Like the title says:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8521503.stmPage last updated at 14:05 GMT, Thursday, 18 February 2010
Taliban ammunition 'running low'
Taliban militants battling coalition troops in Marjah, Afghanistan, are running out of ammunition, Nato officials say.
A BBC correspondent in Kandahar says that from eavesdropping on Taliban communications, Nato understands militants have called for support.
On Wednesday, an Afghan general said Taliban fighters were increasingly using civilians as "human shields"...
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Rumours are that western intelligence services after removing the likes of Viktor Bout and other arms dealers from the equation have begun to control both ends of the Taliban's logistics train. Capturing data on those supplying capital and finance and either turning them or "removing" them. While at the other end providing damaged and traceable ammunition with "Smartwater ™" like capabilities in order to foul weapon barrels and trace convoy routes back through their sources. They can of course continue to recycle the same batches of damaged and track able munitions, so it is a very low cost operation.
I would suggest the next stage is probably to make IED precursors traceable and also to introduce inhibitors into things like fertilizer. A chemical that causes say diesel to froth and produce an easily identifiable smell when added together and something that causes its explosive capability to decrease rapidly. Introducing something like "Smartwater ™" to IED precursors would also be good allowing their sources to be tracked.
That Al Qaeda is becoming increasingly extreme and foreign fighters are using Afghan children, the very sons and daughters of Afghans as "human shields" shows the increasing desperation of the Wahhabi Arab Al Qaeda.
It is through investigative CSI and police style methods that the best effects will be seen on the Taliban in turning those that can be turned and capturing or killing those that cannot.
Anyway good to see some proper use of Intelligence operations. This may also be why their has been a lot of success against Al Qaeda lately, with over ten senior operatives killed recently and according to Bin Laden's son his father suffering a near miss recently.
Kind Regards walker