A search on “Iran” in the Afghan War Diary gives about 150 hits – more, actually, but I cleared a bunch that were place names that have the string “iran” in them, like Faqiran, and any entries about how the US raids a weapons cache and uncovers Iranian-manufactured weapons (there are a lot of those […]
In the phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, echo, foxtrot, golf, hotel, india…), the letter “i” is represented by “india”. This makes searching for “India” in the Afghan War Diary a bit of extra work, as grid systems and nomenclatures that use alphabetical numbering and reach the letter “I” end up having US military units […]
[More analysis of Wikileaks Afghan War Diary]. Looking through the 200- entries in the Afghan War Diary that specifically mention Canada, I noticed that most of them mention one of three task forces: TF Aegis, TF Paladin, and TF Kandahar. Searching for each of those terms gives a 1000-3000 hits each. It seems that these […]
[More analysis of the Wikileaks Afghan War Diary]. I tried searching the database for any of these keywords: narc, opium, heroin, drug, poppy. It came up with 800 hits, which look like this: Note the concentration in the south (Hilmand) and the east. Now let’s zoom in on one of the areas, one the clusters […]
[More analysis of Wikileaks’s Afghan War Diary]
Searching on CDN in Afghanistan instead of CF, which means Coalition Forces, gives a much more modest picture of Canadian Forces around Kandahar. Apologies for the error. Incidents are in red, roads in grey.
[More analysis of the Afghan War Diary] Analyzing NATO/US casualties (“Friendly Killed In Action” or FriendlyKIA) by type of unit gives the following. Coalition Forces (CF) casualties have more wounded than killed. TypeOfUnit Data (empty) Sum – FriendlyKIA 28 Sum – FriendlyWIA 29 ACM Sum – FriendlyKIA 6 Sum – FriendlyWIA 15 ANSF Sum – […]
[More analysis of the Wikileaks Afghan War Diary] I was looking at situations where Enemy Killed in Action was greater than 0, which gave 3729 incidents. I expect that if there are more civilian deaths than are encoded in the database, they are here, as armed people tend to classify those they kill as combatants, […]
Looking at only incidents where CivilianKIA was greater than 0, I got 1458 events. In OpenOffice Calc (after downloading the convert text-to-numbers extension) I used DataPilot to divide these incidents by Type: Air Mission 2 Criminal Event 99 Enemy 1 Enemy Action 716 Explosive Hazard 2650 Friendly Action 162 Friendly Fire 34 Non-Combat Event 309 […]
[ERROR – THIS MAP SHOWS CF OR COALITION FORCES. A MAP OF CANADIAN FORCES ENGAGEMENTS WILL FOLLOW… APOLOGIES FOR THE FAILURE TO CHECK THE ACRONYMS] I’ve started to analyze the incredible Afghan War Diary that was published by Wikileaks. What follows is a bit of nerdiness, in case you want to try this at home.