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'Brit forces forcing Taliban to negotiation table through precision strikes'

By Nairita Das

London, Nov 25(ANI): An unprecedented level of "precision strikes" by British forces against Taliban leaders in Afghanistan is driving the insurgents to the negotiating table, Commander Task Force Helmand Brigadier James Chiswell has said.

Chiswell said that British regular forces and unmanned drones have been targeting the Taliban forcing them to "examine their options."

"I think we are absolutely right to hit the Taliban hard. It's about writing down the insurgency, demoralizing it, playing it into the reintegration bracket, making it absolutely clear that if you want to take up arms it's a dangerous business," the Telegraph quoted Brigadier Chiswell, as saying.

He also claimed that the strikes were making "people think about reintegrating" and weakening the Taliban.

"The process will continue. In terms of precision targeting we are playing our part alongside specialist task forces against those individuals who are identified as insurgent leaders or key insurgent facilitators," Brigadier Chiswell said.

According to official figures, a total of 272 insurgents were killed or captured across Afghanistan between November 15 and 21, including 19 Taliban commanders. (ANI)

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