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Success in Afghanistan?

Afghan Taliban leadership splintered by intense US military campaign ... Locals say insurgent commanders have fled areas they used to control in Kandahar as Nato forces bolster operations ... The US military onslaught against the Taliban in Kandahar has dealt a major blow against insurgent commanders who have been forced to flee areas they used to control and reduced two of the most senior insurgent field commanders to squabbling over footsoldiers, residents in the critically important southern province say. Tribal elders and ordinary villagers living at the centre of Barack Obama's (left) military surge in and around Kandahar city say it has severely damaged the Taliban's capability ... Local people say that, cut off from their leaders, local Taliban have shied away from fighting. – UK Guardian

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