The Enemy’s Pre-Emptive Strike in Afghanistan

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Sunday’s event did bring some good news. Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai admits there was an “intelligence failure” on the part of Afghanistan and NATO, the Afghan security forces responded quickly, efficiently, and mostly independently. They only received some support from NATO helicopters. Nearly 40 terrorists were killed versus 8 police officers. Only 5 civilians died. This is partially because the Taliban was not primarily targeting civilians, but the Afghans should be commended for avoiding significant casualties in a chaotic environment. In addition, a new study concludes that the Village Stability Operations that are helping local Afghans defend their communities are working.

The final U.S.-led offensive in Afghanistan is about to begin. NATO and Afghan forces will seek to secure the routes to Kabul from the south and the east and to stop infiltration through the Pakistani border. A focal point will be Ghazni Province. Its governor told the U.S., “If you secure Andar [district], you have secured Ghazni, and you have secured Afghanistan.”

There is not much time to accomplish these formidable tasks. The U.S. is withdrawing an additional 23,000 soldiers by the end of September, leaving behind 68,000. The Obama administration is considering further reductions by the end of 2012. All foreign combat forces are supposed to leave by the end of 2014. Luckily, Afghanistan expects its security forces to be 352,000-strong by 2013 and their skills are improving.

There are many obstacles facing Afghanistan as foreign forces depart. The Taliban’s strength is estimated at about 25,000 and the Haqqani network is at about 10,000 members. Most of these fighters are safe in Pakistan and this doesn’t even include groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba. We now know that Iran stirred up the unrest following the breaking of the story about terrorist-owned Korans being accidentally disposed of.  President Karzai is corrupt and it is very possible he’ll cut a deal with the Taliban or another anti-American force. There are power struggles between warlords that could escalate if a power vacuum opens up.

The primary mission of the U.S., however, is to stop the Taliban and like-minded terrorists from obtaining a base from which to target the West. The upcoming spring offensive will be decisive in completing that mission.

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  • Alvaro

    "Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai admits there was an “intelligence failure” on the part of Afghanistan and NATO, the Afghan security forces responded quickly, efficiently, and mostly independently. They only received some support from NATO helicopters."

    There were also Norwegian special forces from Forsvarets Spesialkommando and Hærens Jegerkommando, as shown here:
    http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/artikkel.php?ar

  • davarino

    What can you say? The Taliban are being telegraphed everything we are about to do. There is no intelligence gathering they have to do, they just have to watch American Television. Hell, Obama probably briefs them on a daily basis with his secret BlackBerry.

  • tagalog

    It's an Afghan problem now. Just get our troops out of harm's way ASAP.

  • H&R_ Barack

    Question: Who's the enemy, again?

    How Obama Is Losing Afghanistan: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/how_obama_

  • BLJ

    Karzai is a Judas. We should just drop 25 or so daisy cutters on them and get the hell out.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Our interests in doing battle with these terrorists is that aw are on their hit list along with the Jews. The problem is that we are letting politics interfere with military operations. Our rules of engagemnet costs military lives. He fact is that the American military is engaged in mortal combat and they need the full support of their country. This they do not have from the American left.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      We made that same tactical mistake in Vietnam. and we all know how that turned out.
      The communists won.

      I wonder why Obama is deliberately doing the things that always lead to failure, it's as if he wants us to lose.

      His muslim heritage must be very important to him.

  • H&R_ Barack

    Would you repeat the question.

    WHO is America's enemy in Afghanistan?

    WHAT is Obama-America's Strategic PLAN & Interest?

    …..tell us again why dedicated, innocent American Patriots, – college cadets and America's FINEST…

    ………..must (under Barack HUSSEIN Obama) spill American Blood for Islam?

  • H&R_ Barack

    GLASS FACTORY.

  • H&R_ Barack

    .
    ISLAM is HATRED without a CURE!

  • Juddea

    It is way past time to bring our troops home or stop working with the Afghans. Any President complacent in keeping troops over their under the current conditions is in on it and responsible for any deaths that may occur.

  • Ronald Johnston

    When the civilized world finally wakes up and realizes that it cannot exist with islam or any remnants of islam, we will live in peace!!!!

  • kongMing

    “WHO is America’s enemy in Afghanistan?”

    The Taliban who the ISI uses as a proxy to prevent a strong Pashtun nation out of fears it will cause a separatist movement. Complicity in the heroin trade and US aid adds in their motivation.

    “WHAT is Obama-America’s Strategic PLAN ”

    Train and support an Afghan military.

    “& Interest?”

    Prevention of an international terror base in response to the worst act of terrorism in US history. Protection of allies, mostly women, who will be horribly murdered in a genocide. $3 trillion dollars of mineral rights for rare earths which would end up in the hands of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Attack the international heroin cartel.

    “…..tell us again why dedicated, innocent American Patriots, – college cadets and America’s FINEST…

    ………..must (under Barack HUSSEIN Obama) spill American Blood for Islam?”

    US soldiers are withdrawing and should be entering support roles. bin Laden no longer organizes arch terrorism. The worst hit so far in the war against Islamic terrorism has been the Moslems themselves by a large margin. Without a proactive strategy a very determined group of terrorists could wreck havoc here.