Monday, March 03, 2008

An inconvenient AFG truth

While some combine ignorance of the Command & Control structures in Afghanistan with a cute but clueless "OEF Wayback Machine" statements, the facts on the ground provide a short burr in their hobby-horse saddle.
Militant attacks in eastern Afghanistan are down sharply compared with a year ago, a top U.S. general said Sunday.

Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel said aggressive military operations, improved Afghan governance and outreach to tribal elders have given U.S. and Afghan troops the upper hand heading into this spring, when militant activity is expected to undergo an annual post-winter spike.

"I think if there's going to be an offensive in the spring — the offensive is going to be ours, led by the (Afghan National Security Forces)," Votel told reporters at Camp Blackhorse, an Afghan army base east of Kabul.

There have been 36 attacks so far this month in the eastern Afghanistan region where U.S. forces are based. That number is on pace to be 35% below the total last February of 110, according to NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

ISAF has tallied 25 roadside bomb attacks in that region so far this month, compared with 62 last February. Border attacks have dropped from 24 last year to six this year.
There is one place in AG that is still a US primary operation (with Polish help mostly); that is in Regional Command East. Other areas on AFG, well not as well.

While the security situation in Continental NATO's German and Nordic RC(N), Latin (Italy and Spain) RC(W), and bunkered Capital (France, Italy, and Turkey) turn from Green to Yellow, and in the South our British, Canadian, Aussie, Dutch, Dane, and Estonian allies wait with lustful eyes on the approaching Marines - something funny is happening on the way of Omamania; the truth just keeps coming out that it isn't the USA that is the problem. Hmmmmmm.

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