A new report from the Kandahar-based Afghanistan Analysts Network examines NATO claims of “success” in Afghanistan and massive numbers of slain Taliban “leaders” and finds, as usual, the claims are greatly exaggerated.
The report determined that NATO’s broad definition of “leader” was “so broad as to be meaningless,” noting that they used to word to describe people whose houses were suspected to have been used by insurgents, and that many of the captured “leaders” were ultimately released from detention.
The so-called night raids were the focus of the study, which found that for every “leader” NATO killed, they also killed eight others, including a large number of innocent bystanders.
Perhaps even more damning, however, the study found that the numbers of leaders reported killed by NATO spokesmen was dramatically higher than the number of incidents of killings actually reported in NATO’s daily press releases, suggesting that they deliberately fabricated larger numbers of slain enemies as part of an effort to portray the disastrous war as turning some sort of corner.
So far NATO has not addressed the report, but it points to the sort of mass deception that they were found to be engaged in with the release of WikiLeaks’ Afghan War Logs haven’t really changed, and that spokesmen continue to attempt to manage voter opposition to the conflicts with overt lies.
6 thoughts on “Report: NATO ‘Success’ in Afghanistan Exaggerated”
Just last week a story was reprinted here at AntiWar that claimed 25 insurgents were killed. An earlier story reprinted at AntiWar explained how NATO reports inflated insurgent deaths by estimating the number of killed at round numbers divisible by 5. So all NATO casualty estimates of insurgent deaths at for instance 25, 30, 35, 45 etc. should be investigated further to confirm the accuracy of those reports. It is a tip that likely a large number of civilians were killed and battlefield success was actually another failed mission. At least politically.
These are lies.
US/NATO policy – if you can't dazzle them with brilliance well, baffle them with bullsh*t. And then lie about the bullsh*t…
Hi to all.
I am reading, again, a classic on warfare against an occupying power. The seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence. 1946 edition. Chapter XXXIII has it all, regarding the precarious US position in Afghanistan " since the Arabs fought for freedom, and that was to be tasted only by a man alive. "
Feisal used this to motivate the Arab movement 1917-1918 and to govern the tactics and strategy in fighting the Turks. I believe the Afghans are doing the same today in fighting the US.
Another "No sh*t, Sherlock" news bite. The number of tanks and convoys being blown up and mercenaries killed every day kinda gave that one away.
The USG would like the American people to forget that the war in Afghanistan is still sending American military members home in flag-draped boxes. I'd be very surprised in 1 out of 10 Americans could name the General commanding ISAF now that King David has retired…how about 1 out of 25?
So, it doesn't really matter how high they exaggerate the numbers. They haven't reported accurately since the beginning so why should we expect them to do so now? You see, it doesn't matter how badly things are really going because they aren't leaving and as long as there are warm bodies they can send over there to "fight for our freedoms!!!" then there really isn't any reason for them to change the plans. When the Europeans start pulling out (they still listen, somewhat, to their citizens unlike here) the slack will be filled by the Americans despite the clamoring from the Pentagon that the force is stretched too thin and are tired. And when they pull the string on Iran, they will attempt to re-institute the draft – or make enlisting very, very attractive – and if the economy has completely tanked by then the military might be the only place that'll be hiring.
Comments are closed.