Taliban closing in on Kabul according to report

December 8, 2008

(Afghanistan ChattahBox) — According to a Paris-based International Council on Security and Development, things are a lot bleaker in Afghanistan then have been previously reported. The Taliban now have a presence in nearly three-quarters of Afghanistan, and are beginning to encircle its capital, Kabul, according to the think-tank.

The report says that Taliban fighters have advanced from the south of the country and now carry out regular attacks in the west and northwest. In many places in the south, they hold power normally associated with a government, the Council says. The conclusion of the report is that “The West is in genuine danger of losing Afghanistan.”

Hamid Karzai’s Afghan government believe the figures reported “aren’t credible.”

Meanwhile President-elect Barack Obama  stated throughout his campaign that Afghanistan was a priority. He has indicated he would deploy tens of thousands of troops to the war-riddled country, which served as one of the US-Soviet battlegrounds during the cold war, when America supported Osama Bin Laden against the Russians.

Currently, the US has 34,000 soldiers on the ground. The Pentagon plans 20,000 replacement troops for 2009.


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