Afghanistan Dam Busters

Poland takes over security of Afghanistan's Ghazni province
Irish Sun
Friday 18th April, 2008

Polish Defence Minister Bogdan Klich confirmed Friday that his country will take over security responsibility for the southern Afghan province of Ghazni, the PAP news agency reported.

The Polish contingent, composed of 1,600 troops armed with eight helicopters, is now concentrated in three different provinces in Afghanistan's south.

According to Klich, Poland is taking up a more visible presence in Afghanistan, thus helping to secure Poland's interests in NATO and to reach the Polish goals on the world stage.
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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.

All three officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
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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.

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