Top 9 Revelations From Leaked Afghan Reports

Biggest military leak in history underscores grim realities
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2010 7:15 AM CDT
Top 9 Revelations From Leaked Afghan Reports
A U.S. flag hangs from the roof of COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 24, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

(Newser) – Wikileaks has unveiled 92,000 secret documents about the Afghan war, which, in the New York Times' words, "illustrate in mosaic detail why ... the Taliban are stronger than at any time since 2001." Don't have time to scan through 92,000 documents? Here are what appear to be the top revelations:

  1. The Army Delta Force runs a top-secret group of commandos called Task Force 373, charged with assassinating Taliban leaders. Some of their raids have resulted in civilian casualties; in one case, seven children were killed by a rocket.
  2. The Taliban has employed heat-seeking anti-aircraft rockets, of the same kind the US gave the mujahedeen during the Soviet occupation.
  3. The US covered up one attack made with one of those rockets, saying it had been downed by conventional weaponry.

  1. US drones are far less effective than commonly believed; they often crash or collide with each other, forcing troops to undertake dangerous missions to retrieve their weaponry.
  2. The Afghan spy agency is basically a subsidy of the CIA, which pays its entire budget.
  3. The US has given the Afghans credit for missions actually carried out by US Special Ops commandos.
  4. Humanitarian aid money frequently simply disappears, or else projects fail due to cultural misunderstandings.
  5. Pakistan is suspected of being a strong supporter of the Taliban, meeting with them to give them advice. Though that’s not exactly a surprise.
  6. In one report, an Afghan general threatens to reveal that President Hamid Karzai was once a drug trader and supporter of the insurgency.
(Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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