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July 22, 2008

Taliban Leadership Shattered By Obama's Leaving Afghanistan And British Military Raids But Mostly British Raids

Apparently the Obamassiah's visit to Afghanistan is paying dividends after all.

I have to admit I'm not totally up on the Tailban depth chart at the moment but the Brits seem pretty excited about this.

A senior Taliban commander in southern Afghanistan surrendered to Pakistani authorities and British forces killed another leader, dealing a "shattering blow" to the militant group's leadership, the British army said on Tuesday.

Mullah Rahim, the top commander for southern Helmand province, gave himself up after British forces had killed two other Taliban leaders in little over three weeks.

Hours after his surrender, another senior Taliban commander, Abdul Rasaq, also known as "Mullah Sheikh," was killed in a British missile strike 15 km (9 miles) north of the town of Musa Qala in Helmand on Monday morning, the British army said in a statement. Three other insurgents also died.

Rasaq headed Taliban actions around Musa Qala and was active in the insurgency for a number of years, it said.

"The Taliban's senior leadership structure has suffered a shattering blow," British army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Robin Matthews said in the statement.

Let's hope this is as big as the Brit say it is. Regardless, it sounds like they are getting good intel on the leadership and you can never go wrong killing or capturing the enemy.


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