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The 1st Battalion……..101st Airborne Division is deploying to Kandahar…..

They have been in every war the United States has fought since World War II…..

It was first activated in 1921…….

They are the ‘Screaming Eagles’…..

And they can hold their own….

The are on their way to Kandahar, Afghanistan to start the push for the that area..

…….the second largest city in that country and the heart of the Taliban insurgency……

Hundreds of soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team—a unit that parachuted into Normandy on D-Day—are en route to bases just north of Kandahar, the Taliban’s home.

The rest of the brigade’s roughly 3,200 soldiers will deploy in waves over the summer, suggesting that a large-scale offensive once thought to kick off this month won’t start until June at the earliest.

U.S. military commanders say they want thousands of Afghan soldiers to join the push, but the Afghan brigade that has been earmarked for Kandahar is still being trained and equipped, contributing to the delay.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top allied commander in Afghanistan, has said protecting the residents of Kandahar is the coalition’s top battlefield priority this year.

Kandahar is Southern Afghanistan’s most populous city and was the Taliban’s seat of power until it was displaced from the country by the U.S. in 2001. In recent years, the armed group’s fighters infiltrated the city, and set up networks of shadow courts and local-government institutions.

U.S. commanders see the coming offensive as a chance to test their new strategy for the war, which calls for protecting the Afghan people from Taliban intimidation, in an effort to diminish popular support for the group.

Current plans call for U.S. and Afghan troops to work on flushing Taliban fighters from villages and towns surrounding Kandahar and gaining control of the main routes in and out of the city.

Most Western forces will be housed in bases on the city’s outskirts, according to officers familiar with the planning. But U.S. forces also plan to build small outposts in many of Kandahar’s neighborhoods—a tactic first used in Iraq.

“The plan is to live in the population centers in each district,” said Col. Arthur Kandarian, the brigade commander. “It’s not a bumper sticker. The mission is to secure the people of Kandahar.”………


May 5, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , ,


  1. just like Cowboys and Native Americans

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. Fighting…is Fighting…no matter where …or how….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 6, 2010 | Reply

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