Sunday, November 18, 2007

Canadian troops push into Afghan's Taliban heartland

A big thank you to Canada for their help in fighting the Taliban.

Canadian and Afghan troops pushed into a Taliban heartland in southern Afghanistan, fought off fierce counter-attacks and fortified an outpost on Sunday to stay in the area.

An Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman said at least 12 Taliban fighters were killed and another 15 wounded in the fighting for control of the Sangesar district, where fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar once lived and preached at a local mosque.

Canadian troops have fought the Taliban for control of the area, west of the biggest southern city Kandahar, for more than a year with each side seizing then losing the same ground several times.

But this time, dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles followed the troops into the area to fortify two seized civilian compounds and stay in the Sangesar district.