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Around 32,000 NATO troops have been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan for four years. According to the top commander, another 2,500 are needed. As well as more men, commanders are also asking for more equipment. But with resources needed in other global conflicts, that may have to wait.
A NATO summit in the Latvian capital Riga next week will raise the issue, although many diplomats such as Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi say that sending more troops is not the answer. For him, he says, the solution is political. So far this year more than 150 foreign troops have died, most of them American, British and Canadian.
Originally posted by makeitso
Afghanistan seems to have very little newsworthy action lately.
You can see the daily action at NATO's website if you wish.
Speculation has it that since Pakistan gave the Taliban/al qaeda fighters a free home base via their internal agreement with the northern territories, ( The Waziristan Accord ), the taliban/al qaeda fighters have received orders from their commanders (Iran?) over the last few months to leave Afghanistan, and travel to other locations to fight.
Thus the upswing in violence in Iraq, Lebannon, Palastine, etc. recently, and the downswing in Afghanistan.
[edit on 11/25/06 by makeitso]
UNSC mission to Afghanistan paints grim picture
UNITED NATIONS: A UN Security Council Mission to Afghanistan has warned that the strife-torn country risked becoming a failed State unless the international community fully backed its recovery effort.
Briefing the Council on its mission, Japanese UN Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, who led the 10-member team, painted a grim picture of the situation prevailing in the country with increased Taliban violence, growing illegal drug production and fragile State institutions.
The rise of Taliban-led insurgency this year along with other social ills, including upsurge of illegal drug production and trafficking, present a "worrying development" when seen in the backdrop of still too weak fragile State and provincial institution with accompanying endemic corruption and impunity, he said.
Originally posted by whatukno
How come Afghanistan droped off the radar for everyone?
I just wonder if there isnt something else going on like there realy not looking for Osama Bin Laden