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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:01 PM
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Taliban plan to fight through winter to throttle Kabul
Militia fighters are operating just an hour's drive from the capital's suburbs, confident of undermining Western support for the war

The Taliban are planning a major winter offensive combining their diverse factions in a push on the Afghan capital, Kabul, intelligence analysts and sources among the militia have revealed.

The thrust will involve a concerted attempt to take control of surrounding provinces, a bid to cut the key commercial highway linking the capital with the eastern city of Jalalabad, and operations designed to tie down British and other Nato troops in the south.

Last week Nato, with a force of 40,000 in the country including around 5,000 from Britain, said it had killed 48 more Taliban in areas thought to have been 'cleared'. 'They have major attacks planned all the way through to the spring and are quite happy for their enemy to know it,' a Pakistan-based source close to the militia told The Observer. 'There will be no winter pause.' The Taliban's fugitive leader, Mullah Omar, yesterday rejected overtures for peace talks from President Hamid Karzai and said it intended to try him in an Islamic court for the 'massacre' of Afghan civilians.

Since their resurgence earlier this year the Taliban have made steady progress towards Kabul from their heartland in the south-east around Kandahar, establishing a presence in Ghazni province an hour's drive from the suburbs. They do not expect to capture the capital but aim to continue destabilising the increasingly fragile Karzai government and influence Western public opinion to force a withdrawal of troops. 'The aim is clear,' said the source. 'Force the international representatives of the crusader Zionist alliance out, and finish with their puppet government.'

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1934251,0...
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:12 PM
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1. karzai is toast-- he will go the way of Babrak Karmal and Mohammad Najibullah....
He will either die in exile, like Karmal, or he will be assassinated like Najibullah.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:09 AM
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2. Sounds cold to me.
I'll believe it when I see it.
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