By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2005 – Taliban members who face off against coalition forces or the Afghan National Army are facing heavy losses, so they've
resorted to recruiting young teens to join the fight, the Joint Staff's operations director told Pentagon reporters today.
Marine Lt. Gen. James Conway spoke following a July 25 incident that involved heavy fighting in a small village west of Deh Rawod in Afghanistan's
Oruzgan province. The incident, which left one U.S. soldier and an Afghan National Army soldier dead, took a considerable toll on the enemy, the
general said. Some press reports claim as many as 50 insurgents were killed, he said.
"My observation, tracking this day in and day out, is that virtually every time the Taliban come up against our regular forces or those of the Afghan
National Army, they are losing pretty badly," Conway told reporters.
These continual losses are likely to affect the way these enemy forces operate, he said.
"What we suspect, over time, is that they are going to be driven to the standoff tactics that we see being employed in Iraq," Conway said, "because
they can't sustain those kinds of losses and continue to remain viable."
The coalition has received reports that the Taliban is attempting to recruit 14- to 16-year-olds to their cause because "older and wiser" Afghans
simply are "not buying into their rhetoric," Conway said.
IMHO I think we should pour in special forces their, and I know we have them their but I mean a lot of special forces. From every country, because
if their gonna be using those types fo tactics were gonna have to kill them or capture them before they can do anything. Either way its good that
their losing war, maybe we can use these new tactics to our advantage. Like using 15-16 year old boys to get information from them, using what they
think they can use against us, against them. Hey you never know it may just work.