Posted by Andrew Roman on February 13, 2010
The good guys are on the move in Afghanistan in what is being called “the largest operation since the start of the Afghanistan war.” Approximately 15,000 troops – including American, Afghan and NATO forces – kicked off a major assault against the Taliban in the town of Marjah yesterday.
In the early stages of the operation, reports are that all is going well.
From Fox News:
Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, NATO commander of forces in southern Afghanistan, said Afghan and coalition troops, aided by 60 helicopters, made a “successful insertion” into Marjah without incurring any casualties.
“The operation went without a single hitch,” Carter said at a briefing in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.
At least 20 insurgents have been killed and 11 arrested so far in the offensive, said Gen. Sher Mohammad Zazai, the commander of Afghan forces in the region. Troops have recovered Kalashnikov rifles, heavy machine guns and grenades from those captured, he said.
There are somewhere around 1000 Taliban entrenched in the town of 80,000.
However, the biggest threat comes not from the Taliban, but from the mines and improvised explosive devices they’ve had time to hide along the town’s entry points.
“This may be the largest IED threat and largest minefield that NATO has ever faced,” said Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, commander of Marines in southern Afghanistan.
The operation is seen as a major test for the Afghan government and for President Obama’s strategy to surge troops into the country. If it goes according to plan, the Taliban will lose critical source of funding, the Afghan government will gain legitimacy and Obama can claim his first real victory in a war many believe the U.S. is losing.
This has nothing to do with Barack Obama and his victories. This is one of those instances when I don’t give a damn who is President, providing we are in there to win. This is about defeating the enemy. This what the Commander In Chief is charged to do.
It’s time to kick ass and take names.
Godspeed to our heroes.