(Important update appended.)
Hundreds of Taliban fighters took over several villages in southern Afghanistan on Monday just outside the region’s largest city, and NATO and Afghan forces were redeploying to meet the threat, officials said.
Mohammad Farooq, the government leader in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province, said around 500 Taliban fighters moved into his district and took over several villages. . .
The push into Arghandab comes three days after a sophisticated Taliban attack on Kandahar’s prison that freed hundreds of insurgent fighters being held there.
Every year there’s a lot of talk about the Taliban’s spring offensive, but this is the first time I remember it amounting to anything.
UPDATE: Never mind. It appears this one hasn’t yet amounted to anything either. (Also, I corrected the origin of the story to AP.)