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Saturday, November 10, 2012

General Petraeus

 The good general always believed he could get away with it.

WASHINGTON, Jun 12 2011 (IPS) - During his intensive initial round of media interviews as commander in Afghanistan in August 2010, Gen. David Petraeus released figures to the news media that claimed spectacular success for raids by Special Operations Forces: in a 90-day period from May through July, SOF units had captured 1,355 rank and file Taliban, killed another 1,031, and killed or captured 365 middle or high-ranking Taliban.

The claims of huge numbers of Taliban captured and killed continued through the rest of 2010. In December, Petraeus’s command said a total of 4,100 Taliban rank and file had been captured in the previous six months and 2,000 had been killed.
Those figures were critical to creating a new media narrative hailing the success of SOF operations as reversing what had been a losing U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
But it turns out that more than 80 percent of those called captured Taliban fighters were released within days of having been picked up, because they were found to have been innocent civilians, according to official U.S. military data.
Even more were later released from the main U.S. detention facility at Bagram airbase called the Detention Facility in Parwan after having their files reviewed by a panel of military officers.
The timing of Petraeus’s claim of Taliban fighters captured or killed, moreover, indicates that he knew that four out of five of those he was claiming as “captured Taliban rank and file” were not Taliban fighters at all...

1 comment:

Tom Schott said...

I'm sorry. It's impossible for me to be objective about anything the miltary says. I worked around these people for over 30 years. The higher the rank of the person dispensing the information, the greater the likelihood it's a load of crap. Petraeus would not know the truth if it came up to him and smote him in the gonads.

And the Pentagon has not said anything true since it last observed that the sun rises in the East. A pox on the whole lot of 'em.