I'm never quite sure what to make of these reports. They seem to come up fairly frequently in the US media. While I have no doubt the Taliban are continuing to take heavy losses, I can't help wondering whether this is just soft-pedalled propaganda. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/world/asia/31taliban.html?hp=&pagewanted=all Side note: the article shines a light on the CIA/ISI skullduggery occuring on the streets of Pakistan. Bloody interesting actually - it says both spy agencies run competing local agents to take Talibs (and each other's guys) out of the game.