Sunday, November 29, 2009

NATO Airstrike Kills 30 Taliban In Eastern Afghanistan

The scenario was simple - Taliban forces attacked an Afghan police outpost in Khost province, the Afghans called up NATO for help, NATO sent fighter aircraft in and up to 30 Taliban are now dead. Now THAT is how it is supposed to work!

The end result is .... the police outpost/checkpoint is safe, the Taliban are rotting on the ground and the survivors are washing their pants out in a nearby creek and you and me are sitting here with smiles on our faces.

I'm guessing that by the end of the day, CNN will throw up a report that one of the air strike victims was an old Afghan woman who went out to get a bucket of water so the air strike was evil. :Sigh:

Here's the report from Reuters:

Air strike kills 30 Taliban in Afghanistan

KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - About 30 Taliban insurgents were killed in a NATO-led air strike in eastern Afghanistan after they attacked an Afghan police post, a police official and the alliance said on Sunday.
Afghan border police commander Sayed Nabi Mullahkhil said a police checkpoint in eastern Khost province, which shares a border with Pakistan, was attacked by militants overnight.
The privately owned Tolo TV station said 26 insurgents were killed, including one fighter from Chechnya.
A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul confirmed an air strike was carried out by foreign troops in Khost late on Saturday after Afghan police called for their assistance.
"Afghan forces came under attack and asked for assistance and we provided it in the form of air support," the spokesman said, declining to give any details of casualties.
General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has identified Khost province, the power base of insurgents loyal to the Haqqani family, as a battlefront, along with the neighboring provinces of Paktia and Paktika.

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