Estimated 7,000 to 11,000 Taliban left

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Which probably means about 50,000 Taliban left! I thought we usually take out over 10,000 Taliban a year? So if they don't recruit anymore Afghan/*text deleted**text deleted*stan kids then hopefully the Taliban can be wiped out soon!

Are they getting weaker? Apparently they are this is why they've turned to IED's over the past few months which seems to be the real threat now.

I heard the war in summer 2006 & 2007 was at it's most intense ever, but now it seems to have calmed down?

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dont think the taliban will ever be truely 'extinguished' as there are people being born into it and others forced to join!
 

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yea 2007 was the bloodiest year in the war
 

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Taliban will always be there, we just got to go there kick some ass around abit, bully a few people to show whos boss, get blown up, then come back:biggrin:
 

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towards the start of the year they were using lots of ieds but now theyve grown stronger and are turning back to convential warfare
 

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Which probably means about 50,000 Taliban left! I thought we usually take out over 10,000 Taliban a year? So if they don't recruit anymore Afghan/*text deleted**text deleted*stan kids then hopefully the Taliban can be wiped out soon!

Are they getting weaker? Apparently they are this is why they've turned to IED's over the past few months which seems to be the real threat now.

I heard the war in summer 2006 & 2007 was at it's most intense ever, but now it seems to have calmed down?

Ninja...

Its not just kids from Afghanistan that are recruited, the Talbian/Al qaeda are a religious group and are made up of many different nationalities that operate world wide in a number of cells. Taliban/al qaeda loyalists and fighters come from all over to fight in Afghanistan or train others to fight in Afghanistan or act as a terror cell around the world. Anywhere there is Islamic views there will be a extremist preaching about the downfall of the west and people will always be inclined to follow.

I do not think we should Label the People of Afghanistan as the primary source for Taliban/al qaeda agents...especially when MI5 believes that about 200 young British-born Muslims have left the country to fight and train in Afghanistan and Chechnya over the past few years and not all of them the stereotypical person you would assume. White English and Scottish born islamic converts have be caught at terrorist training camps.

We can never truly beat the Taliban/al qaeda as it would mean we would have to snuff out Islam, which is never going to happen.
 

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I wouldn't have said it has calmed down at all, I think the violence will continue. I don't know if it can truly be wiped out, but it can be whittled down so the Taliban are merely an extremist group on the periphery of our vision.

It has been said occupation forces could be there for decades, so it is important to develop and stimulate Afghanistan until it is stable and provide security of its own, though this is proving difficult.
 

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I'm certainly no expert in this area, so am contributing a point of view much the same as everyone else, and am happy to stand corrected by those that are familiar with the situation on the ground.

My own perception was the recently ended operational tour by the Paras was a bloody one, by any one's measure, so I'm sceptical with it being perceived as quietening down, much as I wish it were.

The thing about terrorism, besides the fact that no-one can agree internationally what defines it, as everyone has their own slant on the righteousness of each perspective, (pause...big breath for air!), is that sometimes it pays to know who your key players are. By this, I refer to foregone terrorist involvement where rather than "bump off" the hierarchy, you monitor them as a useful source of intelligence & where necessary, thwart their lethal intent, but allow sufficient latitude to make them think they are acting covertly.

Gone are the days of the big white stetson to make the good guys stand out from the unshaven dark-hatted bad guys or the conveniently different tin hats worn by your known opponents. These opponents are often low income farmers & rural workers whose families lives are held to ransom by people who, anywhere else in the world, would simply be criminals involved in organised crime.

Dropping a thermo nuclear device is less effective than "hearts and minds" reassurance to convince them that they & their families are safe from the bully tactics they endure. The end result is the hope that they are permitted to live their lives in peace.
 

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I don't believe that our military is in Afghanistan to wipe out the Taliban. Only so much can be acheived by force of arms. We didn't wipe out the IRA in Northern Ireland, but we still 'won'. The job of the armed forces in Afghanistan is to improve the security situation to a point where the politicians can do their job. In a way, the less Taliban we kill each year could be used as a yard stick to how well the situation is improving.
 

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dont think the taliban will ever be truely 'extinguished' as there are people being born into it and others forced to join!

i completly agree

the taliban is religious so therefore will never be completly wiped out, people will always follow there faith
 

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well we will have to w8 till spring when the taliban fighting season starts thats always the most intense time
 

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Like most people are saying, yea they are being born into it. And in my own opinion i think alot of the Taliban are fighting for revenge. Air strikes and quick reactions is killing alot of civilians which makes their Brothers, Sons and Fathers retaliate. Its a war which wont resolve over night im just saying..
 

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Relentless Taliban just keep coming - Times Online


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Relentless Taliban just keep coming
[SIZE=-1]Times Online, UK - 12 minutes ago[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Stationed at Forward Operating Base Gibraltar in the upper Gereshk valley, he had only been in theatre two weeks when two Royal Marines who were due to go ...[/SIZE]


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I've merged the above news item regarding 2 Paras experience with the Taliban.

The fact that the ongoing battle in Afghanistan doesn't hit the headlines every day, doesn't mean it isn't happening- it just doesn't sell papers after a while.
 
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