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GARMSIR, Afghanistan, July 2 (Reuters) - Thousands of U.S. Marines were told they were about to make history before they set out on Thursday to wrest control of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province away from the Taliban.
"You're going to change the world this summer and it starts this morning," Lieutenant Colonel Christian Cabaniss, commander of the 2nd battalion, 8th Marines, told his troops dressed in desert fatigues before they mounted helicopters and humvees.
"The United States and the world are watching. Their expectations are enormously high during this summer of decision."
“What makes Operation Khanjar different is the massive size of the force, the speed at which it will insert, and that where we go we will stay, and where we stay, we will hold,” Brigadier-General Larry Nicholson, the Marines’ commander said.
The area south of the British headquarters at Lashkar Gah is the world’s biggest heroin-producing region and a crucial transit point for Taleban fighters joining the insurgency from over the border in Pakistan. Much of the ground the US Marines aim to seize has never been trodden by foreign troops. British forces failed to penetrate south of Garmsir, where new fighters arriving from Pakistan are blooded in battle. American frustration with the British strategy saw them move into the area in 2008.
July 3 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. troops pushed deeper into a major Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan in a bid to root out insurgents and stabilize the region, after one Marine was killed on the operation’s first day.
Forces advanced into three district centers and are liaising with local leaders to find out what they “want and need,” Captain Bill Pelletier said by telephone today from Camp Leatherneck, a Marine base in Helmand province.
Troops are moving through towns and villages to “separate the population from the insurgents,” Pelletier said. They fought “light skirmishes” with gunmen who then fled, he added.
Originally posted by Laurauk
I find it absolutely ridiculous that other countries who are in Afghanistan, do not do what the Americans are doing. Those european countries whom wont involve themselves in this, or help in any way to stop the taliban in the south, should rethink why they are there in the first place.
God help us all if a major conflict was to ever break out again in Europe, all!
BREAKING NEWS: An american soldier has been captured in Eastern Afghanistan, will updae once I learn more!
[edit on 2-7-2009 by Laurauk]
The omens look better than they have some time. The Americans have withdrawn from Iraq's cities, which means Afghanistan will have its full focus in a way it hasn't had since the initial invasion in 2001. Pakistan appears to have finally realised the Taliban and al-Qaeda threaten its existence as a state and no longer feels so passionately that it's "America's war." More importantly, Pakistan's armed forces appear to have reached the same conclusion after a series of bloody attacks on its major cities. Yesterday, it moved its forces up to the Afghan border to capture Taliban militants fleeing the American advance. Finally there appears to be evidence of the joined up thinking President Obama's new "Af-Pak" policy promised.
Originally posted by ziggy1706
once again afghanistan..You know what i dont get? During WWII, We overtook Normandy in ONE day, and hepled overthrow Berlin a year and a half, once the troops got on land. Here in afghanistan, its going on what 9 years????
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
I hope this is the final solution... but I doubt it. We can push them back, we can kill them by the thousands but as sure as day becomes night, they will regroup, grow in numbers, and seep back through the porous borders as the western military presence in Afghanistan susbsides.
They are a tide of evil tyranny.
The area south of the British headquarters at Lashkar Gah is the world’s biggest heroin-producing region and a crucial transit point for Taleban fighters joining the insurgency from over the border in Pakistan.
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- U.S. Marines on Friday continued to lead a major push against militants in southern Afghanistan in an attempt to rout the Taliban from their stronghold in Helmand province, Marine Capt. William Pelletier said.
A Marine source described the fighting Thursday evening as "our most significant encounter."
Sporadic fighting took place over several hours in the southeastern sector of Garmser district, said Pelletier, spokesman for the Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan.
Originally posted by spy66
Well i guess we europeans are a lot smarter then you Americans are.
Originally posted by spy66
First prove beyond questionable doubt that it was Al Qaeda that did the 911 stunt.
[edit on 27.06.08 by spy66]
Originally posted by open_eyeballs
Maybe someone can explain to me why it is that we can send over millions of pounds of bombs to carpet bomb some areas of Iraq and other areas of Afhghanistan, but we can not seem to do this with the opium fields?
Why does more of American blood have to be sacrificed to spread democracy?
This is not about the Afhganistan people, just like it was not about the people of Iraq. A dusgusting lie to advance political agenda and foreign policy not appropriated by the American people.
If it were about the people we would have been in Suddan, Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and South Yemen all governments involved in mass democide in the name of communism.
Why is it our policticians pick and choose whom we must fight and die for?
One reason: People justify it by standing up for the decisions that are made in Congress and the White House because of their political bias . Ill tell you what, the day we have an American politicians body being dragged through the streets alive in some foreign country is the day America fights a just war.
MOSCOW — The Russian government has agreed to let American troops and weapons bound for Afghanistan fly over Russian territory, officials on both sides said Friday. The arrangement will provide an important new corridor for the United States military as it escalates efforts to win the eight-year war.
The agreement, to be announced when President Obama visits here on Monday and Tuesday, represents one of the most concrete achievements in the administration’s effort to ease relations with Russia after years of tension. But the two sides failed to make a trade deal or resolve differences o
The poppies didn't take down the WTC, Al Qaida did. The Taliban was aiding and abetting, and giving safe haven to Al Qaida. Ergo, the Taliban has to go. You'd rather bomb FLOWERS? What did a flower ever do to YOU?
"Spreading democracy" isn't the point, it's just a side effect. The Taliban has to go. THAT'S the point.
I don't know about this "we" business, but I was in Nicaragua. I did my part against the Sandinistas. Jimmy Carter was a buffoon. He was busy running around Central America and Mexico trying to garner support for the Sandinista guerrillas. Unsuccessfully, I might add.
Sometimes the enemies coincide with governmental decree, sometimes they don't. Sometimes the government just doesn't know what it's doing.
Ya gotta think for yourself.
other than to say I ain't fightin' NO war just because some American politician got his dead carcass dragged through foreign streets. I don't think that would justify a fistfight, much less a war.