U.S. Military Faces Stiff Resistance in Afghanistan

February 4, 2003

On January 28, the Pentagon revealed that hundreds of U.S. soldiers, backed by B-1 bombers and Apache helicopters, were fighting their largest and fiercest battle in Afghanistan in nearly a year.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Shields, U.S. operations officer for the task force involved in the new offensive east of the main southern Afghan town of Kandahar, stated "the fighting showed no signs of winding down." U.S. helicopter gunships were "facing small arms fire" and the "search and attack" offensive was expected to last for days, according to Shields.

In two additional operations, U.S. special forces were engaged in battles northeast of Kandahar, in a sweep of Qalot, and in the principal eastern city of Jalalabad. The U.S. forces were using AC-130 gunships, F-16s and Apache attack helicopters.

A U.S. military spokesman commented that "the enemy has been regrouping in southern and eastern parts of the country, from where it has mounted regular, usually small, attacks on U.S. and Afghan government positions...an American army sergeant was killed last month. Their target is mainly the more than 1,000 American troops stationed in a line of bases along the eastern border with Pakistan. But the fighters have also attacked the Afghan police station in nearby Barmal, the main border crossing, where the police chief is open about his cooperation with American forces."

These latest battles show that opposition to the U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan is continuing and gaining strength.

While U.S. imperialism prepares to wage war against Iraq, its forces are facing stiff resistance nearby. Clearly, its desire to subjugate Afghanistan and use it as another strategic base in its struggle for world domination is coming under fire.