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August 15, 2007

Tora! Tora! Bora!: Fresh Assault On Once And Future Taliban Fortress

Flood the zone:

Hundreds of US-led troops have launched an offensive against al Qaida and Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan....

The offensive involving ground troops and airstrikes in the Tora Bora region of eastern Nangarhar province is targeting "hundreds of foreign fighters" who are using dug-in fighting positions, said coalition spokeswoman Capt Vanessa Bowman.

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"This region has provided an ideal environment to conceal enemy support bases and training sites, as well as plan and launch attacks aimed at terrorising innocent civilians, both inside and outside the region," Bowman said in a statement released by the Pentagon.

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Sensitive to criticism over rising civilian casualties in Afghanistan, US officials said they had carefully chosen targets for air strikes.

Sensitive to criticism? By whom? Would that be by Barack Obama, who's all hot to invade Pakistan but also scolds our troops over civilian collateral losses?

We're holding back on airstrikes against dug-in jihadis because of this son-of-a-bitch?

How many US soldiers are going to be killed or wounded pursuing Obama's very nuanced bad-ass-but-carefully-so policy?



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