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CENTCOM commander says he doesn't expect Taliban spring offensive

By None , Associated Press

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March 6, 2008 — WASHINGTON (March 5, 2008) — The top U.S. military commander in the Mideast says he does not expect Taliban forces in Afghanistan to launch a spring offensive this year.

If anything, he said, he sees the momentum continuing to swing in direction of Coalition Forces.

Adm. William Fallon told the House Armed Services Committee that the spring offensive will be by coalition forces, as they move to take advantage of improved security.

The U.S. is sending an 3,200 more Marines to Afghanistan, in part to stave off any uptick in violence that might come with the warmer weather. Overall, Fallon said that while the situation in Afghanistan is not ideal, recent improvements have been encouraging.