December 15, 2006 -- The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan today announced the start of a new operation against Taliban loyalists in the southern province of Kandahar.
Hundreds of British, Estonian, and Danish troops, accompanied by Afghan security forces, moved from neighboring Helmand Province into Kandahar's Zahre and Panjwayi districts.
Commanders called the operation one of the largest by ISAF forces in months.
The Afghan Insurgency
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.