(回答先: アフガニスタンジハードニュース（4/7） 投稿者 ドメル将軍 日時 2002 年 4 月 08 日 23:24:01)
Sensational report was made by the Strana.ru internet agency.
According to that agency, the US troops in Eastern Afghanistan suffered serious losses.
Strana.ru refers to its sources in Kabul in the report.
According to those sources, Thursday night and Friday morning during a special operation in the vicinity of Shahi-Kot valley near the city of Gardez about 100 of American servicemen died and 200 were wounded.
In regards to the operation there is only the information that the Americans were repeating the operation of ≪sweeping and cleaning up≫ the valley from the Taliban, the valley where ≪Operation Anaconda≫ recently ended.
This time, as Russian website reported, the Taliban used anti-aircraft missile complexes with which they shot down four Apache gunships.
Referring to unnamed experts in the report, Strana.ru mentioned that the Taliban actions were well-organized and coordinated.
According to the same sources, the unit headed by Field Commander Jalaluddin Hakkani is operating against the Americans and their allies in the region.
Strana.ru also claims that there are many Chechens and Arabs in the unit of the Afghan Commander.
And Hakkani himself is using new tactics - his units pose as locals and operate in small groups.
Besides that, as the source reports, Afghans (and especially the Pashtu) support Commander Hakkani's Resistance.
The Afghan Commander allegedly offers a reward of 100 thousand US dollars for every captured soldier of the Western coalition.
Jalaluddin Hakkani is also famous for his fight against Soviet troops that he started back in 1979, the agency reports.
In this regard let us remind that Islamic agencies including Kavkaz Center repeatedly reported earlier that the Pentagon is carefully concealing their real losses in combats in Afghanistan and that the situation in this country is far from what the American propaganda is depicting.
This time a Russian agency was a source of the information about the US losses.
In this regard one can assume that Russian mass media are going into some sort of an opposition towards their allies in the so-called ≪counter-terrorist operation≫.
It is necessary to acknowledge that Russia has sources of the information about real events in Afghanistan, because considerable forces of the Northern Alliance are being fed by Moscow.
Department of Strategic Information, ≪Kavkaz-Center≫
Russia Claims U.S. Troops Suffered casualties
Updated on 2002-04-07 12:28:04
MOSCOW, April 07 (PNS):
According to the claims of Russian news agency IANS, the US army suffered heavy losses in Afghanistan during its offensive against Taliban and Al- Qaeda fighters in Shahi-Kot valley on Thursday night, a media report said.
"Nearly 100 US Special Forces personnel were killed and about 200 injured and four Apache helicopter gunships were destroyed in the offensive at Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan,"
Russian online newspaper Strana.Ru reported quoting well-informed sources in the Kremlin, the seat of the Russian government here, reports Indian Abroad News Service (IANS).
US forces along with Afghan troops launched the offensive after coming under massive missile attack by Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters Wednesday, the paper said.
During an operation in Shahi-Kot valley two weeks ago, US troops had combed nearly 50 caves but did not find any Taliban or Al-Qaeda fighters except bundles of Islamic literature, maps and operation plans.
Local commander Zalaludin Hakkani is leading the Taliban and Al-Qaeda resistance with the help of a large number of Chechen and Arab fighters, the paper said.
Hakkani has adopted a new tactic to fight the US troops:
he keeps his men in small groups dispersed among the local population and changes their location frequently.
He has also promised a reward of $100,000 to the local people for catching a US soldier, the paper said.
Hakkani, who became famous for starting the resistance movement against Soviet troops in the early 1980s, is believed to have wide support among the local people, particularly the Pushtuns, the paper said.
Well-acquainted with the geography of the region and a master of the guerrilla warfare, Hakkani is likely to turn out a formidable adversary to the US forces for a long time, according to Afghan experts here.
Coalition forces come under attack in Paktia
BAGRAM AIR BASE, April 4:
Coalition forces have come under fresh attack from Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in eastern Afghanistan's Shahi Kot valley, a US military spokesman said on Thursday.
The attack in Paktia province Wednesday came more than two weeks after the end of the US-led Operation Anaconda aimed at crushing terrorist resistance in the rugged region near the Pakistan border.
Captain Steven O'Connor admitted that the attack was evidence that enemy forces were still operating despite the apparent rout last month, in which US commanders claimed hundreds of extremists were killed.
"Yesterday the coalition and Afghan forces received several impacts of hostile rocket fire near the Shahi Kot valley," O'Connor told reporters, adding that the incident occured near a heavily bombed ridgeline known to the Americans as "The Whale".
"Forces are continuing to investigate the source of the attack," he said.
"They observed it but it did not have any effect.
But it came close enough that they felt it was directed at them."
Asked if the incident indicated that enemy forces were still in the area, he replied:
"It's a good indication."
O'Connor said trawls of the caves in the Shahi Kot valley were still being conducted in search of intelligence on the Al Qaeda leadership, including Osama bin Laden.
More than 50 caves had been searched so far in the Arma mountain range, which was a natural fortress used by the Afghan mujahedin fighting the Soviet invasion from 1979-89.
"Since Operation Anaconda we have cleared or destroyed over 50 caves in the southeastern region of Afghanistan," O'Connor said.
The searches had uncovered "documents, munitions, maps, plans", he added.
The United States has claimed that hundreds of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters were killed during Anaconda, including much of the middle-ranking leadership.
But very few bodies have been discovered.-AFP