Green on Blue: Ist der Ramadan Schuld?

Ohne zu weitgehenden Kommentar: Das Briefing von ISAF-Kommandeur General John Allen via Videokonferenz ins Pentagon. Interessant allerdings, dass er die zunehmende Zahl der Angriffe von afghanischen Soldaten und Polizisten auf ISAF-Truppen auch auf den islamischen Fastenmonat Ramadan zurückführt.

Der Wortlaut seines Briefings nach dem Pentagon-Transkript:

GEORGE LITTLE: Good morning here in the Pentagon Briefing Room and good afternoon in Kabul.  I’d like to welcome back to the Pentagon Briefing Room General John Allen, United States Marine Corps, commander of ISAF and U.S. Forces Afghanistan.  He joins us for the fourth time as ISAF commander and was last here in person in May of this year.

            We are happy to welcome him back via satellite to provide an update on the progress we’ve made in the Afghan campaign.  Since he is joining us by satellite, just a reminder that there are sometimes slight audio delays.  General Allen will make some opening comments, and then we’ll take your questions. 

            And with that, General Allen, I’ll turn it over to you in Kabul. 

            GENERAL JOHN R. ALLEN:  George, thanks very much.  Good to hear your voice.  I can’t see anyone this morning, but it’s good to be with you, ladies and gentlemen, and good to be with you again to answer your questions.

            Now, before I take your questions, I’d like to make some brief opening remarks.  It’s been a busy summer for us.  And in ways not readily evident to most outside Afghanistan, it’s been a highly successful summer.  Coalition and Afghan forces have maintained unrelenting pressure on the insurgents, and we have denied and disrupted their operations and have largely pushed them out of the population centers.  We’ve limited their freedom of movement, and we’ve interdicted their logistics.  We’ve taken scores of their leaders and fighters off the battlefield, and we’ve systematically separated the insurgents from more and more of the Afghan population. 

            Insurgent attacks, while still indiscriminate and deadly, are increasingly localized, affecting an ever-shrinking proportion of the Afghan population.  The insurgency we face today, while still active, dangerous and capable of inflicting harm, is trying hard to project its strength as its position continues to slowly erode.  weiterlesen