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Title Four Corners : In Their Sights.

Published Australia : ABC [broadcaster], 2011 September 05 at 20:30:00.


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Physical description 1 streaming video file (45 min. 45 sec.) ; 277521845 bytes
Summary A Four Corners team investigates both the merits and the risks of the "kill-capture" campaign. Its proponents claim that the strategy has been successful in killing enemy commanders, but several missions involving elite Australian soldiers have gone horribly wrong, killing "friendly" local leaders and civilians. Ask most Australians what the "strategy" in Afghanistan is and they would tell you it's about winning the hearts and minds of the population. The Government talks about the need to improve security, protect the population, build schools and hospitals and a lasting stable government. But running parallel with this "hearts and minds" approach is another far more contentious and highly secretive strategy - it's called "kill-capture". Using mostly Special Forces, the Coalition has been hunting down Taliban commanders one by one. The program is massive and increasing. In the last year an estimated 11,000 insurgents and their leaders have been killed or captured. The strategy is to disrupt, dismantle and demoralise the insurgents, forcing them to the negotiating table. Their leaders are taken out night after night after night, their caches of equipment supplies, their money supplies are cut off, so the idea is you start to grind down the enemy's will and its capability to fight and an important part of that is going after those leaders. ISAF General But for all its perceived success, some are questioning the strategy and the unintended consequences it's delivering. First, experts say, killing the established leadership has led to a new generation of younger even more radical insurgents. The second problem comes when the raids go wrong. Each raid is only as good as the intelligence it's based on. Evidence shows that in a number of cases the intelligence is not reliable and in others it appears Coalition forces have been manipulated by their Afghan allies into settling old scores and killing tribal rivals. As a result, families are divided and devastated, local populations become alienated and angry, leading some into the arms of the Taliban. A Four Corners team reports on how the "kill-capture" strategy developed, how it's being implemented and expanded and finally examines the fall-out when things go wrong. The program gets access to the families and eye witnesses who were present when elite Australian troops undertook "kill-capture" missions. The program investigates three incidents, revealing why, in two cases, it appears the wrong people were killed and in another a suspect already detained was shot dead at close range. After a decade of war in Afghanistan, is the "kill-capture" strategy doing more harm than good?.
Audience Classification NC ACMA.
Other author O'Brien, Kerry, host.
Carney, Matthew, reporter.
Cookes, Thom, reporter.
Sharifi, Shoaib, reporter.
Hoh, Matthew P., contributor.
Kilcullen, David, contributor.
Krause, Michael, contributor.
Leija, Frank, contributor.
Mintz, Kenneth, contributor.
Nicholson, John W., contributor.
Semple, Michael, contributor.
Shaida, Abdali, contributor.
Subject Taliban.
Special operations (Military science)
Terrorism -- Prevention.
International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)
News and Current Affairs.