Monday, April 28, 2008

U.S. & Afghan Troops Repel Taliban Attacks, Kill 12 Taliban

More good news from Afghanistan! And although the 12 Taliban killed came from Taliban attacks on five different U.S. and Afghan bases, it still shows how prepared we are for these attacks. It's a rite of Spring for the Taliban to love to come racing down a mountain in a frontal attack but it is also a rite of Spring for U.S. forces to cut them off at the knees. And it's encouraging to see the Afghan troops holding there own in these types of attacks.

From the Combined Joint Task Force briefing here:

A dozen insurgents killed, dozen more wounded in failed Kunar attack

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (April 28. 2008) – A dozen insurgents were killed and a dozen more were wounded during a failed attack, Sunday, on Afghan National Army and U.S. bases in Kunar province’s Korengal Valley. An estimated 30 to 40 insurgents attacked five bases in the Korengal valley with small-arms fire, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and indirect fire. Afghan and U.S. forces repelled the enemy’s attack utilizing effective small-arms fire, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, mortar rounds, and artillery fire and close-air support. No Afghan, U.S. Soldiers or civilians were killed or injured in the attack.
One thing of concern though throughout this latest rash of attacks is that they are happening throughout a good part of Afghanistan. Up until a month ago, the southern province of Helmand was seeing about 80% of the heavy Taliban activity and now we are seeing it more to the east and west. I'm not sure what that means but the bad news of it is that there doesn't seem to be any shortage of Taliban jihadists. Considering the terrain of Afghanistan and the porous border with Pakistan, I'm one of those on the negative side of long term total success in Afghanistan. Don't get me wrong here - I'm as adamant about fighting the Taliban to the end as anyone, but I also feel that a major success will only happen when Pakistan joins the fight 100% (which is why I'm so bloody ornery over recent appeasements by Pakistan's government) and also, we get to the top echelon of Taliban leadership - including Mullah Omar himself.

In the meantime, I'm still hoping for an average of 30 dead Taliban a day for the rest of the year year - that would set my goal at about 6200 dead by the end of 2008. I like that number.

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