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Taliban Retreats in Kandahar: NATO

Coalition thinks they've made big progress
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2010 10:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – NATO and Afghan forces have been wiping the floor with the Taliban in Kandahar in recent weeks, using new high-precision mobile rockets to rout insurgents from their long-held strongholds, NATO commanders, Afghan officials and local residents tell the New York Times. Western officials believe the Taliban has been dealt a strong enough blow that it will have trouble returning to what was once its base.

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NATO commanders speak cautiously of their success, and note that there have been setbacks elsewhere. But “Afghans will tell you, if you have a peaceful Kandahar, you will have a peaceful Afghanistan,” says the British commander who has been overseeing the Kandahar operation. “I think only time will tell.” One task force commander in a nearby rural district says attacks have fallen from 50 per week in August to about 15 per week now. “A lot [of insurgents] are getting killed,” he says. “They are not receiving support from the local population.” (Read more Kandahar stories.)

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