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Nato, Afghans Kill ‘Hundreds Of Taliban’

From their dejected allies at Reuters:

Members of the Afghan National Army parade up the street of Musa-Qala, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007.

Afghans say hundreds of Taliban killed in Musa Qala

By Hamid Shalizi Thu Dec 13

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan and NATO-led troops killed, wounded and detained hundreds of insurgents during fighting in the Taliban’s biggest stronghold, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

Musa Qala, in the southern province of Helmand, took on a symbolic importance after the Taliban seized it in February following the breakdown of a much-criticized local truce that allowed besieged British troops to pull out of the town in October last year.

Thousands of Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops captured the town on Tuesday after one of the biggest operations the Afghan army has carried out.

“During the successful operation by ISAF and Afghan troops in Musa Qala, hundreds of insurgents including several commanders and tens of foreign fighters have been either killed, wounded or detained,” Defence Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi told a news conference.

“We can not say exactly how many enemies have been killed at this time as we are still busy collecting dead bodies from Musa Qala,” he said.

“Afghan and NATO troops also bombed an important Taliban meeting in the mountains of Sangin and Musa Qala district that led to a high number of casualties,” Azimi said…

There is a lesson in this battle for all of us.

Lest we forget, Taliban militants overran Musa Qala last February, four months after British troops left the town following a “peace treaty” that gave security responsibilities to the local chiefs. 

That deal was called a surrender to the Taliban by the US, and we were right.

And so lives had to be lost re-taking the town. Afghan and British officials now say they are going to station troops there and prevent it from falling into Taliban hands again.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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