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Synchronization key to success

David Grange is a retired U.S. Army major general and a military analyst for CNN.  

Update: The ability of the Northern Alliance to make a significant ground offensive is tied to our continuation of close air support. But it's also tied to the weapons and equipment that are coming in from the international coalition. It's more than just delivering tanks and artillery pieces and rifles and ammunition and food and shelter and some clothing and putting them all in uniform. They also have to be trained on that equipment that we give them.

Tactics: They have to be able to integrate and synchronize the effects of armor, of artillery, of infantry, and the international coalition's airstrikes.

I think what we're seeing on why it's taking so long is ... the Northern Alliance has been outgunned and outnumbered, and for that to be successful they had to get the supply of weapons and equipment, but they also had to go through some type of training in order to use it.

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Strategy: On these airstrikes, it's very difficult, especially in a guerrilla war situation where pockets of units are everywhere and many times there aren't apparent front lines.

It's very difficult for those flying the strike aircraft from thousands of feet to hit the right target and to understand how the enemy is being protected.

Are they entrenched lines, are they in bunkers, are they in caves, are they consolidated in a counterattack formation or are they spread out? It helps also to have the eyes on the ground that can see that and report back to our aircraft and radios that can talk to the British aircraft or American aircraft. To get all that synchronized and lined up takes some time.


U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.), a former NATO supreme commander, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Grange (ret.) and Air Force Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd (ret.) are serving as CNN military analysts during the war against terror. Their briefings will appear daily on

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