NATO Begins Major Afghanistan Offensive!


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More than 15,000 American, British and Afghan troops have launched the biggest offensive in Afghanistan since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.

Helicopter-borne forces are attacking the Taliban-held districts of Marjah and Nad Ali in Helmand province in a bid to re-establish government control.
Nato says Marjah is home to the biggest community under insurgent control in the south and 400 to 1,000 militants.
Many residents fled ahead of Operation Moshtarak - meaning "together" in Dari.
Nato had distributed leaflets in the Marjah area warning of the planned offensive in a bid to limit civilian casualties. Villagers said they warned Taliban fighters to leave the area or be killed.

We are going to take this place and take it very hard
Senior Nato official

Conflict reaches critical juncture
Details on Operation Moshtarak
Despite the warnings, reports from Helmand suggest many civilians remain, while the Taliban has claimed its fighters are ready to resist the assault.
It is thought the Taliban will have prepared defences, and planted many improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the routes they expect troops to take.
Earlier this week British forces began a "softening up" process, taking part in a Nato ground and air offensive on insurgent positions.
On Thursday a British soldier involved in Operation Moshtarak was killed by an IED, and UK Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has warned that there will be more casualties in the coming days.

'First wave'

Operation Moshtarak is being led by the US Marine Corps, but a total of 4,000 British troops are involved on the ground and in support, supported by Danes and Estonians.

The initial offensive in Marjah, in Nad Ali district, began early on Saturday.
More than 4,000 US marines, 1,500 Afghan soldiers and 300 US soldiers moved in by helicopter under cover of night.
The assault was preceded by illumination flares, which were fired over the town at about 0200 local time (2130 GMT on Friday ), the Associated Press reported.
"The first wave of choppers has landed inside Marjah. The operation has begun," said Capt Joshua Winfrey, commander of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, which was at the forefront of the attack.
For the first time Afghan forces have been at the forefront of planning and will share the burden of the fighting. More than 1,900 Afghan police will provide support after the initial military operations end, and a large team of Afghan administrators have been assembled.
"We are in this together. We planned it together; we will fight it together; we will see it through together. Afghans with allies; soldiers with civilians; government with its people," the commander of British forces in Helmand, Brig James Cowan, told his troops on Thursday.
"Soon we will clear the Taliban from its safe havens in central Helmand. Where we go, we will stay. Where we stay, we will build."

'Tipping point'

A senior Nato official told the BBC that Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, had approved the start of the offensive on Thursday.
The official said it was "probably the definitive operation" of the counter-insurgency strategy outlined last year by the commander of both Nato and US forces in Afghanistan, Gen Stanley McChrystal.
"If it goes well, this operation could potentially define the tipping point, the crucial momentum aspect in the counter-insurgency," the official said. "We are going to take this place and take it very hard."
The decision to go into Marjah is part of an effort to secure a 320km (200-mile) horseshoe-shaped string of towns that runs along the Helmand River, through Kandahar and on to the Pakistani border. The area holds 85% of the population of Kandahar and Helmand.
The BBC's Adam Brookes says the offensive has political importance in Washington because it is by far the largest single operation since President Barack Obama announced a "surge" in December, increasing the number of US troops in the country by 30,000 to nearly 100,000.
Marjah, which lies in Helmand's "green zone" - an irrigated area of lush vegetation and farmland - is a hive of Taliban activity and is a centre for cultivation of opium poppies.
Once the area is secured, Nato hopes to provide aid and to restore public services in the area. The aim, the alliance says, is to win support among the estimated 125,000 people who live there and prevent the Taliban from regaining control.

SOURCE: BBC
 
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Naangalia BBC World News hapa hawaonyeshi kingine zaidi ya Breaking News ya hilo shambulizi zito.
 
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Naangalia BBC World News hapa hawaonyeshi kingine zaidi ya Breaking News ya hilo shambulizi zito.
Kweli, tatizo la Talibani ni kwamba watajifanya raia wema wakati wa shambulio, kisha mambo yakitulia wanajitokeza! Alternatively wanaweza kujificha miongoni mwa raia huku wakifanya mashambulio ya mara kwa mara!
 
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"War in Afghanistan is not the war of choice!" Obama, in Cairo's Speech.
 
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"War in Afghanistan is not the war of choice!" Obama, in Cairo's Speech.
Shetani yuko kazini anaua watoto wa watu bila kosa..shame

Afghanistani hawakuvamia Merakani

Osama ni agent wao, one thing is for sure Muumba ni JUST american will pay for the death innocent human being
 
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Shetani yuko kazini anaua watoto wa watu bila kosa..shame

Afghanistani hawakuvamia Merakani

Osama ni agent wao, one thing is for sure Muumba ni JUST american will pay for the death innocent human being
Hii ni pre-emptive war, wewe naona umelala usingizi wa pono!
 
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12 Afghan women and children killed by Nato force today, hope the Taliban defeat the invaders.

then the killing of civilians and others in Iraq and Afghanistan should be helping the Taliban to rid their country of foreign occupiers.

The Taliban are locals and they have local support plus support bases in neighbouring Pakistan and around the world.

There is a need to stop the US barbaric attitude and its mad rush to dominate the planet.
 
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Hii ni pre-emptive war, wewe naona umelala usingizi wa pono!
Ha ha Pre-emptive war! wana pre-empt nini? kwa kuua watoto na akina mama wasio na hatia kama si kufanya kazi ya shetani shame...
 
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This madness must stop,yaani wanawachapa hawa jamaa miaka karibu kumi sasa eti war on terror,seriously hii kitu ni very unfair, mbaya wao ni huyo Osama lakini sio Afghanistan..hawa watu kama wanataka kujitawala kwa sharia law waacheni na hakuna kitu mtafanya zaidi ya kuwaua,lakini nao talebani wajue wakiendelea ni mambo yao kuwaua non muslim nao wataendelea kusagwa,hivi hizi dini sijui nani anawadanganya ni kitu kizuri(doesnt matter ni dini ipi,zote ni mbaya na hazina nafasi kwa binadamu wa leo)
 
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Ha ha Pre-emptive war! wana pre-empt nini? kwa kuua watoto na akina mama wasio na hatia kama si kufanya kazi ya shetani shame...
There is no war without casualties!
 
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Hii ni pre-emptive war, wewe naona umelala usingizi wa pono!
tatizo la huyu mtu, kila kitu ye uislamu mbele, get out @ tumain if you do'n know nothing on this, do'n put religous topic everywhere, even in political issues, what type you are?
 
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Tumaini na Bull ni Al qaeda symphasisers!Wakati sisi Watanzania halisi tunajadili jinsi gani tuundoe mafisadi na maendeleo na nchi,wao wako obsessed na Upalestine na Uafughanistani.

Kila mtu anajua plot yote terrorist duniani inaanzia huko kwenye mapango Afghanistan.
Nawaomba Bull na Tumaini waende wajiunge na Taliban kuikomboa nchi yao toka kwa Wamarekani
 
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Tumaini na Bull ni Al qaeda symphasisers!Wakati sisi Watanzania halisi tunajadili jinsi gani tuundoe mafisadi na maendeleo na nchi,wao wako obsessed na Upalestine na Uafughanistani.

Kila mtu anajua plot yote terrorist duniani inaanzia huko kwenye mapango Afghanistan.
Nawaomba Bull na Tumaini waende wajiunge na Taliban kuikomboa nchi yao toka kwa Wamarekani
Nyie bado sana kwenye world politics endelea kujidanganya na ufisadi blah blah

We are talking of bigger picture ambao mpaka mje mfahamu too late sorry someni enyi wana wa kondoo!

Merakani hawana muda na Alqaed kwani huyu ni Agent wao wanafanya kazi ya shetani (greedy of resource hata kama ni kuua

Hapa Tanzania nyie USAID inatosha hata kama wataiba madini yote nyie bado sana mmelala sana
 
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Tumaini huna point kabisa.agenda yako ni jihadist .Usije ukajilipua kwa mabomu na kuua watu.
 
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Tumaini huna point kabisa.agenda yako ni jihadist .Usije ukajilipua kwa mabomu na kuua watu.
Sina point according to whom? wewe

Wewe ni yardstick ya watu wenye point? tangu lini?

Wewe ni kilaza endelea na cheap politics, kujilipua blah blah I am above all what you think..I am scholar
 
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A joint Nato and Afghan military operation is succeeding in pushing Taliban fighters from their strongholds in Helmand province, officials say.

On day three of Operation Moshtarak, senior Afghan officers said areas around Marjah and Nad Ali were being cleared of insurgents.

However, US troops in Marjah were being slowed down by snipers and home-made bombs, a BBC correspondent says.

The campaign aims to bring the areas back under Afghan government control.
However, the operation suffered a setback on Sunday when rockets fired by coalition troops killed 12 civilians.

Nato commander Gen Stanley McChrystal said that he "deeply regretted this tragic loss of life".

In another blow to the coalition, Nato announced on Monday that five more civilians had been killed in an air strike outside of the operation - in Kandahar province.

'Low resistance'

On Monday, Afghan Brig Gen Sher Mohammad Zazai said coalition troops had largely contained the insurgents.

He said local residents were helping troops to locate explosives left by the Taliban.
"Today there is no major movement of the enemy," he said.

"South of Marjah they are very weak. There has been low resistance. Soon we will have Marjah cleared of enemies."

Gen Aminullah Patiani told AFP news agency "all of the areas of Marjah and Nad Ali have been taken by combined forces. They are under our control".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8516480.stm
 

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