Transcript: Remarks by ISAF Deputy Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Australian Army Brig. Gen. Roger Noble on insider attacks in Afghanistan
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of remarks by ISAF Deputy Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Australian Army Brig. Gen. Roger Noble on insider attacks in Afghanistan at a press briefing held on Sept. 19, 2012:
“G’day. I’m Brigadier Roger Noble. I’m the deputy operations officer here in Kabul at the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. I’ve had 29 years service in — as an officer in the Australian army. With the impending recovery of the U.S. surge forces, I’m ready to add to answer your questions on the impact of the surge and the overall progress of the ISAF campaign.
“The bottom line is that, beneath the noise and turbulence of day-to-day operations and events, the campaign remains on track to achieve its objectives in accordance with the laid-down Lisbon timeline. The surge has effectively covered and enabled the training and fielding of the Afghan national security force and is an amazing outcome in and of itself. The blood, sweat and tears of many coalition soldiers, especially many brave Americans, has directly delivered the time and space for the ANSF to stand up and assume the lead for the security of Afghanistan.
“Relentless pressure on the enemy has increasingly pushed the fighting and insurgency away from the major population centers. A particularly heavy toll has been levied on the insurgent leadership and transnational terrorist organizations, such as Al Qaida.
“Seventy-six percent of the Afghan population now lives in areas in transition or entering transition. In these areas, Afghans have the lead for their own security and their own lives. And the future of Afghanistan is day by day increasingly in Afghan hands, as it must be and should be. This is the plan, and it’s on track.
“Rather than me keep talking, I think it would be more productive to go to questions. I have been in this theater for 10 months, and as the deputy operations officer, I will try to answer any operational questions that you may have.
“You are more than welcome to ask about the insider threat challenge and our response, the nature and impact of civilian casualties in theater, the recent attack on Bastion, or recent collective responses to the heightened tensions generated by the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video.
“But you’ve got to remember I’ll answer your questions as an ISAF coalition officer who clearly isn’t American, but I’m married to one. So I’m ready to your questions, and fire away.”
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