It was payback time in Afghanistan:

An air strike by NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed Taliban fighters, including a local leader, who were responsible for a weekend helicopter crash that killed 38 troops, the worst single incident in 10 years of war.

“The strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the shot associated with the August 6 downing of the CH-47 helicopter, which resulted in the deaths of 38 Afghan and coalition service members,” the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

The statement did not say explicitly that the Taliban fighters had shot the helicopter down, although it was the clearest indication yet that was the likely cause.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan also announced the same news.

JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
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  • We won – it’s time to get out

  • Allen

    A plane load of highly trained commandos, some allies in training, and, a many times over multi-million dollar aircraft and it’s crew, traded for some medieval goat herders in moo-moo get-ups? Somehow I don’t think “pay-back” quite fit’s the bill.

  • ShannonLeee

    Nato allies over here have basically been saying the heli was shot down. I believe within 12 hours of the first report.

    As for packback…hard to call it packback when the dead were happy to die and their deaths will be celebrated by their tribe.

    We put in another push and got little in return. It is time to get out.

  • I don’t think anything’s changed, but I’ll be happy to ride this “get out” train.

  • DLS

    We’re headed out, eventually. We can lead an under (or un-) developed nation to water, but it may not want to drink.

    As Harrison said (in addition later to asking, Who prospers in this world?), underdevelopment is a state of mind(!).

    I wish we’d get tougher on the enemy for a finale before leaving, though.

  • slamfu

    Everyone is on the same page it seems about getting out of there. I couldn’t agree more. Its time we stop fighting fanatics to protect corrupt local politicians and most likely the heroin producers of afghanistan.

  • Allen


    So “state of mind” in your analogy means what? That people of underdeveloped nations have lack of will? Or do you have some universal enlightenment, we’ve all missed, that better explains your vague comment?

  • Allen
    I have to come to DLS’ defense here. What he says is exactly right. The nation builders think that every culture in the world wants to be just like Vermont, California or Texas. Now in many cases they have no idea what it’s like to be like California or even Texas but if they did they would probably be even less likely to want it.

  • Allen


    I’m all about leaving Afghanistan. I don’t give a damn what happens to Afghanistan. That’s been my opinion all along. Maybe China would like it.

    Muslim countries are hopeless IMO.