Dear Mr. Rense:
In light of the Guerilla Warfare in Iraq, there has been hardly any news
from Afghanistan. I was able to confirm the following news stories about
US, Italian and German losses from May 30 2003 to June 30, 2003.
From May 30 2003 to June 30, 2003, 34 American soldiers have been killed
in eastern and southeastern Afghanistan. In addition, 8 Italian soldiers
and one German were also killed.
Mohammed Daud Miraki, MA, MA, PhD
Afghan DU & Recovery Fund
34 American, 8 Italian And One German Killed, And One
US Helicopter Shot Down in Afghanistan
Italien Soldiers Killed
MEERANSHAH (AZZAM) -- Italian soldiers were killed and many others injured
when Mujahideen forces attacked them. In Paktika at 21.00 local time on
Saturday, a Mujahideen unit attacked an Italian vehicle with several rockets.
18 Italian soldiers were on-board, and as soon as the rockets hit the vehicle
it exploded into a ball of fire. The Italian military claim that only three
soldiers were killed with five others wounded (one of whom died on the
way to Bagram medical centre), however independent sources suspect the
fatality figure to be between eight and ten.
Another operation was mounted in Gardez, where here a guard duty team was
ambushed due killing three US marines and critically injuring one more.
The US military vehicle was also destroyed in this attack.
It is suspected that the Mujahideen also sustained losses, however no details
are available at present.
Khost Airport Attacked
KHOST (AZZAM): A remotely controlled rocket attack was launched at Khost's
older airport by the Mujahideen. This occurred at 01.30 on Saturday, and
as the rockets hit the inner sections of the military camp heavy casualties
Coalition Forces Raid Religuos Leader's Home
KHOST (AZZAM): Coalition forces fired rockets at the home of Maulvi Jalaluddin
in Khost and in Israeli-style evacuation,grazed the house to the ground
using bombs and rockets. One local guard was arrested and moved to Bagram.
Later, in house to house searches, Coalition forces found 40 anti-tank
Perhaps in retaliation, the Mujahideen attacked a nearby Coalition checkpost
later that night. The Mujahideen used automatic weapons and the fire-fight
lasted 90 minutes leaving the Coalition checkpost ablaze. Coalition casualties
are being kept secret.
US Vehicle Rolls Over As Chases Mujahideen
PAKTIKA (AZZAM): In an embarrassing incident, a US military vehicle rolled
over as it was attempting to capture a small Mujahideen unit. One US marine
was killed in the accident.
HELMAND (AZZAM): A bomb was detonated in a cinema in Helmand killing three
Afghan soldiers loyal to Hamid Karzai who were on duty there. No one has
so far accepted responsibilty for the attack.
Coalition Forces in Shakeen Attacked
PAKTIA (AZZAM): A 10-man Mujahideen unit armed with rockets and grenades
attacked Coalition forces in the Shakeen region of Paktia. However, no
casualties on either side have been reported.
June 28, 2003
ASADABAD (AZZAM): Islam online reported that the Mujahideen attacked US
troops in Asadabad region of monday and killed two on the spot. In an attack
in Beermal two Afghan troops were killed and four others sustained life
June 26, 2003
Eight Coalition Soldiers Killed:
MEERHANSHAH (AZZAM): Eight Coalition soldiers were killed and several others
injured as their military vehicle hit a landmine. The soldiers were in
a convoy on the Gardez-Kabul highway, travelling from eastern Afghanistan,
when the landmine detonated. All eight soldiers on board were killed, whilst
several other nearby soldiers were wounded, some critically. The jeep had
been turned to rubble.
June 18, 2003
BAGRAM (AZZAM): Mujahideen units fired six rockets over US bases in Uruzgan,
Asadabad and Urgun pre-dawn Sunday. US military spokesman Col. Roodney
Davis at a press conference in Bagram acknowledged the attack, but claimed
that no casualties were sustained. He added that Afghan militia are carrying
out intelligence gathering to ascertain the location of the attackers.
June 17, 2003
One US soldiers killed:
MEERANSHAH: In a series of rocket attacks on Khost's older
airport, one US soldier was killed and many others severely injured.
Mujahideen has issued a warning to the Afghan government to expected a
barrage of martyrdom operations, and given an ultimatum for Afghanis to
leave Karzai government within ten days or to expect dire consequences.
Consequently, 25 Afghan families have migrated to Pakistan.
Four remote controlled missiles hit the US base in Gardez. So far no details
of casualties have been received.
June 16, 2003
NORTHERN WAZIRISTAN: Two US marines were killed while one sustained life
threatening injuries as a result of 'friendly fire' in Afghan province
of Paktika. Details revealed by US sources state that US marines were on
their regular guard duty patrol when exchange of harsh words occurred between
four troops on board a jeep. One of the US marine suddenly opened fired
over all his companions in the jeep. As a result two US troops were killed
on the spot. The driver was not able to control the jeep due to sudden
firing and thus the jeep fell into a ditch. The driver and the attacking
US troop also sustained life threatening injuries. On this occasion the
US troops in the following vehicles thought that there was some enemy attack
and opened blind firing in every direction. Later on it was revealed that
the incident was a result of friendly fire. US transport helicopters shifted
the dead and injured to Bagram airbase. Investigations of the incident
have been ordered by US central command.
US Base in Kunar Attacked
KUNAR (AZZAM): Mujahideen attacked a US military base in southern Afghan
province of Kunar. Mujahideen fired three rockets all hitting their targets.
US sources denied any casualties in this attack. The US military spokesman
said that with the rise of temperature in Afghanistan, there has been a
significant increase in attacks over coalition forces in the region including
numerous missile and rocket attacks and face to face exchange of firing.
June 12, 2003
Six American Soldiers killed
KABUL (AZZAM): In direct contrast to claims by the newly knighted Sir Hamid
Karzai that his forces were in full control of Afghanistan, Mujahideen
units mounted a series of deadly operations across Afghanistan against
Coalition forces killing at least 10 and wounding dozens more.
One such attack occurred in the district of Zeerok in Khost in which a
Mujahideen unit fired rocket launchers at a US Special forces vehicle killing
six American soldiers. These US Special forces had been posted in the region
recently to assist Italian troops against the Mujahideen.
Mujahideen Attack US Checkpost, US Refuses To Admit Casualties
PAKTIKA (AZZAM): Mujahideen forces mounted a sophisticated attack on a
US checkpost in the district of Shikeen in Paktika, by surrounding the
Coalition soldiers from three sides. Mujahideen forces unleashed a barrage
of rocket launchers, heavy machine gun fire and hand grenades on the Coalition
It is strongly suspected that a significant number of American soldiers
were killed in this attack, however, in-keeping with US disregard for the
freedom of the press, no figures on American casualites have been released.
However, it has been confirmed that four Afghan militia (on the American
pay-roll) who were positioned at the front of the checkpost were killed
in the operation.
Even though the US refused to admit to its casualties, it was more than
keen to point out (via a military spokesman at Bagram) that the US troops
had repulsed a major offensive at the Shikeen checkpost killing four Mujahideen
soldiers in the process. This has not yet been confirmed by the Mujahideen.
June 07, 2003
KANDAHAR (AZZAM): Attacks by Mujahideen units in various
Afghan regions left 56 US and Afghan troops dead. Afghan authorities claim
to have martyred eight Mujahideen including a commander. Mujahideen ambushed
a coalition military convoy in Lowee Karez region of Kandahar province
due to which three military vehicles were destroyed and 25 US and Afghan
troops were killed. One Mujahid also embraced martyrdom in this battle.
Mujahideen also attacked a joint compound of police and military in Kandahar.
Corps commander Kandahar Khan Muhammad while speaking to AFP said that
Taliban commander Mulla Muhammad Rasool Akhwand along with six other Mujahdieen
were martyred in this attack. Four other injured Mujahideen were arrested
while one Afghan militia troop was also killed. Sources reported that battle
still continues in the region.
In an interior region of Paktia province, Mujahideen attacked a coalition
military convoy. The convoy was en-route to carry out an operation against
Bacha Khan. Two vehicles were destroyed in this attack and seven US marines
were killed on the spot.
Mujahideen launched a deadly attack over US military convoy in Paktika
at about 1pm on Wednesday afternoon. Three US military vehicles were destroyed
in this attack and 18 US marines were killed. The attack lasted for four
In border region of Irghisan, opponents attacked an Afghan check-post on
Wednesday night. District commissioner's son was killed in this encounter.
Reinforcements were called and 15 personnel with heavy ammunition reserves
were arrested during the house by house search.
The coalition forces claimed to have arrested 21 Taliban suspects in an
operation in mountainous terrain of Shahi Kot region of Paktia. The operation
code named Dragon Fury was carried out by 500 ground troops and 20 warplanes
and gunships. More than 50 check-posts have been setup in Khost region
adjacent to Pakistan borders. Afghan troops were sent in from federal government
to take control of these check-posts. The purpose of these check-posts
was to prevent entry of foreigners in Afghanistan.
June 05, 2003
KABUL (AZZAM): A US helicopter has been shot down in the Paktia. Reports
have been received that there were no survivors, however, this has not
yet been confirmed.
June 06, 2003
More Details on US Helicopter Shot Down in Paktia
PAKTIA (AZZAM): It appears that the AH-64 US helicopter was shot down near
Urgun region in Paktia on Tuesday while assisting the ground troops on
an operation. US sources denied that it was shot down due to enemy fire,
but stated that investigations into the crash are in progress. The US sources
also refused to disclose the nature of the operation in which this gunship
was involved. Both the pilots are still reported missing in action. Mujahideen
sources, however, confirmed that the helicopter was shot down by them and
that both the pilots were killed in the crash.
May 31, 2003
One German Soldier Dead:
KABUL (AZZAM & NNI News Agency): An ISAF vehicle has been destroyed
in a landmine explosion in Kabul. One German trooper was killed on the
spot whilst another sustained life threatening injuries. This attack brings
the total number of Germans killed in Afghanistan to 11.
Mujahideen have attacked a US military base in Gardez. Three rockets were
fired at the base but details of casualties remain undisclosed. US forces
have also come under attack in Greeshak, but again casualty figures remain
unknown, however a US spokesman added that two Taliban troops had been
May 30, 2003
Four US Marines Killed:
MEERANSHAH (AZZAM): Mujahideen fighters detonated a remote control mine
as a US patrol approached the Param Bagh region, destroying a US military
vehicle and killing four US marines. The attack occurred in the Pak-Afghan
border area east of Khost airport as the vehicles were heading to Dubgee
camp. The whole region shook from the intensity of the explosion. US warplanes
carried out an aerial search immediately after the operation, but Mujahideen
troops managed a safe exit. The US military spokesman at Bagram verified
the attack on Wednesday. He did acknowledge that the Mujahideen had used
a high-tech remotely controlled explosive device for the ambush. He did
not, however, mention any casualty figures which is a regular feature during
these press briefings in front of international media.