Afghanistan: February 10, 2003


Rockets are still being fired at peacekeepers and US bases, and still missing. The rockets are inherently inaccurate, and are usually fired by timer or remote control because the reaction is often so swift that the firing troops would be caught if they set them up and fired several salvos. Such a tactic would enable the firing troops to adjust their aim. But they would likely be under attack before that could happen. In January there were 46 attacks, 38 in December and 63 in November.

More leaflets appeared in the villages along the Pakistan border, calling for resistance to foreign troops. The leaflets mentioned Islamic radical warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

The new national army continues to have problems. Low pay makes it difficult to recruit good troops, and many recruits desert to work for warlords at higher pay. Many of the new officers are also of low quality. The American Special Forces trainers believe that they can overcome these problems.

Rebels set off a bomb 25 kilometers outside of Kandahar, injuring three government officials. This was the latest attack on the government by unnamed assailants. It is believed the attacks are by Taliban diehards and followers of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.


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