KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- In an attempt to intimidate the Taliban, allied forces in Afghanistan have publicly announced the exact target of their next offensive, officials said.
Departing from normal military secrecy, a press release was issued saying an attack was "due to commence" by Afghan, British and U.S. forces on an insurgent stronghold in the town of Marjah in Helmand province, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Afghan officials held a press conference Tuesday about the attack, but the allies have taken pains to conceal the specific date and any details about the offensive, the Journal said.
"If we went in there one night and all the insurgents were gone and we didn't have to fire a shot, that would be a success," a coalition spokesman, Col. Wayne Shanks, said. "I don't think there has been a mistake in letting people know we're planning on coming in."
In 2007, the United States tried a similar tactic in Iraq signaling beforehand the troop surge would concentrate on Baghdad, the Journal said.