Monday, December 10, 2007
good news from Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec. 10 — Afghan and NATO troops retook the town of Musa Qala in southern Afghanistan today, forcing the Taliban to withdraw from the only sizable town they hold in the country, Afghan and NATO officials said. There was no clear picture of casualties, but the Taliban and civilians said there had been heavy bombardment overnight.
The news came as Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain made a surprise visit to Afghanistan and met with President Hamid Karzai. About 7,000 British troops are deployed in Helmand Province, in southern Afghanistan. Retaking the town of Musa Qala, which they abandoned over a year ago, has been one of their main objectives in the province, which has the highest level of Taliban activity as well as illicit opium production.
Of course, this doesn't mean that Afghanistan is stable or that Al Qaeda is defeated, but is unabashedly good news. The locus of terrorism remains Afghanistan and the Pakstiani frontier, whereas in Iraq Al- Qaeda is essentially irrelevant. The real war on terror is being fought - and painstakingly, slowly, but steadily - won in Afghanistan alone.
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