The Real War Claims 101st This Year

Taliban turns lethal: 101 US deaths in Afghanistan
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Map shows where French soldiers were killed Monday and shows the most danger…

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents once derided as a ragtag rabble unable to match U.S. troops have transformed into a fighting force — one advanced enough to mount massive conventional attacks and claim American lives at a record pace.

The U.S. military suffered its 101st death of the year in Afghanistan last week when Sgt. 1st Class David J. Todd Jr., a 36-year-old from Marrero, La., died of gunfire wounds while helping train Afghan police in the northwest. The total number of U.S. dead last year — 111 — was a record itself and is likely to be surpassed.

Top U.S. generals, European presidents and analysts say the blame lies to the east, in militant sanctuaries in neighboring Pakistan. As long as those areas remain havens where fighters arm, train, recruit and plot increasingly sophisticated ambushes, the Afghan war will continue to sour.

“The U.S. is now losing the war against the Taliban,” Anthony Cordesman, of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in a report Thursday. A resurgent al-Qaida, which was harbored by the Taliban in the years before the Sept. 11 attacks, could soon follow, Cordesman warned.

Cordesman called for the U.S. to treat Pakistani territory as a combat zone if Pakistan does not act. “Pakistan may officially be an ally, but much of its conduct has effectively made it a major threat to U.S. strategic interests.”

An influx of Chechen, Turkish, Uzbek and Arab fighters have helped increased the Taliban’s military precision, including an ambush by 100 fighters last week that killed 10 French soldiers, and a rush on a U.S. outpost last month by 200 militants that killed nine Americans.

Multi-direction attacks, flawlessly executed ambushes and increasingly powerful roadside and suicide bombs mean the U.S. and 40-nation NATO-led force will in all likelihood suffer its deadliest year in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on a visit to Kabul last week, said he knows that something must “be raised with Pakistan’s government, and I will continue to do so.” French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who rushed to Afghanistan after the French attack, warned Thursday that “terrorism is winning.”

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Kabul likely lost in 2008 – 425 Days to Go

The War on Terror was started in Afghanistan and seemingly  it is already lost. To 54% of the country the Taliban have already returned and Kabul is expected to fall back to them in 2008. This is before the Bush Presidency ends, so the Administration will likely not have to  leave the defeat to the successor.

 ( Note: “Europeanview” has the flu, so please excuse the lack of posting)

Suicide Bombing kills 90 in Afghanistan

In the Afghan province of Baghlan a suicide bombing cost the lives of at least 90 people . The target of the bombing was seemingly a group of parliamentarians. A very sad reminder, that the military mission in that country hasn’t brought the people nearer to peace and stability.