Thursday, October 05, 2006

Today in Afghanistan

So today we talk about what's happening in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda and the Taliban are staging a comeback; NATO has assumed responsibility for security; violence has increased 400-fold;the Canadians continue to be attacked in the south. Things aren't lookin' so good, eh? the teach

U.S. is at critical crossroads in Afghanistan

Taliban resurgence and bumper opium crop offer new threats to stability

By Jim Miklaszewski
Chief Pentagon correspondent
NBC News
Updated: 9:58 a.m. ET Oct 4, 2006

WASHINGTON — Nearly five years after the U.S. military drove the Taliban out of Afghanistan, total victory appears as distant and remote as the long-embattled nation itself.

In fact, after several years of relative calm, the Taliban and al-Qaida have staged a dramatic comeback, adopting the insurgent tactics that have been perfected with deadly efficiency in Iraq. More than 70 suicide bombings have killed scores of Afghan civilians this year, a 400 percent jump over 2005. Roadside bombs have more than doubled.

NATO military officials claim at least 40 percent of the attacks are launched from Taliban camps across the border in Pakistan, where both the Taliban and al-Qaida live, train and operate with apparent impunity.

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NATO takes command across all of Afghanistan

Thu Oct 5, 2006 6:36am ET
By Robert Birsel
KABUL (Reuters) - NATO assumed responsibility for security across the whole of insurgency-hit Afghanistan on Thursday when it took command in the east of the country from a U.S.-led coalition force.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) already commanded forces in the north, west and south, as well as in the capital, Kabul. On Thursday it took command of about 12,000 U.S. troops in the east as well.
Violence has surged in Afghanistan this year to its most intense since U.S.-led forces ousted the hard-line Taliban five years ago, weeks after the September 11 attacks.

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Attacks continue against Canadians in southern Afghanistan

Renata D'Aliesio, CanWest News Service
Published: Thursday, October 05, 2006
PANJWAII DISTRICT, Afghanistan - Canadian soldiers faced another treacherous day Wednesday on the dirt roads and farm fields just north of the Arghandab River near Pashmul. This time, however, no one was killed.
The first attack happened just after 10 a.m. when a military convoy heading to a patrol base in Zhari district struck and improvised explosive device (IED).
The blast slightly injured two Canadian soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Man.
It also destroyed the front tires of a light armoured vehicle.
Capt. Craig Butler said it appeared the Taliban used bags of wheat to hide the IEDs.

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