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Never enough troops in Afghanistan

An article in the Stars and Stripes reports, “Despite the addition of more than 50,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan over the past year, there still aren’t enough forces to conduct operations in the majority of key areas, according to a congressionally mandated report on progress in Afghanistan.”

Coalition forces have decided to focus their efforts on 121 key districts in Afghanistan, but right now, NATO has enough forces to operate in only 48 of those districts, the report said.

The 150-page progress report said that Afghanistan’s deteriorating situation has leveled off, but violence still increased 87 percent between February 2009 and March 2010.

Insurgents in Afghanistan regard 2009 as their “most successful year,” according to the progress report. While instability has leveled off, the insurgency has a “robust means of sustaining its operations. … A ready supply of recruits is drawn from the frustrated population, where insurgents exploit poverty, tribal friction and lack of governance to grow their ranks,” the report said.


One Response to “Never enough troops in Afghanistan”

  1. […] areas of the Pashtun southern and eastern parts of the country are not working out as planned despite the “surge” of some 20,000 additional U.S. troops over the past six months. And casualties among the nearly 130,000 U.S. and other NATO troops now […]

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