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181000Z TF Eagle information operations in Orgun-E
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EXSUM: TF Eagle IO Counteroffensive(18 OCT 2007) In response to yesterdays (17 OCT 2007) protest in Orgun, Mayor Mobeen, Orgun sub governor, organized a large shura to speak out against the false claims made by yesterdays protest leaders. Thirty elders attended the shura as well as two radio journalists and a television journalist that works for Khowst National Television and Afghan National Television. The elders said the leaders of the protest, four mullahs from Orgun, made up false allegations about what happened during a coalition forces raid on 14 OCT. The Orgun elders emphatically stated that the coalition force did not desecrate the Quran and that they did not arrest or search any women. The elders pledged support for the government of Afghanistan, the provincial government of Paktika, the ANSF, and coalition forces. Elders also understood that the men captured during the raid will be investigated. If they are innocent, they will be set free. If they are guilty, they will be punished. The Orgun elders made clear that they trust the judicial system and are very willing to allow it to work. The Paktika Provincial Police Chief, General Zazai, spoke out against ACM incited protest today on Voice of Paktika radio. General Zazai spoke about the coalition force operation conducted to capture a suicide bomber who was attempting to arrange suicide bombings in Bermel and Orgun districts. General Zazai said insurgent groups in Orgun arranged a protest to spread false claims that the security forces desecration of the Quran and poor treatment women at the raid site. He said Mayor Mobeen, the Orgun sub governor, determined the allegations were false and that the people making the statements were working with enemies of Afghanistan. Doctor Hashim, a TF Eagle cultural advisor stationed at FOB Bermel, and Mullah Janan, the mullah for the Angorada mosque and influential religious leader in Paktika province, carried out a round table discussion this morning broadcast on Radio Shkin. During the discussion, Doctor Hashim spoke of his personal experiences with coalition forces and how in all his dealings they have respected Islam and the Holy Quran. Mullah Janan denounced the Talibans claims and further stated that the ANSF and Coalition Forces regularly and very generously distribute mosque refurbishment kits to show how much they respect Islam. Radio Shkin broadcast the message today at 0730z and it will re-broadcast the 18 minute discussion 6 times a day for an entire week. Governor Khapalwak has spoken to the international media outlet Azadi Radio in Kabul regarding the ACM motivated protest in Orgun district yesterday and the reasons why insurgents have resorted to making false claims, to incite violence. The Governor also spoke directly with a Reuters reporter this evening (the news service who published the original story about the protest in Orgun and described the false claims). He told the reporter about todays events in Orgun in response to the ACM-incited protest, the Governor called it a peace rally to contrast the violent motivation of yesterdays protest in Orgun. The Governor made clear to the reporter that the protestors claims were not true and asserted as well that those detained were active insurgent leaders. He invited the reporter to come to Paktika to see things in Orgun first hand and urged him to reach out to people on the scene in the future rather than report spurious stories from Kabul. The Reuters reporter told the governor that he would run a follow-on story about the peace rally and the false nature of the claims against coalition forces. The timeline for publication is uncertaion. Video from todays peace protest and large shura is being developed for distribution to key communicators in AO Eagle and throughout Paktika province. Lastly, the Governor (completely of his own accord and firmly of his own mind) has instructed the NDS Chief in Orgun district to arrest Mullah Alam, the leader of yesterdays protest; he would not be deterred from doing so.