Bombed, blasted and shot yet still the Taliban come

#1
From The Sunday Times
November 15, 2009
Bombed, blasted and shot yet still the Taliban come

Stephen Grey in Musa Qala

TWO years ago Corporal Alex Temple fought like a lion to capture the Afghan town of Musa Qala from the Taliban. Last week he was back, once again in a fierce battle just two miles from its centre.

“It has changed though,” he said. “It’s more dangerous. The fighting is harder.”

Amid the thunder of battle, I saw Temple lead men forward with the same raw courage I had witnessed before. The British soldiers with him seemed more composed, unperturbed by the bullets flying past their heads. The Afghan army on their flanks was better armed and vastly more competent.
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6917174.ece
 
#2
These two paragraphs seem to sum up the problems we're having in Afghan.

Roly Spiller, an intelligence officer, said the aim was “to show the tangible benefits of good government”. The safety of the bubble is attracting families to move in from Taliban territory. The Taliban themselves are looking increasingly fractured.
Returning to the centre of Musa Qala that night, I heard that progress in rebuilding the town had been slow. When we entered in 2007, one of the first promises had been to rebuild a mosque that had been destroyed by a Nato bomb. The work has not even started.
 

Andy_S

LE
Book Reviewer
#3
Good piece of reporting.

One has to ask why that reconstruction has not gone ahead: Two years is a long time, a promise was made and security and economic activity (construction/reconstruction being part of the latter) is being seen as key ot winning hearts and minds...why not? It is not as if billions are not being being poured in to multiple agencies inside the country. One wonders:
Is Kabul top priority for funding, and Helmand bottom?
Has corruption sucked up the largesse?
Was it an empty promise at the time? If so, who made it?

Have just ordered Grey's book.
 
#4
"The British soldiers with him seemed more composed, unperturbed by the bullets flying past their heads"

Tom does his duty as he always has, something to be proud of.
john
If only our Government would do theirs.
 
#5
DeltaDog said:
These two paragraphs seem to sum up the problems we're having in Afghan.

Roly Spiller, an intelligence officer, said the aim was “to show the tangible benefits of good government”. The safety of the bubble is attracting families to move in from Taliban territory. The Taliban themselves are looking increasingly fractured.
Returning to the centre of Musa Qala that night, I heard that progress in rebuilding the town had been slow. When we entered in 2007, one of the first promises had been to rebuild a mosque that had been destroyed by a Nato bomb. The work has not even started.
Two good quotes, failing to make good on promises to repair damage caused by our forces will do more harm to our cause than anything else.
 
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ALVIN

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#6
Bombed, blasted and shot yet still the Taliban come!!
The auther of this thread has hit the nail on the head.
By adopting this stratergy, this is how the Taliban win their wars, as is proved in their past history of warfare.
My concern is that over 70% of the British public now want us to pull out of this conflict within the next year. If this number continues to increase, it is only a matter of time before we have riots on our streets in protest. This is the Governments worst nightmare situation ----- and they know it!!
 

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