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U.S. Says Taliban Reduced to 'Cowardly' Attacks

Afghanistan’s Taliban guerrillas have been battered so badly they are reduced to “cowardly” acts such as bicycle bombings, a senior Pentagon official said on Tuesday. U.S. Undersecretary of Defense Dov S. Zakheim, the fourth-ranking official at the Pentagon, also said on a visit to Kabul that Washington was pushing ahead with plans to pattern a national guard in Afghanistan after one being built in Iraq. Although the last six months have been the most violent in Afghanistan since the Taliban was overthrown in 2001 for harboring al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, Zakheim said the nature of the attacks by remnants of the hard-line movement had changed. “A year ago the Taliban still thought it could mount attacks with numbers of people,” he told a news conference. Full Story

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