Afghanistan on Fire

Afghanistan on Fire

Published: August 20, 2008
The news out of Afghanistan is truly alarming. This week, Taliban forces staged two of their most complex and audacious attacks of the war. Nearly 100 insurgents killed 10 French paratroopers in an attack near Kabul. At least 10 suicide bombers mounted a coordinated assault on one of America’s largest military bases, wounding three American and six Afghan soldiers. An earlier attack at the base killed 12 Afghan workers.

The number of United States and NATO casualties is mounting so quickly, that unless something happens soon this could be the deadliest year of the Afghan war. Kabul, the seat of Afghanistan’s pro-Western government, is increasingly besieged. And Taliban and foreign Qaeda fighters are consolidating control over an expanding swath of territory sprawling across both sides of the porous Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
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Success breeds success. The insurgents smell victory and are revitalised. They don't care if victory comes from direct frontal assault on the penny packets we have scattered about or a politically-led withdrawal in face of public opposition to mounting losses. We hear of collateral deaths in coalition responses being some form of recruiting sergeant for Taliban. Just what sort of sergeant did the death of 10 Frenchmen lead to?

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