Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Independent: Is Afghanistan "success" unraveling?

The Independent reports on the latest suicide bombings and the growth of the "new" Taliban, making some wonder if we know what we're doing in a place some have apparently forgotten: "The new Taliban are deploying tactics that have torn Iraq to shreds, and Afghanistan is seeing a surge in the previously unknown practice of suicide bombings � 25 in four months. This is seen as the reintroduction of al-Qa'ida into Afghanistan � a devastating example of how over-extending the 'war on terror' into Iraq is rebounding on the West with vengeance. Tony Blair declared after the overthrow of the Taliban and the retreat of Osama bin Laden and al-Qa'ida that 'this time we will not walk away' , a reference to how Afghanistan was allowed to sink into its cycle of destruction after the West had used and then abandoned the country in the Cold War against the Soviets."


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