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Forces make "huge" gains in North
Coalition efforts in northern
Afghanistan have become more relevant over the past year with
the addition of new capabilities from U.S. forces, the top commander
for the NATO International Security Assistance Force element
in the region said today.
“I see a huge difference when I compare to 2006,” Maj.
Gen. Markus Kneip of the German army, commander of Regional Command
North, told Pentagon reporters in a video news conference from
his headquarters in Afghanistan. “The capabilities are
far more relevant to the job, [and] the incorporation of U.S.
forces is making a [positive] change.”
Kneip held the same post in 2006. He commands about 12,000 troops
from 16 nations, including some 6,000 U.S. soldiers, mostly from
the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Baumholder, Germany,
and the 4th Infantry Division’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade
from Fort Carson, Colo. The addition of U.S. forces there last
spring with their much-needed aviation assets improved aerial
surveillance and provided attack helicopter and medical evacuation
capabilities that have made a big difference, the general said.
“When U.S. troops arrived, [Regional Command North] became
more active,” the general said. “Special operations
forces are really [making] a difference, [and] conventional forces
take no breaks and are doing a great job every day.”
The face of the fight, in terms of capabilities, changed drastically,
Kneip’s deputy commander, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Sean P.
The number of Taliban and other insurgents in the area has been
reduced a great deal, Mulholland said. Twelve senior Taliban
leaders are gone, he added, due to the pressure placed on them
by the U.S. capabilities, as well as through combined operations
with Afghan forces, which are becoming more confident with each
Civil capabilities such as provincial reconstruction teams,
female engagement teams and programs to re-integrate insurgents
back into society also are contributing to the positive trend,
“Much of the Taliban in the north have cleared out and
moved to Pakistan,” he said. “The difference now
is that more capabilities have arrived. The populace feels good
about security throughout [the north] and is pretty optimistic
about the Afghans starting to take control of the government.”
Mulholland said troops in the north will continue their progress
by instilling confidence in the Afghan people.
“We are engaging [local leaders and Afghans] 24/7,” he
said. “There’re a lot of positive things that are
happening, because we’re staying the course. We will continue
to put relentless pressure on the enemy and help our partners
take care of the Afghan people.”
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