WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2008 – NATO experienced military success in Afghanistan in 2007, and the Taliban is resorting to terrorist tactics because its conventional efforts have failed, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters today.
conducts a news conference with French Defense Minister Herve Morin during Morin's first visit to the Pentagon as defense minister, Speaking at a joint news conference with French Defense Minister Herve Morin, Gates responded to a reporter’s question about assertions that NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan have fallen short. “My view is that militarily, NATO has had a very successful year in 2007,” Gates replied. “The Taliban is occupying no territory in Afghanistan on a continuing basis.”
I agree that when ever the Talib rise up in force we pound them to dust. However it is winter and they are offering persistant attacks to cause casualities and keep the populace on edge. Lets see what happens this spring and also what happens in Pakistan. Also I wonder why we dont fly night interdiction missons over know poppy smuggeling routes and at least monitor that.