Saturday, February 03, 2007

NATO to Reclaim Musa Qala

"Taliban have ended over four months of peace in Musa Qala which, until now, had seen a return to normality with reconstruction and development getting under way" :

KABUL (AP - Feb 3, 2007) - NATO forces will recapture a southern Afghan town overrun by Taliban militants, but the operation will be careful to avoid civilian casualties, alliance officials said Saturday. Gen. David Richards, the outgoing British commander of the NATO-led force, said his troops will not "use kinetic force in the way I think some people are concerned about" in trying to recapture the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province, which British troops left after a contentious peace agreement in October.

Hundreds of Taliban militants overran Musa Qala on Thursday evening, destroying the government centre and temporarily holding elders hostage, officials and residents said Friday.
A number of Taliban militants remained in the town, and there were reports they were reinforcing their positions, said Col. Tom Collins, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force. More.

+ 19 Taliban terrorists killed by British and Afghan forces in Musa Qala. No NATO casualities. (July 2006).
+ 80 Taliban fighters killed by Nato forces in a four-hour firefight in southern Afghanistan's Musa Qala. No NATO casualities. (Dec 2006).

British troops pound the hell out Taliban terrorists in the southern Afghan town of Musa Qala.

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