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Reporter returned to Afghanistan to the Valley of Death

A great read of the current conflict from the eyes of the soldiers.

Gone are the lightly armed and ill trained irregular fighters. now highly skilled and professionally trained soldiers from Pakistan and other Muslim countries are entering and doing battle in Afghanistan.

The American military generally counts on a kill ratio of 10 to 1 when fighting lightly armed insurgents: for every dead American, there are probably 10 dead enemy. That means only an overwhelming force can threaten an American position. But at Wanat the Taliban attacked downhill with a force that—by some accounts within the U.S. military—was as small as 50 fighters.

The local militias, with their haphazard bravery have gone; in their place came Pakistani and Chechen fighters who were nearly as well armed and well trained as the Americans. Videotape shot by Taliban cameramen during the Ranch House fight—and posted on the Internet—shows Arab-looking fighters with full racks of ammunition maneuvering under fire as calmly as if they were organizing a game of cricket.

With the Pentagon requesting $20 billion more for Afghanistan, and American casualties mounting there, the author rejoins the men of Battle Company at their Korengal Valley outpost. The war has changed them; have they changed the war?

By the summer of 2008, almost every metric for measuring the war had gotten worse. In May, for the first time, total American casualties for a single month were higher in Afghanistan than in Iraq—despite the fact that Iraq has five times as many American troops.

The same happened in June and July. Enemy infiltration from Pakistan was up 50 percent from the previous year, attacks on nato forces were up 40 percent, and President Hamid Karzai narrowly missed being assassinated while attending a military parade in Kabul.

Here is the video that the article refers to, well worth watching.

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By netchicken: posted on 13-9-2008

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