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Posted on 11/08/2001 12:39:40 AM PST by kingh99
THE Taliban were sent a chilling message by a massive US leaflet drop yesterday: We Are Watching!
The point was driven home by a picture of warlord Mullah Mohammed Omars NUMBER PLATE taken from an unmanned Predator spy plane thousands of feet up.
The photo of the plate on Omars sports utility vehicle appeared on a leaflet beside his bearded profile, both caught in the crosshairs of a gunsight.
The pamphlet also carried the Watching warning under the menacing stare of a pair of fierce eyes.
The Americans have bombarded Afghanistan with thousands of printed pamphlets aimed at striking fear into the ruling regime and winning over the civilian population.
Target ... 'crosshairs' over plate
The leaflets are part of military psyops Psychological Operations - to encourage informants to reveal the whereabouts of one-eyed Mullah Omar, who has banned pictures of himself since he took power in 1996.
US Army spokesman Lt Col Steve Campbell told The Sun: It is a pretty clear message to these guys we are watching and we will get you. I think if you saw a picture of yourself with a pair of crosshairs over it you would feel pretty uncomfortable and that is the general idea.
The Pentagon said yesterday that 16 MILLION leaflets in English and Pashtu had been printed and would be dropped in batches at intervals. Some pamphlets aimed directly at Taliban fighters urged them to surrender or showed an American soldier and an Afghan shaking hands.
Sky spy ... unmanned Predator plane took picture of Mullah Omar's number plate.
One intended to stir up civilian opposition to the regime showed a Taliban man brutally beating a woman wearing the head-to-toe Afghan veil.
The caption next to the picture read: Do you want your women and your children to live this way?
Other leaflets gave the frequencies of news programmes running ten hours a day. The Americans even dropped wind-up radios because few Afghans have sets of their own.
Bombing raids also continued yesterday with five waves of B-52s pounding troops north of Kabul. Northern Alliance commander Asil Khan said: They have hit the right places.
Another 500 Taliban soldiers deserted and switched sides yesterday as raids intensified. And the Alliance said it had captured several areas south of the key city of Mazar-i-Sharif helped by air support.
In London, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon said the Taliban was under growing pressure. He told a briefing for Arab media in Downing Street: The heavy bombing is clearly weakening the front lines. There is clear evidence that the Taliban regime is feeling the pressure.
Besides leaflets and bombs, the US is also dropping supplies to the Alliance including weapons, ammunition and water and even hay for the HORSES they still use in blood-curdling cavalry charges.
Meanwhile refugees fleeing into Alliance territory have been telling horrific stories of mass rapes and executions by Taliban thugs. Villager Buzar Boy, 30, said: They accused us of being American spies and took 100 people away. We had to run for our lives.
Put that in your high tech pipe and smoke it. Good to see our forces going native (with their trusty laser targeting beacons for guiding incoming tucked in their saddle). I bet the Ruskies were too proud to get out of their tanks and APC's. And thusly suffered a fate due inside the box thinkers. Bad Pun.
Gotta get a Freeper to make some bumper stickers of the psyops leaflets. Classic.
Could there be truth to the rumor the US Army is considering making a play to the US Rodeo Association for recruits.
We are very lucky no one big has weighed in with aid to the Taliban.
New Rodeo category is Taliban roping! Yeeeeehaww!
LOL! I say, "Get Medieval." Love that leaflet. America fights a real war!
We blew up the Afghan Dept of Motor Vehicles
This is a two front war. One front in Afghanistan against the scumbag terrorists and their supporters. The other in the USA against the scumbag hangover stink of our scumbag former President. We will win both wars. We will wipe the terrorists off the face of the earth, and the Clinton-stink from the halls of government.
Exactly! If we can see it, we should kill it. The leaflet thing is pathetic. Get on with it. Destroy the enemy. They're probably laughing at us and the stupid "scary man" leaflet.
Could be brilliant. The Iranian government has begun rounding up satellite dishes because the people hear the truth and are demonstrating against the government.
Hey Omar, it's glad to see you finally changed your underwear, from those nasty old green ones to those blue ones. I didn't know you liked to take a newspaper with you to the bathroom every day at 5:00pm.
By the way, your 2nd wife has put on a few pounds in the past few weeks. Did you know she likes peanut butter? And you should make sure a doctor gets a look at that mole on her back, down near her hip. It might turn into cancer!
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