Skip to comments.Coalition attacks Taliban command center and drug labs
Posted on 11/21/2017 1:34:07 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
The US military and Afghan Air Force hit a Taliban command and control center and seven drug labs in what the Coalition described as previously untargeted safe havens in south and southwest Afghanistan. With a shift in strategy, strikes such as these will become the new normal, the top US commander in Afghanistan said.
The coordinated airstrikes took place over the last day in three Taliban controlled or contested districts in northern Helmand province: Musa Qala (four strikes), Kajaki (three), and Sangin (one). Musa Qala and Sangin are controlled by the Taliban, while Kajaki is hotly contested, according to ongoing analysis by FDDs Long War Journal of Afghanistans districts. At least 45 districts of Afghanistans 407 districts are Taliban controlled and another 115 are contested. The Taliban claims to contest another 24 districts but their claims cannot be independently verified.
US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) sortied F-22A Raptors, B-52 strategic bombers, unmanned aerial vehicles and US Marine High-Mobility Rocket Systems to launch the strikes agains the Taliban targets.
Resolute Support, NATOs command in Afghanistan, claimed the airstrikes hit the Taliban where they are most vulnerable: their revenue streams, and said that more than $200 million of narcotics revenue flows into Taliban-controlled bank accounts. [T]he Taliban are responsible for up to 85 percent of the worlds opium production, Resolute Support claimed.
The Talibans link to the narcotics underworld has long been known. Previous efforts to end the production and distribution of illegal narcotics such as opium and heroin have failed.
In 2012, the US government issued a series of narcotics kingpin designations for Taliban commanders and even an Iranian Qods Force general for their involvement in Afghanistans drug trade. The Taliban vehemently deny any links to Afghanistans illegal narcotics market. Additionally, the US government has identified and designated Pakistani hawalas and individuals who are involved in laundering drug money from Mullah Naim Barich, who at the time was the Talibans shadow governor for Helmand province.
Just the beginning
General John Nicholoson, the commander of USFOR-A, indicated that the strikes, which are the result of the US governments recalibration of its Afghanistan and South Asia policy, are just the beginning.
Resolute Support noted that there is a shift in operations as USFOR-A attacks insurgent network economic lines in previously untargeted safe havens in the South and Southwest.
Despite the fact that Resolute Support noted that there are safe havens in the south and southwest, the NATO commander claimed that Coalition and Afghan forces are in an increasingly dominant position in the area.
Nicholson claimed that the Taliban failed to meet their military objectives in 2017 and they suffered a significant amount of casualties, which has forced the group to morph into a narco-insurgency.
However, the evidence is contrary to Nicholsons statement. The Taliban controls and contests more territory this year than any year since the US invaded the country in late 2001. The Taliban has clearly weathered the US surge that began in 2009 and ended in 2012. Taliban units routinely overrun Afghan military bases and districts centers while conducting major terror attacks inside Afghanistans largest cities.
Resolute Support used the press release to yet again urge the Taliban to negotiate a settlement with the Afghanistan government.
It is time for the Taliban to lay down their arms and reconcile, Afghan Lieutenant General Yaftali said, according to Resolute Support. If they do not come to the table seeking peace, the ANDSF [Afghan National Defense and Security Forces] will capture or kill them.
The Taliban, which has been dealing blows to an overstretched Afghan security service, has categorically rejected Coalition and Afghan calls for peace or a refutation of al Qaeda, and has consistently stated it would only negotiate if foreign forces withdrew and Islamic law (a euphemism for the Taliban) is restored.
Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDDs Long War Journal.
How far did they make the B-52s fly?
GO TRUMP GO
I wonder is Maj. "King" Kong was in the left seat...
If they know this, why don't they seize the accounts?.....................
No sense in wearing them out, though I suppose some retired 747s could be refit.
Might be Diego Garcia (sp) out in the Indian Ocean between Africa and India.
Why can’t the Clintoon “Charities” be grabbed in a Civil Asset Forfeiture?
So. The Deep State's Cash-cow Opium bidness is getting a little Drainage, is it.
>>If they know this, why don’t they seize the accounts?.
Yeah but... didn’t you see the squirrel?
Grabbing an Asset? Turnabout is fair play.............
Did I say “grab” and “ass-et” in the same sentence?
I meant seize...
Well, it was about Clintons................
What!!?? drug labs in Afghanistan? God our military leaders are so far ahead of the game I can’t even keep up with them! Who knew that there was heroin production in Afghanistan?
I guess they missed this somehow for 15 years
That’s the interesting question isn’t it? It’s almost like this is an operation designed to make us think they’re doing something about opioids. Ill know something real is going on when they’re arresting the bankers who wander the money
It starts and ends with Sessions providing cover for the entire Clinton Cabal. Unsealed those billions of Sealed Indictments and get to work. /s
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