Taliban fighters in northern Afghanistan are tired of fighting U.S. and international forces and are looking to reintegrate back into society, according to Sergeant First-Class Mike Carden of the Armed Services Press Service.
Major General Hans-Werner Fritz of the German army, commander of the International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command North, and his deputy, U.S. Army Colonel Sean Mulholland, briefed Pentagon reporters yesterday in a video news conference from their headquarters in Afghanistan.
NATO troops in the region appear to have the upper hand, Mulholland said, underscoring the progress and success of their Afghan partnerships. These efforts, he added, are limiting the Taliban’s resources and have helped to diminish their will to fight.
Taliban fighters in northern Afghanistan are working with limited supplies, indicating to U.S. and international forces there that extremists possibly are conceding defeat, according to Sgt. Carden.
“What I see with the Taliban is that their resources are finite,” Mulholland added. “Our forces, with our partners, are going after a lot of the supply lines, the rat lines that come through [Regional Command] North.