It’s fun to shoot some people

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It’ll take a long while to find everything noteworthy in the Afghan War Diary 2004-2010. But even a cursory browse shows why a series of proconsuls – the latest being McChrystal – have been declared wimps, insufficiently savage, and just not up to it. The troops are hamstrung! As the Australians have stressed, imperial forces need “a better balance between the need to protect the population and of course the need to protect the troops who are out there working very hard.” Thankfully guys like Petraeus and James Mattis, new CentCom Commander, have the right attitude: “You know, guys like that [Afghanis] ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.”

 14 July 2004:

TF Phoenix reported on 14 July 2004 that three Afghan National Army soldiers set up an illegal checkpoint outside Chaghcharan IVO grid 41S QU 063 223, stopped a group of seven civilians on the road, extorted 60 000 afghanis from them, and shot two of the men in the head. The ANA then stole 2 x motorcycles in an attempt to flee…

10 May 2005:

Taskforce SWORD kills a local national and wounds another in a vehicle suspected to be a vehicle-borne IED, 7km SE of FOB RIPLEY.  O/A 0630ZMAY05 two vehicles approached the checkpoint on the road worksite.  Both vehicles were white Toyota Corollas that passed through the AMF security checkpoint unseen by American soldiers.  The first vehicle had four passengers (2 male, 2 female).  The second vehicle had two male passengers.  The vehicles were directed to stop and use the bypass around the road construction project.  The second vehicle, with two passengers, passed around the first vehicle and used the bypass around the worksite.  The first vehicle kept coming toward the worksite. The soldiers stopped the vehicle and directed the personnel in the vehicle to get out of the vehicle. There were no interpreters in the immediate area.  The two male passengers got out of the vehicle spoke to each other, got back into the vehicle and continued driving south toward the worksite. The soldiers on site directed the vehicle to stop, and the Platoon Leader directed his vehicles to back away from the vehicle.  The vehicle continued to move south toward the soldiers on the work site.  The Platoon Leader spotted what appeared to be a suspicious bag hanging from the ceiling.  He pointed his weapon (M4) at the vehicle telling the driver to stop, but he did not.  Thinking that the vehicle was a VBIED, he opened fire with his M4, firing three shots at the vehicle.  The Lieutenant intended to fire at the driver on the right side of the vehicle, but the driver was on the left side of the vehicle.  The shots hit the passenger, killing him and injuring the driver of the vehicle.  The Initial investigation of the vehicle revealed that the suspicious bag with wires was actually an IV bag that was connected to one of the female passengers in the backseat of the vehicle, who had had a miscarriage.  The wounded individual was treated for minor injuries at FOB Ripley.  The soldiers involved in the incident are currently at FOB Ripley and an investigation will be conducted.

3 January 2006:

(DELAYED REPORT) Taskforce Devil reported one local national killed and two local nationals injured by an illumination cannister 18km N of FOB Salerno. At 1041Z, TF Devil confirmed that the injuries caused on the civilians were as a result of a friendly illumination cannister falling onto them from a fire mission fired at 031631ZJan06.

4 February 2006:

TF Phoenix reported one of its convoys fired on a civilian vehicle 52 km NW of Garesk. At 0646Z TF Phoenix reported that a jingle truck failed to yield to a traffic stop near a convoy of UAHs, and when subsequent visual and verbal efforts failed to stop the truck failed, the soldiers attempted to disable the vehicle. When those efforts failed, the gunner in the lead HMMWV fearing for the safety of himself and his fellow soldiers fired on the cab killing the local national passenger in the jingle truck. The driver of the truck stopped and he was immediately detained. The unit searched the vehicle and persons for weapons and explosives, but none were found. The unit is continuing to investigate the matter and will submit a report when complete.

19 April 2007:

At 0345Z, RCP 7 WAS SITTING AT A UXO [unexploded ordnance] SITE, SENT UP THE 9LINE UXO REPORT AT 0238Z, HAD THE SITE CORDONNED OFF AND WERE WORKING TO REMOVE THE UXO. A WHOLE LINE OF VEHICLES LINED UP BEHIND THE CORDONNED AREA SHOWN BY ORANGE CONES. THEN, A VEHICLE BYPASSED ALL THE STOPPED VEHICLES, HIT THE ORANGE CONES, THE GUNNER FIRED A WARNING SHOT JUST ABOVE THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE KEPT COMING, THE GUNNER FIRED MORE WARNING SHOTS. GUNNER THEN ENGAGED THE VEHICLE WITH HIS M4. AS A RESULT, A REAR PASSENGER LN RECEIVED GRAZING SHOT TO THE HEAD. RCP7 SECURED THE AREA, SECURED THE CASUALTY, PROVIDED FIRST AID AND ASSESSED THE CASUALTY AS NOT LOSING A LARGE AMOUNT OF BLOOD, STABLE, BUT NEEDING IMMEDIATE MEDEVAC. THE PATROL SIMULTANEOUSLY CALLED IN THE 9 LINE AT 0333Z. IT WAS A 15 MIN WAIT, TF PROFESSIONAL DID NOT HAVE AN ESTIMATED STATUS OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE MEDEVAC BIRD, THE LNS GATHERED AROUND, AND EVENTUALLY THE LNS GROUND EVACD THE CASUALTY TO FOB SALERNO. CURRENTLY, RCP7 JUST DESTROYED THE UXO AND DETERMINED IT WAS ACTUALLY AN IED. IN THE PROCESS, ANOTHER MINE WAS UNEARTHED. THEY ARE CURRENTLY ON SITE (CURRENT TIME IS 0446Z) AND THEY JUST REMOVED IT. RCP7 IS AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF HURRICANE TO ASSIST IN SECURITY. RCP7 IS CURRENTLY FINISHING THE COLLECTION OF EVIDENCE (PICTURES, STATEMENTS FROM LNS). THE LOCAL NATIONAL (14 YEAR OLD FEMALE) THAT SET OF VIA GROUND CONVOY WAS DETERMINED TO BE DEAD ON ARRIVAL AT FOB SALERNO. FURTHERMORE, A 2 YEAR OLD GIRL THAT WAS IN THE LOCAL-NATIONAL VEHICLE ALSO HAD GLASS IN ONE EYE. THE MEDEVAC ARRIVED AND TOOK HER TO FOB SALERNO WHERE SHE IS UNDERGOING SURGERY. ISAF 04-362 Follow-up: A patrol moved to the scene and assisted Rock with the investigation. Our BN LEP was on scene and took statements from local nationals that stated escalation of force was plainly evident and the individual in the vehicle was wrong for attempting to circumvent the control measures emplaced for safety and standoff. The vehicle in question was searched and found to have no explosives. The BN S5 submitted Solatia paperwork for 100,000 afghani for the death, 20,000 afghani for the injury and 10,000 afghani for the vehicle.

12 May 2007:

Helman Prov/Sangin Dist: 09 May07. RC South reporting on recent casualties from coalition forces bombing mission. (40) Taliban killed and (60) civilians killed. NFI.

4 June 2007:

The Provisional Reconstruction Team Executive Officer attended the Logar Provincial Security Council Meeting and shared information with the Deputy Governor, the Provincial Police Chief, and the NDS Director… [The] Police Chief discussed Afghan National Police reaction after an IED in Pingeram (sp?) that resulted in the firing of weapons into a crowd of civilians.

16 August 2007:

[Around] 1600L, 4 x ACM [anti-coalition militia] were seen moving vicinity of the village. It is not clear if they were hiding in the village or just passing through. There was only one section of two vehicles involved in the TIC. They fired their 12.7mm MG at the individuals, but the weapon jammed. The ACM then returned fire. [C company patrol] then emplaced their mortars. They fired a total of 26 rounds according to one report. They fired over and then short and then three rounds impacted within a compound. One impacted on the roof of the house, one impacted in the court yard, and the last went through the roof and detonated within the house. There was a wedding celebration going on in the house, which explains the high number of casualties. As soon as the PBG soldiers saw where the rounds impacted, they moved immediately to the compound to provide assistance. The 4 x ACM escaped.

This information is still to sketchy to assess a cause for the inaccurate rounds.

Current Casualty list:6 x KIA (1x male, 4 female, one baby)
3 x WIA (all female, one of which was 9 months pregnant)

All of the casualties were from the Jalal Zaid Tribe, but not all were from the village, because some were from out of town for the wedding. This will spread the negative effect to a larger area then it would of [sic] otherwise. Today, there were 120 locals rioting at the gate of FOB Waza Khwa protesting the deaths.

6 October 2007:

The Provincial Reconstruction Team CO, PRT CA Officer along with Polish battle group CA Officer and DCO escorted the Provincial Chief of Police, Gen Mulakhel, NDS 5 Deputy, Nabile, and the Provincial Director of Tribal Affairs (native of the region) to the village of Laswanday in the Gwashta region of Waza Kwah, 36 hours following a Taskforce 373 operation on Objective Wolf (42 SVA 34591 80079) which resulted in the death of 1 child, 1 woman, 5 males and the wounding of 3 others (1 small boy, 2 teenage girls of which one was medevacd earlier).
Initial reception was uneventful. About 12 adult males were waiting in the area of the target compound. The group took a tour of the damaged compound while another villager was sent to gather the rest of the villagers from the area.  Villagers present indicated that all persons killed or injured in the attack were from the same family. (Leads to further question as to why one individual, the owners son, was found in the rubble with his hands tied behind his back.)

5 November 2008:

At approximately 0915D*, whilst searching for scrap metal to salvage and resell, a group of children found various unexploded ordnances. It is unknown exactly what occurred, however the munition detonated amongst the group of children, killing x 3 (aged under 10 yrs of age) and wounding a further x 6. It is assessed that the munition, a Projectile 82mm, HEAT, Type 65 had been blind and thrown into the sewage pool where the UXOs were located. Other objects such as expended RPG motors, mortar tails, fuzes, projectiles and empty landmine bodies as well as used syringes and excrement littered the area.

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