U.S. forces settle into Afghan Taliban heartland
Friday, July 3, 2009
Some 4,000 Helmand Province, a remote militant stronghold that has largely resisted central government control.and several hundred Afghan forces are taking up positions in southern Afghanistan's
Troops reportedly met only isolated pockets of resistance as they set up outposts and sought out local civilian leaders. The operation is aimed at cutting off Taliban supply lines, winning over locals who are sympathetic to the militants and maintaining security for the August presidential elections.
The U.S. military says one Marine has been killed and several others wounded in the offensive.
In eastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials say the military is using all available resources to find an American soldier believed to have been captured by militants inon Tuesday.
The offensive in the south marks the first major operation under U.S. President Barack Obama's revamped strategy to defeat an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency.
Pakistan has re-deployed some of its troops to the border with Afghanistan to stop insurgents who may be fleeing the offensive in Helmand Province.
- "US Forces Settle into Afghan Taliban Heartland" — , 3 July, 2009