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Last four years mark over 200 insider  attacks – Afghan, US forces

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Research, conducted by Ariana News, indicates that most of the insider attacks infiltrated by the Taliban in remote Afghanistan were designed to collapse the security posts.

Afghanistan has witnessed some 200 insider attacks in the last 4 years in the US forces and the Afghan forces.

MoD, however, claims a reduction in the number of insider attacks recently and says that they have plans to restrain the attacks.

Enemy infiltration as a war tactic was used by the insurgents recently to design attacks on the US and Afghan security forces.

Afghanistan security forces have experienced numerous insider attacks, most of which have been claimed by the Taliban.

Some of the deadliest insider attacks are as follows:

In 2016, Kandahar and Zabul alone witnessed 7 insider attacks by the Taliban, in which, 21 policemen were killed and 17 others were wounded.

In the first six months of 2017, six insider attacks were conducted on the US military, killed three and wounded 10.

Gen. Mattis, the former secretary of the State called the ‘insider attacks’ the main challenge of the Afghanistan war. Eventually, Washington formed a program called the “Guardian Angel” to tackle the insider attacks.

In 2018, an insider attack by the Taliban, in a military base in Bala Bolook of Farah province, killed 40 soldiers and policemen.

In 2018, Gen. Abdul Raziq, the most powerful commander in southern Afghanistan was assassinated by a Taliban infiltrated cell.

According to a SIGAR report, 30 insider attacks were conducted on the Afghan forces, in the last three months of 2019.

In 2019, 49 insider attacks were performed by the insurgents, most of them in the last three months of the year.

The deadliest attack in 2018 was in Qarabagh district of Ghazni killing 23 army men.

Zahir Azimi, a former veteran said, “It’s all about the work of intelligence and information which is very tough. These attacks show the weakness of our intelligence services.”

The army confirmed that the complex attack on the Sardar Dawood Khan hospital was done by infiltrators, but the responsible insurgent group remained uncertain. The attack killed 50 army men and more than 100 were wounded.

In the most recent incident, a man wearing Afghan security uniform fired at the US forces in eastern Afghanistan killing two US servicemen and wounded six others.

Fawad Aman, the deputy spokesperson of the MoD, said that the infiltrations of the Taliban were reduced in the current year saying that, “The Taliban succeeded to do insider attacks on the security forces only two or three times this year. The enemy infiltration reduced considerably among the Afghan army.”

Experts believe that intelligence plays a key role. They say, that the intelligence services can block the insider attacks.

James Carafano, Vice President of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation, said that stronger intelligence work was required to prevent the insurgent’s infiltration.

There are concerns among the people and the veterans about the enemy infiltration in the foreign and Afghan forces’ military bases.

Reporter: Ali Asghari

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Pentagon offers payment to families of victims of botched drone strike

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(Last Updated On: October 16, 2021)

The Pentagon has offered unspecified condolence payments to the family of 10 civilians who were killed in a botched U.S. drone attack in Afghanistan in August in the final days before American troops withdrew from the country.

The U.S. Defense Department said it made a commitment that included offering ex-gratia condolence payments, in addition to working with the U.S. State Department in support of the family members who were interested in relocation to the United States.

The Pentagon had said the strike targeted an Islamic State (Daesh) suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S.-led troops as they completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The intelligence failure raised hard questions about future risks, particularly whether the United States can keep track of threats from Afghanistan without a presence in the country.

The confirmation of civilian deaths provided further fuel to critics of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal, which generated the biggest foreign policy crisis yet for President Joe Biden’s administration.

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NASA probe will study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

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NASA launched a first-of-its kind mission on Saturday to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system’s outer planets. Matthew Larotonda reports.
 
NASA launched a new space probe on Saturday (October 16) morning in a special 12-year mission designed to visit more asteroids than ever before.

It focuses on the Trojan asteroids, which are two large clumps of space rocks orbiting the sun. One floats ahead of Jupiter and the other behind it.

Scientists believe the rocks are leftovers from the formation of our solar system.

The probe is called “Lucy” and NASA hopes it will help us learn more about our solar system’s history.

The asteroids are also rich in carbon compounds, and may provide insights into organic materials and life on Earth.

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Turkey could run Kabul airport, says Erdogan

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Having previously run Kabul airport, Turkey can take similar steps in the future with Qatar and Afghanistan if the three countries reach a deal, the Turkish president said on Friday.

“So far, we have had a lot of effort in Afghanistan’s infrastructure and superstructure … We were operating the Kabul Airport. In the future, if agreements can be reached, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan, we can take such steps,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters.

About the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s recent visit to Turkey, Erdogan said the group asked for humanitarian aid and “made requests concerning the functionality of new process in Afghanistan.”

Erdogan vowed to provide “all manner of support” to the Afghan people as long as the interim administration “takes a just stance in protecting the rights of the Afghan people.”

He said the IEA should also take a fair stance in their relations with Turkey.

An IEA delegation visited Turkey on Thursday to discuss bilateral issues, as well as cooperation on the future of Afghanistan.

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