Lucky Shot or Clever Ambush?

So the Americans are briefing that their Chinook was brought down in Afghanistan by a lucky shot from a Rocket-Propelled Grenade – not exactly the ideal weapon for bringing down aircraft. And hardly something to fret over in future.

But wait a minute, the Afghan government has different ideas, with officials phoning up news organisations to offer an alternative account – that the attack was actually a cleverly devised ambush. As AFP reports….

“Now it’s confirmed that the helicopter was shot down and it was a trap that was set by a Taliban commander,” said the official, citing intelligence gathered from the area.

“The Taliban knew which route the helicopter would take,” he added.

“That’s the only route, so they took position on the either side of the valley on mountains and as the helicopter approached, they attacked it with rockets and other modern weapons. It was brought down by multiple shots.”

The official also said that President Hamid Karzai’s US-backed government “thinks this was a retaliation attack for the killing of Osama Bin Laden.”

Er, so what’s going on? The government of President Karzai is now dishing out Taliban propaganda? It’s difficult to see exactly how this is helpful for any sort of long-term strategy, unless the overriding aim is to tell the Americans that they had it coming and should jolly well bugger off as fast as possible. Charming.

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