Monday, June 19, 2006

U.S. aims to sever Taliban transport lines - Yahoo! News

BAGHRAN VALLEY, Afghanistan - U.S. soldiers descended on a mountain ridge Sunday, quickly setting up fortified posts and mortar positions overlooking a key Taliban transport route as the coalition pressed a major offensive that has killed dozens of suspected militants. [snip]

"We are the focus of Mountain Thrust right now," said Capt. Jared Wilson. "This is the decisive part of the operation because if we do not get on the mountain, we will not be able to accomplish this mission."

Before boarding the helicopters, Wilson warned his troops about the dangers of the operation.

"I want you to understand the seriousness of what you are about to do. We are landing fully loaded CH-47s on the top of a mountain. This is a highly dangerous mission. On the top of those dangers, we're going to an area where no one has been for years," he said.

Their new encampment is remote — more than 60 miles from the nearest ground forces — but Wilson said that serves as an advantage.

"The enemy did not suspect we would come up here. They believe they have a safe haven area up here because it has been untouched by coalition troops for years," he said.

U.S. aims to sever Taliban transport lines - Yahoo! News

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