Soldier's family 'relieved' after Taliban capture
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 7:11a.m.
By 3 News online staff
A senior Taliban figure believed to have been involved in an attack that killed two New Zealand soldiers last month has been captured in Afghanistan.
A raid was carried out yesterday at Talawa Barfak in the Baghlan province. One Taliban insurgent was shot dead and three others were detained. The US-led coalition claims one of the persons captured is connected with the attack on Kiwi soldiers.
The family of one of the Kiwi soldiers killed last month was relieved to hear someone involved in the attacks could be in custody.
Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer's grandfather Jack told RadioLIVE news of the capture provides some closure for his family, and he hopes it does the same for our service men and women.
“We’re quite happy for the other boys and girls that are still there,” he says.
Mr Durrer says he doesn't want ‘an eye for an eye’, but it would be justice for the insurgents to be tried in court.
Raid was ‘direct response’ to attacks
New Zealand journalist Jon Stephenson has been researching the raid from Kabul in Afghanistan.
“What we know is that a joint Afghan coalition operation, probably a helicopter-borne assault, arrested a Taliban insurgent leader who the coalition here says is senior leader in the network involved in attacks on coalition forces in the area," he told Firstline this morning.
"That includes the incident which killed two New Zealand PRT soldiers and wounded six in the north east Bamiyan province on the fourth of August.”
Mr Stephenson says this raid is a direct response to those attacks.
“They’ve done a lot of surveillance, they’ve done a lot of intelligence work, and it’s directly related to the killing of those two soldiers.”
Mr Stephenson says the exact location of the operation is unknown, but he does know that it took place in the mountainous Talawa Barfak area, just across the border from Bamiyan.
And he says US troops probably took the lead in the operation.
“We know the coalition was heavily involved, it was probably US troops that took the lead, [but it’s] highly unlikely I’m told that any SAS troops were involved – but the coalition won’t rule that out.”
Mr Stephenson says there were three people detained in total.
“The key figure, who is the person they refer to as the senior Taliban leader, he is a weapons facilitator he buys explosives, he buys heavy machine guns. He was a pivotal figure allegedly in this raid on the fourth of August. They say they’ve absolutely connected him to the fourth of August incident in which those two New Zealanders were killed in Bamiyan.”
However it is unknown whether he was connected with the August 19 incident, but coalition forces hope they can interrogate him for more information in order to launch further strikes.
New Zealand soldiers Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer and Lance Corporal Rory Malone died in Afghanistan on August 4 and Corporal Luke Tamatea, Private Richard Harris and Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker died on August 19.
The US promised their troops would help in any retribution attack, after it was confirmed New Zealand had sent SAS officers to track down those who killed the New Zealand soldiers.
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26/09/2012 11:31:00 p.m.
The defence force rolls out its own agenda. It's not about closure.
It's time we looked closely at the nature of war and the thinking around the actions that perpetuate warfare.
I agree, why is NZ in Afghanistan?
Why have more soldiers been deployed, to use the language of the 'force'.
It is not worth injury or loss of life.
We are all heroes. It isn't heroic to lose your life.
And yes, kiwis are struggling to get by and numbers are increasing. It's time to phase out warfare. We wouldn't have dead soldiers. We wouldn't have poverty. It's not rocket science.
25/09/2012 6:16:49 p.m.
Dwight Schrute wrote:
Yuri - In so many senses? I cant think of one.
Distance from Earth to Venus - 39.5 million KM
Distance from Earth to Mars - 54.6 million KM
Distance from New Zealand to Afghanistan - 13.8 thousand KM
There is life in Afghanistan
There is no life on Venus, Mars, or any discovered planets.
I cant really think of how your metaphor works on any level whatsoever.
24/09/2012 8:11:54 p.m.
Reading 3 News paints a clear picture of where we stand doesn't it? On one hand a New Zealand invalid hunger-striking for food and on the other National spending millions on war "flock knows where"...
Do you realise Afganistan is as far as another planet to New Zealand? In so many senses!
24/09/2012 6:24:54 p.m.
Willard you tool - if I was to follow your logic, will jailing civilian murderers bring back their victims? No.
But it will serve justice, it will bring closure to families involved and most importantly it will stop the murderer from murdering again.
24/09/2012 12:57:33 p.m.
No it won't bring back the fallen. What a stupid question Willard. It will bring a semblance of justice however. As for why are we fighting this war, I guess you need to do a little research. Or maybe you have been wandering around in a daze while this has been explained over and over again. Wake up.
24/09/2012 11:55:16 a.m.
Kiwi James wrote:
Willard, no this will not bring these brave soldiers back but will bring some closure for their families. As for why we are fighting this war?These soldiers were doing their job despite the political issues and served their country with honor and protected the common New Zealander. As a true blue Kiwi i thank them for their service and maybe you should think before you go passing judgement!!
24/09/2012 9:11:57 a.m.
Willard Mubvumbi wrote:
Is this going to bring back the soldiers killed? Why are you fighting this war?
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