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Friday, June 23, 2006 - 4:00pm

Violence Escalating in Afghanistan

The United States invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 and was able to quickly overthrow the ruling Taliban party.  They helped put a new leader in place, Hamid Karzai, and were successful in restoring peace in the country.  However, over the last 4+ years, the U.S. has reduced troop levels and the Taliban have regrouped.  The Taliban now attacks in the south and in the east with increasing frequency.  The violence in Afghanistan this year is the worst it has been since the Taliban lost power.  NATO forces will be taking over the southern part of the country shortly and expect a very bloody summer.

   What once was a victory for the U.S. and coalition forces is now looking like a protracted battle that could rage on for years.  With a larger concentration on Iraq, the U.S. has literally fallen asleep on Afghanistan.  As a result, the enemy has grown more confident and has caused Afghanistan to destabilize.  The situation on the ground is quickly starting to resemble Iraq and that is not something the U.S. can afford to have happen.

Much like Iraq, the coalition needs to provide more troops in Afghanistan to restore safety and security in the nation.  This has already proven to be effective in the past, so there is no reason to doubt it now.  The question is whether the U.S. is willing to send more forces to the country or if they take the same, incompetent strategy that they have in Iraq.

With the transition to NATO troops, the Taliban may sense an opportunity to gain the upper hand in the war.  We cannot allow this to happen.  The administration needs to act now or they will be fighting two intense wars at the same time.

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