April 29th, 2011
05:08 PM ET

NATO readies for greater fight from insurgents in Afghanistan

The NATO alliance in Afghanistan anticipates insurgents will attempt to launch an extensive new round of attacks against U.S. and coalition forces as well as Afghan civilians "in the coming days," according to an International Security Assistance Force military official.

The assessment comes as the Pentagon issued its latest semi-annual report to Congress on Afghanistan, which concludes that gains are significant enough to allow for the beginning of transferring security to the Afghans in parts of the country.

"We expect insurgents to attempt a surge of violence in the coming days in order to try and achieve a propaganda victory," the ISAF officer told CNN. ISAF has been briefing reporters on the expected threat but officials decline to be identified because it involves intelligence matters.

Intelligence, the ISAF officer said, indicates attacks were likely to come from Taliban fighters affiliated with the al Qaeda-related Haqqani network. That network exerts its most significant power in eastern Afghanistan and the capitol of Kabul. He noted insurgents in southern Afghanistan may be currently preoccupied with the spring poppy harvest.

The ISAF officer noted that the alliance has seen similar surges at this time in recent years. "What basically they are trying to do is start their spring offensive and they think by surging their forces and having a concentrated series of attacks that they can demonstrate their power and relevance, and influence over the Afghan population."

ISAF feels the increased coalition attacks on insurgents have had an impact, and new attacks by insurgents signal their effort to recoup their losses.

"Over the past several months insurgents have suffered a number of setbacks, having been pushed out of key sanctuaries. They have lost more weapons caches than any previous year and they have lost hundreds of insurgent commanders and thousands of fighters," the officer said.

In the 90 days ending April 22, coalition special forces conducted 1,393 operations, capturing or killing 468 insurgent commanders, and capturing or killing 2,637 lower-level insurgents.

In response to the latest intelligence, ISAF has "increased" measures to protect its forces as well as sharing the intelligence with the Afghan government, the officer said. The expectation is new attacks would continue to focus on the latest Taliban tactics of assassinations, small arms attacks and going after so-called "soft" targets of Afghan civilians. The officer also said the alliance is watching for more of the "impersonation and infiltration-type attacks that you have seen in the last several days."

He noted that the alliance remains uncertain if recent attacks by Afghans in military uniforms really are the work of impersonators loyal to the Taliban. ISAF is currently helping train 450 counterintelligence experts in the Afghan forces to help watch for such activity, a doubling of the current counterintelligence force.

This all comes as the Pentagon released its latest report to Congress on the progress in Afghanistan. The military says gains made in Afghanistan over the last half year has created the "necessary conditions" to begin transferring control of security to the Afghanistan government in seven areas of the country inhabited by approximately 20% to 25% of the population.

The latest semi-annual report concludes insurgent momentum has been halted in much of the country, though the gains are "fragile and reversible." However, the report notes that efforts to fortify government and development was "slower than security gains" over the last six months.

The total number of security incidents were higher from October 2010 through March 2011 compared to the same period of the winter of 2009-2010 the report said. The report says this is mainly due to increased ISAF and Afghan troop presence, which allowed for a higher pace of operations against insurgents safe havens.

soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    The way the American public reacted to the news of the murder of Osama bin Laden shows just how sick and perverted the American people have become and that makes me quite sick. To celebrate the death of anybody is repulsive to say the least. Even the Germans didn't go this far. But I guess now Barack Obama's 2012 election is assured as his popularity soars over this!

    May 2, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I think many Muslims are equally glad for OBL death. ISI collaborated with the operation.Anyway he was a great fighter, as he was able to humiliate a the USA. They were able to kill him only after 10 years, after thousands of more american deaths, and after desrupting the US economy. China will surpass US on PPP basis for world economic output in 4-5 years.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Bubba – Like when Hitler met his demise? Whatever dude.

      Salerno – Thanks for your support and optimism.

      No, we are probably not safer today for this action. But we will be in the months and years to come. Great job Guys and savor the moment.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • NucularInternets

      There's a difference between celebrating the death of a man and celebrating the death of a lunatic who was one of the masterminds behind the deaths of 3,000 people.

      Get. off. these. boards.

      May 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      OBL was extremely violent and war oriented, but violence against a criminal country like USA is totally understandable.
      From their point of view it is impossible to deal with the americans, but just kill them. As an observer I must recognize that USA is an immoral and Nazi country exporting terrorism to the world, in Europe and even in Pakistan.

      May 5, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. cput

    May 1 – this will be a day that goes down in the history books. Osama bin Laden is dead! Thank you guys who made this possible. You are HEROS.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      Wrong cput,we're no more heroes than the Russians were when they were in Afghanistan although the right-wing news media tries to make us look that way. In fact,we murdered more innocent people than the Russians,Al Qaeda and the Taliban put together with our godless weapons.

      May 2, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        And 21 Dec 2012 is just around the corner.....Have a Nice Day, Dan:-)

        May 2, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Napoli

    The Osama Monster is Dead. Celebrations all over the states, good on them and good on the folks who made it so. It was a long time coming, nine and a half years. But one mission is accomplished, "Wanted, Dead or Alive" Dead it is.

    Thanks to you all who made it so. You made my day!

    Up yours to all those who doubted and slandered those who worked for this end and hadn't had the patients to see it through. I forgive you only if your have it in your heart to admit your fault.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • rob roy

      hey Nap,don't dance too long someone's probably watching you folks right now.so i guess you folks will be leaving Afghanistan now?yeh right!!!!!!

      May 2, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Of Course, Roy....contracts are still in place. If they are watching, and I'm sure they are, including China, I hope they are men of action (unlike you) and Bring It! Today is a great day. Even you can savor this moment. Have a beer with the Seals and tell them how you feel. Take care Roy and even you are welcome.

        May 2, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Napoli

    Holy Jehad! The annual Spring Charity Bazar Offensive will have to begin without your fearless dead spiritual leader! What a defeat and you never got started. How Ironic. Pope John Paul ii is declared "Blessed" And you loose your Leader. How fitting.

    And to you Nay sayers.....In your face. Hard word and persistence pays off:-))) It feels Good. Have a beer on me:-)))

    May 2, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Napoli – you are ignorant. OBL was not considered a spiritual leader, just a military. The ideologist of Jihad is AlZawahiri. OBL was an executive and a financer.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Yeah, Whatever.....Have a Nice Day, even to you Salerno.

        May 2, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. i agree

    "how bout learning to speak truth"? hahahaha. okay. i guess I should listen to you, since you definitely only speak the truth. I bet you know everything there is to truth. In fact, I bet etymology has ALOT to do with the truth like you say. Hmm, the truth must be being manipulated throughout history by linguistic changes in the etymology of a concept/work.
    In fact, I have a faction in mind for you!

    May 1, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Will we soon hear from the new "number one" on this and how he will obtain financing and what the plans are for the future of your everlasting cult?

      Will there be a conclave to select the new #1??? What, exactly, are those rules of progression? Wait, I know....bombs, bombs, and more bombs,,,,,nice.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. NucularInternets

    Everyone just nitpicks one part of my post and tries to argue against that point because they obviously could not explain the bigger picture...

    May 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. salerno

    Taliban finished ? They killed several Afghan guards and leaders today !

    May 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. i agree

    Good job Riza.Don't let this irritating dal khoor get to you. Let his eat his dal filled with denial.

    May 1, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. BANGASH

    What a shame. These big ones of the world, after a decade long occupation of Afghanistan in the name of restoration of peace, stability and democracy should have announced their withdrawal after completion of their these declared goals which all these civilized nations had made bases for their military adventure under UN / NATO flags in Afghanistan. They used every military mean and tactics, killed thousands civilians in collateral damages, destroyed whole social infrastructure in search of Osama and his few hundred associates (CIA chief Leon Panetta sees 50 to 100 Al-Qaida activists) in Afghanistan /Pakistan which same civilized nations under the leadership of USA, had created, trained and settled for their war against communist Russia. They did their job and Russian empire was divided in different independent states so that somewhere USA through UNOCAL(a US Corporate body with the help of Taliban Govt of Mullah Omar used to deal with Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan for oil and gas pipelines via Afghanistan towards Pakistan coastal belts) could find strategic locations for military bases in a region rich of oil, gas and all kinds of natural resources and then as per their history West under US command would maintain monopoly on economic and political life of the world. That did not happen as Russians proved smarter and newly emerged situation proved more harmful as USA now had lost reason to continue military operations till subjugation and agreement on dictated terms as had been the case in rest of the world. Therefore US Afghan strategy took U-turn when a fabricated 9/11 incident was made a base for a renewed military operation on Afghan soil to block the way for other companies like Bridas of Belgium etc. Osama’s dubious acceptance of 9/11 attack provided them with an excuse to land 150000 NATO / US forces for physical occupation of Afghanistan, a corridor between the Western and Eastern world. But this has proved a blunder as Afghanistan is equally important for neighbors and regional super powers like China, Russia, Iran, India and Pakistan, whom will never afford to see Afghanistan as another state of USA in this region. So this expected escalation and growing militancy in Afghanistan / Pakistan after a decade long occupation leave no doubt in failure of this evil GREAT GAME therefore you civilized nations under US banner in the West should realize the rights of this part of the world too as in new millennium, in this internet age it has become hard to fool the world any more.
    SO YOU THE CIVILIZED NATIONS OF THE WORLD HAVE THE CHOICE TO SELECT BETWEEN THE HELL AND THE HEAVEN FOR THE HUMANBEINGS IN THIS UNIVERSE. REMEMBER THIS IS DECISION OF YOUR FATE AND YOU TOO WILL BE THERE.

    May 1, 2011 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Right, and the ULTIMATE target beyond Islam is China.

      May 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. salerno

    Taliban are Afghans.

    May 1, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. salerno

    Riza – I have nothing against you, but I think you are stressed by the war. My family too had to live during a civil war in Europe, so I understand it, but you seem to me making the same mistake turning from Vodka to Ruhm, like Yacobi said.

    May 1, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Riza – You did not get the metaphoric language. I don't care what you drink, but you are really confused.

      May 1, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Additionally I have nothing to learn from a stupid like you, as you are even contradicting yourself, having said I am Paki, without any knowledge.

      May 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pamiri

    its is true and logic too that Afghanistan is belong to Afghans, but also it’s the fact that Afghanistan is not belong to slaves of Pakistan, Russian, Iran and China, it is belong to us and would be belong to us, not belong to the slaves, and for that cause we prefer those who help our country to bring services for our people and for the country too, not we are supporting those who are destroying our country and who are implementing the agenda of Pakistan and other strangers, and why should I influence people around the world if some thing is clear for all, public around the world are very clever and they are well aware of what is going on in Afghanistan and around the world, from which sources and who does what ,

    from Kabul

    May 1, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • BANGASH

      Remember Pamiri Afghanistan and Pakistan are closer to each other in all respects therefore brotherly relations between the the two are important for survival of both as independents, sovereign and dignified nations among the other nations of the world. We both to this day have never been a sovereign states due the global designs of our joint US Masters as both of us for the last more then three decades, like fighting dogs are at each other throats and in the end we are terrorists, barbaric, inhuman and failed states. No doubt Afghanistan and Pakistan have all ingredients to qualify for a sovereign and independent nations but who has denied this to us you must know. We both as two responsible brotherly states can form a bridge between the East and the West and can put an end to these senseless confrontations, military race which consume more then 70% human energies in self destruction. We must live as neutral nations and utilize our cultural heritage hospitality in attracting world's traders communities to turn the region into a hub of commercial activities so that each and every individual on this surface of earth could earn for a better life not only those in the West. Pamiri any Afghan or Pakistani if think like you, remember he is enemy of both and and an agent of the enemies of both nations.

      May 1, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Military race is the problem for americans too. They are parasites destroying american wealth.
        US economy is still the largest, but being so does.nt mean it is healty. In 2016 China will surpass the US with 18% of world economic output on a purchasis power parity basis. USA is similar to third world countries for discrepancies betwen riches and poors, for average, education, and lower ranking among the developed countries for life expectancy.
        USA is 10th for prosperity index, while the first placec are occupied by Norway, Danmark amd Finland, because they spend very little for the military.

        May 1, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. pamiri

    it Is just their lobbies who launch these kind of propagandas for the Taliban and ISI, and here is some slave of isi russia and Iran and Chines too, who just do propagnanda, hey all I call for all those come please prevent yourselves to destorying our country and your backs too, lets check and find out the ways to make our country Afghanistan, both people and god woudl be happy and you will find paradis,
    regards from Kabul

    April 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla from pamiri. I wonder just how much the C.I.A. paid him to post his nonsense here. Let's just hope that NATO won't be quite as successful as I deeply fear. I will always say,"an Afghanistan for the Afghans",not for the United States,Great Britain and France!!!

      April 30, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        Yes, because CIA recruits people with incomprehensible grammar and then tells them to post on the CNN Afghanistan blog to try to influence the millions of people who visit this site...that is a great propaganda campaign....

        May 1, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Cia recruited even UBL, so no wonder if they recruits a guy with incomprehensible grammar. They think that with posting "Kabul" at the end of his post he can gain in credibility.

        May 1, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        The CIA didn't recruit UBL, he operated pretty much independently. If you actually knew some facts, you would be able to debate much better. When the CIA was authorized by President Carter in 1979 to arm the muhj in Afghanistan, they funneled the cash and guns through Pakistan's ISI. The ISI contolled which muhj commanders got the weapons and money. bin Laden never was armed by the ISI because with his vast personal wealth he could just by weapons himself for his fighters. The CIA didn't recruit bin Laden, and if you are implying that he is a CIA agent than how do you explain the assassination attempts on bin Laden by the CIA throughout the late 90s?

        bin Laden was never recruited by the CIA, he wasn't even armed by the Pakistanis.

        May 1, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Nuc- I love your "pretty much". Obviously when Clinton bombed Sudan and Afghanistan to try to kill him, he was no longer a CIA collaborator.

        May 1, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        Yes, because he and his organization worked alone most of the time. Occasionally they had contact with other muhj groups...

        May 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Are you sure to know everything ? CIA is a secret organization, and many things are covered, including collaborators, but this is why the Taliban killed US aid workers in Afghanistan and the British Linda Norgriove was directly killed by US special forces . Mistake or intentional killing to cover something?

        May 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        A lot of my information is from the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Ghost Wars, by Steve Coll. You should read it, your opinion will change.

        And how could Linda Norgrave be directly killed by those SF guys? They threw a grenade at the approximate location of the enemy. Their fault for using explosives? Yeah, but she was not killed on purpose.

        May 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Approssimative location ? This is the best way to kill the hostahe. I don't know even if flash devices were used, but truth can easily be manipulated. The attempt to accuse the Taliban failed miserably, as the truth will be emerged later in UK, so the US military was forced to change the statement.

        May 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • i agree

      You obviously have no understanding of "truth" if you have to use words like "HIM or HE..."(all capitalized in form of respect/whatever it is). stop masking your true form. it seems you are both denying your culture and embracing it as well. go to some religous forum, not here, where frankly what you say is highly opinionated (and i don't give a (((( what you have to say about that)> call people whatever your desire is, but fufill your desire somewhere else on a religous/teory forum

      May 1, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • i agree

      HE has a desire? Honestly, god-truth? I'm just talking about truth – not god as in be good in your life and god guarantees you something. maybe there is no evidence of otherwise than god, but there is less for god/allah/hIM.

      May 1, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Sorry, WAW it is number 6, not 7

      May 2, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • i agree

      Hey, I just watched a pretty interesting movie about what you said Salerno. I think it was about numerical representation and correlation.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rob roy

    hey napoli, nice lecture,we all remember WHOSE buildings were targetted in WHOSE country.a lot of smart people figured out WHOSE foreign policy programs helped to contribute to WHOSE disaster!!! TRAIN BOMBS you rantin lunatic.Spain was warned not to send troops to Afghanistan and Iraq,but dragged into it by beevis and butthead [bush and cheney] so the bombs went to Spain.the Spanish government was toppled 2 months later,by the opposition that promised to bring their troops home [which they did] 300 innocent lives lost [madrid bombings] for what 94% of Spanards disapproved of their troops being sent,they too are a democratic society .ODD? since their troops were brought home there has been no more bombings in Spain.last ,you mentioned when the mission is accomplished.maybe you could call that quack of a former president and see if he could send that banner that was on the aircraft carrier out to the dry cleaners for you .like one Korean war veteran said to me when i asked him if the Americans would ever track bin ladin down.he looked at me with a grin and said "track him, those Americans couldn't track a wet rat across a dry cement floor " by the way napoli this veteran i treat with great respect .his defensive line was overrun by the Chinese and he spent 9 days behind the Chinese line eventually making his way back to the Canadian sector.

    April 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Hey Roy, you sound more like Homer S.

      You think for a moment We can just drop the ball and everything will be okay? Yeah, let's just leave Afghanistan and nothing will happen. Let's, no wait. Have a look at Iraq. We pulled the troops back and the fighting did what? One thing the middle east understands is strong arm politics. No B.S. and no doubt who is in charge. I'll give that to Saddam Hussain and the Taliban. They certainly offered their respective countries plenty of security, too much some might say but the people always knew where they stood. The trouble was they got to big for their britches and the latter sided unwisely. Like they say, don't sh!t where you eat. But, who are they going to listen to? Not the Great Evil USA, of course not. Even if it makes sense or is self destructing to do it differently. I certainly agree the western political powers are clueless in the middle east have have no comprehension of what other opposing view points are, but more so in the middle east. It seems they need to disagree just to disagree and their arguments can be just as absurd. Case in point, look at Egypt. The ousted their long time leader, not sure why, and are still not happy because who knows why.

      Today's efforts by counter terrorism folks have netted plenty of successful raids that protect your butt in Italy, Germany, England, and other places. Don't bring into question their efforts, successes, and even failures due to their leadership. The boys on the ground certainly do not deserve that bashing. Hammer away at the leadership and policies, if you must, after all, they represent even your tired self. The folks in the trenched work hard and well to implement these policies, even if misguided, nothing more, nothing less. That might be akin to me hammering on you because your kids are babbling idiots. See? it doesn't make sense.

      Remember Vietnam? How the enemy would hide and refuge behind borders and then come across to play war games? The same thing is happening here. The world knows this but ISAF has self imposed limits on where they can play war games. The bad guys don't. In fact, Pakistan thinks its good for the region. Yeah sure, they allow drone attacks, but not publicly. Do they allow excursions into their training camps? You cannot have a war with rules. If it is war its war, game on! If you are not with us, you are against us. But Pakistan finds themselves somewhere in between. I guess that is the US's doing, too. Just a token nod every now and again to play both sides against the middle. Big Evil? Oh, it cannot be one of our brothers or neighbors, it must be the USA. Yeah sure, go ahead and bash the USA. Like the joke goes. A guy comes home from work and punches his wife. His friend says, "what did you do that for?" The guy responds, "I don't know, but my wife does."

      I have a lot more respect for your friends because they obviously have done something useful. Don't try riding their coat tails, however. I am sure it won't get you a round of drinks with the SF boys.

      May 1, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Napoli – You are totally ignorant.
        In Egypt they are not happy because NOTHING has changed. They have still the same military leadership.

        May 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&complete_911_timeline_al_qaeda_by_region=complete_911_timeline_al_qaeda_in_italy

        June 2001, read for yourself.

        May 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Napoli – don't call for merits you don't have. Italy was NEVER an ALQaeda target. UK became it after the war inviolvment.
      US operations are dangerous even for americans.

      May 1, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Italy Has been targeted several times. the Difference being, they were never successfully targeted. Al Qaeda also uses Italy as a logistics base. Remember the rendition stories?

        May 1, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Italy was NEVER targeted before involvment in Iraq or Afghanistan. Now iItaly is a target too thanks to USA.

        May 1, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Riza Afghan

    oh boy, you are still living in old days 1985, it's 2011, wake up boy.
    No skinhead in Moscow anymore😉 all gone. no one is bl0wing himself in Moscow like people do in Pakistan😛
    Moscow is a civilized country, it's Pakistan which will never get civilized and will always have @ss h0les like you😉

    Buddy, go study Computer, stop wasting your time studying Quran, you won't get a penny studying Quran.
    Learn something useless and i don't know W T F is hindu gentile but i am sure you are @ssh0le taliban and kicked from Afghanistan and having enough pain in ur @ss to get back to your post and start collecting $ but don't worry! those days are over, u r no more welcome even in borders of Afghanistan you stupid Pakistani. I better allow Jews in Afghanistan then allowing a Pakistani. you stupid f00king Pakistani Dal Khor ! eat your Dall and die !😉

    DAL KHOR !!!!!!!! DAL KHOR !!!!!!!! DAL KHOR !!!!!!!! DAL KHOR !!!!!!!! DAL KHOR !!!!!!!! DAL KHOR !!!!!!!!😛😛😛😛

    April 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dan from Detroit, MI

    What scares me most of all is the prospect of a NATO victory in Afghanistan. After that,only God knows who going to be next on it's calender of conquest!!! How scary that is!!!

    April 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      It is scaring, as we are living again like during Hitler's time. This time the hope comes from China. USA cannot afford other wars for now, as the resouirces are limited. China 4-5 mmonths ago started reducing his holding in US treasuries, and started trading with Russia in other currency than US dollar. Obama had a setback in the last G20 meeting wher China hed international support.

      April 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Riza Afghan

        salerno, definitely it's kinda scary if Afghanistan becomes Powerful and take weapons from USA. right ?
        Afghanistan will nuke Pakistan, i am sure that's kinda scary😉 and we are very sure we will nuke Pakistan someday for what they did to Afghanistan for the past 30 years😉

        Hold tight and starting counting the days😀

        Scary Scary, u betta run to a European country, oh i am sorry. Pakistani Dall Khors can't take Visa for Europe😛
        any way, don't get scared. sooner or later Afghanistan will attack Pakistan with help of USA and India😉

        April 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. pamiri

    Taliban is almost finished in Afghanistan, just its their last breathing to blast themselve here or there, but still there is some threats of Pakistan and some their slaves in Afghan governement that needs to be cleaned as soon as possible with their lobbies in Government too

    April 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      YABBA-DABBA-DOO-DOO-DOO!!! I just love this bravado,I do,I do!!!

      April 30, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      You know Pamiri, I really do not know what you are referring to but if true, certainly agree with you. Pakis, have no business in Afghan affairs. Nor do any other country for that matter to include the US and China. I was really hoping Karzai would be replaced during the last election. I think the current regime is way to corrupt. The trouble is replaced by who and would a replacement be any less corrupt? What are the options? Do Afghans want the insurgency to succeed? Or just the coalition out? Once again, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. (not you singular, rather collective, is that better Salerno)? Whatever the future holds, I certainly hope it is in the best interest of the Afghan people, not some self-centered regime with some hidden agenda that is bad for the people.

      April 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. rob roy

    hey napoli,sounds like the other day at the Kabul airport maybe one of the civy mechanics should been there with a gun,apparently your so called bullet throwers were not quick enough at throwing bullets back at the bad guy.As the ole christmas carol goes 4-majors, 3-captains,2-sargents and one well paid contractor up a pear tree. Your little rant about all these bad boys in the world.if the u.s. wouldn't stick their nose into everybody's affairs there would be a lot more people alive today.but thats a sticky business left for those goons in that 5 sided building in Washington,wouldn't you agree Napoli ?.

    April 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Not so sure, Roy. How many more aircraft flying into buildings were your ordering with a side of Train bombings? Stick our noses into other countries business? I can go along with that. When the bad guys are getting their business into the west? I call that taking the fight to them rather than waiting for it to come to me. The blood is on their turf, not mine. So now, you tell me how many western lives were saved by taking action in their back yard? You can include the coalition dead in your calculation. The trouble is, Roy, you cannot calculate the victory of those lives saved because you will never know what would have been. But I am a bit of a gambler and will say we saved some and venture to say have certainly put a rather large dent in their ability to impose their terror on you and me. Are we done? Not yet. Should the coalition pull out – certainly. But not one day before the mission is accomplished. Do you remember what happened on 9/12? How short a memory we have, no?

      The bad guys are supposed to be outside the wire – not in the same conference room with you. You were not there, nor I. Thanks for your unwavering support of the troops. I'm sure a group of SF would love to thank you too in person in your local bar.

      April 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Napoli – NO SINGLE life was saved by US war. NOBODY attacked Switzerland, Liechtestain, Hungary, Italy,Chile, Norwey.
        UK and Spain were attacked AFTER their involvment in the war, so they should thank the US for the dead people.
        We are ENDANGERED by US stupid policy.

        April 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Not a one? Really. How can you make such a statement? I seem to recall several AQ cells disrupted throughout Europe and the US. Was in any way connected to the war? I suppose we could debate that until dooms day but will pass at any rate. I can say, something worked or there would have and would continue to be more international attacks. Every time I bother to spend the time to read OBL messages I am amazed at the arrogance and misguided leadership of that man. One thing I am convinced of is his persistence and resilience. If you keep the beast in the pen it will not roam and create damage to the farm.

        April 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Napoli – UBL acted for reaction against USA. USA had 10 thousand killed. Switzerland and most other countries not involved had 0 people killed.

        April 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Salerno – We are Endangered by Stupid Reaction to US policy.

        Taliban are ready for the Annual Spring War Games. US policy is to get the issues solved and out of the country. Taliban is ready to target those trying to solve the issues. US Policy will be to target those trying to disrupt these endeavors. Taliban will target those trying to disrupt their efforts. Get it?

        May 1, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Napoli – this is why we are endengered as we are target of terrorism. In Morocco europeans were killed.

        May 1, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Exactly! This is why terrorism is not the answer. This is why we are against Terrorism and Terrorists. This is why the coalition is in Afghanistan. You cannot send your reply via letter bomb and then try to hide. You will be hunted down lick a rabid dog. It matters not how you got rabies, you are a threat and need to die to be safe. Until there is another way it is the only cure.

        May 1, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        EXACTLY – SO YOU MUST DIE AS YOU ARE THE CAUSE OF TERRORISM !! SO it is good to kill americans and their allies !

        May 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        How sad you are, to justify terrorism as the correct reaction to whatever policies they do not like. Its like shooting your father because he scolded you.

        Terrorists are vengeful and hate filled. The have zero respect or honor. In most cases, they use the name of God to auto-justify their crimes and sins. Islam was invented so man could comprehend the idea of God. Now, it seems certain men has empowered himself to re-invent God as a servant to his own revenge. I cannot think of anything worse.

        The way to take revenge is not found by hiding behind God.

        May 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Spring Charity Bazar Offensive????? Try it without your fearless dead spiritual leader! What a defeat and you never got started. How Ironic. Pope John Paul ii is declared "Blessed" And you loose your Leader. How fitting.

        And to you Nay sayers.....In your face. Hard word and persistence pays off:-))) It feels Good. Have a beer on me:-)))

        May 2, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Napoli – what you call terrorism is the same violence the Americans are doing around the world. The killed intentiionally civilians in Serbia, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq. Missiles are no different from suicide bombers.

        May 2, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Yes, sticking nose into someonelse affairs can be dangerous. Love for money often is dangerouse too.
      Now benefits must be paid to the families of the soldiers, another cost for the society.
      American taxpayers are oppressed by parasites, and are ruled by few powerfull families who controll the politicians, including the president. US democracy is a farce.

      April 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. rob roy

    hey folks, this isn't a war it's a business opportunity.i know fellas here in my neck of the woods ,who went over as civilians under army contracts[made big bucks] as mechanics?i was always under the impression that the military had their own field service mechanic's.you've got more private contractors in Afghanistan then there are sheeps and goats combined and all these boys are making big bucks all financed nicely by your governments tax dollars.no folks when beevis and butthead [bush and cheney] had bin laden in those tora bora mountains.they rubbed their hands together and thought what a great way for a business opportunity to start.if they had caught him you'd have to find someone else to kick in the nuts!!!!10 years later,alot of lives,alot of dollars and no end in site.the American foreign policy corporation is drumming up business rather well,wouldn't you say America?.

    April 30, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Yeah sure. Business is good. But it ain't all business. Your buddies were there because the Army mechs could not handle the job. The do windows and oil changes, not transmissions and clutches. Besides, since there are limits on troops, the more civilian mechanics, the more uniformed bullet throwers. Cooks? Cleaners, sand-bag-fillers....all civilians. Of course a lot of people are making money. But you should visit your local Military Base and you will see the same thing. The Army ain't what it used to be, Roy.

      What is funny is if you look at Army Manual #1 it says something like, take the High Ground! War and Battles cannot be won without the high ground. The trouble is, the Army thinks Satellites and drones are the high ground so they have that covered. The manual meant Geographic High ground. The mountains! Can't make runways in the mountains, I guess. And that is what they left for the bad guys, that is where they are at, and that is one good reason why things are not as rosy as they would have you believe.

      April 30, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  20. Napoli

    The ISAF claims suggest they may be uncovering the tip of the iceberg rather than the whole of it. The truth of the matter is the coalition is or soon will be drawing down. Afghans will be left in control. The question is will these Afghanis be Taliban supporters or other? Don't make the Taliban too strong. To re-state, you had better watch what you wish for because you just might get it. Choose wisely.

    April 30, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  21. m.s.mohamed ansari

    GLOBAL ECONOMIC FALL REASON WAR. Improve economy
    Only peace and prayer

    1. Please avoid war. Day by day war cost increase $ 3.5 trillion
    2. Global economy in crisis
    3. International job less
    4. Global financial crisis
    5. Financial crisis for every manufacture
    6. World poverty problem
    7. Each every single man effected
    8. Ignore future death million of already death
    9. million Of people wounded
    10. Global environment climate will be change this will lead global agriculture problem

    JUSTICE IS IN PERIL. SAVIOUR OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE ALONE CAN PROTECT HUMANITY

    Mr.M.S.Mohamed Ansari,
    154, Angappa Naicken Street,
    Chennai – 600 001.
    Tamil Nadu, India.

    To

    The Hon’ble Chief Justice,
    The Supreme Court,
    United States of America,
    Washington, D.C.
    Fax no: 213.547.8080

    Sir,

    Sub: Prosecution of previous President Mr. George W.Bush, for violation of International Code of Conduct.
    Mr. George W.Bush, the previous President of United States of America, initiated a war against IRAQ, without obtaining the previous sanction of United Nations Organization (UNO) on the pretext of having nuclear weapons, even though the then IRAQ government openly exhibited to the whole world that it has no nuclear weapons.
    According to the CNN WORLD report, in the war 6, 75,000 civilians killed, 7500 troops of USA and its allied forces killed 3 25 000 people wounded and $ 3.5 Trillion Dollar spent for the war. This spending of $ 3.5 Trillion Dollar is the main cause of action for the present economic crises prevailing all over the world.
    After winning the war against IRAQ, the United States of America’s President Mr. George W.Bush, also admitted the same fact, and he openly stated that the Intelligence agency misguided him.
    Later on, even the United Nations Organization (UNO) also certified that the IRAQ has no nuclear weapons.
    Then it is the bounded duty of the United States of America and its allied forces to withdraw from IRAQ.
    But instead of withdrawing from IRAQ, the United States of America and its allied forces formed a government in IRAQ, under their control and administered the entire IRAQ, and its peoples.
    This indicates a clear violation of duty by the President of United States of America Mr. George W.Bush and also a clear case of violation of the International Code of Conduct for UNO members.
    Thus Mr. George W.Bush attracts prosecution for the above said offence.
    Thus I hereby pray this Hon’ble Court initiate criminal proceedings against Mr. George W. Bush, and give him maximum punishment for
    a) Initiating the war against the IRAQ
    b) Killing its innocent IRAQI peoples
    c) Killing troops of USA and allied forces and
    d) The present economic crises.
    e) 3 25 000 people wounded
    Dated on this day of 13th day of April, 2009.

    Yours truly,

    (M.S.MOHAMED ANSARI)

    COPY TO

    The Chief Justice, the International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands.
    The Secretary General, United Nations Organization
    The Chief Justice, the Supreme Court, IRAQ.
    His Excellency Mr.Barack Obama, the President of United States of America, White House, Washington D.C.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  22. salerno

    Pentagon report admitted that US military "forced the Taliban to violence against the civilians". This is the terror tactic used by US military. They killed civilians forcing them to collaborate with the US, so that they were considered traitors by the Taliban. The afghan civilians are cought betwen double violence like the farmers in Russia during the Nazi occupation. They were forced by the Nazi to collaborate, and then they were executed by the Russian partizans.
    The US military took over the Nazi role in this case.

    April 30, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      I fear and hope you get your wish, as they say, you had better watch what you wish for because you just might get it, Don't come crawling back when it finally happens or blame the coalition for it.

      April 30, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Napoli – may be you did not understand english. I wish nothing, but just posted an analisys. US military is using terror tactics against civilians, no difference from AlQaeda or the Nazi. After all Taliban and Bin Laden were trained by the USA.
      9/11 was not possible without some ex-CIA agent involved.

      April 30, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        My Apologies if you do not mean to expel the US and allies out of Afghanistan or feel Afghans will be better of with them gone in the very near future.

        That is a pretty bold statement that an ex CIA agent help was a requirement to pull-off 9/11. There is a difference between an Agent and a collaborator. Both sides of the conflict effectively use the press for their benefit. The Taliban seek and exploit this tactic. The coalition does the same but are less in control of it due to transparency. That is why you are often confused by what you read in the news, just like political leaders.

        April 30, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        You are confused- Taliban do NOT cointrol the press. USA do.

        April 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Of course. Taliban prohibit the press. My bad.

        April 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        They don't need the press, especially if it is controlled by liars.

        April 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. rosario

    its taking donkey's years to finish a war with some cave men!! all the sophisticated weapons seem to be serving no good at all. go get some lessons from the sri lankan's how to annihilate a terror group.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doodie

      1. You do realize how long Sri Lanka has been fighting the Tamil Tigers Right? Also, 40,000 civilians dead? Are you seriously a fan?

      2. This is not a war. You can't go kill everyone and take over. We have the capability at any time though.
      http://doodiepants.com

      April 30, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  24. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    What scares me to death is that the NATO forces may succeed and then we'll never get out of there where we have no right to be in the first place.

    April 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      I feel the same way you do,Bubba. We have absolutely no right to be over there. After all,we wouldn't like it very well if some foreigner invaded us.

      April 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        It seems you two have forgotten how this country was invaded. Granted, it has been 10 years, but not a life time.

        April 30, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Napoli – 9/11 was not an invasion.

        April 30, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        It was not just 9/11, you neglect the Cole, Embassies, Kobar towers, etc. Neither was Pearl Harbor. But neither could go unanswered. The Taliban, like North Korea, like Saddam Hussain, Like Gaddafi, Like the PLO, and so many others, chose the path of arrogance and non-cooperation but to the point where there remained no further option. Going in was for the right reason. They got what they wanted and asked for. Staying, perhaps, is another issue.

        April 30, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Napoli – I don't neglet anything, as you did not mention any invasion because there was no invasion . You are confused talking about an INEXISTENT invasion.

        April 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  25. WyoDutch

    Our Patriotic Leader announces a great patriotic victory in the great Patriotic War. Our Patriotic forces will soon acheive victory in the Patriotic struggle against the eeeeveeel Muslim forces led by the evil Emmanuel Goldstein. To celebrate the Patriotic victory, the chocolate ration has been increased from 15 grams to 6 grams.

    April 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |