Rod Nordland of The New York Times reports that the Taliban are fighting back in Marjah with a “campaign of intimidation.”
“The Taliban tactics have included at least one beheading in a broader effort to terrorize residents and undermine what military officials have said is the most important aim of the offensive: the attempt to establish a strong local government that can restore services,” Nordland writes.
CIA Director Leon Panetta told the Washington Post that the recent attacks in Pakistan have al Qaeda “on the run.”
"Those operations are seriously disrupting al-Qaeda," Panetta said. "It's pretty clear from all the intelligence we are getting that they are having a very difficult time putting together any kind of command and control, that they are scrambling. And that we really do have them on the run." FULL POST
The Globe and Mail reports that “Canadian soldiers are pushing deep into Taliban territory ahead of a major offensive in Kandahar this spring."
The report says:
The commanding officer of Canada's battle group in Afghanistan says the troops are moving southwest into the Panjwaii district.
Lt.-Col. Jerry Walsh says the move is meant to cut off Taliban supply routes and movement into Kandahar city.
The push into Panjwaii is part of Operation Cerberus, the first in a series aimed at securing the areas around Kandahar city.
Coalition forces have made no secret they plan to follow up last month's major assault in neighbouring Helmand province with an attack on a similar scale in Kandahar. FULL POST