More news from Afghanistan today ...
1. Four NATO troops (US ?) were killed in an IED attack in eastern Afghanistan. Two Afghans were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul. The mayor of Kandahar survived a suicide attack that killed one civilian. One British soldier was killed in an IED attack at Musa Qala , Helmand province. The MOD have named him as Lance Corporal Christopher Harkett, 22, from The 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Regiment. (Full list/details of all UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2001) (Pic above of Harriers in support flying from Kandahar Airbase)
UPDATE Monday 16th March 900 GMT
The Ministry of Defence has announced that 2 soldiers from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, serving with 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards travelling in a Jackal vehicle died in an explosion in Garmsir district in southern Helmand yesterday.
Lord Patel has pointed out the weakness of these vehicles as the driver and front passenger sit over the front axle and any contact with mine is proving if not fatal to cause dreadful injuries. See
Saturday, December 13, 2008 Third IED hits Jackal and the fourth soldier to die in these lightly armoured off roaders in Afghanistan with links to all previous posts.
2.Yesterday's missile strike from a Predator drone in the Pakistan's Kurram tribal agency as said to have targeted a training facility and logistical hub for the Shadow Army, the joint al Qaeda and Taliban paramilitary force operating on the Afghan-Pakistan boarder. (Launched in Pakistan/ Afghanistan ? )
"The Kurram compound served as a training camp and logistical facility for al Qaeda and Taliban fighters assigned to fight in Afghanistan," a "US intelligence official" is quoted .." ....The camp was a big, well guarded facility, one that needed taken out."
The Jackanory is that this "big, well guarded facility" was run by a local Taliban commander known as Fazal Saeed,he may / may not have been there when bombed , he may / may not be killed / inured.
More than 24 Pakistani and Afghan Taliban fighters and Arab al Qaeda fighters were killed in the strike, this on the basis of both Pakistan and Taliban sources.
This camp was ne of several .. another as attacked on Feb. 16 strike rsulting in on more than 30 al Qaeda and Taliban fighters. The camp was run by Bahram Khan Kochi,killed according to an "Afghan Taliban commander".
Last Year the CIA were claiming that The Taliban and al Qaeda last year was running 157 known training camps throughout Pakistani's tribal agencies and the greater Northwest Frontier Province.
This is the 6th strike inside Pakistan thiis calendar year there were 36 recorded cross-border US attacks and attempts in Pakistan during 2008, 29 of these 2008 attacks took place after Aug. 31. There were only 10 recorded strikes in 2006 and 2007 combined.