Friday, February 8, 2013

Afghanistan War News Updates -- February 8, 2013

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Korzatkowski, foreground, briefs Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah troops on the mission plan before the arrival of U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Forward Operating Base Farah in Farah City, Afghanistan, Feb. 5, 2013. Korzatkowski, executive officer, is assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah. The mission was part of a two-day visit by U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens, assistant chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, to meet with provincial Afghan officials, engage with the team's civil-military leaders and meet soldiers and sailors assigned to the team. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup

Britain Will Leave 3,000 Military Vehicles Worth £2BILLION Behind On The Frontline When Pulls Out Of Afghanistan -- Daily Mail

* 4,500 containers of equipment will remain in Afghanistan after the British army leaves
* Some fear that the weapons may fall into the hands of Taliban guerrilla fighters
* Some equipment will be gifted to the Afghanistan national Army and Police

Britain is planning to leave military equipment worth more than £2billion in Afghanistan when it withdraws from the war.

Around 40 per cent of hardware - including up to 1,200 protected trucks and personnel carriers - will be scrapped, sold or given away by the Ministry of Defence.

Military chiefs are preparing to bring home 6,500 containers of kit from the frontline. But some 4,500 loads will remain in the warzone.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command operational update, Feb 8 -- ISAF
Combined Force Arrests Explosives Expert in Takhar Province -- US Department of Defense
Afghanistan drug-smugglers killed while trying to carry heroin across border to Tajikistan -- Calgary Herald/AP
UK Defense Secretary Visits Afghanistan
-- New York Times/AP
UK Defense Secretary Hammond heads home after visiting troops in southern Afghanistan -- Washington Post/AP
Almost half of British military kit to be left in Afghanistan -- The Telegraph
UN says bribe payments soar in Afghanistan
-- Al Jazeera
Australia must help fight for women's rights in Afghanistan -- Nouria Salehi, Sydney Morning Herald
Are We Really Pulling Out of Afghanistan? -- Kal Raustiala, Huffington Post
Analysts Assess US Role in Afghan Peace Talks -- Sean Maroney, Voice of America
Afghanistan's Challenges Show the Limits of U.S. Military Power -- Malou Innocent, US News and World Report

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