U.S.-led forces used artillery and airstrikes to kill more than 165 insurgents and repel massed assaults on coalition troops in two strongholds of Taliban militants and Afghanistan's rampant drug trade, officials said Wednesday.What?
The battles in Helmand and Uruzgan provinces came shortly before President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met in New York to discuss worsening fighting in Afghanistan and growing opiuama bin Laden, violence related to the insurgency has escalated. More than 4,500 people, mostly militants, have died this year, according to an Associated Press tally of figures from Afghan and Western officials.
The two latest battles came amid a spike in violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and as the military makes a last big thrust against insurgents before colder weather forces a lull in fighting in the mountainous nation.
[ cf Clashes and Airstrikes Kill 165 Taliban ( emphasis to highlight tye Thpo Hell! )
War in Afghanistan???
Who could have thunk it???
I mean, where are the BlackWater Army Heroes who could go on fighting long through the winter, because they are the True 300, the BigBoysAmongstMen, and all that Jazz....
And to think that we are leaving the fighting in Afghanistan to merely the welfare queens of the armed forces.
No WONDER things are, well, things!!!!