‘Operation Moshtarak’ Reportedly Successful But With Setbacks
February 15, 2010
Afghanistan (ChattahBox) – Operation Moshtarak, the military operation in the Helmand region, is reportedly working successfully at driving out Taliban insurgents. However, there are dangers setting coalition soldiers back.
Snipers and homemade bombs being used with the Marjah and Nad Ali areas are slowing down progress and presenting a number of danger to soldiers.
Further problems of safety, such as the tragic death of twelve civilians by a coalition launched rocket over the weekend has also raised criticism over the way measures to clear the area are being handled.
But the operation itself appears to be working, and insurgents in the area have been largely removed.
“Today there is no major movement of the enemy,” Afghan Brig Gen Sher Mohammad Zazai told the BBC.
“South of Marjah they are very weak. There has been low resistance. Soon we will have Marjah cleared of enemies.”
The bombs left in the area are the biggest problem now, with IED’s hidden by the Taliban after news came of the pending military maneuver.
Displaced families fleeing the area have arrived in nearby Lashkar Gah, but the Taliban prevented many from leaving Marjah.
Operation Moshtarak has raised many questions about the future of US and coalition missions in the area, with some question as to whether or not proposed talks with the Taliban will remain an option.