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Post time 2011-3-2 20:59:00 |Display all floors
French killed after Italy bribed Taliban

Ten French soldiers killed in Afghanistan failed to realise the risks in the area because Italian officials had secretly paid the Taliban to desist from violence, a British newspaper said Thursday.

The Times reported that the Italian secret service had been paying tens of thousands of dollars (euros) to Taliban commanders and local warlords to keep the Sarobi area near Kabul quiet in the months before French forces moved in.

The French had been in charge of the area for just a month when the 10 soldiers were killed in an insurgent ambush in August 2008, in one of the biggest single losses of life for NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The Times said Western military officials had revealed the existence of the payments, but they had been hidden from the incoming French forces at the time.

The Italian forces they had replaced in July had suffered only one combat death in the previous year.

The report said that because the French knew nothing of the bribes they made a "catastrophically incorrect threat assessment" of the area.

It explains why the French troops were relatively lightly armed and insufficiently backed up by air cover when they were ambushed by 170 heavily armed insurgents, it added.

The Taliban and the insurgent Hezb-i-Islami faction claimed responsibility for the attack.

A senior NATO officer in Kabul told the newspaper: "It might well make sense to buy off local groups and use non-violence to keep violence down. But it is madness to do so and not inform your allies."

In October 2007, two Italian agents were kidnapped in western Afghanistan. One was killed during a rescue by British special forces. The Italian press later alleged they had been seized while making payments to the Taliban.
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Post time 2011-3-2 21:13:38 |Display all floors
Italy and NATO on Thursday denied a newspaper report that Italian intelligence secretly paid the Taliban thousands of dollars to keep the peace in an Afghan area under Italian control.

Premier Silvio Berlusconi's office called the report in the Times of London "completely groundless." The Italian defense minister denounced it as "rubbish" and said he wanted to sue the newspaper.

In Kabul, a U.S. spokesman for NATO forces in Afghanistan denied the allegations. "We don't do bribes," Col. Wayne Shanks said. "We don't pay the insurgents."

"The article has unnamed sources, innuendo and hyperbole," Shanks said. "We see no evidence of any of the accusations."

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we have a rule in italy: if berlusconi denies, that's true
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Post time 2011-3-2 21:41:14 |Display all floors
Why do not Berlusconi send his mighty bunga bunga girls over there?

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Post time 2011-3-3 08:27:34 |Display all floors
This "news" has already near to ONE year.....however, it's an interesting informaiton

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Post time 2011-3-3 08:41:11 |Display all floors
Originally posted by yasawakic at 2011-3-3 03:27
This "news" has already near to ONE year.....however, it's an interesting informaiton

YES, VERY INTERESTING... TALIBAN REALLY SMART..
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Post time 2011-3-5 16:32:13 |Display all floors
Originally posted by GoChina888 at 2011-3-2 16:41
Why do not Berlusconi send his mighty bunga bunga girls over there?


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Post time 2011-3-5 19:08:07 |Display all floors

Taliban captures two US soldiers

US reportedly offers $20,000 reward following capture in Logar province.

The Taliban has captured two US soldiers in Logar province in eastern Afghanistan.

The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) confirmed on Saturday that two of its soldiers were captured.

"Two International Security Assistance Force servicemembers departed their compound in Kabul City in a vehicle on Friday afternoon and did not return," Isaf said in a statement.

Isaf did not specify the nationality of the captured soldiers, but US officials told the Associated Press that the soldiers are Americans.

A Taliban spokesman who earlier announced the capture also described the soldiers as American. He told the Reuters news agency that three US soldiers were initially captured, but that one of them has died.
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