August 27th, 2010
08:50 AM ET

French, U.S. troops end 5-day 'security sweep'

Afghan, French and U.S. troops have completed a security sweep in eastern Afghanistan, a five-day push that led to the deaths of about 40 Taliban fighters, military officials said Friday.

The fighting started Saturday with an air assault and ended Wednesday in the Uzbeen valley. Along with the killings, eight key Taliban operatives were captured. Rockets, mortars, explosives, bomb-making materials, and labs used for counterfeiting were found and destroyed.

The troops consulted the local population during the effort, and "particular attention was paid to cultural sensitivities" during the Ramadan holy period, they said. The U.S. and French troops are with NATO's International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF.

"This joint operation with the Afghan National Security Forces, French and American troops has been very successful, and it has been an honor for me to lead the largest air assault operation in recent times, especially with regards to the positive results," said French Army Brig. Gen. Pierre Chavancy, commander of Task Force Lafayette.

"The insurgents know now that we can go everywhere they are, and we will remove illegal weapons and ammunition that they intend to use against the Afghan population, the ANSF and coalition forces," Chavancy said.

ISAF also said that three service members died in bombings on Friday, two in the east and one in the south.

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  1. popsiq

    If there's all that good, against all the evil how come it's taken 9 years to get nowhere?

    Either that evil is more powerful that the greatest force for good on earth, or good is far weaker than it's cracked-up to be.

    Or, we're being sold a bill of goods by somebody aiming to make massive profits from the deaths of innocent people.

    I believe it's the latter.

    For western society, predicated on greed and where altruism is a media piece, isn't all that good.

    August 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Tell me popsiq,if evil is all that powerful,why haven't the forces of evil(NATO) won already?Besides in Vietnam,good triumphed over evil but at a horrific price.

      August 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Hello Daniel-2 How is Uncle Kim today? Is he keeping well?

        September 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        I'm glad to say Phunnie boy,that he's doing quite well now.For a while,I wasn't quite so sure.By the way,he asked me if I can get you to quit your warmongering as he himself has absolutely no use for this rotten war.

        September 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Nasty case of egomania?

        September 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Also I would not read your Islamic propaganda if my life depended on it!

    August 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      If you want to vomit out your right-wing propaganda from Washington,please do it someone else's name instead of mine.I'm trying to keep an open mind,thank you.

      August 30, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    The only crime against humanity is how the Taliban and radical Islam treat their sinners which is against the teachings of Jesus Christ!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Sharia laws and punishments were made by early Muslims. God too had laws that were punished severely but since he saw that all men had continued to sin without sincerity of repentance so he came from the Holy Spirit into the virgin Mary(not by any seed)as the son of God to be the savior of the world for all our sins to those who believe in Him. This was not taught by any Hindu or Pharaoh only through his disciples and those who had converted to Christianity such as Paul, formally Saul one of the worse persecutors of the new Christians.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dindy Sri lanka

    That is good news. Does anybody need to fly air planes in to the tall buildings again?that was two buildings. Now the flames are all over in AFGHANISTAN. May God save the Innocent citizens and let the culprits vanish from this earth.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      sorry clicked report abuse again meaning to reply and yes Jesus did not preach that he was anything other than the Messiah or son of God. I do not think it was being taught until around the 1500's or so.

      August 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Onesmallvoice

    Exatly what's so good about that? The closer we come to victory here,the closer the next war comes and the hunger for conquest in Washington will only grow larger and larger.Enough said.

    August 27, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Lennybaby

      You're quite right,Onesmallvoice.Thank you for your imput.

      August 27, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      The only hunger for conquest is by these crazed Islamic radicals and until they are defeated there will be no stopping their conquest!

      August 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      As Yakobobi(who is a Taliban sympathizer)has said that they will stop at nothing to conquer the world and this is what all radical Muslims believe, that they will rule the world and do everything they can to achieve this goal!

      August 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      Or are you onesmallvoice and Lennybaby radical Muslim sympathizers too?

      August 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bledsoe

    Another field day for the right-wing thugs in Washington.Hip,hip,hurray!!!

    August 27, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Alejandro

      Would you rather have these insurgents still alive? Even if we captured them, they wouldn't be in jail too long before a corrupt government official released them.

      August 28, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |