At Strategy page is an article on the attrition of Taliban forces in Afghanistan, as NATO continues to smash Taliban forces. Strategy Page is unclear on what the Taliban think they’re doing in throwing units at NATO just to have them get smashed up.
Personally, I lean toward either
Given my cynical view of things, if I had to bet on just one of these I would go with the skimming option.
One of Strategy Page’s possible motives is attrition against NATO, in that even at a 100-1 losses, NATO nations will have their will broken before the Taliban, which is not a totally implausible thing to believe.
The article concludes with this —
Considering the heavy losses the Taliban took this year, are their supporters eager for another round in 2007, or are they dismayed and discouraged?
I think it more likely that Mr. Herdegen is right and there is such an over supply of cannon fodder hard boys that the Taliban won’t suffer from attritional effects for a very long time, if ever.