October 11th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

Growing threat from the north

The Taliban is spreading through northern Afghanistan, and the governor of the northern province of Kunduz claims in an interview with CNN that 40 percent of his province is over-run by Taliban militants.

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  1. mask2697

    40% is good seeing that it was 90% when America got there

    October 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mohammed vs Jesus

    Will anybody ever get this religious crap correct?

    October 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mohammed VS Jesus

    .Nobody has ever gotten this religious crap correct.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nemisis

    nuke'im all and let God sort them out.....

    October 17, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • MEOW

      middle east parking lot ...

      October 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dwighthuth

    Where is the Northern Alliance fighter's at? I am quite certain that they know how to handle Bin Laden and his group.

    October 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vicky

    Anderson – This reply is intended for Josh
    For a news caster Bill O'Reilly is a close minded pinhead. He is broadcasting hate against Muslims and it's causing everyone anger for different reasons. It was Al-Qaida that killed and destroyed; not Muslims. Muslims are peaceful people whereas A-Qaida are terrorists. It's FOX negative reporting that's causing all the hate and rebellion in our Country and needs to stop. I do not blame for the ladies to walk out during the talk show because it's impossible to reason with close minded people such as O'Reilly.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bremen

    We lost this war, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have won. Osama Bin Laden dead or alive has won. We need to publicly and televised give a surrender speech for the world to hear and bring our troops home asap. Protect our own borders, invest all the money going to Afghanistan now into our own country and try our best and hope that we can prevent and/or stop future terrorists attacks.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Richard

    All they have to do is convert the place to green glass...

    October 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Clark1b

    should we allow the Taliban to thrive and impose their "morals" and "laws" on others .... like the 12 year old girl that was forced into a marriage and whose husband cut her nose off?

    Would your "morals" allow you to turn a blind eye on what is happening to those that don't do exactly as the Taliban demand?

    October 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • stop evil now

      I agree with you Clark1b. We have to take a stand against injustice and go wherever that takes us.

      October 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        I Agree, Batman and Superman, where are you?

        October 18, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Shaikh

      That nose pictures is just another example of west's propaganda againt Taliban.

      October 21, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. bailoutsos

    Hey, CNN wants you to share your memories of those you loved that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, soon Iran. Maybe it is time to bring all our sons and daughters home?

    October 14, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Whatsgoingon

    The more I read on these blogs the more I understand why man has been at war forever. What is wrong with you all? Respect, understanding and common sense will triumph over stupidity. Let's have some tolerance for everyone and a little understanding of everyone';s point of view. Killing , whether, Muslim, Cristian, Jew, Hindu or anyone is still just as wrong as it always was. You can always defend yourself, but please don't enjoy it when you have to kill someone to do it. When I was in the Air Force someone told me thatr the reason for Armies was so that war would not be necessary, It still applies. taking joy in anyone's death is perverse.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Nice post, unfortunately this blog is in fact proof that Stupidy and Ignorance will prevail.

      October 14, 2010 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Awab Navi

    "They need to change the rules of engagement to allow NATO to win quickly" - Like you WON over the natives of the AMERICAS, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, WEST INDIES, etc.? Like committing GENOCIDES?

    October 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Whatever it takes, they are not counted as human in my book anyway, no different thatn America making the Passenger Pidgeon extinct as far as I'm concerned. We will put a few in bottles and preserve them to study the effects of inbreeding.

      October 14, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. bailoutsos

    America's enemy has changed, so methods of dealing with them have to change.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Braveheart

    I say we manufacture drones by the hundreds of thousands and send them all to Afghanistan and Pakistan and let em loose. We could even charge a monthly fee and let our kids control them from their xboxes over the internet and see who chalks up the highest score. I mean really people, who cares about these backwards cave people anyway?

    October 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Carpet Bombs are cheaper than drones.

      October 14, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. bailoutsos

    CNN: Home and Away: Share your memories of troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq @@@@ Shiit, bring them home and people would not have to "share memories."

    October 13, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Torben Schmidt

      You're a sofa-sitting punk,solving problems from your armchair,hoping everything will be served to you on a silver platter,without involving yourself at all. At least show respect man,by not commenting here

      October 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      Torben Schmidt You're a sofa-sitting punk,solving problems from your armchair, @@@ Enlisted in the Air Force in '74, served until '76 when there was a RIF. And you?

      October 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        2 Year in the Air Force? No wonder your a hippy f@g! Two years ain't shiite, especially in the Air Force, fly boy!

        October 14, 2010 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  16. Torben Schmidt

    You just think so ? That's his main objective, but he's never explained why, as he´s been overflooded, normally, by his extremely strong tobacco🙂

    October 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      He's never explained it (The Worm's hatred for Hindus), it stems from the fact that childen in India are all bre@st fed so he's jealous, he wasn't bre@st fed, he doesn't have a mother, he has two fathers, so he was P3nis fed.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Torben Schmidt

      🙂

      October 13, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  17. smerk

    i think its time to leave Afghanistan and get ready for north korea they are lookin for a fight

    October 12, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Torben Schmidt

      That'll be a very tough one to implement, although, it¨s remely

      October 12, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Torben Schmidt

        I correct my answer a bit because it wasn't understandable. Let's not be dragged into more wars now. We're fed up fighting these stupid wars.The longer we're out,the bigger the chance are being for yourself to get killed. We recently lost a 12th time out. There shouldn't be any 12 times out.That's unresonable. Who can fight for so long,and still getting home alive,or unscathed.It's like gambling. The longer the war,the more sure you're going to get killed.

        October 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    This sounds a little too good to be true. If it is,maybe there's a glimmer of hope for peace after all.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BuzzTheOlder

      Yo Dan, how about we draw all our troops back and post them three deep around the country and close the door. All flights go through Canada or Mexico, all ships to be inspected at sea, far out to sea. Grow our own and manufacture what we need. Oh, by-the-way, let no one into the country from anywhere, including Canada and Mexico.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Hey Buzz, isolationism does happen to be a very good idea whose time has come. After all,we practiced it quite successfully for the first 150 years since we gained independence from Great Britain and we do need to quit interfering in the affairs of other countries which only leads to unnecessary trouble.

        October 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Torben Schmidt

        You're quite right Dan, it's important that we're working in a military "split" like in ISAF/NATO forces, are stationed. That way, all politics of the western wold is on us, and it's both good and bad. But stop thinking that we americans are saving Afghanistan, down there, if we we'ren't working together, with our ISAF/NATO friends, we'd been in a real mess now. The military co-alliance, really rule, out on the ground,where we're protecting each other, hospital wise,and all other assistance, on the battle field itself. Britains,Scandinavians, polish slovacs and other, everyday give their lives, for protecting our soldiers too, as we do in reverse, fighting a mutual culture force, in the case, of the same ideoligy

        October 12, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Well stated,Dan. Thank you.

        October 13, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Torben Schmidt

        Dan, i believe Buzz was using sarcastics,when saying this,as world globalisation is a fact we have to deal with,as we, and our economy, is a part of it too. No country in the world, can step backwards, (except the Taliban🙂 ), to the policies of the 19th century,and survive

        October 13, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        @ Torben Schmidt- Yes and the Afghans, at least a pretty decent portion of them are doing thier part whether it is fighting or rebuilding. Unfortunately there is a decent amount of them who see this war as an oppotunity to steal from their country and brethren. Once NATO has managed to make a few examples out of some of the corrupt officials and the Afghan Army, Police Force and Govornment get a bit more up to speed Afghanistan will be nearly set. Hopefully some of the Afghan companies over here take some initiative and start harvesting some of the mineral resources to create some much needed jobs and give thier economy some power and stability; Without a plan to sustain the economy there will not be a good future.

        October 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Torben Schmidt

        Hi @Prophet. my headaches are, that what you want to HAPPEN, are really done here,the best we can, but as I told before,this positive stuff is never reported in the international news.It makes me crazy,that they refuse reporting about improvements,but only about times,when somethings get bad. It's a very one-sided reporting. It's false, but i believe casualties sell better in news, as actual improvements,so the public, all over the world, get an unbalanced view,of what is happening here,both good and bad,so people out there could evaluate, if it was really worth the effort,or not,but the news don't give them a chance to make an informed choice. Terrible. As we day by day,can see the spreading of security,to areas,where we couldn't see it before, and these places,immediately sprawling, with markets, and even women in the street, without burkhas,and playing happy children going to school. That's new life man. All the efforts worth to see. But the press is counteracting,that this comes to the knowledge of the world, CNN included,but at least we have a chance here,to get the truth out,in our comments

        October 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        @ Torben Schmidt- "what you want to HAPPEN, are really done here.."You are not alone, When I am not Preaching the glories of McDonalds to the Afghan Soldiers who WILL eventually defeat the Taliban, I sit back and enjoy the green beans.

        October 14, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      They need to change the rules of engagement to allow NATO to win quickly.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Is that right,Phunnie boy? By the way quit posting under Mohammed's name,will you? That's an affront to the Muslims!

        October 13, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        @ Bledsoe- Muslims, I thought they're called Terrorists? Oh wait, that's right, they ARE called Terrorists.

        October 13, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        @ Bledsoe- Just in case you haven't figured it out, I am not here to meet guys" or make friends, I realize you are and that's okay, it's just not my thing. To everyone else, If I haven't offended you yet, please be patient, it takes time to get to everyone.

        October 13, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Torben Schmidt

        I'm sorry, my real answer was not allowed to you, but you're quite right,that's ecxatly what we need,to get the complete overhand here,which is really easy,if just the politicians allowing us, and I'm not talking of mass-slaughtering of civilians,as we don't do that,as the Taleban do,but of cause, it could, to a small way increase civilians' deaths, if they happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.But this it war.How can people think,that war could be made without casualties,also,or especially at civilians, as i believe,that in the 2nd World war,around 70% were civilian casualties,and if you compare to our ways of fighting right now, juast incredible few dying from our attacks,while Taleban are killing then in thousands,and without remorse,but the only time the world press "finds out" about civilians getting killed, is when were reporting a few unavoidable civilian casualties. we never do it on purpose,but it DO happe. the Taliban do it on purpose,also cutting ears and tongues,and even now ears,off civilians also. But if it's them, it's sort of accepted by the world press.These journalists,reporting for scoops only, can really make me mad.

        October 13, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Torben Schmidt

        I'm sorry there are some typographical blunders but i hope you get the idea.What i wrote about the Talibans, as being new to them,is cutting noses off, is a new "menu" for them. But maybe they'll start their monthly new "menu" to us. I don't know if they actually eat what they cut off,but in that case,maybe they've found, that there's a lot more meat on a nose,than an ear. But tongues they really like. That's very common

        October 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  19. citizenUSA

    Here's someone willing to openly say the Talibutts are all over his area. Why are we not listening and acting on it today?

    October 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • BuzzTheOlder

      Hay!, them is Taliwhackers. And perhaps Talibutts.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Torben Schmidt

      What can we do ? We're soldiers only. We actually know what's going on everyday in field, and our commanders, are not stupid at all. They, and we know, what to do ,to solve the whole mess, and in a lovely hurry, but the politicians in washington, are hindering us every day, making policies, that let more of our comrades getting killed all the time,as they cant see the "winning tricks" as we see them, and the Taleban fears, to the bottom of theire marrows. If we, as sldiers ,were allowed, to be deciding, this would all be finished, in a couple of weeks. After that, of course needing a cleaning up process at the Pakistanis,and especially their ISI -intelligence,working hard here to stengthen the Taliban, in a big way

      October 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  20. bailoutsos

    :::The Prophet Mohammed Sorry, they will go on long after NATO/America has left.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  21. John Brooks ( US Marines)

    With theUs having a major base at Bagram, Afghanistan a short distance from Kundoz Province.it would be very foolish for the Taliban to try and push futher south htere. I have serious doubts that the statements made in the video are correct since we have a very strong force strenght of Marines and Special Forces throughout Kundoz and all the northern provinces of Afghanistan. There has been a recent build up along the Pakistan border of Us and Nato troops to try and suppress anymore involvement from Pakistan. You may go to Mcdill AFB on google and see what Centcom intel is reporting from that area in declassified reports. The damn Afghans want more protection for their areas so they make statements like above. We need to get the hell out of there and all south asia now before we are drawn into Yemen and other areas by the escalating AlQueda threats there. Bring our troops home now.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BuzzTheOlder

      @John the Marine. Please read your text before posting. I do agree with getting out of Asia ASAP. Somehow I feel that nothing good will come of that war, except possibly breaking our country financially, much the same as Russia.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • John Brooks ( US Marines)

        @BuzzThe Older thank you professor.I guess you can come heree and fight. Not easy we know what we are doing.

        October 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • BuzzTheOlder

        John again: I guess you didn't like my post. No offense. I put in 21 years and found that we follow what we are told to do, so got out. I doubt if anything will come of the war there, nothing came of Korea or Vet Nam, wasted young lives, wasted tax dollars. Do you see anything different?

        October 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Torben Schmidt

      Sorry about you demoralisation from the news,. You know, as well as i, that the German/NATO forces, are taking well care of the North, of course, they're moving downwords with us, but what what are they reaping. They're stil loosing 30 to 1,in our big battles, so threy're dying out, at their moves, not gainig terrain,so if the stupid politicians, are not hindering, the strategies we follow now, we'll eradicate all their break throughs, they try to get, in other provinces. So really, the opposite as the reporting, the Taleban are only controlling,really, a very few, of the 37 provinces. So the fighting picture of us is good, so if the politicians would just take 1 month vacation, without interfering, we'd have solved the Taleban-problem, withou problem, and only a little of american blood, when they return from their sissy vacation

      October 12, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  22. bailoutsos

    How are the Taliban any different than Europeans that killed the natives and took over what is now the USA?

    October 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Don't you have any original thought? You posted this same crap on the other Blog, guess my answer will remain the same, the Taliban got the role of the Indians in this movie.

      October 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • bailoutsos

        It really come down to how humans should treat each other.

        October 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Torben Schmidt

        Yes and the talibani is only a small part of the "indians" in af ghanistan, as they,besides being pashtoons of Afghanistan, are of Pakistan punjabi descent also, which explains the affilation with the both countries, so ISI in Pakistan, protect them, in this cause of action,as they're sure, they'll in return, fight the infidels in Pasmir and more war, spilling into India. Then ISI will be satisfied, as that's their whole role in the fighting, to fight their India-phobia causes

        October 12, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nate

        The Taliban ... likened to native Americans ... yeah, because the native Americans were idiots who forced their religious views on others by beheading, murder, torture. Oh wait ... they didn't. The Taliban are murderous idiots. End of story. If anyone things different, then you're welcome to go live a screwed up 3rd world country, and don't come back when you suddenly need medical attention or such.

        October 20, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Noo Yawkah

        Unfair to Indians! Indians were trying to secure land and territory to exist as a people. So were white settlers. Conflict was over land and territory. Taliban seek to impose a state of mind and way of thinking and modes of living by force of arms.

        October 21, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Georgia Goad

      bailoutsos....I think this is the first time the Taliban has been compared to the English that wanted to rule this land we now call the United States...or rather the colonies in the old days. My Cherokee ancestors may visit you in your dreams to thank you for thinking of them, yes, I am part Cherokee. My Dad and little brother had all the dark hair and almost black eyes. GG

      October 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allah

      @bailoutsos-You keep posting this drivel. What's your point? That since Europeans stole America from the natives (which we did), we should allow the Taliban to shelter terrorists that attack our country? Allow them to cut off people's heads and stone women to death? Is this payback for our past sins? Is it our turn to suffer? So we should just sit back and take it and say, "Golly, we had it coming." Do you realize how moronic that sounds? The European conquest of America 300 years ago has nothing at all to do with psychos flying planes into buildings and blowing themselves and innocent people up with suicide vests. If you're gonna whine, at least be relevant.
      This is the word of Allah.

      October 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        Amen! Allah Akbar!

        October 16, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
    • MLyons

      They're not any different, both did horrible things and should be/have been stopped, what's you're point?

      October 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • BillyBarue

      How are the Americans any different from the Europeans that came out of Africa and wiped out an entire species of Man?

      October 16, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • MeganColorado

      Well, for starters, the Taliban are far from the innocent people who you seem to think they are who were simply minding their own business in peace and good will when they were attacked by the US. Do you not remember that they left the middle east and came to America to down two buildings with innocent Americans in it? If you think America is so bad, please leave and go live elsewhere. We do not need or what you here.

      October 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viper556

      The difference is that the Taliban and the war in Afghanistan are here and now. This is not some intellectual exercise about who was right or wrong 300 years ago you idiot. You can't compare 21st century America with the imperialist policies of France and Britain in the 18th century.

      October 26, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • BuzzTheOlder

        Why not?

        October 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |