U.S. Solider: Having ‘Respect’ For The Enemy ‘Doesn’t Mean We Want To Kill Them Any Less’

A CNN camera crew embedded with U.S. special forces in Afghanistan was recently caught in a firefight with Taliban insurgents in the Central Asian nation. After the fighting concludes, a CNN reporter asked a solider for his take on the state of the Afghan war and his impression of the enemy. That solider told CNN that “there’s a degree of mutual respect” between U.S. forces and Taliban fighters, but “that doesn’t mean we want to kill them any less.”

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Soldiers and reporters alike scrambled for cover when insurgents opened fire on their position from three separate locations. The report details the soldiers’ process of achieving an advantageous position to mount a counterattack. Eventually, the soldiers secure the area and the Taliban fighters withdraw.

“I admire their resiliency and their conviction, for sure,” one U.S. solider said of the Taliban fighters. “There’s a degree of mutual respect, but that doesn’t mean we want to kill them any less.”

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An experienced broadcaster and columnist, Noah Rothman has been providing political opinion and analysis to a variety of media outlets since 2010. His work has appeared in a number of political opinion journals, and he has shared his insights with television and radio personalities across the country.