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US Marines backed by Afghan forces have launched the opening salvo in an operation designed to dislodge the Taliban from central and northern Helmand province.

More than 900 US Marines, sailors and British troops, backed by 150 Afghan soldiers and police, have launched operation Cobra's Anger in the northern district of Now Zad, according to the US military. Tribal militias are also playing a role, a US military intelligence official told The Long War Journal.

US Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, and the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion air assaulted behind Taliban lines into the northern Now Zad Valley. Another force pushed northward from the city of Now Zad.

The district of Now Zad is considered to be under the control of the Taliban. The city of Now Zad is largely deserted and has a company of Marines and Afghan forces facing off against a dug-in Taliban force.

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/200...p#ixzz0YumH2BSL

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US Marines backed by Afghan forces have launched the opening salvo in an operation designed to dislodge the Taliban from central and northern Helmand province.

More than 900 US Marines, sailors and British troops, backed by 150 Afghan soldiers and police, have launched operation Cobra's Anger in the northern district of Now Zad, according to the US military. Tribal militias are also playing a role, a US military intelligence official told The Long War Journal.

US Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, and the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion air assaulted behind Taliban lines into the northern Now Zad Valley. Another force pushed northward from the city of Now Zad.

The district of Now Zad is considered to be under the control of the Taliban. The city of Now Zad is largely deserted and has a company of Marines and Afghan forces facing off against a dug-in Taliban force.

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/200...p#ixzz0YumH2BSL

Bill Roggio does a terrific job. You've reminded me I haven't sent a small PayPal donation to his website recently. He's a frequent guest on The John Batchelor Show which airs daily on WABC-AM-NY radio ( http://www.wabcradio.com ). Podcasts are readily available.

We also enjoy here in N.Y. columns in the N.Y. Post written by author and retired U.S.Army intelligence officer Ralph Peters. He reminds us Afghanistan remains undefeated even by the likes of Alexander the Great or even the Soviet Union.

This 13th century pile of rocks run by drug lords, says he, is not worth the life of ONE American soldier.

That sure makes a person wonder: What to do? I'm inclined to agree with the Lt. Colonel (Ret.).

Pakistan, our ostensible ally, is actually our enemy. It is they who harbor Osama. However, they are a nuclear power in danger of Taliban takeover. It's tough to imagine they are sustained by anything other than our infusion of billions of dollars.

What to do?

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Warren

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