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Friday, February 25, 2005

9 Afghan Soldiers Shot Dead in Taleban ambush

From Friday's BBC..

Taleban rebels have shot dead nine Afghan soldiers in an ambush in southern Helmand province. The attack took place in the Chakul area close to the Pakistan border late on Thursday, an Afghan official said. Taleban spokesman Mullah Latif Hakimi confirmed its fighters had carried out the raid, one of the bloodiest attacks on government troops in months.

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Related Story Linked to Hard Attack news Earlier This Week...

From Indo Asian News....
Pakistani army ordered to fire at 'intruding' US troops

Excerpt: Islamabad, Feb 22 (IANS) In what is seen as the first signal of Pakistan's assertion against US policies in its area, Islamabad has ordered the army to shoot at US troops if they intrude into the country from Afghanistan without authorisation.

"Pakistan has issued new rules of engagement permitting its army to fire at US forces that cross the border from Afghanistan without coordinating first," the Daily Times newspaper said Tuesday in a report from Washington.

The report is based on a "deep background" column in the magazine 'American Conservative' by former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, who is now an international security consultant and writer on intelligence matters.

"President Musharraf has been receiving angry reports from his military that US forces have been engaging in hot pursuit across the border in violation of bilateral agreements," the article said.

The Pakistan president is also said to be unhappy about the recent abrupt withdrawal of Predators and other surveillance resources from Pakistan for transfer to Iraq for use against Iran, the report said.

Quoting high-level Pakistani sources, it said Musharraf and his army chiefs "expended a great deal of political capital" in their support of the Al Qaeda hunt, clashing frequently with hostile tribesmen along the border.

"The US Central Command's January announcement that the drones and other supporting surveillance technologies that were being used against Al Qaeda would be withdrawn to support 'elections in Iraq' was an unpleasant surprise, particularly when 'in Iraq' turned out to be a euphemism for 'against Iran'," it added.

The drones have not yet been returned and many operations in the border areas are reported to be on hold, the report said.

"Musharraf has had a difficult time explaining to his own supporters in the military, and to the Pakistani public, why he continues to be so supportive of US policies in the region," it said.

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Hard View: So things are possibly heating up in Afghanistan Again, and the attack on the Afghan troops was near the Afghanistan - Pakistan Border. In the future, if attacks occur and the attackers retreat across into the Pakistan region, do the Afghanistan Troops / US Troops chasing them have to Stop? This question is raised now, with this second 'related' report, based on a report by a retired CIA agent working for the 'American Conservative' has any validity to it, well, who knows...

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