February 14, 2007


In Philippines, U.S. making progress in war on terror (Paul Wiseman, 2/14/07, USA TODAY)

Thousands of miles from the bazaars of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, U.S. military forces are quietly helping defeat terrorists in the jungles of the southern Philippines, a forgotten front in the global war on terrorism.

Working behind the scenes with a rejuvenated Philippine military, U.S. special forces have helped kill, capture or rout hundreds of Abu Sayyaf guerrillas who have links to the Islamic terror groups Jemaah Islamiyah and al-Qaeda, Philippine and U.S. military commanders say.

The Abu Sayyaf, responsible for 16 years of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in the southern Philippines, has been forced to flee into the mountainous terrain here on Jolo island in the remote Sulu Archipelago.

Where have the terrorists not been killed. captured and forced into hiding?

NATO air strike targets Taliban leader (NOOR KHAN, 2/14/07, Associated Press)

A NATO air strike early Wednesday destroyed a compound housing a Taliban leader responsible for a wave of violence across southern Afghanistan, the Western alliance said. [...]

The air strike against the compound in a small village a half hour outside Musa Qala killed 20 militants who had sought shelter there the previous night, said Wali Mohammad, a resident of Musa Qala.

It's dawn, and the shelling starts. Time to go into the Taleban maze (Anthony lloyd, 2/14/07, Times of London)
There is much talk of a Taleban spring offensive in Afghanistan. But for the M company Marines based in Kajaki, the past six weeks have already been filled with fighting in which the initiative has been their own. Indeed, 11 troop's 23-year-old commander, a second lieutenant who completed his training in December, has already led his men into assaults in which they have fixed bayonets on at least four occasions.

If only they would launch an offensive.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2007 8:07 AM

If only R.W. Apple, Jr. were around to inform NY Times readers about the coming Taliban offensive (after the dreaded Afghan winter).

Posted by: ratbert at February 14, 2007 9:49 AM