Cool pictures, kudos to our northern neighbours!
Only to spoil your day: (German Minister of Defense F.J. Jung, when asked whether Dutch troops were involved in combat in Afghanistan) "I clearly have to disagree with you, there is no war going on in Oruzgan."
good, then I suppose it wouldn't be too problematic to deploy a couple 100 germans to camp Hadrian right?
That should be the logic behind it. Usually, politicians lie at us so they can do what they want.
The amounts of people with a tinfoil hat on Liveleak is astounding...... holy crap.
new commercials of the Marine corps on TV
only, on one commercial marines "intercept" a unknow boat and the interception team is carrying UZIs. are they still using UZIs ?
I think I saw that clip a while ago, it's not from the Marine Corps but the Navy.
you can find the commercials here. UZI's are no longer used operationally as far as I know.
Last edited by Eggy; 02-18-2008 at 06:46 AM.
Radio NetherlandsMilitary offensive underway in Afghanistan
Published: Monday 18 February 2008 07:48 UTC
Last updated: Monday 18 February 2008 07:48 UTC
Camp Hadrian - More than 1,000 Dutch, Afghani and United States soldiers have begun a large-scale offensive near the town of Deh Rawod in the Afghan province of Uruzgan. The troops are hoping to seize the area from the Taliban, which has offered little resistance; so far there have been only a few short gunfights.
Allied forces intend to establish police posts and military bases for Afghan soldiers following the expulsion of the Taliban from the area. There are two Dutch bases in Uruzgan, including Camp Hadrian, which is in the area of the current offensive.
It's in the same area where PFC Wesley Schol and Cpl Aldert Poortema were killed last month.
[sarcasm]Withdrawal in face of a large sweeping operation (that could have been seen coming for miles), now that is most surprising behaviour for a guerilla army, isn't it? [/sarcasm]Originally Posted by Eggy's article
The Taliban will probably flow back in immediately after the bulk of ANA and western troops retires to their bases. Oh yes, they indeed intend to hold it by establishing (some thinly sprinkled) bases and outposts (incl. 20 "police posts", according to De Volkskrant). However, there are probably not enough troops to seal of the valley completely (or another area will have to abandoned to the Taliban to free up troops for this operation). End result: the meager amount of available forces will be spread even more thinly than it already was, playing nicely into the Taliban's hands.
Fun combining quotes from De Volkskrant article:
("It seems we surprised them.")‘Het ziet ernaar uit dat we ze verrast hebben’, zegt kolonel Richard van Harskamp, die het begin van de operatie leidt vanaf de Nederlandse basis Camp Hadrian.
(US airlanding troops enter the area on foot.)De Amerikaanse luchtmobiele soldaten trekken te voet op langs de overzijde van de rivier Helmand.
Let's hope that colonel's comment was intended as some positive PR spin and not a reflection of his analytical abilities.
We already know there are way too few troops, doesn't mean we shouldn't try everything in our power to take the fight to them. We don't want another battle like Chora.
Yeah, are the two sentences linked or seperate. Was he talking about the Taliban or the US soldiers?
I think he just made a sarcastic remark about the taliban retreating....