Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Taliban put up a new fight

By Syed Saleem Shahzad
Asia Times

"KABUL - With the Taliban geared for their biggest push of the year to take control of southern Afghanistan, district by district, coupled with suicide attacks in the cities, Western intelligence believes that the killing of Mullah Dadullah was a big mistake.......

In these circumstances, the Taliban leadership decided to assign a number of seasoned commanders to different areas, where they would be in charge of their own tactics depending on local conditions. The idea was to scatter as many of them as possible to spread further already stretched coalition and Afghan National Army forces.[Smart 4th Generation War application]

Although the commanders chosen were experienced, they were not well-known faces, and were thus able more easily to go about their business.......

Coalition troops are finding that when they focus on one sector, violence escalates in another. And they simply don't have enough resources to manage the whole of Afghanistan at the same time - especially when some of the coalition partners are not interested in ground operations......."


Compare this with what the Palestinians do; again the Palestinians can learn a thing or two if they were interested in learning.

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