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Monday, September 18, 2006

Afghanastan: SOLDIERS DESCRIBE FIGHTING IN AFGHANASTAN

American soldiers in Helmand Province have described to journalists for 'The Independent' that "We are flattening places we have already flattened, but the attacks have kept coming. We have killed them by the dozens, but more keep coming, either locally or from across the border...We have used B1 bombers, Harriers, F16s and Mirage 2000s. We have dropped 500lb, 1,000lb and even 2,000lb bombs. At one point our Apaches [helicopter gunships] ran out of missiles, they have fired so many."

The soldiers went on to say that they are constantly ambushed, and in need of helicopters, but cannot get any. They have praise for the Afgham army, but say that the Afghan police force does not wish to fight the Taliban either because they are afraid to or because they are Taliban sympathizers.

New British troops have arrived to help, but France, Germany, Italy and Turkey say they have no troops to spare because of the peacekeeping effort in Lebanon. In the meantime, Pakistani troops have withdrawn from the border, after getting "a promise" from the Taliban not to cross over into Afghanastan and continue to mount attacks.

According to Lt. Gen. Richards: "You also have to think that each time we kill one, how many more enemies we are creating. And, of course, the lack of security means hardly any reconstruction is taking place now, so we are not exactly winning hearts and minds."

Mother Jones
By" Diane E. Dees
September 14, 2006

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