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NATO said it hoped to secure the area in days, set up a local government and rush in development aid in a first test of the new U.S. strategy for turning the tide of the eight-year war. The offensive is the largest since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

The Taliban appeared to have scattered in the face of overwhelming force, possibly waiting to regroup and stage attacks later to foil the alliance’s plan to stabilize the area and expand Afghan government control in the volatile south. blog it

One of the biggest helicopter assaults in British military history has been launched against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The Royal Welsh took the lead with their troops and Afghan partners flying at only 500ft above the desert, landing at a series of specified targets in the Nad-e-Ali area of Helmand under cover of darkness.
The Coldstream Guards, the Grenadier Guards and the Royal Welsh have all been on the ground testing the Taliban positions and trying to get the message out to local people that the battle is about restoring order and allowing normal government to develop.

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U.S. and coalition forces have pressed a major offensive against a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. As Mandy Clark reports, Taliban is certainly not giving up without a fight.

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US Marines encounter little resistance as they enter the Taliban stronghold of Marjah in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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More than 1000 British troops are engaged in the fiercest military offensive on the Taliban since the war in Afghanistan began.

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Roughly 15,000 American, Afghan and NATO forces began an assault late Friday on the Taliban in the central Helmand town of Marjah in what senior military commanders are calling the largest operation since the start of the Afghanistan war.

Detecting multiple layers of insurgent defenses encircling the city, Cobra helicopters fired Hellfire missiles at tunnels, bunkers, and other defensive positions. Militants also flooded the main canal at the town’s entrance, making it more difficult for U.S.-led forces to enter on foot. blog it

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British troops are engaged in fierce fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan as Operation Moshtarak gets under way.
Operation Moshtarak – which means ‘together’ in the Dari language – will involve around 15,000 International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) and Afghan National Army troops.
The Ministry of Defence said Moshtarak was the first part of a three-stage plan to increase security in Afghanistan.

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Over the last 36 hours elements of the Royal Welsh, Grenadier Guards and Scots Guards have taken part in an air and ground ISAF operation to the south of Nad ‘Ali, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The operation, being conducted with Afghan National Security Forces, is part of the preparation for a major ISAF offensive known as Operation MOSHTARAK.

Op MOSHTARAK has been planned to remove insurgents from areas of central Helmand not previously cleared by ISAF troops. blog it

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The British government banned an Islamist group notorious for glorifying Al Qaeda and tied to terror plots at home and abroad, but its Lebanon-based spiritual leader promised to reorganize under a different name.

The group, Islam4UK, will be banned starting Thursday after its British leader, Anjem Choudary, threatened to bring hundreds of people marching in protest through the streets a small market town known for honoring the British soldiers killed in Afghanistan. blog it

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In a statement, leader Anjem Choudary also said the group had successfully engaged with thousands of ordinary people through its website and via blogs, phone calls and emails on the reality of the conflict.

But it added: “We at Islam4UK have decided, after consultation with others including our Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, that no more could be achieved even if a procession were to take place in Wootton Bassett.

“And in light of this we would like to announce today that there will no longer be a procession through this market town.” blog it

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“]An Apache attack helicopter flies over the desert in Afghanistan [Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]clipped from www.mod.uk
A retired Royal Marines helicopter pilot, now a reservist, says there is still some life in the old dog yet and has just deployed to Afghanistan to fly the fearsome Apache attack helicopter.
Lieutenant Commander Bill O’Brien, 54, is now part of the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) Air Branch. He has deployed to Afghanistan for four months with a 155-strong team from 663 Squadron Army Air Corps who are based at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk.
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Britain’s top general in Afghanistan backed calls for more troops, insisting it would be impossible to deny al-Qaeda their terrorist safe havens by “simply patrolling from the skies”. In an exclusive interview with The Times, Lieutenant-General Jim Dutton, said yesterday that he supported a formal request made by his boss, General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander, for up to 40,000 new troops.
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The SAS is reportedly involved in training Libyan special forces amid suggestions it may be connected to the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi.
Elite UK troops have apparently been working with Colonel Gaddafi’s regime for the last six months, despite Tripoli arming the IRA in the past.
Sources within the SAS are unhappy with the training arrangement, which they believe could be linked to Megrahi being freed last month, said The Daily Telegraph.
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British commandos freed a New York Times reporter early Wednesday from Taliban captives who kidnapped him over the weekend in northern Afghanistan, but one of the commandos and a Times translator were killed in the rescue, officials said.
Reporter Stephen Farrell was taken hostage along with his translator in the northern province of Kunduz on Saturday. German commanders had ordered US jets to drop bombs on two hijacked fuel tankers, causing a number of civilian casualties, and reporters traveled to the area to cover the story.