report says raids to kill or capture is not a surgical approach as described and the use of "leader" of the word is suspect
The success of one of the main tactics of NATO against the Taliban - for night raids to kill or capture insurgent leaders - may have been exaggerated for the military campaign in Afghanistan are effective, according to a report released Wednesday.
The study shows that for each "head" killed in the raids, eight other people were also killed, although the attacks were designed to be a precision weapon designed to defeat the Taliban in battle by removing their commanders.
The report notes that in the U.S. media briefings, requests by the total number of Taliban leaders killed or arrested during a given period may be much higher than the figures recorded in the press daily press.
The report, based in Kandahar by researchers Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn, Network Analyst Afghanistan, discussed the daily press releases issued by the strength of the support of NATO international security stability (ISAF) to create a profile to "kill or capture raids" from December 2009 until the end of September this year.
Strick van Linschoten also stated that the definition of the head of ISAF is the word "so broad that it makes no sense." Said the leader of the words and "facilitator" is sometimes used interchangeably in the ISAF press releases, even if the host could be just one person whose house a group of insurgents are believed to have used. A previous study of night raids had found that many people classified as leaders in night raids captured were released by ISAF.
"The use of" leader "of the word is intended to give the impression that the brains of the Taliban are on the battlefield. It is a lie, "said Strick van Linschoten.
"Take it to mean that we are the brains behind the Taliban on the battlefield, but this statement is not really."
The report, A Call to the door echoes a study published last month by the Open Society Foundations. This study, said that although the ISAF had made great progress in reducing civilian casualties, 12 to 20 turns at night over an extended period, with thousands of arrests, non-combatants many of them were alienating the population and international community to undermine the objectives of the coalition in Afghanistan.
statistics on the number of Taliban "leaders" killed or captured were often used by the former commander of ISAF, and now CIA director, Gen. David Petraeus, to prove their claims that their forces have made progress on the battlefield.
The use of night raids has increased steadily during the time of Petraeus in Afghanistan in July 2010 to July of this year, and decreased significantly after his departure to assume his new position.
Strick van Linschoten found that some of the statistics required of leaders killed or captured in briefings provided to the American press were much higher than the total of press releases in the same period.