the end of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the AAF has engaged in live combat using modern-day fixed-wing combat aircraft.

    At the core of its revived fixed-wing fighter fleet is the Embraer / Sierra Nevada A-29 Super Tucano. The A-29 is a close variant of the Embraer EMB-314, a lightweight turboprop aircraft designed for basic fighter training, close air support (CAS), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

    As part of the Light Air Support (LAS) program, envisaged to provide the U.S. and a number of its allies with dedicated counterinsurgency (COIN) combat aircraft, the AAF was slotted to receive 20 A-29s. The first four A-29s were delivered in January of this year, with another four joining the AAF in March.

    It is evident that the AAF’s revival is being anchored on COIN and CAS. As far as its leading patron – the U.S. – is concerned, neutralizing armed non-state actors (that threaten Kabul) is the AAF’s mission at this time. In the lead-up to the A-29 Super Tucano, the AAF inducted MD-530 lightweight utility helicopters and Mi-24/35 air assault helicopters.

    With its 1550kg payload (spread across five hard-points), the A-29 Super Tucano is pitched as a COIN and CAS aircraft capable of deploying precision-guided munitions, such as laser-guided missiles as well as laser and INS/GPS-guided bombs. In effect, the A-29 should be capable of engaging moving ground targets as well as fortified fixed positions.

    The ‘payoff’ of using an A-29 over say a multi-role fighter jet such as the F-16 is the A-29’s substantially lower operational cost. By using a less demanding turboprop powerplant, the A-29 is viewed as having a substantially lower per-hour flight cost than the F-16 or another comparable fast jet.

    While one may debate the cost-benefit value of these platforms, it is difficult to deny one of the most glaring truths of today’s COIN environment – the minimal anti-air warfare (AAW) threat posed by most of today’s non-state actors.

    A multi-role fast jet capable of flying at high-altitude would have considerable cushion against low-altitude AAW methods, such as man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS). But we have yet to see dedicated COIN platforms such as the A-29 take on such high-risk environments, especially against MANPADS that could potentially make use of modern imaging infrared (IIR) seekers (which boast considerable protection against electronic countermeasures or ECM).

    On the other hand, this fact does not discard or undermine the potential cost-savings of using an A-29-like platform in a low AAW-threat environment; if one’s reality is of low AAW threats, why not use the cheapest platform capable of fulfilling the task?

    The A-29s are being provided to the AAF on Washington’s dollar, so the move to equip the AAF in this manner (around COIN-specific platforms) could be seen as intentional – to weaken the insurgent drive in Afghanistan. Harmonization (with the platform, CAS tactics, etc.) aside, it will be important to see if the AAF manages to dampen the momentum of non-state actors with the Super Tucano.

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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Wed May 25, 2016 3:25 am

    Security situation in Afghanistan deteriorating — Russian NATO ambassador

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    i think we will have the same scenario as in 1989 after Soviet Army's withdrawal


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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

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    US made Humvies captured by Taliban from Security Forces In Khashrood

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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:11 pm

    Taliban Terrorists Capture Eastern Afghan District

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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:43 pm

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry says four-party Afghan talks failed

    The ministry stresses the conflict's settlement impossible without Iran's participation

    MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. The four-party Afghan talks format (USA, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan) has proved a failure, the Russian President’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov said.

    "We have talked about it (with the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson - TASS). The participants in the process are eager to save face so they state: "No, we will revive it", but I think that they are just putting up a smoke screen," Kabulov said. "They understand very well that this process is doomed to failure."

    "To tell the truth, we didn’t see this as promising from the very beginning so everything has turned out as we expected", Russian diplomat added.

    The four-way talks on Afghanistan were aimed at producing a road map for negotiations between Afghan authorities and the Taliban. The format was established at the Heart of Asia conference held in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad in December 2015.

    Settlement impossible without Iran


    According to Kabulov, resolving the conflict in Afghanistan without Iran’s participation in the process is impossible.

    "The US doesn’t seem to succeed in excluding Iran from solving regionals issues, although they very much want to. But the reality is different", Kabulov added.

    "Iran is a very important player as far as Afghanistan is concerned", the Russian diplomat went on to say. "I don’t see any prospects for solving the situation in Afghanistan without Iran."

    US taking threats in Afghanistan more seriously

    Kabulov went on to say that the United States has begun to perceive the situation in Afghanistan more realistically. However, this approach should be transformed into serious actions, he added following meeting with US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson in Moscow at the beginning of September.

    "The degradation of the military-political and economic situation in Afghanistan encourages all external players from among the countries that support Afghanistan to consult actively and try to find common approaches to assist Kabul in the process of survival, calling a spade a spade," he said. "My consultations with Olson were dedicated mainly to this issue."

    According to Kabulov, it became clear at this meeting that Washington is taking the situation in Afghanistan more seriously. "While six months ago our US counterparts were more optimistic about the situation in Afghanistan arguing that there are many difficulties, but it is possible to overcome them, this time I was impressed by the fact that the Americans were more realistic, they realize that the situation is at a dangerous point, beyond which there is more chaos," he added.

    The diplomat added that "it would be good if this more serious approach was transformed into real actions."

    No contacts between Taliban and IS

    According to Kabulov, the Taliban do not maintain contacts with the Islamic State terrorist group in Afghanistan.

    "The Taliban have switched to tackling only internal political issues and have given up the global jihad idea", he explained. "They have bitter experience in dealing with Al-Qaeda which led to adverse consequences so now they refrain from that".

    "That is the reason why I think there is no close cooperation between the Taliban and the ultra-hardline international extremists", Kabulov added.

    The Russian diplomat also pointed out the diversity of the Taliban. "There are some radical groups, there is the Haqqani Network, for instance, that may be in contact with both the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda," he noted.

    About 2,500 IS insurgents active in Afghanistan

    Kabulov noted that roughly 2,500 combatants from the Islamic State are active in Afghanistan.

    "They now have about 2,500 active militants", he informed."They continue to recruit people and enhance their combat capabilities."

    "If they are not restrained then chances are that we will have to face an even more powerful force", Kabulov added.

    Earlier in May General Charles Cleveland, a spokesman for the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, estimated the number of the Islamic State militants active in Afghanistan at one to three thousand. "We think that the number of the terrorists is closer to 1,000", he stated.


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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:30 pm

    Afghanistan Launches Large Scale Offensive to Clear Northern District of Taliban

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160930/1045885727/afghanistan-taliban-kunduz.html


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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:34 pm

    The loss of the Afghan security forces in the war against the Taliban grow

    As the French resource «opex360.com» in the article «Hausse sensible des pertes subies par les forces de sécurité afghanes», in 2015, in Afghanistan, in the fighting against the Taliban killed some 5,000 Afghan security forces and soldiers of the national army. For NATO this level of losses is already a serious cause for concern.

    This year, the trend has not changed on the back, as it did not want to believe it, even though the liquidation in May, the head of the movement "Taliban," Mullah Mansour. Rather the contrary: according to the quarterly report of the Bureau of the Inspector General for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, the country's security forces (army and police) from 1 January to 19 August 2016 lost 5523 person. The document notes that the injured 9965 people (some of them are not injured by the fighting) during the same time period.

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