Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sunday Sign of Hope 7/30/06

Six hundred Taliban killed in bloodiest month

The Taliban's "Spring Offensive" has not gone as planned apparently. With what's going on with Israel and Lebanon, let's not forget the soldiers fighting on other fronts, and doing some damage it seems.

From Mail and Guardian Online:

More than 600 suspected Taliban fighters have been killed over the past month, the bloodiest period in southern Afghanistan since their regime was overthrown five years ago, United States officials said on Tuesday.

The Taliban fighters were the targets of Operation Mountain Thrust, an American-led offensive designed to flush out as many Taliban militants as possible before Nato takes over responsibility for stabilising the country's hostile southern provinces at the end of this month.

The number of Taliban dead was given by Colonel Tom Collins, a spokesperson for the US-led multinational coalition. It is also estimated that more than 1 700 people have been killed since the start of the year. They include civilians, aid workers, Afghan forces and more than 70 foreign troops.


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