Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Good News from Afghanistan
Behold the Strategy Page's take here. Money quote:
While some Taliban commanders have tried to develop new tactics to reduce casualties (smaller units of Taliban, and avoiding contact with police and troops), nothing has worked. The Afghan army is larger (76,000 troops) and better trained than last year, and there are more foreign troops. Worst of all, more tribal leaders have sided with the government this year, meaning tribal militias are also ready to fight Taliban moving through previously pro-Taliban territory.
Over half the Taliban in Afghanistan are from Pakistan, for Pete's sake.