Afghan special forces commander defects with guns to insurgents


By Mohammad Anwar

KUNAR, Afghanistan | Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:49am EDT

(Reuters) – An Afghan army special forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a Humvee truck packed with his team’s guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said on Sunday.

Monsif Khan, who raided the supplies of his 20-man team in Kunar’s capital Asadabad over the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, is the first special forces commander to switch sides, joining the Hezb-e-Islami organization.

“He sent some of his comrades on leave and paid others to go out sightseeing, and then escaped with up to 30 guns, night-vision goggles, binoculars and a Humvee,”


A record number of insider attacks – accounting for about one in every five coalition combat deaths – last year prompted the coalition to briefly suspend all joint activities and take steps to curb interaction between foreign and Afghan troops.

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14 Replies to “Afghan special forces commander defects with guns to insurgents”

  1. The Loya Jirga is going to meet in November to decide if the U.S. will be permitted to station troops in Afghanistan.

    If we are not, I suggest we leave,take our foreign aid and let them rot.

    Iran and Pakistan can kill each other over Afghanistan. The Afghans themselves can reap their reward.

  2. No, Red. Iran is *special*. And we don’t have much time.

    [nevermore…] Takhir
    – First nuke Iran. Then Mecca. Then Medina.
    [caw, caw]

  3. Yucki,

    If Iran gets a nuke, Saudi Arabia will have nukes overnight.

    It all depends upon if Pakistan lives up to their agreement, Saudi Arabia has bought a nuke from Pakistan already. It will be delivered to them when Iran goes nuclear. In the meantime Saudi Arabia can avoid an political repercussion from proliferating nukes. Of course the downside is that the Pakistanis can stiff them

    Saudi has already negotiated with China to possibly buy nuclear capable missiles.

    The point is that Saudi does not want & probably will not submit to Iranian nuclear blackmail.

    We stand to lose if Iran And Arabia nuke each other. The more often it happens the easier it is for other nations to consider using nukes.

    Me I would use nukes if need be, but I am not keen on using them. It would be habit forming.

    It would belike it was just a baby tactical nuke used against an army, no biggee. And it would grow.

  4. It is strictly forbidden in the religion of Islam for a Believer to take the side of an unbeliever against that of another Believer. According to the word of a guy called “Allah”, a Muslim will be sent to Hell and tortured for all eternity if he takes the side of an Infidel against a fellow Muslim. Why are our leaders so stupid and lazy that they can’t just take a quick peak inside the Holy Quran and figure out some of these no-brainers before they blow up in their faces? It’s against their religion to work with us. Get used to it! But, no. The have to fit everything inside their stupid narratives and paradigms that rely on Islam being a religion of peace, and insist that underneath, we’re all the same…

  5. Of course, Red, you’re right, there’s The Genie & There’s the Bottle. Besides, to paraphrase Sarah Palin, “I can see Persepolis from my balcony in Haifa.”

    It’s just that Iran is so much closer than most people realize. The Persian Shia are the craziest of the fanatic death cult devotees. They have to be stopped.

    The Saudis are running scared; the House of Saud could be put out of business at any time, along with their side-kicks in the Gulf. All these Sunni-Shia fault lines have them quivering, while the mad mullahs are making like hyenas.

    (Imagine, the Saudis are Israel’s closest “ally” at the moment. An inversion so bizarre it trumps “trans-gender” on the nano-zarre scale.)

    What frightens me — and the Saudis and King Abdullah of Jordan — is free-fall.

    POTUS can no longer be trusted. The going might’ve been tough from time to time, but not definitively fatal. A guy so petty, malicious, & incompetent, has surrounded himself with those who give evil counsel.

  6. Not to pick nits or anything, but Sarah Palin never ever said, “I can see Russia from my house”. That was ex Saturday Night Live comedian, Tina fey who was brought out of retirement on the show to mock Mrs. Palin. It was very effective. I have friends who think they are politically sophisticated lefties who used to mock Palin with that quote. It gave me great satisfaction to suggest to them that people who couldn’t tell the difference between a TV comedian and a political candidate probably shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

    Didn’t want to change the subject here or anything but that is a pet peeve of mine.

  7. The war in the Ghan is not and never has been fought correctly. For a start the Pakis are providing full support to the enemy and must be considered hostiles. Allied forces should from here on only provide fire support and cordon and kill operations when legitimate AGFs call for it. Training must cease and the allies be completely segregated from AGFs and be located in two fortified combined fire support/airforce bases. Much of the forces in country should now be withdrawn – only fighter bombers, choppers, artillery and two regiments of special forces groups required now.

    Definitely no patrolling by coalition forces and as all IEDs are placed by Afghanis and their mates generally in full knowledge of the local population only Afghanis should remove them.

    The current POTUS is Muslim Brotherhood and a traitor to the West…

    I think Sarah Palin is quite cute:)

  8. @ Eeyore

    I know that Sarah Palin never said it. I got what Yucki said that Iran is very close to Israel.

    I think a skit could be made to lampoon the low information voter / intellegentsia showing them believing that the real Sarah Palin said it.

    Maybe the skit could feature Katie Couric watching SNL, seeing the Tina Fey’s skit,believing that it is really Sarah Pain, and telling her newsroom friends that they cannot let such a dumb woman get elected to the White House.

  9. Yucki you and Red have spelled out the nightmare the world is facing, we are facing a major war that will end up involving almost all nations on earth, I use to think that the nukes would be limited to the Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China area. Now that Obama is POTUS I no longer guess where the nukes will be used.

    The world may be moving into a new dark age, hopefully it won’t be after a catastrophic De-civlization.

  10. @ Richard I read a book circa 1991/1992. It was science fiction about the 1st colony ship to leave Earth.

    The colonists are outbound heading toward Jupiter, when they get cold feet and want to return to earth.

    Problem is the sentient onboard computer will not let them. So the set about hacking the computer. the computer tries reasoning with them and fails. They want to wipe it.

    the computer copies its files to an unusual place on the ship where they will not be found. It intends on resuming normal operations upon arrival to the new star system.

    As part of the negotiation the computer tells the colonist to look behind the to earth. It is glowing. the point of the colony ship was that statisticians calculated that there would be a global nuclear war.

    In the old days there was Russia and the U.S. and a hot line. Now there was India and Pakistan and so many others. All it would take is a mad man or a false report of a launch and everyone would now they had 20 minutes or less to use their nukes. It was only a matter of time.

    I forget the name of the book, but Obama is making the fiction real.

  11. Tina Fey should be shot. Her devastating Palin attack surely helped Brother Barak. For which she should burn in the hell envisioned by Mohound’s imaginary friend.

    This Iran-Saud thing is grim. The only fix for the camel-driver dynasty is to pursue an interim alliance with the mad mullahs. Their shared obsession: Obliteration of the Zionist Entity.

  12. Do you like my new avatar?

    It’s from a set of icons designed in 2003 by Michael B. Stuart. I only have his Japanese website, , but English is in there somewhere.

    Like to give attribution for the good stuff as often as possible. It’s the WD-40 of the virtual world.

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