Afghan National Army knowingly accepts Taliban recruits

No wonder so many turn on their American “allies” and murder them.

More madness from our futile bloodletting in Afghanistan, for which Barack Obama should be held fully responsible: “Afghan Army”s Turnover Threatens U.S. Strategy,” by Rod Nordland in the New York Times, October 15 (thanks to Gravenimage):

KABUL, Afghanistan “” The first thing Col. Akbar Stanikzai does when he interviews recruits for the Afghan National Army is take their cellphones.

He checks to see if the ringtones are Taliban campaign tunes, if the screen savers show the white Taliban flag on a black background, or if the phone memory includes any insurgent beheading videos.

Often enough they flunk that first test, but that hardly means they will not qualify to join their country”s manpower-hungry military. Now at its biggest size yet, 195,000 soldiers, the Afghan Army is so plagued with desertions and low re-enlistment rates that it has to replace a third of its entire force every year, officials say.

The attrition strikes at the core of America’s exit strategy in Afghanistan: to build an Afghan National Army that can take over the war and allow the United States and NATO forces to withdraw by the end of 2014. The urgency of that deadline has only grown as the pace of the troop pullout has become an issue in the American presidential campaign.

The Afghan deserters complain of corruption among their officers, poor food and equipment, indifferent medical care, Taliban intimidation of their families and, probably most troublingly, a lack of belief in the army”s ability to fight the insurgents after the American military withdraws.

On top of that, recruits now undergo tougher vetting because of concerns that enemy infiltration of the Afghan military is contributing to a wave of attacks on international forces….

Taliban ringtones and beheading videos are still not disqualifying factors — and they wonder why the infiltration continues.

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  1. says

    The war with weapons needs ro be replaced with a war of words attacking the ideology which lies behind Islam. Western governments need to be revealing, epecially to Muslims, the contents of the Quran, Sunnah and Sirah. There will be bloodshed caused by maniacal Muslims attacking innocent non-Muslims, but the total bloodshed will probably be less than that shed by wars against Islamic nations in the past twenty years and that which will be shed in the future if the Islamic ideology is not exposed and shown to be entirely false.

  2. says

    I agree, weapons seem to motivate the Taliban, and al-Qaida. Some how it stimulates their commitment and agressions.

    Words of truth, seem much more effective for example the story of Muhammad, and how the Qur’an instructs and enforces blood shed, ideology cleansing, and savage type subjugation and crulity to non-Muslims world wide.

    It seems the non-Muslim world is handcuffed to ignorance in general and therefor using ineffective weapons and appeasment that only enforces more of the same. Similar to fighting a fire using gasoline.

    Some have said Obama is trying to break the nation and so keeps our troops deployed year after year with no motivation, goals, or stratagy to guild them…… While the enemy has a very real motivation factor, ideology, and instructions to follow… The terrorists even use taqiyya to open locked doors after gaining the false trust by means of desciption, terrorists have again out flanked the free world without firing one shot…

  3. says

    Afghan National Army knowingly accepts Taliban recruits

    No wonder so many turn on their American “allies” and murder them.
    ………………………..

    I couldn’t believe this when I first read it, which is rare for me”but this was so shocking.

    Of course, I realized that the Afghan army and police was full of Taliban infiltrators, but I assumed that recruits at least had to pay lip service to wanting to fight them.

    More:

    KABUL, Afghanistan ” The first thing Col. Akbar Stanikzai does when he interviews recruits for the Afghan National Army is take their cellphones.

    He checks to see if the ringtones are Taliban campaign tunes, if the screen savers show the white Taliban flag on a black background, or if the phone memory includes any insurgent beheading videos.

    Often enough they flunk that first test, but that hardly means they will not qualify to join their country’s manpower-hungry military.
    ………………………..

    God, what suicidal madness.

    I can see a third world army consider all kinds of recruits who would never meet the standards of a first-world force: applicants who wouldn’t meet our height or eyesight requirements, or who were rather older than is ideal, or those who admitted to past drug use or who had misdemeanor criminal records.

    But the one thing no serious force”under *any* conditions”does is consider recruits who are by every indication *working with the enemy*.

    To think that our troops are being called to rely on Jihadists so blatant as to have *beheading videos on their cell phones* makes me angry beyond belief.

    More:

    The Afghan deserters complain of corruption among their officers, poor food and equipment, indifferent medical care, Taliban intimidation of their families and, probably most troublingly, a lack of belief in the army’s ability to fight the insurgents after the American military withdraws.

    On top of that, recruits now undergo tougher vetting because of concerns that enemy infiltration of the Afghan military is contributing to a wave of attacks on international forces….
    ………………………..

    What madness is this? They’re treating the issue of keeping *Taliban insurgents* out of the Afghan army as though it were some sort of arbitrary stricture, like insisting that recruits have no outstanding balance on their credit cards or no minor traffic violations on their records.

    More:

    Taliban ringtones and beheading videos are still not disqualifying factors — and they wonder why the infiltration continues.

    From the article:

    The colonel’s hunt for infiltrators is rooted in realism. Often the Taliban cellphone telltales are adopted by people in rural areas as a protection in case the insurgents stop them, he said, so alone they are hardly grounds for dismissal.
    ………………………..

    Does *anyone* believe this? Would anyone download *beheading videos* for “protection”? This strains credulity”to put it mildly.

    More:

    Colonel Stanikzai, a senior official at the army’s National Recruiting Center, is on the front line of that effort; in the six months through September, he and his team of 17 interviewers have rejected 962 applicants, he said.

    “There are drug traffickers who want to use our units for their business, enemy infiltrators who want to raise problems, jailbirds who can’t find any other job,” he said. During the same period, however, 30,000 applicants were approved.

    “Recruitment, it’s like a machine,” he said. “If you stopped, it would collapse.”
    ………………………..

    Don’t you have to ask what the “machine” is for? If you are recruiting Jihadists who want to *murder* you, then you are better off without them.

    If I was out in the field and needed someone to have my back, would I be better off alone or having to rely on someone who would be more likely to shoot me in the back than to watch my back?

    This is so obvious it shouldn’t have to be spelled out.

    What he really means is that maintaining the false appearance of military recruitment keeps the Jizya flowing from the credulous Americans.

    And the New York Times headline for this shocking article? Here it is:

    “Afghan Army’s Turnover Threatens U.S. Strategy”

    Can’t be much blander”or more clueless”than that.

  4. says

    You are SO right, Stuart. We should have started an info blitz many years ago. Woulda been WAY cheaper than traditional warfare. Islamic awareness is happening with blogs like this but without the cooperation of mainstream media it’s quite a battle for widespread education.

    I believe the keepers of middle eastern oil may have too much influence over key U.S. organizations and our leaders have to walk a fine line to keep from losing their jobs or their lives by exposing, allowing, or encouraging truths about Islam to the masses. Or maybe our leaders are paid/bribed handsomely by Saudi or OPEC to not make waves.