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    Marjah on the eve of battle

    No date for the main attack has been announced but all signs indicate it will come soon. It will be the first major offensive since President Barack Obama announced last December that he was sending 30,000 reinforcements to Afghanistan, and will serve as a significant test of the new U.S. strategy for turning back the Taliban.
    A reminder to all we're at war, God bless our troops who are absolutely in Defense Gates words, unbelievable.

    Ali Ahmad Jalali, a former Afghan interior minister who lectures at the National Defense University in Washington, said the U.S. had little choice but to publicize the offensive so civilians could leave and minimize casualties. He said it would have been impossible to achieve complete surprise because "an operation of this scale cannot be kept secret."

    But Jalali added that publicizing the operation may have encouraged hard-core Taliban to stand and fight to show their supporters and the international community that they will not be easily swayed by promises of amnesty and reintegration.
    Once again....we will take US casualities and killed to protect Afghans. We did this same strat during Iraqi offenses as well.

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    Re: Marjah on the eve of battle

    This is going to be a tough battle for the ISAF forces. This area is crucial for the Taliban opium production, and it may be a turning point in regards to Pashtun allegiance.

    I would not be surprised if there are Lashkar al-Zil operatives lurking in the town.
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    Re: Marjah on the eve of battle

    Reminds me of the build up before the assault on Fallujah.

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    Re: Marjah on the eve of battle

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    Reminds me of the build up before the assault on Fallujah.
    Same strat you are correct. Difference though, the party opposite the President ain't in full retreat mode, calling the war lost, nor accusing it's returning soldiers of cold blooded murder.
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    Re: Marjah on the eve of battle

    NATO have leafleted the area for a week now, warning that the joint forces are coming.


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8503428.stm
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