09ASTANA759, REQUEST FOR FY09 USCENTCOM/SOCCENT COUNTER

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09ASTANA759 2009-05-04 10:24 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

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P 041024Z MAY 09
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY 1029
RHMFISS/COMSOCCENT MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
INFO RUEHAH/AMEMBASSY ASHGABAT 7375
RUEHKB/AMEMBASSY BAKU 0067
RUEHEK/AMEMBASSY BISHKEK 8355
RUEHDBU/AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE 0003
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 2166
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0451
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 1580
RUEHNT/AMEMBASSY TASHKENT 0022
RUMICEA/USCENTCOM INTEL CEN MACDILL AFB FL 0003
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5312
RHEFAAA/DIA WASHDC
RUEABND/DEA HQS WASHINGTON DC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHMFISS/HQ USSOCOM MACDILL AFB FL

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 000759 
 
SIPDIS 
 
CENTCOM FOR CCJ5, SOCCENT FOR J33, DIA FOR DHO-2 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN 
MOSCOW FOR DEA OFFICE 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/04/2029 
TAGS: PGOV PREL MASS SNAR KZ
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR FY09 USCENTCOM/SOCCENT COUNTER 
NARCOTERRORISM TRAINING EVENT CKZ2009CNT021N WITH 
KAZAKHSTANI SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES 
 
REF: A. CJCSI 3710.01 CJCS 28 MAY 93 
     B. GENDAMIN JOINT STAFF 071300Z JUN 04 
     C. ASTANA 00525 DTG 240940Z MAR 09 
     D. SECSTATE 33993 DTG 071853Z APR 09 
 
Classified By: CDA Kevin Milas, Reasons 1.4 (b/d) 
 
1. (C) SUMMARY.  IN ACCORDANCE WITH REFS A AND B, THIS 
MESSAGE IS AN EMBASSY ASTANA REQUEST FOR FY09 DOD OPERATIONAL 
SUPPORT UNDER 1004, NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT 1991, 
AS AMENDED, FOR DEVELOPMENT OF COUNTER NARCO TERRORISM (CNT) 
TRAINING DEPLOYMENT (CKZ2009CNT021N) WITH THE KAZAKHSTAN 
SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES (SOF) DURING 4TH QUARTER FY09. 
 
2. (SBU) U.S. AGENCY REQUESTING CNT EVENT.  THIS REQUEST IS 
MADE AND COORDINATED BY DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (DEA) MOSCOW 
REGIONAL OFFICE DIRECTOR MR. TIMOTHY JONES, AND HAS RECEIVED 
THE APPROVAL OF AMEMBASSY ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN. 
 
3. (C) PARTNER NATION (PN) ORGANIZATIONS REQUESTING THIS 
EVENT. DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, MINISTRY OF 
DEFENSE, UNDER MR TILEGEN, HAS REQUESTED THAT THE KAZ SPECIAL 
OPERATIONS UNIT 41433 RECEIVE THIS PROPOSED TRAINING. 
 
JUSTIFICATION FOR THE CNT TRAINING 
---------------------------------- 
 
4. (C) NARCOTICS ULTIMATELY DESTINED FOR THE U.S. AND OTHER 
INTERNATIONAL MARKETS ARE TRANSSHIPPED FROM AFGHANISTAN 
THROUGH KAZAKHSTAN.  EMBASSY ASTANA REPORTING CONCERNING 
TRANSIT/TRAFFICKING ACTIVITY IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH ASIA 
INDICATES THAT PAST AND CURRENT LEVELS OF NARCOTICS 
TRAFFICKING ACTIVITY IN KAZAKHSTAN ARE SIGNIFICANT AND ARE 
LIKELY TO INCREASE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS YEAR'S POPPY 
HARVEST IN AFGHANISTAN.  THE FUNDS GENERATED FROM THE SALE OF 
NARCOTICS ARE LIKELY USED TO SUPPORT TERRORIST ACTIVITY AND 
ORGANIZED CRIME.  THESE ARE DESTABILIZING FACTORS IN THE 
USCENTCOM AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY. 
 
5. (C) THE KAZAKHSTAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES REQUESTED THE 
ASSISTANCE OF THE DEA MOSCOW REGIONAL OFFICE IN COORDINATING 
THE FOLLOWING TRAINING: CLOSE-QUARTER COMBAT (CQC), BASIC AND 
ADVANCED MARKSMANSHIP, VISIT BOARD SEARCH AND SEIZURE (VBSS), 
MISSION BRIEFING, SMALL BOAT OPERATIONS TO INCLUDE EQUIPMENT 
MAINTENANCE TRAINING, WEAPONS TRAINING AT SEA, NAVIGATION, 
COXSWAIN SKILLS, HARBOR FAMILIARIZATION, AND COMMAND AND 
CONTROL. TRAINING WILL BE CONDUCTED AT WESTERN REGIONAL 
COMMAND SITES IN ATYRAU AND AKTAU, KAZAKHSTAN.  OTHER 
TRAINING LOCATIONS WITHIN KAZAKHSTAN MAY BE DESIGNATED BY THE 
HOST NATION. 
 
6. (C) COUNTER-NARCOTIC JUSTIFICATION:  A TACTICAL CNT 
PROGRAM PROMOTES GREATER REGIONAL STABILITY, AND DECREASES 
THE AMOUNT OF ILLEGAL NARCOTICS TRANSITING THROUGH KAZAKHSTAN 
AND CENTRAL ASIA TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS IN RUSSIA, EUROPE, 
AND THE UNITED STATES.  THIS IS AN INDIRECT APPROACH FOR 
DEFEATING INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AND INSURGENTS THAT 
THREATEN THE STABILITY OF THE CENTRAL ASIA REGION. IN THE 
POST 9/11 ENVIRONMENT, A KAZAKHSTAN CNT CAPABILITY HAS BECOME 
MORE CRITICAL IN COMBATING TERRORIST/NARCOTICS ACTIVITY AND 
SUPPORTS USCENTCOM THEATER OBJECTIVES FOR SECURITY 
COOPERATION AND BOTH CENTCOM'S AND THE U.S. SPECIAL 
OPERATIONS COMMAND'S (USSOCCOM) REGIONAL AND GLOBAL 
COUNTER-TERRORISM OBJECTIVES. 
 
7. (C) THE KAZ MILITARY UNIT 41433, SPECIAL OPERATIONS 
COMMAND, AMONG OTHER AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS, IS THE 
PRIMARY COUNTER NARCO TERRORIST (CNT) SPECIAL OPERATIONS 
CAPABLE FORCE IN KAZAKHSTAN. THE CONTINUATION OF THE CENTCOM, 
SOCCENT, AND EMBASSY ASTANA CNT TRAINING PROGRAM, AS PART OF 
 
ASTANA 00000759  002 OF 002 
 
 
THE OVERALL FOREIGN INTERNAL DEFENSE (FID) STRATEGY AND 
PROGRAM FOR KAZAKHSTAN, WOULD EXPAND AND INCREASE THE 
DEVELOPMENT OF A STRONG COMBINED AND UNIFIED U.S./KAZAKHSTAN 
EFFORT IN DISRUPTING THE ESCALATION OF ILLEGAL NARCOTICS 
SMUGGLED THROUGH CENTRAL ASIA AND DENYING INSURGENTS AND 
TERRORISTS ACCESS TO A CRITICAL FUNDING SOURCE FOR CONTINUED 
TERRORIST AND INSURGENT OPERATIONS IN THE REGION. 
 
8. (C) EMBASSY ASTANA REQUESTS THAT PRE-DEPLOYMENT SITE 
SURVEYS (PDSS) AND/OR ASSESSMENTS BE SCHEDULED FOR ALL 
EVENTS. TRAINING WILL BE CONDUCTED AT ATYRAU AND AKTAU, 
KAZAKHSTAN.  OTHER TRAINING LOCATIONS WITHIN KAZAKHSTAN MAY 
BE DESIGNATED BY THE HOST NATION. 
 
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 
------------------- 
 
9. (C) RULES OF ENGAGEMENT:  THE DEA MOSCOW REGIONAL OFFICE 
UNDERSTANDS THAT CJCS STANDING RULES OF ENGEMENT (ROE) ARE IN 
EFFECT. DEPLOYING FORCES WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES 
ACCOMPANY U.S. DEA, OR PN COUNTER-PARTS ON ACTUAL CNT FIELD 
OPERATIONS OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY ACTIVITY IN WHICH 
HOSTILITIES ARE IMMINENT. EMBASSY ASTANA AND DEA MOSCOW 
REGIONAL OFFICE FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT UNITS AND INDIVIDUALS 
DEPLOYED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, ITS TERRITORIES, AND 
POSSESSIONS WILL NOT DEPLOY TO KAZAKHSTAN WITH ASSIGNED 
WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION. 
 
 
10. (C) JUSTIFICATION. US SOF UNITS AND INDIVIDUALS MUST BE 
CAPABLE OF PROVIDING THEIR OWN FORCE PROTECTION WHEN FORWARD 
DEPLOYED IN ALL THREAT ENVIRONMENTS. EMBASSY ASTANA RSO MR. 
LEROY BOWERS IS THE COORDINATING OFFICIAL FOR ALL WEAPONS, 
AMMUNITION, AND OTHER SENSITIVE ITEMS ISSUES. MR. BOWERS CAN 
BE CONTACTED AT THE EMBASSY ASTANA AT COMM:  7-7172-702396 OR 
 7-7172-702100 OR E-MAIL:  BOWERSL@STATE.SGOV.GOV. 
 
HUMAN RIGHTS VERIFICATION 
-------------------------- 
 
11. (SBU) REFTEL C IS EMBASSY ASTANA'S LEAHY HUMAN RIGHTS 
VETTING REQUEST FOR THE KAZ SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIT 41433. 
REFTEL D IS THE RESPONSE TO THIS REQUEST STATING THAT THE 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE POSSESSES NO CREDIBLE INFORMATION OF 
GROSS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS BY THE IDENTIFIED UNIT AND 
COMMANDER. 
 
POINTS OF CONTACT FOR TRAINING 
------------------------------ 
 
12.  (SBU) THE OFFICE OF MILITARY COOPERATION IS RESPONSIBLE 
FOR ASSISTING THE CNT TEAM WITH ISSUES WHILE IN KAZAKHSTAN. 
DEA MOSCOW REGIONAL DIRECTOR MR. TIMOTHY JONES WILL BE KEPT 
INFORMED OF ANY ISSUES SHOULD THEY ARISE. 
 
13.  (SBU) ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS CABLE SHOULD BE 
DIRECTED TO DEA REGIONAL DIRECTOR MR. TIMOTHY JONES AT 
 7-495-728-5218, OR CHIEF, OFFICE OF MILITARY COOPERATION, 
AMEMB ASTANA LTC JAMES YENTZ AT  7-7172-702321. 
MILAS

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