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Wednesday, February 15

Taleban say attacks will increase, US “helpless”

Um... err... I thought that we rid Afghanistan of the Taleban, the terrorist group responsible for 9/11. Didn't we attack them a month after we were attacked? And didn't they have elections and the blue finger and everything was peachy? And didn't we divert troops to Iraq because the Taleban was toppled? And didn't bush eventually say that he wasn't interested in Osama bin Laden anymore?

Well the war in Afghanistan is still going on...

Britain, Canada and the Netherlands are leading an expansion of a NATO peacekeeping force into the volatile south while the United States is hoping to withdraw 3,000 of the more than 18,000 troops it has in a separate force battling the insurgency.

Rahmani said the more foreign forces there were, the more targets the Taleban would have to attack.

He said the Taleban had grown stronger since they were ousted by US and Afghan opposition forces after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, and the suicide bombers were helping to drive US forces out.

“American forces have become helpless before the Taleban’s suicide and other attacks,” he said.

“The Taleban are inflicting heavy losses on American forces in men and material and it is to hide the cowardice and failure of their troops that America is reducing its forces.” (
Meanwhile, al Qaida/Taleban has established an Islamic State in Pakistani province.
"The Taliban recently declared the establishment of an 'Islamic State' in North Waziristan, and they now, through the brutal elimination of criminal elements who previously held sway, in effect rule in the rugged territory," a latest report in 'Asia Times' magazine said.

It said that by "taking control of virtually all of Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area on the border with Afghanistan, the Taliban have gained a significant base from which to wage their resistance against US-led forces in Afghanistan. (Times of India)
And in other news, the US and Israel deny a plot to overthrow the new Palestinian government which had been reported in the NY Times. And Israeli judges decide that if an Israeli marries a Palestinian, they can go live in Jenin. "The amendment to the law would prevent the unification of mixed families via the granting of Israeli citizenship to Palestinians married to Israelis." So there. (via Haaretz)

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