They control the night…..

From Scout:

Meanwhile in other war news. The Guardian has a good article warning of anarchy in Afghanistan…

The most senior British military commander in Afghanistan yesterday described the situation in the country as “close to anarchy” with feuding foreign agencies and unethical private security companies compounding problems caused by local corruption.

The stark warning came from Lieutenant General David Richards, head of Nato’s international security force in Afghanistan, who warned that western forces there were short of equipment and were “running out of time” if they were going to meet the expectations of the Afghan people.

And then there is this from Stars and Stripes on an “intense” firefight in the forgotten war…..

First Lt. Ryan Edwards, 1st Platoon leader for the 2-4, said Taliban fighters advanced within yards of defensive positions in this northern section of Zabul province. At one point, U.S. soldiers were taking fire from five directions.

Pvt. Robert Bobbin of the 4th Infantry’s Company A, said the unit has seen firefights in the area before, “but never this intense.”

The area has become dangerous in recent months, according to base officials, with local villagers recently announcing a jihad against coalition forces.

Edwards said patrols routinely search nearby villages and find few people left living there. But at night, Taliban forces often take control of those areas, leading coalition commanders to believe they are receiving help from locals.

Thursday’s Taliban attack force was larger, better armed and better equipped than past fighters, Edwards said. (emphasis mine)