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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:09 pm
 


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Afghan forces have trapped up to 200 Taliban fighters in a southern village, possibly including the militia's military commander, demanding they surrender or come under attack, Afghan officials said Monday.

Afghan police and government officials said the suspected Taliban fighters were surrounded as they gathered for a meeting in the mountain village of Keshay in Uruzgan province on Saturday.

Provincial police chief Gen. Mohammad Qasim Khan said NATO troops were also involved in the siege, but NATO spokeswoman Lt. Col. Angela Billings said she had no such information.

Khan told The Associated Press that Mullah Dadullah, a close aide to Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar, and other regional Taliban commanders were at the meeting when the village was surrounded. The security forces were still positioned around the village on Monday, he said.

"We are trying to get him to surrender and to arrest these Taliban without fighting," he said.

Abdul Hadi Khalid, the deputy interior minister for security, told a security commission in parliament on Monday that it was "possible that Mullah Dadullah is among" those who were attending the meeting. He said Afghan officials had demanded that the Taliban surrender or face military action. He did not mention any deadline for negotiations.

A Taliban spokesman in the south could not immediately be reached for comment. Khan said the Taliban fighters had gone into hiding in villagers' homes.

After a winter lull in violence, Afghan, NATO and U.S.-led forces have stepped up operations in recent weeks, hoping to pre-empt a feared spring offensive by militants that threatened the already shaky grip of President Hamid Karzai's government.

Killing or capturing Dadullah would be a major victory for the Afghan government and its foreign backers. A NATO airstrike killed senior Taliban commander Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani in southern Helmand province in December.

Omar's whereabouts have remained a mystery ever since the U.S.-led invasion drove the Taliban from power in 2001.

In other violence, assailants blew up an Afghan intelligence agency vehicle in eastern Laghman province on Monday, killing six employees and wounding three, said provincial police chief Abdul Karim. The bombing followed a similar attack the day before in which two intelligence officers, a soldier and a driver were killed in Mehtar Lam, the provincial capital, officials said.

Separately, an intelligence service employee was kidnapped and beheaded by suspected Taliban fighters at a home in Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, said deputy governor Mohammad Kazim Allayar. He said the owner of the house was under investigation.

In southern Zabul province, a police patrol was struck by a roadside bomb, killing two policemen and wounding five others, said district chief Wazir Mohammad Khan.

Intelligence officers, meanwhile, discovered a large car bomb in a battered old taxi parked in a crowded civilian area in Kabul where NATO and U.S. convoys often drive past.

Authorities found a tank of gasoline, three gallons of explosive chemicals, three grenades and a mortar inside the car, an official said on condition of anonymity because of agency policy. The bomb was safely removed, the official said.

There have been at least three suicide bomb attacks in Kabul this year, and more than 40 nationwide, mostly in the south and east, a threefold increase on the same period in 2006.

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A number of good things here:
Capturing or killing a Taliban command has a huge benefit and crushing blow to Taliban morale. It's also great to see the Afghan army and police forces doing so well on their own.

In light of recent, unfounded rumors and unfounded noise from the Liberals, it's good to see the difference. the good guys are:
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"We are trying to get him to surrender and to arrest these Taliban without fighting

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I guess the jump from Tamil to Taliban isn't that far after all.


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A couple well placed bombs, or 100. let's get it done.


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The Taliban insist they are on a roll, and threaten attacks all over Afghanistan. But so far, the Taliban have used mostly terror attacks with suicide bombers and roadside bombs. These are the weapons of someone who is losing. The increased terror attacks on Afghan civilians are another indicator of Taliban distress. More of the rural Afghans have turned against the Taliban. That, coupled with battles between al Qaeda and Taliban forces back in Pakistan, do not translate into good news for the Islamic radicals trying to regain control of Afghanistan.


I think this definately needs to be shown as true. Bombing innocent civilians does little to an aware and prepared force and it murders the very people the Taliban need support from. All these bombings do is make lots of noise that attracts international media hacks who parrot jiberish.

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Funny we've not heard from Gwyn Dwyer any more. Maybe his views have become unpopular with the media.


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President Bush Announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended

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Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.

Our nation is more secure. The tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free.


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President Bush Announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended

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Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.

Our nation is more secure. The tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:08 pm
 


baylee wrote:
President Bush Announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended

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Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.

Our nation is more secure. The tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free.
This may be a lot to expect from you. But the title of the thread says Afghanistan, not Iraq. But thanks for trolling!


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oh?

Not trolling at all professional forum poster.

Its the same message.
The person who started this thread is trying to say all is well In Aghanistan, just as moron tried to say all was well in Iraq.

Grow up


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:12 pm
 


baylee wrote:
oh?

Not trolling at all professional forum poster.

Its the same message.
The person who started this thread is trying to say all is well In Aghanistan, just as moron tried to say all was well in Iraq.

Grow up
Point? It's a blatant attempt at trying to derail the topic and steer the thoughts away from something positive to something negative. Ass.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:16 pm
 


Just in case you can't read:
Afghanistan is not Iraq.


The only person who demands we talk about Iraq is you.
The topic is Afghanistan. Please stay on topic or please leave.


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]Point? It's a blatant attempt at trying to derail the topic and steer the thoughts away from something positive to something negative.


Well no it isnt.

As I said, it is simply showing how stupid it is to try and claim success when we all know the Afghanistan (MISSION?)is doomed for failure just as , in spite of what MORON was saying, so to was Iraq


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baylee wrote:
Tricks wrote:

]Point? It's a blatant attempt at trying to derail the topic and steer the thoughts away from something positive to something negative.


Well no it isnt.

As I said, it is simply showing how stupid it is to try and claim success when we all know the Afghanistan (MISSION?)is doomed for failure just as , in spite of what MORON was saying, so to was Iraq
Yeah? How do you know? Newsflash YOU DON'T! Unless you have a crystal ball or are blessed with the skill of fore-sight you don't know dick! Afghanistan is going well. But nay-sayers such as yourself are trying to put down the soldiers and it makes me sick.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:23 pm
 


The news report at the start shows that the Afghan police/army forces surrounded possibly 200 taliban, and are asking for a surender. That's a far step from saying the mission is a failure.

Again, you are simply obscuring the topic by lumping harper with Bush, and Afghanistan with Iraq.
If you can't keep them seperate, please leave.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:23 pm
 


So back to the topic at hand.


There is still work to be done but it seems to me our forces are still doing a better job than the US mess in Iraq. We just need to pull the powers that be in Afganistan into the current century. So they can understand that human rights issues are also important in breaking the Taliban's hold on their population.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:26 pm
 


Are you suggesting that Canada build a Guantonimo North, bring Afghans to a foreign country and inprison them here? That's what Dion is now suggesting..


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The news report at the start shows that the Afghan police/army forces surrounded possibly 200 taliban, and are asking for a surender. That's a far step from saying the mission is a failure.


The (MISSION? ) is a failure.

Most normal people who dont live in denial know that.

And the mess in Afghanistan has everything to do with Iraq.

They are one and the same

Again, deny if you want


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