WikiLeaks 0n 26th July 2010, released over 75,000 secret US military reports covering the war in Afghanistan. This is an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010, out of which 15000 documents have been held back for the moment. According to Wikileaks release of further 15,000 reports was delayed ‘as part of a harm minimization process demanded by our source’.
The reports written by soldiers and intelligence officers mainly describe lethal military actions involving the United States military. The reports cover most units from the US Army with the exception of most US Special Forces’ activities. Reports also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related details but do not generally cover top secret operations or European and other ISAF Forces operations.
The document collection is available on a dedicated webpage.
The reports include the number of persons internally stated to be killed, wounded, or detained during each action, together with the precise geographical location of each event, and the military units involved and major weapon systems used.
According to wiki leaks ‘ The Afghan War Diary is the most significant archive about the reality of war to have ever been released during the course of a war. The deaths of tens of thousands is normally only a statistic but the archive reveals the locations and the key events behind each most of these deaths. We hope its release will lead to a comprehensive understanding of the war in Afghanistan and provide the raw ingredients necessary to change its course.’
- Complete dump of the website, HTML format 75 MB
- All entries, CSV format 15 MB
- (SHA1: d6b82f955a7beb9589f92e9487c74669d1912a34)
- Raw data in comma-separated value format for further processing.
- All entries, SQL format 16M MB
- (SHA1: 9463f73ebbcd3f95899a138d6ba9817e1b6b800d)
- Raw data in SQL format for further processing.
- All entries, KML format 16 MB
- (SHA1: 34562c0c7722522161e40330d80ac9082014845f)
- This archive contains all events in one KML file. This file needs much memory if opened with Google Earth.
- All NATO entries, KML format 209 kB
- (SHA1: 088ff8999a316f30e5e398021375fa3b4fc6349e)
- Contains the events that were tagged with NATO.
- Entries by month, KML format 16 MB
- (SHA1: 01a5c0639e1e1e844b10e962a44849b2a521d092)
- This archive provides the entries split by month. This makes it easier to browse the data in Google Earth on low power machines.
- Entries with scale filter, KML format 981 kB
- (SHA1: 4669c721b87775a44472f6688e768305c686beff)
- File that will show a scale corresponding to the number of incidents in Google Earth. Each incident begins with a 0.5 base score, and 0.1 has been added for each incident involving humans. This set of data provides only events that have a scaling of 1.5.
To decompress the files you will need the program 7zip. A free client for Windows can be downloaded here.
Each report consists of the time and precise geographic location of an event that the US Army considers significant. It includes several additional standardized fields: The broad type of the event (combat, non-combat, propaganda, etc.); the category of the event as classified by US Forces, how many were detained, wounded, and killed from civilian, allied, host nation, and enemy forces; the name of the reporting unit and a number of other fields, the most significant of which is the summary – an English language description of the events that are covered in the report.
The material shows that cover-ups start on the ground. When reporting their own activities US Units are inclined to classify civilian kills as insurgent kills, downplay the number of people killed or otherwise make excuses for themselves. The reports, when made about other US Military units are more likely to be truthful, but still down play criticism. Conversely, when reporting on the actions of non-US ISAF forces the reports tend to be frank or critical and when reporting on the Taliban or other rebel groups, bad behavior is described in comprehensive detail. The behavior of the Afghan Army and Afghan authorities are also frequently described.’
For example a number of bloody operations carried out by Task Force 373, a secret US Special Forces assassination unit, are exposed in the Diary — including a raid that lead to the death of seven children.
David Leigh, the Guardian’s investigations editor, has explained the online tools they have created to help you understand the secret US military files on the war in Afghanistan: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/datablog/video/2010/jul/25/afghanistan-war-logs-video-tutorial
A typical report seen by Vision 21 is as follows:
161930Z KHOST PRT REPORT
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UNIT: PRT KHOST DTG: 161930ZMAY07 LAST 24: SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES: Sabari DC Groundbreaking Ceremony POLITICAL: Governor and the PRT Commander set the cornerstone for Sabari District Center as we continued to press forward with Operation Build the Fan Base. Sabari has been a center of ACM activity and todays ceremony was designed to reinforce the recent success in security as well as the subsequent commitment of the elders in Sabari to form Defense Committees in support of IRoA. Governor and PRT Commander gave strong speeches with the unified message asking the people of Sabari, is this your house or the house of the enemy? The speeches from many of the local elders voiced their support for security, citing Islamic ideals of peace and unity. CAT A (Tani) Embed first rotation. The CAT-A embedded with the maneuver element at the Tani district center returned after only three days due to vehicle maintenance issues but was able to accomplish a great deal in a short time. The team first had a long discussion with the Tani sub-governor, district police chief and a police captain. They met with tribal leaders from the Zadran and Tani tribes near the Tani-Spera border to resolve a serious conflict between the two tribes over land and cutting wood. They were also able to conduct a detailed assessment of Khandakay village (vic WB 641 761) in the central part of the district. MILITARY: NSTR ECONOMICS/INFRASTRUCTURE: NSTR SOCIAL: The CA director, IO, and DoS met with the Director of Education this afternoon on FOB Chapman. This was an introduction with ENS Weis and Kael Weston to the director as part of the PRT mentorship program. First discussed were the building schools in Musa Kehl and Spera. When asked about giving the Musa Kehl high school project to the Germans, the director said whoever got their packets in first would build the school. The director agreed that his priorities are the schools in Musa Kehl and Spera but he has a long list of schools he wants built and told us there are approximately 50-60 schools in the province without school buildings. Those without buildings simply have classes outdoors. We discussed the process for identifying location and school size as well as the planning and design of the school. The IO talked with the director about the school book program coordinated by the Dutch embassy in Kabul and the director provided statistics for students, schools and classrooms by district. DoS then spoke to the director at length mainly to gather information such as how teachers are trained and selected for positions, the directors priorities for education in the province, as well as telling each other about themselves. The director said that his budget had been cut by the director of finance because of some situation that occurred during tenure of the last director of education. His primary concerns are the lack of school buildings in the province, the lack of teachers and the low qualifications of current teachers. He asked about getting tents from the PRT and said he had requested these through Dr. Zaland a few weeks ago. He also asked if we could do something about computers in his directorate and in Internet network. If we do any kind of computer initiative it should be to first put computers and the Internet into his directorate. Our Assessment: The Director of Education has an impressive resume of teaching and educational positions throughout eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan (during the Taliban regime) as well as a solid grasp of government processes and provincial as well as national level. We believe he has good government contacts in Kabul and is the right man for this job. He is very personable and very pleasant to work with. INFORMATION: All local media outlets were present for the ceremony and cornerstone laying for the future site of the Sabari District Center. DC and Diversion Dam groundbreakings continue to occupy the press indicating that we are sustaining the initiative. Initial assessments throughout the province suggest that sentiments in favor of the recent reconstruction push by the Provincial Government and PRT are enormously positive. INTEL: ABP stated that they reoccupied all outposts that were evacuated due to the artillery attack by PAKMIL near Ayub Jaji (BSP 12). Sources indicate that within Sabari District there is an ACM element circulating through the area conducting intimidation operations. Source also indicated that they could conduct ground assaults within Yakubi and the Bak District areas. There is no indication as of yet how the Sabari Defense Council will react to these developments. The members appointed to that council are Akberail ((KHAN)), Haji ((GHAFOOR KHAN)), Haji ((LULWAZIR)), Haji ((KHAN ZUMAN)), Malik ((NICKMATH KHAN)), Haji ((ARABI KHAN)), Malik ((BARAN)), Haji ((ABDUL WAHAB)) and Nano ((GUL)). SCHEDULED IO EVENT (NEXT 24 HOURS): FURY PAO will embed on the movement to Spera DC. This mission to Spera is focused on resolving a land dispute over the future location of the district center. DC/PCC UPDATES: NSTR KEY LEADER ENGAGEMENTS: Governor Sabari Sub-Governor NEXT 96 HOURS: 17MAY07: CO/CAT-A/DOS AND TF PROFESSIONAL Security Element: T: Conduct new DC assessment and KLE in Spera District P: Allow PRT CDR to put eyes on disputed DC site, show CF presence, assess district reconstruction and governance needs and evaluate quick impact project potential in the wake of OPERATION PRO BLITZ. 18MAY07: CO/DoS/USDA: T: Leave for ISAF CDRs Conference P: Discuss issues and concerns with the ISAF CDR and other PRT leaders PRT: T: Conduct Vehicle Maintenance and Refit P: Ensure equipment and personnel are ready for upcoming missions 19MAY07: CAT-B/ENG: T: Mando Zayi DC QA/QC P: PRT inspect quality of DC construction and discuss project concerns with sub-governor and contractors 20MAY07: CAT-B/MED: T: VST and KLE at Khost Hospital P: Meet with the Director of Public Health and Hospital leadership to discuss concerns and needs. Report key: 2AB0DBCB-5528-4C7B-8CA0-AB42B1BCCCA1 Tracking number: 2007-136-192727-0463 Attack on: NEUTRAL Complex atack: FALSE Reporting unit: KHOST PRT Unit name: KHOST PRT Type of unit: None Selected Originator group: UNKNOWN Updated by group: UNKNOWN MGRS: 42SWB8918189144 CCIR: Sigact: DColor: GREEN Further reporting may be seen at Wiki media partners:
Diagram form Der Spiegel There is plenty of new evidence to support this thesis. The documents clearly show that the Pakistani intelligence agency is the most important accomplice the Taliban has outside of Afghanistan. The war against the Afghan security forces, the Americans and their ISAF allies is still being conducted from Pakistan. According to the war logs, the ISI envoys are present when insurgent commanders hold war councils -- and even give specific orders to carry out murders. These include orders to try to assassinate Afghan President Hamid Karzai. For example, a threat report dated August 21, 2008 warned: "Colonel Mohammad Yusuf from the ISI had directed Taliban official Maulawi Izzatullah to see that Karzai was assassinated."
- Der Spiegel: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,708314,00.html
- The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/series/afghanistan-the-war-logs
- The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/war-logs.html
Der Spiegel ………..The Secret Enemy in Pakistan
The Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s secret service, originally helped to build up and deploy the Taliban after Afghanistan descended into a bitter and fratricidal civil war between the mujahedeen who had prevailed over the Soviets and forced their withdrawal. Despite all of the reassurances from Pakistani politicians that the old ties are cut, the country is still pursuing an ambiguous policy in the region — at once serving as both an ally to the US and as a helper to its enemy.
The country is an important safe haven for enemy forces — and serves as a base for issuing their deployment. New recruits to the Taliban stream across the Pakistan-Afghan border, including feared foreign fighters — among them Arabs, Chechnyans, Uzbekis, Uighurs and even European Islamists.
Former Pakistan intelligence chief General Hamid Gul plays a prominent role in the ISI documents. After he left office, Gul came across in the Western media as a kind of propagandist for the Taliban. In the documents, Gul is depicted as an important source of aid to the Taliban and even, in one report, as “a leader” of the insurgents. One threat report from Jan. 14, 2008 claims that he coordinated the planned kidnapping of United Nations employees on Highway 1 between Kabul and Jalalabad.
Addressing the facets about Pakistan, White House official Rhodes responded: “The status quo is not acceptable, which is precisely why the United States had focused so much on this challenge. Pakistan is moving in the right direction, but more must be done. The safe havens for violent extremist groups within Pakistan continue to pose an intolerable threat to the United States, to Afghanistan and to the Pakistani people who have suffered greatly from terrorism. The Pakistani government — and Pakistan’s military and intelligence services — must continue their strategic shift against violent extremist groups within their borders and stay on the offensive against them.”
Guardian report ……….Afghanistan war logs: Secret CIA paramilitaries’ role in civilian deaths
Innocent Afghan men, women and children have paid the price of the Americans’ rules of engagement.
Shum Khan, a man both deaf and unable to speak, lived in the remote border hamlet of Malekshay, 7,000ft up in the mountains. When a heavily armed squad from the CIA barrelled into his village in March 2007, the war logs record that he “ran at the sight of the approaching coalition forces … out of fear and confusion”.
The secret CIA paramilitaries, (the euphemism here is OGA, for “other government agency”) shouted at him to stop. Khan could not hear them. He carried on running. So they shot him, saying they were entitled to do so under the carefully graded “escalation of force” provisions of the US rules of engagement.
Khan was wounded but survived. The Americans’ error was explained to them by village elders, so they fetched out what they term “solatia”, or compensation. The classified intelligence report ends briskly: “Solatia was made in the form of supplies and the Element mission progressed”.
Behind the military jargon, the war logs are littered with accounts of civilian tragedies. The 144 entries in the logs recording some of these so-called “blue on white” events, cover a wide spectrum of day-by-day assaults on Afghans, with hundreds of casualties.
They range from the shootings of individual innocents to the often massive loss of life from air strikes, which eventually led President Hamid Karzai to protest publicly that the US was treating Afghan lives as “cheap”. When civilian family members are actually killed in Afghanistan, their relatives do, in fairness, get greater solatia payments than cans of beans and Hershey bars. The logs refer to sums paid of 100,000 Afghani per corpse, equivalent to about £1,500.
US and allied commanders frequently deny allegations of mass civilian casualties, claiming they are Taliban propaganda or ploys to get compensation, which are contradicted by facts known to the military.
But the logs demonstrate how much of the contemporaneous US internal reporting of air strikes is simply false.
Last September there was a major scandal at Kunduz in the north of Afghanistan when a German commander ordered the bombing of a crowd looting two hijacked fuel tankers. The contemporaneous archive circulated to Nato allies records him authorising the airstrike by a US F-15 jet “after ensuring that no civilians were in the vicinity”. The “battle damage assessment” confirmed, it claims, that 56 purely “enemy insurgents” had died.
Media reports followed by official inquiries, however, established something closer to the real death toll. It included 30 to 70 civilians.
In another case the logs show that on the night of 30 August 2008, a US special forces squad called Scorpion 26 blasted Helmand positions with multiple rockets, and called in an airstrike to drop a 500lb bomb. All that was officially logged was that 24 Taliban had been killed.
But writer Patrick Bishop was embedded in the valley nearby with British paratroops at their Sangin bases. He recorded independently: “Overnight, the question of civilian casualties took on an extra urgency. An American team had been inserted on to Black Mountain … From there, they launched a series of offensive operations. On 30 August, wounded civilians, some of them badly injured, turned up at Sangin and FOB Inkerman saying they had been attacked by foreign troops. Such incidents gave a hollow ring to ISAF claims that their presence would bring security to the local population.”
But most of the assaults on civilians recorded here, do not appear to have been investigated. French troops “opened fire on a bus that came too close to convoy” near the village of Tangi Kalay outside Kabul on 2 October 2008, according to the logs. They wounded eight children who were in the bus.
The bulk of the “blue-white” file consists of a relentless catalogue of civilian shootings on nearly 100 occasions by jumpy troops at checkpoints, near bases or on convoys. Unco-operative drivers and motorcyclists are frequent targets.
In another report, Guardian says
The Taliban are not the only enemy along the fraught borderlands of the Afghan war. Secret intelligence files reveal severe tensions between putative allies who can be drinking tea one day and fighting each other the next.
The war logs detail hundreds of cross-border clashes along the lawless frontier with Pakistan, far more than previously reported. The most violent salvos came from US troops disregarding Pakistani sovereignty to fire on Taliban fighters sheltering in its tribal belt.
The war logs reveal American generals gave Pakistan secret intelligence dossiers detailing the whereabouts of top Taliban leaders in Pakistan’s tribal belt, urging Pakistani agents to capture or kill them.
During a visit to the army headquarters in Rawalpindi in October 2006 American officers handed over the details of Commander Zanzir, who was attacking coalition forces from his safe haven in the Pakistani border village of Angoor Adda. The files show Zanzir was still at large one year later.
One account describes a terse meeting between American and Pakistani soldiers in a dry riverbed on the border of Waziristan. The Pakistani commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Bilal, “didn’t waste any time getting to the point”, an American officer reported, complaining that “a lot of blame throwing has been done recently” along the border that was unfair to the Pakistani military.
The officer didn’t believe Bilal’s promises of action against the Taliban. “I doubt this would do any good because PAKMIL/ISI is likely involved with the border crossings, but it may be worth trying.”
Guardian report Afghanistan war logs: whose side is Pakistan on?
The storm of controversy raised by the accounts of alleged collusion between Pakistani intelligence and the Taliban in the war logs has resurrected one of the most vexed questions of the nine-year Afghan war: whose side is Pakistan on?
The reports have galvanised the opinions of some Americans who view the Pakistani military, which runs the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, as a double-dealing entity that accepts $1bn a year in US funding while quietly helping Afghan insurgents.
Although the quality of evidence against the ISI in the logs is low – and the spy agency has rejected it as “malicious and unsubstantiated” – experts say there is strong evidence to suggest collusion elsewhere.
Hardly any Taliban leaders have been arrested, in contrast with the dozens of al-Qaida fugitives rounded up elsewhere. And the whereabouts of the Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar remain a mystery. But the picture is complex and evolving. Militancy experts say many Taliban leaders have abandoned Quetta for the sprawling city of Karachi, where last February the ISI arrested Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s number two, in a move trumpeted as heralding a new policy.
But it may have been a mistake. One US official said Baradar was arrested by the ISI section that co-operates with the CIA, but that had not been coordinated with the section that runs covert Afghan operations, known as directorate S. The ISI chief, General Shuja Pasha, was out of Pakistan at the time, he noted.
Even at senior levels of the US administration, the official said, the nature of the ISI’s relationship with the Taliban was unclear. “Is it command and control? We don’t know. It’s one thing to provide a group territory and let them raise funds, recruit and give tactical advice. It’s another to be able to tell them to do something – or to shut them down at will.”
But many forget that Kayani was also head of the ISI from 2003-2007, when the level of ISI-related reporting in the war logs started to soar. Paradoxically, or perhaps because of this, he is now leading Pakistan efforts to help broker a peace deal with the Taliban.
Kayani recently worked to soften the army’s hostile relationship with Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president, and push towards negotiations.
Analysts say it is clear that ISI policy towards the Taliban, much like Kayani himself, is an enigma, and in reality has multiple strands, opportunistically supporting some groups when it suits strategy and perceived interests, and fighting against groups on others. The ISI, they say, is on its own side.
Then there is the issue of capacity. One former US military officer said he doubted the ISI had the ability to crack down on every militant group inside its borders even if it wanted to.
Excerpt of Der Spiegel Interview with WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on the ‘War Logs’
‘I Enjoy Crushing Bastards’
In a SPIEGEL interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, 39, discusses his decision to publish the Afghanistan war logs, the difficult balance between the public interest and the need for state secrets and why he believes people who wage war are more dangerous than him.
SPIEGEL: You are about to publish a vast amount of classified data on the war in Afghanistan. What is your motivation?
Assange: These files are the most comprehensive description of a war to be published during the course of a war — in other words, at a time when they still have a chance of doing some good. They cover more than 90,000 different incidents, together with precise geographical locations. They cover the small and the large. A single body of information, they eclipse all that has been previously said about Afghanistan. They will change our perspective on not only the war in Afghanistan, but on all modern wars.
SPIEGEL: Do you think that the publication of this data will influence political decision-makers?
Assange: Yes. This material shines light on the everyday brutality and squalor of war. The archive will change public opinion and it will change the opinion of people in positions of political and diplomatic influence.
SPIEGEL: The material contains military secrets and names of sources. By publishing it, aren’t you endangering the lives of international troops and their informants in Afghanistan?
Assange: The Kabul files contain no information related to current troop movements. The source went through their own harm-minimization process and instructed us to conduct our usual review to make sure there was not a significant chance of innocents being negatively affected. We understand the importance of protecting confidential sources, and we understand why it is important to protect certain US and ISAF sources.
SPIEGEL: But in the end somebody has to decide whether you publish or not. Who determines the criteria? WikiLeaks considers itself to be a trailblazer when it comes to freedom of information, but it lacks transparency in its own publishing decisions.
Assange: This is ridiculous. We are clear about what we will publish and what we will not. We do not have adhoc editorial decisions. We always release the full primary sources to our articles. What other press organization has such exacting standards? Everyone should try to follow our lead.
SPIEGEL: The problem is that it is difficult to hold WikiLeaks accountable. You operate your servers in countries that offer you broad protection. Does WikiLeaks consider itself to be above the law?
Assange: WikiLeaks does not exist in outer space. We are people who exist on Earth, in particular nations, each of which have a particular set of laws. We have been legally challenged in various countries. We have won every challenge. It is courts that decide the law, not corporations or generals. The law, as expressed by constitutions and courts, has been on our side.
SPIEGEL: You have said that there is a correlation between the transparency for which you are fighting and a just society. What do you mean by that?
Assange: Reform can only come about when injustice is exposed. To oppose an unjust plan before it reaches implementation is to stop injustice.
SPIEGEL: During the Vietnam War, US President Richard Nixon once called Daniel Elsberg, the leaker of the Pentagon Papers, the most dangerous man in America. Are you today’s most dangerous man or the most endangered?
Assange: The most dangerous men are those who are in charge of war. And they need to be stopped. If that makes me dangerous in their eyes, so be it.
SPIEGEL: You could have started a company in Silicon Valley and lived in a home in Palo Alto with a swimming pool. Why did you decide to do the WikiLeaks project instead?
Assange: We all only live once. So we are obligated to make good use of the time that we have and to do something that is meaningful and satisfying. This is something that I find meaningful and satisfying. That is my temperament. I enjoy creating systems on a grand scale, and I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards. So it is enjoyable work.
Interview conducted by John Goetz and Marcel Rosenbach
BBC report ……………. US says Wikileaks could ‘threaten national security’
The US has condemned as “irresponsible” the leak of 90,000 classified military records, saying their publication could threaten national security.
The documents released by the Wikileaks website include details of killings of Afghan civilians unreported until now.
The records also show Nato concerns that Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency is helping the Taliban in Afghanistan, an accusation Islamabad has denied.
The Pentagon said it might take weeks to ascertain what damage had been done.
Calling their release a “criminal act”, spokesman Col Dave Lapan said officials were reviewing the documents to determine “whether they reveal sources and methods” and might endanger US and coalition personnel.
A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he was “shocked” at the scale of the leaks, but thought that “most of this is not new”.
Mr Karzai’s office later said the documents “clearly support and verify Afghanistan’s all-time position that success over terrorism does not come with fighting in Afghan villages, but by targeting its sanctuaries and financial and ideological sources across the borders”.
The huge cache of classified papers – posted by Wikileaks as the Afghan War Diary – is one of the biggest leaks in US history. It was also given in advance to the New York Times, the Guardian and the German news magazine, Der Spiegel.
The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, said he had no reason to doubt the reliability of the reports.
“When we publish material, what we say is: the document as we describe it is true,” he said at a news conference in London.
The documents are a treasure trove for historians, showing the fragmentary, elusive quality of raw intelligence.
The picture they paint is of American naivety at the beginning, a distracting obsession with Osama bin Laden, aid programmes that did not work, failure to understand the nature of the Taliban, and the continuing poor quality of Afghan police and soldiers.
It is easy to see why the leak of all of this information would infuriate a White House desperate to make 2010 the year they change the way they do business in Afghanistan.
The extent of American penetration and control of Afghan intelligence revealed in the documents will also raise questions about Afghan independence.
Reports show that targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders, stepped up under the Obama administration, have often killed civilians.
Pakistan’s government, meanwhile, denied claims its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency backed the Taliban in the war in Afghanistan.
One of the leaked documents refers to an alleged meeting in December 2006 between insurgents and the former ISI chief, Lt Gen Hamid Gul, during which he claimed to have dispatched three men to Kabul to carry out attacks.
He dismissed the Wikileaks material as “pure fiction which is being sold as intelligence”.
“It’s not intelligence,” Gen Gul, who ran the agency from 1987 to 1989, told the BBC. “It may have a financial angle to it but more than that it is not hardcore [intelligence]. I’m an old veteran. I know.”
“It is all wrong. It’s precisely as their intelligence regarding Saddam Hussein keeping weapons of mass destruction in his closet,” he added. “This is all based on falsehood. That is why they are not winning, because they have no cause.”
The Pakistani presidential spokeswoman, Farahnaz Ispahani, said the leaks might be an attempt to sabotage the new strategic dialogue between the US and Pakistan.
The reports also suggest:
- The Taliban has had access to portable heat-seeking missiles to shoot at aircraft
- A secret US special forces unit, Task Force 273, has been engaged on missions to “capture or kill” top insurgents listed on a Joint Priority Effects List (JPEL)
- Many civilian casualties – caused by Taliban roadside bombs and Nato missions that went wrong – have gone unreported
- Iran is engaged in an extensive covert campaign to arm, finance and equip the Taliban and Afghan warlords allied to al-Qaeda
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said he did not think the leaks would damage the international effort in Afghanistan.
Leaked documents show a testy US-Pakistan bond
By ANNE GEARAN (AP) – 2 hours ago
The U.S. and Pakistani governments moved swiftly Monday to say that a trove of leaked U.S. military documents paints a dated and incomplete portrait of Pakistan as an untrustworthy partner against militants who use the country as a safe zone.
Both countries said the secret documents don’t reflect Pakistan’s recent cooperation against militant networks on its side of the border with Afghanistan.
The Obama administration also acknowledged that despite a $7.5 billion aid package, U.S. authorities aren’t fully satisfied with Pakistan’s response.
“Our criticism has been relayed both publicly and privately,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. “We will continue to do so in order to move this relationship forward.”
The documents released Sunday by WikiLeaks, a self-described online whistle-blower, are new grist for criticism that Pakistan lacks resolve against militant groups that were sometimes
“Of course we were vague and changed the subject,” one American officer wrote following a 2007 meeting at which a Pakistani lieutenant colonel sought details about U.S. force placements.
The U.S. and Pakistani officers shared snacks and tea and took several group photos, the U.S. report said, but the officer’s overall assessment of the session was bleak.
The Pakistani military is “not an effective disruption force,” the officer wrote. “The leadership sounded to be on the right path, but it was not echoed in the actions of the unit.”
The release comes as the United States is trying to increase pressure on Pakistan to move against specific militant networks or to tacitly allow the U.S. to expand paramilitary hunt-and-kill operations on Pakistani soil. Pakistan allows secret U.S. drone strikes but denies it publicly.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both visited Pakistan in the days before the documents were released.
Both faced skeptical questions about U.S. intentions, even as they praised Pakistan’s efforts over the past year and a half to aggressively fight militant groups in the Swat Valley and in South Waziristan.
The United States wants Pakistan to take that fight more forcefully to North Waziristan, home of the Haqqani network, which is sometimes described by U.S. officials as the most potent threat to U.S. forces in Afghanistan.