This Is How It's Done.
This is the first operation on this scale in which female members of the Afghan National Security Forces participated. One of the two local Taliban commanders was captured attempting to hide in women's clothing. An Afghan policewoman who was part of the push said: "The Taliban commander was wearing a Burqa and was sitting among women."
Roughly 1,000 Afghan personnel took part in Operation Ebtekar (Initiative). Two soldiers were killed and three others were injured. Balkh Police Chief, General Esmatullah Alizai says the so-called insurgents have lost their momentum in most parts of the province and no longer have the potential to resist law-enforcement agencies. The provincial officials say the operation will continue until the complete elimination of anti-government forces.
Balkh Governor Mohammad Atta Noor said the Taliban is masquerading as an Muslim resistance, but in fact they are merely mercenaries: "They are living a worse life because they don't know what they are doing is not a noble thing. They are not doing it for God, they are not doing it on purposes of security. They just want to make people suffer and they themselves earn a living by using guns."
All I'm saying here is that nothing cheers me up more than the sight of an unveiled Afghan woman cradling a machine gun.