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US to launch offensive against Taliban-linked militants
Latest Updated by 2006-06-15 09:20:48
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The U.S.-led coalition forces in a new bid to wipe out Taliban-linked militants would soon launched a new offensive in the volatile southern region, spokesman of the U.S. army Toms Collins said Wednesday.

"Over the next month, coalition forces and Afghan forces will be conducting Operation Mountain Thrust," Collins disclosed to journalists at a press briefing.

The new operation is launched while another operation the "Mountain Lion" is still in full swing in the eastern region.

This operation will attack Taliban extremists in areas from which they are currently operating.

Going in to detail he said the aim of the new operation was not just about killing and arresting the militants rather it is very much about establishing the conditions where the government of Afghanistan can extend its authority.

However, he declined to say about the exact date of launching the operation or the number of troops involved in it.

Meanwhile, he added, "I want to clarify the Operation Mountain Thrust is a coalition operation and could take several months."

The U.S.-led coalition forces have in the past over nearly five years conducted several anti-Taliban and al-Qaida network operations mostly in the southern region but failed to achieve the desired outcome as militancy is almost on the constant rise as Taliban attacks left two coalition soldiers dead on Tuesday.

About 800 people with some 500 of them only in the past two months have lost their lives in Taliban-linked insurgency since beginning this year.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
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