Norway At War 5/6 Mission Afghanistan (Norge i Krig - Oppdrag Afghanistan)


Uploaded by Metziker on 12.03.2012

Transcript:
I'm starting to become a fan of pulling out the forces.
I haven't been a champion for that before.
But if this is what we are going to do. It's just nonsense.
-Yeah you either floor it. -Yes, either you do the job or.
You don't muck about at low speed and slow down the rest of the traffic.
I'm left with the feeling that we haven't been properly utilized.
If I were to do something here, I would have done something.
I would have sought out the enemy, brought local allies ANA and ANP.
And faced the enemy, shown them they have nothing to do here.
More or less gone and killed the enemy.
We have too few forces to deal with the situation. One would of course have liked more.
But that is such a ... strain I cannot put on the Norwegian army.
The army is too small to provide a substantial contribution over time.
That's why for example the battle unit, PRT's task unit, so small.
Too small of course. But the Norwegian army is not dimensioned to deliver more.
The Task Unit's three months are over. The soldiers are preparing to go home.
Looks good.
Thank's for your effort. Good luck with the new guys.
I think it will be good. Both for you and them.
Despite our time here now, I would like to come back again to see if things change.
We haven't changed anything.
"There are shocking attitudes among Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan defense minister says."
Today's VG front-page where a soldier states: It's better to fight than to fuck.
Have made the defense minister react. Some of our soldiers have an attitude problem she admits.
"It may sound silly, but it's better to kill than to fuck." No ...
Of course there were some things that should probably not have been printed.
But I know that soldiers in combat situations often have a need to -
- find inner motivation -
- to go into battle time after time.
In that context it's quite common for soldiers in the world -
- to find symbolism of various kinds to find that inner motivation.
To Valhalla!
To Valhalla!
Very good.
I have two daughters who play football.
Before the match they gather in a ring and shout out their battle cry.
You can see it glows fighting spirit and motivation when they go out on the field.
The worst that can happen is a backwards goal.
When my soldiers go out in the field the backwards goal is that they lose a friend -
- or that they themselves are injured or killed.
The goal when we came here was to keep "Russian Hill".
Because that is the only footprint we have managed to set in the Pashtun dominated area.
We will try to get the police to remain present in the operations area.
If you want we can say today.
But the soldiers need water, and the well doesn't work there.
And we need that now. So what can you do for us?
I understand but ...
In Afghanistan we have a saying.
"A child with two mothers is going to die." Do you understand?
The authorities say we will get everything from PRT.
Yes great. Beautiful.
Tomorrow we travel with six cars and one truck.
Is it possible to help us with fuel?
No, no. There is no need to contact them.
Thank you for your cooperation, but you do not always have to say "no".
Gasoline is something they typically ask for. But they already get money for gasoline.
When I challenge them and say I will push the matter all the way up to Kabul -
- they get flickering eyes and it's not that important. Then they can get gasoline on their own.
So where resources are suppose to flow things disappear all the time.
Perhaps a good example of people sticking things in their own pocket.
Ultimately there is little that reaches the soldier on the ground.
What we see in the Pashtun areas -
- is that development has come much shorter there.
Pashtuns are a minority who have not been given part -
- in the development that has happened. in many other parts of Faryab.
So I ask myself why that is.
Norwegian politics is that it should be a crystal clear separation between military and civilian efforts.
They travel out with Norwegian aid funds in the province.
And of course they do not go to the most unsecure areas ... that need it the most.
Norway has talked in Faryab for so many years.
But just talking doesn't help.
We are now heading to Ghalbala, a Pashtun village in the Pashtun belt.
They live in the darkest Middle Ages.
Solberg wants to bring the authorities out into the Pashtun areas.
He will check the possibilities for building roads and a health clinic in Ghalbala.
We can expect to be attacked.
It can also end with us hitting an IED.
It was precisely in that area, we lost four soldiers a few weeks ago.
Observations have been made on potential insurgents -
- in the mountains a bit further that Sierra has under surveillance. Over.
-9-1 Copy that. Over. -9-1 Out.
Not being sure you will survive the next turn.
Because you don't know if there is a roadside bomb. It's hard to tackle for everyone here.
Make ready.
What we see here is people on the hill, this man has peaceful purposes he stands still for ID.
What we are looking for is "poppers". It's the spotters -
- who suddenly shows up for a few seconds, then they are gone.
If we see someone like that there is danger. Someone is preparing an ambush.
Tango, 9-1 over. We are driving into the village with the unit -
- and considering whether to implement "Key Leader Engagement". Over.
Copy. End.
We are neighboring villages, so we do not distress another.
Why are you here?
When they read the Koran, perhaps 2000-3000 times to memorize it they lose their sight.
They focus a lot to memorize everything.
You are free to convert to Islam here.
-Every man believes in his god. -Religion plays no role.
If he sees us move now, it may be the last thing we do.
My world I'm happy to be born in Norway. The differences are like heaven and earth.
There is high unemployment. Therefore the road project would be very good.
Because you get the "cash for work" principle.
Some areas will do the building themselves. In some areas they need professional help -
- because it's complicated work.
Taliban controlled area
We have had constant popper activity.
Insurgents have been observed in the area where we will stay overnight.
We are very concerned about safety. We need to coordinate with the population here.
We need to talk to people and promise them safety before the work begins.
The budget is not more valuable than life. We cannot risk any life for the budget.
The threat right now comes from the region behind us there.
We are using the terrain as shielding. Get some "guns" up the road.
Then we are well prepared if something happens.
Khabir Khan is the local leader in Ghalbala. He has a wide network and knows many Taliban members.
I have not met him before. This is the first time.
Many different power figures in Afghanistan have used their power to achieve personal goals.
Good night.
Those guys are not coming back. At least not from that direction.
Now we are in an area where the rebels have freedom of movement.
"Freedom of action and freedom of movement" as we say.
To put it this way: This happens every time we are here.
The rebels are gaining better and better footing, seize more control in Faryab province.
That's Faryab today.
Now we must sleep. The clock is 22:30.
We can't allow ourselves to be intimidated by this.
The locals here are probably not that much bothered by the situation.
But those who will do the building may face a challenge.
Among other they plan to build a health clinic.
So this is probably the first time that people here are in contact with a doctor.
I cannot walk or stand over time. You must give me medicine.
My hands are dead. They do not feel like my hands.
Now we have incoming so we must take on vests.
There are rebels who try by force to prevent us -
- in supporting the government in reaching the people.
They use force against us until we have to pull out.
We will be attacked by this and that from here and there. He obviously knew yesterday.
But he was incapable to tell us that yesterday. Today he comes with all the details.
I asked him if this is how he wants his children to continue to live -
- or whether they should have a little better life.
Without security there will be no development in his village.
We will not move into his village as planned.
Bad enough we didn't get to Ghalbala, now we must fight our way back out as well.
It's pretty indicative of how the situation in northern Afghanistan is right now.
The situation in Faryab has progressed negatively for a long, long time.
But especially in the last six months it has deteriorated dramatically fast.
Shall we carry on as we do now without taking into consideration these changes?
Leaving us always one step behind.
I remind you that we have sharpshooters both to the southeast and west of Baghdisi. Out.
We probably fought you and your forces in Belcheragh.
That may well be.
If neither the government or you support us, we can do nothing.
That close to the car he blew himself up.