NATO forces have a year to turn Afghan war - official 1 hour 5 mins ago Foreign forces have only a year to turn the tide of the war in Afghanistan and the Taliban have a shadow government in place that could run the country if the West fails, a senior NATO intelligence official said on Sunday. Skip related content The Afghan Taliban had expanded their influence across Afghanistan and were now running a "full-fledged insurgency" with their own "governors" in all but one of the country's provinces. "Time is running out. We've got about a year to prove that our strategy can actually work. The Taliban has shadow governors in 33 out of the 34 provinces," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told a small group of reporters. "So he (the Taliban) has got a government-in-waiting. He has got ministers." Violence in Afghanistan has reached some of its highest levels in the eight-year war and U.S. President Barack Obama is sending in 30,000 extra troops as part of his new war strategy, to try to turn the tide. Other NATO countries are sending some 7,000 more. But Washington's plan also calls for U.S. troop levels to be scaled down from 2011 and the White House has said the United States will not be in Afghanistan in eight or nine years' time. The Taliban were willing to wait, the official said. More http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20091227/tts-uk-afghanistan-security-ca02f96.html?