Monday, April 25, 2011

Binocular Snapshot for 4/25/2011

LastDayWatchers while you "watch" the failures continues to mount up

The Taliban executed a daring prison break in Kandahar early Monday morning, April 25, when at least 476 political prisoners and 125 other inmates escaped

"Through a 1,050-ft.-long (320 m) tunnel, U.S. Army sources based in the Arghandab River Valley, just north of the restive city, tell TIME. The escape threatens security gains made over the winter and comes just weeks before the start of the traditional spring fighting season.


Indeed, 60 of the escapees are believed to be from Arghandab, a battle zone key to securing Kandahar and its environs.


The Arghandab prisoners were captured during intense fighting last summer and were jailed for carrying out attacks and ambushes, placing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), harboring and supplying Taliban fighters and caching explosives and weapons.


The U.S. military considers them a radical and violent element.


"The enemy dug a tunnel from a house to the jail, and at 4:30 a.m., we heard that some prisoners had escaped," Kandahar Governor Toryalai Wesa said at press conference. "A tunnel like this can't be dug up in a week or a month — the Taliban worked on it for many months."


The Taliban took responsibility for the jailbreak. Group spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said that 106 of the escapees were Taliban commanders.


"If I was a Taliban commander right now, I'd be thinking this is a great recruiting opportunity,"


The leadership wouldn't spend all that money to free these guys just to give them a monthlong vacation. They freed them to fight. I guarantee we'll see something happening in Arghandab soon. I give it a week, two max."


"I think we're going to see a shift in the enemy's tactics this season. What did they lose last year that they really want back? I think they're going to consolidate their efforts to try and make that one gain, to get a foothold back into the western Arghandab."

"This is a blow. It is something that shouldn't have happened," Omer said. "A prison break of this magnitude of course points to vulnerability … we have loopholes."

Taliban forces near the prison were prepared to stage an attack, said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, but the "need did not arise due to the inaction shown by the enemy."


The Taliban spokesman said that 106 of the escapees were "important commanders" of the Taliban. James said it was unclear whether the escapees were insurgent leaders likely to mount attacks on coalition troops."

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