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Monday, December 31, 2007

War in Afghanistan 2007 in a nutshell

The Sun newspaper in the U.K. carried a story today which just perfectly summed up the War in Afghanistan 2007.

It's too good to see passed by over New Year's. So we've decided to post it in lieu of the planned Afghanistan wrap, which we hope to have in a day or two.


The Sun (U.K.) December 31, 2007 JEROME STARKEY

Our Boys blitz Taliban bash
On patrol ... British soldier in Helmand province

with Our Boys in Helmand
Published: Today

BRITISH commandos launched a devastating blitz on the Taliban, as the evil terrorists held a party to celebrate Benazir Bhutto's murder.
The dawn raid was staged after messages were intercepted about the sick knees-up in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
Royal Marines crept into position as the fanatics partied the night away just hours after Ms Bhutto was killed in Pakistan.
The bash was being held in ruined compounds a few hundred yards from Our Boys' remote base in Kajaki.
Ragtag Taliban sentries tried to hit back with machine gun fire but stood no chance against the heroes of 40 Commando's Charlie Company.


The terrorists were pounded with mortars, rockets and heavy machine guns.
Two bloodthirsty revellers trying to creep towards Our Boys in a trench were spotted by thermal-imaging equipment and targeted with a Javelin heat-seeking missile.
The £65,000 rocket, designed to stop Soviet tanks, locked on to their body heat and tore more than a kilometer across the desert in seconds.
Troop Sergeant Dominic Conway, 32, who directed mortar rounds, grinned: "It must have had quite a detrimental effect on their morale."
Sgt Conway, from Whitley Bay, Tyneside, said of the Taliban lair: "It used to be their backyard and now we've made it ours."


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