A Taliban Thanksgiving

While western economies are shaken by credit crises and western militaries are overstretched in Iraq and Afghanistan, I now see the clearest indication of progress by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Guardian reports that according an “independent thinktank with long experience in the area,” the Taliban have “a permanent presence in 54% of Afghanistan and the country is in serious danger of falling into Taliban hands.” In addition, “the frontline is getting closer to Kabul – a warning echoed by the UN which says more and more of the country is becoming a “no go” area for western aid and development workers.”

The Guardian does not name the thinktank but also cites an Oxfam report to the British Parliament “that the security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating significantly with the country’s problems exacerbated by corruption in central and local government.”

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