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Pentagon: Taliban a resilient force in AfghanistanIf only we had not squandered our resources in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong plan against the wrong people.
Jun 27 2008 03:25 PM US/Eastern
By LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Pentagon report says the Taliban has regrouped after its initial fall from power in Afghanistan. The new report offers a rather dim view of progress in the nearly 7-year-old war, declaring that the Taliban has "coalesced into a resilient insurgency."
Noting that insurgent violence continues to climb, the report said that despite efforts to capture and kill key leaders, the Taliban is likely to "maintain or even increase the scope and pace of its terrorist attacks and bombings in 2008."
At the same time, the Afghan Army and national police are progressing slowly, and still lack the trainers they need.
The report was released Friday along with a separate plan for the development of Afghan security forces. They are the first two comprehensive reports done by the Pentagon evaluating progress in Afghanistan.
Pentagon: Taliban a resilient force in Afghanistan
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