Afghan and NATO fear that Farah province, which borders Iran and is twice the size of Maryland, could become a Taliban sanctuary if military power isn't used to crush the militant threat quickly. Farah is a predominantly Pashtun area where people have ethnic links to the Taliban militia.
U.S.-led and NATO forces have been battling Taliban and allied militants this year in Afghanistan's worst spate of violence since the American-led invasion that toppled the hard-line regime in 2001 for harboring al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Worst violence since the invasion. It means that we didn't do our job right the first time. And the blame for that goes squarely to the Bush administration. So, Mr. President, when we lose control of Afghanistan to the Taliban again, what are we going to do, re-invade it? Somehow I don't see that happening while you've got us mired in Iraq. By the way, where's that "Mission Accomplished" sign now?