Saturday, October 27, 2007

Good News from Afghanistan But Some NATO Allies Not in the Fight

See Oct 27, 2007 Associated Press report from Kabul “80 Taliban reported killed in U.S.-led battle

■ “U.S.-led coalition forces killed about 80 Taliban fighters during a six-hour battle outside a Taliban-controlled town in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of increasingly bloody engagements in the region, officials said Sunday.”

■ “The battle near Musa Qala in Helmand province — the world's largest poppy growing region — is at least the fifth major fight in the area since Sept. 1. The five battles that have killed more than 250 Taliban fighters, a possible sign that U.S. or British forces could be trying to wrest the area back from Taliban militants.”

■ “The latest fight began Saturday when Taliban fighters attacked a combined U.S. coalition and Afghan patrol with rockets and gunfire, prompting the combined force to call in attack aircraft”

■ “Australia's prime minister [John Howard], meanwhile, said more NATO powers must directly engage the Taliban to help ease the burden on Australia, the United States, Britain, Canada and the Netherlands, which all have troops in the dangerous southern and central parts of Afghanistan.”

■ “Germany, Italy, France and Spain have troops in the relatively safer northern sections … and Australian Prime Minister John Howard said ‘Some of the other countries have lots of troops in Afghanistan, but they're not in some of the areas that are experiencing the heaviest fighting’."


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