Taliban under NATO-Afghan counter-attack after killing 8 US troops
DEBKAfile Special Report
October 5, 2009, 5:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
The governor of the remote eastern Afghanistan province of Nuristan, Jamaluddin Badr, reported Monday, Oct. 5, that NATO and Afghan soldiers had besieged a Taliban force in the Kamdesh district the day after eight US soldiers and two Afghans were killed in two deadly attacks in the province.
He said police officers, including the top district commander were missing. The Taliban say they are holding 13 police including the police chief.
The Taliban attacked the US-Afghan force Sunday with rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and rifles from a mosque and a nearby village. US Col. Randy George reported the joint force had repelled the attack in a gun battle that inflicted heavy enemy casualties. He added: "Coalition forces' previously announced plans to depart the area as part of a broader realignment to protect larger populations remains unchanged."
US forces have suffered some of their worst casualties in the east, where they have tried to control remote mountain passes used by Taliban fighters as infiltration routes from Pakistan.
The number of NATO casualties in the eight-year conflict peaked in the year 2009 to 386 including 228 Americans. Gen. McChrystal's request for more troops to determine its outcome awaits a White House decision on strategy