April 6th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

27 Taliban slain in Afghan fighting, official says

KABUL, Afghanistan  - At least 27 Taliban members were killed in northwestern Afghanistan on Tuesday, a government official said.

The deaths occurred in a NATO and Afghan army operation targeting militants in Baghdis province. The precise location is Joye Kuwaja village of the province's Ballah Morgha district, the head of the governor's office staff said.

Among those slain in what is described as an ongoing operation were seven Taliban commanders.

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  1. SmokeyJoe

    I just read that the US Air Force is developing a new missile weapon called Prompt Global Strike that would have the capability to hit any location in the world within one hour with a conventional non-nuclear warhead. So, to the Taliban, Al Qaeda and other bad actors: you have been warned. Surrender or die. Your career will be cut short. Your followers will be cut down.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carl

    az... Do you think it would be good for your religion to get into the 21 st century?
    How can these people continue ideology that include honor killings, no education for women and stuff like that? I have no problem with Muslims but the idea that one, narrowly focused religious group should run an entire country is ridiculous. Does the Koran have anything equivalent to " Live and let live" ????????? worship who, what where you want and leave everyone else to worship as they wish Religion is the source of a lot of the conflict in our world today. Maybe we should have a country where it is punishable by death to like anything other than chocolate ice cream...

    April 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Russell

    Megan:

    Thanks for you kind words!

    April 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    Another "glorious" victory over the Taliban and I see all of these bloodthirsty right-wing fools eating it up.Have we ceased to be a Christian nation??? I know that the Moslems are not Chistians,but they still believe in our God,known to them as Allah.But why kill them like they were pigs in a pin???

    April 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tony

    All gave some Gave all

    April 8, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jimmy

    Russell-
    Thank you for your service. My son is in FOB Sharana, and he expresses the same empathy. I sent him your post, hope you don't mind.

    Thanks again for all that you do that allows us here at home to even be able to have the freedom to express ourselves without fear of retaliation.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nigel Balding (UK)

    People seem to have forgotten why we are in Afghanistan at all. US & Coalition forces invaded in 2001 following the atrocity of 9/11 with the intention of either capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden and his entourage. This has not occurred and I therefore see our presence in this part of the world as a failed mission. History has shown that this is a country that cannot be tamed. The British were defeated in the 19th century as were the Russians in the 20th. Lets not lose one more drop of coaltion soldiers blood for a cause that has clearly failed. Bring them all home and leave them to their own devices and don't be fooled by right wing politicians both in the States and here in the UK who would have you believe that we are all safer in our beds becuase our troops are there. That is not the case. We should not impose our beliefs or system of government on a people who clearly do not want it. Lets shut up shop and bring our young men & women home. No more futile or needless deaths. Kind regards to all in the US.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. zule

    right wing thugs?

    you havent been keeping track. its the left thats running DC,

    April 8, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Megan

    Thanks, Russell, for you input from Afghanistan. Of course, you see things much clearer than any of us do. I hope everyone leaving comments truly takes the time to read your post. Thanks for taking the time to post it. My nephew who is special forces with the marine corp is there now and has said pretty much the same. My son and his wife, both medics in the army, will be there in August. For most of the people who comment on issues such as these, it is just talk. For others, this conflict is their reality. We all wish you a safe journey home, and thank you for being willing to serve your country.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. michael

    az... youre half right yes we gave them weapons but we did not create them and youre right about saudi but they dont openly attack us if we fought everyone to spread freedom we would never stop fighting and of course we have made missatkes but we dont target civillans in order to make a point it is not our fault they cant get it together it is not our fault they kill innocent people

    war is ugly thats all there is to it and more innocent people will die because of it however the ones that pick up a weapon are free game

    there is nothing wrong with being muslim this is america and we have freedom of religion the informed person knows that the religion is peaceful and that the violence is caused by the powerful in the uneducated areas preach the violence

    thanks to U.S. military for their service

    April 8, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. yo moma

    Why don'nt all of you get a life!

    April 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. just an american citizen

    to all my fellow citizens, long go a man wrote, that we ( man or woman) do purchase our futures with the actions of our present, lets choose our leaders not because they are a geat liberal or a great conservative leader, but because he/she is a great american

    April 7, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raptor

    why not after all it is perfectly o.k. for you to bash mine 🙂

    April 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rigel54

    Oh, Daniel! Where are you coming from (who are you?)? The Taliban are anti-intellectual, anti-woman, anti-music, anti-life, anti-dancing, anti-sensual, anti-everything. They are the parallel of the US fundamentalists, religion gone berserk, quashing the joy and heart out of life. They must be stopped, for the sake of humanity, and this awful hatred of basic, earthy, loving goodness of human life must end!

    April 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Corwin

    I'm a Democrat, and former veteran, Of course it is good that those 27 taliban miltants were killed, There will always be innocence killled in war, war is ugly, but sometimes necessary. This nation was built on war, we had to get away from England for our own freedoms. Do you actually think we should have turned the other cheek, when 3000 men and women died, and that also helped fuel our finiacial collapse, because thats what really happen we never fully recovered from this, also fighting a war we shouldn't have been in in the first place. Republicians are mad, and some of my silly neighbors are also, that 37 million more americians will have the basic freedoms of all other nations. and the most of the idiots arent' making over 200,000 dollars, so they shouldn't even be complaining, they didn't complain about being lied into war, at least there is someone in office trying to look out for the regular folks out there with sense. If you are not making over 200,000 a year you have nothing to complain about. You weren't so worried about the deficit when we went into iraq, for that matter even before that. We will always and forever pay taxes. Always. you me and everyone will always be in some type of debt, get over it you will pay taxes until you die. But doing things like taking the war off science to develope new technologies, that will help the sick, Giving people health care, so they will have it if they loose there jobs, Giving the middle class a tax break, is good for you idoits. Its a shame sometimes to see these Americans act the way they do. There is just a lot of unconsious raceism out there, and don't say because he won, there is no racsism. The man is not just helping one race, he's helping Americans. its call Unconcisious racism and its coming out, showing what people really think. Which is what most of us knew in the first place. There are millions of good americans still out there, that want equality for all and its overdo. But it will take a long time for us all to see , because there are so many evil hateful, elites in the world. Obama was left the biggest mess any president has to clean up, on all fronts, don't forget we were in a recession. I think he's managed well, with so many against him, he has the toughest job in the world, with like Michael Steele said very little room for error.

    April 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. az

    and who created taliban.. who gave them weapons to drive out the red army.. who left them as soon as soviet decided to call off their bid for kabul...

    these people are not rotten to the core.. these people are not evil.. yes they are uneducated, and misguided.. they do not know better cause they were forced into middle ages by the super power russia and helped further in by US..

    US loved the war lords and did not mind taliban and continued to support the terrorist state pakistan for years before 9/11..

    if you peddle your weapons and help them grow drugs for 20 years..your children will hear back from them.. write it down on a stone..

    and all this talk about freedom.. least free place in the world is probably saudi and i dont see US bombing riyadh.. noone cares for freedom.. you pretentious sons of b*tches..

    and yeh.. i am a muslim.. so bash me and my religion..

    April 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. WhiteRaven

    Post number 48 by Russell hit the nail on the head. Either turn our troops losse to do what they have been trained to do or bring them back and let the 'Urban Specialists' take care of the problem. E6 USMC, 1973

    April 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  18. O Brother!

    FreedomFighter: what do you mean by 'you people'?

    April 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Toaster

    It is the responsibility of the world to suppress the Taliban and other regimes of like thinking. We do have problems at home, but if we do nothing about the problems overseas, those problems will come here.
    Support our troops, they fight not for one person, but for us all.

    April 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  20. DntBrnDPig

    Daniel is a troll. Stop feeding the troll.

    April 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  21. AC

    Obama did what?
    I thought he wasn't for the wars. Uhmm....things change...time change....he changed.

    April 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  22. USMC1

    You people? Come on FreedomFighter grow a set.

    April 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. FreedomFighter

    Roy, I commend you for serving 23years.... and thank you! However my dear friend those times have changed...... we serve a different kind goverment now..... like the one that invade a country after bombing men,women and children on false pretends that they posses "WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION" just to finish what Daddy started. While the ones that really attacked us "Bin Laden" are let run off free.

    I tell you..... If I had foreigners running around with big weapons in my back yard... I will too be fighting them off.....!

    I am tired of seeing our young kids getting killed for no reason.....BRING THEM BACK...!

    When are you people gonna say " ENOUGH " we have our own share of problems here home, we cannot continue to police every other country in this world.

    Any Human killed is BAD NEWS.......

    April 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Russell

    I am currently in Afghanistan, and the problems we face here are never the ones being debated on the news or websites such as this.

    The problem, America, is not the Taliban. They are a loosely organized, rag-tag militant group who, given the right force, could easily be obliterated in less that six months. Unfortunately, the United States Army, Marines or Air Force are most assuredly not that force.

    The task of eliminating such a regime requires intricate, professional urban police work, executed with extreme delicacy and cultural competence.

    The job of the United States Military is to fight and win wars, at home and abroad. The conflict in Afghanistan is not war, or anything closely resembling it. It is a ghetto, infested with crime and ignorance, and the Taliban is nothing more than a glorified street gang bent on the oppression of it's own countrymen. Take a walk through an East Saint Louis Neighborhood and you'll find the situation is scarily similar. Or better yet, let the Army invade a neighborhood like that and see how much the situation improves.

    Give the U.S an identifiable enemy and we'll smash them. Gives us a population of people who are your friend one day and enemy the next, we'll scratch our heads and argue about ROE. An 11B infantrymen has, by MILITARY DEFINITION, ONE PURPOSE: "To close with and destroy the enemy". They are not policemen, humanitarian aids, counter insurgent specialist or a hybrid of the three (which is what Afghanistan requires). They are Infantrymen, trained to fight an enemy that does not exist in Iraq or anywhere in the middle east.

    We have, in a sense, asked an angry bull to assemble an Seismic Acoustic Sensor. And that, believe it or not, is an understatement.

    A typical Afghan civilian could be supporting the US one day and planting IED's the next. There simply is no way distinguish who is a militant and who is a farmer, because a person could conceivably be both, depending on whether or not you accidentally drove through his crops and made him angry that week. The next week, you could pay him for the damage and POOF, he's no longer a Taliban Insurgent but a helpful Afghan Citizen willing the help the US in anyway.

    Ladies, Gentleman, boys and girls I have a newsflash: THE US ARMY IS NOT BUILT FOR A JOB LIKE THAT, and no matter how long we stay here and watch the body count rise, the problem will never be solved.

    April 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Major T

    Never really liked the body count thing. I would like to see them all die.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  26. VeeZee

    Daniel is a troll. He posted same type of nonsense on the 'Taliban bombs trigger Lahore backlash" story as well.
    Seems to be another goofball trying to stir the pot while sounding like an idiot at the same time! Go Go Daniel!

    April 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Marc

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I am not going to bash, heck you are practicing the freedom that, Eric talked about, fought for and kept for your family and others in the world.

    I too like Roy and many in this list and many more reading have and are doing, served our country and more and more the world.

    All I can say is we are here because of my sacrifices from both sides of War... for the "good" and for the "bad" sides, this is life, history, and human nature. Though we cannot expect you or others to really completely or fully understand the depth of these paroles we are in. Some are sheltered, some are exposed, and some are in-between, though one thing is for sure:

    "Those who fought for it (and those whom have lost it), Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know."

    April 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  28. jeff

    Defending my free speech and freedoms? How is fighting the war in Iraq/Afghanistan defending my rights. For that matter, how was fighting any war since the war of 1812 defending my freedoms? Also, before any of the vets lose their minds, I did my time in uniform!

    April 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Clark1b

    I just wish that the UN and NATO and our own PC politicians would stop handcuffing our troops with too rigid rules of engagement that allow IEDs to be used against our troops .... while our troops are told they can't defend themselves unless they actually can see the guy pulling the trigger ..... and then afterward make our troops submit tons of paperwork to "prove" what happened.

    this is a war not a crime scene ... let's fight to win!

    April 7, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  30. thisguy

    wow... i haven't read a sensible comment yet.

    first, we have people calling "thugs" in washington "right-wing", when the left is 1 seat short of a supermajority

    then i see someone call CNN neutral? HA! i mean seriously, it's referred to as the "liberal news network" by everyone who isn't strongly left. thats like a republican calling fox news neutral and unbiased. of course, these same people would probably support a state run news agency and look to it for "the real story" without media bias...

    the rest of the posts are just attacks on the 1st poster or a declaration of your political affiliation. i got news for both parties: neither one of you can get it working, much less right.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  31. O Brother!

    Vast right-wing conspiracy!

    April 7, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  32. Roy

    To Daniel:
    Before you go shooting off your mouth you need to put on the uniform and spend some time defending those who can not defend themselves. I am I served 23 years in the U.S. Army defending your right to free speach so you can say what you think.

    I think your a JERK who needs to grow up.

    I am exercising my rights to free speach which I, along with thousands of others, have paid for and you take for granted.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  33. Daniel

    No wonder there's so much bullying in our schools! What does one expect our young people to think with all this gung-ho attitude over how good it is to kill people and how would one expect them to act in our schools with all this right-wing mumbo-jumbo drummed into their heads???

    April 7, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  34. brandon

    27 Taliban killed, that is less then 3% of the taliban, you kill 27 , 200 more will join the force. this is a loosing battle. russia was there for 10 years and nothing got accomplished. we can be there for 50 years and the same results will happen.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  35. Steve

    Not to support Daniel...but the Taliban never killed or targeted any American's until they were invaded by them. It was Al Qaeda. Now before you say that the Taliban gave Al Qaeda shelter in Afghanistan; let me remind you that the Taliban offered to give Osama bin Laden over to the Americans...something which they refused. Now the strongest army in the world can't find bin Laden...so how can anyone condemn the Taliban for 'sheltering' them in the first place.
    It is easy to say that 27 Afghan dead is a fantastic victory...but these are human beings that were fathers, brothers and sons trying to defend their country against foreign invaders...when these same people were fighting the Soviets they were called freedom fighters...irony, anyone?

    April 7, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  36. Howard

    You know the other day I heard there were less than 30 Al Qaeda in Afganastan mixed in with the tallibon. Do you reallly need 100,000 troops to try and control an entire nation to fight 30 people. The Tallibon is an Afgan problem, Al Qaeda is a world problem. Seems like you would use spies to identify the 30 and snipers or drones to take them out , why do we need to occupy the whole nation and make it safe, to fight an enemy of the Afgan government.

    I mean after all something like 18 of the 20 or so hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudia Araibia,
    none were from Afganastan, nor Iraq. To me defeating Al Qaeda will be done by the CIA, not
    a large military force.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  37. Eric

    The more dead Taliban the better. The only way to win this war is to kill every one of the child-raping Taliban. They serve no purpose on this earth and should be wiped out.

    April 7, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  38. Cody

    I think Daniel was trying to stir up the pot so to speak however, I think a lot of the newspapers and articles that I read daily are focusing too much on how many Taliban and insurgents Coalition Forces kill. Killing the Taliban doesnt mean we are winning the war. Maybe we should show more stories on how the troops/Marines are making the Afghans' lives better by improving security, setting up schools, and trying to make their overall way of life better.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  39. John

    OOH-RAH LISA Thats what I wanted to hear Those Guys and Girls. Over their are in harms way every day their in that place. The sucide bommers and IED's and those Rockets they just point towards the base they go where ever they go. They don't descriminate they just Kill and Maim Thank God they Killed those 27

    April 7, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  40. lester

    Where are all the anti-war protesters> Shall we now say "The only good Taliban is a dead Taliban?" How about targeted assinations?

    Joan Baez, where are you now? Somebody needs you more than ever to help the flowers grow.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  41. 3rd Infantry

    HOOAH!

    April 7, 2010 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  42. luis

    Enough of killings!! both the u.s and the taliban are killing many children and women, innocents! but who cares right?

    April 7, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  43. davetharave

    27 less Taliban on the face of the earth ? Only one word appropriate for that – Hurrah ! Sorry, I realize they are human beings too but they chose to cast their lot with leaders of an ideology that is almost as evil as the Nazis. Willingly doing that, you declare yourself an enemy to the rest of the world. The Taliban, as rulers of Afghanistan, provided safe haven and full support for Al Qaeda as they plotted their infamous 9/11 attacks. Never forget this ! They must all be rooted out and destroyed and their idiot beliefs crushed forever.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  44. Paul T

    This guy Daniel seems to be the focus of comments, so to Daniel I say that I am here as a civilian supporting the troops fighting the taliban. I'd rather them kill the taliban than let them run free in the world to grow. Next thing they'll be in your back yard telling you what to do, or worse killing people you know. I don't think you want that. We saw two casualities come in yestereday, most likely from the same offense. They paid the price for your feedom. You need to wake up and get the real facts and stop guessing what goes on.
    Try supporting the US for a better world. We can't let these taliban terrorize the world with their warped ideals. This is how to stop them.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  45. Bob

    To all the I sup[port the troops but not the war....grow up. The reason we ar in these wars is 9/11 and the possible threats that we faced. If you are too blind to figure that out then please just shut the F up and just enjoy your freedom.As Col. Jessup would say, "unless you plan on picking up a rifle I would just be happy if you would say thanks, and be on your way".

    April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  46. Haidari

    The best way to defeat an enemy is not to kill him but to isolate him. Killing Talibs will not weaken them, others will join them. The best strategy is that they and their cause shoudl be separated from Afghans.

    April 6, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Rexford

    Let's let the Taliban move over here and become citizens to support the left wing who need voters and get free health care. I wonder if be-headings will be covered. Plus I am sure the Democrats will enjoy explaining to the Taliban how they are the most "ethical" party ever to date.

    Daniel, please join the Talliban cause...........

    "Think healthcare is expensive. Wait until it is free".

    April 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Eric

    Daniel is another example of how political correctness corrupts the mind. He probably does not think that the Taliban and their ilk are bad people, they just need compassion. He would probably want to just sit down and talk with them and show that love is the answer, and the big bad wolf (the USA) just wants their oil (eh hmm).

    The REAL problem is, WE ARE AT WAR. A declared war by extremist who have NO PROBLEM beheading YOUR CHILD on CAMERA. And we are sending our brave young troops in to handle this WAR with their hands tied with PC handcuffs. Fighting a WAR with Police rules. Remember, we can't offend the enemy or they have the religious RIGHT to slay you. BECAUSE GOD SAYS SO!

    26,038 American casualties to take Iwo Jima in 1 month, a small flyspeck in the middle of the Pacific (1 of a dozen islands we had to take). But that was the accepted cost of war. TOTAL WAR

    but....thats MY opinion.

    April 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Bobc

    I keep reading this stuff over and over again. Taliban defeated here, Taliban killed here, Taliban forced from here. How many more years are we going to be reading this stuff?
    bush wouldn't finish the job in Afghanistan when he had the chance, because there was money to be made for him and his cronies in Iraq. The Taliban was allowed to regroup and practically take over the whole country again, so Obama inherited the mess.
    Now more lives and money have to be sacrificed because bush didn't do his job.

    And yes, Afghanistan is another Vietnam, whether you believe it or not.

    Also I'm not a defeatist, just a realist.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  50. American Militant

    Daniel, you single handedly united the whole comment section against you! Ever consider politics? 27 down, plenty more to go. Time to celebrate this glorious and momentous occasion.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Lisa

    Until you know of someone who is actually serving in Iraq/Afghanistan you can't possibly understand the sacrifice these guys are making. Twenty-seven people were killed and, thank God, they were not our soldiers. I'm with Mike on this one, we need to support the troops in every way we can.

    This is a big deal, it was obviously an important mission. Full disclosure, I'm a Democrat, didn't support the war in Iraq, but I definitely SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  52. rebe

    Daniel you misguided , arrogant left winger. You would rather see this militant taliban attacking the U.S., killing american citizens all in the name of God. The U.S. soldier who died protecting your freedom , so you can complain falsehoods, would very much love to ship you to a country like , China, Iran and North Korea . See how much freedom you have in those countries. We need to support our troops and US personnel. Right- wing? Would you rather fight those idiots in New York, Washing D.C. or in the heartland of America. We have a choice. I would rather fight them in their country than in the front steps of my home. We are protecting our families and future children by making them die for their false impression that God has ordained it. No benevelent God would forsake peace for the cruelity of War.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Brittany

    Our military is helping people who cannot stand up for themselves. Mike is right. Those men and women are sacrificing things right now that we take for granted everyday.

    My boyfriend is over there now... without running water or electricity. He can't take a shower when he wants, can't have a nice home cooked meal, and he definitely can't get on here and defend himself because he's too busy defending and stabilizing another country. So before anyone gets online and becomes a little warrior behind the computer screen, how about you appreciate the things that the real warriors are doing everyday of their life. And if you've thought about it and you still can't stand behind them, feel free to stand in front of them.

    Have a Blessed Day.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Jamie

    An incredible victory over the vicious murderous terrorists!
    How's that Daniel!?

    April 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Ignatz

    All I can say is I hope Daniel stayed here and read (and learned) from the responses he elicited.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  56. USA Supporter

    I feel Daniel is just trying to "stir the pot" a bit....I really can't believe anyone so wrong on facts, would write it in print for the rest of us to read. I must thank him if that is what he was trying to do ( CNN is not MY news of choice they tend to not see things as I do)... it is wonderful for a mother of a Marine, to see so many do understand things...I will not worry about little old Daniel! Thank you all for your support of our military.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  57. SED

    These guys are rotten to the core. They hide behind women and children. They are intolerant of any others religous beielfs (they even destroyed ancient stone depictions of the Budda, when the international community including Muslim nations begged them not to do such a terrible thing.) They will not allow girls to attend school nor will they even acknowledge women as human beings. These guys get what is coming to them.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  58. schmedly

    I can understand that it's not glorious to discuss 27 people killed, in battle, but on the other hand, these same 27 thugs would jump with joy Daniel, if they had the chance to cut you and your families heads off and put the filimg of it on the Aljezera web site. Wake up my friend, this is war, these 27 *are* the enemy, whether you want to believe that or not.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  59. John

    Daniel,

    And what would you prefer the world do?

    April 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  60. John

    Right wing? CNN? You DO realize that the righties think CNN is a socialist news network...

    Of course you're entitled to your opinion. Personally I don't think there would be anything except failure that you'd believe. So...stop reading Daniel. You obviously don't support the effort in Afghanistan. NEXT!

    April 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Mike

    Some people....

    Instead of complaining about politics, how about supporting your troops. They need all the support we can give them.

    You're welcome for the freedom that my brothers in arms have provided to you. They sleep in tents, on tanks, in humvees, and even go without sleep. Think about that the next time you go and show the whole cnn.com reading world how truly pathetic you really are. No offense, of course.

    April 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  62. SmokeyJoe

    Obama would be very amused to hear that he is being described as "right-wing thug" by an out-of-touch with reality fantasy blogger who doesn't know which way is up. Compared to all the Republican abuse he's been getting for being a supposed pro-islamic commie, this will seem like being hit with cream puffs. Daniel, is this the best you can do??? The Taliban have demonstrated themselves to be outcasts around the world and now increasingly so in the islamic world. Their cause is lost. They are fighting the battles of centuries past and cannot win.

    April 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  63. ShoeProtestor

    Oh dear oh dear Daniel my poor boy, you are a misguided thing aren't you? Let me give you an insiught into Afghanistan as seen be a "middle of the road" journalist working for a Chinese newspaper.

    I spent six months wouring as a journalist in that country. I have also reported from the USA in the past. Neither in Afghanistan, nor in the USA did I see what you describe as "right-wing thugs in Washington continue to wallow in a state of euphoria" I saw only a concerted attempt in Afghanistan to free that natioon from the evil regeme once imposed on them by the gun. You seem to forget what the Taliban did to the Afghani9 population.

    In America I only witnessed a concern for peoples rights and freedomes.

    You should disguise yourself as a monk and go live in Tibert for a while if you wish to comment on right wing thugs. I am sure the Chinese military will give you a perfect demonstration of thugery my friend.

    April 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Linda

    Would Daniel prefer that those 27 Taliban go back to killling innocent civilians whose only purpose is to be free of archaic Taliban rule?

    April 6, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Moss

    "Right-Wing Thugs"?

    Hate to break it to you, but Democrats controll both Congress and the White House. Thank God. Regardless, the ball is in the Democrats court. And for the note, CNN is hardly right wing. I feel its one of the more neutral news sources.

    April 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  66. FRank

    hmmmmmmmm - these orders were sent from the left’s messiah OBAMA.

    Hey, OBAMA! Things look a bit different on THIS side of the oval office desk, don’t they!!! Lol!

    April 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Zak

    WHAT??????

    April 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Dale

    Slow but steady progress. At least now we are fighting on the correct continent. Tell me again... why did we think invading Iraq would help defeat terrorists hiding in AfganiPak?

    April 6, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  69. David

    In responce to Daniel. What would you prefer: Taliban slay 27 NATO troops and make gains in their efforts to force NATO out of their country? Do you feel the Afghani's should be left to their own fate? I belive the internet would certainly be banned by the Taliban, so it's OK for you to enjoy freedoms, but we shouldn't waste time helping anyone else? Is your opinion that the Afghani's are somehow less deserving and want freedom less than others? Do you think they are not ready to be free? Is it just their culture that they do not want basic freedoms? You think they enjoy having such restrictions on their lives?

    April 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  70. quick

    I'll pray for you,and our nation

    April 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Daniel

    Here we go again.Another "glorious" victory over the Taliban as the right-wing thugs in Washington continue to wallow in a state of euphoria and the right-wing news media enjoys another field day.Hoe nauseating!!! I to see more right-wing fools blog in here to tout this episode to kingdom come,too.

    April 6, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |