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Congratulation to Taliban forces for destroying the US military logistics:

 

Source: International Herald Tribune

 

Perhaps the most brazen attack came on Nov. 10 2008 when about 60 Taliban militants hijacked a convoy of trucks as it traveled through the Khyber road in broad daylight. To make their point, they offloaded a Humvee, called photographers and then, with rifles in hand, the Taliban posed in front of the vehicle, their banner draped over the hood.

 

In December 2008 more than 100 trucks loaded with supplies for U.S. forces in Afghanistan were destroyed Sunday by militants in Peshawar, the city that serves as an important transit point for the Afghan war effort.

 

It was the third major attack by Taliban militants on NATO supplies in Pakistan in less than a month, and served to expose the vulnerability of the route from the port of Karachi through Peshawar and over the border into Afghanistan.

 

The United States relies on the route for an overwhelming proportion of its supplies for the war in Afghanistan. The damaged trucks were loaded with U.S. war materiel, including Humvees, said Colonel Greg Julian, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Kabul.

 

The militants overwhelmed the rudimentary security system at two parking lots where the trucks were parked in the heart of Peshawar.

 

At about 2:30 a.m., they easily disarmed security guards and then threw grenades and fired rockets at the loaded trucks.

 

Militants attacked another parking area in Peshawar this month. About 12 trucks with NATO supplies were ruined in that attack.

 

More than 160 vehicles carrying supplies for U.S.-led troops were destroyed by militants in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sunday ( Mohammad Sajjad/The Associated Press ) :

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Highest rate of deaths and injuries since war began

 

* Richard Norton-Taylor

* The Guardian, Tuesday 16 December 2008

 

The number of deaths and serious injuries among British troops in Afghanistan are running at the highest rate than at any time since the conflict began seven years ago. In the last 10 days alone at least 20 marine commandos have been evacuated by air to Britain, according to defence officials. Military sources admit that attacks on British soldiers, from roadside bombs and conventional weapons, are at an extremely high level.

 

In the first 11 months of the year, 59 soldiers were categorised by the Ministry of Defence as wounded seriously or very seriously in Afghanistan. The 20 recent cases take the total to 79, compared to 63 in 2007, 31 in 2006 and just two in 2005.

 

The figures emerged as Gordon Brown confirmed to MPs that the number of British troops deployed in Afghanistan would be increased by 300 in March to total 8,300. The extra 300 men will come from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers which has been on standby for deployment.

 

The government will be under pressure from the US to deploy even more - perhaps an extra battlegroup of 1,500 soldiers - during the run-up to the Afghan presidential campaign next autumn.

 

Brown said yesterday that other countries needed to play their part in the Nato-led operations. "The burden is not always shared equally," he said.

 

Defence officials could not say how the 20 marines evacuated from Afghanistan over the past 10 days were wounded. Officials admitted, however, that a number of them had received bad injuries at the hands of the Taliban.

 

Some sources say the figure of 20 is too small. However, even the figure admitted by defence officials means that more soldiers have been seriously injured this year than in 2007 which was itself a record.

 

Defence officials explain the increase partly by saying that more British troops have been deployed to Afghanistan. But they admit British forces are coming under heavier fire from a resilient Taliban.

 

Eleven British soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan since the beginning of last month; nine of them were marines. Three soldiers were killed in one week in November. They were killed by a suicide bomber, a roadside bomb and rocket-propelled grenades. Forty British troops have been killed in southern Afghanistan this year out of a total of 132 since the conflict started in 2001.

 

The government yesterday doubled the maximum compensation for armed forces personnel seriously injured in service from £285,000 to £570,000 under plans first announced in July.

 

The increases are retrospective and are expected to result in £10m paid to 2,700 troops. All injured personnel who have received an award under the existing armed forces compensation scheme will receive an increase of between 10% and 100% of their original payment.

 

For the most seriously injured, the payments are in addition to a tax-free, index-linked monthly payment for the rest of their life after leaving the armed forces. A 19-year-old seriously injured soldier could receive more than £1m over the course of his life under the new system.

 

Letters were being sent to the 140 most seriously injured yesterday with details of their increased compensation payments and the MoD said they would get their additional money within a few days.

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:sl: Dear Muslims

 

it's a pointless war, a dumb war.

 

A War illegal where many high profile US Politicions have resigned or been fired. A War where many US Generals have openly said the war cannot be won. A War which has cause nothing but sadness, death, atroceties and dispair.

 

Why there are people in the world who think this War in Afghanistan (and especially the War in Iraq) is still worthwhile is beyond me.

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