Good news about the Afghan surge from the Washington Times:
The U.S. military is starting to see signs that the troop surge in Afghanistan is working on a timetable similar to the Iraq reinforcement campaign in 2007, according to an outside adviser and military sources.
“There are already some early signs of a beginning of a momentum shift in our favor,” retired Army Gen. Jack Keane told The Washington Times.
Gen. Keane just returned from a two-week tour of the battlefield, where the focus is on ousting the Taliban from Kandahar, its birthplace, as well as from Helmand province and other southern and eastern areas.
Gen. Keane reported his findings to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Kabul, who saw the surge of 30,000 troops completed in August, placing about 100,000 American service members in country.
An architect of the Bush administration’s surge of troops in Iraq, Gen. Keane advised Gen. Petraeus when he was the top commander there.
Gen. Keane told The Times he has witnessed in Afghanistan the same shift in fortunes: Taliban fighters are changing sides, villages are being cleansed of the enemy and protected, and intercepted communications show flagging Taliban morale.
“Overall, we can see now that the surge forces are starting to make a difference,” he said. “And you have to be encouraged by some of the progress that’s being made. All that said, we’re in a tough fight, and I believe we will continue to gain momentum.”
According to available info on this video, it was shot recently in Upper Orakzai in Northwest Pakistan by the Taliban.
I am sure feminist groups want us “imperialists” out of Afghanistan (as I exemplify in my post entitled “The Left/Islamo-Nazis/Homosexuality/Womens Rights/and Contradictions“).
CAUTION, GRAPHIC! There is an innocent human life lost here to Sharia law:
NewsBusters points out how deep non-knowledge of some of the guests at MSNBC can run:
How clueless can a guy who lives in Manhattan possibly be?
Discussing the Afghanistan war on Morning Joe, Donny Deutsch claimed “people weren’t clear why we were there in the first place.”
Uh, Donny . . .
Fortunately, the ever-affable Willie Geist was there to diplomatically offer Deutsch a brief history lesson.
WILLIE GEIST: Well, it was clear in the first months after 9-11.
Remember, Donny? That little piece of the Manhattan skyline puzzle that’s missing? The Taliban regime in Afghanistan that harbored al Qaeda members who plotted it? Hello?
Here is the video:
THE TIMES: A seven-year-old boy was executed by the Taleban in a brutal act of retribution this week after his grandfather dared to resist the insurgents’ iron rule.
Afghan officials said that the boy was accused of spying for US and Nato forces and hanged from a tree in southern Afghanistan.
Daoud Ahmadi, the spokesman for Helmand’s provincial governor, said that the murder came days after the boy’s grandfather, Abdul Woodod Alokozai, spoke out against militants in their hometown.
“I know his father and I know his grandfather,” Mr Ahmadi said. “His grandfather is a tribal elder in the village and the village is under the control of the Taleban. His grandfather said some good things about the Government and he formed a small group of people to stand against the Taleban.
“That’s why the Taleban killed his grandson in revenge.” >>> Jerome Starkey, Kandahar | Thursday, June 10, 2010