After the initial American success in Afghanistan, the Tabliban was allowed to group and once again become a powerful force. During the past few years, this has resulted in continual American and coalition military strikes which frequently have resulted in deaths of innocent Afghan civilians. An ongoing problem is lack of sufficient ground forces which has necessitated reliance on air power. Last week in an operation against Taliban militants, American forces held off from firing at points during the battle to avoid killing Afghan civilians. Several days ago, uS forces killed 37 Afghan civilians and wounded 35 at a wedding party which has increased pressure on the part of the American military to be cautious when civilians are in the area.
The Taliban obviously is now using the presence of civilians in order to assist in their operations. They undoubtedly will use the cover of civilians in order to carry out operations. The apparent solution lies in having more ground forces in Afghanistan.
A recent report by Lt. Col. Chris Nash who fought in Afghanistan that claims the Pakistani military gave considerable support to the Taliban has created a storm of controversy. Col. Nash was embedded in eastern Afghanistan from June, 2007 to March, 2008. He described a battle in late June, 2007 in which his men were fighting the Tablian in the Tora Bora mountains and at a critical point in the battle the Pakistan air force flew several missions to the Taliban base in order to resupply those fighters. “A holo(helicopter) flew in the valley, went to where we knew there was a base camp, land(and) fifteen minutes later too off.” Nash insists Afghan officers told him they knew the Pakistan military was providing assistance to Taliban forces.
Other officers have expressed surprise at Nash assertions that Pakistan has been aiding the Taliban. However, Nash points out the average Taliban soldier makes four times that earned by the average Afghani because of economic assistance from Pakistan. He points out “on numerous occasions, Afghan border police checkpoints and observation posts were attacked by Pakistan military forces. ” Colonel Nash witnessed a growing ability of Taliban troops to utilize rather sophisticated military operations which most probably were taught by trained Pakistan military forces.
There are two versions floating around concerning if Pakistan has been aiding the Taliban. One point is without dispute, the ISI of Pakistan created the Taliban. Come to your own conclusion.