Helmand, still the same as before
In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate
This year, the Helmand, a province located in the south of Afghanistan, became target of gruesome attacks of the British and American invaders. American troops sent to Afghanistan as per the new strategy of Obama were deployed in this province as a part of an effort by the American rulers to bolster the sagging morale of the despondent British soldiers there.
Before launching the offensive against Mujahideen in Helmand province, American media started their own media war. They called the operation, the largest military operations ever launched by US marines after the Vietnam War and claimed that it would wipe out all Mujahideen in the area under a take, hold and build strategy. Various helicopters and fighter planes swarmed to Helmand, including military tanks, armed personnel carriers, Humvees heading to some districts like Khan shin, Nad Ali, Garam Sir, Gereshk and to surrounding areas of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.
According to a tactical plan worked out by Mujahideen, they (Mujahideen) retreated from certain areas to encourage the enemy forces enter these areas where they were soft targets for the Mujahideen. When the enemy soldiers scattered in the far-flung areas, they were trapped, increasing their casualties with each passing day. Simultaneously, the tempo of the Western media fanfare about this campaign tapered down because they were not ready to report the high fatality that their soldiers were suffering at the hand of the Mujahideen every day. To many, it may be still a mystery that why the western media is tightlipped about the Helmand. However, the British and American soldiers based in Helmand know the answer to this question who see their daily casualties with their own eyes.
In north of Helmand, all the districts, which were in the hands of Mujahideen before the beginning of the operations, are still in their hands. In the south where the operations were concentrated, the writ of Mujahideen has been restored in Khanshin, Marji and Garam Sir districts. The enemy was able to build a military base in a desert there but now they are not able to procure their logistics through lands routes. They have to depend solely on air transportations for logistical items. In Nad Ali, they were forced to evacuate the base, which they had formed at the start of the offensive. In Garam Sir, they are trying to beef up their former bases. No new base has been built there.
The British soldiers occupied some areas in Babaji, Pashak and the White Mosque but they were not able to retain them for long time in face of the constant attacks by the Mujahideen. So they withdrew from all these areas. The main problem of the enemy is logistical supply. When their tanks and logistical vehicles come out of their military bases for patrol and logistical supplies, they become easy targets for Mujahideen. On the other hand, the roadside bombs take a high toll of the enemy, making roads a graveyard for them. Therefore, they use transportation planes for the supply of logistics instead of using the land routes.
In short, in Helmand, the new strategy of the American top general in Afghanistan, Mc Crystal has faced a complete failure. The operations Sword and Panther’s Claw did not achieve what the invaders wanted to achieve.
The defeat of the invading foreign forces proves that the military approach chosen by the invaders as a strategy is not paying off. They will have to ponder over other options like withdrawal from Afghanistan and granting the Afghans their natural rights of independence and formation of an Islamic government of their choice. Otherwise, their economy and society will bleed like the former Soviet Union which disintegrated after occupying Afghanistan for ten years.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan