Afghanistan Nato operation ‘meets first objectives’

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BBC reporting British advance from north, met ‘minimum interference’ from Taliban.

US Marines were brought into Marjah city by helicopter. Four small firefights going on Saturday evening but in the city, as well, resistance seems less than expected.

Taliban are guerrillas who know they are outgunned, so the whole point of being a guerrilla is that one fades away rather than standing and fighting. They may also fear public backlash if they are blamed for substantial damage to the city:

BBC says ‘Another Taliban spokesman, Mullah Mohammed, had earlier told ABC News that his men were pulling back to spare any civilian casualties.’

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  1. So if the Taliban is going to ground, its fair to assume that the "success" of this operation could be temporary at best?

  2. Is this what the BBC means by 'meets first objectives', and 'minimum interference'?

    Th"Afghan flag-raising in NATO offensive draws gunfire"

    (also contains a few bars of "When Johnny DID NOT Come Marching Home")

    MARJAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – U.S. Marines came under intense fire on Sunday after taking over a building in the heart of a Taliban stronghold targeted by a NATO-led offensi…ve designed to put the Afghan government back in charge.

    Taliban fighters unleashed automatic gunfire at NATO helicopters flying in and out of the town of Marjah, and fired on Marines at a ceremony to raise the Afghan flag over a building to mark progress in the offensive.

    Captain Ryan Sparks compared the intensity of the fighting to the U.S.-led offensive against militants in the Iraqi town of Fallujah in 2004.

    "In Fallujah, it was just as intense…

    link to in.reuters.com

    Courtesy of MilNews, Taliban communique watch link to milnewsca.wordpress.com

  3. Captain Ryan Sparks compared the intensity of the fighting to the U.S.-led offensive against militants in the Iraqi town of Fallujah in 2004.

    "In Fallujah, it was just as intense…

    Sounds like said captain is trying to have us on. Every other report says things are calm.

    Perhaps Taliban communique watch would do better to do a watch on US military propaganda.

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