US forces ready for spring counterattack
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Taliban and associated terrorist outfits will try to regain the lost ground, but US forces are preparing for a counterattack in the spring, an American military commander has said.
"We are preparing for a counterattack in the springtime. Our job will be, of course, to gauge how that counterattack will form and what manner the enemy will choose to come after us," said the commander of Regional Command Southwest.
Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, in a video conference with Pentagon correspondents on Thursday, said the Taliban would try to regain the territory they lost over the past eight months.
Most critically, the commander said, the insurgents also lost their source of money -- the narcotics industry that they ran in Helmand province to fund their activities.
The troops were intercepting foreign fighters who sneaked into the area through the Pakistani border, added Mills, who praised the Afghan intelligence services as "very good" at getting information as to when certain things were coming across the border.
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