I think it’s pretty clear that the battles in southern Afghanistan have been pretty significant. They haven’t been getting a whole lot of coverage here because relatively few US forces have been directly involved, but the reports of major victories by British, Canadian, and other Coalition forces have been pretty steady.
The British in Hemland, in particular, have seen a lot more action than they expected:
Describing the range of actions, a senior Whitehall source said: “You are talking about bayonet and grenade actions, Chinooks landing troops while being raked by gunfire and 105mm guns in direct fire mode.”
British troops and flyers have been recommended for nearly 180 decorations, including several Victoria Crosses.
UPDATE: Here’s another Telegraph story on the action on Helmand: Limited mission that turned into bloody firefights