February 15th, 2010
07:14 AM ET

Afghan officials: Taliban resistance waning

MARJAH, Afghanistan (CNN) - Resistance is waning in a major NATO offensive against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, the nation's officials said Monday, a day after 12 civilians died in a rocket attack by coalition troops.

"Coalition forces are clearing mines and roadside bombings, and facing only scattered resistance" from the Taliban, said Zahir Azimi, the Afghan defense spokesman.

On Monday, the troops met almost no resistance unlike Sunday, said Hanif Atmar, the Afghan minister of interior affairs. "Progress is being made on all fronts," he said.

However, CNN's Atia Abawi, who is embedded with Marines in Marjah, said the coalition forces were still battling militants, facing sporadic gunfire.

About 15,000 Afghan and NATO forces are taking part in Operation Moshtarak, the biggest since the Afghan war started in 2001. The assault aims to wrest control of Marjah town and surrounding areas from the Taliban.

"The operation is being conducted at the request of the Afghan government and the governor of Helmand," said Master Sgt. Jeff Loftin, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Forces were in the "clearing phase" of the operation, Loftin said in a statement Monday.

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  1. hamid

    do afghans trust nato's honesty in this attack?

    February 16, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. HUSIN

    Hi Annie I think you all don't get it.Whether it is Talibans or Mujahideen or Al Qaeda,this people they dont live with money or or anything with worldly life.They are living with their faith and that is IMAN.You may say anything that you want but to them die ,suffering for them is for the day hereafter and thats the truth

    February 15, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gee Gee

    19 Saudi and Egyptian low-level operatives allegedly attacked the World Trade Center, trained only in small planes and badly at that, yet executing aerial maneuvers with the 757s that even experienced and certified multi-engine commercial pilots are unable to recreate.

    Then magically, there's the undamaged passport laying in the street, and within moments of the attack, Defense psyops is already scrolling identities of the perps across our screens, none of whom were UBL, or in any way connected to UBL, and UBL never claimed any responsibility for the attack, and there is no financial or cell record showing that he was, although there WAS a large wire transfer made to the Pakistan ISI secret security police.

    Then Bush demands UBL's surrender from the Taliban government in Kabul, which the CIA paid the Pakistani ISI to establish madrassas, train, arm and field them, and naturally, the Taliban refused, UBL is their revered figure and war hero against the Soviets, it would be like Mao Tse Dung demanding General MacArthur for the American invasion of North Korea.

    All of a sudden, by magic, 'Taliban' terrorists flew into the WTC and we have always been at war with Eurasia. And tragically, ashamedly, every single American let Bush take US into an illegal war against the government of one of the poorest nations on earth. We ran the Taliban off in a month, there are no more than 25,000 of them by our own estimate, yet we are spending $130,000,000,000 a year of our children's inheritance, that we will never recover, to occupy this country and steal their natural resources, and install our puppet mafia in Kabul with their 400,000 man militia that every American is paying for.

    Obama is Saddam Hussein in drag.

    February 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. annie

    Akber, people of Afghanistan are not all Taliban, or Al-Qaeeda or terrorists. Taliban and Al-Qaeeda came from Arabic countires between 1980 to 1989 when Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Both groups are Arabs not Afghans. You can refer to the books about them.
    Yes it is so difficult in Afghanistan to have poeple in peace but by educating them hopefully they have peace one day.
    About Pakistan, US is giving billions of dollars to Pakistan to fight with Al-Qaeeda and Taliban, and Pakistan is harboring them. US didn't do anything to lose the trust of Pakistan, It's US that doesn't trust Pakistan and we have a good reason for it.

    February 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Akber Ali

    I just don't understand that why NATO forces are unable to learn lessons from the history, i.e. Afghan nation can't be conquered or controlled. NATO forces will have to leave one day, and then these Taliban or Afghan Tribal will come back and take the control.
    I am sorry to say that Afghan people (you may call them Taliban, or Al-Qaeeda, or Terrorist etc.) can't be conquered by force.

    The only way to bring harmony in Afghanistan is through Pakistan. To do this USA and other NATO forces need to build trust with Pakistani establishment which they have absolutely lost.

    February 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shaunday mullins

    Is poppy plants illigale in afganastan?are the really bad guys getting away?

    February 15, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    If the Afghan security forces and police are in Marjah couldn't they control the town while our NATO troops go after these cowards that are running away from the battle? Also now that we are mostly in control of the town and the area surrounding Marjah why don't we blow up all the poppy fields in the area so the Taliban cannot sell it to fund their war effort?

    February 15, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |