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Taliban profit from US largesse

The US, content in the belief that all support systems for the Taliban had been withdrawn and their financial lifelines completely dried up – and with moderate Taliban being drawn into the mainstream political fold in Afghanistan – has been shocked by a new phase of fierce Taliban resistance this spring. The visits of Lieutenant-General David Barno, commander of US troops in Afghanistan, and chief of US Central Command, General John Abizaid, to Islamabad and their insistence that Pakistan restart a powerful campaign against al-Qaeda and the Taliban is the result of a new realization that the Taliban problem is back to square one. Not only are the Taliban primed in the latest techniques in guerrilla warfare, they have also got their hands on fresh resources – both in terms of personnel and supplies – which the US had believed were choked off. Full Story

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