April 16th, 2012
10:39 AM ET

Hunting down Taliban in Afghanistan

As the Afghanistan recovers from this weekend's coordinated attack by insurgents in Kabul and elsewhere, Nick Paton Walsh accompanies U.S. and Afghan forces on a manhunt for most-wanted militants in the Taliban heartland.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Taliban
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  1. shivadass




    April 17, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply
    • Marcus

      Groups like SOG did everything they allowable to stop the flow of the NVN supply train coming down the HCM trail, which many like Billy Waugh saw as the main reason for our loss of that war. This avenue was extremely susceptible at its three main passes just North of the dmz. Ban karai, mui gia, and ban raving. The US never went on the strategic offensive, only a defensive posture was held along dmv laos and cambodia. Defensive postures dont win wars. it is kennedy apologists who most often make the argument that the war was just unwinnable, though even MacNamara recently stated that a SF led surgical incursion, like the recent war in Afghanistan, would probably have succeeded. Granted their technologies were less than our forces now, SOG had the right idea, but were severly restricted by a NCA, that thought it knew what it was doing, and didnt need to be told. I do agree that we will now never be sure!

      April 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  2. Michadj

    Lots of reasons US HAD TO PULL OUT of That nation and both you whinpy limp wristed iberals and cold dead fingered macho flag wavers and the both of those groups have been spouting BS AND OUTRIGHT LIES EVER SINCE ITS ENDING. That said the Dumb and dumber than dumd liberals cannot Rightfully take any claim for ending that F*!?* slaugter. not one ounce! Even the old anti viet war liberal John Kerry knows better now and that is why his medals are all nicely framed and prominately displayed on his wall. To the macho BSers, would another 250,000 to 350,000 names, would of made one hel* of an impressive Black slash in the ground, would what give you Wood? How about another 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 more N. Vietnamese and the S. did not have another 1,300,000 to give, do yeu think our allies wovld of minded majing up the differance so we could of WON? Around an 80 per chance China would not just sat by and let US INVADE North. Lots of reasons we chose not to WIN!

    April 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Marcus

      If you choose to get in it, then you better do everything you can to win it. Fight smart, not hard. Fight the enemy, not political battles. Soldiers should not be political pawns. Dont start a fight you can not win.

      April 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Marcus

      And yes they could have fought an army that the NV leaders denied was even there because it would have justified our intervention. Just above the dmz instead of below it.

      April 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  3. Michadj

    Years after ViIET CONFLICT, when US vets asked the VC VET survivors of why they changed from guerilla war to a full scale tactic of last stage warfare, they said that The North had promiced a full scale invasion both accross the DMZ and massive reinforcemets of NVA who had indeed beem all alomg the borders of S. Vietnam. It was in fact those MTA who had armed and equipped the Tet VC FORCES TO an extent they never been. In otherwards the North Suckered the South in order to weaken their wanting to share government at wars end.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  4. Michadj

    There was always some of the VC active even after the fall of Saigon, but do agree that VCs old field including almost all of those commanders because of Tet iosses. We never found their Massive underground complex S. of Saigon. This is where VC resistance went into a Intelligance mode. After Saigon fell . purge of all the old VC *ALL THE DIFFERENT FACTIONS* the VC NEVER WERE just one group. The later invasions of Cambodia and ailong Laos Bordering regions was where VCs last remnants went. Those who talk about Viet winnable warmostly pure macho BS.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  5. Marcus

    There is no taliban or alqaeda army for all you softies out there, though i think it maybe that jane fonda is writing under a pseudonym. While the NVA used insurgents, the viet cong, they were wiped out during the Tet offensive. When the US pulled out, the Nort Vietnamese Army launched the Easter Offensive with tanks, troops, artillery etc., and steamrolled the SVN. We lost Vietnam simply because of horrible leadership at all levels, and because of an elaborate and ingenious propaganda program that coopted college teachers and a whole generation of self centered slackers and fools.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  6. Michadl

    May I make a suggestion to whomever chooses the Headings not use phrase* Hunting Down* and instead soften it up just a bit for those of delicate nature, something along the lines of say, Searching For? If we in US want citizens here and rest of world to believe we are on a Humanitarian Mission lets be a bit more delicate.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      Hunting down and burying those bastards isn't the humanitarian portion of that mission.

      April 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
      • Capt. Obvious

        It isn't, really? Could've fooled me

        April 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  7. Michadl

    Man is the most dangerous Game Animal to Hunt, but unlike other BIG GAME a hunter not only does not have to pay for a license or tag but you get them, guns and ammo, transportation to and from, room and board, all for FREE, THEY EVEN PAY YOU, AND BEST OF ALL, NO BAG LIMIT!

    April 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply

    hmm, just watching, tinz going gagered!

    April 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  9. RetiredVet

    It is a repeat of a Tet Offensive type attack,its time to pull out ot this waste of a country.Let that idiot Karzai defend himself. Maybe this wouldn't have happened if the US military could have done their jobs conducting night raids.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Capt. Obvious

      Even with this new agreement, it's more of a "Jump the assholes now, let them know and deliberate it later" The only time i believe that they absolutely need to ask beforehand is when they plan on taking multiple people alive ahead of time. It's all in the wording, people can create loopholes easily there

      April 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  10. mipolitic

    the only thing that is being hunted down in afghanistan is the usa and nato bank roll that is running through the tap wide open, at the cost of life and limb.
    this is a vietnam period

    April 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply

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