Reading the incidents in Pakistan – some notes

[Analysis of the Wikileaks Afghan War Diary]. I pulled out the 170-or-so incidents that mention Pakistan and are actually in Pakistan. A lot of them involve coordination with the Pakistani military, getting it, failing to get it, etc. An observation post comes under indirect fire, they track the point of origin, discover it’s in Pakistan, try to get permission to attack the point, and either do or don’t.

For example, this one dated October 16, 2009:

Event Title:D10 0523Z
Zone:null
Placename:IJC#10-1454
Outcome:Effective

TF EAST PAKTIKA
C/3-509TH IN (ABN)


[Analysis of the Wikileaks Afghan War Diary]. I pulled out the 170-or-so incidents that mention Pakistan and are actually in Pakistan. A lot of them involve coordination with the Pakistani military, getting it, failing to get it, etc. An observation post comes under indirect fire, they track the point of origin, discover it’s in Pakistan, try to get permission to attack the point, and either do or don’t.

For example, this one dated October 16, 2009:

Event Title:D10 0523Z
Zone:null
Placename:IJC#10-1454
Outcome:Effective

TF EAST PAKTIKA
C/3-509TH IN (ABN)

0523Z: C/3-509 AT MARGAH ABP COMPOUND REPORTS RECEIVING 9 ROUNDS OF EFFECTIVE IDF. ALL OF THE ROUNDS IMPACTED 200M NORTH OF THE COMPOUND.

0524Z: POO IS RADAR ACQUIRED AT WB 36980 24590. C/3-509 ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT PAKMIL TO CLEAR THE POO SITE DUE TO THE CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE PAKISTAN BORDER.

0535Z: PAKMIL COULD NOT BE CONTACTED AND THE FIRE MISSION WAS NOT CONDUCTED.

SUMMARY
0 X DMG
0 X INJ

CLOSED/0620Z/

There’s also this kind of ambiguous incident going on, May 26 2009:

Event Title:INFO 0839Z
Zone:null
Placename:null
Outcome:Effective

TF East Paktika SOUTH OP, ANA ROUNDS: 82MM HE NUMBER OF ROUNDS: UNKNOWN *THERE ARE NO US FORCES AT SOUTH OP* TIMELINE: 0839Z: SOUTH OP REPORTS 5 X PAX DIGGING IN A KNOWN BAD AREA, JLENS CONFIRMS 0848Z: LILLEY REPORTS THAT SOUTH OP FIRED MORTARS 0916Z: LILLEY REPORTS THEY DID NOT DO ANY DAMAGE BY SHOOTING MORTARS UPDATE: 2220Z THE PAKISTAN LNO RECEIVED A REPORT FROM THE 11TH CORP THAT A FAMILY WAS STRUCK WITH IDF IN A PASS IVO OF OP SOUTH, FOB LILLEY (42SWA 24638 96099) THE FAMILY WAS REPORTEDLY MOVING SHEEP FROM AFGHANISTAN TO PAKISTAN WHEN THEY WERE HIT. THE FAMILY MOVED ACROSS THE BORDER AND INFORMED THE PAK BORDER CHECK STATION OF THE INCIDENT BDA: 3X LN WIA (2 WOMEN, 1 CHILD) 2X LN KIA (MALES) **NO COALITION FORCES ROUNDS WERE FIRED IN THIS EVENT** ///CLOSED AT 1720Z///

Or this out-and-out offensive operation by the coalition forces, in which they tell the Pakistani Military to stay out of it. This report says 55 enemy were killed and 10 civilians were killed, and has the highest number of deaths in this dataset. June 22, 2007:

On 22 1250zJUN 2007 FOB Bermel, C/1-503 reported seeing 20x PAX at WB 3835 0896 with the JLENS. Reports ACM setting up rockets.And using caves as stageing areas.

At 1348z TF Eagle declared imminent threat. By 1410z, 2x A-10s (C/S ) were on station. They dropped 2x MK82 airburst and 3x GBU12 on same group of pax at WB 3906 0908.

At 1440 Shadow was on station. Saw 15-25PAX running in PAKISTAN. A-10s RTB at 1517.

2x AH-64 from TF Deserthawk on station at 1445 (C/S).

105mm fired at targets at 1515z.

CCA engaged targets vic WB 403 091. They reported destroying 2x trucks, and 5-10x PAX. Butcher element reported taking fire, and felt strange vibrations. They went back to OE at 1600z.

Throughout this Shadow continued to have eyes on enemy PAX.

1600z: Firing 105s at targets again. Shadow continues to have eyes on vic WB 403 091.

AH-64s assesed and found no damage to their birds.

At 1625z, 2x F-15s came on station (C/S ).

1630z: PAKMIL requests to check fire. TF Eagle checked fire.

1637z: Approved to fire into Pakistan. Request PAKMIL to stay inside BCPs.

1656z: Airstrike by F-15s again. (2xF15) drops 1x GBU12 onto enemy at WB 4097 0941.

1657z: F-15''s drops 1x GBU12 onto enemy at WB 4178 0937. Estimate 7 enemy destroyed.

1657z: Bermel sees PAX again with JLENS WB 3936 0908. AH-64s engaged them.

1745z: CCA is out of ammo. Will go to SAL to re-arm.

1800z: F-15''s on station

1810z: Shadow on station

1830z: MOD sees additional pax at WB3898 0908, same location as previous strike

1926z: BR and BR on station

1948z: BR elements engaged and destroyed 1 vehicle and 4 pax at WB3898 0908

2000z: BR elements report that they have seen flares being shot, it is believed to be the Pakmil marking their positions

2032z: BR elements RTB

Attached is the TF Deserthawk Storyboard. MTF

Author: Justin Podur

Ecology. Environmental Science. Political Science. Anti-imperialism. Political fiction. Teach at York U's FES. Author. Writer at ZNet, TeleSUR, AlterNet, Ricochet, and the Independent Media Institute.