U.S. jets bomb Taliban front lines

Across Taliban territory, U.S. jets bombed overnight near the fronts north of Kabul and near the key northern city of Mazar-e- Sharif, the Associated Press reported.

The cities of Jalalabad in the east and Kandahar in the south also came under attack, according to Taliban and other reports.

Overnight, the Pakistan- based Afghan Islamic Press reported, U.S. jets attacked at Dara- e-Suf, where the Taliban have stopped opposition forces trying to advance on Mazar-e-Sharif. Other U.S. strikes hit at Balkh province to the city's north.

Taking Mazar-e-Sharif would give the opposition full control of vital supply routes, allowing ammunition, other goods and troops to flow in from neighboring Uzbekistan.

The Pentagon said Monday that U.S. air operations were shifting north toward the borders with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, apparently to bolster alliance forces along key supply lines.

The Taliban's own Bakhtar news agency reported overnight strikes south of the capital--some allegedly hitting a water supply system built by international aid groups. The Taliban news agency also reported U.S. attacks on Taliban front lines in northern Jozjan province, where Taliban troops faced off against Northern Alliance forces. U.S. jets renewed attacks at Kandahar, the Taliban's headquarters, which is almost emptied of its 500,000 people.

Afghanistan's anti-Taliban opposition was mobilizing hundreds of fighters today near the front north of Kabul--well armed, trained and ready for the order to march toward the capital, the AP reported.

Opposition commanders, impatient at three weeks of limited precision targeting by American warplanes, have been pushing for an all-out U.S. air assault against front lines outside Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. The appearance of the 800 Northern Alliance troops near the front about 30 miles north of Kabul was the first tangible sign that the opposition was gearing up for a move on the capital.

Despite the bravado and the reinforcements, the opposition forces are believed to be far outmanned on the long-stalled front guarding the approach to Kabul. Thousands of Taliban fighters and Arab allies of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network are believed to be dug in across the hillsides and undulating valley facing the opposition forces.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.