Wednesday, September 20, 2006

NATO Offensive Kills More Than 1000 Taliban Fighters

Washington Post Wednesday, September 20, 2006 article NATO Offensive Kills More Than 1,000 Taliban Fighters by William Branigin. It includes:

§ “NATO forces inflicted a "tactical defeat" on the resurgent Taliban movement in southern Afghanistan in an offensive that ended last weekend”
§ “around 1,000 Taliban fighters -- and possibly as many as 1,500 -- were killed in "Operation Medusa," a NATO offensive launched earlier this month against the radical Islamic militia west of Kandahar.”
§ “NATO, which sent 6,000 troops to set up a permanent presence in the region, was initially surprised by the level of violence in southern Afghanistan and by the Taliban's "change of tactics," the NATO commander said.”
§ “NATO currently has a little more than 20,000 troops in Afghanistan, and Jones is seeking up to 2,500 more to serve as a "tactical theater reserve battalion." He said Romania and Poland have agreed to provide fresh combat troops”


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