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Posted: 4/23/2007 9:33:08 AM EST
200 Taliban fighters surrounded
By NOOR KHAN, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 40 minutes ago

Afghan forces have trapped up to 200 Taliban fighters in a southern village, possibly including the militia's military commander, demanding they surrender or come under attack, Afghan officials said Monday.

Afghan police and government officials said the suspected Taliban fighters were surrounded as they gathered for a meeting in the mountain village of Keshay in Uruzgan province on Saturday.

Provincial police chief Gen. Mohammad Qasim Khan said NATO troops were also involved in the siege, but NATO spokeswoman Lt. Col. Angela Billings said she had no such information.

Khan told The Associated Press that Mullah Dadullah, a close aide to Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar, and other regional Taliban commanders were at the meeting when the village was surrounded. The security forces were still positioned around the village on Monday, he said.

"We are trying to get him to surrender and to arrest these Taliban without fighting," he said.
Abdul Hadi Khalid, the deputy interior minister for security, told a security commission in parliament on Monday that it was "possible that Mullah Dadullah is among" those who were attending the meeting. He said Afghan officials had demanded that the Taliban surrender or face military action. He did not mention any deadline for negotiations.

A Taliban spokesman in the south could not immediately be reached for comment. Khan said the Taliban fighters had gone into hiding in villagers' homes.

After a winter lull in violence, Afghan, NATO and U.S.-led forces have stepped up operations in recent weeks, hoping to pre-empt a feared spring offensive by militants that threatened the already shaky grip of President Hamid Karzai's government.

Killing or capturing Dadullah would be a major victory for the Afghan government and its foreign backers. A NATO airstrike killed senior Taliban commander Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani in southern Helmand province in December.

Omar's whereabouts have remained a mystery ever since the U.S.-led invasion drove the Taliban from power in 2001.

In other violence, assailants blew up an Afghan intelligence agency vehicle in eastern Laghman province on Monday, killing six employees and wounding three, said provincial police chief Abdul Karim. The bombing followed a similar attack the day before in which two intelligence officers, a soldier and a driver were killed in Mehtar Lam, the provincial capital, officials said.

Separately, an intelligence service employee was kidnapped and beheaded by suspected Taliban fighters at a home in Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, said deputy governor Mohammad Kazim Allayar. He said the owner of the house was under investigation.

In southern Zabul province, a police patrol was struck by a roadside bomb, killing two policemen and wounding five others, said district chief Wazir Mohammad Khan.

Intelligence officers, meanwhile, discovered a large car bomb in a battered old taxi parked in a crowded civilian area in Kabul where NATO and U.S. convoys often drive past.

Authorities found a tank of gasoline, three gallons of explosive chemicals, three grenades and a mortar inside the car, an official said on condition of anonymity because of agency policy. The bomb was safely removed, the official said.

There have been at least three suicide bomb attacks in Kabul this year, and more than 40 nationwide, mostly in the south and east, a threefold increase on the same period in 2006.

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Link Posted: 4/23/2007 9:35:51 AM EST
I say flatten that village after giving a 30 minute warning to the locals.

We don't need to let them slip out through a tunnel.
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 9:36:04 AM EST
Good. Now, SOS (Shoot On Sight).
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 9:37:10 AM EST
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Link Posted: 4/23/2007 9:41:13 AM EST
Great find on the article!

That is a boatload of enemies, much more than the typical 12-30 or so that NME reports on.

I'll be one or more may know where OBL is...maybe even Mullah Omar and Zawahiri.

Worth a shot....if not, bullet in the head.

...wait, bullet in the head anyway.

Link Posted: 4/23/2007 9:42:08 AM EST
[Start DS Foley]

"... 'Cause napalm sticks to kids!"

[/DS Foley]

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Link Posted: 4/23/2007 9:46:20 AM EST
MOAB is nice, but when you care enough to send the very best...

TLAM-N (special)
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 9:51:36 AM EST
Great news...    but Mullah Dadullah?

Any relation to Magilla Gorilla?
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 9:56:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 9:57:14 AM EST

+1 on the MOAB, then napalm, then...
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:03:29 AM EST
Fire Mission Over...
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:05:08 AM EST
I think it is time to deploy a MOAB or two.
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:05:38 AM EST
I hope the Taliban spokesman makes a statement soon so we can kill him too.  
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:08:51 AM EST

MOAB is nice, but when you care enough to send the very best...

TLAM-N (special)

oooh, nice choice!  The glow in the dark Tomahawk.
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:13:38 AM EST

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Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:25:31 AM EST

MOAB is nice, but when you care enough to send the very best...

TLAM-N (special)

You, sir, have impeccable taste.
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:41:18 AM EST

Great news...    but Mullah Dadullah?

Any relation to Magilla Gorilla?

Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:41:58 AM EST
I hope this doesn't get fucked up...
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:45:31 AM EST
If it is only Afghans and not masses of NATO troops bribrs will be passed and all but the expendables will get away just like Tora Bora.
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:57:32 AM EST
+1 for the MOAB

Link Posted: 4/23/2007 10:57:54 AM EST

I hope this doesn't get fucked up...

You mean like Tora Bora?

Link Posted: 4/23/2007 12:53:07 PM EST
Daisy Cutter.  With live web feed.

But yeah, why do I get the feeling this will be another Tora Bora or another 200 taliban at a funeral/wedding/etc and they'll be let go...?

Really hoping for a daisy cutter.  Or, old school Vietnam style napalm drop, performed by a couple Phantoms!  
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