August 24, 2012

Taliban Smell Blood as U.S. Withdraws

Peter Brookes, Boston Herald

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The recent string of “green-on-blue” (Afghan on U.S./Coalition troops) attacks in Afghanistan are cause for real worry: Not only might the Coalition’s vital mission to provide security training to the Afghan police and army be in trouble, but the country’s entire future might be in question, too.

Without the high-quality training the Afghan security forces desperately will need after Coalition forces leave in 2014 (or sooner), it’s possible Afghanistan will once again fall to the likes of the Taliban.

And that’s exactly what the Taliban, the Haqqani network, al-Qaida and maybe others want.

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