ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Great Escape in Afghanistan: 500+ Taliban Tunnel Out of Prison

Updated on April 26, 2011

Who knows? Maybe some of the Taliban DID SEE Steve McQueen in the 60's, The Great Escape classic film, where Americans and Brits tunneled their way out of a Nazi POW camp. Maybe.

The recent "Great Escape" for the 21st Century is actually even more incredible and indicates just how wasteful the Afghanistan war is.  Sarpoza prison is in Kandahar, it is Afghanistan's largest and operated solely by NATO trained Afghanistan security forces. There is only a platoon of American soldiers nearby for emergency. Canada spent over $4 million to bolster the prison's defenses last year and retrained the staff there after the 2008 successful attack by the Taliban on the prison that freed 900 Taliban fighters.

The daring tunnel, 3 ft. in diameter, was dug over a period of months and was over a half mile long, ending at a small nearby house close to the prison where cars were waiting. It began at midnight, that is when all of the prisoners in the political section of the cell block (containing mostly Taliban fighters and commanders) were notified. Silently, they slipped into the tunnel. According to boasting Taliban escapees, by 3 a.m., most of the 500+ had escaped and cars sped off. And where were the guards?

Who knows. But, nothing was discovered until 6 a.m. when a guard noticed the whole cell block was empty. Duh! Most acknowledge that there was also insiders in on this. For instance, what happened to all of the dirt that was removed? Did they use the same technique as in the 1962 movie? You are talking about a significant amount. Why was there no guard checks every hour? Obviously, internal corruption-big surprise.

A total of 541 escaped according to the boastful Taliban, these include 106 Taliban commanders. On the next day, a massive search ensued and 34 were found and returned to prison. As part of the Taliban plan, they distracted the guards with suicide bombers on the opposite side of the compound.

Last year, President Obama promised to regain control of Kandahar, a Taliban base. To do so, 30,000 US troops cleansed the area. Of course, those troops are gone and as in the Vietnam war, once the Americans leave, the enemy returns. They are not stupid!

The prison break has dealt a major blow in PR for the war. The Taliban are now much stronger, just in time for the summer combat ops. It is a blow to NATO forces trying to convert this corrupt nation. For the public, it only reinforces their own suspicion about their corrupt government and security and allows the Taliban to gain in stature. 

So much for the high security Sarpoza prison.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)