Kamdesh (Afghanistan War Series)
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New roads would be the final stage, built and maintained by local contractors, this would improve the local economy while providing improved communications with the central government and the rest of the nation. This had the potential of providing a significant boost to the local economy, which in the past saw little in the way of civic improvements. Keating saw these programs as having mixed results.
Villagers and clans who were left out of these projects were resentful, and quick to turn to those who would exploit the resulting divisions.
Haji Yunus, a village elder of Gawardesh and contractor for an electric plant was kidnapped and murdered. A note was attached to his body which said: "Don't work with coalition forces. This will happen to you. Omar was the top Taliban leader in Afghanistan, but U. Intelligence stated HIG had done the killing, giving Omar "credit" in order in instill more fear due to Omar's greater reputation.
The constant ambushes and fire fights along the road to Naray did little to relieve Keating's doubts. Part of the letter stated: "At the present time for those who work and obey the American devils by taking contracts for building schools, road, and power plants: also those who work as police, district administrators, and commanders as well as sold-out mullahs who deny Allah's orders and holy war and deny the holy Quran: We are telling you that we are continuing our holy war in Allah's will…Soon we will start our operations.
In response to this, the local Afghan officials sent more government troops into the area to increase security. The closeness of the action, and coordinated fire from both sides of the valley indicated that the attackers in this ambush were different than the groups that were using sporadic, long range, harassing fire in the past. These AAF were more professional and probably represented groups from areas outside of Nuristan. The AAF would disguise themselves in ANA uniforms and set up fake checkpoints to extract taxes and tolls from local contractors, and allied themselves with smugglers transporting illegal timber and gems across the border into Pakistan.
Urdu and Pashtun HIG warriors bringing in arms and ammunition from Pakistan would cross the border in the other direction. Their fake government check  points and "taxes" would finance and complete the economic cycle and serve to finance AAF operations. On the whole the AAF was a broader based and more formidable force in than before the American invasion, and represented a significant escalation. They were commanded by Captain Tom Bostick, the next leader to inherit the responsibilities associated with the Kamdesh area of operations.
Extending control further along the Landay-Sin river would hopefully provide a counter to the expansion of AAF organization and activity in the summer of The AAF responded to this advance with a well-organized and coordinated ambush on July 26, in the river valley at Saret Koheh. The AAF forces involved fit the pattern of the improved AAF, in that they were uniformed and equipped as Afghan Army and police forces, with the latest weapons and radios issued to government Afghan forces, along with black knit ski masks to conceal their identities.
They made sustained attacks over a two-day period, drawing American support forces and widespread air forces into the battle. Despite air and artillery support the American forces suffered significant losses from the enemy fire that rained down on them from both sides of the valley. Captain Thomas G. Bostick was killed by a rocket propelled grenade, along with Staff Sergeant William "Ryan" Fritsche who was killed by rifle fire.
Seven other Americans and one ANA soldier were wounded. The Battle of Saret Koheh made good on the threats of the "Night Letter" posted in Kamdesh beginning the campaign season of AAF operations in the area were expanding, involving a greater proportion of the local population, and were being supported by Taliban organizations in Pakistan. American forces were strung out in a thinly held and poorly supplied picket line from Naray to Kamdesh along the Landay-Sin River.
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The American forces were too outnumbered to survive in sustained combat with the local population. Something had to be done to put the Americans and the Afghans of Nuristan on the same side. He decided that the appearance of American soldiers in their "battle rattle" war gear gave the impression of soulless killing machines. Encased in armor, helmets, and weapons, Americans appeared to be looking for a fight.
As a contrast Dave attended his next meeting with the Kamdesh village leaders dressed in a T-shirt and shorts. When he spoke to them he discussed their common values as leaders of families and communities working toward a better future for their children. Mawlawi Abdul Rahman of Kamdesh was a local elder much impressed with this new approach.
He began building a consensus of village elders in support of the Afghan government. Through the rest of the summer and fall of , Captain Joey Hutto, the new commander of COP Keating, and his troops expanded this initiative. By October the elders and mullahs of the Kamdesh area had been inspired by Rahman to gather at Kamdesh for a mass meeting, or shura to plan the future of Nuristan. This series of meetings over two days involved more than representatives of the people of Nuristan, and had the goal of bringing order and economic development to the region.
The village leaders elected a representative council of members to form a shura that would produce a regional security plan and obtain an agreement with the American military and the Afghan Karzai government. This agreement would recognize the authority of the Hundred Man Shura, and provide funds for economic development. Formalized as "The Commitment of Mutual Support" the agreement also provided the Shura would provide local security in return for an end to uninvited American military searches of local towns and mosques.
From November through January members of the Shura traveled the villages of the Kamdesh area, informing the residents of the support agreement and stating that the era of holy war was over, and that local government would bring peace and prosperity.
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This agreement did bring down the level of combat in the Kamdesh area. In the year that followed the agreement, ANA and American deaths dropped from thirty to three. The shura began to falter by October Yllescas, was severely wounded in a targeted assassination attempt with a remotely detonated IED less than meters from the outpost—he later died from his wounds.
The assassin was later found in Urmul and appeared to have the assistance of one of the Afghan day laborers at Camp Keating and the acquiescence of Urmul's elders. Yllescas's charismatic relations with the Shura had supported the transition from Cavalry to 6th Squadron, and the Shura's influence and collaboration with ISAF forces declined from this point.
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COP Keating became increasingly isolated in the summer of Ground resupply became almost impossible due to the area's limited roads and the threat of insurgent attacks. Furthermore, Camp Keating's location, surrounded by mountains on three sides, exposed helicopters and the outpost's garrison to insurgent fire. Towards the end, resupply flights were limited to moonless nights when near total darkness offered some protection to helicopter crews and their craft. The Allies planned to close COP Keating by August , but the move was delayed because of other military operations in a nearby district  Because Keating was scheduled for closure in the near future, coalition leaders had decided not to make more than minimal efforts to improve fortifications at the base.
Coalition forces received three human-source intelligence reports sometime before the battle indicating that insurgents were planning an attack on the outposts. Because the reports had not been verified by other intelligence sources, such as electronic intelligence, the reports were discounted.
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The attackers overran Keating's perimeter defenses about 48 minutes into the battle. Breaches occurred at a latrine area close to the perimeter wire; also the main entrance where civilian Afghan Security Guards were overwhelmed; and from the eastern side—where Afghan National Army soldiers were stationed. Despite the efforts of two Latvian military advisors, who tried to convince the Afghan National Army forces not to flee,  the Afghan defenders quickly broke and ran.
During and after the battle, some of the Afghan soldiers stole items, including digital cameras and protein drinks, belonging to American soldiers at the base. Once inside, the attackers set fire to the base, burning down most of the barracks. Within the first hour, the American and Latvian defenders had collapsed to a tight internal perimeter, centered on the two buildings that were not burning. Regrouping there, they pushed out teams to retake much of the outpost.
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They expanded the perimeter all the way back to the entry control point and to the buildings on the western edge of the outpost, which became their final fighting position. Armando Avalos and Sgt. Jayson Souter, including attack helicopters, As , a B-1 bomber , and F fighters, destroyed the local mosque, where much of the insurgents' heaviest fire originated. Once OP Fritsche soldiers gained control of their mortar pit, Sgt. Avalos began directing indirect support to help the defense of COP Keating. Justin Pavoni, for almost eight hours, helping coordinate airstrikes by 19 other aircraft.
The insurgents began to retreat later in the day. Relief had been slowed in reaching COP Keating due to a lack of available aircraft and density of terrain.