Coalition attacks have forced the Taliban to change its tactics in Afghanistan. Leaders of the fundamentalist movement say it's going to get more deadly.
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Violence in Afghanistan makes a personal impact on Holland
The Associated Press
Published: April 18, 2008
THE HAGUE: The son of the newly installed top commander of the Dutch military was killed Friday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, and the Taliban claimed that they had deliberately made him a high-profile victim of their insurgency.
Lieutenant Dennis van Uhm, 23, was one of two Dutch soldiers killed in the explosion 12 kilometers, or 7 miles, northwest of Camp Holland, the Dutch military base in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan, Lieutenant General Freek Meulman said. Two soldiers were wounded, one critically.
In making the announcement, Meulman was standing in for General Peter van Uhm, who assumed his post as commander in chief of the military on Thursday and probably would have delivered the news had his son not been one of the victims.
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US, Pakistan say Taliban commander killed in shootout By RIAZ KHAN and PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writer
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A Taliban commander blamed for the deadliest attack on U.S. troops since they entered Afghanistan in 2001 has been killed in a shootout with security forces in Pakistan, American and Pakistani officials said.
Police killed Ahmad Shah, also known as Mullah Ismail, at a roadblock near the northwestern city of Peshawar, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said. Two U.S. security officials confirmed Shah's death in a shootout and said Pakistani authorities had his body.
The best way to counter these so called summer offensives is to get in there first, 12 Bde did last year and put the Taliban on the back foot from the start and the spring offensive they were gobbing off about never really took off in my opinion.
Of course, suicide bombers are hard to detect until the go bang, i get the feeling Afghanistan will become more like Iraq as time goes on.