Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Afghanistan Taliban Claim Big Victory in Helmand Battle with "Cowardly" U.S. Military

Below is a statement from the Afghan Taliban, which refers to itself as the "Islamic Emirate [state] of Afghanistan" (as it did in the 1990s). The statement is run without edits.

The statement is signed in the name of a senior Afghan Taliban spokesman and refers to the group's "Conquest" campaign, a new offensive.


Helmand battle : dozens killed, 3 US helicopters shot down amid operation al-Fath

May 11, 2010

HELMAND, May 11 - As many as 55 Americans have been killed and 37 terribly injured with their three Chinook-like helicopters shot down in clashes with Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in Helmand's Nowzad district through much of Monday, Mujahideen officials said. According to the details, the deadly battle erupted as about hundreds of American cowardly soldiers, airdropped by some 20 helicopters into the different areas of Nowzad district, wanting to
carry out a large scale operation in the area, came under simultaneous attacks by Mujahideen from every directions that caused a daylong face-to-face fighting which started on Monday afternoon (May 10) and continued till late night hours, in which the enemy, after suffering deadliest losses and severest damages, fled the areas carrying the engines of the helicopters shot down by Mujahideen during the fighting along with them, while the wreckage of the struck helicopters including their wings and other parts of the helicopters and the mutilated parts of the bodies of the American soldiers still exist at the sites.

No Mujahids have, by the virtue of Allah's bounty and His mercy, been harmed, while Mujahideen have taken the abondoned arms and ammo.

Jahidic officials say it is the first operation which has been so much perfect and successful since the invasion of US cowardly troops in 2001, and one of the luckiest operations since the operation al-Fath ( The Victory) commenced throughout the country.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi


Charles Cameron (hipbone) said...

Hello again, IbnS:

I was interested to note the phrase "Jahidic officials" in this post, quoting Qari Yousuf Ahmadi. I imagine that's a typo for "jihadic" unless there's some reason for supposing that "jahidic" would be a preferred formation.

I hadn't seen "jihadic" before, but a quick google on the term brings up "heavy jihadic attack" at and other examples, including a recent one from Revolution Muslim. There's also usage from a western perspective, eg William H. Thornton, "Europe's Jihadic Nightmare: The Case for Civil Islam", in Antipode, Volume 39 Issue 5, Pages 790 - 799, 7 Dec 2007.

OED doesn't have the word, and doesn't expect to any time soon (h/t to Gregory McNamee, who inquired on my behalf), but I have to admit I like the ring of it...

إبن الصقلي said...

Yes, it's a typo, I think, considering the other typos in similar statements.

As always, thanks for the links and additional information! You always add so much depth to discussions.