Monday, October 09, 2006

Five Years in Afghanistan

It was five years ago this weekend that we first initiated the assault on the Taliban. Where do we stand now?
Five years on, the Taliban have rebounded and retaken large swaths of land along Afghanistan’s southern periphery with Pakistan. Buoyed by profits from opium, these insurgents also allegedly enjoy support from Pakistani intelligence, something Islamabad denies. Insurgents have already killed more coalition forces this year—163—than they did in all of 2005. “Afghanistan has become Iraq on a slow burn,” writes Jonathan S. Landay of McClatchy Newspapers.

Need I explain why this has happened?

I didn't think so.

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