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Tuesday
Mar082011

Report: US Raids Have Removed 900 Taliban Leaders in Afghanistan

Majid Saeedi/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House and Defense Department have been careful not to raise expectations about the progress of the war in Afghanistan, even after nearly ten years of fighting.

But a new report by U.S. military leaders indicates that the Taliban has suffered significant losses in the past ten months that have hampered the group's ability to take the offensive.

Maj. Sunset Belinsky of the International Stability Assistance Force said Monday that as many as 900 Taliban leaders have either been killed or captured since the spring of 2010 and this has resulted in the insurgency struggling to find replacements.

Belinsky, whose force oversees coalition military operations in Afghanistan, explained that "insurgents have actually refused to take over the leadership positions, have had difficulty finding technical experts, such as IED facilitators, gun runners and bomb trainers."

An increase in U.S. Special Operations units conducting raids has been a major factor in contributing to the leadership vacuum.

Still, the real proof in how well these attacks on Taliban's leaders have worked will come during the spring and summer months, when the insurgency is traditionally its most aggressive.

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