A huge force of 25,000 Afghan soldiers along with 11,000 from NATO forces attacked militant positions in eastern Afghanistan. When the battle was over about 200 insurgents were captured including at least 20 Haqqani operatives. The entire operation was hailed as a great victory. There are times when Coalition forces in Afghanistan confuse issues by claiming capturing 200 men is some sort of “great victory.” What exactly is a “minor operation?”
Some of the 20 Haqqani captured are allegedly bomb makers and some are midlevel leaders. It is time for those in charge of the war in Afghanistan to cease exaggerating success and focus on reality. Getting rid of twenty or thirty insurgents is just that-getting rid of twenty or thirty insurgents. It is not the end of the war nor is it a step in ending the war.