2009
07.28

Clawed by the Panther – By Tom Newton Dunn and George Pasco-Watson
Published: 28 July 2009

VICTORY was declared last night in the bloodiest British offensive in Afghanistan so far – as our forces commander vowed the ten men lost had not died in vain.

Dubbed Operation Panther’s Claw, the assault lasted five weeks and involved 3,000 coalition troops.

A force of 500 Taliban were driven out of their central Helmand stronghold Babaji, the size of the Isle of Wight.
In one of the biggest UK-led attacks there, the enemy was encircled then blitzed by Apache helicopter gunships, battle tanks, artillery and bomber jets.

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Keep grip on Taliban – MyView – By Andy Mcnab

“There have been huge sacrifices but there are huge gains too.

We have taken the Taliban ground and won’t let it go. Afghans will now feel safer and it’s good for our troops to dominate the ground.

The problem is the Government doesn’t recognise we’re in a war – just that we’re fighting an insurgency.
 
Until this is acknowledged, troops won’t get the proper equipment they need to win it.”