Posts Tagged ‘Kabul’

Afghan pilot shoots dead eight Nato troops

imageCivilian contractor also killed when officer said to be veteran Afghan air force pilot fires on military mentors An Afghan pilot has shot and killed eight coalition troops and one civilian contractor in the worst incident yet of Nato lives being taken by “rogue” members of the country’s embryonic security forces.

The incident in Kabul happened as most of the country’s pilots and top brass were elsewhere, meeting to discuss plans for Thursday’s Victory Day national celebrations. (more…)

Guantánamo Bay files rewrite the story of Osama bin Laden’s Tora Bora escape


Several documents claim al-Qaida leader evaded US offensive by heading north, rather than into Pakistan as widely thoughtOsama bin Laden escaped American and British special forces closing in on his refuge in December 2001 with the help of a minor local warlord who provided fighters to guide him to safety in the north-east of Afghanistan, claims a secret intelligence report compiled by officials at Guantánamo Bay.

The al-Qaida leader’s successful flight from Tora Bora has long been seen as one of the key early lapses of the international military effort in Afghanistan. Though various theories have been floated, no firm account of how Bin Laden evaded the coalition forces and their Afghan auxiliaries has yet emerged.

Guantánamo Bay files: Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time

imageAlmost half of 212 Afghan prisoners either innocent or forced to fight for Taliban, while foreigners were simply rounded up
Among the most dismaying stories to emerge is that of three hapless Tajiks caught up in a roundup of foreigners in Karachi in 2002.

The trio appear to have spent almost two years being interrogated and maltreated, first at the notorious Bagram airbase, and then at Guantánamo, before being released.

The prison files reveal that they were listed as “enemy combatants” on arrival , but turned out to be entirely innocent. (more…)