Fighting in Kandahar

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Why not let the Taliban take over? They are setting up VCPs (save our troops from doing it) and will certainly eradicate the poppy crop! Saves our taxpayers a few bob...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4911462.stm

Afghan forces take on Taleban

Clashes have resumed between Taleban fighters and Afghan forces a day after almost 50 people were reported killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan.
Some 41 Taleban militants and at least six policemen died in a battle in the province of Kandahar, a governor said.

Correspondents say it is the first time in a long while that so many Taleban have clashed with police and the national army in the restive province.

Previous violence has consisted of suicide attacks and roadside bombs, says the BBC's Alistair Leithead in Kandahar.

Friday's conflict was sparked after police surrounded a group of suspected Taleban, who had fled an offensive in the neighbouring Helmand province, Kandahar governor Assadullah Khalid said.

About 100 Taleban troops set up a checkpoint on the road between Kandahar and Herat.

"Acting on intelligence reports that Taleban have gathered in Sangisar to plan an attack in Kandahar, we launched this operation Friday and the fighting continued from morning to evening," Mr Khalid told a press conference earlier on Saturday.

"In the evening, Afghan army and coalition forces came to support police."

Mr Khalid said nine police and three civilians had also been injured, while 13 Taleban were arrested.

Foreign forces did not suffer any casualties in the battle, reports said.

In other violence, at least three policemen were killed in a roadside bombing near the Pakistani border on Friday.

The village of Sangisar was formerly home to fugitive Taleban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Kandahar's governor has raised concerns about security to cabinet ministers who are visiting the province this weekend.

He is insisting more resources are needed to fight Taleban forces.

Samina Ahmed, South Asia director of the International Crisis Group, said the latest fighting followed a "pattern of activity" repeated over the past couple of years.

"In the spring there's always been a resurgence of Taleban activity," she told the BBC.

"But that said, this is linked this year to the expansion of Nato forces to the south.

"The Taleban... started a few months ago, with targeted attacks, with suicide attacks. And now it appears that they're adding to their arsenal these large-scale attacks."

On Wednesday coalition and Afghan forces launched Operation Mountain Lion, a major military operation against suspected insurgent positions in eastern Kunar province.

Some 2,500 US, British and Afghan troops are taking part in the offensive, which according to the Afghan defence ministry is the biggest joint operation since the Taleban were driven from power in 2001.
 
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MrPVRd said:
Why not let the Taliban take over? They are setting up VCPs (save our troops from doing it) and will certainly eradicate the poppy crop! Saves our taxpayers a few bob...
Whats not to say that the resurgence in the south is not a reaction to the poppy eradication programs going on?
 

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