Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Birthplace of Taliban to be Targeted this Fall in Afghanistan

"The next focus for coalition forces in Afghanistan looks set to be Zhari district, the birthplace of the Taliban and a major southern nest of the insurgency.  Canadian Forces tried for years to pacify Zhari, in Kandahar province. However, for much of that time, the Canadian military had only a fraction of the forces the Americans now have to secure the 300-square-kilometre district.

Three fighting battalions from the 101st Airborne Division, comprising about 2,400 soldiers, having been assembled in Zhari. Canadian troops are in the adjacent district of Panjwai.  Securing Zhari is a key part of Operation Hamkari, a belated coalition decision to throw firepower at Kandahar to beat back the insurgency in the province, the spiritual home of the Taliban and the region that is believed to be their top target." 
 Read the rest of the news article in "Coalition forces target Taliban birthplace", The Globe and Mail, September 10, 2010.  Read more news about the fight for Kandahar at the link below.

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